Akiva TevetInternational jury member
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)
Alla BELAYAInternational jury member
Film producer, Managing Partner at TOY CINEMA production Company worked as executive producer at STB TV-channel, later in Star Media company (first in Kiev, then in Moscow). After returning to Kiev became a head of producer’s center ‘Pyramid’ where a range of scripts were written and screen adaptations were made. Worked with different famous directors (Olexy, Michal Boganim, Marcus Schwenzel, Eva Neymann, Chris Cottam, Mike Bruce) and took part in various serials, documentaries, future films as a producer. In 2007 she started own script agency that collaborates with different channels and production companies in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Great Britain, France. In 2012 she became a partner in group of companies ‘TOY’ that works in the production of international
Amber WilkinsonFipresci jury member
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.
Anika Danielle WAGNERInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member
Anika Danielle Wagner was born in 1990 and grew up in Germany. Since 2008 she made several short movies and video installations which were shown on exhibitions and festivals. She studies art (film department) at the University of Art and Design in Offenbach and works at Kino Traumstern in Lich – one of the most renowned cinemas in Germany. She was the assistant of director AKIZ for the famed German horror movie „Der Nachtmahr“. She worked as DoP, musician and director at film projects in Berlin, London, Paris and Sarajevo. At the moment she is working on her first feature film as a director.
Attila CsabaiInternational ecumenical jury member 2018
Attila Csabai (*1984) is former founding member of the Jesuit Szőts István Filmworkshop. He studied Hungarian language and literature, communication and afterwards film editing in his university years. He worked as an editor, assistant editor, postproduction supervisor in several Hungarian and international films. „Blossom Valley”, his recent film as an editor, was presented at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival 2018. Attila Csabai is a member of the Hungarian Society of Editors and works as an instructor at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest.
Bakonyi RenátaInternational jury member
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.
Bernhard WengerInternational jury member 2018
Bernhard Wenger warborn 1992 in Salzburg, Austria. After graduating high school he moved to Vienna,where he studied film theory. He was accepted to the Vienna FilmAcademy in 2014, and is currently pursuing degrees in both directing and production. With his short films Bernhard has won over 75 international awards and in 2015 he received the Award for Art and Culture in his hometown. Currently he is working on his first feature length film script.
BORONYÁK RitaFipresci jury member
She was born in 1961, and she works as film critic. She studied Hungarian and French literature, aesthetics and television journalism. Between 1984-1988 she worked at the National Széchényi Library, then analysed French advertisements at Comporgan System House. Since 1998 she is working at the Hungarian National Film Archive, Budapest at the Department of Documentaries. She is publishing her film criticisms in Filmkultúra Online. She was the member of different international and Hungarian juries (e. g. 2002-2003 Visegrad Documentary Library; 2006; 2009; 2011 Hungarian Film Week, 2003-2004 Bratislava Film Festival; 2009 FIKE; 2012 Jameson CineFest Miskolc; 2014
BORSOS ErikaInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member
Erika Borsos was born in Vojvodina in the former Yugoslavia and is currently living in Budapest, Hungary. Since 1995 she has worked in many divisions of film distribution, including working at a DVD rental store, at an art cinema and organizing and managing film festivals. She has been the managing director of the Odeon film distributing company for 15 years. Currently she works as the Head of the Film Programming at Budapest Film Zrt.
Christina FonInternational jury member 2018
Christina Fon has brought her dynamic and award-winning formula to the production of Canadian film and television for the past 20 years. A Peabody and five-time Canadian Screen Award winner, Christina Fon has irreversibly changed the landscape of the industry. Her incredible ability to negotiate successful production deals has delivered the greenlight to projects that continue to shape film and television as we know it. From the Sundance and 3-time Canadian Screen Award-winning documentary RUMBLE: The Indians Who Rocked the World, to the four-time Canadian Screen Awards nominated dramatic series Mohawk Girls, Christina Fon has proved time and time again to be a producer with a reputation of turning visions into reality
CHRISTINE RisSchüpfen (Switzerland) International ecumenical jury member
Christine Ris (*1952), educated as commercial employee and since childhood fascinated by films, has been working as a secretary at the Swiss Parliament and in several industrial companies. She was in charge of the administration and organization of the department of further education at the Reformed Churches Berne- Jura-Solothurn in Switzerland for 11 years. Retired since May 2017. Since June 2017 in charge of administration, organization, creation and publishing of print-medias; organization of filmevents and film-discussions in several church communities in Switzerland. Member of INTERFILM International and the board of Interfilm Switzerland, she is visiting regularly different festivals and film seminars and has also been member of the Ecumenical Juries in Saarbrücken and Mannheim.
