Tomasz Wasilewski - Head of Jury
Frank L. Stavik
Oliver Sertić - Head of Jury
Igor Palcic - Head of Jury
Bernd Buder - Head of Jury
Lucie Pemlová Straková
Eva Veruňková Košařová
Veronika Vokurková - Head of Jury
Business Economics and Management
Psychology and English Language Oriented at Education
Mathematics for Business Studies
Ondřej Ticháček - Head of Jury
Fine Arts, Multimedia Design, specialization New Media
Jindřiška Boudová - Head of Jury
Middle East Studies
The Polish film scriptwriter and director graduated in Directing at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw and also in film and TV production at the Łódź Film School. After two short films, he came with his feature debut, In a Bedroom, premiered at the Forum of Independents section at Karlovy Vary IFF in 2012. One year later, his second feature called Floating Skyscrapers premiered at Tribeca film festival in New York, and the film was also awarded as the best film in the East of the West section at Karlovy Vary IFF. The film was then successfully presented at many other film festivals. Wasilewski's greatest international fame so far has come with his third film, United States of Love. The film won prizes like the Silver Bear for Best Script at the 2016 Berlinale, where it had its world premiere in the main competition.
Frank L. Stavik was born in Molde, Norway. He entered the film industry in the early 1990s after graduating from Kristiansand University. Since 1991, he has been in charge of the renowned Norwegian film distribution company Fidalgo, which focuses on distributing quality art cinema from all over the world and is the leading distributor of art films in Norway. The list of directors distributed by the company includes Lars von Trier, Mike Leigh and Jessica Hausner. In 1997 – 1998, Frank L. Stavik worked for Egmont Columbia TriStar Film Distributors, then he returned to Fidalgo, where he has remained to this day. He regularly attends prestigious international film festivals, and also works as a consultant for both private and public institutions within the film industry.
The Slovak actress of Hungarian origin was born 31 years ago in Nitra. She studied theatre at the National Theatre in Budapest and graduated in Acting at the Theatre Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She is now working as a theatre, television and film actress. Her feature film debut came in 2013 with Coming Out, a Hungarian romantic comedy. Since 2009, she has also regularly appeared in Hungarian TV shows and she is now a member of the Jozséf Katona Theatre ensemble in Budapest. Her leading role as Marie in On Body and Soul, a quirky Hungarian love story which won the Golden Bear at last year's Berlinale and was also presented in Czech cinemas, earned her the prestigious European Film Award for the Best Actress.
The German producer Alexander Ris is one of the founders of Neue Mediapolis Filmproduktion production company, based in Leipzig, Berlin and Bergen. He has produced over 20 feature and documentary films. We can list Circles as one of the most distinctive films – a co-production war drama directed by Srdjan Golubović. The film won several awards, including the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance and the Audience Award at Sofia Film Fest, and it also resonated with Czech and Slovak festival audiences. Another Golubović's film, The Trap, was also produced by Ris and presented and awarded at numerous renowned film festivals, and Serbia's Oscar nominee for the Best Foreign Language Film in 2007. Apart from producing, Alexander Ris is also the Artistic Director of Rügen International Film Festival in north Germany.
British film publicist, writer and director Neil Young was born in Easington, and currently lives between in Sunderland (England) and Vienna. Since 2008, he has reviewed films for the prestigious Hollywood Reporter film magazine, and since 2010 also for the British magazine Sight & Sound. Neil Young has been a member of numerous festival juries, including the jury of the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes in 2013, and AS chairman of the FIPRESCI jury at last year's Venice IFF. He was the programmer and later the director of the Bradford IFF for ten years from 2005. He currently cooperates with several European film festivals, such as the Austrian Viennale and Crossing Europe festival in Linz. Young has also created several short films, the latest of which, Vilniu Detroit, premiered at the Kino Pavasaris festival in Vilnius.
Oliver Sertić is a documentary producer and festival programmer from Zagreb. During his career, he has produced around 30 feature and short documentaries and experimental films, which have been screened at over three hundred film festivals. Between 1992 and 2010, Oliver Sertić also worked as an editor-in-chief in print media, television and radio. He is the founder of Restart, where he's established Restart Laboratory, a production-educational platform for young filmmakers, DokuKino cinema focusing on documentary films, and also distributor of creative documentaries. Since 2012, he has worked at Liburnia Film Festival, a Croatian documentary festival.
Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan is a Romanian documentary film director and producer. She graduated in film direction and has produced films selected for prestigious festivals such as Cannes, the Berlinale and Locarno. Her medium-length directing debut from 2011, My Vote, was selected for Rotterdam IFF, Documenta Madrid IFF, and awarded at Sarajevo IFF. Her latest feature documentary, A Mere Breath (2016), had its world premiere at Visions du Reel festival and won an award at the Sarajevo film festival and the Romanian National Film Award. Monica Lãzurean-Gorgan also produced the Golden Bear winner of this year's Berlinale, film Touch Me Not.
In 2006, Katarzyna Wilk joined the Krakow Film Foundation as deputy director of KFF Sales and Promotion (the original agency of Krakow Film Foundation focusing strictly on public relations has expanded and now also manages sales). She is in charge of the company’s festival distribution of Polish documentaries, coordinates Polish Docs, the platform for screening Polish documentary titles abroad, and runs the industry platform of Krakow Film Festival. Among other things, she is a film publicist and an expert member on the Polish Film Institute’s committee on documentary film production.
Igor Palcic graduated from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana with a degree in scriptwriting. After university, he first worked as a freelance scriptwriter and later as an assistant director at Slovenian public television (RTV). In 1993, he transferred to Entertainment Programming within RTV and worked his way up to be the department’s head. At the end of the 90s, he started to coordinate its foreign acquisitions with regard to the foreign film production and joined the RTV board. In 2003, he became programme director of the Festival of Slovenian Film in Celje. Last year, he was voted in as chair of the expert programme committee of the Slovenian Film Centre.
Warsaw native Szymon Mioduszewski has a law degree from Cardinal Wyszyński University. There, he joined Rejs, an organization supporting student culture, later becoming its president and remaining in charge until 2012. Between 2005 and 2017, he worked as an acquisition manager for the television company Polsat. Today, Szymon Mioduszewski is the senior acquisition manager at the Polish commercial television company Puls. Buying both serial and non-serial foreign television and film titles, he is very well acquainted with leading foreign studios and producers in international film markets.
Leana Jalukse is an Estonian screenwriter and script editor with a degree from Baltic Film and Media School. She has worked in the film industry since 1997, holding various positions within both private and public audiovisual production companies. Her debut feature-length film script Mother from 2016 was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and screened at many prestigious film festivals including the Tribeca Film Festival competition. More recently, a second feature film written by Leana Jalukse called Fire Lily has been finished and will premiere in May.
Born in Berlin, Bernd Buder graduated in Political Sciences from the Free University of Berlin. Between 1996 and 2005, he was the programme director of the art film cinema Berliner Filmkunsthaus Babylon. He also worked as a programmer of several film festivals and from 2011 to 2014, he was in charge of the East-West co-production market Connecting Cottbus. Today, Bernd Bruder consults and scouts for talent for the Forum section of Berlin International Film Festival. Moreover, he has been the programme director of the Cottbus Film Festival since 2015. Occasionally he contributes to film journals and teaches.
Joanna Solecka is a marketing specialist and Torino Film Lab's expert in the area of defining target groups. She also works as a short film and documentary creative producer, and teaches at international workshops for filmmakers. She is currently working for the film marketing agency Alphapanda. The agency creates marketing strategies for independent as well as mainstream pictures. The list of its clients features large Hollywood companies as well as independent producers and distributors. The agency's recent projects include Polish film The Last Family, and Alphapanda also manages social networks for the European Film Awards.
Christelle Havranek was born in France where she studied art history, criticism and collections management. In the mid-1990s, she moved to Prague and focused her study research on cubism and Bohemian architecture, gaining experience as an assistant curator at the National Gallery in Prague. She then spent more than 15 years at the French Institute in Prague where she worked as a visual arts manager, initiating and organizing many art projects, exhibitions, screenings, lectures and residential programs in collaboration with art institutions, festivals and artists based both in the Czech Republic and France. Today, she is the curator of Kunsthalle Prague.
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