International Competition Program Jury
President of Jury (Poland)
Polish producer, winner of the LUX Film Award 2014, member of the Council of the European Film Academy and she has won multiple international film awards. Starting with Ida directed by Paweł Pawlikowski that received the 2015 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, the Best Film Award at the European Film Academy Awards and the Best Film Not in the English Language at BAFTA. Among others, she produced The Captain by Robert Schwentke, that was awarded at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Her latest collaboration with Pawlikowski, Cold War was nominated this year for Cannes’ Palme d’Or and won the Best Director Award.
In the year 2012, Indian director and screenwriter debuted with his short film Café Regular, Cairo that was awarded at Tribeca and Chicago. His feature debut, The Lunchbox was screened at Cannes Film Festival International Critics' Week and at the 4th OIFF where he received the Best Directing Award. Also, the film received the FIPRESCI Award at the Toronto Film Festival and was nominated for the BAFTA Award in the category “Best Film Not in the English Language”. Last year, Batra directed two films, Our Souls at Night starring Jane Fonda and Robert Redford and The Sense of an Ending with Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling.
Ukrainian-French theatre and film director and screenwriter. His films Cold March and The First Floor were featured in the “Bi-Weekly of Directors” section at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988 and 1990 respectively. For The First Floor, Minaiev received in 1990, the Diploma of the Jury for best directing at the film festival “Golden Duke” in Odesa and the film was included in the “Lost World” retrospective of the 4th OIFF. Last year, also Cold March was presented in the program "Tender Age” at the 8th OIFF. Among others, he directed The Flood (1993) with Isabelle Huppert in the leading role. His latest film Blue Dress took part at Berlin Critics’ Week in 2016.
Arnaud des Pallières
French director and screenwriter. At the age of 16 he began to study theatrical art and literature. His first feature film Drancy’s Future (1997) is about the murders of Jews in Paris and its suburbs during the Second World War. His 2010 short film Diane Wellington was featured at the Venice International Film Festival, and his documentary American Dust (2011) opened the international film festival in Marseille. His feature Michael Kohlhaas (2013), starring Mads Mikkelsen, premiered at Cannes Film Festival while his latest film Orpheline, led by Adèle Haenel and Adèle Exarchopoulos, was nominated for the Grand Prix - Golden Duke at the 8th OIFF.
Georgian theatrical and film. She is best known for her role in My Happy Family, directed by Nana Ekvtimishvili and Simon Groß, for which she was awarded in Transilvania International Film Festival, Eurasia International Film Festival (Kazakhstan), and OIFF as the Best Actress. The film, among others, was awarded in multiple festivals including Sofia, Seattle, goEast (Wiesbaden) and the 8th OIFF.
National Competition Program Jury
Actress, member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, Kateryna Molchanova is the leading actress in the films My Mermaid, My Lorelei (2013) by Nana Jorjadze and My Grandmother Fanny Kaplan (2016) by Olena Demyanenko, where she was nominated for the First National Film Award “Golden Dziga”. She also starred in the film Black Level (2017) directed by Valentin Vasyanovich, which was submitted by Ukraine for Oscar consideration in the category “Best Foreign Language Film”, and the short film Lilac (2017) directed by Kateryna Gornostai. Both films received FIPRESCI mentions at 2017 OIFF.
Director and screenwriter Levan Koguashvili debuted in feature narrative cinema with the film Street Days in 2010. The film was presented at the competition program of the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam. At the 10th goEast - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film in Wiesbaden, Germany, Koguashvili’s debut received the main prize – the Golden Lily for Best Film, and at the 14th edition of the festival he was awarded with the Best Director prize for his second feature Blind Dates (2013). The film also won the Best Film Award at the 5th Odesa Film Festival. The director’s films have participated in the competition sections of the Berlinale, the Golden Apricot International Film Festival in Yerevan, the Sundance Film Festival, and others.
