Residents

Jacqueline Lentzou

Jacqueline Lentzou

Resident - Bratislava 2018

Born in Athens, Greece, June 1989. Grew up in Thessaloniki from 1996 onwards. Her work revolves around coming of age stories, family structures, intimacy, loss and love. Graduated with distinction from London Film School (2013), with film “Thirteen Blue”. Sarajevo (2014) and Berlinale (2015) Talents Alumna. In 2018 she won Best Short Film Award at Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique with the film she was editing at the residence, “Hector Malot – The Last Day Of The Year”. At the Pop Up she worked on her first feature “Selene66”.

 Oliver Adam Kusio

Oliver Adam Kusio

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Oliver Adam Kusio is a German and Polish director, based in Berlin and Warsaw. He has collaborated with many film and theatre directors such as Rosa von Praunheim. In 2017 while he was studying at the Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF film school, he directed Ela-Sketches on a Departure. Selected by La Semaine de la Critique, the film gives a melancholic and radiant portrayal of a woman as she is about to leave to find a better life. At the Pop Up he worked on his first feature “Pax Europa”

Koen Mortier

Koen Mortier

Resident - Cairo 2019

After completing his film studies at the Royal Institute of Theatre, Cinema and Sound in Brussels, Koen Mortier made several short films and music videos. In 1999 he established CZAR in Brussels with fellow director Joe Vanhoutteghem. Koen has directed two feature films: ‘Ex Drummer’ and ‘22nd of May’. Both were selected for international festivals and won several prizes. His third feature ‘Un Ange’ (based on a novel by Dimitri Verhulst) was selected for Toronto International Film Festival ans as released in Belgium and in France. At the Pop Up he worked on “Skunk”.

Meriem Mesraoua

Meriem Mesraoua

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Of Algerian origin, Meriem Mesraoua was born in Qatar, raised in France and earned a BSc with Honours in Media Industries and Technologies from Northwestern University. Mesraoua explored various facets of the film industry and gained professional experience at Miramax, NYWIFT, film sets and festivals, amongst others. Her short films are ‘Coucou’ (2009) and ‘Our Time Is Running Out’ (2017). She is currently working on a new short titled ‘Tainted’. At the Pop Up she worked on her first feature “The Other Wife”. 

Giovanni Troilo

Giovanni Troilo

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Troilo moves between the world of cinema, television, publishing, and advertising. He began filming and taking photographs at a young age. Troilo’s work has been published in Newsweek Japan, Der Spiegel, D magazine (La Repubblica newspaper), GQ Italy, CNN, Wired Italy, Wired UK, Wired Corea, Wired Germany, Ventiquattro, Wallpaper, GQ Spain, Io Donna, Flair, Sport&Street, Velvet and Urban. In 2011 he directed Fan Pio, his first feature length film, and published in Germany his first book, Apulien, awarded as best photographic book at the International Photography Awards in 2012. At the Pop Up he worked on “Le Paradis, C’est Ici”, together with co-writer & co-resident Gaia Baldini.

Marija Kavtaradze

Marija Kavtaradze

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Marija Kavtaradzė studied film directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Her short film “I’m Twenty Something” won best student film at the Lithuanian Film Academy Awards in 2015. Her debut feature « Summer Survivors » made a splash at the Toronto Film Festival. This road-movie across Lithuania moved audiences due to its unique tone to portray mental illness – light-hearted, humorous and ultimately radiant. At the Pop Up she worked on “Slow”. 

Beatriz Seigner

Beatriz Seigner

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Beatriz’ 2nd feature film “Los Silencios” premiered in Cannes Directors’ Fortnight in 2018, and was distributed internationally by Pyramide. The film received enthusiastic critical and audience appraisal internationally, for example reaching more than 30 000 admissions in French theaters. “While They Sleep” is in development stage. It will be produced in Brazil by Seigner’s company Miriade Filmes, together with Erica de Freitas’ Encantamento Filmes. Thierry Lenouvel will continue collaborating with Seigner as French co-producer. At the Pop Up she worked on “While They Sleep”.

Kuba Czekaj

Kuba Czekaj

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Kuba graduated in directing from the University of Silesia’s Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television. His debut ffeature “Baby Bump” received a Special Mention in the Queer Lion competition at the 72nd International Film Festival in Venice (2015). His next full-length feature “The Erlprince” received its American premiere at the 2017 Slamdance Festival and its first European screening at the Berlin International Film Festival the same year. At the Pop Up he worked on “I Am Blue”. 

