Director BIO: Mark Cira (SWEET YOYA)

Director – Mark Cira

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Mark Cira was born in Toronto, Canada. He is a writer and director, known for Sweet Yoyo(2017), Armie (2018) and Petting Scorpions (2017). As part of the award-winning collective The Young Astronauts, a company known for their international films, commercials and music videos, his work continues to be recognized around the world.


Director BIO: Mehmet Tığlı (HIGH CALORIE)

Director Biography – Mehmet Tığlı

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Mehmet Tığlı was born in İstanbul in 1970. He graduated from Marmara University in 1991. He is screenwriter and short-film director. He completed cinema courses at İFSAK in 1992. He won best screenplay awards of Orhon Murat Arıburnu National Art Awards in 1992 and 1993. He was assigned as a jury member at many short-film festivals. He is Culture and Art Editor of BrandMap Business Magazine. Mehmet Tığlı is also Marketing and Communication lecturer in the Department of Business at the Marmara University where he has been a faculty member since 1993. His first short film ‘Twin Stars-İkiz Yıldızlar’ was shot in June, 2016. ‘Twin Stars’ was selected officially to fiftysix international festivals and won twenty two awards until May 2017. His last film High Calorie-Yüksek Kalori was shot in May, 2017.

Director BIO: Till Gmuer (ABOUT PATIENCE)

Director Biography – Till Gmuer

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1983 – 1986
Self-taught learning and experimenting with Super-8 film.

1987 – 1992
Teacher education in Lucerne

1994 – 2001
The hobby becomes a profession by a professional Videoproducer

2001 – 2002
Marketing and image communication by an agency

2002 – 2004
Preparation course at the School of Design, Bern and eidg. Diploma Examination Multimedia Coordinator.

Since 2002
independent video producer

Director Statement


It’s about believing in yourself. You have to stay true to your goals and ideas.
It is about assertiveness, one’s own will, it is about self-realization, about the development of one’s own strengths and unequal prerequisites. And also to promote the acceptance of partial performance weaknesses against the background of today’s school situation.

The topic is global and timeless.

I want to see children laughing!

Director BIO: Ella Warner (JOYA MIA)

Director Biography – Ella Warner

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I am a 12 year old student film maker, I go to Millikan Middle school and I am in the Cinematic Arts Academy. This film is special to me because my grandmother is suffering from slight memory loss, and I got to take her reality and make it into an art for many people to see. I also have been taking piano for eight years and I enjoy composing to my own short films.


Director Statement


I believe we have film to send out a powerful message to people. I make films to send the message. I want people to finish my film with emotion, and a thought that can help the world. I am an animal advocate, and went to a school with inclusion called CHIME, where special needs kids work in the same classroom.