International Competition Program Jury
Head of Jury (Belgium)
Belgium director with 25 years of experience in the film industry. His films won prizes at 75 festivals around the world. Peter Brosens has produced the world-famous Mongolia Trilogy, which consists of City of The Steppes (1993), State of Dogs (1998) and Poets of Mongolia (1999). Then he started to cooperate with Jessica Woodworth. Together they shot such films as Khadak (the film won the Lion Of The Future Award at the Venice International Film Festival in 2006), Altiplano (the nominee on the Grand Prix of the International Critics' Week in Cannes in 2009) and The Fifth Season (the nominee for the Golden Lion at the 69th Venice International Film Festival in 2012). King of the Belgians, the joint film by Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth took part in the International Competition Program of the 8th Odesa International Film Festival and won the main prize, the Golden Duke statuette. In 2017, the director received a Polar Star award from the President of Mongolia for his contribution to the Mongolian film industry.
Ukraine - USA
An actress of Ukrainian origin who is currently working in Hollywood. She was born in 1997 in Kyiv, in a family of cinematographers: director Galina Kuvivchak-Sakhno and cinematographer Anatoly Sakhno. From early childhood, she began filming in Ukrainian television broadcasts, and in 2013 the film “Ivan the Poweful” released, in which Ivanna performed the main female role. In 2016, the actress won the Teletriumph Award for her role in the film Black Flower. When Ivanna Sakhno was 15, she moved to the USA together with her parents. There she stupassed away at the prestigious Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute in Los Angeles. The actress got the worldwide popularity due to her roles in such films as Pacific Rim: Uprising (directed by Steven S. DeKnight) and The Spy Who Dumped Me (directed by Susanna Fogel). Nowadays Ivanna continues to actively star in the Hollywood and is civic-minded person.
Director of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. He stupassed away the history and theory of cinema at Charles University in Prague. Since 2001, he has been working in the team of the International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. He was originally a member of the selection committee and was also responsible for the documentary program and retrospective. in 2010, Karel Och was appointed as the Art-Director of the festival. In addition, he is a member of the European Film Academy, and since 2014 has been a mentor for the Venice Days Jury and is a member of the Netherlands Film Fund Commission, which supports the development of projects in the international context. He is also the member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI).
Irish actor. The latest movie that has been released on the screen with the actor is the full-length supernatural comedy film Extra Ordinary, which was presented this year at the film festival SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin. Barry Ward is currently starring in three projects at once: White Lines for Netflix, the Irish film Beards with Sharon Horgan, and the second season of the serial Save me. Barry played the leading role of James Gralton in the film Jimmy’s Hall, directed by the British director Ken Loach, the film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2014. In addition, Barry was featured in Paul Mercier's film Pursuit (2015), along with such actors as Brendan Gleeson, Ruth Bradley and Liam Cunningham. In the same year, he played two leading roles in the films Blood Cells and Bypass. Barry Ward was nominated for IFTA (Irish Film and Television Awards) for the role of Arthur Mahon in the mini-serial, historical science fiction titled Rebellion by Finnish director Aku Louhimies in 2016. Among the latest projects of Barry Ward are The Truth Commissioner, science fiction drama Realive and The Journey. The audience also knows Barry Ward by the serial Britain for Sky TV, which was shown in 2018.
Georgian writer, director and producer. Together with Simon Gross, she directed and produced two films that were awarded the international awards: In Bloom (2013) and My Happy Family (2017). The film In Bloom was called "the birth of a new Georgian wave and the spring of Georgian cinema" at the international festivals. The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) called the film a sign of the revival of Georgian cinema. At the 4th Odesa International Film Festival, Lika Babluani and Mariam Bokeria were awarded as best actresses for the film. At the 8th Odesa International Film Festival, My Happy Family won the Golden Duke for directing, and Iya Shugashvili and Tsisia Kumsiashvili were awarded as the best actresses. Iya Shugashvili was in the panel of judges of the International Competition Program at the OIFF-2018. In 2015, Nana Ekvtimishvili published in Georgia her first novel The Pear Field, which won several major national literary awards and was subsequently published in Germany in 2018 by Suhrkamp publishing house called Das Birnenfeld.
National Competition Program Jury
New York correspondent for the French Cahiers du Cinéma since 2009, as well as a member of the selection committee of the Locarno International Film Festival. Nicholas Elliott published in such publications as Film Comment, The Criterion Collection, 4 Columns. He is also a French translator, in his portfolio there are biography of Michael Wink Fleber, William Marx's essay The Hatred of Literature, as well as a collection of dialogues between French writer Marguerite Duras and Jean-Luc Godard. In addition, he worked on anthologies about the work of Chantal Akerman and Philippe Garrel. In 2013, he was in panel of judges at the Balmforth Festival, and in 2016 he was in the panel of judges of the International Critics' Week at Locarno International Film Festival.
Polish scriptwriter and filmmaker, the Head of the Directors' Guild of Poland. At first, she worked in television and commercial programs and in the production of documentary films. With her husband, director Krzysztof Krauze, they made up one of the most creative duo in Polish cinema. She was the initiator, co-author and second director of the film My Nikifor (2004), which became one of the best works by Krzysztof Krauze. In 2006 she won the Golden Lions award of XXXI Festival of Polish Art Film for Saviour Square. In 2013, another spouse's film, Papusha, dedicated to a gypsy poetess Bronislawa Wajs, known as Papusha achieved success.The drama has won several festival awards. In particular, three prizes at the Valladolid International Film Festival, Best Director, Best Actor, Youth Jury Award for The Best Film. In 2014, the film won special jury prize at the Istanbul Film Festival.She performed as director and scriptwriter of the film Birds are Singing in Kigali.
