Bohdan Zhuk is a program coordinator for the Kyiv IFF Molodist, Ukraine’s biggest film event. With education in linguistics and professional background as translator, journalist and radio host, he joined the Molodist team in 2014 as a press attaché and programmer. He’s programming feature competition and non-competition sections of Molodist and curates its LGBTQ programme Sunny Bunny, Ukraine’s oldest regular queer-themed event (since 2001). Under his curatorship, it expanded into a competition of fiction features and non-competition screenings of documentaries and classics, and developed partnerships with the country’s leading LGBTQ organizations, Equality festival (held in several cities), and Kyiv Pride.
Montreal-based Eisha Marjara has written and directed several award-winning films including NFB feature docudrama Desperately Seeking Helen, German-Canadian, The Tourist and transgender drama, House for Sale. She has also authored her debut novel “Faerie”, which received rave reviews in the Canadian and American press. Venus (2017), her first fiction feature, produced by Joe Balass, received the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature Film at Whistler Film Festival, Best Feature Film Award at Reelout, MIX Milano and Cinequest Film Festivals, among others. She’s adapting Venus into a TV series with Compass Productions and developing her next feature Calorie.
Michel Marc Bouchard, Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Ordre national du Québec, member of the Académie des Lettres du Québec and the Ordre du Bleuet, has written more than 25 plays. Translated in several languages and staged regularly throughout the world, particularly in France, Italy and Japan, his most famous works are: Lilies, The Orphan Muses, The Tale of Teeka, Heat Waves, The Coronation Voyage, Down Dangerous Passes Road, Written on Water, The Madonna Painter, Something in their Eyes, Tom at the Farm, Christine, the Girl King, and The Devine, a Play for Sarah Bernhardt. Among his plays brought to the screen are Lillies (John Greyson, 1996) and Tom at the Farm (Xavier Dolan, 2013). Recently he was a key collaborator on Cité Mémoire.