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Dainius Gavenonis, nominated Best Actor at Imagineindia for Isaac (Jurgis Matulevicius)

Lithuanian theater and cinema actor Dainius Gavenonis is a winner of the Lithuanian National Prize for Culture and Arts, earlier has received awards from the Ministry of Culture, Golden Stage Cross (main Lithuanian Theatre award), Silver Crane (main cinema award), and other awards for excellent roles. Kaunas born and grown actor currently performs at Oskaras Koršunovas/Vilnius City Theater and Lithuanian National Drama Theater. He plays in numerous films made in Lithuania and appears one of most used actors of his generation in cinema.

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Tillotama Shome, nominated Best Actress at Imagineindia for Sir (Rohena Gera)

Tillotama Shome is an Indian film actress. She was nominated for Best Supporting Actress at the 63rd Filmfare Awards for her role in A Death In The Gunj.

Born in Kolkata, India, Shome grew up all over India since her father was with the Indian Air Force. She went to Delhi’s Lady Shri Ram College and became a part of Arvind Gaur‘s Asmita theatre group.  She moved to New York in the Autumn of 2004 for a master’s programme in educational theatre at New York University, where she remained until visiting Mumbai on holiday in February 2008. Thereafter, she took up residence in Mumbai and, after completing some outstanding projects in New York, she returned to India in May 2008.  In New York, she also taught theatre to murder convicts at a high security US prison.

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Paulius Markevicius, nominated Best Actor at Imagineindia for Summer Survivors

Paulius Markevicius is one of the most active young generations talent in theatre and performance field. Since 2010 Paulius Markevičius is carrying the ball in many different theatre and film productions. He has established his woks in National theatres as well as independent productions in Lithuania. Monodrama “albert,WRU”( 2017 ) was nominated for Golden Cross stage award, whilst upcoming works are supported by the Ministry of Culture. His work in independent field was appreciated with Young artist prize in collaboration with Arts and Science Laboratory ( 2018 ).

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Kani Kusruti, nominated Best Actress for Biriyaani (Sajin Babu) at Imagineindia

Kani was born in ThiruvananthapuramKerala, to social activist and rationalist parents Jayasree AK and Maitreya Maitreyan. Her parents had dropped their last names to erase the social hierarchy marker that comes with last names in India. At 15, she invented her last name “Kusruti” (meaning “mischievous” in Malayalam) to fill in a requirement in her class 10th exam application. She grew up in Thiruvananthapuram, where she got introduced to the Abhinaya Theatre Research Centre, “a common platform for theatre practitioners”. She later moved to Thrissur, where she enrolled in the theatre arts program at the Thrissur Drama School, between 2005 and 2007. She completed her theatre education at the L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, where she studied physical theatre for two years.

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Daniyar Alshinov, nominated Best Actor for A Dark Dark Man (Adilkhan Yerzhanov) at Imagineindia

Daniyar Alshinov is a well-known Kazakh actor. His recent works were the leading parts in Adilkhan Yerzhanov’s critically acclaimed feature films “A Dark, Dark Man” (“Achievement in Directing”, Asian Pacific Screen Award-2019) and “Atbai’s Fight” (Grand-Prix at Yakutsk IFF-2020). Daniyar also played the leading part in Yerzhanov’s recently made new feature (working title “Herd Immunity”, currently in post-production). In 2020 Alshinov won “Best Actor” prize at the “Critics’ Choice”, the leading Kazakh independent film awards helmed by the Film Critics’ Association of Kazakhstan.

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Lima Das, nominated Best Actress at Imagineindia for Aamis (Bhaskar Hazarika)

Dr. Lima Das is an actor and classical dancer from Guwahati, Assam.
She made her debut in films with the critically acclaimed Assamese film ‘Aamis’ directed by Bhaskar Hazarika, winning the Best Actress awards at the Singapore South Asian International Film Festival (SSAIFF) 2019 and the 4th Sailadhar Baruah Film Awards. She was also felicitated with the Biju Phukan Recognition Award for Acting 2020 for her role in Aamis.

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Rozafa Celaj, nominated Best Actress for Aga,s House at Imagineindia

A 24 year old actress and director, born in Kosovo and raised by parents who are both actors. Attended seven years of professional music school, studying violin, piano, guitar and singing. Graduated from the Faculty of Arts of the Prishtina University, department of TV and Film Directing. While a student Rozafa wrote, directed and produced several short film projects.

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Still (Anis Naseri) Iran

Still
Anis Naseri
Iran.  2019.  14 min

The film is narrating two sisters living alone, Azi, the elder, and Anna, the younger.
Their mother passed away at Anna’s birthday. Azi was blaming her sister for her death and hated her for a while . Time passed by, Anna was growing up and she was resembling her mom more and more. Azi could not hate her anymore. She found her as her mother replacement and started playing a game with her. A dreadful Mom and Child game.

ANIS NASERI

Anis Nasseri was graduated in B.A Persian Literature and M.A Cinema. She recieved the Gold Medal for 20 Iranian National Scientific Olympiad: Persian Literature, Iran.

She also attended at different cinema courses including Directing by Asghar Farhadi and Shahram Mokri. She was script writer and researcher for some short films.
Still is her directorial debut film which goes through a sisterhood story.

DIRECTOR,S STATEMENT

Family has been a considerable concern to me. I could neither leave it away nor absorb it utterly. I think that most complicated family relationship is my relationship with my mother. My mother was and still is a tough woman. I wished I could set up close relationship with her. My sister behaves like my mother. Our sisterhood emerged out then. She takes the duty to go through the unfinished role of my mother. When I grew up, I become curious to figure out the relationships. In this film, we see the relationship of two sisters in the absent of their mother. All of us have left our mothers behind. The mother that we knew them in our childhood, a happy mother who walked fast or listened to us …. STILL makes a review of such motherhood and sisterhood relationship. Let’s say : it goes through the STILLS, quoted by Shamlou, a great Iranian poet.

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Dog (Hesam Salehbeig) Iran

Dog
Hesam Salehbeig
Iran.  2019.  15 min

It is said that the origin of dogs is from wolves. They have changed through the time and are the human’s best friend. Two women have to deal with a human.

HESAM SALEHBEIG

Hesam Salehbegi was born in in 1995, Iran. He got his B.A in architecture from IKIU University, 2017 and now he is studying master of cinema at Sooreh University. He has been working as film editor, graphic designer, screen writer since 2005. DOG is his first short film.

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Meryem Uzerli, nominated Best Actress for The Hive at Imagineindia

Meryem Uzerli was born in 1983, Kassel, Germany.
She moved to Hamburg to complete her education and acting training in The acting Studio Frese, before she moved to berlin to continue her Theater career.
She took a part in plays of well-known authors such as Shakespeare, Brecht , Goldoni and Büchner.

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