Christoph RainerInternational jury member
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.
Cüneyt CebenoyanInternational jury member
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.
Damián VondrášekInternational jury member 2018
Damián Vondrášek (b. 1991, Prague) is studying direction at Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). He was already making movies before entering school; his short work In the Rain (2014) was presented at the Prague Short Film Festival. Together (2015) took the best director award at Famufest. Imprisoned (2016) was selected to San Sebastian IFF (Eiecine) and Karlovy Vary IFF (Future Frames), also nominated for the Magnesia Award for Best Student Film (presented during the Czech Lion Awards). His upcoming film supported by Czech Film Fund is currently in post-production.
Dita GUERYInternational jury member
Dita Guery graduated from the Film and Television Department at Tel Aviv University in 1975. While living in Hollywood she took scriptwriting courses at the AFI. She took part in the production of several dramatic feature and short films (Igor and the Crane’s Journey 2013, Yona 2014, Marcy Rain 2014, An Israeli Love Story 2016), television series (An Enemy Compound 2000, Salma 2015), TV dramas (Indian in the Sun 1976, Winter Games 1984, Dorit, Slow Exposure 1983) and documentaries (Asking a Question 1978, Eda Nudel Refusing 1980, Bina and Shapira Celebrating Together 2003).
Dudás BalázsInternational jury member 2018
Balázs Dudás was born in 1989 in Miskolc. He started making films in high school. He got his undergraduate degree of Film and Media Studies in Eger. His thesis film achieved remarkable successes at national film festivals. In 2013 he started studying in the master program in Directing at the University of Theatre and Film Arts, in Péter Gothár’s class. His thesis film of 2017, Welcome, won at a number of Hungarian and international festivals, but most importantly it won theJameson CineFest Cine New Wave category as well.
ERHARDT ÁgostonInternational ecumenical jury member
An editor, director, scriptwriter and producer, Ágoston Erhardt (born in 1980) has been working in the Hungarian public television production for the past fourteen years. An M.A. graduate of the Department of Media and Communication of the University of Szeged, he worked as a journalist in parallel with pursuing his studies, and became editor-in-chief of a university newspaper. Before obtaining his degree he began working for Duna TV. Primarily in the area of religion, but also in news broadcasting and various factual genres and cultural programmes. After the transformation of the Hungarian public television in 2010 he worked as chief editor-producer for the Religious Programmes Department of Duna TV. Since 2015 he is chief editor of the Religious Programmes Department of MTVA (Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund). He makes mainly portrait and documentary programmes/films. He was the first awardee to receive the Sinkó Ferenc prize, granted by the Hungarian Catholic Association of the Press.
Federico BabiniInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member 2018
Federico Babini is the Manager of Spazio Alfieri, a small arthouse cinema right in the centre of Florence. Working in cinema was a kind of new experience for him – in the past he directed plays. In fact, he continues to do so even today. In the cinema he discovered a new language, a new verse, and a freshness that has no equal! He loves working at European film festivals and finds the work of discovering new movies extremely exciting.
Fekete IbolyaInternational jury member
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.
Florent PARISInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member
Florent Paris studied film and cinema at the University of Nancy, in France. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the French cinema between 1918 and 1938, the passage from silent movies to talking pictures. He also worked with Jacques Prévert on the literary adaptation of The Port of Shadows. Parallel to being a student, he worked in a movie theater too. Florent Paris was born in 1964 in France and now he manages his cinema
Florin-Ioan SILAGHIInternational ecumenical jury member
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.
