Juries 35th edition
Feature film competition
Romanian producer, Anca Puiu was born in 1971 in Bucharest. In 2004, together with her husband, director Cristi Puiu, they founded the Mandragora production company. The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, her first film feature project, was internationally acclaimed and it is considered the movie that started the romanian new wave in cinema. She produced short and feature films presented in the main festivals such as: Aurora (Cannes 2010), Sieranevada (Cannes 2016) Malmkrog (Berlin 2020) and MMXX (San Sebastian 2023) by Cristi Puiu; the short Megatron (Palme d'Or in Cannes in 2018) and Morgen (Locarno Jury Prize in 2010 in 2010) di Marian Crișan; Viktoria (Sundance 2014) by Maya Vitkova-Kosev; One and a Half Prince (Sarajevo in 2018) by Ana Lungu.
Ivan Salatić is a Montenegrin director and screenwriter. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Cetinje, Montenegro, and completed his Master’s in Film at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. He made the short films Intro (2013), Heavens (2014), Shelters (2014), Backyards (2015) and Sinovi Smo Tvoga Stijenja (2018). His first feature film You Have the Night (2018) was shown at the Venice International Film Critics’ Week and subsequently won the Best Film awards at the Hong Kong FF and the Belgrade Auteur FF, as well as the Best Director award at the Herceg-Novi FF - Montenegro FF. He co-runs Meander Film, a production company based in Montenegro.
Born in Prague, Lenka Tyrpáková is an artistic director, festival programmer and consultant. From 2005 to 2023, she worked at the Karlovy Vary IFF as a programmer and a member of the selection committee, focusing on Central and Eastern European cinema. At KVIFF, she also participated in the selection of projects for the industry platform “Eastern Promises”. Since 2008, she has been working as a programmer at the PragueShorts FF. In 2023 she became the artistic director of the national film festival Finále in Plzeň, which is the largest competitive showcase of the national cinema in Czech Republic. She is a member of the European Film Academy.
Born in Rome, Graziella Bildesheim dedicated most of the last 20 years to supporting producers who want to develop their skills and to help them finance and produce their projects internationally. Among the most important programmes focused on coaching emerging producers she designed and led are the pan- European MAIA Workshops and Hermes. Bildesheim produced a wide range of award-winning documentaries through her own company between 2003 and 2011. She currently teaches at a number of film schools and labs in Italy and abroad. She is on the Board of the European Film Academy and has been since 2018. She is a voting member of the David di Donatello Award in Italy.
Dmitrij Gluščevskij is a programmer at the European Film Forum Scanorama in Lithuania, as well as the co- founder and curator of the Early Film Festival Pirmoji Banga. He is also a freelance film critic and an academic with a background in Philosophy and Semiotics, currently teaching courses on the Theory of Media and Culture at Vilnius University.
Born in Belgrade in 1978, Vladan Petković is a journalist, film critic, festival programmer and translator. He is the correspondent for the territories of former Yugoslavia at “Screen International”, senior writer at “Cineuropa”, contributing editor for IDFA's website and programme advisor for short films at IDFA. He is a programmer for ZagrebDox and Rab Film Festival (Croatia), and has recently started GoCritic!, the training programme for emerging film journalists and critics in collaboration with Cineuropa.
Short film competition
Italian producer Sarah Pennacchi founded TICO Film in 2005. Her producer credits include the debut film La vera leggenda di Tony Vilar (Rome FF 2006, Tribeca NY FF) by Giuseppe Gagliardi and In viaggio sul Po with Paolo Rumiz, directed by Alessandro Scillitani (Giornate degli Autori, Venice 2012). She co-produced Slow Food Story by Stefano Sardo (Berlinale 2013, Telluride FF), Babylon Sisters (Rome FF 2017, Cairo FF and Trieste FF) by Gigi Roccati, La città che cura (Trieste FF 2019) by Erika Rossi, Come le lumache (SIC, Venezia 2022) by Margherita Panizon. She moved back to Italy from London in 2017 and she graduated from EAVE Producers Workshop 2019 and EAVE Marketing Workshop 2020. She is a member of EWA and DOC.it.
