JURY – INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION
Sylvain Cruiziat is a Franco/German filmmaker. Born in July of 1995, he grew up in London, Paris and Hong Kong before moving to Munich to pursue his studies in the documentary and television directing course at the University of Television and Film.
Since his enrolment there, in 2014, Sylvain has directed several short films, including his latest short documentary film Find Fix Finish with Mila Zhluktenko . His films have been screened at prestigious film festivals worldwide, winning multiple awards. Alongside his studies, Sylvain has worked on multiple international productions including Star Wars Ep. VIII.
Ognjen Glavonić was born in 1985 in Pančevo, SFR Yugoslavia. He graduated filmmaking from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Belgrade. Živan Makes a Punk Festival, (2014), his medium-length documentary, had its premiere at Cinéma du Réel and has been screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, and IndieLisboa, among others.
Depth Two (2016), which had its premiere in the Forum section at the Berlinale, is his first feature-length documentary. It has been screened at more than 50 festivals and has won twenty awards and recognitions, including best film awards at Festival dei Popoli, Open City, DokuFest, Kasseler Dokfest, Message to Man, Open City Docs Fest, ZagrebDox, … He is the director and co-founder of Pančevo Film Festival and The Load is his first feature film.
Edward Lawrenson is a Scottish filmmaker and writer based in London. His films have played at a number of festivals, including Sundance, BFI London Film Festival, True/False, Open City; and cinemas, including the Museum of the Moving Image in New York and London’s ICA. He has also made radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4. Lawrenson’s 2014 documentary Abandoned Goods (codirected with Pia Borg) won the Golden Leopard for Best International Short at the Locarno Film Festival and he was named as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s ’25 New Faces of Independent Film’ in 2015.
Lawrenson has written on film for a number of publications, including Sight & Sound, Film Quarterly and Screen International. He was deputy editor of Sight & Sound from 2000 to 2006. He is a programme consultant for BFI London Film Festival and has programmed for the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
He is a Senior Lecturer in Filmmaking and Kingston School of Art, Kingston University. Lawrenson has also taught at the Royal College of Art and the National Film and Television School.
JURY – DOMESTIC COMPETITION
SUNČICA ANA VELDIĆ
Sunčica Ana Veldić studies Documentary film at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She is also a member of the Zagreb Cinema Club, where she made several award-winning shorts (Croatian Virgin, The Tenant, Hux Flux, co-directed with Martin Semenčić). Her short student film Festival Tourism (2016) received an award for best editing at the 25th Croatian Film Days. Her latest shorts are Demon From the Bottle (2017) and White Trash (2017).
Igor Bezinović is a filmmaker born in Rijeka, which is now part of Croatia, but at that time belonged to the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, before that partly the Kingdom of Italy and partly the Kingdom of Yugoslavia (and before that the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes), before that the Free State of Fiume, before that the Italian Regency of Carnaro, before that Austria-Hungary…
His films include The Blockade (Oktavijan Prize for best Croatian documentary in 2012), Veruda (Oktavijan Prize for best Croatian documentary in 2015) and A Brief Excursion (Grand Golden Arena for best Croatian feature in 2017), along with many shorts of all shapes and sizes. His work has been shown internationally at events including IFF Rotterdam, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava, CPH:DOX, Kurzfilmtage Winterthur, Biennale of Young Artists from Europe and the Mediterranean, Venice Biennale of Architecture (with Hrvoslava Brkušić for Pulska grupa), Museum of the Moving Image and the Guanajuato IFF.
He graduated in film directing at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb and in Philosophy, Sociology and Comparative Literature at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Zagreb. He is a member of The Croatian Film Directors’ Guild, the Croatian Freelance Artists’ Association and the Black Belt judo club.
Born, raised and still based in Cologne. Writes about cinema. Presents movies at various places. Teaches film history at Aalto University (Helsinki). Loves being in the countries that once constituted the SFR Yugoslavia, for a number of good reasons.
The author of the Best film in the international competition will receive, along with a festival trophy called Veronica’s Skull, named after an old local legend, a sum of 500 euros. The award for the Best film in domestic competition is a festival trophy called Veronica ́s skull and a sum of 250 euros. Members of the jury can present special mentions regardless of the category, provided that they give an explanation for their decision.
The audience gives the award to the best film of Night Of The Living Audience programme. Audience award is a trophy called Vox Veronicae. The author of the festival trophies is the art jewelry designer Tomislav Zidar.