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 102 films representing 50 countries.
Karen Cirillo is a multi-media creator and documentary programmer and producer, specializing in short non-fiction. Although a New Yorker, she is currently based in Istanbul, where she works for UNDP’s Regional Hub for Europe and Central Asia as a communications and multi-media specialist. She founded and curates Doxita, a traveling program of short non-fiction cinema. She was Shorts Programmer for True/False Festival, Associate Director – Programming for Full Frame Documentary Festival, and has programmed for other festivals and organizations, including Duke University Screen Society. She previously worked for UNICEF managing an international children’s broadcasting initiative and the global OneMinutesJr. project, collaborating with video artists to produce video workshops with youth around the world.
Mimi Brody Mimi Brody is a film programmer and curator for film festivals and cinematheques. She has worked with the San Francisco International and Los Angeles Film Festivals, the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Block Cinema, and most recently as Head Programmer for the AFI DOCS Film Festival in Washington, DC.
Ognjen Glavonić (1985, Yugoslavia) graduated Film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. His short films have been screened at more than 50 international film festivals. His mid-length documentary Zivan Makes a Punk Festival was screened at IFF Rotterdam, Cinéma du Réel, IndieLisboa, CPH:DOX, among others. Depth Two, premiering at Berlinale in 2016, is Ognjen’s first feature-length documentary. So far, it has been screened at 50 festivals, winning the Grand Prix awards at the Festival dei Popoli (Italy), ZagrebDox (Croatia), Open City Documentary Festival (UK), Dokufest (Kosovo), Message to Men (Russia), Kasseler Dokfest (Germany), Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival (Serbia) and Atlantida Film Festival (Spain). Glavonić is currently in post-production of his first fiction feature filmThe Load. He is the director and co-founder of Pančevo Film Festival (Serbia).
Bilge Ebiri is a film critic and writer for the Village Voice. His work has also appeared in New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, the New York Times, the Criterion Collection, and elsewhere.
Riina Zachariassen was trained as a lawyer with the universities of Copenhagen & Edinburgh and joined the Copenhagen Film Festivals (CPH:DOX & CPH PIX) in 2006 as Industry Manager. In 2012 she started producing both fiction and documentary films. Amongst other titles she co-produced Yaelle Kayam’s MOUNTAIN (Venice and Toronto IFF 2015), line produced Obaidah Zytoon & Andreas Dalsgaard’s THE WAR SHOW (Venice IFF 2016 – Venice Days Main Award) and her first feature film DRIB premiered at SXSW and CPH:DOX in 2017.
Uta Ibrahimi was born in Kosovo. Worked on marketing fields until 2015 when she left her job and embarked on a new journey as a mountaineer and guide. Today, Uta is pursuing different tourism projects such as the Via Dinarica Project and Reel Rock Festival. She is the owner of a company that offers outdoor tours in Balkan. In May 2017, Uta became the first Albanian woman to summit Mount Everest 8848m. Her aim is to continue climbing other 8000m summits, spread positivity and expose the beauty of Kosovo.
Carmen Gray was born in New Zealand and now lives in Berlin. She has been a film critic and journalist for more than a decade and has written for publications including The Guardian, The Observer, Sight & Sound, Screen International, The Calvert Journal, Filmmaker Magazine and Estonia’s Sirp. She is the former Film Editor of Dazed & Confused magazine in London. She is also a film programmer, and is currently on the selection committee for the International Short Film Festival Winterthur in Switzerland. She regularly teaches writing workshops for young critics in Poland, Estonia and Serbia.
Cíntia Gli Graduated in Philosophy in the University of Porto after attending the Cinema course at the Portuguese School of Cinema and Theatre. Worked as a researcher for a PhD thesis at the”Aesthetics, Politics and Arts” Research Group of the Philosophy Institute of Porto University. Between 2001 and 2007 worked on the production of several films. She also has taught at the Video and Documentary Cinema School of Abrantes. Cíntia was member of Vila do Conde Shortfilm Festival selection committee. Since 2012 she is co-director of Doclisboa, both for artistic and executive direction. Since 2015, she’s also a member of the board of Apordoc – Portuguese Documentary Association.
Melody Gilbert is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and film professor who has directed, produced, shot (and sometimes edited) seven feature-length documentaries since 2002 through her production company, Frozen Feet Films.All of Melody’s films have premiered at prestigious film festivals and been broadcast on networks internationally. Melody is also an educator who most recently taught documentary filmmaking at the American University in Bulgaria for four years. Currently she teaching master classes and workshops such as her popular “Documentary Boot Camp,” working with other filmmakers as a story coach, and tutoring emerging filmmakers around the world.
Rodolfo Castillo-Morales: Mexican filmmaker and programmer. He has participated in several documentary and fiction short films as producer, director, director of photography and editor, as well as director of photography in documentary features. He’s also experienced in advertising, television, music videos and web contents. He premiered his debut documentary feature in 2013 The Wind’s Song, which was screened in over 20 festivals and showcases devoted to indigenous matters around the world. He currently works as Programming Coordinator of DocsMX (previously known as DocsDF), the International Documentary Film Festival of Mexico City since 2011.
