Klaus Eder was born in 1939 in Augsburg. He studied German literature at Stuttgart University. Since the middle of the ‘60s he works as a film critic for the national radio ("Bayerischer Rundfunk") and for German language film magazines. He published several books, e.g. on Andrzej Wajda, Luis Bunuel, Nikita Mikhalkov, Andrei Konchalovski, Arturo Ripstein, Im Kwon-taek and Nagisa Oshima. Between 1986 and 2007 he worked as a programmer for the Munich International Film Festival. He is the General Secretary of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) from 1987. He lives and works in Munich, Germany.
Renáta Bakonyi was born in 1977, in Nyíregyháza. She moved to Győr with her family in 1984. After graduating from high school, she worked in New York for a year in the field of social services. She graduated at the University of West Hungary as a cultural manager after which she continued her studies at the University of Debrecen, in the ethnography, andragogy and cultural management programs. Up to 2012 she worked in Győr at several cultural organizations as programmer and proposal writer. She met the world of film festivals at the MEDIAWAVE and has been working in the field of films since 2009. From 2012 she is the film referent of the Ministry of Human Resources, State Secretariat for Culture. Her main task is to work out and improve the support system of art cinemas, distribution of art films, film festivals and short feature films. Besides her office work, and reading film critics, she is also fond of the contemporary cinematic art.
Cüneyt Cebenoyan is a film critic and an actor. He was born in 1960 in Ankara. Cüneyt Cebenoyan has acted in films such as Hayatboyu (Lifelong; 2013), Gözümün Nuru (Eye Am; 2013), Dar Elbise (Tight Dress, 2016) and in the tv series Çıplak Gerçek (Naked Truth, 2014). He has directed and acted in a short film called "Korkaklar" (Cowards; 2015) which took part in the Rode Tulp Film Festival in 2016. He is a member of FIPRESCI and NETPAC and has taken part in the juries of many film festivals. He is currently writing film reviews at Birgün, a daily newspaper distributed nationwide.
Balázs Béla-díjas filmrendező. Bála Balázs-prize winner director. She graduated as a high school teacher of Hungarian and Russian language and literature and started to write critics and edit film publications with such background. From 1980, she wrote screenplays for György Szomjas’ films. She started making documentaries in 1989. Her first feature film “Bolshe Vita” was released in 1995, followed by “Chico” in 2001. Her films have been present at over 70 international film festivals and won numerous international awards, including Crystal Globe in Karlovy Vary and Prix Europa Spezial in Berlin. For 10 years she taught at the Budapest University of Theatre and Film Arts. Currently she teaches at Metropolitan University (Budapest) and at Sapientia University (Cluj, Romania). “Mom and Other Loonies in the Family” is her third feature film.
Senad Halilbasic was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina and grew up in Austria. He holds a Master’s degree in Theatre- and Film Studies and is currently working on his PhD. Since 2010 he is working as a script consultant for the production company Witcraft Szenario where he runs a prestigious script development program for inter-cultural writers (www.diverse-geschichten.at). His work as an independent film producer was awarded at festivals worldwide. He has consulted numerous scripts, including the Oscar-nominated short film “Everything will be okay” by Patrick Vollrath. The feature length documentary “Korida” by Sinisa Vidovic, which he co-wrote, is currently being shown at festivals worldwide.
Norbert Köbli (1977) is a Béla Balázs Prize winner screenwriter, head of the Hungarian Screenwriters’ Association. His latest screenplay of Demimonde, won the Golden Reel in Tiburon, California and has also been awarded at the Hungarian Film Week. Norbert Köbli is the writer of several movies, television series, documentaries and short feature films and he is also known as the Hungarian translator of Lajos Egri’s and Syd Field’s works. He won prestigious awards with The Exam in Chicago and with The Ambassador to Bern in Montreal and Alaska.
Christoph Rainer is an Austrian filmmaker who graduated from the Filmacademy in Vienna with a bachelor degree in directing with his professor Michael Haneke and received a Fulbright scholarship to pursue his master at Columbia University in New York, where he graduated with honors. His short films have been invited to over 350 film festivals worldwide, screened at museums such as the Tabakalera in San Sebastian and the MoMA in New York and have won numerous awards such as the Max Ophüls Prize in Germany or the TIFF Emerging Filmmaker Award at the Toronto Film Festival. He has also been the director of the Shortynale Film Festival in Austria for the last eight years.
The Béla Balázs Prize winner artist was born in 1943, in Budapest. After graduating from secondary school he started to work at the Pannónia Film Studio, and later at its successors, as graphic artist. At the end of the ‘60s he became an animator and in 1972 he was appointed to be a director. His first animation was made in 1970. The 7 minutes short “Modern edzésmódszerek” [Modern training methods] won several Hungarian and international festival prizes. His first long animation Cat City was released in 1986. Based on the votes and box office success the Mokép declared the film as the best of the year. In 1987 this was the film Hungary entered to the Academy Award nomination contest. In 1995 he left Pannónia Film and established his own company Stúdió II. with some his colleagues. His next long animation Mishy and Mushy has been created by this company in 1999. After the Stúdio II. closed its operation he established his own production company, AnimArt. In December 2007 the Catcher: Cat City 2. was released with outstanding success.
