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 96 films representing 40 countries.
Goran Dević was born in Sisak in 1971. He studied Archeology and Law. In 2008 he took a degree in Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts, where he works today at the Documentary Film graduate studies. His documentary and fiction films were awarded in Pula, Cottbus, Prizren, Prague, Sarajevo, Oberhausen, Neubrandenburg, Maribor, Motovun and Zagreb. His feature film directorial debut (which he co-directed and co-written with Zvonimir Jurić) was a critically acclaimed 2009 psychological war drama titled The Blacks. Retrospectives of his documentaries were screened at Arsenal Berlin, Crossing Europe Filmfestival Linz and Dokukino Zagreb. He is founder of the production company Petnaesta umjetnost.
Tara Judah is Cinema Producer at Bristol’s Watershed, and has worked on the programming and editorial for the cinema’s archive, classic and repertory film festival, Cinema Rediscovered since its inception in 2016. Prior to her post at Watershed, Tara was Co-Director at 20th Century Flicks video shop, programmed films for Australia’s iconic single screen repertory theatre, The Astor, and for Melbourne’s annual feminist film event,Girls on Film Festival. She has written for Senses of Cinema, Desist Film, Monocle and Sight & Sound and has dissected cinema over the airwaves in Britain and Australia for Monocle24, BBC World Service, Triple R, ABC RN and JOY FM. Tara is a trustee on the board of directors at one of the world’s longest continuously operating cinemas, Curzon Cinema & Arts in Clevedon.
Marina D. Richter is a Belgrade-born, Vienna-based film critic. She is Cineuropa’s correspondent for Austria. Her reviews, interviews and festival reports are published in international outlets Lupiga, Monitor & Sirp. She’s been writing about film and art for the daily newspaper Politika since 2004. She also is a published author and script advisor. Marina D. Richter studied Scandinavian languages and literature at the universities of Belgrade, Gothenburg and Vienna.
Sali Shoshi is an architect and environmentalist from Kosovo. He has been involved in the conservation of cultural heritage of Kosovo for 17 years as a member of the Kosovan Foundation “Cultural Heritage without Borders” – CHwB Kosova. Shoshi is involved in many initiatives and projects for the protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage in post-conflict and transition contexts.
Elena Lazic is an Associate Editor at Seventh Row and a freelance film writer based in London, U.K. Outlets she has written for include Little White Lies, The Guardian, Sight & Sound, and Mubi.
Davide Oberto born in Alba (Italy) in 1970, he moved to Turin in 1989 where he studied Philosophy, Human Sciences and Film History at the Università di Torino. In 1999 he starts the collaboration with the Torino Film Festival where in 2005 he becomes the curator of the Italian Competitions (Short Films and Documentaries). Three years later he creates a new section devoted to international documentaries in the attempt of introducing the most interesting and relevant films from a very specific and cinematic perspective in Italy: TFFdoc.
James Berclaz-Lewis, who hails from the UK and Switzerland, is the Program Coordinator at the International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) in Geneva, Switzerland where he has been involved since 2014. He has also written for Indiewire, The Lincoln Film Center, Festivalists, Movie Mezzanine and NextProjection following his participation at the Locarno Critics Academy in 2013.
ANDRRA (Fatime Kosumi) is a musician and artist of Kosovar origin whose work revolves around the impact of heritage and tradition on modern society. Born in Rosenheim, Germany, ANDRRA returned to her family village in 2001, shortly after the events of the Kosovo War. She currently resides and records in Berlin.
Mette Hoffmann Meyer is a Danish CEO and co-founder of The Why Foundation, a Peabody Award-Winning, public media organization that aims to support sustainable development by securing free access to reliable information for all citizens. The Why produces and distributes media content dealing with human rights and sustainable development, reaching hundreds of millions of people across the globe. Hoffmann has worked with documentary film for nearly 30 years, and is the former Head of Documentaries and Co-Productions at the Danish public service broadcaster. She is now focusing on modern-day slavery, as the campaign WHY SLAVERY? launches this fall.
Nico Marzano curates the film programme and runs the film distribution arm at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London (ICA) bringing a unique programme of independent and socially relevant films to UK audiences. In addition to his role at ICA, Nico is also founder and director of FRAMES of REPRESENTATION (FoR), a creative documentary laboratory and film festival founded in 2015 to promote presentation, production and distribution of new visions of cinema. Nico has been a guest lecturer at Birkbeck University of London, Kingston University, Falmouth University and delivered papers and keynote speeches for agencies and other international film festival forums across the globe.
