Andrea Štaka graduated from the MFA film program at the Zurich University of the Arts ZHdK. Her films Hotel Belgrad (1998) and Yugodivas (2000) have brought her great recognition at film festivals such as Locarno and Sundance and have won several awards. Both films were nominated for Best Film at the Swiss Film Awards and theatrically released. Her first feature film Das Fräulein (2006) won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival, the Heart of Sarajevo and the Swiss Film Award for Best Script. In 2007 Andrea Štaka founded Okofilm Productions in Zurich together with director and producer Thomas Imbach and produced Day Is Done (2011), Mary Queen of Scots (2013), Love Island (2014), Glaubenberg (2018) and Nemesis (2021). Her second feature film Cure – The Life of Another (2014) screened in competition at the Locarno Film Festival and was awarded at the Film festival Max Ophüls Preis among others. Mare (2020) is Štaka’s third feature film. It screened at the 70th Berlin Film Festival in the section Panorama and has won numerous awards.
Arne Körner was born in 1986 in Hamburg. Following his apprenticeship as a baker, he studied film at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste Hamburg, at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris and graduated from Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School. Körner‘s short films were shown at more than 100 national and international festivals and won numerous prizes. His first feature-length film The Bicycle (2015) had its world premiere at the Festival des Films du Monde de Montréal and received the Prix du Jury. His second feature film Gasman (2019) premiered at the 41st Cairo International Film Festival and had its nationwide cinema release in 2021.
Born in 1971 in Serbia, Szabolsc Tolnai is a writer, filmmaker and producer. He studied film direction at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Novi Sad. His first feature-length film Hourglass (2007) won several major awards in prestigious international film festivals. His is known for this documentary and feature films such as Nyári mozi (1999), Čudna Šuma (2014), Minotaur (2016). Szabolsc Tolnai has staged several theatre plays and holds teaching positions at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Novi Sad and in Belgrade.