Director captivated by the different facets of the human nature. For most of the times, he is the screenwriter of his productions by adapting literary classics. His third feature film November based on the Estonian author Andrus Kivirähk’s novel Rehepapp received the RIGA IFF Award 2017, various prizes at other international film festivals, and was selected as the Estonian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 19th Academy Awards.
REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CZECH FILM CENTER, CZECHIA
After the graduation of Brno’s Masaryk University in 2015, joined the team of Czech Film Center that promotes Czech cinema and the local film industry abroad. Directly in charge of the promotion of Czech feature films at international festivals and presentation of Czech cinema at various film markets. The Czech Film Center operates as a part of the Czech Film Fund, the main film funding body in the Czech Republic.
FILM PROGRAMME CURATOR, CANADA / ROMANIA
Completed MLitt degree at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland with the graduation thesis on the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze and Romanian Cinema. Since 2007, works with Romanian festivals and the Romanian New Wave. Co-founder of the Toronto Romanian Film Festival. Since 2010, member of the programming team at the Toronto International Film Festival, collaborator of the Berlin International Film Festival and the International Experimental Film Festival in Bucharest.
HEAD OF THE HELSINKI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, FINLAND
Executive director of the Helsinki International Film Festival Love & Anarchy – Finland’s major film festival that also runs the springtime Season Film Festival and the industry event Finnish Film Affair. Previously – programmer at Finland’s National Audiovisual Institute (2013 – 2017), producer at Lasipalatsi Media Centre (2010 – 2013), a film critic for Finland’s biggest newspaper – Helsingin Sanomat, and founder of the Fashion Film Festival (2012).
SHORT RIGA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
DIRECTOR OF FILM FESTIVAL, NORWAY
Director of Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway. The festival had its 30th Anniversary Edition this year, screening 250 films over six days. Programmer at this festival since 1994. Holds a Master of Management degree from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has completed a few shorts and contributed with articles on cinema published in Norwegian and international media. Works as a Software Development Manager in the private sector.
ANIMATION DIRECTOR AND ANIMATOR, ESTONIA / CROATIA
Studied fine arts at an alternative art school in Estonia called Academia Non Grata before pursuing a career as a painter. Later taught herself animation and quickly gained recognition for her quirky music videos, PSAs and short films featuring a light, absurdist tone along with distinct anthropomorphic characters. In 2011, created her own animation studio Chintis Lundgreni Animatsioonistuudio and later co-founded Adriatic Animation, an animation studio based in Croatia.
FILMMAKER AND FILM SCHOLAR, LATVIA
Director of the National Film School of the Latvian Academy of Culture. Co-founder of the Baltic Analog Lab – a group of artists interested in and promoting the analogue image making– both still and moving. Its main curatorial event is the International Experimental film festival Process. Director of documentaries, feature and short films, producer of several independent films. He has been a guest lecturer at the State University of New York, USA.
WRITER AND FILM CRITIC, LATVIA
Graduated from the Audiovisual culture and Culture theory programs of the Latvian Academy of Culture and studied Literature at the University of Liepāja. Has been conducting research on the history of Latvian animation; authored a chapter on Latvian animation in Giannalberto Bendazzi’s “Animation: A World History” (Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2016). Publishes articles and reviews as a film critic. An active member of Latvian Animation association.
ADVISOR AND PROGRAMME CURATOR, ITALY
Member of film festival programming teams since 2010. Short film advisor for the Venice Film Festival and the Quebec City Film Festival, short film programmer at the Torino Short Film Market, as well as 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. Covers major film festivals as a journalist.