Ron Yerxa, chairman
American film producer. In 1993 he and Albert Berger founded Bona Fide Productions. He worked with Steven Soderbergh on King of the Hill (1993) and with Alexander Payne on Election (1999). He produced Anthony Minghella’s Cold Mountain (2003) and Little Miss Sunshine (2006), directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. A new Dayton–Faris film, Ruby Sparks, will premier this summer. He is also working on Fredrik Bond’s debut and the new film by Alexander Payne. Ron Yerxa was President of KVIFF’s Grand Jury in 2010.
José Luis Cienfuegos
Director of the European Film Festival in Seville. In the early 1990s he was a host on Spanish national radio, and he established a film club during his years studying psychology at the University of Oviedo. He also promoted film in his subsequent professional appointments, and was involved in independent music productions at the Intersecciones festival. He headed the International Film Festival in Gijon in the years 1995-2011. He is currently on the Selection Committee for the Lux Awards conferred by the European Parliament.
Italian director and producer. She studied photography in Vienna, and lived in Paris and Berlin. She began her career as a director of documentaries. Babooska (2005) was awarded at the Berlinale and was extremely well received in Austria and Italy. Her feature debut La Pivellina (2009), which she directed with Rainer Frimmel, was screened at Cannes where it was awarded the Europa Cinemas Label, and went on to compete for an Oscar; it was also shown in Karlovy Vary. Together with Frimmel she produces films through the company Vento Film and they are currently completing The Shine of Day.
Independent film programmer and writer based in London. For six years she worked at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), where she curated numerous film seasons and thematic retrospectives. She is Assistant Editor on the online journal for lovers of offbeat cinema, Electric Sheep magazine, to whose printed anthologies she also contributes. She writes articles on German and Japanese cinema and also on documentary film, and she is also a film critic for German and Austrian magazines and newspapers.
Czech film producer. He studied international commerce and production, and in 1999 established the production company endorfilm, which focuses on minority and art-house cinema, as represented by the film adaptation of Jáchym Topol’s novel City Sister Silver. He was co-producer on the documentary films Matchmaking Mayor, which was awarded in Berlin, and Theatre Svoboda. A Night Too Young was premiered in Berlin and will also be screened at KVIFF, and the film Made in Ash opens this year’s East of the West competition. In 2008 he was a participant on the Cannes panel “Producers on the Move.”
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