Live-action Film Jury

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  • Bruce Webb
  • Ilmar Raag
  • Mariola Wiktor
  • Sebastian Grobler
  • Tara Johns

 

Bruce Webb

is a multi award winning director and producer. In 2010 he received the Variety Critics Choice Award at Karlovy Vary film festival for his directing/producing debut THE BE ALL AND END ALL. Opening the Minghella Film Festival and already competing at festivals in Rome, Seville and Chicago, Bruce went on to win Best Feature Film awards at Monte Carlo, Durango, Nashville, Ale Kino! (3 awards) and Washington DC film festivals. He continues to write, edit and shoot a variety of work. From corporate videos, BBC and Channel 4 drama and comedy, to children’s and teenage television.
Bruce has his sights on directing future feature film projects that will be stories that can both entertain, inform and most of all make audiences laugh and cry.

 

Ilmar Raag

was born 21 May 1968 in Kuressaare (Estonia). He graduated from University of Tartu in 1997, studied also in the University of Paris III La Sorbonne Nouvelle and received his M.A. degree in screenwriting from Ohio University, the School of Telecommunications (1999). He has served as CEO of Estonian Public Television from 2002 to 2005. At the same time, he was teaching at the Tallinn University media related subjects. In 2006, he left television to make films. Although sometimes considered as TV film, his first film KLASS (THE CLASS) received more than 20 prizes at international film festivals. His first true feature film UNE ESTONIENNE À PARIS was shot in 2011 and will be premiered in 2012.

 

Mariola Wiktor

a film journalist and a member of FIPRESCI jury; graduated Polish Philology and Cultural Studies at the University of Łódź. Cooperates with film magazines "Film" and "Kino", as well as with monthly magazines: "Pani", "Twój Styl" and "Zwierciadło", and weekly magazines: "Wysokie obcasy" and "Przegląd Tygodniowy". For many years now she has been reporting on film festivals and interviewing film personalities in such places as Berlin, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, or Venice. She is a holder of a journalism scholarship at the Wolfson College in Cambridge, and the author of the cultural programme KRAM Z MUZAMI (A STALL WITH MUSES) for Polvision television in Chicago. In 2004 she organized the 3rd Polish Film Festival in London for the Polish Culture Institute and for the last three years has held the position of the Director of the Forum of European Cinema "Cinergia" in Łódź, in the Charlie Cinema.

 

Sebastian Grobler

was born in 1968 in Hamburg/Germany. He studied German literature, psychology and history at the University of Hamburg and directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. For his diploma movie MORGEN FRÜH IST DIE NACHT RUM he won the renowned Studio-Hamburg-Young-Talent-Award in 2003. After working a number of years for television series, he directed his first movie LESSONS OF A DREAM which tells the story how football came in 1874 to Germany. The movie was nominated for the German Film Award "Lola" 2011 and won just recently the Audience Award at the Rio International Film Festival. Sebastian Grobler is a member of the Directors Guild of Germany (BVR) and the European Film Academy.

 

Tara Johns

was born and raised in Western Canada but, craving adventure and the French language, she chose to make her home and career in beautiful, multi-lingual Montreal. She began to develop as a filmmaker through editing and writing before moving into directing and now has many notable music videos and national television commercials to her credit. Tara's first fiction film KILLING TIME was awarded Best Canadian Short at the 2001 Toronto Worldwide Short Film Festival. Her first documentary, THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF GIRLS, has been recently broadcast on CW and IFC, and THE YEAR DOLLY PARTON WAS MY MOM, Tara's debut feature, was selected as the closing film for Les Rendez-vous du Cinema Québécois and has been garnering strong critical reviews nationwide.