Denis Cote – Head of International competition jury
producer, director, Canada
Denis Côté is a young Canadian filmmaker who has burst onto the international film scene with a group of challenging and innovative movies in the past few years. Born 16 November, 1973 in New Brunswick, Canada, Côté began his career with a group of short films, and made his first feature in 2005, Drifting States (Les états Nordiques), which won the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival. Since then, Côté has worked a number of commercial and/or personal projects, most notably Curling (2010), a father/daughter family drama that was exceptionally well received by audiences and critics alike; Bestiare (2012), a “docufiction” film centering on the animals who populate a tourist destination zoo in Canada.
Mohammad Atebbai – International competition jury
founder of Iranian Independents, Iran
Born in 1962 in Tehran, Mohammad Atebbai did an MA in Film Studies and BA in Stage Directing from Tehran University. He started his film career at Farabi Cinema Foundation in 1989 where he was in charge of the screening of Iranian films at international film festivals for eight years. He left Farabi in 1997 and established “Iranian Independents” for the promotion and marketing of Iranian independent films internationally. He has handled more than 200 feature and documentary films in past 20 years.
Grimur Hakonarson – International competition jury
director, writer, Iceland
The Icelandic director Grimur Hakonarson, born in 1977, graduated from FAMU – Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2004. His graduate film, Slavek The Shit, was the first film that got international attention. It was selected to the Cinefoundation section of Cannes Film Festival 2005 and won 12 festival prizes, including the “Silver Hugo” in Chicago International Film Festival. His next short film, Wrestling, premiered in Locarno Film Festival 2007 is one of the most successful short films from Iceland. It won 25 festival prizes around the world.
Alik Shpilyuk – International competition jury
film critic, film expert, Ukraine
Alik Shpilyuk graduated as a computer programmer, but his real passion from his earliest years was cinema. He was one of the founders of the "Dialogue" cinema club in Kyiv - one of the biggest in Ukraine - in the late 1980-s. From 1990 till 1999 he worked at the directorate of Kyiv "Molodist" IFF. Since 1993 he has worked at KROK International Animated Film Festival. From 2000 till 2007 he was Deputy Chief Editor of KINO-KOLO magazine - the specialized publication on film art, line producer of two Swedish documentaries directed by Gunnar Bergdahl . From 2007 till 2009 he worked as Deputy Director General for International Relations of "Multiplex-Holding" - the largest Ukrainian cinema network. From 2010 till 2014 he worked as Program Director of the Odessa IFF, being now the Program Advisor and member of Selection Committee. Since 2009 he is the Board Member of the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine, Head of the International Commission. Also he is the Deputy Head of Expert Commission of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, Head of the Ukrainian Oscar Committee, and at different times was a curator of film programs for Goethe Institute in Ukraine, British Council in Ukraine, French Institute in Ukraine. He has been member of selection committees and jury member of many Ukrainian and international film festivals (including Annecy International Animated Film Festival, Hiroshima International Animated Film Festival, goEast Festival of Middle- and Eastern-European Films, Warsaw IFF, Tbilisi IFF, Batumi International Art House Film Festival etc.), member and expert of the European Film Academy, member of FIPRESCI, independent film critic.
Ben Sharrock – International competition jury
writer and director, United Kingdom
Ben Sharrock was born in 1988. He graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a degree in Arabic and Politics before attending film school at Screen Academy Scotland where he graduated with an MA Distinction in Film Directing. After working in the advertising industry in Dubai, Ben completed an MFA with which, he was awarded the Rafford Scholarship and the university medal for outstanding achievement. His short films has won recognition in festivals around the world. Accolades include four BAFTA New Talents, including, "Best Drama" and "Best Writer" for Patata Tortilla in 2015. His film „Pikadero“ won the main prize of 45th Molodist International full-length competition.
Rich Warren - National Competition Jury
festival manager, United Kingdom
Rich Warren is currently Festival Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK's leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, UK. The festival prioritizes the showcasing, supporting and progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. Rich began working for the festival in 2008.His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and spends hours of his life online in search of new and emerging talent.
