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Is the director and initiator of Stichting Art. 1 and the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival. He studied European Studies and in 2011 he founded the Stichting art.1, aiming to create films and documentaries about taboo subjects. His films have been screened at more than 140 international film festivals, in secondary schools and at Dutch embassies worldwide. As a filmmaker he directed several films, including the award-winning documentary I Am Gay and Muslim and the Turkish Boat. He has set up film / LGBT projects in various countries such as Japan, Pakistan, Argentina, Suriname, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Turkey, often with financial support from Dutch Embassies. His current projects focus on training and workshops for human rights activists, journalists and LGBT / gender equality activists and strengthening artivism in various countries in and around the EU. Chris Belloni was further nominated as Amsterdammer of the year 2020. In 2022 he launched Supernova Cinema, the alternative cinema space in the center of Amsterdam. He did his jury duty in several film festivals among them Berlinale’s Teddy Award (2020), PriFest (2021), St Petersburg Side by Side LGBT Film Festival (2021), Humans of Film Festival (2022).

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Galo is a writer, editor and storyteller. He studied Business and Marketing in Chile (2015), Storytelling in Cuba (2017), Storytelling Facilitation in Palestine (2018), and holds a dual Masters in Heritage and Memory from the University of Amsterdam (2019). In 2022 he completed a diploma in EU Project Design and Management. Galo’s academic and work paths have been shaped by the intangibility of words, stories and how they affect reality. His interests are social narratives and belonging, identity and diversity, and the use of storytelling to infiltrate and influence mainstream narratives and collective identities. Galo joined Stichting art 1. as an intern in 2018 and has since stayed on as writer, editor, storytelling trainer and currently Head of International Partnerships and cooperation.

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Antonij holds a degree in Architecture and Engineering, but after fleeing his native country, North Macedonia, due to homophobia; he is now dedicated to human rights/LGBTIQ+ rights, becoming an artivist and artivism trainer, using the method of art to break down stereotypes and discrimination. His first artivism campaign, “Culture of Humiliation”, aimed to raise awareness on bullying and cyber-bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. After having a successful exhibition in Slovenia, Antonij was invited to present his work for the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival in Amsterdam, where he joined Stichting art 1 as an intern. Since, he has remained in the organization, becoming Project Manager of the Queer Faces Migrant Voices and Youth Artivists for Change projects, as well as producer of the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival Amsterdam. In 2018, Antonij was awarded the Human Rights Award during the International Queer & Migrant Film Festival for his inspiring work and story. In 2022 Antonij was project leader for the Supernova Cinema project.

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Saleem is a filmmaker, writer and photographer. His work engages with moments in everyday life while exploring questions around gender, social restrictions and interpersonal relationships. His short film “12 Centimeters” won the jury prize in the Franco-Arab Film Festival in Jordan in 2015. His experimental film “Button” was screened at The Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts and during Ephemeral Spaces exhibition in Vienna in 2017. In 2018, his experimental film “Postcards” was screened at ROFFA Film Club in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Saleem is one of Stichting art.1’s soft skill methodology trainers, specifically in filmmaking for the “Youth Artivists for Change” project and “Artivists for Social Change – Suriname” project (2019-2021) and Artivist Stafete (2021-2023).

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Amir is a Caribbean & Lebanese multidisciplinary creative whose queer and trans identity works as a backdrop for many of their projects.

 

They co-lead a collective called Club Transmission, a space to create a safer dancefloor for queer people in the Netherlands (Instagram: @club.transmission). They also have their own solo DJ career – working with many queer and non-queer venues alike such as Vrankrijk, De Trut, OT3O1, Kanaal40, Melkweg, Sexyland, Paradiso & De School. 

 

They also currently work as a researcher at ARIAS (Instagram: @arias_amsterdam) working together with artists, researchers, and creatives, to unlearn scripts and hold space for BIPOC Queer and Trans narratives through the medium of workshops. At the Queer Network, they work as the social media & marketing manager, working to create a platform that interacts with both the network and the community in an honest and engaging way.

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Rick is Project Manager for the Queer Network Amsterdam, having joined Stichting art.1 in 2021. Since then Rick has been the main focal point for the organization’s national advocacy branch, likewise participating in the Rainbow Coalition of Gemeente Haarlem Next to Queer Network Amsterdam. They work on behalf of Stichting art.1 for Queer Amsterdam – the organizer of the new Queer Pride Week in the Dutch capital. Rick graduated in 2022 with a master’s degree ‘DAS Creative Producing’ and specialized in the world beyond the binary, with an emphasis on consent culture. They also hold a degree in Performance Arts Production (2018). Rick works as a coordinator of production at DutchCulture since 2017, as a member of the mime collective Rotor Performance, and since 2022 as a business producer at the What You See festival. They are part of the monitoring committee of the Council for Culture.

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Kim works as a freelancer for Stichting Art. 1 as a marketeer, dancer, coach and a programmer for IQMF. Kim is working on several training modules on diversity and inclusion on the work space.

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Shayne McCreadie was born and raised in Amsterdam and currently works as a cultural programmer and organisational coach. She has founded De Cultuurshifters, which focuses on supporting companies to incorporate diversity and inclusion into their workplace. She enjoys working with teams and team leaders, teaching them the foundations of Deep Democracy. She also teaches creative workshops and curates special programs for the International Queer & Migrant Film festival.

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