Denis Côté has produced and directed 15 independent short films while working as a journalist and film critic. His first feature film Les états nordiques was awarded at the Locarno IFF. Since, Denis Côté’s award-winning work has been featured at numerous film festivals and in various retrospectives around the world. Vic+Flo ont vu un ours was awarded the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2013 Berlin IFF.
Born in 1977. Grímur graduated from Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2004. His graduate film, Slavek the Shit, was the first one that got international attention. It was selected to the Cinefoundation section of 2005 Cannes Film Festival and won 12 festival prizes. His short film Wrestling was premiered at the 2007 Locarno IFF and became one of the most successful Icelandic films by winning 25 festival prizes around the world. His recent film, rams, was screened at Molodist last year as a part of Scandinavian Panorama program.
Born in 1962 in Tehran. He started his film career at Farabi Cinema Foundation in 1989 where he was in charge of the screening of Iranian films at international film festivals for eight years. Mohammad has been active in different fields in the Iranian film industry for the past 30 years as international promoter of Iranian cinema, sales agent, writer, researcher and journalist. As a journalist and writer on the Iranian media since 1987, he ran Film International, the only English film periodical in Iran, for three years and is now a member of Iranian Society of Film Critics & Writers. Mohammad has been on the jury of numerous film festivals, has lectured on Iranian cinema in English in India, Japan, Spain, Armenia and USA and has held workshops on international film marketing and film festival strategies on different occasions in Iran as well.
Ben graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a degree in Arabic and Politics before attending Screen Academy Scotland where he graduated with an MA with Distinction in Film Directing. After working in the advertising industry in Dubai, Ben completed an MFA in Advanced Film Practice, for which he was awarded the Rafford Scholarship and the university medal for outstanding achievement.
His short film work garnered four BAFTA New Talents, including “Best Drama” and “Best Writer” for Patata Tortilla in 2015. At the age of 26, he shot his debut feature film, Pikadero, which premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September 2015. Pikadero picked many awards at international film festivals including two ones (FIPRESCI Award and Best International Feature Film) at Molodist last year.
Born in 1958. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics in computer programming, but his real passion from his earliest years was cinema. Since 2009, he is the board member of the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine. Also he is the deputy head of Expert Commission of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, head of the Ukrainian Oscar Committee. Alik has been a member of selection committees and jury member of many Ukrainian and international film festivals, member and expert of the European Film Academy. He is a member of FIPRESCI and independent film critic
National Competition Jury
Rich Warren is currently Festival Director for Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival, the UK's leading short film and animation festival based in Bristol, UK. The festival prioritizes the showcasing, supporting and progression of new and emerging talent in film and animation. Rich began working for the festival in 2008.His role requires him to attend festivals across Europe and spends hours of his life online in search of new and emerging talent.
For the past decade Andriy Alferov has been a show-runner for a number of national TV and radio shows. He is a co-founder and moderator of Cinema about Me series of special events with high profile international filmmakers and musicians in Kyiv. Being an active film critic, he writes to a number of national print and online media. He also gives lectures on history of world cinema.
Graduated from the Film History Department of the Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary Theatre, FIlm and Television University(1987), where she now teaches. She headed the audiovisual department of the Institute of Cultural Policy, directed the department of information and PR at the department of cinematography at the Ministry of Culture of Ukraine. She worked as a program director of Molodist KIFF (1994, 2000-2008). Author of many publications about Ukrainian and world cinema. Member of the Ukrainian Oscars Committee, the National Union of Cinematographers of Ukraine and FIPRESCI.
Born in 1953. After studying management, she began her career as a press officer and then became a producer. She started out with short films, before moved on to feature films and long-format documentaries for the cinema and television with the creation of Les Productions Dussart in 1992 and Catherine Dussart Productions in 1994. She is currently a member of the European Producers Club and a consultant for Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE). Member of 45th Molodist International competition jury.
Producer Simone Baumann was born in 1963 and raised in Zschopau, Germany. She studied philosophy in Rostov upon the Don in the 1980s, worked in Moscow in the early 1990s and as a lecturer at Berlin’s prestigious Humboldt University before she began a career in documentary film with Leipzig-based broadcaster MDR.
Jury this year
Sunny Bunny Jury
Trained at the Swedish University College of Arts Crafts and Design. His projects are characterized by a will to experiment, an aesthetic drive and a skill for showing new images, rooted in today’s Sweden that pushes the boundaries of the documentary as well as the feature film genre. His film Pojktanten (2012) won the Audience Award, Prize for Best Cinematography and Honorary Mention for Best Nordic Film at Göteborg International Film Festival.
Born in Northern Ireland, studied Law with French at the School of European Studies at Sussex University. He was a founder member of Square Peg magazine, radical queer quarterly and has written for The Guardian and Sight&Sound magazine. Brian joined the British Film Institute press office in 1987, where he continues to work specialising in promoting the BFI National Archive and the BFI’s wider cultural program. Since 2000, he has also worked as a programmer on BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival which this year celebrated its 30th edition.
Born in 1985 in Lviv, Ukraine. Studied filmmaking at the Institute of Cinema and Television of the Kyiv National Culture and Arts University as well as at Wajda Film school in Warsaw as a holder of Gaude Polonia scholarship. Since 2006, she has made a number of short films that were shown at around 50 international film festivals. Natali is a program director of Kyiv International Short Film Festival where she curates retrospectives and videoart as well as a section dedicated to LGBT films called Out&Proud.
Molodist for Kids Jury
Juha Rajamäki obtained a master’s degree from the Helsinki University in 1981 and ordination in 1982. Since 2013, he is a deputy director of the Communications Centre of the Evangelical-Lutheran Church of Finland.
Ninfa Watt graduated with a PhD on Communication, she is a contributor to radio Cadena COPE for the program about cinema. Currently, she is associate professor at Universidad Internacional de la Rioja and also teaches of Social Journalism in CEU San Pablo University.
Studied history and cultural science at Humboldt University of Berlin. She lives in Berlin and has been working as freelance journalist and film critic for TV stations, newspapers and trade magazines for more than 20 years.
Graduated in sociology from the Middle East Technical University. She is based in İstanbul and works as a film critic and editor. Selin has been writing about film since 2002 on a regular basis. She is a member of Turkish Film Critics Association (SİYAD).