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2019

ALEKSEI GUSEV


Fipresci jury member 2019

Was born in Leningrad in 1977. From 1993 until 1996 he attended the mathematical faculty of St. Petersburg University. In 1997 he founded the Theatre SatourN, which he managed until 2007. From 1997 he has been publishing reviews and cinema researches in various media. In 2006 he graduated with honors from cinema studies at the faculty of VGIK. From 2007 he teaches cinema history and theory in several institutes and cinema schools. In 2008 made his début as a film director with a full-length documentary Catalogue of Ships.

ANDREA BOSCO


Fipresci jury member 2019

Andrea Bosco is a film critic, journalist and translator from Genoa: while completing his studies in Film-making and in Interlinguistic Mediation with a thesis about the differences between Jean-Luc Godard’s „Le mépris” international releases, he moved to Moscow in 2008 and worked as foreign language teacher, interpreter and correspondent for a number of Italian movie magazines, for which he covered several film festivals and previews. Back to his city of origin in 2017, he joined the National Union of Film Critics (SNCCI) and continues to this day to lead workshops and public lessons on cinema history and criticism along with his journalistic activity.

ANIKÓ MÁRIA NAGY


International ecumenical jury member 2019

Aniko Maria Nagy was born in 1973 in Csíkszereda (Romania). She graduated from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest in 2004. After working for Duna Television for 18 years in various cultural programs she has been freelance since 2014. She was the artistic director of the Romanian-Hungarian Film.doc documentary film festival for several years. Her short film, Small Things won an award for best director and best screenplay at the 40th Hungarian Film Week and was also screened at the CineFest.

BARBARA GASSER


International jury member 2019

Mag. Barbara Gasser was born in Graz, Austria. She was employed for eight years at the Austrian Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since 2003 Mag. Gasser has been working as a freelance journalist in Los Angeles covering mostly film and politics. Throughout her career, Ms. Gasser has won multiple journalism awards. From 2012 to 2016 Ms. Gasser served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Press Club. Since 2011 Mag. Barbara Gasser is a Member of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and jury member of the Golden Globe Awards.

DARKO ŠTANTE


International jury member 2019

Darko Štante graduated at the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Ljubljana. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in film directing at the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television. His work includes the shorts Intimacy (2011) and Them (2014). Consequences (2018) is his debut feature. Consequences premiered at the Toronto film festival and was later successfully screened at several film festivals around the world. In 2018 it won the Alfred Zukor Prize of the CineFest together with the CICAE jury prize.

DENIS CÔTÉ

Jury president
International jury member 2019

Denis Côté produced and directed 15 independent short films while working as a journalist and film critic from 1995 until 2005. His first feature film Les états nordiques (2005) was awarded the video Golden Leopard in Locarno International Film Festival. Vic+Flo Saw A Bear won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Preis at Berlinale in 2013. Denis Côté’s award-winning films have been travelling extensively on the film festival circuit, including more than 25 retrospectives of his work.

EWA KUJAWIŃSKA


International confederation of art cinemas jury member 2019

Manager of the Film Department and Pałacowe Cinema in Zamek Culture Centre in Poznań (Poland), responsible for programming and coordinating film events. Producer of the International Documentary Film Festival OFF CINEMA. Jury member at many film festivals, among others: Berlinale 2016 – Panorama Section. Graduate in: Film, TV and Media CultureStudies, Art Cinema – Action and Management Training(CICAE) in Venice and Audience Development Innovation Labs(Europa Cinemas) in Bologna and Sofia.

INGRID GLATZ-ANDEREGG


International ecumenical jury member 2019

Born 1953 in Bern. She studied theology in Fribourg and in Bern. She is a pastor in Aarwangen since 2003. Currently, she is working on her doctoral thesis about Theology and Film. From 2003 to 2010 she attended a course on “church and film” at Swiss Parish Training. She also participated at seminars during film festivals in Locarno and Lübeck. Since 2011 she is the INTERFILM’s festival delegate for Miskolc. Since 2015 she serves as the co-president of “Interfilm Switzerland”.

ISTVÁN KOVÁCS


International jury member 2019

Born in 1985 in then-Yugoslavia as a Hungarian minority, István Kovács spent most of his youth in the Southern Hungarian town of Szeged. He got enrolled at the University of Theatre and Film Arts of Budapest in 2011, where received his Director BA degree in the class of János Szász. ‘The Sound of Concrete’ was his graduation
film. In 2018 he finished his master degree in directing in Ildikó Enyedi’s class. His graduation movie A SIEGE has won many prizes including the Student Academy Award.