Andrei Alferov - National Competition Jury
film critic, producer, TV host, Ukraine
For the past decade Andriy Alferov has been a show-runner for a number of national TV and radio shows. He is a co-founder and moderator of Cinema about Me series of special events with high profile international filmmakers and musicians in Kyiv. Being an active film critic, he writes to a number of national print and online media. He also gives lectures on history of world cinema.
Liudmyla Novikova - National Competition Jury
film critic and historian, Ukraine
Graduated from the Film History Department of the Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, FIlm and Television University(1987), where she now teaches. She headed the audiovisual department of the Institute of Cultural Policy, directed the department of information and PR at the department of cinematography at the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. She worked as a program director of Molodist KIFF (1994, 2000-2008). Author of many publications about Ukrainian and world cinema. Member of the Ukrainian Oscars Committee, the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine and FIPRESCI.
Brian Robinson – Sunny Bunny jury
British Film Institute, PR-manager
Brian Robinson was born in Northern Ireland and studied Law with French at the School of European Studies at Sussex University. He has worked variously as a tour guide, as an information provider in a London tourist information office and as a press office assistant at the Association of London Authorities. He was a founder member of Square Peg magazine, radical queer quarterly and has written for The Guardian and Sight & Sound magazine. He joined the British Film Institute press office in 1987 where he continues to work specialising in promoting the BFI National Archive and the BFI’s wider cultural programme. Since 2000 he has also worked as a programmer on BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival which this year celebrated its 30th edition.
Ester Martin Bergsmark – Sunny Bunny jury
director and writer, Sweden
Swedish movie director and screenwriter most known for the award winning documentaries Maggie in Wonderland and She Male Snails. Their first fiction feature. Something Must Break (2014) has been shown in more than fifty festivals all over the world during 2014, and it will be presented in Cleveland, Guadalajara and Dublin film festivals in 2015. The film has won ten awards, including the Tiger Award, 43rd Rotterdam International Film Festival, the Grand Jury Award in Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival or Best Film and Best Performance for Saga Becker in the Lisbon International Queer Film Festival.
Nataliya Ilchuk – Sunny Bunny jury
program director of Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Ukraine
Nataliya Ilchuk was born in 1985 in Lviv, Ukraine. Studied filmmaking at the Institute of Cinema and Television (Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts) as well as at Wajda Filmschool in Warsaw as a holder of Gaude Polonia scholarship. Since 2006 she has made a number of short films that were shown at around 50 international film festivals. Natali is a program director of Kyiv International Short Film Festival where she curates retrospectives and videoart as well as a section dedicated to LGBT films called Out&Proud.
Volodymyr Kachur – Ecumenical jury
writer and director, Ukraine
After his service in the Soviet Army he studied Journalism at the Ivana Franka University of Lviv (1985-1990). Between 1991-2003 he worked at the Christian Radio "Voskresinnia" ("Resurrection"). From 2003 till now he works as script writer and director for the National Television Corporation. Volodymyr is author of over 30 documentary films. He is developing series of films for EWTN in Ukraine on the persecution of the Roman-Catholic Church. He has been awarded with many Ukrainian and international awards, such as Ivan Franko Award in the field of Information for the “Best creation for Television” and the International Kiev Festival “Kinotolys”. He represents the Catholic Media Centre in Kiev.
Juha Rajamäki – Ecumenical jury
pastor, journalist, Finland
Juha Rajamäki obtained a Master of Divinity from Helsinki University in 1981 and ordination in 1982. From 1981-1996 TV-journalist and producer. In 1989 Parish pastor in Seinäjoki and 1991-1992 Seamen’s chaplain at the Finnish Church in London. Since 2013 deputy director of the Communications Centre of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland,1996-2012 Head of TV and AV-Departments. Acting director for Communications Centre 2007-2008. Responsible editor for the devotional TV-programmes in Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE 1996-2013. Secretary General for the Church Media Foundation since 2005-. Several WACC activities (TV-festivals, WACC-congress, workshops, assemblies) since 1983: From 2002-2008 Vice-President of WACC Europe and from 2008-2011 President. 2004 WACC Europe -representative at the Prix Europe-Seminar “Crossing boarders, religion and culture” Berlin and 2006 Religion, Media and Culture -congress in Sigtuna, Twice member of the jury INTERFILM in Lübeck.
