Luis Miñarro, president
A native of Barcelona, he was so terrorized by Disney’s Bambi that he decided to sublimate his anxiety by producing radical movies. Through his company Eddie Saeta he has produced 30 feature films which have won 80 international awards. The Mosquito Net won the Crystal Globe at KVIFF in 2010. He has collaborated with the likes of Manoel de Oliveira, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Naomi Kawase, Lisandro Alonso, Albert Serra, José Luis Guerín and Javier Rebollo. He directed the documentaries Familystrip (KVIFF 2009) and Blowhorn, and the feature film Falling Star (featuring on this year’s festival programme at Karlovy Vary).
Slovak screenwriter and director. She has made two feature films and thirteen shorts. Her most recent film, My Dog Killer (2013), won the main award at the Rotterdam IFF and played at over forty international film festivals, winning further awards along the way. Her colourful festival career also includes her feature debut Foxes (2009), which was premiered during the Venice IFF’s Settimana della critica. She is currently at work on her third feature film, Cook, F**k, Kill (Frogs with No Tongues).
Cinematographer and director. A native of Athens, he studied fine art in Munich. He moved to New York in 1983, where he worked as a photojournalist. He has won a number of awards for his cinematography, including an Oscar nomination for Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (2013). He began his feature-film career as DOP for Roger Corman, and later stood behind the lens on the set of the films Moonlight Mile, Sideways, Walk the Line, W., The Descendants, This Is 40 and The Monuments Men. His filmography as director includes Dark Side of Genius (1994), From Within (2008), Arcadia Lost (2010) and Lost Angeles (2012).
Icelandic composer and musician. He is best known as a founding member of the cult rock band Sigur Rós. During his years with the band, and particularly since his transition to a solo career, he has worked on various projects which have involved film music, stage plays, art installations, film production and composition. He wrote the music for Neil Jordan’s film Ondine (2009) and enjoys a longstanding collaboration with talented Icelandic director Rúnar Rúnarsson (2 Birds, Volcano).
Czech director and producer. He acknowledges the strong influence of 35 mm and VHS and his desire to create both artistically compelling and commercially successful films. Critics labelled his first feature My Detox (1999) as the most significant Czech debut of the 1990s. His film The Great Thaw (2008), the sequel to a cult eighties hit, was followed by the barbed comedy Clownwise (playing at KVIFF this year), filmed in an international coproduction. He produced House by Zuzana Liová (2011), which was screened in Berlin, and the drama Honeymoon, for which Jan Hřebejk won Best Director at last year’s KVIFF.
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