María-Paz Peirano is a film scholar currently based in Leiden University. She is a Social Anthropologist from Universidad de Chile and a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Kent, specialising in Anthropology of Cinema. Her research involves an ethnographic approach to film as social practice, looking at the global circulation of peripheral cinemas and international film festivals. She is a short-film enthusiast, loving the small doses of human creativity found in short film art.
Sonja Wyss is a long-established artist, who works and lives in Amsterdam. She was born in the Bahamas and studied Fine Arts in Switzerland, Amsterdam and in the United States of America before completing her studies at the Master Film in Amsterdam. Her work has been distinguished internationally by several grants and prizes and shown in renowned galleries, museums and film festivals worldwide. Working in between installations and cinema, Wyss uses clear lines to connect her entire body of work. In the stories she tells there is often an underlying tension lurking just beneath the obvious narrative. She never explains situations, but depicts them beautifully all the more.
Following over twenty years in professional camerawork, Gavin completed a PhD researching film festivals specifically for filmmaking using the cameras of mobile phones. He now divides his time between work as an Associate Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, and ‘personal art practice’ in moving images of very short (2 minutes or so) duration.
Increasingly Gavin’s work is concerned with exploring the potential of ‘language-agnostic’ cinema: filmmaking that eschews spoken dialogue, yet presents the viewer with visual and aural ‘images’.