FESTIVAL JURIES ANNOUNCED FOR DOKUFEST 2019!July 31, 2019
We are deeply honored to announce the names of this edition’s jury members. Spanning across seven categories, this diverse mix of film professionals and enthusiasts will watch and select their favorite films in a pool of 104 films, representing over 40 countries.
Krzysztof Gierat is a Polish film expert. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University, he studied at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Joint founder and former head of the Jewish Culture Festival, Graffiti Film Centre and “Film Polski” Foundation. Former Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow, Director of the Polish State Television Film Agency, General Secretary of the Polish Filmmakers Association. Member of the Polish and European Film Academies. Since 2000, Director of the Krakow Film Festival. Founder and president of Krakow Film Foundation, which is the producer of Krakow Film Festival and promoter of Polish documentaries and shorts abroad. Lecturer at the Krakow Academy. Member of numerous film festivals’ juries.
Mania Akbari is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and artist. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at the BFI, London (2013), the DFI, Denmark (2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany (2014), Cyprus Film Festival (2014) and Nottingham Contemporary (2017).
Luke Brawley is the Festivals Manager for Dogwoof, the leading sales agent for theatrical documentaries. Luke has created and worked on the global festival strategies for multiple award-winning documentaries including 2019 Sundance titles One Child Nation & Maiden, as well as Oscar/BAFTA, nominated titles Life, Animated, Weiner & Minding the Gap. Through his range of contacts, Luke has secured successful premieres for Dogwoof titles at the world’s most important documentary festivals; IDFA, Hot Docs, CPH: DOX, & True/False plus some of the most prestigious including Sundance, TIFF & Berlinale.
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Adam Szymczyk was the Artistic Director of documenta 14 in Athens and Kassel in 2017. In 1997, he co-founded the Foksal Gallery Foundation in Warsaw. He was Director at Kunsthalle Basel from 2004 to 2014. In 2008, he co-curated with Elena Filipovic the 5th Berlin Biennial for Contemporary Art, When Things Cast No Shadow. He is a Member of the Board of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and member of the Advisory Committee of Kontakt. Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation in Vienna. He is a guest lecturer at Akademie der bildenden Künste in Vienna as well as at Hochschule für Gestaltung und Buchkunst in Leipzig, Germany. In 2011, he received the Walter Hopps Award for Curatorial Achievement at the Menil Foundation in Houston.
Stephanie Fuchs is in charge of Festival strategies and coordinating all international festivals and bookings at Autlook Filmsales, one of the leading sales agents for feature documentaries and doc series including recently Cannes awarded For Sama, academy nominated Of Fathers And Sons and the PJ Harvey documentary A Dog Called Money. Stephanie studied computer science and has been working in the creative industries since 2012. After her position as a project manager at ARS electronica festival (AT), she joined Autlook Filmsales in 2014.
James Lattimer is a film curator, critic, and filmmaker based in Berlin. He started working for the Berlinale Forum in 2008 and joined their selection committee in 2011. He has curated film series for Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and Volksbühne Berlin and became a programme consultant for the Viennale in 2018. His writing on cinema has appeared in Cinema Scope, Sight and Sound, Film Comment, Fireflies, Slant Magazine, MUBI’s The Notebook, and Senses of Cinema. He co-directed the documentary short All Still Orbit with Dane Komljen, which premiered in competition at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and is co-writing Dane Komljen’s upcoming second feature A Treatise on Limnology.
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Neil Young (b. Easington, UK, 1971) is a freelance writer, curator and film-maker from Sunderland on the north-east coast of England, and is now mainly based in Vienna. He has reviewed new films at major festivals regularly for The Hollywood Reporter since 2008 and has contributed numerous features to Sight & Sound since 2010. His most regular international outlets also include MUBI Notebook (New York), KINO! (Ljubljana) and Ny Tid / Modern Times Review (Oslo). A member of FIPRESCI and the London Critics’ Circle, he routinely attends 25+ film-festivals each year and has served on more than two dozen juries since 2001 including Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique (2013) and others at Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam and Mexico City (Ficunam). He currently works for several festivals in consultation, programming and/or moderation capacities including the Viennale, European Film Festival (Palić, Serbia: International Programmer), Vienna Shorts (the head of the Austrian national-competition section), Crossing Europe (Linz, Austria) and Kortfilmfestivalen (Grimstad, Norway). Between 2011-15 he was the Director of the Bradford International Film Festival at the U.K.’s National Media Museum. He directed the 103-minute experimental documentary Rihaction which premiered in a competitive section at the Diagonale film festival in Graz, Austria in March 2019. He made his big-screen acting debut in Joanna Hogg’s fictional feature The Souvenir (executive producer Martin Scorsese) which premiered at and won the top prize in the World Dramatic Competition at the Sundance film festival in January 2019.
