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.
Dorota Lech was born in Poland. She works for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) where she scouts films from Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, screens international documentary submissions, and programs the TIFF Documentary Conference. She also works at Hot Docs International Documentary Festival and was previously at the National Film Board of Canada.
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).
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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.
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Representative of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Czechia
Member of the festival’s selection committee and Program Coordinator at the Program Department of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and the Prague Short Film Festival. Her focus, as a programmer, is German speaking and Arabian countries. Coordinates the KVIFF Future Frames section that promotes young European filmmakers. She had cooperated with other festivals and TV productions as well as produced several short films.
Representative of the Sarajevo Film Festival, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Member of the Sarajevo Film Festival team – initially carried out the pre-selection and coordinated the Competition Programme – Short Film section. Since 2017 – programmer of the Competition Programme – Student Film that presents a platform for emerging regional film professionals. She has worked as an assistant director on several short films. Freelance scriptwriter and theatre critic. Dramatist of numerous theatre plays, as well as some radio and television projects.
Film producer, curator and consultant, Executive Director of the Jinzhen International Short Film Festival, Latvia
Co-founder of the Umeå International Film Festival in Sweden. Jury member of numerous international film festivals. Film producer and curator at a number of film festivals. Executive Director of the Hancheng Jinzhen International Short Film Festival. Pitching coach for animators at the Visegrad Animation Forum in Trebon, Czechia, and tutor for short film projects of various genres. Voting member of the European Film Academy.
Filmmaker, professor, and theorist, Latvia
Latvian filmmaker, scriptwriter, editor, theorist, and lecturer. He has directed a number of documentary and fiction feature films. Teaches directing and film theory at universities in Riga and Helsinki. His works have participated and have been awarded in a number of festivals around the world. Contributing writer for the magazines Rīgas Laiks and Studija. His film Exiled (2016) won Best Film at the Riga International Film Festival.
Representative of Some Shorts – a film festival distribution agency, the Netherlands
Has been the head of programming at the Oscar Qualifying Go Short – International Short Film Festival Nijmegen for 10 editions. As there is a gap in the knowledge of filmmakers about the festival scene, he founded Some Shorts – a festival strategy and distribution agency that specializes in visually powerful and daring short films of all genres and feature documentaries. The company supports emerging talented filmmakers and promotes their works internationally.