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23rd Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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First Lights

Charlene Dinhut

section: First Lights
country: France
French art theorist Dinhut has spent the past several years working at the Centre Pompidou as curator of exhibitions, lectures, performances, and film screenings. For five years, she collaborated on the Hors Pistes film fest. In the past, she helped to organize the film program for the Museum of Hunting and Nature.

Sergio Fant

section: First Lights
country: Italy
Italian festival programmer Fant is a past archivist and researcher at the Cineteca di Bologna, and has worked for the Locarno International Film Festival since 2012. He also collaborates with the Trento Film Festival, and is a co-founder of the CineAgenzia film distribution company. He writes a column on documentary film for Italy’s prestigious Internazionale magazine.

Maya Shurbaji

section: First Lights
country: Syria
Syrian Director, producer and curator Shurbaji worked for the Beirut-based production company Bidayyat- audio-visual arts, where she produced several films, including “Now End of Season” and “Land of Doom”. She recently finished writing the script for a short animation about child brides.

Shane Smith

section: First Lights
country: Canada
Smith is the programming director of the Hot Docs film festival in Canada, the largest festival of documentary film in the USA and Canada. He also worked for the Toronto International Film Festival and the Sundance Film Festival. Smith has been on the jury of numerous festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Sheffield Doc Fest, and São Paulo.

Ewa Szablowska

section: First Lights
country: Poland
Polish curator and festival programmer Szablowska has worked for the New Horizons film festival in Poland since 2009, where she puts together a survey of experimental film and a section on film and feminism. This year, she also organized a survey of Iranian cinema for Poland’s Studio BWA gallery.

Between the Seas

Václav Kadrnka

section: Between the Seas
country: Czech Republic
Czech film director and screenwriter. His directorial debut, the 2011 feature film Eighty Letters (Osmdesát dopisů) won a prize at Thessaloniki Film Festival and a FIPRESCI Award. In 2012, Kadrnka was awarded the Czech Film Critics’ Award as Newcomer of the Year. His second film, Little Crusader (Křižáček), was awarded the Crystal Globe Grand Prix for Best Film at the 2017 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.

Zuzana Mistríková

section: Between the Seas
country: Slovakia
Slovak producer, former Slovak MP and President of the Slovak Advertisement Board between 1996-2004. Currently, she is executive director of the PubRes consulting company and executive director of the non-profit organization Mediálny inštitút (Media Institute). She is the producer of Mečiar, a documentary by Tereza Nvotová, selected by the European Film Academy as one of the 15 Best European Documentaries of the Year.

David Toop

section: Between the Seas
country: United Kingdom
British musician and music theoretician. Author of books Ocean of Sound and Haunted Weather, among others, and ex-member of the post-punk band Flying Lizards. He writes for British music magazines, e.g. The Wire or The Face. Lecturer at London College of Communication.

Achinette Villamor

section: Between the Seas
country: Philippines
Philippine film producer and executive director of the Kamias Overground film production company that also deals with music and book publishing. Over the last six years, she has been cooperating with the Germany-based Rapid Eye Movies production where she has coproduced films by the top Philippine director Khavn De la Cruze.

Thomas Wartenberg

section: Between the Seas
country: United States
American philosopher and film theoretician. Author of the book Unlikely Couples: Movie Romance as Social Criticism (1999), a survey of love stories in films between 1930-1990. His book Thinking on Screen: Film as Philosophy (2007) centers around philosophy of cinema. He tries to popularize philosophy as well, bringing it closer to children. He teaches at Mount Holyoke College.

Czech Joy

Marie Dvořáková

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Czech documentarian and screenwriter Dvořáková won a 2017 Student Academy Award American for her short film Who’s Who in Mycology (2016). Her other student films – The Wife of Opitz (2003), When I Grow Up (2005), and The Bead (2006) – have won international awards as well. She is a programming director for the Czech Center in New York.

Charlotta Kotíková

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Czech art theorist Kotíková has lived in the USA since 1970, where she currently works as an independent curator. In 1983–2007 she worked at the Brooklyn Museum in New York. She is also a past president of the Jindřich Chalupecký Society. Kotíková is the great-granddaughter of Czechoslovakia’s first president, T. G. Masaryk.

Magdalena Platzová

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Czech novelist and journalist Platzová is the author of The Return of a Friend (2004), Aaron’s Leap (2006), and The Recycled Man (2008), plus the short story collection Salt, Sheep, and Stone (2003) and the children’s book Toník and the Cave of Dreams (2010). Her novel The Attempt was published in 2013, and in 2018 she published The Other Side of Silence. She has worked as an actress and translator, and also as a journalist and editor for Literární noviny and Respekt, where she still publishes today.

Apolena Rychlíková

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Czech documentarian and journalist Rychlíková focuses on socially critical documentaries. Her film Hajek at the Castle, Petr in the House (2011) earned an Animus Award from director Karel Vachek. Her documentary on the phenomenon of cheap labor, The Limits of Work (2017), was named Best Czech Documentary in the Czech Joy section at the 21st Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, and also earned the Film Critics’ Award in the non-cinema category. In 2017, Rychlíková was a laureate of the Open Society Foundation’s Journalism Award in the category of “Best Commentary.”

