Balkan Documentary Competition

EMEL ÇELEBI

EMEL ÇELEBI

Was born and raised in Istanbul. She has studied English literature. She worked in various magazines as editor, interpreter and writer. Her first film “Housekeeper” has won the Best Documentary Award in 43rd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and the First Prize in 9th Women’s Film Festival in Seoul. Her documentary “Sisters of Lilith” earned her Best Balkan Documentary award at DokuFest last year.
MICHAEL PALMIERI

MICHAEL PALMIERI

Is a director, producer, cinematographer, and editor whose most recent collaboration with Donal Mosher, "October Country", won the US grand jury prize at Silverdocs in 2009. His film work includes other notable collaborations with artists as varied as the political cartoonist and journalist Garry Trudeau of Doonesbury, the cinematographer and filmmaker Christopher Doyle, the fine artist Tauba Auerbach, and the Academy award winning documentary filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. He began his career directing music videos for musical artists such as Beck, The Strokes, The New Pornographers, Belle and Sebastian, and many others. An adjunct professor of film and video at California College of the Arts in San Francisco, he now resides in Portland, Oregon. A wide selection of his work can be found at michaelpalmieri.com.
SISSI KORHONEN

SISSI KORHONEN

Born in 1982 in Vihti, Finland, currently works as a programmer for DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival. She has a multi-layered background in media and intercultural affairs – she holds a master's degree in intercultural communication and religious studies from the University of Helsinki and a bachelor's in social and cultural studies from the Europe University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany. She began her studies in art history in Bologna, Italy, and has lately continued them with practical education in audiovisual communication. Korhonen is an active member of several Finnish organisations for young film professionals, students and enthusiasts.

International Documentary Competition

Adriatik Kelmendi

Adriatik Kelmendi

Is the Editor In Chief with Kosovo National Television KTV – Kohavision, where he hosts one of the most nationally influential political debates and interviews show “Rubikon”.
Adriatik is also a lecturer in the Mass Communications Department at the AAB Riinvest University. He previously held the same position at the “Faik Konica” Journalism School in Prishtina. During the 1998-2004 period he was news editor in the “Koha Ditore” daily – the most read newspaper in Kosovo – where he continues to write weekly columns. From 1999 to 2009 he worked periodically as a correspondent/reporter for the American Radio Works – a documentary unit of the Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio. He has reported extensively from New York, UN, Washington, Vienna etc. during the Kosovo Status Negotiations.
He holds a Masters Degree in Mass Media and Communication from Goldsmiths University in London, United Kingdom.

AJ SCHNACK

AJ SCHNACK

A filmmaker and writer based in Los Angeles, his previous films include the ensemble documentary “Convention” (2009), “Kurt Cobain about a Son” (2006) and “Gigantic” (A Tale of Two Johns) (2002).¬† He has been nominated for an Independent Spirit Award and was the first recipient of AFI Silverdocs’ Cinematic Vision Award. He is currently working in post-production of a new film about the Ozark Mountain show town of Branson, Missouri.¬† Schnack is the founder and co-chair of the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking and the author and editor of the popular nonfiction film blog “All these wonderful things”.
DOUG BLOCK

DOUG BLOCK

A New York-based filmmaker, whose work includes some of the most acclaimed feature documentaries of the past two decades.
Doug’s film “51 Birch Street” was named one of the 10 Best Films of the Year, by the New York Times, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Ebert & Roeper Show. It was also selected as one of the outstanding documentaries of the year by the National Board of Review, the Boston Society of Film Critics and Rolling Stone Magazine.
His credits as producer and cameraman include: “Silverlake Life” (Sundance Grand Jury Prize, Peabody, Prix Italia), “Jupiter’s Wife” (Sundance Special Jury Award, Emmy), “A Perfect Candidate, Love & Diane” (Independent Spirit Award), “Paternal Instinct” (Best Feature Film – NY Gay & Lesbian Film Festival) and “A Walk Into the Sea: Danny Williams and the Warhol Factory” (top doc prizes at the Berlin and Tribeca film festivals).
Doug is also the founder and co-host of “The D-Word”, a popular international online discussion forum for documentary professionals.
PAMELA COHN

