Jury and guests


Gennady Kofman

Gennady_smProducer, program director the “Docudays Ua, IDFF” (Kiev, Ukraine).Member of the European Documentary Network (EDN), Expert of the State Film Agency of Ukraine.

Born in 1964 in Kharkiv, Ukraine. He has worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker. In the 90s he founded the MaGiKa Film Company – one of the first independent production companies in Ukraine, based in Kharkiv.  Since 2003 he was one of the founders Docudays Ua, Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival in Kiev. Since 2004 he is founder of the International Documentary Workshop in Ukraine. Produced several shorts and animation, directed more than 20 documentaries, and produced more than 35 documentaries.

Maciej Nowicki

Maciej_smDirector of “WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film” Festival in Warsaw. Board member of Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland), one of the leading human rights NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe.

Born 1973 in Warsaw, Poland. Studied law and Polish philology at the Warsaw University. Since 1997 has been working for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland, within its legal and educational projects. Co-founder (2001) and Director of the International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Warsaw. Co-founder (2005) and President of the Board of the foundation Social Institute of Film, with the aim of promoting engaged documentary filmmaking.  Script author of a documentary film on Polish transition towards democracy. Juror and panelist at various film festivals.

Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė

Dagne VILDZIUNAITE "Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė was born in 1981 in Vilnius, Lithuania. She is a graduate of ROTTERDAM LAB 2013, EAVE 2012, EX-ORIENTE 2011, EURODOC 2010 and holds B.A. in both Psychology and TV and Film Management.

From the year 2007 Dagne has (co)produced ten fiction and documentary short and feature-length films which have been well recognized, both nationally and internationally. More information about the films can be found at the official website of the JUST A MOMENT production company.






Jaap van Hoewijk
Director of “Killing Time”

KillingTime_JaapvanHoewijk_smBorn in the Dutch harbour town of Rotterdam in 1963, Jaap van Hoewijk has been directing documentaries since 1995. He also has a vast experience as an executive producer. Most of his work circles around the theme of ʻreconstructing the pastʼ, with a special interest in judicial issues. “Killing Time” is the first film he made that was shot in a cinema direct style.

Killing Time (54 min., 2013), Kill Your Darling (79 min., 2012), Giant of Rotterdam (50 min., 2011), This One’s for You (5×5 mins, 2010), To the other Side (with Eugenie Jansen, 12 mins., 2010), Stories from the Lake (4 x 15 mins., 2008), Tamara (5 min., 2007), Chisel and the Heart (52 min.,2003), Bye Everyone (50 min., 2002), Human Family Secret (54 min., 2001), Borderline Cases (4×50 min., 1996), Procedure 769, the witnesses to an execution (82 min., 1995).


Orwa Nyrabia
Producer of “Return to Homs”

Orwa Nyrabia_smOrwa Nyrabia was born in Homs, Syria in 1977. He is an independent Syrian documentary film producer filmmaker, actor, writer and co-founder of DOX BOX International Documentary Film Festival in Syria.

Nyrabia graduated with a degree of acting from the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus, Syria, trained as a film producer at the INA/Sorbonne in France. In 2002, he co-founded Proaction Films, the first independent film production and distribution company in Syria. He and his partner and wife, Diana El Jeiroudi, launched DOX BOX in early 2008. The international documentary film festival grew quickly into the most important documentary film gathering in the Arab World. His work with DOX BOX earned him and his partner, Diana El Jeiroudi, several awards including the Katrin Cartlidge Award and the European Documentary Award in 2012.

The most significant of the films Nyrabia produced was the 2008 documentary Dolls, A Woman from Damascus, by Diana El Jeiroudi, Syrian filmmaker and Nyrabia’s partner. The film was screened in over 40 countries around the world, on Television, in festivals and Art exhibitions. In 2013 Nyrabia produced the documentary film Return to Homs, by Syrian filmmaker Talal Derki, and the film became the very first film from the Arab World to open the prestigious IDFA, in November 2013.

Nyrabia served on the juries of many international film festivals and funds, including IDFA, Prince Claus Fund and Dok Leipzig among others.


