Born in South Tyrol, but as a young man he goes to Germany where he achieves a great success in the job he truly loved. Baumi became a big German, European and worldwide known producer and art-house film distributor, a pioneer of a co-production model that still truly lives in the European and worldwide cinematography, a model that is in focus at the Avvantura Film Festival. Baumi had been visiting the festival since its foundation and he is the first winner of the Tomislav Pinter award for exceptional contribution to the film art. His art is related to Pandora, a famous production and distribution company which he cofounded with Reinhard Brundig. Pandora will soon become the lighthouse of the art-house cinematography, it will celebrate, promote and discover authors like Aki Kaurismaki, Sally Potter, Kim Ki-duk, Andrei Tarkovsky. With Piano by Jane Campion (1993) he celebrates his first success as a distributor. It was followed by Underground by Kusturica, winner of the Palme d’or, which Baumi produced. Since then Baumi’s name has been an unavoidable producer name whose films are regularly in the narrowest selection of many big festivals. Super 8 Stories (Kusturica), My Sweet Home (Filipos Tsitos), Irina Palm (Sam Garbarski), Na putu (Jasmila Žbanić), Le Havre (Kaurismaki), his latest titles are Clouds of Sils Maria of by Olivier Assayas and Cut buy Fatih Akin. His productive career was interrupted by his early death in the spring of 2014. Avvantura Film Festival is celebrating its friend Baumi with a selection of his films. In Irina Palm you will also see this year’s Tomislav Pinter award winner Predrag Miki Manojlović.
Matthew Raymond Dillon (born February 18, 1964) is an American actor and film director. He made his feature film debut in Over the Edge (1979) and established himself as a teen idol by starring in films such as My Bodyguard (1980), Little Darlings (1980), Tex (1982), Rumble Fish(1983) The Outsiders (1983) and The Flamingo Kid (1984). From the late 1980s onward, Dillon achieved further success, starring in such films as Drugstore Cowboy (1989), Singles (1992), The Saint of Fort Washington (1993), To Die For (1995), Beautiful Girls (1996), In & Out (1997), There's Something About Mary (1998), and Wild Things (1998). In a 1991 article, famed movie critic Roger Ebert referred to him as the best actor within his age group, along with Sean Penn.
In the 2000s, he made his directing debut with City of Ghosts (2002) and went on to star in the films Factotum (2005), You, Me and Dupree (2006), Nothing but the Truth (2008), Sunlight Jr. (2013) and Going in Style (2017). For Crash (2004), he won an Independent Spirit Award and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He had earlier been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for narrating Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Since 2015, he has starred in the FOX television series Wayward Pines, for which he was nominated for a Saturn Award in 2016.
Luis Miñarro is a member of the Academy of the Cinematographic arts and sciences of Spain, Academy of the Catalan cinema, Catalan Association of the Cinematographic and Audiovisual Production Companies, European Film Academy and Creative Club. With his Company Eddie Saeta S.A. defender of Cinema as Art, he has a personal commitment that means he invests his time, money and energy defending Cinema as an Art and to fight against the hegemonic cinema.
Once the leader of Japan's new wave rock band EX, composer Shigeru Umebayashi began scoring films in 1985 when the band broke up. He has more than 40 Japanese and Chinese films to his credit and is perhaps best known in the West for "Yumeji's Theme" (originally from Seijun Suzuki's Yumeji), included in director Wong Kar-wai's In the Mood for Love (2000). Umebayashi scored most of Wong Kar-wai's follow-up film, 2046 (2004), and House of Flying Daggers. He is also the composer for the music of the first Serbian spectacle, Charleston & Vendetta. Umebayashi received the special "Tomislav Pinter Award" at Avvantura Film Festival Zadar (Croatia) in 2013 during his stay as member of the official Jury.
Allan Starski is the son of Ludwik Starski (originally Ludwik Kałuszyner) famous screenwriter and songwriter of Jewish descent (such as "Zapomniana melodia" and "Piętro wyżej"). In 1969, he graduated with a degree in architecture from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Pol. Akademia Sztuk Pięknych). His first work as a production designer was in a film by Ryszard Ber called Chłopcy (Boys) in 1973. Starski collaborated with famous Polish Oscar and Palme d'Or-winning director Andrzej Wajda on projects like Człowiek z marmuru (Man of Marble), Człowiek z żelaza (Man of Iron), Panny z Wilka (The Maids of Wilko) and Pan Tadeusz. Starski also worked on stage productions with Wajda, Aleksander Bardini, Arthur Miller and Andrzej Łapicki.
