Katie Metcalfe joined global video platform NOWNESS as a Video Commissioner in 2016 where she has commissioned editorial films and branded content for clients such as Farfetch, Mulberry and Christie’s. She has also been a short film programmer for Sundance Film Festival since 2010 and has over 15 years experience tracking new talent and developing new directorial voices.
Nick Rees-Roberts is the author of Fashion Film: Art and Advertising in the Digital Age, published by Bloomsbury in 2018, the first comprehensive book on the subject. He is Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the Sorbonne in Paris (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3), and has also published other books in the fields of film, media, gender, and queer studies: French Queer Cinema (2008/2014), Homo exoticus: race, classe et critique queer (2010), and Alain Delon : Style, Stardom, and Masculinity (2015). He is currently writing a new book on contemporary fashion creative directors in the age of the luxury brand.
Alina Gavrilă-Borțun was a fashion designer by the time she was hit by advertising. It happened in November 1992 and she’s been in advertising ever since the accident. In 2002 she started running the Gavrila&Asociatii creative joint. 15 years on and still the first reason to go to work is to meet the “Asociatii”. The second is to do stuff that she’s not ashamed to show to her mother. For some time she’s been happily married with The Institute’s big and beautiful projects like Romanian Design Week, Diploma and most recently Cartierul Creativ for which case I’m responsible with the creative direction. Her extra curricula includes judging fellow creative’s work at Ad Print and EuroBest festivals, rolling seminars and trainings on personal branding for the likes of Orange (“University of cool” project) and Avon or Zilele Biz, and a quick affair with fashion, directing a capsule collection for Diorama.
Andrei Iovu is a Berlin based creative consultant and stylist, with a background in publishing and philosophy. For the past 12 years he has worked first as the Fashion Director and then as the Editor-in-Chief of Harper’s BAZAAR Romania, as well as having a two years tenure as Editor-in-Chief of ESQUIRE Magazine.He has a long experience as an Art Director and Producer working for the biggest image agencies such as Getty Images and Corbis. His editorial work is complemented by advertising campaigns for global brands as well as personal projects in the fashion industry.
Lil Bulgac is currently Fashion Director at Harper’s Bazaar Romania which she joined in 2008. Despite being based in Berlin working as a freelance fashion stylist & creative consultant, she is still very active in Bucharest. After the first couple of years at Harper’s Bazaar and collaborations with a few of the biggest names on the Romanian market (Irina Schrotter and Maria Lucia Hohan among them), the Moldavian-born, Bucharest-bred stylist was tapped to take the style directorship at Esquire Magazine, working as a chief creative for both magazines simultaneously. Lil believes in a life centered around beautiful aesthetics and the subtlety of beauty, honesty and good sense.
Marketa Uhlirova is an art historian with an interest in the display, representation and mediation of fashion, especially in the moving image. Marketa is a co-founder and director of the Fashion in Film Festival, and a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Her film programmes have been hosted by leading arts venues including Tate Modern, Barbican, Palazzo Grassi, Danish Film Institute and Museum of the Moving Image, New York. Marketa is also the editor of Fashion in Film’s publications, including the award-winning Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle (2013), and a regular speaker at cinema and arts venues internationally. She has contributed writing to Fashion Theory, Art Monthly, Aperture, AnOther, Notebook and others.