J. DENNIS WASHINGTON


International jury member 2019

The American production designer J. Dennis Washington started his career at the production company MGM. He has worked there for three years, after which he became an independent production designer. He launched his film career as an art director on the trucker comedy Convoy (1978). J. Dennis Washington counts more than 30 feature film credits going back to Victory (1981), Prizzi’s Honor (1985) Stand By Me (1986), and Saigon: Off Limits (1988), through The Fugitive (1993), Angels in the Outfield (1995), Dante’s Peak (1997) and Nebraska, which has been screened at the CineFest in 2013.

KATA ORSOLYA MOLNÁR


Fipresci jury member 2019

Kata Orsolya Molnár is an editor, journalist and a branding and communications expert living in Budapest, Hungary. She is the editor-in-chief of the leading independent Hungarian online movie magazine Filmtekercs.hu. Her editorial mission is to propagate and enrich cinema culture especially among the readers between the ages 18-35. As a journalist, her special interests are adaptations, American blockbusters, and Far-East movies. Molnár helms a successful branding and communications firm.

KÄTE SCHAEFFER


International confederation of art cinemas jury member 2019

Käte Schaeffer studied Cultural Sciences, Aesthetics and Applied Arts. Since 1999, she has worked at several film festivals, including the French Film Festival Tübingen, the International Shortfilm Festival Tübingen, CineLatino Tübingen, the International Festival of Animated Films Stuttgart and for „European Films Online“. At the Arsenal theatres (Arsenal and Atelier Tübingen) she is responsible for marketing campaigns and special events since 2000. Since 2009, Käte has been also Head of Press and PR for Arsenal Filmverleih. From 2019 she is also in charge of acquisitions.

KRISTÓF DEÁK


International jury member 2019

Kristóf Deák is a Hungarian director, screenwriter and producer born and raised in Budapest. After joining the Hungarian film industry’s ranks in 2005, he has spent 2009-2016 studying and working in London and Geneva. Since 2010 he works internationally as a film and TV director, screenwriter and producer. In 2017, after winning a string of awards internationally, his film SING won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short.

PÉTER MÜLLER SZIÁMI


International jury member 2019

Most people know Péter Müller Sziámi as the founding director and the mastermind behind the “Bartók+” International Opera Festival of Miskolc and the “Sziget” Festival or as songwriter-performer. He graduated as a director. He directed approximately 200 hours of television shows and two feature films in Hungary. After all his
works have been banned in Hungary, he moved to Amsterdam. For six years, up to the regime change in Hungary, he worked in the Netherland as a producer and screenwriter. For almost ten years he has been a successful director and artistic director at the National Theatre of Miskolc.

PROF. DR. ZVIAD DOLIDZE


International jury member 2019

Dr. Prof. Zviad Dolidze is the dean of the faculty of Art Sciences, Media and Management and full professor in Film Studies at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University. His professional works include six books (textbooks and monographs), research projects and co-authorship in collections about world
and Georgian cinema. He is a member of the Georgian Film Academy, executive director of association “Cinerama”, founder and director of the Abasha (Georgia) International Children and Youth Film Festival.

ROK ANDRES


International ecumenical jury member 2019

Rok Andres (1989) is a dramaturge and screenwriter. He graduated in dramaturgy at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (University of Ljubljana). As dramaturge (or assistant) he worked in several Slovene theatres, writing articles accompanying theatre productions and publishing in different scientific publications about drama and theatre. In the past years, he was employed as an assistant lecturer (junior researcher) on University of Nova Gorica. He mostly writes for the documentary movies and consults as a dramaturge on screenplays.

SZABOLCS NAGY


International ecumenical jury member 2019

Szabolcs Nagy (1994) is an editor of the blog called ‘Keresztény Kultúra’ (Christian Culture) that mainly focuses on theology, culture or politics. He is currently finishing his studies as a pastor-theologian at the Evangelical-Lutheran Theological University in Budapest. His main interest is in the field of public/civil theology in the United States and Hungary and the intertwining relationship of (popular) culture and theology. He has written several articles on the topic. He has led several film discussions and workshops at youth gatherings and congregations.

TAMÁS FEJÉR


International confederation of art cinemas jury member 2019

Since 2013 Tamás Fejér is working as a cinema manager in one of the oldest art movie theatres, the Apolló cinema of Debrecen, which started its run in 1911. As a manager, he is responsible for the full movie schedule of the cinema and is also working on all the cultural events connected to the cinema. Through the years, as the result of the hard work, the Apolló cinema has become one of the most important cultural places of Debrecen.

ZHENG DASHENG


International jury member 2019

Film and theater director Zheng Dasheng was born in Shanghai. Greatly influenced by his grandfather Huang Zuolin (veteran filmmaker and playwright) and mother Huang Shuqin (one of the most renowned female directors in China), his art is known for great humanistic concern and rich historical reflection. He earned his
undergraduate degree from Shanghai Drama Academy China before receiving his MFA in filmmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His films have won many prestigious awards.