Ineke Smits

After graduating as a photographer and video artist at the Rotterdam Art Academy, in 1994 Ineke Smits completed her Master’s Degree in writing and directing at the National Film and Television School in England. In 2001 her first feature, Magonia, premiered at Toronto International Film Festival. In 2002/03 she was granted a Nipkow Fellowship to work in Berlin on her second feature, The Aviatrix of Kazbek, which closed the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2010. Since 2003 she made several documentaries: Putin’s Mama and Black Gold under Notecka Forest (SilverWolf Competition IDFA), Transit Dubai (IDFA, Audience Award IFF Gdansk) and Stand by Your President (IDFA). Ineke is currently working on a new film in Abkhazia. As a producer she was co-founder and head of development of Volya Films between 2004 and 2009. In 2010 she founded Stout&Smits since 2011 with radiomaker Jeroen Stout. Next to her own work, she coaches international film projects of young makers, gives workshops and advise funds and organizations. Ineke lives and works in the Netherlands and Georgia.


Srdjan Fink

Srdjan Fink is a film and video editor based in Amsterdam, a graduate of the Netherlands Film Academy, Amsterdam School of the Arts. With over 20 years of experience in the post-production industry, Srdjan has successfully worked on numerous film productions and has screen credits on many award-winning documentary films. During his career, Srdjan has worked with directors including Jan van den Berg, Vuk Janic, Masha Novikova, Jiska Rickels, and George Sluizer, and for institutions such as the International Criminal Court (Cour pénale internationale), Greenhouse Film Centre and Binger Filmlab. Srdjan is a dependable, flexible team player who offers creative input and ensures successful post-production of various projects. Recently Srdjan worked with Pascale Lamche, Julien Seri and Blanca Li.


Justyna Mielnikiewicz

Award Winning Photographer from Poland. Since 2003 based in Georgia. In her work specialists in the countries of the former Soviet Union. Her works have been published in various international publications such as The New York Times, Monocle, Newsweek International, Marie Claire , GEO France, National Geographic, Le Monde, Stern, German Yearbook of Reporters without Borders – among others. Began her career in 1999 in Poland, reporting for the daily newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza. Since 2001 works as a freelance documentary photographer. Most important part of her professional activities is devoted to personal, long term projects. She is the member of MAPSimages. In 2014 published her first Book titled: “Woman with a Monkey – Caucasus in Short Notes and Photographs“. Book covers a decade of photographer documenting Caucasus. Currently completing her long term project on Ukraine titled: “A Ukraine Runs Through it“ which is an exploration of modern Ukraine in turmoil with the Dnieper river as a metaphor of contradicting influences which shape the country and the region. To be published as a book in 2017. With 2016 grant she won from E. Smith Memorial Fund she continues her work, that explores the role of ethnicity in identity formation for Russians and Russian speakers residing in former soviet states, 25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union. She teaches photography workshops and is available for lectures on the topic she specializes at: Transformations of the societies east of EU in so called Post Soviet Union Space.