Maryna Gorbach (born in 1981), graduated from the faculty of cinema and TV directing of Kyiv National University of Theatre, Cinema and TV, and from Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. She also attended the Feature Film Directing Course by Mark Travis at Hollywood School in Ukraine. Gorbach’s filmography includes short features The Jar (Banka, 2004) – participation at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2006, and The Debt (Borg, 2006).She is the co-director (with Mehmet Bahadir Er) of feature film Black Dogs Barking (Kara Korekler Havlarken, 2009). Her awards include Best Experimental Film, Best Director, and Best National Short.
Mehmet Bahadir Er graduated from Mimar Sinan Fine-Art Univercity (Istanbul, Turkey), majoring in cinema and TV directing. In 2004, he founded Karakirmizi Film (Turkey) to produce short films that collected a total of 25 awards at film festivals. The first feature project, Black Dogs Barking, was supported by Turkish Ministry of Culture, premiered at Rotterdam IFF 2009, screened at more than 40 festivals, had theatrical and DVD distribution in Turkey, and was sold to TV.