Kullen Hoback is the editor, producer, writer, director. When he was 17, he started his own public access late night TV show, but was kicked off the air after making a series of social statements that drew angry phone calls from locals. Trying to bring light to strange and unfamiliar topics became a common theme for Hoback.
When he was 21, Hoback reworked the script, and in 7 days shot what would become the 55-minute FREEDOM STATE, a heartfelt comedy that follows a cast of misfits to the edge of the world. His other narrative feature is FRICTION, a film about people at a summer camp who play out a scripted tale as the line between fantasy and reality blurs.
His film MONSTER CAMP (2007) received awards around the world, and was heralded by Variety as both "endearing and amusing."
Matthieu Lietaert holds a PhD in Political and Social Sciences from the renowned European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Previously to making THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS he was lecturer on global economy and politics at the James Madison University in Florence. With his ﬁrst short documentary VOICES OF CO-HOUSING. REBUILDING VILLAGES INSIDE THE CITY he won awards at the Ekotop Film Festival in Slovakia as well as in China.
Matthieu is working on new projects, such as the documentary WAKE UP EUROPE! and PAIKE. BLOGGING CHINA as well as on the cross-media project WE HAVE A DREAM ( road-movie + online-platform). His book WEBDOCS - SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR ONLINE FILMMAKERS, published in 2011, instantly became a must-read for new forms of documentary story-telling on the web. Currently Matthieu is in production for the online-project WE R DEMOCRACY, the interactive counterpart of THE BRUSSELS BUSINESS developed together with broadcaster ARTE.
Before embarking on his film career, Mark earned a doctoral degree in particle physics from the University of California at Berkeley. In the film world, he became a specialist in the post-production writing and recording of dialogue known as ADR. He has worked closely with such directors as Anthony Minghella, Francis Coppola, Tom Tykwer, Milos Forman and David Fincher. He is the writer/producer/director of the narrative feature film Prisoner of Time, which examined the lives of former Russian dissident artists after the collapse of the Soviet Union, and had an acclaimed premiere at the Moscow International Film Festival.
Ben Lewis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and art critic. Many of Ben Lewis’ feature documentaries and televised series’ are on highly topical subjects, which have provoked public debate.
'The Great Contemporary Art Bubble' stimulated an international controversy of the honesty of the art market in 2009, while 'Blowing Up Paradise: French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific" (2004) is credited with influencing the French government's decision to compensate its soldiers and citizens who suffered illnesses after working for on atomic installations in Tahiti.
Most recently, Ben's documentary "Google and the World Brain" premiered at
the Sundance Film Festival in January 2013 in the World Documentary selection. His other new film "Poor Us: An Animated History of Poverty" was shown on over 70 TV channels across the world in 2012-13.
Katarina Andersson is the current Head of Museums in Vaasa region.
Before that she worked as
a museum expert in the management of building heritage according to
the Land Use, the Building Act and the Act on the Protection of
Buildings, as a responsibility of the National Board of Antiquities.
Katarina is credited with numerous of book publications and the
organizing of exhibitions at the Ostrobothnian museum. As the director
of the Ostrobothnian museum and during the last 4 years, Katarina is
actively involved in Wildlife Vaasa Festival's planning and
implementation as well as the festival's international co-operation
affairs. Finally this year, Katarina got involved also in film
production as the executive producer and scientific advisor of a new
documentary film project about Carl-Axel Setterberg, the Swedish
architect who designed and rebuilt the City of Vaasa after it was
totally destroyed by a fire back in 1852.
Jakub Korda is director of International Festival of Science Documentary Films AFO (Academia Film Olomouc) and manager of networking project 4SCIENCE connecting area of science and media industry. He is a member of film and media department at Palacky University Olomouc, his areas of expertise are television studies and culture management. In 2012 was published his book about Czech television crime genre, he cooperates with film journal Cinepur and works as a consultant of television programme about televison called Monoskop.
Vesa Heinonen worked as a school teacher for about 30 years teaching biology, geography and history. Nowadays he works at Terranova, Ostrobothnian Museum's environmental Centre of the Kvarken Area as a Nature educator and for the last 10 years as the organizer and producer of Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival. He has also worked at the festival's preliminary jury and therefore he has evaluated and assessed more than 1000 nature documentaries from all around the world. In addition Vesa has taken active part in film production as well as a script writer, scientific advisor, photographer and presenter for several films. He has also written several history books and numerous articles about Nature and Environmental Conservation. Lately he has worked as a trainer for World Heritage guides and he is managing the development of a nature-based tourism in Finland as an expert but also as an entrepreneur. Finally in connection with media education Vesa has worked with the festival's media education projects together with Ilias Missyris producing films and animations made by children and young people.
Sonja is a biologist and researcher chief curator and vice-director of the Ostrobothnian museum.
She has been also directly involved with Wildlife Vaasa Festival from its establishment year in 2002. She’s responsible about annual exhibition programs of the Natural Science dept of the Ostrobothnian musem and Terranova, including the maintenance of the Ostrobothnia Australis collections and Wildlife Vaasa Festival where she is also a member of the preliminary Jury.
Wolfgang Haberl is the filmmaker and the chairman of the European Science film festival sf². Between 1993 and 1998 he has worked in the field of professional feature film production in different positions (e.g. screenwriter and directors assistant). After that he realized several short-movies and documentaries on his own. Between 2006 and 2009 he has developed a curriculum for the filmcollege Vienna, which he implemented in his function as director of the school. In 2006 he won the third-prize award for science communication by the Austrian Science Fund. Today, he is a member of the Austrian Film Academy and the Austrian Screenwriters Guild. He owns a small company, which is positioned mainly in the field of science films and cross-cultural films.
Born in Greece and living in Vaasa, Finland for almost 20 years. He works at the Ostrobothnian museum as a project planner and the executive director of Wildlife Vaasa Festival. He leads also a media education project producing films at schools. During the last 4 years, he has co-worked to develop a film festival network that aims to connect European film festivals with film festivals in China and India, helping European film makers to market their works into new film markets. He’s a musician maintaining an ethno orchestra in Finland and he has experience also in shadow theatre production