Frédéric HENRYInternational jury member
For 15 years he has been responsible for an educative project at Cinemas du Palais in Creteil (AFCAE and Europa Cinemas) targeting the young audience. He worked as a programmer, educational and artistic coordinator for the project: “Cinema is almost perfect: living the cinema and Europe” which focuses on European cinema and social development. It supports actions that bring European cinema closer to the younger generation, educate them on cinematographic values, bring the audience back into focus, propose new ways of understanding and loving cinema and transform the film theatre into a space where people can meet, get to know each other and themselves. The project is realized in the Val de Marne region.
Giuseppe SEDIAFipresci jury member
Giuseppe Sedia is a French-born Italian journalist living and working in Poland. He is a reporter for the Italian daily „Il Manifesto”. He writes regularly about cinema for „The Krakow Post”. His articles on film and visual arts have appeared in several magazines in Italy and abroad (Artribune, Cineforum, Film International, Sentieri Selvaggi).
Gyürke KataFipresci jury member 2018
Kata Gyürke has diversified experiences in different fields of cultural journalism: she participated in the making of several TV and radio shows as host or editor-reporter. In the last couple years she mostly works for printed and online media. Among others her articles appear in Fidelio and magyar.film.hu. She is a regular visitor of the film festivals of the region, like the Berlinale of Karlovy Vary IFF, but she has taken an interest in Jameson CineFest Miskolc International Film Festival for years as well. As a member of the Film Critics Department of the MÚOSZ [National Association of Hungarian Journalists] she participates in the review of films that are potential recipients of the film critics’ prize on a regular basis. She is also active in the work of the international FIPRESCI, last fall she has been a member of the jury in Mannheim-Heidelberg.
Hanula ZsoltInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member
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.
HARTUNG AttilaInternational jury member
Born in 1991, Attila Hartung started his studies in 2011 at SZFE (University of Theatre and Film Arts, Budapest), in the class of János Szász and Attila Janisch. Several of his school projects (but most notably ‘Meatball’ and ‘Ischler’) screened at various international film festivals, and his BA graduation movie ‘Deliver Us’ won CineFest’s CineNewWave section in 2016. Attila is currently finishing his MA studies at SZFE in the class of Ildikó Enyedi, and in the meantime preparing his first feature film’s shooting for next summer. The film, titled ‘Nobody goes nowhere’ already won financing from the Hungarian National Film Fund’s Incubator Program.
ISABELLE DANELFipresci jury member 2018
Born in France in 1962, Isabelle Danel works as a journalist since 1982. Specialized in cinema, she wrote in Télérama, L’événement, Rolling Stone, Première and is currently working for Version Fémina, Les Fiches du Cinéma and Bande-à-part.fr . She is the author of books on different topics including the Cannes Film Festival, the director Robert Guédiguian, and Marilyn Monroe. Since June 2013, she is the president of the french association of cinéma critics (SFCC) and, in may 2018, she was elected president of the FIPRESCI.
Jasmin BAUMGARTNERInternational jury member
Jasmin Baumgartner was born in 1990 in Baden, Lower Austria. Because of “Dawsons Creek” she decided to become a filmmaker at an early age. She started working at film production companies and film festivals at the age of 16. Since 2011 she studies scriptwriting at the Filmacademy Vienna in the class of Götz Spielmann. She took part in the production of the following films as a director and scriptwriter: I See a Darkness (short, 2016), Shirin: Die Ehre meiner Schwester (2013); and as
Jes NystenInternational ecumenical jury member 2018
Jes Nysten (*1949) is formerPastor in theDanish Lutheran Church in the city of Roskilde near Copenhagen. For many years he has been working as a film critic and a promoter of the use of film in the educational work in the Church. He also works for the Danish Film Institute. He is a member of the Kirke of Film and also of the Board of the INTERFILM. He has been a member of the INTERFILM-Jury in Lübeck and the Ecumenical Jury in Berlin, Locarno, Kyiv, Karlovy Vary and Warsaw.
Kerekes VicaInternational jury member 2018
The Hungarian actress, Vica Kerekes (1981) was born in Filakovo, Slovakia. She graduated at Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava as an actress in 2005. She is a freelancer, working in three countries: Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic. She performs in five languages: in Hungarian, Slovakian, Czech, English and German. In 2010 she won the award of Best Actress at the Hungarian Film Week for her performance in Ki-be/Tawaret. In 2013 she was awarded Best Actress in Slovakia for her role in Seven Days of Sin.
