Jury 2023
"Artdocfest Open" competition program
Ingeborga Dapkunaite — an internationally renowned, London-based Lithuanian actress. She has played numerous leading parts in film, television and theatre. She starred in various movies, including Burned by the Sun by Nikita Mikhalkov, Katia Ismailova by Valery Todorovsky, and Brian de Palma’s Mission Impossible. Ingeborga’s theatre work includes productions around the world: Libra, directed by John Malkovich at Steppenwolf, In 2022–2023, Ingeborga stars opposite John Malkovich in an international production of In the Solitude of Cotton Fields directed by Timofey Kulyabin.
Uldis Tirons — long time Editor in Chief of the magazine Rīgas Laiks (since 2015). Uldis Tīrons has created several stage productions, including Aunt Klava’s Kiss, The Black Swan, Lenin’s Last Christmas Party and others. He has worked in cinema as screenwriter. In early 2000s, he made a movie about Alexander Piatigorsky – Philosopher Escaped (2005, Filozofs izbēdzis, Философ сбежал). Uldis has conducted more than 150 interviews with philosophers, writers, artists, directors and others since the early 1990s. He writes articles on various topics, including philosophy and art.
Dmitry Glukhovsky — Russian writer, author of the novels Post, Text, Metro 2033, the film series Swamps, a columnist for Novaya Gazeta. He has graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a degree in journalism and international relations. Dmitry has worked as a TV correspondent for Russian and international media. For his anti-war position, he was recognized by the authorities of the Russian Federation as a foreign agent and is currently wanted on charges of discrediting the Russian army.
"Baltic focus" competition program
Paweł Łoziński — Polish director, cameraman and producer of documentaries. Paweł Łoziński is a graduate of the Directing Department at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. He is the author of more than 20 award-winning and internationally acclaimed documentary films. He makes distinct and emotionally charged films about people of whom he draws intimate portraits. His films such as debut film Birthplace, Sisters, Chemo, Father and son, You Have No Idea How Much I Love You and latest film The Balcony are considered innovative as they venture into new thematic areas and explore uncharted spaces within the documentary film genre.
Julia Sinkevych — film producer, co-founder and member of the Supervisory Board of the Ukrainian Film Academy, Head of the Supervisory board of the Ukrainian Institute, member of the European Film Academy. Julia’s company JS Films specialises in production of films with a high artistic quality. Her recent film as a producer is Lucky girl by Marysia Nikitiuk which premiered at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival in 2022. J She is currently working on the documentary film It's not a Full Picture by Maryna Stepanska.
Ilze Burkovska - Jacobsen — lives and works both in Latvia and Norway, creating documentaries since 2000. Her latest film – documentary animation film My Favourite War (2020) – has been showcased in film festivals all around the world, receiving multiple international awards, as well as the Latvian National Film Award Lielais Kristaps.
Maria Makeeva — editor-in-chief of OstWest TV channel. Starting career in Moscow (Russia), 13 years on Radio, then 8 years as presenter and 1st deputy-editor-in-chief of Dozhd TV channel (TVRAIN). In Germany in 2022 her Ukrainian/Russian/German team received The Promotional Prize from Deutsche Nationalstiftung, which honours people and organizations for the work for democracy, social participation and cohesion in Germany and Europe.
Svetlana Rodina — independent documentary filmmaker. She received a higher philological education in Kazan, then a director's education in Moscow. She worked as a reporter and presenter on the RTR channel, as the editor-in-chief of the documentary department of the United Media Group. In 2017 she emigrated to Switzerland, since 2021 she is a member of the Schweizer Filmakademie/Académie du Cinéma Suisse. The documentary "Lost island" (produced by DokLab GmbH, Switzerland) won many European and international festivals, including Artdocfest and Hot Docs (Toronto).
Tanya Kisilevsky — one of the founders, general producer and chief director of the RTVi TV channel. Tel Aviv University lecturer in Film and TV Directing. Lecturer at the International Institute of Arts MILHAUZ. Member of the GPO, Israel Journalists' Union. Her documentaries have received recognition at 52 international festivals.