PAMELA COHN

A New-York-based independent media producer, freelance arts journalist and film programmer. She has been a documentary producer and digital shooter since 2003 and writes on nonfiction filmmaking at her blog “Still in Motion”, where she conducts in-depth interviews with filmmakers, producers and programmers and covers the domestic and international documentary festival scene. ¬†
She is contributing editor on new media and online distribution for Renew Media’s blog Resources and Tribeca Film Institute, as well as many other arts and film publications and websites such as Filmmaker Magazine, DOX Magazine, Hammer to Nail, the International Documentary Association, Spout, The Reeler and BOMB.
Cohn graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York in 1993 with honors in poetry, American history and Italian language and literature.
SONJA HENRICI

SONJA HENRICI

Was born and schooled in Germany. She graduated from the University of Sussex. She began her career at Edinburgh International Film Festival (1999-2003) before joining SDI, when it was set up in 2004. Since then she has produced and managed the annual award-winning short documentary film scheme “Bridging the Gap (7x10’)”, and SDI with growing success. She also writes fiction (“Rewind”, 2009 Dir: Cathie Boyd) and is currently producing two feature documentaries: “Future For Sale” by Maja Borg, with financing from Scotland & Sweden, and Breathing, co-directed by Morag McKinnon & Emma Davie. She is co-director of SDI Productions Ltd., the production platform for the institute, which is an internationally recognised documentary research centre at Edinburgh College of Art specialised in documentary training, production and distribution.

Short Film Competition

ANDAMION MURATAJ

ANDAMION MURATAJ

Born in 1970, Andamion mastered in Film and Electronic Media from the American University Washington in 2003. After finishing his studies, he moved to Manhattan New York, where he founded and directs the “Light Media New York” media and film company.Currenty, Andamion is co-writing and producing a feature-length film with Joshua Marston as director, a coproduction of his company “Lissus MEDIA” with world-renowned companies such as “Fandango Portobello” (Europe) and “Journeyman Pictures” (US).

ELISABETH SJAASTAD

ELISABETH SJAASTAD

Born in 1977 in Oslo, Norway, she studied directing at the Beijing Film Academy and the Central Academy of Drama (1998-2000). While studying, she directed and co-produced a theatre production of Bertolt Brecht’s “The Good Woman of Setzuan” in Beijing.
In 2002, she directed and produced the Amanda-nominated (Norway’s national film award) feature documentary “Shiny Stars, Rusty Red” (China) which was invited to film festivals worldwide, including Full Frame Documentary Festival, USA, and Pusan International Film Festival, Korea. Through her production company Screen Stories she has also produced films from South Africa (also as director), Peru and the United Arab Emirates. Elisabeth has been Vice President of the Norwegian Film Makers’ Association from 2005-2010 and is currently the CEO of the Federation of European Film Directors (FERA) which is based in Brussels, Belgium. Elisabeth is also developing a docudrama TV-serial, and producing documentary films from Zimbabwe and Iraq as co-owner of the production company “Directors at Work”.
KHAVN DE LA CRUZ

KHAVN DE LA CRUZ

Considered as the father of Philippine digital filmmaking, Khavn De La Cruz has made twenty-five features and more than a hundred short films, most of which have received prizes, given retrospectives, and presented in international film festivals. He has served as a jury member in the Clermont-Ferrand (France), Copenhagen (Denmark), Jeonju (Korea), Jihlava (Czech Republic), & Berlinale (Germany) film festivals. He is the president of the independent film company Filmless Films and the festival director of Movfest, the first digital film festival in the Philippines.
Khavn was awarded for his poetry and fiction in the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards, where he has also served in the jury. He has been selected twice in the University of the Philippines National Writers Workshop as a Writing Fellow. Khavn has received the Dean’s Award for Literature from his alma mater, the Ateneo De Manila University, where he also has lectured.
Khavn owned and managed Oracafe, a cultural hub for Philippine writers, musicians, filmmakers, and other artists in the late 90s.

National Competition

GENTIAN KOÇI

GENTIAN KOÇI

Graduated in film and television direction from the “Marubi” Film and Multimedia Academy. He made a few short fiction films that have featured in many national and international festivals, winning awards in a number of them. He worked for 8 years in TV Klan, where he made a few documentaries. For a while, he also worked with video art. Currently, he is making a documentary film, as well as working on a script for a feature.
HANS CHRISTIAN LEITICH

HANS CHRISTIAN LEITICH

Born in 1964 and living in Vienna, he studies in history of art and architecture. He writes articles on film in various publications since the mid-‘80s. He is culture editor at DerStandard.at since the millennium and works for Austrian film festivals – Viennale, Diagonale, Crossing Europe – in various positions: programming, writing, Q&As and FIPRESCI-juror at the Viennale'04.
YLL QITAKU

YLL QITAKU

Born in 1979, he graduated in film directing from the Academy of Arts of the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. His film “Should I Stay or Should I Go” (2001) won Best Film at the first edition of DokuFest in Prizren. He also directed, among others, “Tatita” (2005), “Move with Me” (2007), “Blue Wall Red Door” (2009) and “Beyond the Road” (2009).