 

Alan Holly

Alan Holly

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Alan Holly is an artist and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. Alan has been working in the industry for the past ten years, as an animator, director, writer, editor and background artist. In 2010, he was one of the founders of the studio And Maps And Plans, where he has been working closely with a group of friends to produce artistically driven animated film projects, including several award winning films. His short film Coda was the short animation winner at SXSW and also shortlisted for the Oscar’s. At the Pop Up he worked on his debut feature “Piece”, together with producer Carla Vulpiani and co-writer Rory Byrne. 

Carlota Pereda

Carlota Pereda

Resident - Bratislava 2019

Carlota Pereda has spent her career working in TV fiction. She has been a screenwriter and script supervisor for series such as Periodistas and Motivos Personales, has directed series,”El secreto de Puente Viejo”, LEX and Lalola. Her first short, The Blondes, was selected in over 137 festivals worldwide and/or awarded in prestigious festivals such as Medina del Campo, La Semana del Corto, Certamen Internacional de Cortometrajes Ciudad de Soria or CortoEspaña. This project is the leap to feature film of Pereda’s short ‘Piggy’, that notably won the Goya Award for Best Short Film. At the Pop Up she worked on “Piggy”. 

Yona Rozenkier

Yona Rozenkier

Resident - Athens 2020

Yona Ronzenkier’s debut feature “The Dive” premiered in Locarno competition in 2018, whereas the Israeli director was present in Cannes Film Festival with two shorts: “The Sign”, co-directed with Eleonora Veninova and presented at the Directors’ Fortnight as part of the SEE Factory, and “Parparim” presented in the Cannes Film Festival Official Competition. His 2nd feature film “Decompression” is in pre-production. “Siberia” received development support from the Israeli Film Fund, with Kobi Mizrahi producing in Israel and Dominique Welinski in France. At the Pop Up he worked on “Siberia”. 

Camille Degeye

Camille Degeye

Resident - Bratislava 2020

Born in 1990, Camille Degeye is graduate from the Paris 8 University master’s degree in cinematographic creation. She joined the craft laboratories L’Etna and l’Abominable in 2013 where she trained as an autodidact in the work of film cinema. Her first three films have been shown in international festivals such BISFF Busan, EIFF Edinburgh or JCC Tunis and won awards in France and Italy. Her last short film Journey through a body was selected at the 58th Critics’ Week, Locarno Film Festival or DocLisboa among others. She is currently developing her first feature film between Paris and Tunisia. At the Pop Up she worked on “Sphinx”, together with co-writer & co-resident Luc Chessel. 

Kaleena Kiff

Kaleena Kiff

Resident - Bratislava 2020

Kaleena Kiff developed & produced the BAFTA Scotland award-winning feature The Legend of Barney Thomson. The black comedy stars Academy Award Winner Emma Thompson and BAFTA winners Robert Carlyle & Ray Winstone. Additionally, Kaleena produced the comedy feature No Men Beyond This Point (TIFF 2015), released by Sony Pictures Entertainment. Recently, Kaleena and her partners premiered documentary feature film Stuffed in competition at the SXSW Film Festival. Kaleena is an alum of the EAVE, Toronto Producers Lab, Rotterdam Lab, Berlinale Talent Project Market, and an ACE Producer. At the Pop Up she worked on “Until I Find You”. 

Anita Doron

Anita Doron

Resident - Bratislava 2020

Anita Doron’s latest script was The Breadwinner which was nominated for Best Animation Feature in the Oscars 2018, an Annie Award for best screenplay and a Canadian Screen Award for best adapted screenplay. Anita Doron was born in the former USSR but later fled to Canada where she attended Ryerson University studying filmmaking and scriptwriting. At the Pop Up she worked on ” Sweetwater”.  

Cristina Grosan

Cristina Grosan

Resident - tba

Cristina Grosan is a Hungarian- Romanian filmmaker and visual artist. Since graduating from university, she has directed 6 short films, among which award-winning short “Holiday at the Seaside” exploring a mother-daughter relationship. She is developing her second feature, “Ordinary Failures” together with Czech writer Klára Vlasáková. The film’s development is supported by a grant from the Czech Film Fund.

Issam Bouguerra

Issam Bouguerra

Resident - tba

Born in Kairouan in 1983, graduated in Advertising from the Design School of Tunis and in “Cinema Production” from “Los Angeles City College”. He began his career with JWT as a copywriter and graphic designer specializing in animation. He goes on to directing at “Attounissia TV” with a series of docudrama about crimes. In 2017, he wrote and directed “Faracha” his first short film. “10.628” is his first attempt to a feature film based on his personal experience as a prisoner in Mornaguia Prison.