Matthieu Darras

Matthieu Darras

Founder & Director

Matthieu Darras is the director of Pop Up Film Residency that he founded in 2017. Previously, he founded & directed the European Network NISI MASA (2002-2012), and later on co-founded and was the artistic director of the TorinoFilmLab (2008-2018). A writer for the film magazine Positif  (1998-2016), Matthieu Darras has been working as festival programmer, notably for the Cannes Critics’ Week (2005-2011) and the San Sebastian Film Festival (since 2010). He co-founded First Cut Lab in 2015 and serves as Director.

Juraj Krasnohorsky

Juraj Krasnohorsky

Host - Bratislava

Juraj Krasnohorský is a film producer based in Bratislava. He lived for 14 years in Geneva, Bilbao and Paris where he studied physics, mathematics and film. In 2010 he founded Artichoke and released his debut feature film as director Tigers in the City (2012). As a creative producer he currently works on several animated, feature length and documentary films. His co-produced short film Superbia (2016) competed at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. He is an EAVE alumni and head of the CEE Animation Workshop.

Soňa Balážová

Soňa Balážová

Program Manager

Sona Balazova is a writer, short film lover​ and enthusiastic project manager​. She studied scriptwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava and spent several years in PR company. During 2015 – 2019, she has been working for the Slovak Film Institute at the foreign department, promoting Slovak cinema abroad. Sona currently works as a (script)writer on projects for children and youth, and as a social media manager for small independent publishing house Absynt. In 2018, she co-founded Disco sailing, a company focusing on development of healthy short film environment in Slovakia.