Green Docs

JAUME GIL

JAUME GIL

Born in 1969 in Barcelona, he began his professional career in Film and Show Business in 1989 after studying Cinema and Television in IDEP Barcelona.
From 1989 until 1993 he worked as a freelancer in the production of some documentaries and films. In 1994, he became the coordinator of shows for Sol Melia Hotels in Almeria and Baleares.
In 1998, he left that job to start working as a producer of the 5th International Environmental Film Festival (FICMA) and combined this job working in several movies as producer. In 2002, he was asked to direct the 7th Mostra Lambda (Barcelona International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival) and from 2005 he has been asked to direct the 12th International Environmental Film Festival. Meanwhile he worked in scripts for television and cinema.
NAËL MARANDIN

NAËL MARANDIN

Na√ęl Marandin was born in 1981. As a teenager he worked as an actor (“Les Allumettes su√©doises”, “La Ville dont le prince est un enfant…”). He distanced himself from his initial experiences to complete his studies at Sciences-Po, and then went to study and work abroad. Amongst other experiences he spent a year in China and Tibet. On his return he made a short film called “Corps √©trangers” (25 festival selections, including Clermont-Ferrand, Los Angeles and 4 prizes) and a documentary “Pas de quartier” (Festival Silhouette et les Bobines Sociales).
In 2010, he went back to Tibet to shoot his second documentary, a film on the Tibet-China relationship through a legend that belongs as much to the Chinese and the Tibetans. In September, he will shoot his second short fiction and he is currently working with Les Films Sauvages on the development of his feature project, “Il nous reste la nuit”.
RUBEN KHACHATRYAN

RUBEN KHACHATRYAN

Ruben Khachatryan was born 1977 in Armenia. He studied fine arts, music and film directing at Yerevan University and at the University for Art and Design in Halle/ Germany. Since 1998 he works as a documentary film maker, producer and photographer. His documentaries "Hippodrome" (1998), "Monologue" (2003), and "Pray for us"(2005) were screened in numerous international festivals. Over the years Ruben Khachatryan developed a special interest in environmental issues and wildlife film-making. In 2001, together with other film makers, environmentalists and journalists, he founded the “Foundation for the Preservation of Wildlife and Cultural Assets” (FPWC). Since then he serves as the executive director for all projects implemented by FPWC.
In 2007 FPWC established SunChild International Environmental Festival (www.festival.sunchild.org). The event takes place every second year and is the only environmental festival in the Caucasus region.

Human Rights Award

Ramadan Klisurica

Ramadan Klisurica

Was born in Prizren, Kosovo. He graduated at University of Prishtina with a BA degree in Political Sciences. He has a relevant experience in human rights, legal issues especially in field of self-government. For some years now he is an activist KDI one of the most active NGO’s in Kosovo.¬†
Currently he is involved in a project of monitoring the municipal assembly of Prizren.¬† He has attended several seminars on democracy and human rights issues such as “Summer University for Democracy” (European Council, Strasbourg) and Political Party Development Program (NDI, Kosovo).¬†¬†

KATERINA BARTOŠOVÁ

KATERINA BARTOŠOVÁ

Was born in 1980 in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2005,  she graduated with a bachelor degree in Anthropology at Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague. In 2007,  she graduated  with a masters degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Faculty of Philosophy and Arts, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic.  
Kateřina Bartošov√° has cooperated with One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Film Festival since 2008 and is currently working as a festival programmer. One World is one of the leading festivals in Europe that deals with human rights issues and is among the founding members of the Human Rights Film Network.
Since 2005 she has also cooperated with Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, currently in the Sponsor & Guest Relations department. In the past, she was a member of the organizing teams of some other film festivals held in the Czech Republic such as Prague Short Film Festival (in 2005), Fresh Film Fest (International Film Festival of student and first or second feature films, in 2008), and  Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (in 2009).
KUMJANA NOVAKOVA

KUMJANA NOVAKOVA

Originally, from Macedonia, Kumjana Novakova is one of the founders and currently the creative director and selector of the Human Rights Film Festival Pravo Ljudski in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Her interests lie both within the academic field of ethnicity, nationalism, and particularly national and post-national identity formation/transformation, as well as socially engaged arts and creative documentary, specifically.