East of the West Jury
Vladimir Blaževski, chairman
Macedonian director. After studying film direction in Belgrade, in 1978 he began shooting films, commercials and television programmes. He co-wrote the script for Ivo Trajkov’s film Big Water (2004) and directed several documentaries and also the feature films Hi-Fi (1987) and The Revolution Boulevard (1992). His film Punk’s Not Dead won the East of the West competition section at Karlovy Vary in 2011. He teaches film theory and history at Skopje University.
Czech film critic and teacher. He graduated from Masaryk University’s Philosophical Faculty in Brno, where he now heads courses on film criticism and Central and Eastern European cinema. He was an editor on the arts columns for the daily Rovnost from 1985 to 1997, and he currently publishes articles in the specialist magazines Iluminace, Film a doba, Cinepur and Teologie & Společnost. In 2007 he brought out the ground-breaking book Spirituality in Film, in which he provides an analysis of the theme of spiritual film, until that time a subject essentially only dealt with in vague terms.
Journalist and scholar of Czech origin, whose work focuses on the Central and Eastern European film industry and the culture of this region. She had a fellowship at Prague’s FAMU, and she is currently teaching at the University of Regensburg. She has been film editor of the US based journal Art Margins since 2003. She co-created the Hyperkino system, a method for annotating films on digital media. Her book Russian Light (From the Icon to Early Soviet Cinema) will be published this year. She is a member of the critics’ association FEDEORA.
Hungarian director. She studied Polish language and literature, aesthetics and film theory at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, and film direction at the University of Theater and Film, also in Budapest. Her three short films screened at numerous festivals all over the world; The Virus was awarded in Cannes’ Cinéfondation section. The Cannes festival also screened her first feature film Fresh Air (2006), and her second film Adrienn Pál won the FIPRESCI award in Cannes’ prestigious competition section Un Certain Regard in 2010.
Senior Programmer at the Sundance Film Festival where he has worked since 2001. He deals extensively with feature film selection, as well as the accompanying programmes of panels and events. He grew up in Europe and the United States and studied history, and subsequently theatre and film as well. He earned an MFA in film directing from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, where he made several award-winning short films. He lives in Los Angeles where, in addition to programming, he continues to work as a filmmaker.
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