Alexei was born in 1969 in Moscow. He studied at the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography. In the 1990s he pursued his career as journalist, film critic, translator. From 2000 to 2006 he was member of the selection committee of the Moscow International Film Festival.
He worked as a director of programming for many film festivals including 2morrow (Moscow, 2007–2009), Zerkalo (Ivanovo, 2011), 2-in-1 International Film Festival of Contemporary Cinema (Moscow, 2009-2012).
From 2012, he is one of the organizers of the Sakhalin International Film Festival “On the Edge”. He’s also curator of Yakutsk International Film Festival, and director of competition programs of the “Message to Man” International Film Festival.
Born in Istanbul, Kerem studied film at the Ecole Supérieure de Réalisation Audiovisuelle and Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7. He worked in the Radio France Internationale for four years. He started working for the Cannes Film Festival in 2001 and meanwhile, organized the International Literary Adaptation Market in Monaco. In 2005, he launched the Political Films Festival in Barcelona and directed it for three years. In 2006, he became Assistant Director of the Istanbul Film Festival where he became Director in 2015.
Kerem Ayan also went into directing plays for the stage. He directed the short Fishbone in 2016. He’s preparing a new play for November 2018 and a first feature for 2019.
Graduate of a Master of Modern Literature and a degree of Art History from the University of Tours, Hervé specialized in The Management of Cultural Events in 2000, and has since then worked for various film festivals.
He has been a curator for several international film events: a special showing of Belgian shorts for the Festival of Morelia in Mexico (2005) and from 2004 to 2011 he was a delegate for French-speaking countries at the Huesca Film Festival in Spain. He was also part of several juries: Next Film Festival (Romania), Huesca Film Festival (Spain), Cineramabc (Brazil), Rencontres Audiovisuelles de Lille (France), Cinemaiubit (Romania)...
He is currently the coordinator of programming for the International French Speaking Film Festival of Namur in Belgium.