Eva Zaoralová is a film critic and a journalist. Mrs. Zaoralová contributes to the publishing of Film a doba magazine and also works with domestic and foreign periodicals. As the artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival from 1995 to 2010, she helped increase the audience interest in the festival’s program and raise its international prestige. She continues to work with the festival as the artistic consultant. Besides her interest in European cinema, she follows the work of Iranian filmmakers regularly.
Mani Haghighi’s Abadan helped initiate the current new wave in Iranian cinema. His Men at Work premiered at Berlinale and Canaan won the Audience Prize at Fajr Film Festival. Modest Reception won the NETPAC Prize at Berlinale and went on to win eight more prizes. Haghighi has co-written two films with the Oscar winner Asghar Farhadi: Fireworks Wednesday and Canaan.
Diego Fandos is a Spanish filmmaker. He is the recipient of a number of awards based on his short stories. His first feature, Cosmos, was released in 2008. Currently, Diego works in the screenwriting department of Prague Film School and prepares the launching of two new short films and a book. His second feature script is under pre-production in Madrid.
Zuzana Kříhová teaches Persian literature at the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, Charles University. She is an expert of modern Iranian literature as well as Iranian literature in exile. In an Anthology of Contemporary Persian Literature “The Wind Will Carry Us Away”, she translated several short stories from contemporary Iranian authors as well as several poems from modern Persian poetry.