KVIFF & MIDPOINT Development Award Jury

Simone Baumann

Simone Baumann

Simone Baumann is working in the film production for more as 25 years and has produced many documentaries and feature films. Till March 2019 she was the head of the documentary department of Saxonia Entertainment GmbH. From 1997-2010, she was managing director of the independent production company LE VISION. She is an experienced co-producer, and one of Europe's leading experts on Russia, the former Eastern bloc, and their audiovisual markets. ​In April 2019 Simone Baumann was appointed as the Managing Director of German Films – the German film promotion. She has been working as the GERMAN FILMS Eastern Europe representative since 2005. She also supervised numerous feature film productions in the former Soviet Union as an executive producer and consultant.

Joseph Fahim

Joseph Fahim

Joseph Fahim is a film critic, a programmer and a lecturer. He is the Arab delegate of Karlovy Vary Film Festival, film curator at Philadelphia’s Al Bustan Seeds of Culture, a former member of Berlin Critics' Week, the curator of the 2018 Safar Film Festival in London, and the ex-director of programming of the Cairo International Film Festival. His criticism has appeared in various platforms and publications around the globe, including Middle East Eye, Mubi’s The Notebook magazine, the British Film Institute, BBC Culture, IEMed Mediterranean Yearbook, Al Jazeera International, The Africa Report, and Al Monitor, among others.
​He co-authored several books on Arab cinema; his writings have been published in eight different languages to date. He also works as a script consultant for various institutions and production companies.​

Danijel Hočevar

Danijel Hočevar

Film producer and CEO of Vertigo, a Ljubljana (Slovenia)-based production company with a distinctive track record and extensive working experience on international co-productions incl. the award-wining feature films such as Pero by Damjan Kozole (doc, 2023; IFF Rotterdam), The Happiest Man in the World by Teona Mitevska (2022; Venice FF - Orizzonti, Grand Jury Prize at Les Arcs EFF), Wake Me by Marko Šantić (2022; Black Nights FF - Critic’s Pick Competition), Small Body by Laura Samani (2021; Cannes FF Critic’s Week 2021; European Discovery – Prix FIPRESCI at European Film Awards), Reconciliation by Marija Zidar (doc, 2021; CPH:DOX, IDFA), Otac – Father by Srdan Golubović (2020; Berlinale Panorama Audience Award), An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by Danis Tanović (2013, Silver Bear: Grand Jury Prize at Berlinale 2013), Alexandrians by Metod Pevec (doc, 2011; Best Documentary at Trieste FF), Bread and Milk by Jan Cvitković (2001; Lion of the Future at Venice FF), and Nightlife (2016; Best Director Award at Karlovy Vary IFF), Slovenian Girl (2009; Toronto IFF), and Spare Parts (2003, Berlinale Competition) all by Damjan Kozole. Danijel has been selected among Variety’s Ten Producers to Watch in 2001. He is a voting member of the European Film Academy and was the president of the Association of Slovenian Film Producers. Since 2005, he is actively involved as a tutor with several European training initiatives such as MIDPOINT, EAVE, Nipkow Program, and Maia Workshops (2015-2018). He is also a member of the selection team of the When East Meets West co-production project market in Trieste.

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