Giedrė Beinoriūtė

International Competition

Giedre was born in 1976 and graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, Film and TV department with an MA in Audiovisual Arts in 2002. She has directed and written eight fiction and documentary short and medium-length films which have been well recognized, both nationally and internationally. Her documentaries CONVERSATIONS ON SERIOUS TOPICS (2012), GRANDPA AND GRANDMA (2007) and VULKANOVKA, AFTER THE GRAND CINEMA (2005) received awards at film festivals in Ukraine, Belarus, Portugal, Canada, and Lithuania, and were also awarded the Lithuanian Filmmakers Union Prize in 2005 and 2007. Her short fiction film EXISTENCE (2004) was nominated for the Best European Short Film Award “Les Lutins” in France in 2005. Her medium-length film THE BALCONY (2008) received the Silver Crane award in 2009 for the Best Short Film in Lithuania and Silver prize for the Best Short Film at the Cairo IFF for Children and Youth in 2010. CONVERSATIONS ON SERIOUS TOPICS was the Lithuania‘s Official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film 2013. Since 2007, she has been teaching scriptwriting and film directing at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Since 2014 she is also a student of Art Doctoral Studies at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. Giedre is a member of the Lithuanian Filmmakers Union and of the European Film Academy.


Ulli Pfau

International Competition

Ulli Pfau (born 1951) started his career in 1978 at ARD /German Television in Stuttgart, Germany directing documentaries and music programs. 1995 he took up producing, working for EuroArts Medien AG. In 2003 he was appointed as Head Of Documentaries at EIKON Media Berlin. Since 2017 he is working as freelance producer on new documentary and music formats. During his career Ulli Pfau produced and co-produced about 150 films. His work is distinguished by numerous national and international awards (Deutscher Filmpreis, Emmy and Grammy nominations, Peabody Award).


Irina Demyanova

Focus Caucasus

Director of documentary film programs at Minsk International Film Festival “Listapad”. Holds degree in film studies from VGIK and in philology from Belarussian State University. Worked as a script editor and head of Documentary Film Studio “Letopis” at National Film Studio “Belarusfilm”. Worked as a script writer on many documentary film and television projects. Is a lecture at Belarussian State Academy of Arts.


Barbora Hudečková


Barbora is in charge of the One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival regional screenings. She also participates in the One World programme preselection process and is responsible for the Czech Competition category. Over the past 19 years One World has grown into the largest human rights documentary film festival in the world, held in Prague, other 32 towns in the Czech Republic and Brussels. Organised by People in Need, the festival works with a broad definition of human rights, and therefore in addition to films about political causes and development themes, the programme also includes films about social issues, the environment and lifestyles. The festival Includes Q&A, panel debates, interactive and social impact projects, screenings for schools, East Doc Platform for film industry and other accompanying events. Each year, the festival introduces more than 100 documentary films and attracts more than 100 000 spectators. One World has its own alternative documentary distribution channel called Get Your Audience!. One World also focuses on international cooperation and is an active member of Human Rights Film Network and Green Film Network, often assisting the emerging festivals, e.g. in Nicaragua.  Barbora studied International Relations and Eastern European Studies at the University of West Bohemia (Plzen, Czech Republic), the Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and at the University of Latvia (Riga).


Daniel Abma


Daniel Abma (1978) was born in the Netherlands where he studied Primary school education. After his studies he moved to Berlin where he worked as a youth worker and started his studies Film directing at the Film University Babelsberg in Potsdam (Germany). His first feature length documentary BEYOND WRIEZEN was shown on numerous film festivals and won various prices, among others, the prestigious German Grimme Award. His debut film TRANSIT HAVANA was released 2016 and had theatrical release both in the Netherlands and Germany. Daniel makes charackter based documentaries about social issues, mostly long-time oberservations. Apart from film making he works as a teacher, gives workshops and lectures about documentary film making, and works as a tutor for documentary film projects.


Gennady Kofman

International Competition

Producer, program director of Docudays UA, IDFF (Kiev, Ukraine). Expert of the State Film Agency of Ukraine, he has worked as a freelance journalist, scriptwriter and filmmaker. In the 90s he founded the MaGiKa Film Company – one of the first independent production companies in Ukraine, based in Kharkiv. Since 2003 he was one of the founders Docudays UA, Human Rights International Documentary Film Festival in Kiev. Gennady Kofman has produced several shorts and animation films. He has directed more than 20 documentaries, and produced more than 35 documentaries, in particular, such films as (selected): Beyond the Euro The young documentary almanac, Rainbow Over the Karakum Desert, directed by Valery Balayan, 52 min, 2014 (Ukraine), Vagrich and the Black Square, directed by Andrei Zagdansky, 77 min, 2014, Ukraine / USA, The Living Fire, directed by Ostap Kostyuk, 78 min. 2014, Ukraine. The films were selected and awarded at major films festivals, such as Hot Docs Toronto, Krakow Film Festival, Odessa Film Festival.


Nana Dolidze

Focus Caucasus

Nana Dolidze – Film critic, doctor of arts, member of Georgian Film Academy, Assosiated Professor at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University , curator of film direction at Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia. From 1991 Nana has been working at Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film Georgian State University as a professor and scientific researcher. For years she has been working at various TV stations (Pirveli Arkhi, Rustavi 2). She is the author of more than 20 scientific articles about film and television. From 2013, parallel to the university Nana is working for Ministry of Culture and Monument Protection of Georgia and along with other important projects, from 2016, she is curating the project “Protecting and Returning Georgian Cinema Heritage to Homeland”.


Oksana Sarkisova

Focus Caucasus

Dr. Oksana Sarkisova is Research Fellow at Blinken OSA Archive at Central European University, Director of Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, Budapest (www.verzio.org), and co-founder of Visual Studies Platform at CEU (vsp.ceu.edu). Her fields of research are cultural history, memory and representation, film history, amateur photography, and visual studies. She authored Screening Soviet Nationalities: Kulturfilms from the Far North to Central Asia (2017), co-edited Past for the Eyes: East European Representations of Communism in Cinema and Museums after 1989 (2008), and has published in peer-reviewed journals and collective volumes on film history, nationality politics, contemporary Russian and Eastern European cinema, and amateur photography. She teaches courses on visual theory, memory politics and Eastern European cinema, documentary cinema and human rights, and documentary filmmaking for historians. She has been visiting professor at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest) and Williams College (USA), and organized Verzio Visual Lab workshops since 2010 at OSA. She directed CEU Summer Schools Documentary Cinema in the Digital Century (2013) and Screened Memories: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Visual Culture (2016) and was invited as tutor to hold workshops at Cinema Without Borders (organized by Movies that Matter and Karama HRFF), Caucadoc, and Summer School on Cinema and Human Rights (Galway); she also served as Jury member at International Film Festivals in Nuremberg, Kiev, Zagreb, Warsaw, and Venice.


Maciej Nowicki


Born 1973, studied law and Polish philology at the University of Warsaw. Vice-President of the Board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Poland–one of Europe’s leading human rights NGOs. Co-founder and Director of the International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film in Warsaw, one of the biggest human rights film festivals in Europe, along with the travelling festival in around 40 Polish localities and WATCH DOCS on-line gathering over 100 000 viewers annually. Author of the concept behind FUTURE DOCS, a European platform for creative encounters of human rights defenders and documentary filmmakers. Co-founder of the Social Institute of Film foundation and its President of the Board. Served on several juries and participated in various panel debates on human rights and documentary films (e.g. IFF Rotterdam, Venice FF, One World Prague, Docudays UA, Movies That Matter in the Hague).