Born in Kyrgyzstan, Gulbara Tolomushova is a member of FIPRESCI who graduated from the Film Art Department of VGIK, Moscow. She is an expert of Bishkek Aitmatov House of Cinema at the Cinematography Department of the Ministry of Culture, Information, Sports and Youth Policy of the Kyrgyz Republic. She has been the program director of the CIS Young Cinema Forum ‘Umut’, editor and author of the website of the Cinema Development Fund - kyrgyzcinema.com, author of the journal Forum (edition of IFESCCO, Moscow), author of scientific works, published in the Kyrgyz Republic and abroad, and author of the online film magazine Kinokultura.com. She is a jury member at many international film festivals, was invited to Berlin International Film Festival in 2020, and took part at the Film Market of the Cannes IFF in 2021.
Sebastian Lindvall is a film critic and curator based in Stockholm, Sweden. After graduating in cinema studies at Stockholm University, where he wrote his bachelor's thesis on Satoshi Kon and master's thesis on Mamoru Oshii, he became a copywriter and production coordinator for a film distribution company. With a strong passion for writing about cinema, he then moved on to the Stockholm International Film Festival and stayed there on and off for several years – his last festival as editor-in-chief. Nowadays, he works at the Cinematheque – where he has curated retrospectives on Kim Ki-young, Toshiro Mifune and Tsai Ming-liang, among others – and as a freelance film critic for Scandinavia’s largest morning daily, Dagens Nyheter. He has been a member of the Swedish Film Critics Association since 2019.
Kim Hyeshin is a critic for film and culture, as well as an art educator. She majored in French literature (Baudelaire, Rimbaud) and film studies at the University of Sorbonne Nouvelle, where she obtained her doctorate with a dissertation on "The Cinematographic Poeticity." In 2008, she became a member of FIPRESCI Korea and eventually served as a secretary general of the organization. Kim has also held various roles, including serving on the evaluation committee for international film festivals at the Korea Culture & Tourism Institute, being a member of the Chungnam Film Commission, working as an invited professor in the Department of Film and TV at Jeonju University, and serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of Theater and Film at Hanyang University. She has contributed articles to publications such as PAF: the performing arts & film review, Cooltura, and Maeil Business Newspaper. Additionally, she has been an active panelist on BBS's 'Cine Journal' (a program of ‘Morning Journal’) and served as a judge for the 'Book to Film' category at the Busan International Film Festival from 2013 to 2016.