Festival Juries Announced!
We are honored to announce the names of this edition’s jury members. Spanning across six categories, this eclectic mix of film professionals and enthusiasts will watch and select their favorite films in a pool of 107 films.
Eric Hynes is a New York based journalist, film critic, and programmer. He writes a recurring column on the art of nonfiction, “Make It Real,” for Film Comment Magazine, and other outlets include The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Slate, The Intercept, Sight & Sound, The Village Voice, and Reverse Shot, where he’s a longtime staff writer and host of the “Talkies” video interview series. In 2013, he programmed the inaugural Neither/Nor screening series at the True/False Film Fest, and in 2015 was made Associate Curator of Film at the Museum of the Moving Image.
Marek Septimus Wieser, born in Poland, was seven years old when he moved with his family to Sweden as a refugee. In 1995 he returned to Poland to study Cinematography at Polish National Film School/PWSFTviT in Lodz. He lives in Stockholm and works as a Cinematographer, mostly with fiction films, but also commercials and documentaries. He just finished shooting principal photography for a feature titled “Darling” directed by Birgitte Stærmose and starring Gustaf Skarsgård and Danica Curcic.
Maria Bonsanti since 2000 has been working with several film festivals, among the others Locarno Film Festival, where in 2006 and 2007 she was coordinating the Play Forward section, featuring experimental cinema. Since 2012, she is the Artistic director of Cinéma du réel, yearly held in Paris at the Centre Pompidou. She has long collaborated with Festival dei Popoli International Documentary Film Festival of Florence, of which, in 2011, she has been appointed as co director. In 2006 and 2007, she has been coordinating the section featuring experimental cinema at the Locarno Film Festival.
Defne Koryürek is a food and ecology activist and a former cook, butcher and restaurateur. A prolific writer and lecturer, she is a columnist and hosts a weekly program on TV. As well as being the Slow Food International Councillor from Turkey, she also leads the largest convivium in the country that campaigned and brought legislative improvements to the hunting size of Bosphorus’ beloved but about to go extinct Lüfer fish.
Diego Mas Trelles is a film director and producer. He has made numerous documentaries for, among others, ARTE, TVE, Canal+, TVG, MDR and ZDF. His films have been screened at many film festivals and broadcast by television stations across the world. He develops commercials, music videos and television programmes. He was president of DOCUS MADRID, an association promoting documentary film. He has collaborated with a number of film festivals and is a programmer for DocumentaMadrid at present.
Martin Horyna started his university studies in the field of theoretical physics. However, life sometimes brings unexpected shifts and a spontaneous decision changed his focus of study to Film studies. Since 2011, Martin has been a member of the Program Department at Karlovy Vary IFF which is held annually in July in the Czech Republic. At present, he is in charge of KVIFF’s pre‐selection of documentary films. His experience as a film journalist and critic includes working for iNDiEFiLM.cz, a Czech website specialized in independent and auteur cinema, which he co‐founded in 2009, and Cinepur film magazine.
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James Longley is a filmmaker and photographer best known for his film GAZA STRIP, made during the second Palestinian uprising, and his Academynominated and festivalwinning documentary films, IRAQ IN FRAGMENTS and SARI’S MOTHER, which chronicle the lives of Iraqi civilians during a time of war and occupation. James is currently working on a new film, ANGELS ARE MADE OF LIGHT, that follows students and teachers over three years at a government school in Kabul, Afghanistan. James is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and a MacArthur Foundation Fellow.
Tue Sten Müller, born in 1947. Danish. Worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board. Cofounder of Balticum Film and TVFestival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. Has given documentary courses and seminars in more than 30 countries. From 1996 until 2005 he was director of European Documentary Network. From 2006 he has been a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig.
Mustafa Kerem Yüksel currently is the World Cinema Program Coordinator for Ankara IFF. Worked at various levels for FFs including Adana Golden Boll IFF, Flying Broom Int’l Women’s FF, Pink Life QueerFest LGBTT FF, Refugee Films Days, Sinemardin Mardin FF. Curated special sections for the festival including Tanpınar Would Have Loved This Film, a selection by prominent writers and scholars in honor of the founder of the modern Turkish literature Ahmet Hamdi Tanpınar and Something is Rotten in the State of the World: Hamlet on Film, a selection of playful and bending Hamlet adaptations on screen.
Carlos Ramos born in 1978 in Lisbon, Portugal. He holds a degree in Computer Engineering and a post‐graduation in Cultural Management. He is the director of IndieLisboa Film Festival and programmer for short films and music documentaries since 2006. He coordinates the parallel section IndiebyNight. He is also the curator and director of PLUNC, a new media and digital art festival that happens in Almada and Lisbon. Simultaneously he researches about interactive installations that bring together the idea of a digitally expanded cinema with the concept of the internet of things.
