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24th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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First Lights

Emilie Bujès

section: First Lights
country: Switzerland
Bujes is the artistic director of the Visions du Reel international film festival, which takes place in Nyon, Switzerland. She worked as an advisor to the festival in Cannes, deputy artistic director of the La Roche-sur-Yon festival, and was a member of the “Image/mouvement” commission of the CNAP (French National Centre for Visual Arts). She also worked as a curator at the Geneva Center for Contemporary Art and participated in the Forum Expanded program - Berlinale, CAC Vilnius, and Transmediale. She taught at the Geneva School of Art and at the Bern University of the Arts.

Kyungsoo Han

section: First Lights
country: South Korea
He has directed and produced documentaries, featured on various platforms, including the Korean television. He helps Korean documentarists showcase their films to the world. He produced the film My Love, Don’t Cross That River (2014)–in co-production with the Danish DRTV–which has been awarded prizes at several film festivals around the world and brought over 4.8 million viewers to the Korean cinemas.

Simon Kilmurry

section: First Lights
country: United States
Kilmurry is the executive director of the International Documentary Association, overseeing all of its programs and operations, including services for filmmakers, financing, educational programs, annual awards, and conferences. In 2017 he founded the Enterprise Documentary Fund and an annual fund to support documentary journalism worth one million dollars. He also works on the committee of jurors for the George Foster Peabody Awards and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Production Guild of America, and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Meghan Monsour

section: First Lights
country: United States
Monsour is the program director of the traveling documentary film festival Ambulante, which screens documentary films in Mexico and other Central and South American countries. The festival promotes new forms of expression and encourages debate on key social issues. She was worked with Ambulante since 2008 and is part of the team that successfully grew the festival into the largest Mexican film festival as well as a unique exhibition model because of its geographic reach and innovative spirit.

Peter van Hoof

section: First Lights
country: Netherlands
Since 2001 Van Hoof has worked as a dramaturge of short films at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, where he is involved in, among others, the selection of documents from sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently the curator of the film program and art section of the Into The Great Wide Open Festival on the island of Vlieland in the Netherlands.

Between the Seas

Timothy Corrigan

section: Between the Seas
country: United States
Timothy Corrigan is Emeritus Professor of Film Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of the books, New German Film: The Displaced Image, A Short Guide to Writing About Film, and Film and Literature: An Introduction and Reader. In 2012, he won the Katherine Singer Kovács Prize for Outstanding Book for Film and Media Studies, and in 2014, he won the Distinguished Pedagogy Award for the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.

Kapka Kassabova

section: Between the Seas
country: Bulgaria
Poet and writer of narrative non-fiction. She grew up in Bulgaria, was educated in New Zealand, and now lives in the Highlands of Scotland. Her books explore human geographies. Her latest, Border: A Journey to the Edge of Europe, won the British Academy’s Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding and numerous other prizes. Her next book is To the Lake: a Balkan Journey of War and Peace.

Srđan Keča

section: Between the Seas
country: Serbia
He studied at Ateliers Varan and NFTS. Since 2015, he’s been working as an assistant professor at the Department of Art and Art History at Stanford University. His films, Letter to His Father, Mirage and Escape, were screened at such leading documentary festivals as IDFA, DOK Leipzig, Full Frame and Ji.hlava IDFF. His video installations have been exhibited at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and at the Whitechapel Gallery. His film, Flotel Europa, which he both produced and edited, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2015 and won the Tagesspiegel Reader's Jury Award.

Isabella Salton

section: Between the Seas
country: Brazil
Born in São Paulo – Brazil, Isabella Salton has been the executive director of Instituto Terra for the past 3 years. She holds over twenty-five years of experience within large Brazilian companies, in the areas of marketing, strategy, and structuring new projects and is currently bringing a vision to Instituto Terra, of how an environmental NGO can manage its economic feasibility challenges to restore vast and extremely devastated areas of the Atlantic Forest.

Alessandro Stellino

section: Between the Seas
country: Italy
Alessandro Stellino is a film critic and dramaturge. He founded the online film quarterly, Filmidee, and participated in the selection committee for the Milan Filmmaker Festival. Since 2016, he has been the Artistic Director for the IsReal - Festival di Cinema del Reale in Nuoro and in 2020, he will be appointed the new Artistic Director for the Festival dei Popoli in Florence.

Czech Joy

Zuzana Kirchnerová Špidlová

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Director and screenwriter. She has graduated from the Faculty of Law, Charles University, and the Department of Directing, Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. Her graduation film Old Woman (2008) won the first prize in the Cinéfondation section at Cannes. In recent years, she has focused on documentaries. She has made two documentary series for the Czech Television: Four Buns in the Oven and The Magnificent Five. She is currently preparing her feature debut entitled Camper Van.

