Joshua Sternlicht is a film director, producer, writer and educator whose films explore the boundaries between documentary and fiction. His films examine relevant issues in nuanced human ways focusing on issues like migration and climate change. Joshua is the founder of Eyespot Films, a film production company credited with international award-winning films including ‘20,000 Cycles’ inspired by Nikola Tesla and ‘Fool in a Bubble.’ Joshua was recently selected as a VII agency photographer and a Kodak Filmmakers Award recipient. With each incarnation, Joshua’s mission has consistently been to create and share personal, thoughtful, entertaining, and cinematic stories. In addition, he is also a devoted activist and supporter of environmental innovations.
Khasar Sandag is a self taught photographer and producer from
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He is inspired by people who live in remote and diverse parts of the world. Khasar was featured by Time Magazine, Apple and have won and received honorable mentions at international photo contests. While not on assignment, he runs and helps production companies from all over the world to film in his home country. Khasar runs the only designated local film production service (Steppe Fixers Mongolia) in Mongolia. His clients include Channel News Asia, Warner Brothers & Netflix.
Director of Photography
Khoroldorj ‘Hogo’ Choijoovanchig
Hogo is an independent filmmaker from Mongolia, specialising in cinematography and editing. His short film “Dream” travelled to international film festivals in 2011. He has been selected to participated in film workshops in the Asian Film Academy of BIFF, Berlinale Talents of the Berlinale and Talents Tokyo of Tokyo FilMEX. His debut feature “Yellow Colt” was supported by the Mongolian Government, the Ministry of Culture, Asian Cinema Fund and BIFF. It was selected to premiere in film festivals: BUSAN IFF, ULAANBAATAR IFF, BENGALORE IFF and has been
selected as one of the films to represented Mongolian showcases in Locarno IFF, Asia Film Festival, London, Moscow and Copenhagen. Kholordorj is currently pursuing a MFA degree in film in Paris.
Olaf Taranczewski is a classically trained Polish German pianist and composer based in Berlin. He composed scores for the cinema and TV feature films "Mi America" (HBO), "Here and There" (Thurnfilm) and
"A Minute's Silence" (Moovie / ZDF), and since 2011 has regularly written music for the television programs "Frontal 21" and " Satirischer Jahresrückblick "(ZDF) as well as TV documentaries such as" DNA Cooking "(Arte) and“ Feeding Cities“ (WDR). He has won numerous awards for his work, including "Best Music in Film" at the German Film Music Award & "Best Film Music" at he Lünen Film Festival
Eyespot Films is an independent film, TV and online content company focusing on stories that intersect the boundaries between documentary and fiction. Our mission is to create personal, relevant, cinematic and engaging stories. Our projects encourage a discourse between commerce, content, and art. Formed in 2004 and based in New York and Berlin, the organization aims to produce impactful stories exploring contemporary socio-environmental topics.
Xueli Han is a novelist, screenwriter and filmmaker from Inner Mongolia, China. Her work focuses on social issues around the world, spanning multiple geographies and cultures, showing a fusion of both Eastern and Western perspectives. Her work uses ancient legends, myths and cultural symbols to illustrate the predicament of humankind. Being a Mongolian minority living in China, she is inspired to explore what it means to have a Mongolian identity despite the differences between Inner Mongolians and Mongolians. Her other work, “Boundaries,” explores the crisis of trust between people in the context of the refugee crisis. Xueli holds a double MA in Art & Literature from the University of Maryland (USA) and Berlin Freie University.
Narantsogt "Natso" Baatarkhuu
Narantsogt "Natso" Baatarkhuu is a writer and translator from Mongolia. He holds a BA in English philology from Tomas Bata University and an MFA in creative writing from Temple University that he completed on Fulbright scholarship. His work can be found in Lunch Ticket, Cracked, and The UB Post. He lives with his wife and two kids in the capital Ulaanbaatar. You can follow him on Twitter at @natsopersonal for more translation/fiction on Mongolia.
David J. Rauschning
David J. Rauschning is a film editor, author and educator based in Berlin. After his graduation with distinction at the Film University Babels- berg Konrad Wolf, he edited documentaries, short and feature films which won more than 30 prizes at film festivals all over the world. For his editing of the multiple award-winning feature film 'Breaking Horizons' (directed by Pola Beck) he won the German Cinema New Talent Award (Best Editing). His current theatrical works include 'CLEO – If I could turn back time' (directed by Erik Schmitt) and 'Friendly Fire' (directed by Daphné Charizani). His first film-academic publication "The Art Of Ellipsis" was released in 2014. David is a member of the German Film Academy.
Melanie Graham is a Sound Designer and Supervising Sound Editor from Wellington, New Zealand. She has over 20 years of experience, with credits including "King Kong", "The Hobbit trilogy" and "The Lovely Bones." She has been awarded two Motion Picture Sound Editor's 'Golden Reel' awards for both District 9 and They Shall Not Grow Old;
as well as many other nominations.
Steppe Fixers Mongolia
Steppe Fixers Mongolia is the only local dedicated fixing and film logistic service provider in Mongolia. Services are run by Chinzorig (Chinzo) Chuluunbaatar and Khasar (Has) Sandag; all passionate and professional photographers, filmmakers and journalists based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Steppe Fixers Mongolia helps to produce television, commercials and short films, and includes clients such as Nikon and Arri.
Erkhemjargal graduated from the University of Arts and Culture in Mongolia as Actor and Director. He worked as a horse rider stuntman in Walt Disney's "Mulan", and played a character in the film "The Steed", which was nominated for the 2019 Academy Award for Best Foreign Feature Film.
Delgerjargal is a State honored actress with over 50 years of experience in the film industry. She has starred in over 20 feature films and 4 short films, as well as over 200 different theatre and television programs. She is best known for her lead role in the first Mongolian feature film “Tungalag Tamir” trilogy, where she starred as Dulmaa. The film is considered to be one of the top classics of Mongolian cinema.For her exceptional talent and services to film industry and her country, she has received
numerous awards throughout her career.
Khuubaatar Ulziisuren has worked on over 20 films accredited as an actor, writer and director from Mongolia. He received his bachelors degree in acting from the Mongolian University of Arts & Culture. His work on the film “The Steed” was nominated at the 2019 Academy Awards as the Best Foreign Film. He also played the role of a horse rider and performed stunts on Disney’s 2020 live-action film “Mulan”. He is a devote practitioner of equestrian archery, steel and bronze sculpting.
Erdenetsetseg Tsend-Ayush is a Mongolian actress. She has starred in fictional, television and commercial works across the globe. Her work includes "Out of Paradise" (Best Feature Film, Shanghai International Film Festival 2018), Murdugch, Oroolon, Gurvan Naiz and many others.