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Agnė Biliūnaitė

LRT (Lithuanian public broadcaster) content manager

Agnė Biliūnaitė grew up in Anykščiai, Lithuania. In 2004, she graduated from Vilnius University with a bachelor's degree in sinology and later studied Chinese Language and Culture at Taipei University. In 2006, she graduated from Vilnius Academy of Arts with a Master's Degree in Cultural Management and Cultural Policy. While studying, A. Biliūnaitė was working as a curator of exhibitions and symposiums, the editor of the column, dedicated to Eastern Culture, in the cultural weekly “Šiaurės Atėnai”. Also, Agnė was the coordinator of international programs of the Lithuanian Writers' Union. In 2006-2007, she curated the foreigners programme of “Poetry Spring”, the festival of experimental audiovisual poetry “Synthesis”, Agnė is also one of the initiators and administrators of the literary culture platform www.rasytojai.lt. She also worked as an event organizer and producer at the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater. In 2015, Agnė Biliūnaitė was appointed as a Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the People's Republic of China - she was the first Lithuanian diplomat to hold such a position in China. At the same time, she also held the position of Cultural Attaché in South Korea. Since 2019, A. Biliūnaitė works as the cultural content editor-in-chief for LRT, she is also responsible for the policy of broadcasting cultural issues, supervises the topic of culture and its integration in all channels of the public broadcaster.

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz

Producer, editor, Head of Studies of ESoDoc

Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is a German film producer, senior commissioning editor at ZDF (German Public Broadcaster) for various documentary slots on ARTE. She is dealing with 52 minutes and feature-length documentary films, reportages and Cross-Media Projects. The topics range from culture, music, pop culture and history to current affairs, human Interest and sociopolitical issues. Lately, she has been involved in the Oscar-nominated international coproductions “The Act of Killing”, “The Look of Silence”, “Claude Lanzmann – Spectres of the Shoah” and other documentaries like “The Whale and the Raven”, “Leftover Women” and “iHUMAN”. Since 2015, Sabine Bubeck-Paaz is also the Head of Studies of the training initiative ESoDoc - European Social Documentary organized by ZeLIG Filmschool in Bolzano. As a tutor, she participates in international pitchings and in training workshops for documentary projects.

Volia Chajkouskaya

Producer, Northern Lights Film Festival director

Volia Chajkouskaya is born in Belarus, currently living in Estonia. She started off with journalism studies and has 11 years of working experience in media. Volia also obtained a Masters Degree in directing and producing a documentary film in Baltic Film and Media School (Tallinn, Estonia). She launched Volia Films production company in 2016, the company is registered in Estonia and Belarus. Volia Films produced a full-length documentary “The Road Movie” (dir. Dmitrii Kalashnikov) in 2016. The Road Movie was world premiered at IDFA First Appearance Competition the same year and was screened at more than 80 festivals. She was also a voting member of European Film Academy, a participant of CICAE training for Art Cinema Professionals in September 2016 at Venice IFF, a member of Emerging Producers Network 2018. Moreover, Volia is a board member of the Producers and Film Production Guild of Belarus and is a founder and program director of the second biggest film festival in Belarus – Northern Lights. The festival is focusing on Northern European and Baltic fictions and documentaries have a developed industry platform and a wide range of side events.

Lukas Brašiškis

Film theorist, critic

Lukas Brasiskis (http://lukasbrasiskis.com) is a film and media researcher and curator, currently a PhD candidate at New York University in the Department of Cinema Studies. He is an adjunct professor at NYU and Brooklyn College/CUNY. Brasiskis’ interests include eco-media, creative documentary, politics and aesthetics of the world cinema, and intersections between moving-image cultures and the contemporary art world. His texts have been published in both academic and non-academic media, and he has curated a number of screening programs, including Ecology After Nature (e-flux, New York), From Matter to Data: Ecology of Infrastructures (with Inga Lace, MoMA, New York), Environmental Memories in East-Central European Art (Alternativa Film Festival, Belgrade), Landscape to be Experienced and to be Read: Time, Ecology, Politics on the work of filmmaker James Benning (CAC, Vilnius), Mermaid with The Movie Camera (Spectacle Theater, New York), a program of experimental films Human, Material, Machine (with Leo Goldsmith, CAC, Vilnius), Baltic Poetic Documentary as Ethnographic Cinema (NYU, New York), Welcome to the Anthropocene (CCAMP, Lithuania), among others.