KÉZDI BeátaInternational ecumenical jury member
Kézdi Beáta (*1982) is a journalist and an editor of the magazine of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church in Hungary. She visited the Lutheran High School of Deák Square and studied communication and Hungarian literature at The Pázmány Péter Catholic University. Between 2005 and 2006 She worked as a reporter for Petőfi Radio. From 2008 to 2010 she worked as a project manager at the Hungarian Interchurch Aid. Between 2010 and 2015 she was the editor of the website of Heti Válasz (Hungarian weekly). Since 2011 she has been writing theatre critics to Heti Válasz (Hungarian weekly).
Klaus Eder Klaus EderInternational jury member
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.
KÖBLI NorbertInternational jury member
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.
Kókai Nagy ViktorInternational ecumenical jury member
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.
Krzysztof ZanussiZsűri elnök International jury member 2018
Zanussi is one of the major figures of European and international cinema. He is probably one of the most intellectual, most intelligent, purest and most detached (but also passionate) directors of our time. His heroes, mostly during times of historical and political unrest in Central Europe, seek for purity, morale and meaning in their lives and in their relationships that are irrespective of the era and the society. The director worked with starts like Vittorio Gassman, Daniel Olbrychski, Christoph Waltz, Raf Vallone, Max von Sydow, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Maja Komorowska, Robert Powell and Valeria Golino and directed great films like Camouflage, The Crystal Structure, Spiral, Imperative, A Year of the Quiet Sun or From a Far Country, among many others.
Magali Van REETHAix en Provence (France) International ecumenical jury member
Magali van Reeth (*1956 in Brazzaville) is a journalist, film reviewer for the SIGNIS website www.signis.net and for a network of French Catholic parishes and French Catholic Medias (radio, TV and magazines). She is also leading premiere screenings in commercial cinemas and workshops on Cinema and Spirituality for prisoners in prison. She is a member of the FIPRESCI through the French Union des Journalistes de Cinéma (presently board member). As a member of SIGNIS she represented the association as member of different SIGNIS, Ecumenical, Interreligious and FIPRESCI juries since 2000. General Secretary of Signis France (2006-2017) and President of Signis Europe (2013-2017).
Magdalena GruberInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member 2018
Magdalena Gruber was born in 1995 and grew up in Southern Germany. Since 2015 she studies Photography at FH Dortmund- University of Applied Sciences and works as a freelance photographer. Since 2013 she‘s been working in different cinemas,currently at Schauburg Dortmund, one of the oldest Cinemas in Germany. In 2017 she was part of the Cinema Art Award Jury at the Hamburg Filmfest along with Beki Probst.
Mariola MarczakInternational ecumenical jury member 2018
Mariola Marczak (*1964) is a professor at the Institute of Journalism and Communication at theState University in Olsztyn. She earned her PhD in film studies in Cracow. Co-editor of the scholarly journal Media-Culture-Social Communication.She published articles and books on religious and metaphysical movies; a monography on Krzysztof Zanussi [Inquietude and Longing. The Cinema Toward Values]. She is a member of thePolish Society for Film and Media Studies and worked in the jury of the International Film Festival “Prison Movie” in Olsztyn (2013-2016). She was the head of the jury of the Blue Box Festival 2016 in Olsztyn and a member of theEcumenical Jury at the Warsaw Film Festival in 2016
Matthew MaggiInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member
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.
Michał SZCZEŚNIAKInternational jury member
Director and screenwriter. His films won numerous awards, short doc. “Starting Point” got the Grand Prix at Sheffield, Camerimage, Docu days, and many others. It also was Oscar shortlisted. He also wrote, and directed shorts: “A Boat”, “Sashka, Sashka”, and “The seduction school”. As well films, his play “Patrz: wolna wola”, and scripts “A Boat”, and “Goliath” where price winning. His new narrative short “Spitsbergen”, and teleplay “To steal a life” will be released this year. He likes good music and good food. Father of three year old Adele.
Mike NaafsFipresci jury member
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.
Paraszkay GyörgyInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member
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.
