Martti Helde (Estonia) is a young author known for his daring ideas and innovative approach to form and film language. Having studied both film and stage directing, his creative handwriting is characterised by tying together complex and diverse mediums. Martti has directed several short films and commercial campaigns. His first feature length period drama “In the Crosswind’’ (2014) has received several awards and was the first Estonian film selected to the festival’s main programme at the Toronto International Film Festival. His second feature “Scandinavian Silence” (2019) was recently screened at the East of the West competition programme at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.
Kathleen McInnis (USA) is a programmer/curator, creative producer and strategic publicist. She provides strategic collaboration with emerging World Cinema filmmakers to merge their creative and business development. She helps to expand filmmaker networks, raise profile for both the films and filmmakers, starting in development till the world premieres at renowned festivals.
Kathleen was the Festival Director for the Palm Springs ShortsFest as well as Director of Programming at Aspen Shorts; she programmed for Hot Docs and Tribeca, and currently curates the New Work in Progress Forum at the Seattle International Film Festival.
Kathleen has served on several festival juries, including Grimstad (Norwegian Short Film Festival), Winterthur International Short Film Festival among others. She has also worked as a mentor for IFFR-Rotterdam’s Cinemart, Berlinale Talent Campus, Creative Europe and others.
Ingvar Sigurdsson (Iceland) is an actor, film screenwriter and producer. His recent works include “White White Day”(Ingimundur),” “Sparrows”(Gunnar) and “Of Horses and Men”(Kolbeinn) as well as English language roles in American studio movies including “Fantastic Beasts: The crimes of Grindelwald”, “Justice League” and “Everest” and the TV-series “Trapped”.
Ingvar has received several awards as a performer; he represented Iceland as “European Shooting Star” at the Berlin film Festival and received The European Film Award for Best European Actor, People's Choice, for the film “Angels of the Universe”. Ingvar is also the proud recipient of seven Icelandic Edda awards for Best Actor.
Chiara Magri (Italy) works at Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia (National Film School) as pedagogical director of the Animation Department. She supervises the educational programme and the production of the diploma projects which have earned the school the “Corto d'Argento” award from the National Union of Film Journalists and the Emile – European Animation Award. She served as Secretary General of Asifa Italia, has curated programmes, exhibitions and the yearly event "Incontri Arte Animazione” at the Gallery of Modern Arts of Turin. She has taught seminars in history and aesthetics of animation, has written for specialized publications, co-directed surveys on the animation industry for the National TV broadcaster RAI. Chiara has served in many festival juries and selection panels.
Nicolas Khabbaz (Lebanon) is a programme curator, producer and academic. He is the programme director of the NDU International Film Festival and the Batroun Mediterranean Film Festival, of which he is also the founder. He is the Director of the Audiovisual Arts Department at Notre Dame University (Lebanon). Nicolas has produced more than a dozen theatre plays and he has participated in several international festivals as a filmmaker, jury member and curator.
He has produced and co-written feature films (WAYNON/VOID) and award-winning short films. The film ON THE ROPES (2016, Manon Nammour) premiered in the official competition at Locarno film festival, his newest film BARAKAT (2019, Manon Nammour) premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. Nicolas holds a Ph.D. in cinema, researching small nations and the question of identity in “Lebanese film and cultural identity“.
Sander Joon (Estonia) is a filmmaker. His films have been awarded in numerous international festivals. His latest short Sounds Good (2018) won Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (ITFS 2019) in the Student category. Sander is currently working for BOP! Animation studio as a designer and animator.
Eva Näripea (Estonia) is Director of Film Archives at the National Archives of Estonia and a film scholar specialising in Estonian and Eastern European cinema of the post-World War II era.
Marina D. Richter (Serbia, Austria) is a film critic, journalist and published writer. She is a foreign correspondent for the culture resort of the Serbian daily “Politika”, contributes to the Austrian film-specialized magazine “Celluloid”, weekly “Vreme”, Estonian “Sirp”, Film.sk (Slovak Republic) and Croatian “Lupiga”. Marina's texts, interviews and reviews have also been published in “Cineuropa”, European Film Academy “Close-up”, “XXZMagazin”, “Morgen” monthly and “Monitor”. Marina is the founder of Ubiquarian, an online outlet specialized in short films and documentaries, where she is the editor-in-chief. Ubiquarian has an international team of contributors.
Marija Milovanovic (Austria) works as a cultural manager in Vienna. She was co-manager of the Vienna Shorts Agency, which focused on the broad presentation and promotion of (short) film. She has been working for VIS Vienna Shorts, Austria’s only Oscar-accredited short film festival, since 2008. Marija is the co-director of the international competition “Fiction&Documentary“ and coordinating the „Industry Days“ (industry events). The BKA Scholarship for Cultural Management enabled her to spend half a year abroad in the Netherlands at Some Shorts, where she worked in the field of film distribution. She is the co-founder of LEMONADE FILMS, an agency for festival strategies and distribution with focus on Austrian short fiction, documentary and VR films.
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