Jury 2016

Jury Competition Fiction

Anna Fodor (Hungary)

Anna Fodor, born in 1989 in Budapest, studied film theory and history. She heads the acquisitions department at Cirko Films in Budapest, an independent distribution film company focusing on arthouse titles. Fodor has taken part in several cultural projects. Since 2012, she works as the programming manager of the Budapest LGBT Film Festival and since 2014, she also manages acquisitions at the Budapest Jewish Film Festival.

Dimitris Kerkinos (Greece)

Dimitris Kerkinos, lecturer, programmer, and film theorist, studied at the University of Manitoba, Canada and the University of the Aegean in Greece. He joined the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in 1999, and since 2002, he programs the Balkan Survey section. Additionally, Kerkinos has curated retrospectives and tributes for the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival as well as for several festivals abroad. He has published essays on cinema and anthropology and has edited many documentary and fiction film monographs. From 2004 to 2008, Dimitris Kerkinos lectured at Panteion University in Athens.

Kathrin Kohlstedde (Germany)

Kathrin Kohlstedde is program director for the Film Festival Hamburg. In “search of the right formulations for the questions of this world”, she studied philosophy and political science at the Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt. While she was working for a late night show, Kohlstedde subsequently explored the placement of entertainment content in television. Since 1999, she contributes her love of and passion for film, its contents, and for the audience to the Film Festival Hamburg.

Jury Competition Documentary


Katharina Pethke, born in 1979 in Hamburg, is a filmmaker and professor at the HFBK – Academy of Fine Arts Hamburg. She studied German and art history in Hamburg and film at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. In her internationally acclaimed diploma film Louisa, she portrayed her sister, who had gone deaf and decided to learn sign language in her early twenties. As a film author Katharina Pethke has realized works for German television and has produced her own documentary works. Her film Everyman (Work in progress) will be shown at the festival.


Mads B. Mikkelsen is a Danish programmer, critic, and author. He has curated film programs for CPH:DOX – Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival since 2008 and regularly contributes to national and international film magazines and publications. Mikkelsen served on juries at such renowned festivals as Visions du Réel, Cinéma du Réel Paris, Gothenburg International Film Festival, Punto de Vista – International Documentary Film Festival of Navarra, Cinema Eye Honors New York City.


Cíntia Gil is a Portuguese programmer and film researcher. She teaches at the Aesthetics, Politics and Arts Research Group at the Philosophy Institute of Porto University. Gil has also lectured at the Video and Documentary Cinema School of Abrantes. Between 2001 and 2007, she worked on several film productions. Cíntia Gil was a member of the selection committee at Vila do Conde Short Film Festival. Since 2012, she is the co-director of Doclisboa International Film Festival. Since 2015, she also belongs to the board of Apordoc – Portuguese Documentary Association.

Jury Competition Local Artist


Jola Wieczorek was born in 1983 in Poznań, Poland, and grew up in Bad Ischl. She studied media management in St. Pölten and audiovisual communication in Barcelona. After that she worked for Condor Films and Corinna Glaus Casting in Zürich. In 2012, Wieczorek was awarded the DocNomads scholarship for documentary film directing (Lisbon, Budapest, and Brussels). Her short documentary film Letter to Poland was awarded the New Talent Award at Vienna Independent Shorts. Her graduation film O que resta celebrated its international premiere in the competition of the Locarno International Film Festival. Wieczorek made this year’s CROSSING EUROPE festival trailer.


Katja Jäger, co-founder of the young talent initiative Cinema Next – Young Cinema from Austria, studied communication studies and English in Salzburg, where she also worked as festival assistant for the student film festival film:riss. In Vienna, Jäger worked for more than five years in commercial and film production. Since 2014, she is press and festival manager at the Film Academy Vienna – University of Music and Performing Arts.


Robert Hinterleitner studied sculpture – transmedia space and art education and completed a PhD in philosophy and cultural history. Until 2013, he was head of the mobile art space Z6 Linz and curated projects such as “The Library of 100 Languages” and “Women, Street, Art & Studio” (with Nathalie Halgand). Since 2001, Hinterleitner has worked as a visual artist in the group wirsindherrk. He teaches video and film at the vocational school HBLA for Artistic Design Linz.