Agnieszka Holland, president
Polish screenwriter and director. After graduating from Prague’s Film Academy, she began her career cooperating with Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda. Her feature debut Provincial Actors (1978) won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes, while her historical dramas Angry Harvest (1984) and In Darkness (2011) were nominated for Oscars for Best Foreign Language Film. She gained fame with To Kill a Priest (1988), Europa, Europa (1990; Oscar nomination for screenplay), Olivier, Olivier (1992), and Total Eclipse (1995). She also directed for HBO, and her three-part TV drama “Burning Bush,” presented this year at KVIFF, is one of this year’s key cultural events in the Czech Republic.
Czech cinema operator and film distributor. Since 1999 he has co-managed Aero, Prague’s cult movie theater, eventually adding two other art cinemas in the city. Cofounder and head of acquisitions for Aerofilms, one of the Czech Republic’s leading art-house distribution companies. He graduated in international trade from the University of Economics in Prague. With 15 years’ experience, he is an internationally recognized specialist and consultant in the fields of cinema operation and film distribution. He is also part of a unique domestic team that takes inspiration from innovative approaches and then tries, with greater or lesser success, to implement them in the Czech cultural sphere.
Artistic director of the Tribeca film festival since 2012. He holds the same position for Les Arcs European Film Festival, co-organizing a December event that has gained the solid support of numerous film professionals in the mere five years of its existence. As a specialist in American independent film and in the regions of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, he was on the selection committee of the Cannes festival’s Directors’ Fortnight from 2004 to 2010, serving as its artistic director in 2010–12.
Israeli cinematheque director and film festival initiator. Since 1973 he has overseen the top Israeli cinematheque, located in Tel Aviv, where he has organized numerous retrospectives of such filmmakers as Cassavetes, Antonioni, Truffaut, Godard, and Ozu. He studied philosophy and psychology at Tel Aviv University. He has initiated numerous film festivals, including Docaviv, Children FF, Utopia SF FF, among others. For his promotion of French and Italian culture he received knighthoods from the presidents of both countries. Since 2010 he has been an advisor to Cinema Jenin, the first modern Palestinian movie theater.
Peruvian film director, screenwriter, and producer. She studied communications at the University of Lima and scriptwriting at the TAI school of Madrid. Her feature debut Madeinusa (2005) competed at the Sundance festival, then went on to win the FIPRESCI Prize at Rotterdam and Best Latin American Film at the Malaga FF. Her next picture, The Milk of Sorrow (2008), won the Berlinale’s Golden Bear and also took the FIPRESCI Prize. Her short film Loxoro won the Teddy Award last year at Berlin. She is currently finishing up her third feature.
A leading Indian journalist, film critic, curator, and festival consultant. She works as an adviser on Indian films for Berlinale and Dubai IFF. For the past 15 years she has specialized in curating Indian, Bollywood, and Asian films. She has also cooperated in these capacities with the festivals in Locarno, Toronto, and Busan, and with the Indian festivals in Goa and Mumbai. She has written about cinema for 30 years, including 11 years with The Times of India group where she was assistant editor. She contributes to Variety, Screen International, Cahiers du Cinéma, and The Times of India.
Sigurjon "Joni" Sighvatsson
Icelandic film producer. In 1986 he cofounded Propaganda Films, specializing in commercial and music videos. He was president of Lakeshore Entertainment, where he produced such films as Arlington Road (1999) and Runaway Bride (1999). His productions include Wild at Heart (1990), Basquiat (1996), and the remarkable documentary Zidane: A 21st Century Portrait (2006). He heads Palomar Pictures, an independent production company based in Los Angeles, and serves as chairman of Scanbox Entertainment, a Scandinavian distribution and production company, through which he executive produced the Nicolas Winding Refn pictures Valhalla Rising and Only God Forgives.
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