Jury International Competition

Since 2001, Pela del Álamo (b. 1979) has worked in advertising, television and fiction. In 2005, he created delÁlamo estudio, where he combined this professional activity with his own documentary film projects. He has directed and produced two documentary films »A cuarta pista« (2006) and »N-VI« (2012), that won awards at the Málaga, Márgenes, MiradasDoc and Alcances Cádiz Film Festivals and has appeared at others such as Seminci, Lima Independiente, DocumentaMadrid.In 2013, Pela del Álamo became the director of Curtocircuíto – International Film Festival in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, where he has curated retrospectives with filmmakers such as Mike Hoolboom, Jørgen Leth, Abel Ferrara, Aki Kaurismäki, Sergei Loznitsa or Peter Greenaway among others. Simultaneously, he is a programmer at LA OLA – Spanish Cinema Showcase in Los Angeles, California. He is currently developing his next feature film.

Ana David (b. 1989) is a shorts programmer at IndieLisboa – International Independent Film Festival, and a member of the advisory board of the Berlinale Panorama. Recently she collaborated with the 62nd BFI London Film Festival as a film programmer with a special focus on documentary. She started off at Queer Lisboa – International Queer Film Festival, where she worked at between 2010-2015 as its co-director and programmer. She lived in Paris working at Festival Scope, the online and year-round reference platform for film professionals streaming titles selected by 90+ festivals in the world. Other past positions include the coordination of the industry event Lisbon Docs – International Financing and Co-production Forum, a workshop and pitching event for documentary projects, as well as international promotion of brand new Portuguese features and shorts at Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency.

Peter van Hoof has been working as programmer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) since 2001. He is also responsible for IFFR’s Short Film programmes. As programmer he also selects the features and documentaries from Sub-Saharan Africa. His background is that of independent cinema programmer. First at the Squat Cinema Filmhuis Cavia and, as founder and programmer of Cinema De Balie – the independent cinema department of political-cultural center De Balie in Amsterdam. He is one of the founders of Stichting De Filmbank, an organization for promoting and distributing Dutch Experimental Cinema. For the Eye Film Institute he developed the Short Film Poule distribution project. Currently he is also curator of the Cinema program and Art section of the festival Into The Great Wide Open on the isle of Vlieland.

Jennifer Reeder constructs personal fiction films about relationships, trauma and coping. Her award-winning narratives are innovative and borrow from a range of forms including after school specials, amateur music videos and magical realism. These films have shown consistently around the world, including the Sundance Film Festival, Berlin International Film Festival, The Tribeca Film Festival, International Film Festival Rotterdam, London Film Festival, SXSW, the Venice Biennale and Whitney Biennial. Her awards include several that have qualified her films for Oscar nomination. She won a Creative Capital Grant in Moving Image in 2015, short film funding from Rooftop/Adrienne Shelly Foundation in 2016 and short film funding from the Film Fund Hamburg in 2016. She is a USA Artist nominee for 2008, 2015, 2016, and 2017. She is a 2018 recipient of a SFFILM Rainin Foundation Screenwriting Grant.

From programmer, critic to finally distributor, Pawel Wieszczecinski wore many film industry hats for the last 12 years in order to establish a new, mainly devoted to emerging cinematic talent, curated, online film streaming service based in New York City but working globally along with its editorial and screening component. Formerly associated with many international film festivals in Europe and United States, including Film Society of Lincoln Center, New Directors/New Films – MoMA, now fully works at Kinoscope, where while programming, he develops new, innovative models of film distribution across the world, that include also partnerships with FIDMarseille, Visions du Réel, Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency, sixpack film, Talents Buenos Aires and more to be launched in upcoming months.

Jury German Competition

As poetic as it is political and biographical, Emily Jacir’s work investigates histories of colonization, exchange, translation, transformation, resistance, and movement. She has built a complex and compelling oeuvre through a diverse range of media and methodologies that include unearthing historical material, performative gestures, and in-depth research. She has been actively involved in education in Palestine since 2000 and deeply invested in creating alternative spaces of knowledge production internationally. She is a Co-Founder and the Founding Director of »Dar Yusuf Nasri Jacir for Art and Research« and was recently the curator the Young Artist of the Year Award 2018 at the A. M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah which she titled »We Shall be Monsters«. Amalia Jacir is the recipient of several awards, including a Golden Lion at the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007). Her recent solo exhibitions include Alexander and Bonin, New York (2018), the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin (2016) and the Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015).

Christoffer Olofsson has been Programme Director for the Uppsala International Short Film Festival in Sweden for 20 years. Before that he graduated from Stockholm University, Department of Film Studies, with a paper on theories of vision in Twentieth-Century thought, subsequently moving back to his hometown to study Art History, with a focus on alternatives to Eurocentrism, as well as Aesthetics and Art Criticism, at Uppsala University. He is a member of the nomination committee for the Swedish National Film Awards. Christoffer has served on numerous national and international festival juries, and currently serves on several grant boards and also freelances as a film critic and curator. Co-authored a comprehensive study on the various facets of Swedish short film distribution, including a comparative study of the field in Germany.

Peter Ott (b. 1966) studied visual communication at the Hamburg University of Fine Arts (HFBK) and is one of the founding members of the media collective Abbildungszentrum. After several attempts at being a producer and being a temporary member of the commission of the Duisburger Filmwoche, he has intermittently been a professor for film and video at the Merz Academy in Stuttgart since 2007. He has been making his own films since 1988, and between 1999 and 2004 he created several reportages for both adult and children’s TV. Since 2002, he has been a member of the activist agitprop collective Schwabinggrad Ballett and has been involved in theatre stuff from that point on out as well. His films include »Das Milan-Protokoll« (2017), »Die Präsenz Gottes in einer falsch eingerichteten Gegenwart« (2014), »Gesicht und Antwort« (2010), »Hölle Hamburg« (2007) and »Jona (Hamburg)« (2004).