Jury 2024

Jury for International Competition


Head of International Co-production at ORKA, one of the largest production and post-production companies in Poland. An accomplished producer with a proven track record in film and television production for leading broadcasters, including numerous completed projects for major distributors in both Polish and international markets (e.g., BBC, MAX – Warner Bros – TVN Discovery, Polsat, TVP, TLC, Canal+, A&E Network). Adept at working across various genres, including documentaries, documentary series, and international co-productions. In 2023, she completed a multinational co-production with Anita Juka’s Croatian company 4 FILM, titled “Strangers in the Night.” A recipient of prestigious international mentoring programs for producers, such as the European Audiovisual Network (2023), ProPro (2023) organized by the Österreich Film Institut, ACE Polish Days (2023), and Market Ready (2024) organized by the International Screening Institute.

Born in Tirana, raised in Athens; Neritan Zinxhiria lived his own cinema paradiso at Cinema Trianon, a historical movie theatre in Greece. He created his first short film at the age of 18 and four years later he wins all major Greek film festivals with his second short “Chamomile”. Regarded as one of the best Greek short films ever made, the film was also credited internationally by Cineuropa as one of the most important short films of 2013. His third short “The Time of A Young Man About To Kill”, a prize winner in Audi’s hometown Ingolstadt, was produced by Gabriele Oricchio and Valeria Golino and shot in Italy. In 2016, he presents  “A Country of Two” – an experimental mosaic of found footage and photos, which had a successful run in film festivals, art venues and museums around the world (New Museum+DESTE, Encounters IFF, Festival Des Cinemas Differents de Paris/Pompidou). Holder of 2018 Artworks Excellence Award by the prestigious Stavros Niarchos Foundation, his films have been screened in more than 200 film festivals around the world. “Light of Light”, a Slamdance Grand Prix winner; had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, nominated for a Tiger Short Award.

Hanna Hovitie (born in 1991) is a film director and artist from Helsinki, Finland. She has a background (BA) in Cinematography and Editing from Metropolia UAS (Finland) and she holds an MA of Arts in Documentary Directing from the international DocNomads Joint Master Degree Program based in Portugal, Hungary and Belgium. Hanna has showcased her works in exhibitions both in Finland and abroad, and her films have been screened and awarded at numerous international film festivals such as IFF Rotterdam, DOK Leipzig, Melbourne International Film Festival and Sheffield DocFest. In her film and video based work Hanna explores the mythical and fantastical dimensions of everyday life and the real world. Lately she has been focusing on exploring the border between our inner and outer worlds and how they intertwine.

Jury for Domestic Competition

DAVOR ŠIŠMANOVIĆ (b. 1964 in Slavonski Brod) is a graduate professor of Croatian language and literature. He is employed at the Student Center of the University of Zagreb as assistant director of the SC for CULTURE. Within SC, he is the initiator, editor and implementer of many projects, magazines, forums, etc. He is a co-founder and a member of the organizational structures of today's prestigious cultural events. He edited literary periodicals, catalogs, program flyers, and as a journalist (columnist, critic, ...) he collaborated in many print and electronic media. He co-edited and produced author's contributions (as author, host and/or journalist) for HTV's film shows. He was a member of the author team of television chronicles of the Pula Film Festival, as well as the head of the press service of the same festival. He has been the editor of the Croatian Film Day catalog for a long time and was the head of its organizational team for ten years. He is the screenwriter of eight educational TV series as well as several independent documentary-educational shows. He is also the author of about thirty scripts for documentaries and feature films, both those produced by HRT and those created in independent productions, and some of them are winners of prestigious national and international film awards. He wrote scripts for documentaries by many distinguished directors (Branko Ištvančić, Dražen Žarković, Tomislav Mršić, Željko Sarić, Milan Bukovac, Ivan Salaj, Neven Hitrec, Kristijan Milić, Zvonimir Rumboldt...).
Dea Presečki was born on August 6, 1997. in Zagreb. Elementary school, elementary music school for piano and
He finished high school in Krapina and in 2016 enrolled in Acting at the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb.
The undergraduate studies in acting will end in 2019, and the graduate studies as Master of Acting in 2021 in Krešimir's Dolencic class. In the same year, she started volunteering as an external associate at the department of stage movement in her 1st year graduate studies in acting as an assistant to docent Jura Radnić. She debuted in the theater in 2020 Dubrovnik Summer Games in the play Grižul directed by Saša Božić and Petra Hrašćanec. After that, he cooperates with many theaters in Zagreb, such as GK Komedija, GD Histrion, ZKM, etc. In 2021, he gets the title
a role in the play Matijaš grabancijaš dijak directed by Krešimir Dolenčić at the Croatian National Theater in Varaždin, for which he received many important prizes. She is a member of the Croatian Society of Dramatic Artists, and in 2022 she will become a member of the HNK ensemble in Varaždin. In addition to theater and film, he is actively engaged in singing, dubbing feature and animated films, by leading drama workshops for children and young people, and from 2022 she participates as an external associate in teaching courses Stage movement IV doc.art. Jure Radnić at the Academy of Dramatic Art, University of Zagreb.

Borna Armanini, born 1977. In 1990 Borna started as a young actor, played the leading role in the Croatian National Television three-part series “The Enigmatic Letter”. Graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb in 2002, finished the Master of Arts program at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film, and Television in Ljubljana. Founder of the Binocular Production Art Organization in 2012. “The Spring of Life,” and “Challenging Moments”, shorts received some 25 international awards so far. Feature screenplays: “Secret Life of Teenagers” and “Code of the Planet”. As a professional director has directed about twenty classical and contemporary performances in various national and city theaters, and ten produced performances on the independent scene. From 2012 to 2020, he worked for Croatian Radio Television as a director of dubbing cartoons for children, and from 2020 as a manager of two large European projects in which Binocular produces feature-length documentary “Healthy Lifestyles of the Elderly”. In 2022, Borna completed Social innovation and management program at the Vienna University of Economics.