Kateřina Smejkalová

section: Czech Joy
country: Czech Republic
Czech political scientist Smejkalová focuses on topics related to the digitization of work, gender issues, and the sociology of technological development. She also comments on social and political events in Germany. She is a member of the Czech representation on the Germany Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung and also writes for various newspapers and periodicals.

Fascinations

A Testimony on Politics

Petr Lebeda

section: A Testimony on Politics
country: Czech Republic
Czech political analyst and social entrepreneur. Founder and director of the nonprofi t think tank Glopolis, which is trying to improve the political culture in the Czech Republic and to support the search for new ways to improve the economic situation and the environment.

Anna Pospěch Durnova

section: A Testimony on Politics
country: Czech Republic
Anna Durnová is a political scientist who explores on the role of knowledge, expertise and emotions in modern democracies, primarily focusing on the controversies in the field of health and science. She works at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna and is a Faculty Fellow of the Yale University Centre for Cultural Sociology. She has been a lecturer at Universities in Essex, Lyon and Paris. Anna published a monograph entitled The Politic of Intimacy (University of Michigan Press, 2018). Since 2018, she has been the leading researcher of the project called the Roles of Intimacy in the Czech Controversy Regarding Home Birth at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Charles University in Prague. In addition to her professional activities, Anna has been a contributor to a2alarm and Hospodářské noviny. She lives and works in Vienna and produces irregular commentaries on current affairs in Austria for Czech Television and Czech Radio.

Pavel Rychetský

section: A Testimony on Politics
country: Czech Republic
Czech politician and lawyer; one of the fi rst signatories of Charter 77. In 1990, he was appointed as Attorney General; later, he served as Deputy Prime Minister of the Czechoslovak government, the Minister of Justice, and a senator (from 1996 to 2003). Since 2003, he has been the President of the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. In 2005, he was awarded the French order of the Legion of Honour.

A Testimony on Nature

A Testimony on Knowledge

Jan Lukačevič

section: A Testimony on Knowledge
country: Czech Republic
Czech scientist. He works in space research and cooperates with NASA and the European Space Agency. Currently, as a member of the Department of Space Physics IAP ASCR, he is building a device for detecting electrical discharges on Mars for the ExoMars 2020 mission. For his research he has won the prestigious British Interplanetary Society Award and was selected by  e Financial Times and Google to the New Europe 100, a list of 100 Central Europeans with the greatest infl uence on our future.

Jaroslav Peregrin

section: A Testimony on Knowledge
country: Czech Republic
Czech logician and philosopher. He is a pioneer in the fi elds analytical philosophy and the philosophy of language in the Czech Republic. His work is particularly focused on Ludwig Wittgenstein. Peregrin works in affiliation with the Academy of Sciences, the Charles University Faculty of Arts, and the University of Hradec Králové. He actively strives to publicly promote his field of study through, for instance, his book Co je nového v logice.

Petr Vašát

section: A Testimony on Knowledge
country: Czech Republic
Czech expert on the homeless and extreme poverty. He is a member of the staff of the Local and Regional Studies Department at the Institute of Sociology. Vašát represents the new generation of social researchers, who combine academic work with their own social activity. His research project, Experiencing the Homeless City? Architecture, Agency and Political Economy in Post-Socialist Cities, is supported by the Fulbright Commission.

First Lights - Student Jury

Zdenka Fecskeová

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Slovakia
Zdenka is a student of Film Studies at Charlies University. Asides from film theory, she is dedicated to literature and therefore would like to focus on screenwriting. Her passion for stories and discovering new worlds has brought her to documentary cinema. In the future, she would like to expand her knowledge in the field of Scandinavian and Asian filmmaking.

Siarhei Samusevich

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Belarus
Siarhei has always been interested in cinema and everything related to filmmaking. Currently, he is a student of Film Studies at Charles University. Following his studies, he wants to focus on film distribution, with a specific interest in distributing artistically relevant film content among wide audiences. He sees the social impact and atmosphere of film festivals as truly valuable, hence his involvement as a member of the student jury at the 22nd Ji.hlava IDFF.

Michal Švarc

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
Michal is an amateur filmmaker and a journalist, student of Film Theory and Journalism at Palacký University in Olomouc. In addition to his university studies, he has been working on video projects ranging from reportages to music videos, aftermovies, commercials and student films competing at festivals VŘED and 40 North Dance Film Festival. He has been collaborating with other Czech film festivals. Aside from editing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography and post-production, he is actively engaged as a selector of films for Palacký University film club – Pastiche Filmz.

Tereza Vlasatá

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
Tereza is a big fan of experimental cinema, new audio-visual formats and media. Her aim is to work in the sphere of cinema and so she is learning the projectionist trade. She i salso interested in the function of specifically profiled cinemas with untraditional genres or cinematic works of art (site specific, pop-ups and others).

Jiří Žák

section: First Lights - Student Jury
country: Czech Republic
Jiří studies Film Theory in combination with English Philology at the Palacký University in Olomouc, having gained experience from the PAF, Jeden svět, Academia Film Olomouc (AFO) and Ekofilm film festivals where he has held various positions ranging from guest service, subtitle translations to driver, but he has most enjoyed working as part of the programming team for two years for AFO.

Czech Joy - Student Jury

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