Artist and filmmaker. Her provocative, revolutionary and radical films were recently the subject of retrospectives at the BFI, London (2013), the DFI, Denmark (2014), Oldenburg International Film Festival, Germany (2014), Cyprus Film Festival (2014) and Nottingham Contemporary UK (2018). Her films have screened at festivals around the world and have received numerous awards including German Independence Honorary Award, Oldenberg (2014), Best Film, Digital Section, Venice Film Festival (2004), Nantes Special Public Award Best Film (2007) and Best Director and Best film at Kerala Film Festival (2007), Best Film and Best Actress, Barcelona Film Festival (2007). Akbari was exiled from Iran and currently lives and works in London, a theme addressed in Life May Be (2014), co-directed with Mark Cousins. This film was released at Karlovy Vary Film Festival and was nominated for Best Documentary at Edinburgh International Film Festival (2014) and Asia Pacific Film Festival (2014). Akbari’s latest film A Moon For My Father, made in collaboration with British artist Douglas White, premiered at CPH:DOX where it won the NEW:VISION Award 2019. The film also received a FIPRESCI International Critics Award at the Flying Broom Festival, Ankara. She is currently working on a new project Libido with her son Amin Maher.
Ukrainian producer, film critic, CEO of IDAS INTERNATIONAL FILM LLC, director of television production, general director of Kyiv International Film Festival "Molodist". Graduated from Kyiv National I. K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University with a degree in Film Critic. Producer of such films as Mistake in Diagnosis (2019), 4-series film Cyborgs (2019), Their Prayer (2016), Haytarma (2013). From 2013 to 2016 she was the producer of the talk show Concerns Everyone on Inter TV channel.
European Documentary Competition Jury
Scriptwriter, producer and director. An American documentarian, two-time Oscar winner, the first one was for a short documentary film You Don't Have to Die (1988) and in 2002, he has already won a statuette for the film Twin Towers. The films by Bill Guttentag won prizes at the numerous American and international festivals. The films participated in special screenings, including at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Harvard Kennedy School, and the White House. Bill Guttentag is also a director of several films for American television channel HBO, the last one was Only the Dead See the End of War and afterwards the film was nominated for an Emmy Award. Bill Guttentag will visit the 10-th Odesa International Film Festival with the assistance of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the federal company which supports Ukraine on behalf of the Federal Government of Germany on the path of democratic transformations since 1993.
French director and radio hostess and since 2002 she has been also a producer. She is also one of the scriptwriters of RAI film by Thomas Gilou, the French director. This film won the main prize, the Golden Leopard in 1995 at the Locarno Film Festival. Nothingwood, the full-length film debut by Sonia Kronlund had been represented in section Directors' Fortnight of Cannes Film Festival in 2017, this film was also included to the European Documentary Competition at the 8-th OIFF.
Program Coordinator, the Head of the Industrial Platform of Docudays UA, the International Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights. Simultaneously she works as a producer with auteurisms. She was in the jury panel at the international festivals in Switzerland, Georgia, the Netherlands and Romania. Daria Bassel graduated from Odesa I. I. Mechnikov National University with a degree in German Language and Literature. After the University, she worked in television and in commercial film production for some time.
Ukrainian film critic, journalist of the daily All-Ukrainian newspaper Day. He is the author of numerous interviews with film directors, actors, artists, writers, including Matthew Weisberg, Kira Muratova, Olena Pidduvalova, Oleksiy Apollonov, Oleksiy Belusenko, Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, Maria Hofstätter, Lesya Stavytska, etc. In 2013 he was at the panel of judges of the 43rd International Film Festival “Molodist”, he is also a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy. In August 2015, Desyaterik’s candidature was approved for participation at the panel of judges of Montreal Film Festival FIPRESCI 39, and he became the first Ukrainian member at the panel of judges in the history of this film festival. He worked on the creation of the art encyclopedia UKRAINE. THE BEST. Cultural space from A to Z, which includes 123 cultural figures of Ukraine. This encyclopedia won the title of The Best Book of the Year at the 23rd Publishers Forum in 2016. In 2015, Dmytro Desyaterik was elected a member of the Ukrainian Oscar Committee.
Italian journalist, critic and media analyst. He graduated in London with a degree in cinematography and worked as a film critic, managing an independent videofilm shop The Film Shop in Stoke Newington. In 2008 he founded the Celluloid Liberation Front. He often writes articles under this pseudonym. He publishes in various resources, including Mubi Notebook, Indiewire, Sight & Sound, Film Comment, Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot and Filmmaker Magazine.
Swedish film and television producer, journalist, film critic. She began her career in 1995 as a camera operator and film editor. She was engaged in the production of programs and documentaries. She is currently working as a TV producer and film critic. Founder of the Feministisk Filmfasta blog dedicated to female moviemakers. Writes for the major Swedish daily newspaper Dagens Nyheter and makes movie reviews for the Swedish television channel TV4. Director of the documentary film Upphovsmannen är en kvinna (The Author is a Woman) about the forgotten women-photographer of the early 1990's.