5-TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
4 – 8 December 2019
Bassem Ben Brahim
Bassem Ben Brahim is a 24-year-old student of the research master’s degree in Techniques and Sciences of Audio Visual and Cinema at ESAC (graduate school of audiovisual and cinema). He has a degree in professional Video Editing and a degree in Image Design (Audio-visual Publicity) in the Higher Institute of Fine Arts of Nabeul. He started his career in the world of cinema in 2012 in the small village of Skalba through a a youth centre’s cinema-club. In 2014, he joined the Tunisian federation of cinema-clubs as a volunteer.
Lucie Liu is a female filmmaker with Asian and European roots. She has lived and worked in Germany, China, Taiwan and Spain. Her works focuses on the intersection of politics and art and the connection of the East and the West. The documentary taipeilove is her latest film.
He was born in Kinshasa, where he spent the first 9 years of his life, before moving to Belgium. He discovered the art of music through the Afro Rap/Hip Hop movement and by the age of sixteen, he started writing poetry. With this, he discovered his ability to lose his introversion and to express himself to the world. A few years later, he embraced a newfound passion for film. He saw images and poetry to be connected. Nowadays he lives in London.
Daniel Mateo Vallejo
Mateo was born in Medellín in 1994. Audiovisual and Multimedia Communicator from the University of Antioquia. His interests include script writing, directing, editing, casting and director’s assistance; The Grey Zones (2018) is his laureate short film, which premiered in the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival. Mateo has signed the Manifesto for a (new) Colombian Queer Cinema and is working on his next film, under the name of Cinespécimen, a production house he created with friends in Medellín.
Masi is an Italian director and independent researcher. He developed his visual language from a cross-contamination between experimental film, visual anthropology and creative documentaries. After working within the University of Bologna as a director and researcher, he moved to London where he directed The Golden Temple – Olympic regeneration of East London, which premiered in Venice Film Festival. In 2016 he concluded his PhD at University of Bologna. Shelter – Farewell to Eden, is the final chapter of a trilogy, related to the international humanitarian crisis and third landscape theory.
Zandieh works as an independent filmmaker and cinematographer addressing complexities and left out representations of marginalized subjects through a decolonial queer gaze. They have a master’s degree in Experimental Film/Media Art at the University of the Arts Berlin. Zara’s work has been nominated for awards and shown at various festivals such as: DokLeipzig, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Queer Lisboa, Documenta 14-34 Exercises of Freedom, among others. Zara is part of the Queer-Feminist Film Network and the Women Cinematographers Network.
Saleem Salameh is a filmmaker, writer and podcaster. His work engages with moments in everyday life while exploring questions around equality, women empowerment, art and culture, sexuality and gender, social restrictions and interpersonal relationships. Saleem studied filmmaking at SAE Institute and he is working on his first VR fiction film as part of his MA studies in Virtual Reality cinema at SAE Institute UK. In 2018 Saleem became one of Stichting Art.1 Trainers and has been giving podcast and filmmaking workshops to newcomers and migrants in Amsterdam and Germany and to human right activists from the Balkan countries as part of Youth Artivists for Change project.
Claire Zhou (1996) is a talented Dutch writer and director from the University of the Arts Utrecht. Her graduation film Stille Dorst went on to play all over the globe, including Oscar Qualifying 16th in The Palace International Film Festival and BAFTA Qualifying BFI Flare. It also won Best International Short at IQMF and Best LGBT Short at The New Renaissance Film Festival. Currently she works as a creative at NLFilm, part of the EndemolShine network (the people behind productions such as Black Mirror), where she is developing multiple series and feature films for Dutch channels and international channels as Netflix and Disney+.
Leyli Gafarova (1990) born in Azerbaijan, received her Master’s degree in film directing from the film academy RITCS in Brussels. Her films represent chronicles of everyday life within a society going trough transition. Her interests include post-soviet societies, urbanism, female and gender issues. For the past year she has co-founded the project Salaam Cinema, a community-driven independent space for creative movies and audio-visual/performing arts, offering exhibitions, educational workshops dedicated to equality, inclusion and diversity.