Adele Kohout is Born in Prague and, studied New History and Art History with a focus on film at the Heinrich-Heine University in Düsseldorf and at the University of Zurich. During her studies she worked as an assistant director for Czech television for long and series formats in 2004 till 2005. 2008 Assistant in project management at Stein Promotion and Master study of cultural history and cultural management in Ludwigsburg. From 2008 to 2010 she was in charge of public relations at DOK.fest. She became assistant to the festival management in 2010 and took on tasks in the areas of financing and project coordination. She has been a permanent member of the programme committee since 2010 and has also been responsible for sponsoring and partner communication since 2012. From 2015 to 2017, she headed the office of the Kunstareal München and has been deputy managing director of DOK.fest München since 2016.
Leonardo Bigazzi works as a curator at Lo Schermo dell’Arte Film Festival since its first edition in 2008, where he was also responsible for special projects with the artists Hassan Khan, Omer Fast, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Hito Steyerl and Melik Ohanian. He is the co-director of Feature Expanded (4th ed.) and the curator of VISIO – European Programme on Artists’ Moving Images (8th ed.). Recently curated exhibitions: Petrit Halilaj Shkrëpetima (Fondazione Merz Turin, Paul Klee Zentrum Bern, Runik Kosovo), European Identities. New Geographies in Artists’ Film and Video (Le Murate, Florence), Directing the Real. Artists’ Films and Video in the 2010s (Palazzo Medici Riccardi Florence and Passerelle Centre d’art contemporain, Brest). In 2016 he co-curated the first edition of La Nuite blanche de Monaco. He has been the project manager of over 10 exhibition of the artist Petrit Halilaj among which his solo-show at the New Museum and his presentation at the 57. Biennale di Venezia, awarded with the Special Mention of the Jury. Since 2017 he is a member of ICOM – International Council of Museums and in 2017 he was part of the acquisition committee of the Frac Champagne-Ardenne. From 2014 to 2016 he worked as a curator at Museo Marino Marini in Florence working on several exhibitions and curating the solo shows of Pablo Bronstein and Rayyane Tabet among other projects. He holds an M.A. in Applied Science for the Study and Conservation of Art at the University of Florence and has lectured in several Universities, Art Academies and Contemporary Art Institutions.
Daniel Vadocky has a degree in Philosophy from the University of Trnava and in Film Studies from the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. He has lectured on Philosophy and Aesthetics at Department of Film and has published articles on world cinema, film history and theory in various magazines and newspapers. He is a Programmer of the short film competitive and non-competitive feature film section ‘American Indies’ at the Art Film Fest in Slovakia. Daniel worked as Head of Sales at The National Film Archive in Prague and has been a member of international juries in Tallinn, Budapest, Uppsala, Malmö and others. Currently he works as Sales Agent for Negativ Film Productions.
Lendita Zeqiraj, born in Kosovo, is an award winning film director that is declared as ‘National Filmmaker of the Year 2014’, and won “The Annual Film Excellence Award for Cinematic Achievements” by the Kosovo Ministry of Culture. She’s worked on a number of shorts and documentary films, which have participated in over 300 International Film Festivals, such as International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Thessaloniki, Cairo, Leeds, Vilnius International Film Festival, Trieste International Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival etc., winning prizes in a number of them. Her short film BALCONY, premiered at 70th Venice Film Festival and screened at over 170 International Film Festivals, such as Telluride Film Festival, Palm Springs Short Fest, Warsaw Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival etc. and won over 35 international awards, including the Special Jury Award at the AFI FEST 2013. Her last short film FENCE, won Best Short award at Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest, Hamptons and New Orleans film festival and has been triple Qualified for Oscar® Academy Award, and continues traveling and winning award throughout worldwide film festivals. Her debut feature AGA’S HOUSE just had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, winning Federation of Film Critics of Europe and the Mediterranean FEDEORA Special Mention award.
Sudeep Sharma is a Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival focusing on documentary feature films. Having started at Sundance in 2008 as a screener of international documentary features for the festival and a reader for the labs, he has previously been an Associate Programmer, Documentaries and Shorts Programmer. He has also worked in programing at many festivals including the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles, Palm Springs International ShortFest, Aspen ShortsFest, LA Film Festival, AFI Fest, Tribeca, Indian Kaleidoscope Film Festival and was Director of Public Programming for the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science. He holds Ph.D. in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA and has taught film and television courses at universities throughout Southern California.
Deniz Buga studied film production at NYU. He was a resident artist in the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. His works have been previously exhibited in film festivals and art venues, including San Sebastian Film Festival, Oberhausen Short Film Festival and Centre Pompidou. Together with Shelly Grizim, he produced Shevaun Mizrahi’s Spirit Awards Nominee “Distant Constellation”. The film received Best Balkan Documentary Award at Dokufest 2018.