Fred Florey
Director of “The Laundry Room”

Fred Florey_smBorn in 1971 in Geneva, Switzerland. 2002 Receives degree in cinema from the HEAD (Haute École d’Arts et Spectacles, formerly ESBA), Geneva. 2002-05 Works as assistant at the HEAD, cinema department.
La clé de la chambre à lessive(2013), Rothschild boulevard (2013), Les saisons de Marie-Thérèse Chappaz (2009), Amotmalies (2007), Terres promises – Bédouins d’Israël (2007).


Siri Klug
Cinematographer of “Song from the Forest”

Siri_Klug_smSiri Klug has been a camerawoman for numerous German and international productions. She trained with Michael Ballhaus (Gangs of New York), Hans Fromm (Wolfsburg), and took on second camera under Reinhold Vorschneider (Orly).
Siri Klug: “Working closely with such experienced filmmakers has helped me to quietly identify my own vision. My aim is not merely to seek out the perfect detail of a shot but also to bring the audience closer to those qualities we’re all searching for: sensitivity and passion.”


Markus Lenz
Director of “Ruina”

Markus Lenz Foto_smMarkus Lenz is working as a freelance documentary filmmaker and photographer. He studied cultural and media science as well as roman studies in Leipzig and Palermo. He completed his degree in Master of Arts end of 2007. Since 2010 he studies in the graduate film program at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne and the department of fine Arts in Uni Nacional de Bogotà, Colombia.

Boarderline Syndrom (2004), Vucciria (2009), Clandestina Mente (2012), Ruina (2014).


Linas Mikuta
Director of „Dinner“

director Linas Mikuta_smBorn in 1980, Klaipeda, Lithuania. He was graduated as a Theatre Director at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in 2003. 2005 – 2008 he worked as assistant and associate director at Lithuanian Opera and ballet theatre, Tel-Aviv Opera, Frankfurt Opera. Also he made independent project as director with Vilnius Philharmonia.

In 2009 Linas Mikuta started to work with the cinema projects. In 2010 Linas Mikuta directed short film “Failed scenario” which participated in a number of festivals in Lithuania and abroad. In 2013 Linas Mikuta presented his debut medium-lenght documentary „Dzukija‘s Bull“ and short-length documentary “Dinner”. Both films participated in a number of international festivals in Lithuania and abroad (including festivals as Leipzig DOK, Yerevan IFF “Golden Apricot”, Tartu anthropological film festival “Worldfilm” etc.). In 2013 at European film forum “Scanorama” (Vilnius) film “Dinner” was awarded as best Lithuanian short film.


Julie Shles
Director of „Last Stop“

Julie shles_smallDirector and producer of documentaries, dramas and features. Head of the steering committee for the documentary field Network Channel 2 auction and from 2005 director of documentary Networks.

Julie Shles studied film at Beit Zvi School in Ramat Gan, where she received prize for directing. She directed
two prize-winning documentaries – “St. Jean” about new immigrants living in a caravan park, and “Baba Luba”, which portrays a well-known Israeli rock singer, who is reunited with his family in Brazil after 35 years of separations. Both films won major prizes at Israeli Academy Awards. Her latest documentary – „Last Stop“ – opened this years’ Docaviv International Film Fetival.

Filmography: St. Jean (1993, documentary), If You Hear, Answer (1994, documentary), Baba Luba (1995, documentary), Pick a Card (1997, fiction), Afula Express (1997, fiction), Seamstresses from Mitzpeh (2001, TV series), Sewing for Bread (2002, documentary, co-author), Muchrachim Lehiyot Same’ach (2005, fiction), Last Stop (2014, documentary).


Kari Anne Moe

Director of „Bravehearts“

Kari anne portrett_smallKari Anne Moe is a Norwegian director, born in 1976. Kari Anne is currently in the making of the feature-documentary „Rebels!“ (release fall 2015). Her latest film „Bravehearts“ was released in 2012, won The Documentary Film Prize at the 55th Nordic Film Days Lübeck and got Special commendation at Prix Europe 2013. Salesman 329 (2011) Best short-doc BIFF 2011 (Bergen International Filmfestival). The Tambourine Man (2005) (50 min debut-film produced by TV2 Norway).

