Maia was born in Paris to Czechoslovakian artists who later migrated to Australia. She has graduated from the worlds most prestigious film and art schools; FAMU in Prague, The Royal Art Academy in Copenhagen, and a Masters in Film Directing at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS).She has directed over a dozen short films and documentaries, a TV series pilot, a one-hour Tele-movie, and several TV commercials, online digital content, and music videos. Maia’s short films have had international success, screening at over thirty esteemed international film festivals including Milan, Sydney, Bermuda, Brooklyn, Palm Springs, Brussels, Edmonton and recently her film ‘Loveproof’ was invited to screen at Cannes.
In 2006 she won the Outstanding Film Maker Award at HATCHFEST USA after being chosen as one of ten ground breaking young filmmakers from around the world. In 2010 Maia was the winner of the OPTUS MTV one80 project with the trailer “The Sellers”. “The Sellers” has just been completed as a one-hour Tele movie drama produced by MTV and Goalpost Pictures, it was released on MTV Networks Australia in March 2011.
Maia is also Juraj's daughter.
Juraj was born in Czechoslovakia, where he graduated in Visual Arts and Design from Brno College of Arts. Following a dramatic escape from the then-totalitarian Czechoslovakia, he made his living variously as an illustrator in Paris, designer in London and the Arabian Gulf, and a photographer in a number of different countries.
Juraj embarked on a career in advertising in the late 70s, joining Ogilvy & Mather as an art director, first in Australia and then in New York. In 1983 he established Horniak & Canny, a branding and design firm that was to become the largest of its kind in Australia.
Increasingly frustrated with the politics of big business, Juraj sold his share of Horniak & Canny in 1990 and moved to Spain. He lived in Sevilla for six years and, apart from indulging his taste for the Andalusian way of life, he produced and directed films, painted and wrote.
In 1996, Juraj returned to Australia, where he founded 3C, a branding agency in which he is still involved (www.3c.com.au). Since 2002, he has dedicated a great deal of energy, time and resources to the cause of Southern Sudan as an advisor to Dr John Garang, the rebel leader who became Head of State, helping Dr Garang and his people in their quest for freedom and independence. Having accomplished the mission, it’s now time to return his attention to the love of his life, the Mediterranean.
Basil is an award-winning composer, musical director, sound artist, and producer, working in film, television, theatre, dance, album production and installation.
He composed the score for the critically acclaimed feature film Romulus My Father, starring Eric Bana and Franka Potente, for which he received an AFI nomination.
Recently he worked on the Dreamworks arena show of How To Train Your Dragon as composer and arranger, working with Jónsi (of legendary Icelandic band Sigur Rós) and renowned film composer John Powell.
He also wrote songs and scored Andy X, the latest musical film masterpiece by Jim Sharman (Rocky Horror Picture Show).Basil has scored over thirty films, many of them screening in international film festivals and winning awards. Recently his score and sound design for the short film Apricot gained much critical acclaim after the film was voted Best Narrative Film at the Vimeo Awards.
For the stage, Basil has collaborated with some of Australia’s theatre greats on mainstage shows for Sydney THeatre Company, Melbourne THeatre Co, Comapny B belvoir and Griffin.
For television, Basil has composed for numerous documentaries, such as for SBS "A Family Divided", and for the ABC " Elizabeth Jolley".
Basil is also an architect.
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Sonia Roncero (Seville, Spain) was originally trained as a Technical Specialist in Administrative and Commercial studies, also working briefly in this field, but soon after she decided to focus her talents and skills on the performing arts. Applying these skills to her passions, she also received a degree in Management of Cultural Organisation and Arts Production and Distribution. She has spent most of her career in audiovisual media, and she continues to do so.
In 2007, she joined "La Zanfoña Producciones" as a Production Secretary, developing her skills working in TV series, documentaries, advertising and films. This experience put her in touch with the film industry, and soon after she began her career as a freelancer. She worked on a dozen films in the production department, including important productions such as "Unit 7" by Alberto Rodríguez, "A Place in the Sun" by Swedish producer Yellow Bird, and "The Dictator" by Sacha Baron Cohen.
After refining her managerial skills on several short films like the awarded “It’s Not Funny” by Carlos Violadé, she signed her first full film as a Production Manager on "The Extraordinary Tale", the award-winning movie by Acheron Films She has also been a member of the production teams behind prestigious festivals such as the “Entreculturas” Ibero-american Festival, the “Festival Internacional Cervantino” (Guanajuato, Mexico), the “Bienal de Flamenco”, the “Perfopoesía International Festival” and the “Territorios Sevilla” Festival.
Also, she has been road manager for top musicians as Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock and Charles Lloyd.