Co-head and project curator of the Berlinale Co-Production Market for both feature and drama series projects, Martina Bleis has also the additional responsibility for the event’s publications and public relations work. Whilst studying, she gained experience in both film festivals and film production in Hamburg, Germany. She has worked for the Berlin International Film Festival since 2001, initially starting in the organization of panel discussions and working for Berlinale Talents. She is one of the founding members of the Berlinale Co-Production Market and has been co-head of the department since 2016. In addition, she consults as a curatorial advisor and a mentor – in particular for up-and-coming producers and directors developing feature film projects – for international training and co-production initiatives. At the 7th Odesa Film Festival, Martina Bleis was a tutor at the professional Film Industry Office section, and also held a training for the participants of Pitching sessions.
French producer of Danish origin, Marianne Slot, for over 25 years, has supported and worked with many international film directors at the height of their careers, including Lars von Trier – from Breaking the Waves (1996) to the recently Cannes-premiered The House That Jack Built (2018) – and directors Lucrecia Martel, Bent Hamer, Małgorzata Szumowska, Thomas Vinterberg, Paz Encina, Lisandro Alonso, Albertina Carri, Susanne Bier, Emma Dante, Marian Crisan, Juliette Garcias, Yeşim Ustaoğlu, Sergei Loznitsa, Benedikt Erlingsson and Naomi Kawase. Member of the Union of Independent Producers, member of the European Film Academy, the Scandinavian delegate for the San Sebastian Film Festival from 1997 to 2017, member of the board of the House of Denmark in Paris since 1997, President of Cinema du Monde at Centre National du Cinéma et de l'Image Animée (CNC) - World Cinema support) 2013-2015. She received the French Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres title in Cannes May 2015.
Журі Конкурсу європейських документальних фільмів
Programming Associate at 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. Dorota is also the Industry Programmer at the Hot Docs, North America’s largest documentary festival, where she produces The Hot Docs Forum, a public pitching event aimed at garnering financing and co-productions for international documentaries. She holds an M.A in Political Science and Gender Studies from McGill University. She previously worked at The National Film Board of Canada and the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers.
In collaboration with production director Alexander Pozdnyakov, made his debut as director of the short film Manu and Cabbage. The film received the RADi award (Agence du Court Métrage, France, 2012) at the Cannes Film Festival Short Corner. His debut feature documentary The Living Fire was awarded by the jury of the festival Hot Docs in Toronto (Canada), and was awarded with the Jury Diploma of the Odesa International Film Festival and at Listapad Film Festival (Belarus), also snagged 2 Awards at the First National Ukrainian Film Award "Golden Dziga".
Festival Director of the Tel Aviv Docaviv International Film Festival, since 2009. Previously she served as the CEO of The Israeli Documentary Filmmakers Forum. She has also produced award-winning documentaries, among them are Jerusalem is Proud to Present directed by Nitzan Giladi, winner of the Human Rights Award at IDFA 2007. She has been a lecturer on film production and participated as a tutor and juror at International documentary forums and festivals such as; IDFA, Docedge Kolkata - Asian Forum for Documentary and DIG Festival Riccione.
Sergii Vasyliev Jr.
Member of the Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers and the Ukrainian Film Academy, PhD in art theory. Since 2008, he teaches at the Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Film, and Television University and coordinates the Bureau of Ukrainian Film Journalism since 2011. Since 2015 until 2017, he was the website editor of the Ukrainian Association of Cinematographers.
Member of the National Society of Film Critics in the USA, the longtime film critic for the Seattle Weekly and the author of two books, Frankenstein (2014) and Billy Wilder: Interviews (2001). He is also a regular contributor to Film Comment magazine. Robert has been a Fulbright Specialist (Romania, 2016), an adjunct professor at Seattle University, the curator of the Magic Lantern film program at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle.
Film scholar and critic based in Sweden. He writes mainly for Swedish film magazines FLM and Filmrutan, but also for various international film magazines and film scholarly journals. Currently, he teaches Film studies at Linnaeus University and cooperates with film festivals in Scandinavia and Balkans. His main interests in Film studies are topics of representations and (re)constructions of the past, constructions of the national(ist) narratives through films, and collective memories in fiction and documentary films.