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  • Emre Akay

    Film maker - Director, Producer, Screenwriter - AV: The Hunt

    Giorgio Angelini

    Angelini came into film from a longer, multi-faceted career in the creative arts. He started in music, touring in bands, later enrolling for a Masters of Architecture program during the depths of the 2008 real estate crisis, during which the seeds for his directorial debut, OWNED: A Tale of Two Americas began to take shape. Giorgio served as the executive producer for the feature film My Friend Dahmer (2017). Giorgio is the writer and producer for FEELS GOOD MAN.

    Tzlil Avraham

    Journalist, Kan - The Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation

    Orçun Behram

    Istanbul-born director, cinematographer, and photographer. Behram holds a bachelor's degree in cinema from Columbia College Chicago, has directed a number of short films, "The Antenna" is his feature debut.

    Regev Contes

    Director, screenwriter and social activist, Head of the video program in the department of visual communication at Shenkar College.

    Dr. Eli Cook

    Senior Lecturer in the General History Department at the University of Haifa in Israel and head of the American Studies Program.

    Jonathan Cuartas

    Film Director, My Heart Can't Beat Unless You Tell It To

    Mattie Do

    Utopia 2020 rising star in world genre film-making spotlight, Lao film-maker - Chanthaly, Dearest Sister, The Long Walk.

    Ori Druckman

    Cultural events and exhibition's producer, reporter at Portfolio magazine and a Visual Culture B.A student

    Keren Elazari

    Friendly hacker, cyber security researcher and speaker. Founder of BSidesTLV and the Leading Cyber Ladies movement, avid sci fi reader.

    Hadas Erel

    Dr. Hadas Erel, Head of the Human-Robot Interaction research in the media innovation lab at Reichman University.

    Isaac Ezban

    Sci-fi film-maker from Mexico (THE INCIDENT, THE SIMILAR, PARALLEL), co-founder of Red Elephant Films and Autocinema Coyote (Coyote Drive-In)

    Eyal Feder-Levy

    Urban Planner and Software Engineer. I love Cities, People, Technology and areas in which they converge.

    Jeremy Fogel

    Speaker, moderator, podcaster, researcher, philosopher, teacher. Fogel teaches at the Tel Aviv University's department of Jewish philosophy and numerous other institutes, alongside being academic director of Alma, cultural and intellectual center for Hebrew culture.

    Doron Friedman

    Friedman is an Associate Prof. in the Sammy Ofer School of Communications and the head of the Advanced Reality Lab.

    Eitan Gafny

    Director and screenwriter, pioneer of Israeli genre cinema and a all-around nice person.

    Gali Golan

    Amateur lecturer with academic pretensions on all things SF and Fantasy, for over 20 years.

    Evyatar Halimi

    Comedian, Screenplay Writer, Actor, Video Editor, Standup Comic.

    Amir Harash

    Amir Harash is a novelist, scribe, and literary scholar. Author of the books "Bronze – Canaanite Fantasy" (2019) and "Horror in West Rishon" (2023).

    Ido Hartogsohn

    Blogger, artist, faculty member at Bar Ilan University, journalist at Haaretz newspaper.

    Noah Hutton

    Director of documentary and narrative films, including Lapsis (2021) and In Silico (2021).

    Arthur Jones

    FEELS GOOD MAN is Jones’s directorial debut, but he’s uniquely suited to tell the story. He’s a cartoonist who came up in the same indie comics scene as the film’s subject, Matt Furie, and has art directed animation and motion graphics for journalists and documentary filmmakers, working with ¬companies including The New York Times, VICE and The Center for Investigative Reporting.

    Robert D. Krzykowski

    Writer, producer, director, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot.

    Eden Kupermintz

    Program curator, speaker and music & culture journalist, programmer for Utopia, the Tel-Aviv International Festival for Science Fiction and Fantastic Film, editor-in-chief of Heavy Blog is Heavy, web developer and scifi enthusiast.

    Boaz Lavie

    Lavie is an Israeli author and playwright, game designer and entrepreneur. His play “Nephilim” (created with Yonatan Levi) premiered at The Israel Arts Festival in Jerusalem. “The Divine”, a graphic novel (created with illustrators Asaf and Tomer Hanuka) became a New York Times bestseller, was a Hugo Award Nominee and won the International Manga Award and.

    Annick Mahnert

    Producer, Festival Programmer and Acquisitions Consultant ,Mahnert opened her independent company Screen Division in 2013, working as a freelance producer, acquisitions consultant and festival programmer. She is a programmer at the Sitges Fantastic Film Festival, Head of Programming at Fantastic Fest in Austin and since April 2020 also the Executive Director at the Frontières Co-Production Market, the leading industry initiative for genre film professionals.

    Romi Mikulinsky

    Researcher of Digital Culture and Design-led Innovation

    Keren Omry

    Science Fiction scholar in the English Department, University of Haifa.

    Chris Oosterom

    Director, the Imagine Film Festival in Amsterdam

    Zoe Polanski

    Zoe Polanski is a composer, sound artist, producer, and guitar player. Her music travels between the worlds of ambient, electronica, and post-rock.

    Gil Rimon

    Web developer, writer

    Gili Ron

    Israeli architect based in Berlin. Ron practices computational design, design-research and writes about digital culture in architecture.

    Shelagh Rowan-Legg

    writer, filmmaker, artistic programmer and genre film expert

    Maritte Sørensen

    Festival Director of the Lund Fantastic Film Festival. Maritte loves everything violent, but also everything cute. You have to take the good with the bad. Keep it balanced!

    Ant Timpson

    Timpson has worked in every facet of the film industry; from managing an arthouse, distribution and programming, creating film events, producing television and feature films, operating government film funds and mentoring many filmmakers. For his multi-faceted and long-running film & media entrepreneurship he was the inaugural recipient of New Zealand’s Art Entrepreneur Award and is a Board member of the New Zealand Film Commission. His annual film competition 48HOURS with Peter Jackson as mentor began in 2003. After producing numerous genre films, Come to Daddy (Tribeca 2019), starring Elijah Wood, was his directorial debut.

    Gil Vesely

    Film-maker - editor and director

    Mushon Zer-Aviv

    Designer and educator in Shenkar College, GA member of A Land For All

    Oren Zuckerman

    HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) researcher and designer, Reichman University’s Sammy Ofer School of Communications, Head of HCI MA program, Director of miLAB.