Ninfa Watt – Ecumenical jury
journalist, film reviewer and professor, Spain
Graduated with a PhD on Communication, she is a contributor to radio Cadena COPE for the program “El espejo”, about cinema. She is also a member of the management team of CinemaNet and a member of Signis-España. She used to be associate professor in the Faculty of Communication in the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Spain), where she was also vice-dean and director of the Postgraduate course “Experto en Comunicación Social”. Currently, she is associate professor in UNIR (Universidad Internacional de la Rioja) and she also teaches in a Master of Social Journalism in CEU San Pablo University.
Katharina Dockhorn – FIPRESCI jury
journalist and film critic, Germany
Studied history and cultural science at Humboldt-University of Berlin. She lives in Berlin and has been working as freelance journalist and film critic for TV stations, newspapers and trade magazines for more than 20 years.
Selin Gürel – FIPRESCI jury
member of Turkish Film Critics Association, Turkey
Graduated in Sociology at Middle East Technical University. She is based in İstanbul, Turkey and works as a film critic and editor. She has been writing about film since 2002 on a regular basis. She is a member of Turkish Film Critics Association (SİYAD).
Nadiia Zavarova – FIPRESCI jury
film expert, movie critic, Ukraine
Editor of film section on the portal cultprostir.ua and movie-reviewer on kinokadr.ru. Selectionist on international film festivals. Author of numerous publications in national and foreign press, devoted to the issues of history and theory of cinema. The field of scientific interests includes research of Hollywood's Golden Age, Italian cinema and problems of modern cinematic development.
Maywin Films AB, Sweden
Boris Shulman - director of rights’ purchasing and distribution to "Maywin Films AB", Swedish film distribution company, established in 2010. Mr. Boris is also a representative of the company at the European Film Market. Boris Shulman served on the 2016 Odessa International Film Festival judging panel in the section "Work in progress". He is a member of the jury of the 22th Minsk International Film Festival "November 2016". Boris Shulman was born in Odessa, lived in Kiev and studied computer science in Moscow. Since 1992 he lives in Sweden.
Tobias Nölle – Aloys (F), director
director, writer, Switzerland
Tobias Nölle was born in 1976 and grew up in Zurich. After completing a four-year film programme at the School of Visual Arts in New York, he started working as a director, screenwriter, and editor. His short film RENÉ won, amongst other prizes, the Golden Leopard at Locarno and the first prize at Tampere. His latest feature, ALOYS (2016), premiered at the Berlinale Panorama.
Elite Zexer, Sand Storm (F), director
Elite graduated from the Tel Aviv University, her first short,Take Note, won the best film award in the Tel-Aviv International Student Film Festival and her second one – Tasnim - participated in over 120 international film festivals. Sand Storm is her first feature. It was shown in the Panorama section at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. At the 2016 Sundance Film Festival it won the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema Dramatic section. It was selected as the Israeli entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
Shahrbanoo Sadat – Wolf and Sheep (F), director
Afghanian Shahrbanoo SADAT (1990, Teheran) is a writer, director and producer. Her first short fiction, Vice Versa One, was selected for the Directors’ Fortnight, Cannes Film Festival in 2011. She made Not At Home, a hybrid project that was developed and produced within a year with the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival’s initiative, DOX: LAB. In 2013, she opened her own production company, Wolf Pictures, in Kabul. At the moment, she is in preproduction for her next feature film, Wolf and Sheep. The film was developed with the Cannes Cinefondation Residency in 2011; Sadat was 21 years old at the time, the youngest ever selected for the residence.
Mirlan Abdykalykov, Heavenly Nomadic (F), director
actor, director, Kyrgyzstan
Mirlan Abdykalykov studied journalism at the Kyrgyz National State University between 1999 and 2004. Prior to this, he played the lead role in three films directed by Aktan Abdykalykov. After graduation, Mirlan worked in the film industry in Kazakhstan. In 2008, he established his own studio Selkinchek, which produces adverts and social media video clips, short films, documentary films and others.
