Head of Jury, BelarusGraduated 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
Head of Jury, GermanyWriter 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.
NetherlandsMember 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 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 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.
LithuaniaSenior 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 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.