Brian Winston (guest lecturer) is the first holder of the Lincoln Professorship at the University of Lincoln (UK). He is the founding chair of the British Association of Film, Television and Media Studies and has been a governor of the British Film Institute. He is a Guest Professor at Beijing Normal University. His primary areas of interest are freedom of speech, journalism history, media technology and documentary film, all of which he teaches. He has written 16 other books and contributed over 40 chapters to books across the field of communications. Prof. Winston has been involved with media since he joined Granada UK’s World In Action in 1963.  His television work in documentary was awarded in 1985 with a US prime-time Emmy (for WNET, New York). In 2012, a feature-length documentary on Robert Flaherty – A Boatload of Wild Irishmen – which he wrote and co-produced won a Special Jury prize from the British University Council for Film and Video. Prof. Winston is one of the world-leading figures in the field of documentary filmmaking and documentary studies.

Maria Cristina Lasagni is professor of Cinema and Documentary at the Università della Svizzera Italiana, and Scientific Director of the Documentary Summer School (with Prof. Gabriele Balbi). She has directed scientific researches for Universities and Institutions, such as the Italian public broadcaster RAI, the Italian Authority for Communications, and for the Swiss Federal Office of Communications UFCOM. She has been content editor for the educational channel TVLTV-Language (digital TV Stream, now Sky). As a filmmaker, she has directed documentaries on social matters (e.g. gender issues, mental health, psychiatric reform, social marginality), as well as educational productions for the Italian Parliament and the Italian National Health Service. She is the head of Psicoradio, a national radio program in collaboration with the Department of Mental Health in Bologna (Italy).  Her latest book, entitled Nanook cammina ancora (“Nanook keeps walking”, 2014) is about the historical development of the documentary genre, as well as on its philosophical, ethical and social status.

Andrea Segre is an award-winner Italian filmmaker who has directed over twenty films of documentary and fiction genre. In his films, Andrea has explored issues such as ethnic and cultural identity, migration, social and economic crisis. His first feature film Shun Li and the Poet (2011) is a poetic depiction of the friendship between a young Chinese woman, migrated to Italy, and a silent fisherman of Slavic origin. The film won three awards at the Venice Film Festival, as well as the prestigious LUX Prize from the European Parliament. Andrea Segre holds a PhD in Sociology of Communication from the University of Bologna. He has been teaching for over ten years graduate courses in visual ethnography and social communication.

Nevina Satta is the CEO of the Sardegna Film Commission, the Vice-President of the Italian Film Commission Association (IFC), and a board member of Cineregio, the EU network of Regional Film Funds. A professor of Film Producing and Directing at various EU Universities, she received her Philosophy degree in Cultural Media Studies and Visual Anthropology PhD in Milan, where she began her career as filmmaker and producer. Before returning to her homeland after twenty years, she was based in Los Angeles and Milan, developing and producing narrative features and documentaries. She has also worked as consultant for International Film Festivals and as an architect of training initiatives, among which the Documentary Summer School since its inception in 2000. She founded with her husband the Unicef-endorsed NGO The Traveling Film School. She is a specialist in Sustainability in the Creative Industries and Audiovisual Industry Funds and Institutions.

Amedeo D'Adamo was the Founding Dean and then President of the original Los Angeles Film School, a floating graduate film-crafts conservatory in Hollywood, CA; he currently teaches film directing (narrative & doc) and marketing at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan and Brescia. He co-founded The Traveling Film School, a non-profit organization that provides free film and theater training in underdeveloped regions. He also was the architect and Scientific Director of Apulia Experience, a radical EU-funded film development program. As a narrative and doc filmmaker, his films have been in major festivals including Rome, Miami, Austin and Torino. His published academic work in media studies concerns the intersections of race, nationalism, gender, cinema space, celebrity studies and ethics. His first book, Dantean Space in Cinema and TV, will be published by Palgrave this fall; it examines the forms of space and social bonds in narrative cinema, documentary, television and other forms of media. He holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University.

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