David McGovern

David McGovern is a filmmaker and educator currently based in Ireland. He makes films about being reflective and human in a fickle world. Using both lo-fi experimental approaches and high quality production, he explores what things feel like and how things might be. David is a visiting lecturer in moving image at University of the Arts London, including Central St Martins and Chelsea School of Art and Design. He runs a variety of workshops that reimagine our relationship to film. At London College of Fashion he is the head of the fashion film short course. Using both theory and practice, the course plays with the ambiguity of fashion film, encouraging the students to widen the definition rather than narrow it. He believes that fashion films should have a conscience and a purpose, even if that purpose is escapism and wonder. His expertise of the topic has led him to judge and speak at a number of fashion film festivals globally. http://www.davidm.tv

Alina Gavrilă - Borțun

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.

Ioana Ciolacu

Ioana Ciolacu is a contemporary womenswear fashion label from the Romanian designer by the same name. With an MA in Fashion Design and Technology from the prestigious London College of Fashion of University of the Arts London and with design experience from one of the best international brands – Stella McCartney, Ioana has developed a strong understanding of creating high quality clothes and unique designs. With a focus on shape, craftsmanship and sustainability, Ioana takes inspiration from architecture and nature combining signature graphics with tailoring techniques. Her simple yet tailor inspired silhouettes work as canvases for signature graphics – transposed in prints and embroidery -and fabric combinations that all show a deep understanding of shape, proportion and craftsmanship. Ioana’s effortless pieces show a love for playing with custom developed techniques to create a modern and alluring look.

Ioana Mischie

Ioana Mischie is a Romanian-born cinematic storyteller (screenwriter/director), awarded for filmmaking, creative writing, interactive concepts and a Fulbright Grantee Alumna of USC School of Cinematic Arts, researching transmedia storytelling as part of her doctoral study. After graduating UNATC’s storytelling-driven BA and MA, her cinematic projects as writer/director have traveled to more than 60 festivals worldwide and were developed in international program.Co-founder and Head of Storyscapes, an NGO focusing transmedia storytelling and expanded narratives initiated in 2012 and since 2015 arts-based research collaborator of CINETic, a recently created Eastern European centre focussing the interaction between neuroscience and groundbreaking audio-visual paths.Envisioning the world as a neo-creative playground, she deeply believes that storytellers are the architects of the future (Buckminster Fuller).

Ben Nicholas

Ben Nicholas is a writer/director/editor. He graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts film program in 2008. His background as a cinematographer and editor informs an approach to directing in which all disciplines are formally intertwined. Ben often leads post-production as the editor, drawing on a background in music to lend projects a distinct rhythm and soundscape. Temporal fractures and dream-states often crop up in a body of work that can be described as textural and ethereal. His longterm collaboration with fine artist Daniel Arsham and Adidas Originals recently culminated in the three-part science fiction film Hourglass. Ben’s latest project TIC, a short film about a serial-killer’s online shopping addiction, is currently playing the festival circuit.