Marko Skop, Eva Nová (F), director
He received degrees in journalism at Comenius University in Bratislava in 1996 and in film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava in 2001. He gained his PhD in Mass Media from the Faculty of Philosophy at Comenius University in Bratislava in 2005. At the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Other Worlds received the "Audience Award" and "Special Mention of the Jury" in 2006, and Osadné was awarded "Best Documentary" in 2009.At the BFI London Film Festival, Osadné was nominated for the "Grierson Award" in 2009. At the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, Eva Nová won the prize of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) for the Discovery programme.
Klaus Händl – Tomcat (SUN), director
actor, director, Austria
Born in the Tyrol, Austria in 1969, Klaus Händl studied acting in Vienna and then joined the ensemble at the Schauspielhaus in the same city. He did small parts in films by Christian Berger, Urs Egger, Michael Haneke, Jessica Hausner, Dagmar Knöpfel and others. His debut feature film MÄRS (MARCH) won the Silver Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2008. His second feature, KATER (TOMCAT), was selected at the Berlinale Panorama and won the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film in 2016.
Jacques Martineau – Theo and Hugo (SUN), director
director and screenwriter, France
Jacques Martineau is a French film director and screenwriter who works in collaboration with partner Olivier Ducastel. Their first collaborative venture, Jeanne et le Garçon formidable was released in 1998. The film was entered into the 48th Berlin International Film Festival. Ducastel and Martineau have since directed further films with gay-related storylines, including the ambitious, almost three-hour-long Nés en 68 starring Laetitia Casta and Yannick Renier. Martineau currently combines film work with a lectureship at Paris X University Nanterre.
Fabrice Benchaouche, Timgad (KID), director
Fabrice Benchaouche was born in Paris in 1966. After studying history of art and 3 years of working with disabled workers, he started his career in cinema. TIMGAD, his first feature shows his deep attachment for a social, poetical and humorous vision of the society.
Šarūnas Bartas – Peace to Our Dreams (LT), director
writer, director, Lithuania
Bartas is one of the most esteemed and acclaimed writers in Lithuania. He consistently deals with the multiplicity of the experiences of homo sovieticus and the process that those living on former Soviet territory go through to form new identities. In all his works starting with Memory of a Day Gone By (1990), Bartas reflects on and reveals small joys and passions, inner conflicts, fears, and longings for freedom of a man in the presence of societal, economic and political stasis and shifts. Bartas’ early films accurately document the vanishing remains of a once “powerful” empire and question the loss and disappearance of a previously common territory and form of shared belonging. However, he leaves some hope for the viewer and indirectly talks about the necessity for a new human sensitivity, as well as for healing historical social traumas.
Dagnė Vildžiūnaite – How We Played the Revolution (LT), producer
Initially worked in TV and the arts world in Lithuania before setting up her own company Just A Moment in late 2007 to produce documentaries such as the award-winning MASTER AND TATYANA as well as co-productions with Germany (JULIA) and Italy (WHEN WE PLAYED KGB). Dagne has since expanded into producing narrative features and is currently working on Giedre Bienoriute’s feature debut, the romantic thriller.
Mantas Kvedaravicius, Mariupolis (SE), director
Mantas Kvedaravicius was born in Birzai, Lithuania in 1976. He holds a Master’s Degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Oxford and is currently completing his PhD dissertation and a book manuscript on the affects of pain at the university of Cambridge. Kvedaravicius has taught university courses on religion, law, and political theory in New York, and since 2006 he has been conducting research on torture and disappearances in the North Caucasus. Barzakh is his debut film.
Sieva Diamantakos, Postcards from Ukraine (SE), director
graduated in DAMS (University of Bologna). He is a member of portroyal - an electronic indie band - with which he toured as visual artist all around the world and especially in former soviet countries, like Ukraine and Russia, among others. He made music videos included "Putin vs Valery", "German Big-flies", "Balding Generation", "Anya: Sehnsucht”, "Spider Toupet" receiving more than 1/2 million views on youtube. He directed as well the short commercial “Sovraesposte” supported by UDI and by citta' di Genova and Regione Liguria. Postcards from Ukraine is Sieva's first documentary.
