Andrey Zvyagintsev — Russian film director and screenwriter. His film The Return (2003) won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Following The Return, Zvyagintsev directed The Banishment and Elena (2011). His film Leviathan (2014) was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2014 and won the Best Film award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. His most recent film Loveless won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and was among the nominees for Best Foreign Language Film at the 90th Academy Awards. He also won the Achievement in Directing award for this film at the 2017 Asia Pacific Screen Awards.Elena (2011), again premiered at Cannes, in the Un Certain Regard section, receiving the festival's Jury Prize.Leviathan (2014) was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section for its year at Cannes,where Zvyagintsev and Oleg Negin won the award for Best Screenplay for the film.Leviathan won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. It also won the award for Best Film at the 8th Asia Pacific Screen Awards. In 2015, Zvyagintsev was a jury president of the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival.His most recent film, Loveless (2017), won the Jury Prize at Cannes in May 2017.It later won the Best Film at the 2017 London Film Festival, making him the second director to have won the award twice, having previously been honoured for Leviathan. In November 2017, the film won three awards at the Golden Unicorn Awards in London: Best Film, Best Screenplay, Best Actress. Loveless was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. Zvyagintsev won the Achievement in Directing award at the 11th Asia Pacific Screen Awards for Loveless. In March 2018, Loveless won the César Award for Best Foreign Film, making Zvyagintsev the first Russian director to have won this award. In 2018, Zvyagintsev was a jury member of the Cannes Film Festival.
Marat Gelman — Marat Guelman was born on 24 December 1960 in Chişinău. His father is the writer and playwright Alexander Isaakovich Gelman. Upon finishing high school 34 in Chişinău in 1977, Marat Guelman went on to study at Moscow Electrotechnical Institute of Communications while working as a mechanic and a sceneshifter at Moscow Academic Art Theater, Sovremennik and Mayakovsky Theater. He graduated in 1983 earning a degree in engineering.Guelman worked as an engineer in Chişinău until 1986. After the Soviet era criminal rule on social parasitism was abolished on 1 March 1986, he quit his job to write a novel and to start his own business.In 1995, Guelman became one of the creators of the Foundation for Effective Politics (FEP), along with Gleb Pavlovsky and Maxim Meyer.In 2014, Guelman moved to Montenegro to implement cultural projects in this country. That was also the year when Dukley European Art Community residency program was launched by Neil Emilfarb, Petar Cukovic, and Guelman. The residency program was initially invitation-based, however, it is now open to all artists through an application system. The results of the artists’ work are exhibited on a regular basis. The activities of the residency program have been gradually making significant changes to the cultural status of Kotor, the city hosting the project, and to all of Montenegro. Marat Guelman has chosen this country to further advance and implement his concept of post-economy society and humanitarian engineering
Svetlana Sorokina — Russian journalist, member of the Russian Television Academy [ru], a former member of the Human Rights Council under the President of the Russian Federation (2009-2011), teacher National Research University – Higher School of Economics.In 1987, it included in the staff of the Leningrad television in 1988-1990 leading the program 600 seconds.She worked at the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, NTV, TV-6, Channel One Russia and other.Since September 2005 leads to the radio Echo of Moscow Saturday the author's program The Sveta's Circle.Since 2015 - a talk show Sorokina on channel Dozhd.