Pierre-Simon GUTMANFipresci jury member
Pierre-Simon Gutman is the deputy editor of the French movie review L’Avant scène cinéma. After a PHD in movie esthetics (about the American film maker Michael Cimino), he has taught cinema in the Universities Paris VII, Nancy 2, and is currently teaching at the film school ESRA, in Paris and Bruxelles. He has written for Eclipses, Les Fiches du cinéma, Trois Couleurs or Soap, about movie making and politics. He has also served several years as a programmer, for both short and festure films, at the Cannes’s Critic Week.
Praxedis BouwmanInternational ecumenical jury member
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”.
Rácsok GabriellaInternational ecumenical jury member 2018
Gabriella Rácsok (*1971) studied theology at the Sárospatak Reformed Theological Academy (1991-1996) and at the Calvin Theological Seminary (Grand Rapids, Michigan, 1998-2000). She holds an MA in English language and literature from the Debrecen University. She earned her PhD at the Debrecen Reformed Theological University in 2013 on the subject of theology and film. Currently she is an associate professor and the vice rector of the Sárospatak Reformed Theological Academy. Besides teaching systematic theology (history of theology, ethics), she also teaches film seminars (on Bergman, Kieslowski, Jesus-films, Christ-films).
Raymond WalravensInternational jury member 2018
Raymond Walravens has been involved in cinema from 1982 as a programmer and managing director of an independent art cinema ‘Rialto’ in Amsterdam. In the last nine years he is the founding director and curator of World Cinema Amsterdam, a yearly festival of independent filmmaking from Latin America, Asia and Africa. Besides his work for Rialto and World Cinema Amsterdam, he has been a jury member at several international film festivals like Quinzaine des Realisateurs (Cannes), Indielisboa and Doclisboa (Lisbon), Semana dos Realizadores (Rio de Janeiro), International Film Festival Uruguay (Montevideo) and Sevilla European Film festival.
Samo SeničarInternational confederation of art cinemas jury member 2018
SAMO SENIČAR has been working in film industry since 2010 as a programmer and young audience coordinator in a Municipality cinema Metropol in Celje, Slovenia. Before going to Metropol he worked as an event producer and coordinator at a local youth club. He has been a part of the Europa Cinemas jury in Karlovy Vary and C.I.C.A.E. jury in Sarajevo. He is also the co-curator of the Student Short Film Festival Celje.
Senad HalilbasicInternational jury member
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.
SOPSITS ÁrpádInternational jury member
Árpád Sopsits is a Balázs Béla prize holder film, television and stage director. He directed seven feature films so far, that have been screened at more than 200 international festivals receiving more than 45 prizes in Cannes, Montreal, Chicago, Locarno, Bergamo, Lagov, Berlin, Potsdam, Belgrád, Budapest etc. He was voted best director of the year three times, both as film and stage director. His 2001 movie “Abandoned” represented Hungary at the Academy Award selection and made it into the first 35. His last title “Strangled” (2016) won 9 prizes at the Hungarian Film Week and has been invited to 42 international film festivals so far. At The International Policier Film Festival in Liège it won the Prix de la Public, i.e. Audience Award.
Stevie Salas (Apache)International jury member 2018
Executive Producer on RUMBLE, is also a world-renowned guitarist and producer of music, film, and television. A major label recording artist who has sold over two million solo albums around the world, he has been named one of the top 50 guitarists of all time by Guitar Player magazine. As a Native American, Stevie has been involved in prominent projects that support Indigenous communities. Notably, he served as the Advisor for Contemporary Music at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and, with Tim Johnson, co-created the music exhibit “Up Where We Belong: Native Musicians In Popular Culture” that had amazingly successful runs in Washington, DC and New York City.
TÁLAS ZsófiaInternational jury member
Zsófi a Tálas is a Hungarian film editor. She has edited numerous short films, short documentaries, short animation films and the multi-award winning Hungarian feature film, For Some Inexplicable Reason. She is an editing graduate of England’s National Film and Television School and the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. Zsófi a also has a degree in film history from Eötvös Loránd University and is a member of HSE (Hungarian Society of Editors). She is currently editing
Ternovszky BélaInternational jury member
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.
Tóth CsabaFipresci jury member
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.