Wood LIN Born in 1981, Wood LIN received his Master degree from the Graduate Institute of Sound and Image Studies at Tainan National University of the Arts. LIN is a film critic and festival organizer specializing in documentary. He used to be the jury of Golden Horse Award, DMZ IDFF, IFF Rotterdam, Jihlava IDFF and Hong Kong IFF. He is now the executive director of Taiwan Documentary Filmmakers’ Union, and the program director of TAIWAN International Documentary Festival.
HUMAN RIGHTS DOX
Lura Limani is an editor, writer, and researcher based in Prishtina, Kosovo. She is the editor-in-chief of Prishtina Insight, an English online magazine published by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Kosovo. She also contributes as an editor to the independent zine Lirindja and as a research affiliate to the Kosovo Oral History Initiative.
Mante Valiunaite is a programmer at International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival “Inconvenient Films” and Vilnius International Film Festival “Kino pavasaris”. She is a lecturer at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. In addition, Mante coordinates various projects in NGO “Meno avilys”, which works extensively on cinema heritage and education. She is, also, a film critic and regularly writes to magazine “Kinas” and “7 Days of Art”.
Miranda Pennel originally trained in contemporary dance before making films, and later studied visual anthropology. Her film and video work exploring different forms of collective performance, whether dancers, soldiers or fight directors, has been widely broadcast internationally and presented in festival and gallery contexts. Her recent films use archival material as the starting point for a reflection on the colonial imaginary. Her film Why Colonel Bunny Was Killed (2010) examines colonial encounters on the Afghan borderlands at the turn of the 20th century. The Host (2015), an essay film which investigates images from the archive of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now BP), won the Punto de Vista Award for Best Film (Pamplona) in 2017.
Afolabi (Afo) Kuti Afo is BAFTA winning producer who began his film career working in the film festival world for Sundance and BFI London Film Festivals. His experience spans across international film sales, distribution, publicity, film Education and production working for companies such as Number 9, Salt and DDA PR. In May 2012 he was selected as one of Screen International 50 Future leaders in film. Now working as a producer under his company Broedmachine, Afo has projects in development with BBC Films, Ffilm Cymru, Ingenious and Revolution Films. As of 2017 Afo produced BAFTA winning short film HOME from director/writer Daniel Mulloy and Executive produced feature film I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER directed by Billy O’Brien.
Jasmin Basic Film historian and programmer, Master of Arts in Cinema and English. Collaborations with several festivals, in Switzerland and abroad: Visions du Réel Nyon, Cinema Tous Ecrans, Split International Film Festival, Ambulante Mexico, NIFFF Neuchâtel, Animafest Zagreb, International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights Geneva, Solothurn Film Festival, International Animation Festival Fantoche and the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. She has curated retrospectives on Michael Mann, Charles Burnett, David Cronenberg, Michael Snow, Harun Farocki, Atom Egoyan and on the Yugoslav Black Wave, and has developed programmes and events focused on international TV series. She was an appointed expert for the Swiss Federal Office of Culture for TV drama and series and a Board Member of the Geneva Film Commission.
Trimor Dhomi Composer of around 100 films & theatre works, different genres from chamber, symphonic to modern ballets, operas and musicals. Composed the music for SHOK – OSCAR Nominated for Best Live Action Short 2016. Teaches music for film and theatre in both State Universities of Prishtina & Peja.
Astrit Kabashi Born in 1975 in Peja, Kosovo. He has finished Bachelor and Master degree studies for acting in Faculty of Arts, University of Prishtina. From 2003 started to work as assistant to professor in Faculty of Arts, and now continues to work as a professor. He played in theatre, mainly in the National Theatre of Kosovo. Kabashi also played in films, such as: “Tonight is Cancelled” by Brendan Grant, “Kaseta e dasmës” by Ariel Shaban, “Vdekja nga ngulfatja” by Visar Morina, “Shok” by Jamie Donoghue, “Exit” by Lendita & Blerta Zeqiraj, “Tytgat Chocolat” by Marc Bryssinck & Filip Lenaerts, “Babai” by Visar Morina and recently “Fusha e mëllenjave” by Arzana Kraja. He was awarded as best actor for his role in film “Babai” in Munich Film Festival, Germany. as well as best actor in Angers Premier Plans European Festival.
Iris Elezi studied film theory and criticism, anthropology and women’s studies before completing her film production studies at NYU in 2001. Her acclaimed six-part Balkan documentary series UNDER CONSTRUCTION (2007) was broadcast on key regional TV’s with its episode “Disposable Heroes” recognized by Amnesty International, becoming part of the ‘Films That Matter’ screenings. Her feature debut, BOTA (2014), an Albanian/ Italian/ Kosovar co-production, garnered eighteen international awards worldwide and became Albania’s representative film for the 2016 US Academy Awards. Together with American archivist, Regina Longo, and cineaste Thomas Logoreci, Iris co-founded in 2012, the Albanian Cinema Project, an initiative to restore and promote Albanian cinema. A film lecturer and instructor, Iris Elezi, is also the director of the newly created, The Albanian Cinematheque.
Jing Hasse is Market Manager at Nordisk Panorama, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Nordic short and documentary films. Each year Nordisk Panorama arranges the Nordisk Panorama Film Festival, showcasing the best shorts and documentaries from the five Nordic countries. For the last decade Jing has organised the NP Market, the online screening room and a series of talks with market professionals as well as promoted the films registered at Nordisk Panorama internationally and provided advice on international distribution of short films. From August Jing will move on to new adventures as festival manager for short and documentary films at the Swedish Film Institute.