Jetmir Idrizi is a freelance photographer born in Prishtina, Kosovo. He has studied journalism in Prishtina and has worked for 7 years as a photojournalist in a daily newspaper in Kosovo. Since 2006 his work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, agencies and international organizations in Kosovo and abroad. In 2012, he won The International Photography prize “Gjon Mili” organized by National Art Gallery of Kosovo. In 2015, Jetmir Idrizi moved to Brazil to work on his first long‐term project on Gender Identity. In 2016, with his work in Brazil, he won Sony World Photography Awards, first Prize in Campaign Category.
Luke Moody is Head of Film at BRITDOC. He manages the film funds slate including Bertha BRITDOC Journalism Fund, Bertha BRITDOC Connect Fund, Pulse BRITDOC Genesis Fund and BRITDOC Circle Fund. Recently completed supported projects include ‘All These Sleepless Nights’, ‘Shadow World’, ‘The Opposition’, ‘Hooligan Sparrow’ and ‘The Borneo Case.’ Moody manages BRITDOC’s distribution initiatives like somethingreal.today and independently curates the new documentary festival framesofrepresentation.com
Nick Pinkerton is a Cincinnati, Ohio-born, Queens, New York-based film critic and programmer. His writings on film and the visual arts have appeared in Artforum, Frieze magazine, Film Comment, Sight & Sound, The Village Voice, and a variety of other venues.
Rachael Rakes is the Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and cofounder of the Art of the Real festival, coeditor of the film section of the Brooklyn Rail, and Editor at Large for Verso Books. Rakes has written criticism and essays recently for Art Agenda, Artforum, Hyperallergic, and Bomb, and, with Leo Goldsmith, is at work on a book on the collaborative radical practices of filmmaker Peter Watkins. From 20102013, Rakes was Assistant Curator at the Museum of the Moving Image. She is currently teaching a course at Harvard Summer School on Documentary Aesthetics in Contemporary Art.
Anri Sala is a contemporary artist based in Berlin who came to prominence for video works and installations that drew from personal experience to reflect on social and political changes taking place in his native Albania. In recent years, Sala has attached a growing importance to sound, in particular exploring sound’s relationship to image, and linked to this development is Sala’s long‐standing interest in performance and music. Sala was selected to represent France at the 55th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale with ‘Ravel Ravel Unravel’ in 2013.
Barbara Orlicz‐Szczypuła was born in 1971. One of the programmers of the Krakow Film Festival. She graduated from the History Faculty (Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology) of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Before joining the festival she has worked in Apollo Film Ltd – Film Distribution Company where she was responsible for film events, PR and marketing. In 2005 she established Film Promotion Agency working under Krakow Film Foundation’s structure, which promotes Polish documentary, animated and short films abroad. She is producer of the Krakow Film Market and in 2006 she became a Vice President of the Krakow Film Foundation.
Christopher Tidman is Vice President – Acquisitions, Partnerships and Business Development for Shorts International and Shorts TV. Shorts International is a UK based, international media company dedicated to short film. Shorts TV operates short film TV channels in Europe, Middle East, Africa and the USA and is rapidly expanding to become the global multi‐media platform dedicated to short film. Christopher has a strong background in both short form content and factual programming, having previously worked for companies like Discovery USA, Discovery Europe and Carlton International. Christopher has over 12 years experience in broadcasting, content development, co‐production and acquisitions.
Blerta Basholli born in 1983 in Kosovo. She has written and directed short films and documentaries. In 2012 she got admitted on the Film Graduate Program at Tisch School of the Arts – NYU. Her short film “Gjakova726 ” took part in Rotterdam Film Festival, Busho Film Festival, DokuFest, etc. Her documentary “Mirror, mirror… ” was officially selected in Sarajevo Film Festival, New York International Independent Film and Video Festival, Tirana International Film Festival, Balkan Black Box Film Festival, Berlin. Other shorts include “Lena & Me”, “The three of us”, “Third Endtrance”. She is currently working on her first feature film.
Christoffer Olofsson now 15 years is the Programme Director for Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Sweden. Attended Stockholm University, Department of Film Studies before moving back to his hometown to study Art History and Aesthetics at Uppsala University. Nomination committee member for the Swedish National Film Awards. Also freelances as a film critic and curator.
Eriola Pira is the curator, writer and director of the Young Visual Artists Awards Program, in New York. Currently she manages and curates NARS Foundation programs. She curated exhibitions, produced public programs and gave lectures in New York, Bratislava, Prishtina and Tirana. Pira worked with institutions such as The Studio Museum in Harlem, Independent Curators International, Exit Art, NURTUREart, International Studio and Curatorial Program and Residency Unlimited. Her work as editor and freelance writer was published in Guernica Magazine, Bomb Magazine, Huffington Post and Kosovo 2.0, etc. She holds an M.A. in Theory of Visual Culture from University of New York.