Alberto Dandolo, Postcards from Ukraine (SE), producer and co-author
producer and distributor, Italy
Alberto A. Dandolo is an independent producer and distributor from Rome based between Berlin and Luxembourg. After a collaboration with CPA, Uni Roma Tre and MAE Multimedia (Ministry of Foreign Affairs), he moves to Berlin continuing is activity through Mimesi’S Culture which is founder and owner. He produced and directed the documentaries “The Cuban Wives”, “Strade di casa” and distribute the road movie “A Burning Dream” and the animation film “Aeterna” amongst others. Since 2015 Dandolo joined Paul Thiltges Distributions (PTD) as Sales manager.
Leonid Parfyonov, Russian Jews (SE), scriptwriter and producer
journalist, host, director, producer, Russia
Leonid Parfyonov is a Russian journalist, news presenter, TV producer and author of many popular documentary TV shows. As the author and narrator of the daily culture news TV show Namedni on NTV, Parfyonov produced the line of popular history TV documentaries which he narrated and hosted on-site of almost each event portrayed. The series achieved great success and were repeatedly broadcast for years after premiere.
Alexandre Gilmet , Trash (ST), director
The director of the film, Alexandre Gilmet, was born in Liège (Belgium) in 1991. In 2009, he stayed for one year in the USA as an exchange student. There he made a short film « The Drum Set» which won several awards in many highschool festivals across the country. In 2010, Alexandre is accepted at INSAS, the prestigious filmschool in Belgium. During his studies he made many short films both fiction and documentary such as « In Nomine Matris » in 2013 and « Tata » in 2014. « Tata » has been selected in more than 20 festivals around the world such as Fiff de Namur, FIDE, Sehsuchte and Moscow VGIK where it received the 2nd jury prize. In 2015, he completed his graduation film « Trash » which was later selected at the renowned Cinéfondation Selection at festival de Cannes and in more than 10 other festivals around the world.
Dounia Sichov – Boris without Beatrice (FR), actress
actress, producer, France.
The last film with her participation "Boris without Beatrice" received the "Golden Bear" at the 2016 Berlin Film Festival. Film "The Interns: The first steps of the police" came out in 2006, where Dounia first appears as an actress. Dounia Sichov filmography includes such a popular movies as "Mary," "Sleeping Beauty" and "The French town." In the film "Mary" Sichov was involved as a producer as well as an editor. For the record, Dounia is a cutter of 5 feature-length films.
Catherine Dussart – Boat meeting expert
Born in 1953. After studying management, she began her career as a press officer and then became a producer. She started out with short films, before moved on to feature films and long-format documentaries for the cinema and television with the creation of Les Productions Dussart in 1992 and Catherine Dussart Productions in 1994. She is currently a member of the European Producers Club and a consultant for Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE). Member of 45th Molodist International competition jury.
Maria Völzer, Talent Workshop
AG Kurzfilm, Germany
born in 1980 in Dresden; trained in media design for digital and print media, studied German and Romance studies and communication sciences at the TU Dresden. During her studies she worked as an assistant teacher in Châlons-en-Champagne, France, and continued teaching abroad in the years from 2008 to 2013 in Yekaterinburg, Ufa and Minsk as a DAAD lecturer. After returning to Dresden she was working with scholarship holders at the Goethe-Institut Dresden and supported the AG Kurzfilm in public relations and project management. Today she is head of the Cultural Office at the International Office of TU Dresden and continues to support the German Short Film Association in project management.
David Wagner, Talent Workshop
AG Kurzfilm, Germany
Born in Vienna in 1982, David Wagner found his way into the Film-Industry in his early twenties via photography and the passionate filming of short films with his friends. Since 2008, he worked on various commercials, music videos and short films as director and/or cinematographer. David also worked as personal assistant of the Academy Award winning director Stefan Ruzowitzky, shot several documentaries abroad and finally made his decision to set his sole focus on directing. September 2016 he finished his master degree in directing for the screen at the Hamburg Media School.
Nancy Camaldo - Talent Workshop
student, director, Germany
Born in 1992 in Bad Wildungen and raised in Alto Adige (North Italy). Since 2012 she is working in documentary and fictional productions in different positions. 2013 she started studying film/fictional in the University of television and film Munich.
Veronika Hafner - Talent Workshop
student, director, Germany
Born 1989 in Schwaben (South Germany).In 2013 she earned a master degree in psychology, german and geographics at the LMU Munich. Since then she is studying film/documentary at the University of television and film Munich.