2018

Albert Gabay

Fipresci jury member 2018
A film critic and film lecturer for the past 30 years. Film historian and journalist, director and producer, graduate of Tel Aviv University, specializing in film production and screenwriting.

Attila Csabai

International 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.

Bernhard Wenger

International 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.

Christina Fon

International 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

Damián Vondrášek

International 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.

Dudás Balázs

International 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.

Federico Babini

International 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.

Gyürke Kata

Fipresci 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.

ISABELLE DANEL

Fipresci 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.

Jes Nysten

International 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 Vica

International 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.

Krzysztof Zanussi

Zsűri 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.

Magdalena Gruber

International 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 Marczak

International 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

Rácsok Gabriella

International 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 Walravens

International 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 Seničar

International 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.

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.