Before she founded the production-company Fuglene, she worked with Sant & Usant as a director and producer. She had as degree from the Film and TV- Academy in Oslo, and from the documentary department at Volda University College. Before Kari Anne started making films she was the president of the Socialist Youth League of Norway (1999 to 2002).


Ričardas Marcinkus

Director of „Final destination“

Ricardas Marcinkus_smallBorn in Kelmė in 1979. After earning a bachelor’s degree in photography in 2000, he began working at Lithuanian National Radio and Television (LRT) as a news cameraman. In 2013 Marcinkus graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with a degree in film directing.

Marcinkus has completed several short films, music videos and documentaries. His first film was Pravalas (“Misunderstanding”, 2012), a short that he wrote and directed. All of his short films have been shown at the Vilnius International Film Festival. In 2014, his documentary „Galutinis tikslas“ (“Final Destination”) won the Sidabrinės Gervės Kiaušinis (“Silver Crane’s Egg”) award for the best student film at the 7th Lithuanian film industry awards ceremony. This film was also recognized as the best student documentary at the prestigious International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).


Kęstutis Gudavičius
Director of „Alcofootball“

Kestutis Gudavicius_smallBorn in Klaipeda, Lithuania on 1979. In 2002 graduated Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy and achieved bachelor degree in TV and Cinema directing. In 2013 achieved master’s degree in film directing.

During his carrier, he has created up to 20 various films: short and full features, documentaries, experimental films. In 2005 – 2006, at Lithuanian “AXX” festival – contest, was noticed for his unique style feature comedies “Promising couple”, “Normal couple, “Four crossing lines”.
He has been currently involved in commercial productions as a TV director, worked with on well-knon Lithuanian comedy shows “Orbita” and “ZBTV”, later moved to direct TV ads.
Member of Lithuanian filmmakers union.


Kateryna Gornostai
Co-Director of “Euromaidan. The Rough Cut”

gornostai_smallKateryna Gornostai was born in Lutsk, Ukraine in 1989. She received bachelor’s degree in biology from Department of natural sciences, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Kyiv in 2010. In 2012 at the same University she obtained masters degree in Journalism at Department of social studies and technologies program “Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism”. In 2012 – 2013 Kateryna Gornostai studied at the School of documentary films and theatre of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov, Moscow.

Filmography: “The Press” short Film (best animation at Kinomedia Film Festival (Kyiv), “Zvuchi Dochi – the Daughters of the Sound” promo film (3-rd place at “Discover Ukraine” video contest), “Real News” short Film (best documentary at Kinomedia Film Festival (Kyiv), “Piano” short film (documentary student film of “Kyiv-Mohyla School of Journalism”), “Between us” short film (documentary student film of School of documentary films and theatre of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov), “Driving lessons” (documentary graduation film in School of documentary films and theatre of Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov), “Peacefull protest of Masha” and “Lenin’s teeth” – two novels in “Euromaidan. The Rough Cut” project, “Away” (short fiction film).

Meena Varma
Chair of the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN)

meena_smMeena Varma has been Director of Dalit Solidarity Network UK (DSN-UK) since 2007. DSN-UK campaigns against the atrocities, humiliation and poverty that over 260 million plus Dalits or ‘untouchables’ suffer due to caste discrimination – in South Asia and also with the Diaspora Dalit population in the UK. DSN-UK’s groundbreaking current campaign in the UK is for the implementation of domestic legislation to outlaw caste discrimination in the UK as part of the Equality Act 2010. The UK has an estimated 400.000 Dalits that are potential victims of caste discrimination, but have yet to be granted protection in the eyes of the law.

DSN-UK lobbies political leaders nationally and internationally, as well as putting multinationals working in the Indian sub continent under pressure to acknowledge their responsibility to help tackle caste discrimination. They work with the Ethical Trading Initiative a tripartite organisation working with NGOs, Trades Unions and Companies.

Meena is also a Board member of the Ethical Trading Initiative and Vice Chair of the Minority Rights Group International Council.