Jury

International Competition Jury

 

Petra Seliskar – Director and Producer

Petra Seliskar studied film directing at BA Hons. Nederlandse Film en Televisie Academie – NAFA and made her masters on film directing at MA Screen Arts, Sheffield Hallam University – Northern Media School in UK. After that she has been working as an independent director – producer since 2001. She has directed, produced and co-produced a wide range of creative multinational documentaries. In 2003 she has founded Petra Pan Film Production. She is also Eurodoc graduate in 2006 as well as a member of EDN and EFA (European film Academy). With her rich experience and her talent she flourished into a filmmaker with great insight, sensibility, strong narrative force and innovative approach. Since 2009 she is one of the founders and artistic director of Creative documentary film festival Makedox set in Skopje, Macedonia.

 

Ondrej Kamenicky – Director of International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World

Ondrej Kamenicky is director of International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival One World. He studied cinema studies at Faculty of Arts (Charles University, Prague) and curator studies at Faculty of Art and Design (University of J. E. Purkyně, Ústí nad Labem). One World is considered to be the largest human rights documentary film festival in the world held in Prague and other 36 towns in the Czech Republic. One World shows documentaries on human rights, social, political, environmental and media issues and includes Q&As, panel debates, virtual reality events,  social impact projects, screenings for schools, East Doc Platform for film industry. One World distributes documentary films, assists to new festivals (e.g. in Nicaragua, Tunisia, Hong Kong), focuses on people with disabilities, is an active member of Human Rights Film Network and Green Film Network, and organizes also One World in Brussels. www.oneworld.cz

 

 

Mariam Chachia  – Director and Producer

Mariam Chachia was born in 1982. She graduated from Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgia State University, the faculty of Drama. In 2009 Mariam established the creative agency “Opio”. Shortly, in 2013 with great support of her agency Mariam made her first documentary film “Kirovi Street #8”, which was financed by French national center of cinematography. Fortunately, the successful collaboration with France continued and in 2014 Mariam created the company “OpioDocs”, which aims at producing documentary films as well as implementing some educational projects. In 2016 her movie “Listen to the Silence” won the best film award at Leipzig FF. Besides working as a director and producer, she regularly delivers master classes in France for documentary direction. In addition, jointly with French company DocMode Mariam organizes “Eurasiadoc” and each year she helps young filmmakers to develop scripts for their own documentaries.

 

Focus Caucasus Jury

 

Kenan Aliyev – Executive Editor of Current Time TV

Kenan Aliyev is the Executive Editor of Current Time, the 24/7 Russian language digital and TV network, led by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) in cooperation with the Voice of America. He launched the channel in 2014, and now oversees its features content. Under his leadership, the network has become the largest provider of independent documentary films in Russia, screening over 100 creative documentaries a year, including those that are banned in Russia because of their content. In 2017-2018, Kenan served as Current Time’s commissioning editor for the production of the highly anticipated documentary film Home Games by Alisa Kovalenko, which won numerous awards at international film festivals (Odessa IFF (Ukraine), Duhok IDFF (Iraq), Listapad (Belarus), Artdocfest (Russia). He also oversees the production of Current Time’s commissioned content, including the lauded TV series Unknown Russia, Person on the Map, and In Ukraine. Kenan was awarded an RFE/RL President’s Award in 2016 “for his great contribution to the successful launch of Current Time TV.

 

 

Csilla Kato – Head of Programming at Astra Film Festival

Csilla Kato as a director of program, has been working for Astra Film Festival since 1998.  She is a member of the selection committee and organizer of special programs and workshops, as well as the coordinator of Astra Film Junior and the industry program of AFF. In addition, Csilla Kato has produced a number of documentary films and was member of Jury at several documentary film festivals (Documenta Madrid, Dialektus Budapest, Docu Days Kiev).  She studied cultural anthropology and film studies at Eötvös Loránt University, Budapest, at London School of Economics, and at Australian National University, Canberra.

 

 

Tue Steen Muller- Film Consultant and Critic

Tue Steen Müller was born in 1947 in Denmark. From 1975 to 1996, he was employed at the National Film Board of Denmark as press secretary, distributor, festival manager, film consultant and spin doctor for various managers of the organization. He is the co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord and Documentary of the EU. From 1996 to 2005, he was the director of the European Documentary Network and was honoured by the organization in 2014 for his effort in European Documentary film. Since 2006, freelance consultant and teacher in documentary matters all over the world. He writes for the web portal lmkommentaren. dk. Müller was awarded the Danish Roos Price in 2004 and in 2016 he was awarded the Order for Merits to Lithuania for his effort in Lithuanian film through 25 years.

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