CATEGORY: NATURE

Carlos Pérez

Spain

Producer and director at 1080 Wildlife, a wildlife documentary producer located in Spain. For many years, he has pursued working on wildlife, which he is most passionate about. With the 1080 production company, he has managed to produce more than 15 international productions that have been broadcast around the world in recent years. In 2016, he was elected Best Director at the Kolkata International Wildlife Festival and recently his documentary “The Island of the Hippopotamus” was awarded in New York and India as the best documentary shot in Africa in 2020. He received the Adenex Award 2017, was distinguished by the Montijo City Council for his career as a documentary director in 2018, and received the Avuelapluma Film Award in 2019. His productions have received more than 120 international awards. Carlos is a regular contributor to several TVE programs: “Que Animal”, “The Green Beetle” and “Here the Earth”.

Carlos Perez

Carlos Perez

Piret Eensoo

Estonia

Piret’s day-to-day activities are related to people, nature and bringing the two closer together. The interest in linking nature to education has been with her since working at school and kindergarten and is there also now that she is the head of the Environmental Education Office at the Environmental Board. The motto for the office’s activities is ‘Take Care of What You Love!’ and all the activities support the nudging of the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes of students and adults towards understanding the importance of biodiversity and having environment-friendly consumption habits. A dozen years at the Environmental Board also include managing the nationwide nature evening project, which allowed interested people for several years to take part in horizon-broadening lectures, nature film screenings and field trips, and brought Piret the honorary title of a Nature Friend of the Year from the Estonian Nature Conservation Society. Nature and capturing it have been linked for Piret since the hobby groups at basic school; similar interests are shared by her whole family. Today, Piret often takes a camera along when she goes to nature. She mainly takes photos in her favourite place, home forest in Järvamaa, but does not say no to the possibility of a hike in the mountains or by the sea.

Piret Eensoo

Piret Eensoo

Hans Markus Antson

Estonia

Hans is a young nature photographer whose passions in addition to nature include videography and sports. Hans has been active in nature photography for the past eight years. He is mainly interested in wild animals, larger birds (Galliformes, Strigiformes), and landscapes. Due to his interest in nature, he has graduated from the University of Tartu ecology and biodiversity conservation studies, but he currently earns a living mainly in the video field. Hans has also worked in television for Kanal 2, where he worked for a few years as an editor of video stories.

Having once been engaged in cycling and duathlon, he still likes an active lifestyle and considers it important to train daily; he also enjoys hiking. This spring, Hans and his partner went on a walking trip of 400 km. Detailed documentary videos or vlogs of the trip can be found on Youtube. The next long walking trips have already been planned for autumn and winter. Hans is very active on social media: he has about 50 vlogs on Youtube and on Instagram he shares daily adventures in the form of stories and posts. In addition to animal photos, Hans considers it important to share the life outside photos and show how the captured moments are born.

Hans Markus Antson

Hans Markus Antson

CATEGORY: MAN AND NATURE

Aistė Žegulytė

Lithuania

Aistė studied photography and later film directing in Vilnius. During her Master's studies, she did a traineeship in Poland at the Krzysztof Kieslowski Film School in Katowice. After completing her Master's studies, she worked as a teacher at Vilnius College, and to this day, she teaches film workshops in schools with various cinema art projects.

“Animus Animalis: A Story about People, Animals and Things”, made in 2018, is her first long-form documentary. It premiered at the prestigious Leipzig Documentary and Animation Film Festival, where it was screened in the competition program. The film has already visited a number of festivals around the world: the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival CPH:DOX in Denmark, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece, the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival in Canada, the Matsalu Nature Film Festival, and many more.

Since 2018, Aistė has been a member of the Lithuanian Cinematographers Union. A year later, she received the Young Creator Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania for her film “Animus Animalis”. In Lithuania, “Animus Animalis” has won the national Silver Crane Award as the best documentary of 2019 to 2020. It was also selected as the best feature-length documentary at the first Lithuanian National Film Awards in 2021.

Aistė has also participated as a jury member at photography festivals. She is also a mentor and teaches documentary film directing. From 2019 until now, she has been working on her new documentary “Biodestructors”.

Aistė Žegulytė

Aistė Žegulytė

Pille Maffucci

Estonia

Pille has been a dedicated MAFF fan for at least the last 10 years. For the second year, she contributes to screening MAFF films in Narva. Pille currently works as a teacher at the Estonian Language House in Narva. Different projects introducing Estonia and broadening the horizon are an important part of this work.

Pille is a German philologist and a teacher of Estonian as a foreign language by education and has worked in various fields – museum pedagogy, journalism and the translation field. This is how she sees her calling: as a mediator and translator, if necessary: from one language to another, from one way of thinking to another.

 

Pille Maffucci

Pille Maffucci

Marta Pulk

Estonia

Marta is a film director whose works feature a strong visual handwriting and relentless interest towards the human spirit and what makes us fight. Her films often spotlight a sharp societal theme and combine together the robust and the poetic. Working in both documentary and fiction, Marta’s films have screened in numerous festivals, including Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Zagrebdox, Doc Buenos Aires, Docs Against Gravity, SFF and BAFICI. In 2018, she developed a film under the mentorship of Werner Herzog in the Peruvian Amazon. She is currently directing an international coproduction – a poetic documentary called “Tell Me”, set to premiere in fall 2021. It’s a portrait of humanity in isolation, told through anonymous voice mails collected all over the world.

Marta Pulk

Marta Pulk

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