Kati Juurus is the Artistic Director of DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival. She is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, renowned in her native Finland. Before starting to direct her own films, Ms. Juurus worked as a staff writer for Finland’s main newspaper Helsingin Sanomat, as an investigative journalist in Yle Finnish Broadcasting Company, and as an information officer for Unicef in Kathmandu Nepal.
Hanna Atallah has been empowering unheard voices as as filmmaker, producer and educator. With the creation of the non-profit organization Filmlab: Palestine in 2014 located in Ramallah, he developed a platform to activate cinema culture, work on audience awareness and invest in professional knowledge exchange in Palestine, that opened the door for a regional and international network for Palestinian film professionals. Born in Jerusalem, Hanna is a filmmaker, producer, and cultural art manager who worked in different countries. He holds a bachelor degree in Cinema Studies (Director section) from the Academy of Art / High Cinema Institute, Egypt. His experience covers filmmaking projects (fiction and documentary). Hanna was the initiator, producer and manager of the Palestinian Memory Documentation Project in Talbiyeh refugee camp in Jordan, and he is the founder and Artistic Director of Filmlab: Palestine.
Erëmirë Krasniqi(1985) graduated from Bard College Berlin in Aesthetics, Philosophy and Literature and earned a Masters degree in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College. At Dartmouth, she worked as Teaching Assistant for several courses (Transnational Muslim Feminisms, Krieger’s Virtual Girlfriend: Japanese Anime and the Idea of Post-human, Introduction to Film Studies and Film Noir), and Research Assistant for The Media Ecology Project, a digital resource which engaged new forms of scholarly production, supporting and advocating the essential work of media archives. In 2017, she completed Exhibiting Contemporary History – Representing 20th Century program, a year long study in museology and curatorial practices at the Friedrich Schiller University. Krasniqi is the Executive Director of the Oral History Initiative, a non-governmental organization engaged in the production of a multilingual online digital archive.
Simon Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary Association (IDA). He oversees all IDA programs and operations, including filmmaker services, funding, educational programs, the IDA Awards, IDA’s Getting Real conference, and advocacy for the field. In 2017 he launched IDA’s Enterprise Documentary Fund, a $1 million annual fund supporting documentary journalism. He serves on the board of jurors of the George Foster Peabody Awards and is a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the Producers Guild of America, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Prior to IDA he was the executive producer of POV, the PBS showcase of independent documentaries where he received one Prime Time Emmy, three Prime Time Emmy nominations, 17 News & Documentary Emmy Awards, more than 60 News & Documentary Emmy nominations, and six Peabody Awards.
Sara Rüster is born on 1969 in Stockholm. Bachelor of Arts in marketing communications and art history. She has been a programmer for the Cinematheque in Stockholm for twelve years. Since 2003 she is responsible for the international festival distribution of Swedish documentaries at the Swedish Film Institute where she also has served as a member of the Board. Sara moderates panels, seminars and advices filmmakers on festival strategies, production and international co-financing. She has served as a juror at film festivals like IDFA, SXSW and DOKfest München.
Ilir Hasanaj is a film director from Kosova – grown up in Switzerland. Before graduating in Film at the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK) he worked several years as a computer scientist. His documentary film „me dasht‘ me dasht‘ me dasht‘“ had a successful run at the international festival between 2017 – present, including Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival, Solothurn Film Festival and Dokufest, where it won the audience award. Ilir lives in Pristina, Kosovo and works on films with social importance. He also is a film programmer in the only alternative cinema Kino ARMATA in the city of Pristina.
Lala Meredith-Vula is an artist and Professor of Art and Photography at De Montfort University, Leicester UK. She was born in 1966 in Sarajevo to an Albanian father and British mother. Lala came to Britain in the 1970s and studied Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and MA at Prishtina University in Kosovo. Her first show was in Damien Hirst’s landmark exhibition “Freeze”, London in 1988 that is famous for launching the Young British Artists. She has represented Albania in the 48th Venice Biennale in 1999 and has also exhibited nationally and internationally with many solo shows including at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, Germany throughout Italy and Albania. In 2017 Lala he took part in Documenta 14 exhibitions in Athens and Kassel with Blood Memory and Haystacks series.
Enrico Vannucci born in 1981 in Sassuolo, Italy, has been passionate about films since childhood due to his permissive parents letting him watch VHS tapes and going to the cinema together with them. In 2007, he graduated in screenwriting from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia and was awarded his MA in Film Studies from the University of Bologna in 2008 with a thesis exploring John Frankenheimer and Jonathan Demme’s The Manchurian Candidate. He has been a member of film festival programming teams since 2010 and currently works as a short film advisor for the Venice Film Festival and Quebec City Film Festival, and as a short film programmer at the Torino Short Film Market, as well as being a freelance programmer and curator. In recent years he has written essays on the short and feature film festival ecosystem that have been published and presented at international conferences. Finally, he has covered major film festivals as a journalist since 2009.