Akiva Tevet born in 1952 is a director and producer. He holds a BFA in Film Studies and EMBA in Business Management from the Tel-Aviv University. In 1989 he was the head of programs and executive producer of the TV Channel "Shalom America" in NY. In 1992 he began managing the Department of Film and Television at Camera Obscura - The School of the Arts until 2007. Since 2007 he serves as the Deputy Director of Productions at the Jerusalem Sam Spiegel School. Filmography: "Love in the First Degree" (1997); "Atalia" based on the story by: Yitzhak Ben-Ner (1984)
He was born in 1980 in Budapest. He gradutaed at the University of Szeged specializing in Communication studies. He is a journalist and film critic, publishing both online and printed media in the last 15 years. He founded the online magazine „Seventh row, in the middle” in 2009 and was the editor-in -chief till 2014. Since then he works as a social media expert at Budapest Film, the largest art cinema network in Hungary.
Matthew Maggi was born in Malta and holds a dual citizenship of Maltese/Canadian. Matthew has been working in the film industry for the past 4 years mainly as an on set Assistant Director. The films he has worked on range from European Independent films to big Hollywood studio productions. He got the chance to co produce his first feature film which enabled his company, Soppa Films. His future plans consist of spending some time in Canada for further networking and learning the local market. This will hopefully result into getting access to funding in order to co produce with productions from both Europe and Canada, and build a bridge between both continents through his company.
He studied photo-illustration at the High School of Fine Arts, graduating in 1973. From 1973 to 1975 he was an assistant photo journalist at the MTI (Hungarian News Agency). He graduated at the Hungarian University of Fine Art as a graphic designer in 1981. He won several prizes with his posters. In the 1980s he specialized in movie posters. In the last couple decades he was responsible for the cultural image of Hungary (in the UK, in China, in Japan, in India, and in Spain). He is a member of the National Association of Hungarian Artists, the Alliance of Hungarian Fine and Applied Artists and the National Alliance of Hungarian Journalists.
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Fr. Florin-Ioan (*1975), since childhood fascinated by photojournalism, religion and pedagogy spent several years of formation around Europe and become member of the Jesuit Order in 1993. He completed his studies in Philosophy (BA) in Padua and in Theology (MD) in Paris, always keeping alive his passion for visual arts, especially photography. After his priesthood ordination he completed the Master of Fine Arts in Film and Television production at Loyola Marymount University (School of Film and Television) in Los Angeles California where he developed his passion for documentary film. From 2010 Massmedia and Communication Officer of the Jesuit Order in Romania (O.C.C.S.I) and from 2013 Vice-President of SIGNIS Romania. Member of the Ecumenical Jury in Locarno 2014.
Viktor Kókai Nagy (*1973) studied at the Theological Faculty of Károli Gáspár University Budapest (1991-1996) and at the Theological Faculty of Friedrich Schiller University Jena (1996-1998). Scientific degrees: Dr. theol. (2004), habilitation (2014). He worked for a radio station (2000-2002) and for a TV channel (2002-2004) as reporter and editor. Since 1993 he is working for festivals as technical assistant and Head of Security. Between 2006 -2015 he’s been an adjunct at the Reformed University Debrecen and since 2015 he is working there and at the Selye János University Komarno as assistant professor. He is married and has a daughter.
Praxedis Bouwman Praxedis Bouwman (*1968) is originally a graduated radio journalist, working in the Netherlands and later in Curaçao. Back in the Netherlands she established her own company and focused more and more on worldview and religion. From 2000 Praxedis became active in the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and was elected president of KALME (Communication Committee of Lutheran Minority Churches in Europe, network program of the Lutheran World Federation, www.kalme.net). Between 2007 and 2013 she studied religious communication and media and became a member and president of the steering committee of the WACC Europe (World Association for Christian Communication) and the vice president of WACC Global. In 2014 she has been awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the Academy of Ecumenical Indian Theology and Church Administration, which cited her “national and international inter-denominational and ecumenical leadership”.
Mark Téglásy studied aesthetics-communication at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University Faculty of Humanities and later social sciences with the specialisation in communication at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He worked for the Hungarian National TV (MTV) as assistant director and director of photography. He owns a company, ART Ltd., which produced several documentaries for the Hungarian National Television. He is also working for the video portal for the Archdiocese of Esztergom-Budapest. In 2005 and 2006 he was a member of the SIGNIS jury at the festivals of Amiens and Alba.
Amber Wilkinson is a film critic based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the co-founder and editorial director of Eye For Film, helping it grow into a leading UK publication specialising in independent film and world cinema. A graduate of the University of Leeds, she has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 20 years as an editor and writer. Her work has been published in the Scottish Daily Record, Filmmaker Magazine, Sunday Mail and other publications. Amber has also tutored young journalists, including critics' workshops at Tallinn Film Festival. She has served on festival juries including San Sebastian, Seattle, Tallinn and Gijón.
Mike Naafs studied film at the University of Amsterdam, where he was also the chief editor for the student film magazine. After graduating he worked for a number of film festival newspapers and magazines, including The Dutch Filmkrant, and visited festivals for FIPRESCI in Kiev, Cannes, Moscow, Cluj-Napoca and St Petersburg, amongst others. Currently he is a freelancer.
Csaba Tóth is a long time movie enthusiast. He has been writing about movies from the beginning of this century. He is the editor of Hungary’s biggest print movie magazine, VOX mozimagazin, he works as a columnist for Budapest’s biggest weekly programme magazine, Pesti Est and he writes about movies for Hungary’s most popular lifestyle site for women, nlcafe.hu. When he is not watching or writing about movies, he is usually talking about them, mostly in the form of interviews with directors and actors. He simply cannot fall asleep in a movie theatre, which makes him a perfect member of the FIPRESCI Jury.