Jury

Ludmila Saenkova

Ludmila Saenkova

Head of Jury, Belarus

Graduated from the faculty of journalism of BSU and from the department of film studies of VGIK. Head of the department of literary and art criticism of the Institute of Journalism of BSU. Holds a PhD in philology, associate professor. Film critic. Author of two books on the MIFF “Listapad”.
Kai S. Pieck

Kai S. Pieck

Head of Jury, Germany

Writer and director. For a long time worked in the field of puppetry, held several exhibitions with self-made
puppets and wrote a book about making nd manipulating marionettes. Co-founder of the first Super8 movie theatre of Germany in Hannover.
Mike Naafs

Mike Naafs

Netherlands

Member of the Dutch Film Critic Association. He wrote reviews and columns for the biggest Dutch film journal “De Filmkrant” and currently is freelancing. He resides in Amsterdam where he works as a chef.
Pascale Ramonda

Pascale Ramonda

France

Pascale Ramonda is a festival agent from France, who actively supports independent films. She has more than a 15-years’ experience of work in the international film industry. Observation of market development helped her to make way for a great amount of art house films. In 2010, Pascale Ramonda founded her own company for promotion and distribution of independent films. She worked with films of such maestros as Guy Maddin, Jafar Panahi, and George Ovashvili.
Renata Santoro

Renata Santoro

Italy

Renata Santoro is a film researcher and programmer (or selector) for Giornate degli Autori - Venice Film Festival. She is a jury member of various film forums, as a lecturer she specializes in the sphere of audio-visual education.
Edvinas Pukšta

Edvinas Pukšta

Lithuania

Senior programmer of the Vilnius IFF. A former member of the Film Board at the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture (2008-2012). Attends 15-17 film festivals around the globe per year. Jury member in various IFF such as Cannes, Busan, Berlin, Wroclaw, Transilvania, Plsen, Bucharest.
Daria Yurkevich

Daria Yurkevich

Belarus

Daria Yurkevich is a graduate of the Belarusian State Academy of Arts and a French school Le Fresnoy, candidate of the University of Paris VIII, she is writing a Ph.D. thesis on modern art, makes feature films and documentaries. Films by Daria Yurkevich are participants and awardees of prestigious international film festivals, including the Minsk IFF: her feature film Mamie, Darya et la chèvre in 2014 and documentary Christ’s Easter («Пасха Христова») in 2015 received National Competition Diplomas.
Nele Savichenko

Nele Savichenko

Lithuania

Theatre and film actress. Received award for best female lead at “75 years of Odessa film studio” festival, “Mask of Gratitude” award, “Silver Crane” award, three “Golden Cross of the Stage” awards. Received Lithuanian Government Award for contribution to Lithuanian culture and art. Teaches at Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Stefan Laudyn

Stefan Laudyn

Poland

Director of the Warsaw International Film Festival. Founder and general manager of “Warsaw Film Foundation”. Founder of “CentEast Market”. Member of European Film Academy and Polish Film Academy. Co-wrote seven books of poetry. Recorded two CDs with classical music. Played concerts in ten European countries as a member of “The Festival Band”.
Damir Terešak

Damir Terešak

Croatia

Filmmaker, producer, production manager. Founder of “MaXima film” production company. Professor at the Academy of Dramatic Arts at the University of Zagreb. Member of Croatian Audiovisual Council, Board of the Producers’Union of Croatia, Croatian Filmmakers Union. From 1998 to 2000 he was vice president of Croatian Filmmakers Union.