ILINA ARSOVA (1982) is a Macedonian mountaineer, environmental activist and
artist. She becomes the first woman of Macedonia to have completed the ascent of Chomolungma, the Tibetan name for mount Everest. She is two mountains away, Mount Vinson in Antarctica and Carstensz in Papua New Guinea, to achieve the Seven Summits challenge as a first woman from the Balkans (only 60 women in the world).
She admires the simple life led by the people in the Himalayas. Back home she is a fervent environmental activist, strongly dedicated to preserve her home place, UNESCO-listed Ohrid lake, which is threatened with unregulated development and water pollution.
In 2012, she was one of the nominees of the US State Department Global Sports Mentoring Program. This program develops new lasting relationships and a global network of women who strive to create positive change in their home communities through sports. Through multiple tasks and talents, one of her constant goals in the past 5 years has been to promote and encourage women to get more involved in sports and educate through workshops the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts.
IGOR HRISTOV (1982) is Macedonian film director, and passionate photographer. He completed Masters degree at the National Film Academy in Sofia (Bg), under the title "Magic realism in the cinema". During his studies he has the opportunity to make three short films on 35 millimeter film that are later invited and awarder on numerous international film festivals. He is inspired by the social topics of the society, but also the pure natural landscapes. Few years ago he was engaged by UNDP and UNICEF to direct three social commercial against domestic violence.
Skopje Film Fest 2008 – First Prize in the Film Competition on the topic of Communication Child Film Competition – First Prize in the Film Competition on the Subject – Child – Sofia, Bulgaria / “Nisi Masa” – Third Prize for the screenplay on the topic “Refuge” in Gluvarce / Shichuan International Fest, “Gold Panda” – for the young actor Kire Gjoreski in the film Dandelion - China 2009 / Fumiko Yamji Special Awards for the best film * Dandelion * - Japan 2010 / Targowa film and music festival 2nd award for Dandelion - Lodz Poland 2011
VANESSA BEUCHER (1979) is a French photographer, journalist and translator. She has a Master's Degree in translation and film studies from the Sorbonne University in Paris and the University of Irvine California. She also has a degree from the ETPA photography school in Toulouse. After having lived in the United States and in the Pyrénées mountains, she now calls la Grave in the French Alps her home and is among other things a passionate freeride skier and climber. Most of her work revolves around mountain culture at large, having been published in France and other countries, such as Switzerland, Germany, the United States... She lends a great deal of importance to some form of storytelling approach, having already worked on projects in Iceland, the Balkans, Iran and focusing on mountain communities in those countries. Through her articles and photos, her aim is to highlight individuals and collective initiatives contributing each in their own way to a world in which gender equality, peace and environmental protection stand as fundamental values.
RASHKO RAKOV (1991), graduated Film and TV Cinematography at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 2017.
As an outdoor enthusiast he practices rock climbing, surfing, windsurfing and diving, which gets even better when he connects it with his professional filming career. He was working on the short movie “Green valley – the path to Eiger”, where he shot one expedition on Eiger (CH). The film got screening on two festivals for extreme movies in Bulgaria: Bansko Film Fest and Days of Challenge.
During his studies and after graduation, Rashko worked on several short fiction movies, music video clips and other independent projects. Besides other things, he currently does the cinematography for the project “This is Herstory".
Camera, ronin, dron
GORAN KUZMANOVSKI (1982), MA in electronics, father of Dorian i Tara
Goran started skiing and mountaineering at early age, when he also joined the Macedonian national team for alpine skiing. By the age of 15 he got more serious in mountaineering including winter ascents.
2000 discovered photography as his strong passion, participated and received awards on international competitions for photography.
2002 started rock climbing and alpinism, has climbed around 40 first ascents, several in winter conditions.
2004 he formed the climbing club Vertical, where he shares skills and experience with new climbers.
2006 became sports climbing instructor and route setter, has opened around 30 sport climbing routes
2007 started working for Makpetrol company, IT sector
2008 first engagements in video production
2012 started paragliding
2015 Official photographer for paragliding brand ICARO
2018 Official photographer for German company Adventure GMBH