Lav Diaz is a director, writer, producer, editor, cinematographer, poet, musician, composer, production designer and actor who has been called “the ideological father of the New Philippine Cinema.” Since 1998 he has directed twelve films and won many international awards including the Orizzonti Grand Prize in Venice for MELANCHOLIA in 2008, the Golden Leopard at Locarno in 2014 for FROM WHAT IS BEFORE, the Silver Bear at the 2016 Berlinale for A LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY and the Golden Lion in Venice for THE WOMAN WHO LEFT in 2016. SEASON OF THE DEVIL is premiering in competition at this year’s Berlinale.
Vincenzo Bugno worked as a journalist and film critic; for several years he has been a consultant/curator for film festivals. Since 2002 Vincenzo Bugno has worked at the Berlinale in various capacities, as Selection Committee Member and Festival Delegate. He is the Head of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund, founded 2004 with the objective of supporting film production in regions lacking a structurally strong film industry. He is also Curator of the TFL-TorinoFIlmLab.