Ilija Tatić is a festival producer from Serbia. He graduated in Journalism and Communicology at the Faculty of Political Sciences at the University of Belgrade and worked as a journalist. Since 2014, he is general manager of Open University Subotica and at the same time executive producer of the Palić European Film Festival and the International Festival of Children’s Theatres Subotica. He represents both festivals and the Open University Subotica in numerous national and international networks and associations in the field of adult education, art and creative industries.
Anne-Sophie Vanhollebeke started her career in 1995 as TV Line Producer for JRDBA Production based in Paris. In 1999, she joined Lanterna Magica, the major animation feature production company in Italy. In 2003, she was appointed as expert for the evaluation of the animation movies submitted at Media Program. Since 2009, she is producer of the animation and fiction TV series and feature films for Studio Campedelli. In 2014 she’s appointed Member of the Board of Cartoon (European Association of Animation Film). She has been Vice President of Animation in Europe and President of Cartoon Italia (2014-2023).
Corso Salani Award 2024
Born in Venice in 1978, she is a film critic and journalist. She writes for the daily “Il Piccolo” of Trieste, the weekly “Elle”, the magazine “Box Office” and she collaborates with the Accademia del Cinema Italiano - Premi David di Donatello. She is the author and presenter of the cinema programme “Babel” on Rai Radio 1 in Friuli Venezia Giulia. She was editor of the monthly magazine “Ciak” and lecturer in Film Journalism at the University of Trieste. For the Italian publisher Mondadori she has written three monographic volumes on Ron Howard, Baz Luhrmann and Roman Polanski (2006-2007). For EUT - Edizioni Università di Trieste she edited the volume Il coraggio della cinefilia: scrittura e impegno nell'opera di Callisto Cosulich (2012).
Andrea Inzerillo is the artistic director of the Sicilia Queer filmfest. He has translated and edited the Italian edition of works by Michel Foucault, Jacques Rancière, Gilles Lipovetsky, Pierre Bayard, Madame de Staël, Douglas Sirk. A teacher of history and philosophy in high schools, he has recently been a post-doctoral research fellow in cinema at the University of Palermo. In 2023 he edited an Atlas of Contemporary Queer Cinema. Europe 2000-2020, published by Meltemi. He writes for Italian periodicals, including “Alias”, “Fata Morgana”, “Gli Asini”.
Boris Sollazzo is the deputy editor of “The Hollywood Reporter Rome”. A film reporter and critic for 25 years, he has written for the most important Italian newspapers and online magazines. He has worked for some of the major international film festivals (Venice and Locarno). He is the artistic director of Linea d'Ombra Festival in Salerno and is a consultant for La valigia dell'attore, a festival dedicated to the Italian actor Gian Maria Volonté. He has three obsessions: Napoli football club (and Maradona), cinema and great historical biographies. He is the proud father of Carlo and Bruno.
For twelve years, Marisella Rossetti was responsible for the Lux Prize, the European Parliament's film prize which has now evolved into the largest Audience Prize awarded jointly by the European Parliament and the European Film Academy. She is currently an external consultant for the Lux Audience Award and the European Parliament, managing contacts and activities with international film festivals, European partners, filmmakers and storytellers, distributors and producers. In 2021 she co-founded Polarise-Nordic Film Nights, the Brussels-based association that aims to promote Nordic films and culture. Polarise Nordic Film Nights is also a festival that takes place annually in January, which she programs. A member of numerous short and feature film juries, she regularly collaborates with Cineuropa. Her (secular and) long-cultivated vocation for storytelling has turned into a career as a screenwriter for films and documentaries.
Valerio Caruso is director of the web site www.cineuropa.org, a portal about European cinema in four languages, offering news, data bases, services and promoting the European cinema in Europe and outside. As consultant, Valerio Caruso has been providing technical assistance to several national authorities, the European Commission and UNESCO in the field of cinema, culture and audiovisual. Since November 2018 he is Team Leader of the project to support Delegations of the European Union in the world in organising film festivals.