THESE ARE THE PEOPLE SELECTING THE WINNERS
Piotr Domalewski (1983) is a film director, screenwriter, and actor. His debut feature, 'Silent Night' (2017), won the Grand Prix in Gdynia, as well as Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay and the Discovery of the Year Award at the 2018 Polish Film Awards. Piotr is also a writer for theatre. His play 'Five Square Meters' won the Audience Award at the Polish competition for playwrights 'Metaphors of Reality'.
Goran Dukić graduated from the Academy o Dramatic Art. His short film Mirta Learns Statistics (1993) won Grand Prix at the Croatian Film Days, after which Dukić was hailed as the greatest hope of the Croatian cinema. Two years later, he moved to the US, where he completed a postgraduate degree. Remaining in the US, he continued to direct short films and was a guest lecturer at the NYU, Ohio University and at the Imaginary Academy in Grožnjan. In 2006, he made his first feature film, Wristcutters. His latest film, Even Pigs Go to Heaven, will be screened in Motovun as part of this year's main program.
Ninja Thyberg (1984) graduated from the Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015. She is the winner of Propeller Motovun for her debut feature 'Pleasure' (2021). Her short film 'Pleasure' (2013) played at the Sundance Film Festival and received the Canal Plus Award at Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week. The short 'Hot Chicks' (2014) won the 1km Film Award at the Stockholm International Film Festival, while her short film 'Catwalk' (2015) received the Student Visionary Award at Tribeca Film Festival.
Jing Haase is Festival Manager for Documentary and Short Films at the Swedish Film Institute. The SFI International Department’s mission is to promote Swedish film abroad and to contribute to increased exports of Swedish film. Jing previously worked as the Nordisk Panorama Market Manager at Filmkontakt Nord (2007-2017), an organisation which promotes Nordic shorts and documentaries internationally. Jing holds an MA in German and Film, and has worked as a programmer for various film festivals.
Mo Harawe discovered his passion for the cinema in an art school in Somalia. Since 2009, he has been in Austria. His short Life on the Horn won special mention at Locarno 2020. He also works as a screenwriter and has written several scripts for feature films. His script To Mogadishu won the Dor Film Award at Diagonale in 2016. In 2019, he won prestigious scholarship for his feature that he is developing, The Village Next to Paradise. His new short film, Will My Parents Come To See Me, premiered this year at Berlinale and won the Best Film Award at Vienna Shorts, which qualifies him for both the Academy Award and the European Film Award.
Andrej Korovljev was born in 1970 in Pula, Croatia. He studied Mechanical Engineering in Zagreb and studied Film Directing at the Westminster University, after which he returned to Croatia where he still works professionally. He has directed several short films, documentaries, television programs and music videos, including the award-winning The Years of Rust and Tusta. He has directed hundreds of ads for the Croatian and international corporations. He was a selector for the Motovun Shorts program until 2021 and is a member of the Croatian Film Directors' Guild.
Born in Sarajevo in 1959, Midhat Ajanović is a professor, writer, cartoonist, filmmaker and film theoretician. He obtained his degree in journalism in Sarajevo and studied animation in Zagreb Film’s Department of Animation. He has lived in Sweden since 1994. There, he earned his PhD in filmology. He teaches history, theory and aesthetics of film and animation. His works won awards at prestigious festivals and exhibitions. He is a laureate of the Animafest Special Contribution to Animation Studies Award 2010.
Tim Lindemann is a freelance author and film critic for German magazines and newspapers such as epd Film and der Freitag. He has worked as a research assistant at Deutsche Kinemathek in Berlin and as a curator for Interfilm Short Film Festival. Recently, he has submitted his PhD thesis in Film Studies at Queen Mary University of London.
Marko Stojiljković was born in Belgrade in 1983. He graduated from the Academy of Arts Belgrade. He lives in Slovenia. He has worked as a film critic since 2013. He writes for the daily blog Film na dan. His texts were published in Croatian websites FAK.hr, Monitor.hr, Lupiga.com and in Identitet magazine. He has written for the radio program Filmoskop (Croatian Radiotelevision). He also wrote for Nisimagazine.org and Cineuropa.org. He is a program associate for the Grossmann Fantastic Film & Wine Festival.