Vjosa Berisha has over 20 years’ experience working as a public relations expert, manager of many media and communication projects for NGOs, European Union, Government and various commercial clients; television and film producer; civil society activist amongst other positions working with national and international instututions. Berisha co-founded PriFest and is the Festival Director. PriFest currently is one of the most important film industry events in Kosovo, frequented by many filmmakers from the region, Europe and a number of world acclaimed film personalities.
Chris Belloni (1980) is the director and initiator of IQMF. As a filmmaker he directed several films, including the award-winning documentary I Am Gay and Muslim and the Turkish Boat. Recently he finished his new film, a documentary on LGBT police worldwide. He has curated IQMF programs at several international film festivals and is our great representative everywhere he goes.
Sudeep Dasgupta is an Associate Professor in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. He lectures and has published extensively in the fields of global media, aesthetics, post-colonialism, gender and sexuality. With his critical and experienced view on film, he is one of our favourite programmers.
Our new team member Shayne McCreadie (1980) is a true PR- and programming wonder! She studied Media & Culture at the University of Amsterdam and has spent many years working for several cultural organizations in Amsterdam, as a marketeer, program maker and campaigner.
Antonij Karadzoski (1993) is a human rights activist and artivist from Macedonia, currently living in Amsterdam. He strengthens the LGBT-community through his artwork. As a production manager for IQMF he is responsible for nearly everything, – seriously, we don’t know how this guy deals with all of this.
LGBTQI activist from Lebanon. In 2015 he emigrated to the Netherlands because of my political activism. Since 2015 I am active in the LGBTQI immigrant community in the Netherlands through my work with the Amsterdam-based Secret Garden.
Eero Nurmi (1988) is a critical Gender Studies graduate who sees the potential of film to ‘queer’ the worldview of anyone and everyone. He especially aims to impact children and youth through media education. For IQMF 2018 Eero was part of the programming team and during the festival he will be the strict coordinator of our great volunteers.
Clara came from Portugal to study Arts and Society in The Netherlands. She has done production, programming and communication for cultural organizations and currently works with Stichting art.1 in different projects regarding LGBTQ+ issues, Human Rights and Gender Equality.
Jacopo Fiorancio moved to the Netherlands from Italy in 2013. He is a programmer at Cinema of the Dam’d, which he co-founded in 2017. Before, he has worked as a teaching assistant at the University of Amsterdam, where he organized the conference Public Lives/Private Platform: the Politics of Twitter.
Saskia de Keyser
Saskia has been programming, translating and subtitling for five years for Pink Screens festival in Brussels. She is supporting and loving the queer community in all its diversity through film and storytelling and in her personal life. She has been supporting IQMF from its beginning in 2015. In 2017, she was part of the jury.
Marwan Mohamed Elhajjami
Marwan Mohamed Elhajjami (1991) is a multimedia content creator. Queer and migrant activist from Morocco, cofounder of Sehaq, a Queer refugees group in Amsterdam, and working as video Editor with Jeem.me, a website which produces content about gender, sex and sexuality.
Kristijan migrated from North Macedonia in 2018 and has been working for IQMF and Stichting art.1 as a digital designer. With a background in the civic and social organization industry, he is part of the “Youth Artivists for Change” project in the Balkans. Currently he studies Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam.
Shogaolu is the founder and creative director of Ado Ato Pictures and is a member of the XRBASE virtual and augmented reality incubator. She is an international director and new media artist with a track record in featuring her work at film festivals, galleries, and museums worldwide. Shogalou is interested in pushing herself and others around her outside the boundaries of traditional storytelling. She strives to share stories across mediums, platforms, and virtual and physical spaces in order to promote cross-cultural understanding and challenge preconceptions.