We are proud to reveal the names and profiles of our professional juries. Presiding over six categories, the international juries, comprised of acclaimed filmmakers, film critics, festival directors and programmers from all over the world will be watching and evaluating a total of 107 films competing in this year’s edition.
Get to know them better before they arrive in Prizren:
Since 2011 he has been the artistic director of the international documentary film festival Filmer A Tout Prix in Brussels. After getting a degree in Contemporary History at the University of Brussels (ULB), he has worked for 15 years in film production (fiction and documentary) and for contemporary art exhibitions in Belgium. His mixed British-German background reflects the diversity of Brussels where he grew up, and where he enjoys the full variety of cultural offerings and its evolving social reality. Under his guidance, the biennial festival Filmer A Tout Prix has renewed dynamism, open to multiple forms of media expression around documentary films.
Born in 1979 in Belgrade (Serbia) is a filmmaker with passion for social change. Her short documentaries tackle such issues as gender and sexuality, homelessness, education of Roma children living in squatter settlements in Belgrade and youth gun violence in New York. The films were shown in many international film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Palm Springs ShortFest ,Traverse City Film Festival and have won awards worldwide such as Best Balkan Documentary Film at Dokufest, Best Short Film at SEEFest in LA, Best Short Film at Human Rights Film Festival in Montreal. Films are used in educational settings, media campaigns and by various NGOs. Ivana is an experienced lecturer, was a speaker at TEDxAUK. She received her education at the Ethnology and Anthropology department at University of Belgrade, Ateliers Varan documentary film workshop founded by Jean Rouch, Peace Studies and also studied Documentary Media studies at The New School in NY.
Charlotte is Director of Programming at Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival. She was previously Head of Film Programming and Training at the Frontline Club in London, an organisation dedicated to championing independent journalism and freedom of expression. Charlotte has worked with BBC Storyville, the Channel 4 BritDoc Foundation’s Puma Creative Catalyst Fund and the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where she curated the strand Conflict | Reportage. Charlotte has written extensively for a number of different outlets and was the main photographic researcher for the launch of The Times Online archive project. Alongside programming, Charlotte advises organisations on media literacy, specialises in investigative journalism, international conflict, and has an academic background in the role of technology for the media.
Neil Young lives and works in his home town of Sunderland, UK. He has reviewed films on a regular basis for The Hollywood Reporter (Los Angeles) since 2008 and for Tribunemagazine (London) since 2005, also contributing film-festival reports to the latter. He is an occasional contributor to Sight and Sound, SoFilm and Indiewire and has written on film for The Independent (London), Monocle, Dazed and Confused, KINO! (Ljubljana), Senses of Cinema, Time Out (London) among many other outlets. In 2000 he helped found the pioneering film-review website Jigsaw Lounge. He has been Co-Director of the Bradford International Film Festival (at the UK’s National Media Museum) since 2011 and has been a consultant for the Viennale since 2010. He is a member of the programming-board of several European film-festivals including Crossing Europe (Linz), Tromsø (Norway) and Ljubljana (Slovenia) and has served on more than 20 film-festival juries including the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes in 2013.
Born in Brazil in 1970, he studied Journalism in Sao Paulo and Film in New York. He is a film teacher in Madrid and runs the production company Dok Films since 2000. Oksman directed “The Beautician” (2004), “Goodbye, America” (2007), “Notes on the Other” (2009) and “A Story for the Modlins (2012) among others.
Director and producer, mentor to up-and-coming filmmakers, Fisher is one of Israel’s leading documentary filmmakers. “Six Million and One” (2011) officially selected to IDFA Amsterdam, won him the Dok.fest Munich best film award, the Silver Horn for best director at Krakow and opened USA screenings at the Lincoln Plaza Cinema in NYC. This film completes a family trilogy that started with the critically acclaimed film “Love Inventory” that won the 2000 Israeli Film Academy Award. Later came “Mostar Roundtrip” where he followed his son on an adventure of studying in the conflict ridden city in Bosnia. Fisher served on the juries of festivals such as: IDFA, Krakow, HotDocs Toronto, Karlovy Vary and EFA. As Director General of the New Israeli Foundation for Cinema and TV, he founded the “Greenhouse” programme geared for Mediterranean filmmakers and helped bring Israeli documentaries to international recognition.