Ela Bittencourt is a film critic and programmer based in São Paulo. Her articles on cinema and art appear in international publications, including Artforum, Art in America, Film Comment, Frieze Magazine, Hyperallergic and The Village Voice. Bittencourt acts as a program advisor for Sheffield Doc/Fest and serves on the selection committees for É Tudo Verdade International Documentary Film Festival and Festival Semana de Cinema in Brazil. She has curated independently film retrospectives in the United States and in Latin America, and is the founder of a film site, Lyssaria.
Anna Zamecka is a Polish film director, screenwriter and producer. A member of the European Film Academy, she has studied cultural anthropology, journalism and photography in Warsaw and Copenhagen. Her 2016 debut feature film „Communion” received numerous awards including the European Film Award for Best European Documentary 2017 and the Critic’s Week Award at Locarno IFF, amongst others.
Alush Gashi – Director of Kino ARMATA, a public space in Prishtina/Kosovo promoting alternative culture and social dialogue. Founder of NO RECESS, a music-driven art platform, and INIT Communications Agency and Film Production Company. With academic experience in economics, journalism and computer science, as well as years of involvement in managing media-related projects. Director and producer of four documentary films and an occasional contributor in local and international press, on social and cultural topics. A passionate pool player and vinyl collector.
Sérgio Gomes is one the founding members of Porto/Post/Doc: Film & Media Festival, Portugal, and he’s currently member of the board direction. He is also program coordinator and executive director of Porto/Post/Doc. Since 2001, Sérgio Gomes collaborates with Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, Portugal, as programmer and competition coordinator. He has been also working as DJ and event promoter.
Pamela Pianezza is a photographer & writer, balancing between fiction and non-fiction, editorial assignments (for Variety, Dazed & Confused, Canal +, Arte) and personal projects. She’s been working for years as a film programmer for the Cannes’ Critics’ Week, then became the Head of short films at the Fribourg International Film Festival. A position she recently quit to join the Kurzfilmtage Winterthur’s artistic team. She is the founder and editor of cultural online daily Tess Magazine. She owns MAs in Cinema and Journalism and teaches Visual arts.
Ina Pira curates Vimeo’s Staff Picks and Vimeo on Demand. Prior to this, Ina worked as a Senior Programmer for the Hamptons International Film Festival, the Montclair Film Festival, and the Sarasota Film Festival. In addition to her programming work, Ina has helped manage and select scripts for the Hamptons Screenwriters Lab and other year-round programs. Ina has served on festival juries and has spoken to numerous groups about film festivals, online programming, and digital distribution. Ina serves on the Advisory Board for the North Bend Film Festival.
Ali Asgari was born in Tehran, Iran. He is a graduate of cinema in Italy. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. Two of his short films “More Than Two Hours” 2013 and “The Silence” (co-directed by Farnoosh Samadi) 2016 were in Short Film competition at Festival De Cannes. His short film “The Baby” was premiered in competition of Venice Film Festival 2014. His short films were screened in more than 600 film festivals around the world including Sundance, BFI, Melbourne…and won more than 150 international awards. “Disappearance” is his first feature film which was developed at Cinefondation La Residence of Festival De Cannes and had its world and North American premiere in Venice Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival. He is a member of Academy of Oscar.
Ben Vandendaele is a versatile producer, sales agent and distributor, based in Brussels where he studied film editing at the Rits. He is the founder of two companies: the production company Bekke Films that supports provocative cinema and authors with a purpose
and Radiator IP sales with which he has represents, distributes and sells a total of 80 short films to date.
The films have been selected for multiple international film festivals, including Berlinale, Clermont-Ferrand, Sundance, SXSW, Locarno, Venice and many others.
He was part of several international workshops, including Berlinale Talents, Zurich Masterclass and a member of the pre-selection committee for LIM. Since two years he’s partner and consultant for the European Short Pitch.
Elsa Demo is a journalist covering cultural issues since 2000. She published numerous articles, essays, features and opinions. For several years works as anchorwoman in “Arkapia”, a TV show for arts and culture. She is a member of several national and international juries for literature and cinematography as well as a member of FIPRESCI. Demo is a lecturer of journalism in University of Tirana and University of Elbasan. She contributed in several publications in Albanian and foreign languages. She holds the “Woytila” prize for journalism (Italy, 2009). Currently she is pursuing the PhD degree in The Centre for Albanological Studies.
Petrit Halilaj – Born in Kostërc (Kosovo) in 1986, lives and works in-between Germany, Kosovo and Italy. His work is deeply connected with the recent history of his country, and the consequences of the political and cultural tensions in the region. But while confronting a collective memory, his work often originates from a personal experience and it is usually the result of an intimate process and a shared moment with someone he loves. His unique, and sometimes irreverent, way to playfully confront the essence of reality results in a deep reflection on memory, freedom, cultural identity and life discoveries.