Born in 1971 in Madhya Pradesh (India) to a military family, Leena Yadav studied economics at Lady Shri Ram College of the University of Delhi. In 2005 she made her debut in filmmaking, with Shabd. In 2010 came her second film Teen Patti. Her third film, Parched, has received five international awards so far.
Born in Madrid, Mane Cisneros is the founder and director of the FCAT (African Film Festival). The only competitive film festival in Spain that specialises in the cinematographies of the African continent and its diaspora, this festival endeavours to deepen Spanish society's knowledge of Africa's multiple realities.
Born in Syria in 1984, Firas Fayyad studied film and audiovisual arts in Paris. He has worked as director, producer and editor of numerous projects, both documentary and fiction, and has received international recognition for his portrayal of Syria's current situation and the political transformation of the Arab world.
A native of Montevideo (Uruguay), Alejandra Trelles has been the director of the International Cinematography Festival of Uruguay since 2009. She is also programmer at the Cinemateca Uruguaya, a cultural institution headquartered in Montevideo that programmes screenings of about 100 films every month.
Angolan filmmaker Zezé Gamboa began his career as a maker of documentaries. In 2002 he directed his first fiction feature, O Herói, which was presented at the Festival of Cannes. Eight years later he directed O Grande Kilapy.