Monika Kompaníková

section: Czech Joy
country: Slovakia
Slovak writer, author of four books for adults and five children’s books. The feature-length film based on her novel Little Harbour, made in Slovak-Czech co-production, won the main prize in the Generation Kplus section at the Berlinale IMF in 2017. She works as an editor of a book series of Denník N, and she writes lyrics and journalistic texts.

Adéla Kubištová

section: Czech Joy
Fourth-year student of the grammar school in Jihlava. After graduation, she is planning to study biology and chemistry. She is interested problems associated with the climate crisis, and she is a member of the Fridays for Future student movement branch in Jihlava.

Martin Šrajer

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Film journalist; PhD student at the Department of Film Studies, Charles University in Prague; editor-in-chief of the film/výchova website, editor of the Filmový přehled website, Film a doba magazine, and external contributor to A2 and Cinepur periodicals. In addition to writing texts on Czech and foreign film and television, he regularly collaborates with Czech film festivals.

Karel Žalud

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Director, filmmaker, screenwriter, and editor. He has graduated from the Department of Documentary Film at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He has worked as a teacher, social worker and journalist, and he written screenplays for children’s programmes, documentaries, and current affairs coverage for the Czech Television. His six-part documentary series Enclosed World about the remand prison in Teplice presents stories of several inmates and people from the staff. The cross-section of the current system of enforcement makes the viewer think whether our prison system can correct or change a person. The series was edited into a feature film, which won the main prize at the Ji.hlava IDFF in 2018.

Fascinations

A Testimony

First Lights - Student Jury

Hana Dufková

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
For the second year, she has been studying Tourism at College of Polytechnics in Jihlava. She works as a guide at the Telč château. After finishing her studies, Hana Dufková would like to continue in her field and get a job in a travel agency or as a tour guide. As a guide she likes to discuss art and history and spends her free time visiting various sights and cultural monuments.

Branislav Kern

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Slovakia
Graduate in the field of editing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, Branislav Kern currently studies directing and screenwriting at Tomáš Baťa University in Zlín. His plan as a director is to focus especially on the making of feature films, but also on documentary filmmaking. He admires authors whose films attract crowds, and yet they are able to save their face. He likes to engage in interesting discussions and spends his free time drawing and taking photos.

Denisa Langrová

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
After graduating in the field of Applied Photography, Denisa Langrová went on to study at the Sculpture Studio at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. After finishing her studies, she would like to use her experience in independent collectives, civic movements or activist groups. She also wants to engage in the animal rights movement and assist with veterinary care.

Magda Olivová

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
Graduate in the field of journalism and art therapy. As part of her life-long learning, she currently studies at FAMU. It has been her dream since she saw the Czech film, The Stolen Airship. She would like to make documentary and animated films.

Petr Vašků

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
He studies dramaturgy and screenwriting at Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. He focuses mainly on poetry and contemporary Czech documentary cinema and would like to work as a documentary film script supervisor. With his fellow students, Petr Vašků founded a production company, and he also dedicates his time to his solo creative projects. He prefers reflection to the filmmaking approach, stemming not only from the audience’s or academic perspective, but also from the creative experience.

Czech Joy - Student Jury

Ludmila Cimburková

section: Czech Joy - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
My name is Ludmila Cimbůrková and I am a graduate student of Film and Photography at SUŠG Jihlava. Film, especially the documentary one, has been close to me since my primary school studies and I do not intend to move away from it in the future, but on the contrary get closer to it by studying and making my own films.

Matyáš Janíček

section: Czech Joy - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
My name is Matyáš Janíček, I am 19 years old and film is my passion for a very long time. I study film and photography at the Secondary Graphic Art School in Jihlava and I have been shooting short films for several years. In the future, I would like to focus on film making as a director or screenwriter.

Filip Konvalinka

section: Czech Joy - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
Secondary school teacher who currently teaches Czech language, literature and English language at the Jihlava Grammar School. His passion is rap and he is a member of band called PIO SQUAD. He is currently preparing his solo music debut. Despite being an avid traveller who likes to explore new places and discover new worlds, Petr Konvalinka would not change Jihlava, his hometown, for any other place. He sees himself as a family guy – he is married, and a father of two daughters.

Marie Musilova

section: Czech Joy - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
Graphic designer and bookbinder who explores the combination of painting, typography and books with regard to the functional use. Her work includes communication with young students at the Art School of Graphic Design and Secondary Graphic Art School Jihlava sharing her experience in the field of calligraphy and paper crafting.

Alice Waisserová

section: Czech Joy - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
Painter and pedagogue who has been teaching at Jihlava’s Secondary Graphic Art School for 18 years. She currently teaches painting, drawing and graphic design. Since 2017, she has been the deputy director for art studio work.

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