Dimitry Muratov — Dimitry Muratov graduated from Samara State University in 1983. He first worked in a factory and then for Volzhskiy Komsomolets newspaper. In 1987 he was invited to work for Komsomolskaya Pravda in Moscow where he became the department editor and member of the editorial board. In 1993 he was one of the journalists who left Komsomolskaya Pravda to create Novaya gazeta, and since 1995 he has been its Editor-in-Chief.He has worked in all the hot spots - Afghanistan, Nagorniy Karabakh, Chechnya, and received numerous awards. He is also a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate.
Tiina Lokk — Tiina Lokk is an Estonian filmmaker, script doctor, producer, and teacher of film for more than 25 years in different universities and film schools. She graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK) with a degree in film theory and criticism. Since 1997 she has been the founder and director of the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, accredited by FIAPF since 2014 as an A class festival in line with festivals like Venice, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Cannes and Berlin; numbering 15 in this category.. She also has been a screenwriter and a member of the editorial board and art council of Tallinnfilm for a decade. She is a member of the European Film Academy since 1997.Igauņu kinorežisore, scenāriju konsultante un producente, vairāk nekā 25 gadus strādājusi kā kino pasniedzēja dažādās universitātēs un kino skolās. Beigusi Maskavas Kino institūtu (VGIK) ar grādu kino teorijā un kritikā. Kopš 1997. gada viņa ir Tallinas Black Nights filmu festivāla dibinātāja un direktore. 2014. gadā FIAPF to akreditēja kā A klases festivālu - kopā ar tādiem festivāliem kā Venēcija, Lokarno, Karlovi Vari, Kannas, Berlīne un citiem, kopsummā 15 festivāliem. Desmit gadus strādājusi Tallinnfilm kā redaktore, scenāriste un mākslinieciskā konsultante. No 1997. gada ir arī Eiropas Kinoakadēmijas locekle.
Viktor Erofeev — Russian writer, literary critic, and radio and TV presenter. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology of Moscow State University, and continued with postgraduate studies at the Institute of World Literature. A Candidate of Philology, he lectures widely at universities all over the world. He publishes actively in Russian and foreign media (The New Yorker, International Herald Tribune, New York Times, etc.). Viktor Erofeev's novel The Russian Beauty has been translated into more than twenty languages and is an international bestseller.The Ripol-Classic publishing house has published 14 books by the author in the EROFEEV collection: stories, novels and essays. Laureate of the V. V. Nabokov Prize, the Gogol Prize and the National Literary Prize of Serbia, he is a Cavalier of the French Order of Arts and Letters and holds the Order of the Legion of Honour, as well as the highest Polish order of the Commander's Cross of Merit.
Allija Derksa — Since 2017 she works in Berlin as curator of the documentary program of BUFA. She has served as founder and director of the Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA), and has been a jury member at numerous film festivals including Sundance, Hotdocs, Silverdocs and Nordisk. She has received numerous awards for her work, including from DocAviv in Tel Aviv and the Hot Docs Doc Mogul award. The French government honored her with the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2015. Studied Dutch literature, cinema and theater at the University of Utrecht.