Yao is a PhD assistant researcher of the China Film Culture Institute, Beijing Film Academy. He also is a film critic, member of NETPAC and festival curator for the Beijing and Shanghai International Film Festivals. He is deeply interested in film history, Eastern European cinema studies, and film festival studies.
His published articles focusing on contemporary cinema in the Journal of Beijing Film Academy and other academic journals, while he writes film reviews for various websites and other medias. His book "Romanian New Wave" will be published very soon.
Maria was born in 1963 and she first studied marketing and advertising, changing direction with cinema studies at École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Geneve. For three years she was a teaching assistant in the Film department of the same institution.
She went on by tackling various aspects of filmmaking in fiction film and documentaries, from co-directing and editing to co-writing. She is a member of Spoutnik Cinema and Laïka Films in Geneva.
Since 1999 she is the co-director of International Black Movie Film Festival.
Tara is a Belgrade-based film critic and journalist. Her articles have appeared in Indiewire, Screen International, Variety, Little White Lies and Film New Europe, among many other media outlets, including the European Film Academy’s online magazine, "Close-up".
She is a member of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. In February 2018, she launched "Fade to Her", a magazine about successful women working in film and in 2019, she was a member of the jury of Shooting Stars, the partnership between European Film Promotion and the Berlinale.
Tara is a regular at film festivals as a film critic, moderator and/or jury member.