In 1993, he won an Academy Award (shared with Ewa Braun) for Best Art Direction/Set Decoration for Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List. He also has worked with Agnieszka Holland (Europe, Europe and Washington Square) and Jerzy Stuhr (Historie miłosne-Love stories). Starski worked with Roman Polanski on The Pianist in 2002 (winning a Cesar Award) and Oliver Twist in 2005. His latest projects are the American films Hannibal Rising by Peter Webber and Snow Princess by Mark Roemmich.
Manojlović grew up in a family of stage actors – father Ivan Manojlović and mother Zorka Doknić. After his screen debut in 1970, young Predrag continued to appear in numerous films and TV dramas made in SFR Yugoslavia, some of which, like the 1975 TV series Grlom u jagode where he memorably played Miki Rubiroza, achieved cult status.
He is arguably best known for the role of the father in Emir Kusturica's 1985 film When Father Was Away on Business and as a tragic opportunist in 1995's Underground (also by Kusturica). He is known for his versatility which helped him make a strong impression both in starring and character roles, as well as dramas and comedies, with his small role in the 1992 hit comedy Mi nismo anđeli being an example of the latter. He played the role of Agostino Tassi in the 1997 film Artemisia and that of Miki in Irina Palm.
Veljko Bulajić (born 22 March 1928) is a Croatian Montenegrin film director. He has spent the majority of his life working in Croatia and is primarily known for directing the Yugoslav state-sponsored World War II-themed movies from the Partisan film genre. Bulajić was a soldier in World War II having joined the Yugoslav Partisans resistance group at the age of 13. Bulajic and his two older brothers were all wounded in battle. His oldest brother, Đorđe, succumbed to his injuries. The two surviving brothers, Veljko and Stevan, would later co-write the movies Kozara and Battle of Neretva. According to the Croatian Public Broadcasting Company, his films have reached an audience in excess of 500 million viewers worldwide. Bulajić was born in the village of Vilusi near Nikšić, Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes. His debut film Train Without a Timetable was a complex drama dealing with the interactions among people who were forcefully leaving their ancestral homes in order to move to new, yet undeveloped farmland. The film was nominated for the Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 1962 his film Kozara brought him international attention and was awarded the Big Golden Arena for Best Film at the Yugoslav National Film Awards. The film had the honor and privilege of premiering in the world's largest museum, the French Louvre It was entered into the 3rd Moscow International Film Festival where it won the Golden Prize. Bulajic was a member of the jury at the 4th Moscow International Film Festival.
In 1969 he wrote and directed the legendary war film Battle of Neretva. "Neretva" is the seventh most expensive non-English movie ever produced. Pablo Picasso created one of the promotional posters for the film. The soundtrack was created by Oscar-winning composer Bernard Herrmann and  the film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
In 2010, the Commission of the 32nd Moscow International Film Festival included Battle of Neretva in its list of the 10 most important films ever made about World War II. This put the film in the company of masterpieces such as The Bridge on the River Kwai by David Lean and Empire of the Sun by Steven Spielberg.
Some of Bulajic's most notable film awards include; ten golden arena awards at the Pula Film Festival, the Lion of Saint Mark at the Venice Film Festival, the audience award at the Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Nymph Award at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival, the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Film Festival, a lifetime achievement award at the MedFilm Festival, the prestigious Kalinga Prize awarded by the Director-General of UNESCO, and Europe's oldest film prize – the Nastro d'Argento awarded by the Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists.
Bulajic served on the Cannes Film Festival jury in 1968, 1969 and 1980. He is one of only 15 people all-time to have served on the jury three or more times. Bulajic has also served on the juries of the Venice Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival and Delhi International Film Festival. In a 2011 article the American political-journalism organization Politico referred to Bulajic as "one of the most successful director's of his day".
Bulajic has been recognized with several state awards and medals. These include: The Award of the Anti-Fascist Council of National Liberation of Yugoslavia, which was the highest state award in the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, the "Sacred Ground of Stalingrad" award of the Soviet Union, the Montenegrin award "July 13th ", the City of Skopje (Macedonia) Award, the City of Zagreb (Croatia) Award and the Vladimir Nazor Award for Life Achievement in Film awarded by the Republic of Croatia for outstanding contributions to the arts and culture.