Jury

Sveta Ben

Sveta Ben

Belarus

Sveta Ben (1975) is a poet, musician, actress and theatre director. Graduated from the Belarusian State Academy of Arts in 2005. Staged performances for children in puppet theatres in Minsk, Viciebsk, Mahilou, Yekaterinburg, Petersburg. The director of the auteur theatre “Kartonka”.
Maxim Shved

Maxim Shved

Belarus

Director. Studied political science at the Law Department, BSU. Attended courses for film directors in St. Petersburg and Minsk. In 2016 graduated from Wajda School (DOC PRO). His film PURE ART took part in many festivals and won several significant awards.
Raffi Movsisyan

Raffi Movsisyan

Armenia

Film critic, director. Holds an MA in film studies. Film programs curator at TUMO Center for Creative Technologies. Programmer of Golden Apricot Yerevan IFF (2012-2018). Author and host of the TV show on Armenian contemporary cinema on Armenia’s Public TV.
Paula Reiselová

Paula Reiselová

Slovakia

Director. Student of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, the winner of the National Film School Competition of 26th MIFF Listapad. Studied both feature and documentary film. In her documentary works experiments with feature film techniques.
Claudia Landsberger

Claudia Landsberger

The Netherlands

Program adviser to various international film festivals and the head of the Black Nights Star Program at the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. For many years she served on the selection committee of the Berlinale Competition Program and the Hamburg Film Fund. She is a voting member of the European Film Academy.
Julia Fleißig

Julia Fleißig

Germany

Julia opened an arthouse cinema while studying film, roman languages and business. Since 2006 she has been working at the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum in Frankfurt. In 2017 she became head of LUCAS – International Festival for Young Film Lovers.
Maksim Kaziuchits

Maksim Kaziuchits

Russia

Film critic, journalist, PhD (philosophy), researcher (VGIK), FIPRESCI and IFJ member. His research activity covers film and media, TV, philosophy of culture, contemporary art. Cooperates with “Iskustvo Kino”, “Telekinet”, “Kinovedcheskie Zapiski”, etc.
Barbara Wurm

Barbara Wurm

Germany

Barbara Wurm is part of the selection committee of the Berlin International Film Festival and works for goEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden. She also teaches at the Humboldt University. Her publications focus on Eastern European film history.
Betsy Tsai

Betsy Tsai

USA

Documentary filmmaker, writer. Producer of CONFUCIAN DREAM (Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary IFF, 2019). Directing alumna from UCLA, where she also studied English Literature and International Conflict Resolution. In 2015-2020 worked at Sundance Institute.
Darya Zhuk

Darya Zhuk

Belarus

Belarus-born director Darya Zhuk discovered filmmaking while studying Economics at Harvard. Her debut feature CRYSTAL SWAN premiered at Karlovy Vary, won dozens of prizes around the world and was nominated for Oscar in the Best Foreign Language category.