Studied French and Portuguese at the University of Mainz from 1972 to 1975 and, from 1976 to 1979, worked as a trainee and later editor at the daily newspapers Fuldaer Zeitung and Hessisch/Niedersächsische Allgemeine. Between 1980 and 1985 she worked as free-lance journalist in Berlin, from 1985 to 1988 as press attaché of the “750 Years Anniversary Berlin 1987“ and “Berlin – European Capital of Culture 1988“. She has been connected to the history of the European Film Academy since its very beginnings in 1988: first as PR manager of the European Film Awards, later as project manager for the Academy’s activities and publications, since 1996 as the Academy’s director. Since 2004, she has also been the producer of the European Film Awards, since 2006 managing director of EFA Productions GmbH, the company producing the Awards together with the European Film Academy, and since 2012 producer of the EFA Young Audience Award.
He is a film curator, graduate of Northumbria University Newcastle and Universität der Künste Berlin. He directed current affairs documentary series for public television in Belgium and Greece until 2004. Since 2005 he has curated programmes for numerous film festivals in Europe. Until 2012 he was artistic director of the Experimental Forum at the Thessaloniki Film Festival and is currently curating a section of the Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival. He co-founded the independent film laboratory LabA in Athens, which he runs since 2009.
She studied Theatre & Media Studies, American Studies and English Studies in Erlangen and Durham, USA. She has started her career as an academic and researcher in the Film Studies field. From 2000 to 2010 she was the director of the silent film festival StummFilmMusikTage Erlangen and since 2007 she has been the full-time director of the Nuremberg International Human Rights Film Festival. In 2008 she acted as the chair of the Human Rights Film Network, an association that currently consists of 38 human rights film festivals from around the world. Since January 2014 she is the chair of the Association of Bavarian Film Festivals.
She has been a curator, media programmer and commissioning editor for public media for over 20 years. At the Independent Television Service (ITVS), which funds, promotes and distributes independently produced programming to public television, she is Executive Content Advisor, and works on program content and strategy for the organization, including commissioning programming from U.S. independent producers and from international producers for ITVS’s International Media Development Fund, and co-curating the Independent Lens series, a series of independently produced programs on PBS. She has shepherded award-winning documentaries to public television, including “The Invisible War”, “At Berkeley”, “The House I Live In,” “Detropia”, “The Interrupters”, “Waltz with Bashir”, “A Lion in the House” and “Last Train Home”. Aguilar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies and a Master of Arts in Film and Television Studies from UCLA. She is President of the Board of Women Make Movies and is on the steering committee of Eurodoc and STEPS International.
Francesco Giai Via
Francesco Giai Via is a festival programmer and film critic based in Torino, Italy. After graduating at the University of Turin, since 2006 he’s been collaborating with the National Museum of Cinema. He is programmer for the Torino Film Festival in charge of the international documentaries selection and the two Italian competitions, italiana.doc and italiana.corti (documentaries and shorts). Since 2012 he is a Festival Programmer for CinemAmbiente, the longest running and most important environmental film festival in Italy. He is a co-founder of Crocevia di sguardi, a festival focussed on documentaries and migrants issues now at its tenth edition. He holds seminars on film festival management for various Italian universities and institutions. Francesco runs a column on comic books and graphic novels for italian film magazine Cineforum.
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Nenad Puhovski was born in 1949 in Zagreb, Croatia. He graduated from Faculty of Philosophy and Academy of Arts, Drama section. Since 1965 he directed in theatre, film and television, and until now has more than 250 productions. He was awarded nationally and internationally for his work. Besides working as dramatist he lectured for film and TV director in ADU. He mentored projects for young professionals in Europe, Asia, South America, Near East, Africa and USA. In 1997 he establishes and leads since then Factum, the most important independent documentary production. In Factum as a producer he signed more than 70 documentaries, which were screened in more than 70 festivals and got international awards as well as two main state awards Valdimir Nazor, two Grand Prix and four awards for best production in DHF. In 2005 he establishes and runs as a director the ZagrebDox, one of the biggest documentary festivals in the region. For his extraordinary work he was awarded with the Medal of the City of Zagreb and the Croatian Order of Danica. In 2009 for his extraordinary work in documentary field especially with ZagrebDox, he was awarded by European Documentary Network (EDN). He is a member of the European Film Academy.
Enver Robelli was born in 1973. He is an editor of foreign affairs for the Swiss newspaper “Tages Anzeiger.” He studied journalism in the Swiss Institute for Media and for almost two decades he covers the developments in Southeast Europe. Between 2007 and 2012 he worked as a correspondent for “Tages Anzeiger” and “Süddeutsche Zeitung.” During 90’s he reported for several media in Germany and Switzerland. Robelli also writes for the Kosovan daily “Koha Ditore”, since its establishment in 90’s. Besides journalism, Robelli is also active in literature translation from German to Albanian language. Until know he translated a book written by the historian, Oliver Jens Schmitt about Kosovo’s history and a biography of German chancellor Angela Merkel. Robelli has published a book-interview with late Albanian politician Arben Xhaferi. Robelli lives and works in Zürich.
