Fernando Sapelli is a producer based in São Paulo, having produced both documentaries and fiction films such as "Exodus - Where I Come From is Disappearing" and "Something Like That," the latter a continuation of the short film that won Best Screenplay at the Cannes Film Festival. Currently, he's producing "Dialogue Earth," a VR documentary about Earth painter Ulrike Arnold, and "The Truth," a feature-length thriller about the innocent origins of a religious cult. Fernando also heads the organization "Novos Cineastas do Brasil," which helps young filmmakers to transition into a life-long career.
Hank Levine was born in Germany and graduated with a degree in Economics and Media from the Freie University in Berlin, while directing his first short film, “The Flying Dutchmen." In 1995, he moved to Los Angeles and then New York and worked his way up through feature film and documentary productions. During this time, he produced his first feature length documentary, "War Zone."
Famously, he co-produced the feature films "City of God." “City of God” was nominated in 2004 for four Academy Awards, including Best Director. The movie was a commercial and critical global success.
Hank also produced the award-winning documentary "Waste Land", a co-production with London-based AlmegaProjects, directed by Lucy Walker and starring artist Vic Muniz and garbage pickers from Rio de Janeiro's garbage dump Jardim Gramacho, on a journey that changed their lives and transformed garbage into art. The film had its world premiere in Sundance 2010, winning the competition’s Audience Award. Its European premiere was held during the Berlinale / Panorama 2010, where it received the Amnesty International Award and once again the Audience Award. In 2012, Waste Land was nominated for the Best Feature Length Documentary Oscar.
His latest release as a producer is Karim Ainouz’s“Praia do Futuro," a feature film that had its world premiere in competition at Berlinale in 2014.
“Exodus – Where I Come From is Disappearing”, is Hank’s latest work as a director, scheduled for theatrical release in July 2017. He currently lives in Düsseldorf and Berlin, directing the feature length documentary DIALOGUE EARTH about the Düsseldorf-based Earth Painter, Ulrike Arnold.
Amir-Esmaeil Bozorgzadeh is the founder of Virtuleap, a sandbox for developers to showcase their VR concepts to the world and host of the Global WebVR Hackathon. He is also the European Partner at Edoramedia, a games publisher and digital agency with headquarters in Dubai. Amir is a regular contributor for tech blogs like VentureBeat and TechCrunch.