Jury 2020
Competition program
Vladimir Pozner — Internationally known Russian-American journalist, best-selling author and documentary film author. He was born in Paris, France, of a French mother and Russian father, spent his childhood and early teens in New York City. He is known in America for his appearances on U.S. television, especially Ted Koppel’s “Nightline”, where he furnished insights into Soviet foreign policy during the latter years of the Cold War, as well as for co-hosting the show “Pozner and Donahue” on CNBC for six years. For the past 11 years he has hosted “POZNER” on Russia’s Channel One TV, one of Russia’s most highly ranked and respected interview shows. He has won 3 Emmy Certificates, 10 Teffy awards. His autobiography “Parting With Illusions” was on the New York Times best seller list for 12 weeks. Mr. Pozner carries three passports and he lives in Moscow, as well as in Paris.
Dita Rietuma — Dr.Art. Film theorist, film critic, graduated from Moscow Film institute (VGIK). More than twenty years worked as the editor and film critic for the leading Latvian newspaper Diena and its cultural supplements. D.Rietuma is the author and co-author of numerous books about the film history. Served at the juries of different international film festivals. She is the docent of Riga Stradins University Communication faculty and the director of the National Film centre of Latvia - a public institution under auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia with responsibility for the support for Latvian film industry.
Artemy Troitsky — Musical and political journalist, TV and radio presenter, writer and academic. Occasionally, he is also a scriptwriter, producer and a protagonist of documentary films. Currently lives in Tallinn, Estonia, hosts popular video blog and radio show, lectures at assorted universities in Europe and America.
Alisa Ganieva — is an author of fiction and essays. She’s a winner of Debut Prize, a major literary award for young writers. Her novels The Mountain And The Wall (Праздничная гора, AST, 2012), Bride and Groom (Жених и невеста, AST, 2015) and Offended Sensibilities (Оскорбленные чувства, AST, 2018) – have been short-listed for some well-known national literary awards: the Yury Kazakov Prize (for the best short story of the year), the Belkin Prize (for the best long story of the year), the Yasnaya Polyana literary prize (in 2013) and the Russian Booker Prize (for the best novel of the year). They were also translated into several languages and have garnered warm feedback in many countries from critics, scholars, and public alike.
Dmitri Vrubel — Russian artist living in Berlin, who calls himself "a political painter". He became famous as an author of the world-known graffiti piece "The Fraternal kiss" on the Berlin Wall which depicts kissing Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker. He never paints from life and mostly uses photos. He has organized many exhibitions including a gallery in his own apartment and a "Gospel project", which describes Biblical scenes through the modern characters. His works are reposited in the collections of the Tretyakov Gallery, the Berlin National Gallery and private collections in Poland, Germany, Italy and other countries.
Filip Remunda — Filip Remunda is a Czech director and producer. In 2005, he graduated from FAMU’s Department of Documentary Film in the class of Karel Vachek. During his studies he attended the Sam Spiegel Film and Television School in Jerusalem. He lectured at the Flaherty Documentary Seminar in the USA. He co-founded the Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) and is actively involved in lecturing at the Ex Oriente Film, an international documentary development workshop organized by IDF. He runs the independent production company Hypermarket Film. His most recent works include a Steam on the River a documentary piece about a world renowned jazz musician Laco Deczi or a documentary The Okamura Brothers about a family of Czech Japanese brothers standing on 3 different sides of politics and history.
Baltic focus
Tue Steen Müller — A film consultant, also nick-named as “Godfather of Baltic documentary cinema in Europe”, has worked with short and documentary films for more than 20 years on the Danish Film Board – as press secretary, head of distribution and information, and as a commissioning editor. He has been the director of EDN – European Documentary Network and is co-founder of the Baltic Sea docs, which he has developed and curated for 24 years. Tue has frequently been on the juries of various European documentary festivals and given courses and seminars on documentaries in more than 30 countries. He has received multiple awards for his work with film. Müller has written multiple articles for national and international newspapers and magazines and writes frequently about documentaries on his blog www.filmkommentaren.dk.
Alina Rudnickaya — A renown film director and producer working with documentaries since 2002. She is laureate of Grand Prix and special prize of Artdocfest, the Russian National Prize " Laurel branch" and the Russian Film Critics' Award "White Elephant". Her work has been shown in many countries around the world and won numerous prizes at festivals in Leipzig, Madrid, Toronto, Zagreb, Berlin, Belgrade, Moscow and St. Petersburg. At the moment Alina is living in Prague and works as a creative producer of the documentary film department of the television channel “Current Time.” Alina has been a Jury member of IDFA, Warsaw and Moscow Film festivals.
Massimo Tria — Film critic, a specialist in Slavic studies, associate professor of the Philology and Linguistics Department of the University of Cagliari (Italy), film critic, and editor of the Italian film magazines Cabiria. Studi di cinema and Cineforum. From the years 2016-2018, Massimo Tria has been a member of the film selection group of the Venice Film Festival Critics' Week. Currently, he is working on a film selection for the Trieste Film Festival. Collaborates with Bergamo Film Meeting and Premio Fiesole and is a member of Memorial Italia, specializing in studies of culture versus totalitarianism. Massimo Tria is an author of articles about the world's most famous directors (Sokurov, Klimov, Konchalovsky, Wajda, Forman, Moretti, Amelio, Tavernier, Spike Lee, etc.).