Filmmaker David France is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who has written for the New York Times, Newsweek, and New York magazine, where he is now a contributing editor. For his journalism, he has received the National Headliner Award and the GLAAD Media Award, and has seen his work inspire several films, most recently the Emmy-nominated Showtime film “Our Fathers,” based on his critically acclaimed book. He directed the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated documentary “How to Survive a Plague,” which has received a Peabody Award, numerous festival honors, including from the Gotham Awards, the International Documentary Association, and the New York Film Critics Circle. He is at work on a major history of AIDS, due from Alfred A. Knopf in 2015, and a number of film and television projects.
Born in Romania in 1981. After studying art and design in Romania and France, he has been pursuing his artistic research at the Fresnoy Studio of Contemporary Arts. Recurring topics such as distress, cloning, hallucination, city life and war articulate the whole of his exploration of mysterious and subconscious beginnings. These visual and poetic trips, mix several techniques and styles and may be seen as propositions for a new dream oriented technology. His work hes been shown in numerous film festivals (Locarno, Rotterdam, Festival of New Cinema in Montreal) and exhibitions (“Dans la nuit, des images” at the Grand Palais, “Labyrinth of my mind” at the Cube, “Video Short list: the Dream Machine” at the Passage du Retz, “Studio” at “Les Filles du Calvaire” Gallery, etc).
Montserrat Guiu Valls
Born in 1965 in Navàs, Barcelona, Spain. She graduated in Geography and History at the University of Barcelona, majoring in History of Art, in 1989. She made Film Conservation and Restoration studies at George Eastman House, International Museum on Photography and Film, and Rochester Institute of Technology (USA), 1992-93. She has a degree in Film Restoration given by Spanish National Film Archive, 1997. Between 1998 and 2002 she directed the Native American Film and Video Festival in Barcelona taking place at CCCB (Contemporary Cultural Center of Barcelona). In 2004 she becomes an official member of the organization team at Huesca International Film Festival (HIFF), and takes care of International Relations and Curates special film programs. She also selects International shorts and documentaries for the official competition. She has been invited as a juror in several short film festivals.
Award winning director and producer born in 1984 in Kosovo. He entered the world of Art by drawing cartoons and comic books, from where the transition to movie editor was easy for him. He studies in the Institute for Film and Photography “Gjon Mili” Kosovo with major in Director of Photography. He finished his studies for Film Directing in University Of Prishtina, Faculty of Arts in Kosovo. As a film director and producer he has worked on a number of short and documentary films which have participated in many International Film Festivals.His last short film “Kolona” received up to sixteen awards in different festivals. He is also the winner of the Yearly Award for Cinematography of 2013 “Bekim Fehmiu” awarded by the Ministry Culture of Kosovo.He is also participant in EFA – European Film Academy project “A Sunday in the Country” 2014.
Born in 1956. Since 1986 he is one of the organizers of International Short Film Festival in Hamburg. He is a founding member of the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V. and since 1992 did several activities, like organisation of the festival, setup and development of the short film archive and database. Between 1997-1999 he was a member of the director’s board of the Hamburg International Short Film Festival. Starting from 2000 he is head of the Theatrical Distribution Department and Acquisition of the Kurz Film Agentur Hamburg.
Born in 1980 has a master’s degree in Film & Television Studies and has been a director for Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen since the early beginning of the festival in 2008. Go Short is the only international film festival in the Netherlands exclusively for short films. The festival screens approximately 300 shorts in competition, focus and thematic programs. It also hosts a five day campus program for young film professionals and several industry events. The rest of the year the festival distributes short films in Dutch cinemas as pre-films, hosts a weekly short film blog at blog.goshort.nl, and promotes short films at several events throughout the country.
She is a curator and art critic born in 1984 in Tirana, Albania. Holds a Master in Curatorial and Critical Studies from Städelschule and Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. She is one of the founders and director of Tirana Art Lab – Centre for Contemporary Art based in Tirana and the artistic director of Balkans Beyond Borders Short Film Festival. She curated a number of international exhibitions and events in different European countries. Recent thematic group exhibitions she has curated include: „The aesthetic of the small act” at Action Field Kodra in Thessaloniki and „Voices of Truth“ in Villa Romana in Florence, Italy. Her curatoriral and theoretical work focuses on video art and film developments inside the art context and question of curating time-based art. Demetja lives and workes between Tirana and Frankfurt am Main.