Sebastián Lelio is an award-winning Chilean filmmaker whose first three films, A Sagrada Familia (2005), Navidad (2009) and El Año Del Tigre (2011) gained him international attention and awards recognition. His breakout film, Gloria premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, where it won a Silver Bear for Best Actress (Paulina García), the Ecumenical Jury prize and the Gilde Award.
Lelio’s next film A Fantastic Woman (2017) was an international success, becoming the first Chilean feature film to win an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language film. It premiered at the Berlinale and took home the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay as well as the Teddy Award. The film also obtained The Goya Award and The Independent Spirit Award.
Lelio made his English-language debut in 2017 with Disobedience, starring Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams. It earned him five nominations at the British Independent Film Awards. In 2018, he recreated his hit film Gloria in the USA. Titled Gloria Bell it was released in 2019 and stars Julianne Moore and John Turturro. Lelio has also obtained the Guggenheim, Cannes Residénce and the Daad fellowships.
Alongside a directing masterclass, Sebastián will give a mini-keynote address to our theme Transforming Culture and will discuss his writing and directing career in an In Conversation.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Arielle Kilker is a multi-hyphenate filmmaker whose work spans both narrative and documentary work.
In 2019 she was nominated for an Emmy Award for her work on documentary series Chef’s Table for Netflix. She was a key member of the editorial team on the Peabody and Emmy Award-nominated Netflix series Last Chance U. Recently, she developed, produced, co-directed, and edited the celebrated documentary series Cheer for Netflix.
Starting her career as an assistant editor, she rose quickly through the ranks to serve as a writer and lead editor on a variety of projects for MSNBC, A&E, MTV, Netflix, The Travel Channel, and PBS.
Grant Major was nominated for four Academy Awards and four British Academy of Film Awards (BAFTA) for his work as a production designer on The Lord of the Rings trilogy and King Kong. Major won an American Film Institute award for The Fellowship of the Ring as well as an Art Director’s Guild Award for The Two Towers and again for The Return of the King. Major finally claimed his Academy Award and a Los Angeles Film Critics Society Award on the third installment of the trilogy The Return of the King. He was nominated by the International Press Association for a Satellite Award in 2003 for both The Return of the King and his work as production designer on WhaleRider, winning for The Return of the King.
Previously, Major received a New Zealand Film and Television award for Best Design on Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures in 1995. Two years later Major picked up the same award for The Ugly and again in 2010 for The Vintner’s Luck. Major’s other film credits include Jackson’s The Frighteners, Memory & Desire, An Angel at My Table, Mr. Pip, Emperor, Green Lantern, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon: Legend of the Green Destiny, X-Men: Apocalypse, The Meg and, as art director, for Other Halves. Major’s work as an art director for television includes telefilms ‘Hercules’ and ‘TheGrasscutter’, the series “Hanlon,” as well as commercials and news programs.
Born in Palmerston North, New Zealand, Major’s career in design began at Television New Zealand. His background ranges from production design for Commonwealth Games ceremonies to designer for the New Zealand Pavilions at the World Expos to design consultant for the Louis Vuitton 150th year party NY, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Paris.
Major received an honorary doctorate from his alma mata The Auckland University of Technology and in 2005 became a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit awarded by the New Zealand Government for services to the New Zealand Film Industry.
Ant Timpson began his career crewing on feature films after bombing out of a law degree in the 80s, working on films including Queen City Rocker and renowned short film, Kitchen Sink. At 17, he created mini film festivals and has since gone on to work in all facets of the industry including production, exhibition, marketing and distribution.
He was on the Board of the Moving Image of NZ and maintains the southern hemispheres largest personal film archive. Timpson is the founder of multiple successful events and has his own permanent annual section in New Zealand’s International Film Festival born out of his Incredibly Strange Film Festival which has been running since 1994. He is also the founder of the 48HOURS filmmaking competition; an event that has become New Zealand’s premier digital short film event, cited by Sir Peter Jackson as one of the main creative incubators of New Zealand. Timpson also created devolved funds from the New Zealand Film Commission including HEADSTRONG and MAKE MY MOVIE with a goal to support new talent and to produce low budget features. He brought on MPI from the US to match funds with NZ films – a relationship that exists today. Over the years he has operated film events in the UK, USA, Canada, France and Australia.
In 2010 has worked with MGM to curate a 20-week series of eclectic cinema for Sky TV. In 2012, Ant and his cohort (Austin-based Tim League of Alamo Drafthouse/ NEON) released the most ambitious anthology film ever devised with 26 of the worlds best genre directors taking part. The feature film, The ABCs of Death was produced for Magnolia Pictures and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film was a hit grossing several million, with a sequel, The ABC’s of Death 2 released in 2014.
In 2013 Timpson initiated a NZ/Canadian co-pro called Turbo Kid based on filmmakers he discovered. Turbo Kid was produced in 2014 alongside Oscar nominated producer Anne-Marie Gelinas, Jason Eisener, and Tim Riley. The film premiered at Sundance and won the Saturn Award for Best International Film in 2015. He was the executive producer on NZ films Deathgasm and Housebound which played over 100 festivals and won numerous awards.
In 2016 he produced The Greasy Strangler with Elijah Wood. A breakout hit again at Sundance, EMPIRE MAGAZINE named it Comedy of the Year – beating out Deadpool and Hunt for the Wilderpeople – and won the BIFA for Best Independent Film at the UK Awards. In 2017, his film A Field Guide to Evil was chosen as the first project by Indiegogo to launch their new equity arm, raising the max cap of $500,000 with weeks to spare. The global folklore anthology premiered at SXSW in 2018.
In 2020, Timpson made his directorial debut with Come to Daddy, a gory, gross-out black comedy following Norval (Elijah Wood) as he reunites with his estranged father after receiving a cryptic letter. The film releases in New Zealand, February 2020 with the New York Times calling it “Ant Timpson’s endearingly nutty comic thriller.” Ant Timpson is also currently Executive Producing two international films, Censor (UK, 2020) and She Loved Blossoms More (Greece/US, 2021).