Grand Jury

Anna Brüggemann

Anna Brüggemann

German actress and screenwriter. Born in Munich, Brüggemann grew up in South Africa and various parts of Germany. She got her first part at age 15, having wanted to act since childhood. She has appeared in numerous motion pictures, including Sebastian Schipper’s Sometime in August (Mitte Ende August), Kleinruppin Forever by Carsten Fiebeler, and in several episodes of the cult series “Crime Scene” (“Tatort”). In 2006 she and her brother Dietrich started writing scripts together for his films, in which she also took one of the leads (Run If You Can / Renn, wenn du kannst, 2010; Move / Drei Zimmer/Küche/Bad, 2012). At the 2014 Berlinale, the siblings received the Best Script Silver Bear for Stations of the Cross (Kreuzweg). A year later, Brüggemann shone in her brother’s satire Heil, presented in competition at KVIFF. She is currently writing her first novel, Split Up.

Sarah Flack

Sarah Flack

Film editor based in New York. Flack won a BAFTA for editing Sofia Coppola’s Lost in Translation, and their cooperation continued with Marie-Antoinette, Somewhere, The Bling Ring, A Very Murray Christmas, and The Beguiled (presented this year at Cannes). She won an Emmy and an American Cinema Editors Award for co-editing the HBO movie Cinema Verite. Her first film job came on the Prague set of Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka, and she later edited three of his films: Schizopolis, The Limey, and Full Frontal. She graduated from Brown University with degrees in political science and semiotics, and in 2016 she was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Ciro Guerra

Ciro Guerra

Colombian director born in Río de Oro. Guerra’s first two pictures, Wandering Shadows (La sombra del caminante, 2004) and The Wind Journeys (Los viajes del viento, 2009), are widely ranked with his country’s best cinematic output, and they traveled to more than 160 festivals, including Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Toronto, San Sebastián, Rotterdam, Locarno, and Tribeca. Both films were released commercially in several countries and received more than 40 international awards. His third feature Embrace of the Serpent (El abrazo de la serpiente, KVIFF 2015) won the top prize following its premiere screening in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight (2015) and became the first Colombian movie to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.    

Michel Merkt

Michel Merkt

Golden Globe-winning producer based in Monaco. Merkt focuses on international feature films for cinema with a very strong artistic trademark. After ten years and more than 50 movies by the likes of Paul Verhoeven (Elle), Maren Ade (Toni Erdmann), Xavier Dolan (It’s Only the End of the World), David Cronenberg (Maps to the Stars), and Walter Hill (The Assignment), he returns this year to Karlovy Vary, where he entered one of his films in 2012. He holds Monaco’s Medal of Cultural Merit, and this year at Cannes he was honored with the title Variety Creative Producer of the Year.

Štefan Uhrík

Štefan Uhrík

Slovak screenwriter, producer, festival organizer, and journalist. Uhrík graduated in scriptwriting and script editing from Prague’s Film Academy (FAMU). During the 1980s and early 1990s he worked for Slovak Television as a commissioning editor, and then for Barrandov Film Studios in Prague. As the head of Miloš Havel’s Script Foundation he focused on the Czech film industry, continuing his support for screenwriters as a member of the RWE Barrandov script fund board. He has scripted a number of made-for-TV movies and the film Only a Day (Iba ďeň, 1988). In 1992 he created the Forum of Independents section at KVIFF, serving as programmer until 2007. In 2007-16 he was program director of Febiofest (Prague IFF). Between 1993 and 2011 he produced and directed “Filmopolis,” a monthly TV magazine.

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