HILLA MEDALIA – Director and Producer
Peabody Award-winning, three-time Emmy® nominated director and producer. Founder of Medalia Productions,a creative documentary production company operating in Israel and in the US.
Her films have garnered critical acclaim and screened internationally in theaters and on television including HBO,MTV,BBC and ARTE.
Among her films:
“Muhi – Generally Temporary” (2017), Muhi, a brave and spirited boy from Gaza has been living in an Israeli hospital, for 7 years. Caught between two homes and two peoples, Muhi is unable to return to Gaza. He is raised in paradoxical circumstances that transcend identity, religion and the conflict that divides his world. His time at the hospital is running out and Muhi now faces the most critical choices of his life. Premiered at the San Francisco Film Festival, screened at Hot Docs, AFI and Docaviv where it won the best debut film award.
“Censored Voices” (2015) BBC, ARTE, VPRO, Sundance Institute), a documentary about hidden recordings from the Six Day War, has premiered in 2015 at the Sundance Film Festival and screened at Berlinale – Panorama, Hot Docs, IDFA, BFI London, among others. It has won the Israeli Oscar for best documentary and has been released theatrically in the US and Europe.
“Web Junkie” (2014) dealing with Internet Addiction in China, which she co-directed and produced, premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and has been acquired by the BBC and released in the US and Canada.
“The Go Go Boys” (2014), the inside story of Cannon Films, Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Dancing in Jaffa”(2013) is a hopeful portrait, following ballroom dancer Pierre Dulaine as he returns to his hometown to teach 150 Jewish and Palestinian 11-year-olds how to move gracefully together. “Dancing in Jaffa” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, won the editing award at DocAviv and the «Honorary One Future» award at the Munich Film Festival and 6 Audience Awards. “Dancing in Jaffa” was released theatrically in the US, France, and Germany and participated in the Sundance Institute Film Forward program.
For her documentary“After the Storm”(2009, MTV), Hilla won an Audience Award at the Woodstock Film Festival and the Crystal Heart Award at the Heartland Festival. Past projects include “Happy You’re Alive” (Channel 1, Israel) and “Numbered” (YES) which won the Silver Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival and“Best Debut Documentary”at the Israeli Documentary Awards and “To Die in Jerusalem” (2007,HBO).
Hilla has been awarded the Paris Human Rights Festival Jury Award, Golden Warsaw Phoenix, as well as the jury award at FIPA and more.
She teaches at the IDC and is a regular lecturer at The NY Film Academy, NYU, EWA (European Women’s Audiovisual Network) and the New Fund for Cinema’s Women Greenhouse on the subject of production, directing and crowdfunding. Hilla is a mentor for the NFCT’s Business Card Program for Emerging Filmmakers she acts as lector and judge at film festivals and forums, Hilla is a board member of the Pacific Council, The Israeli Director’s Guild and The Israeli Academy of Film and Television and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Hilla holds an M.A.from Southern Illinois University.
MICHELLE CHEN MIAO – Producer and Director
Chen Miao is one of the well-known film directors of China New Cinema. A graduate of Beijing Film Academy, she went to study and work in Hollywood before returning to China to apply her Western experience to filmmaking.
Her first feature film “Mi Ni” (2005) starring famous movie stars–Angelica Lee and Liu Ye was theatrically released nationwide in greater China. “A Girl Thirteen” (2007) her second feature was entered into the 60th Cannes Film Festival for the Junior Competition and won Best Digital Film at the 2007 Beijing Youth Film Festival. Her third feature “Son of the Stars” (2012) won the Best Upcoming Director’s Awards at China American Film Festival, won the Best Actress Award and the Best Humanity Awards at Beijing Youth Film Festival, won the Best Young Writer/Director Award from Shanghai Culture Development Funds, etc. In 2013, she founded the digital-media platform “Temperature Movie”, a collection of more than 250 mini films made by Chen Miao and other filmmakers throughout China. Many of the mini films won awards at international film festivals including the“2015 Golden Angel for Minifilms”at 2015 China American Film Festival.
Chen Miao is the founder of “℃ Temperature Movie”, a multiple media website/WeChat account. She is a seasoned documentary filmmaker. Her films “The Snake Boy”, “Shanghai Dreams”, “Lulu and Me” have been critically acclaimed at various international film festivals and have been broadcasted by TV channels throughout Asia.
Her former work experience includes her role as the International Production Manager at Saban Entertainment, a Fox World Wide company and Founder/Executive Director at ChinaNow.com, a website in China. In addition, she teaches Filmmaking at the Shanghai Drama Academy and Shanghai Film Academy.
XIAO LONG-Executive Producer
Xiao Long is a curator for documentary film festivals and events, and a producer for documentary and actual contents. He is the co-founder and Permanent Secretory of Beijing International Film Festival Documentary Sector, the co-founder and director of FreshPitch, the co-founder of Outdoor Documentary.
Season, the co-founder and director of the Documentary Training Courses of SARFT Training Academy, the Annual Development Program of DocChina, the experts and writer of Study Report of The Development of Chinese Documentary.
He is the producer of the documentary of A VR Journey of Kyoto Gardens in the Fall Season, the documentary of The Champion of the Nature. Projects in development including Taste of China, The Gulf Course,feature-length documentary The World of Tsai Chin,Wild Ball,the Dream of Everest,etc.
RONNY MERDINGER – Line Producer
Film and television producer with extensive,diverse experience producing projects worldwide.
After graduating New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a film & television degree, Merdinger joined the production team of HBO’s cultural phenomenon Sex and The City. She went on to manage productions for BBC, HBO, NBC, Relativity Media, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, Warner Bros.,Showtime and Fox.
Due to the wide range of productions she helmed, including commercials, both narrative and documentary shorts and features, scripted episodic television, and music videos, Merdinger was able to build a unique type and level of experience. Her vast body of work includes Beyonce’s BET award-winning music video, Love on Top; Sundance smash, Half Nelson, for which Ryan Gosling was nominated for an Academy Award; and John Oliver – Live on Stage: Terrifying Times. Merdinger also produced HBO’s critical darling and Emmy award-winning comedy series, Flight of the Conchords.
She recently produced “Made Like a Gun”, a documentary following a group of Israeli army veterans dealing with trauma, on a motorcycle trip across the Himalayas.