International Feature Film Competition
Stephen Woolley (UK) – President
In over 30 years of filmmaking spanning Company of Wolves (1984) to Hyena (release 2014), Woolley has produced over sixty movies including the Oscar-winning The Crying Game (1992), Venice winner Michael Collins (1996), Cannes winner Mona Lisa (1986) and most recently with partner Elizabeth Karlsen Made In Dagenham (2010) and Great Expectations (2012). His most recent release worldwide was Byzantium in May 2013 and he directed Stoned in 2006. http://www.number9films.co.uk
Milagros Mummenthaler (AR/CH)
Milagros Mumenthaler was born in Argentina in 1977. She moved to Switzerland soon after, where she grew up. She has directed four short films, which have been selected and awarded prizes in various international film festivals. In 2011 she directed her first feature length film, Abrir puertas y ventanas , selected at the Cinéfondation, Cannes Film Festival residency. The film was awarded the Pardo d’Oro and Pardo for Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival, as well as the Astor de Oro at Mar del Plata Film Festival.
Rafi Pitts (IR/UK)
Writer and Director. Rafi Pitts spent his childhood in Tehran and moved to Britain where he graduated in Film and Photography. In the 90’s, he moved to Paris and worked as assistant director with various directors, among whom Leos Carax, Jacques Doillon and Jean-Luc Godard. Pitts’ films attained immediate international attention, winning him awards at festivals around the globe. Winter (2006) and The Hunter (2010) were nominated for the Berlin Golden Bear.
Diane Baratier (FR)
Director. Diane attended the Ecole Louis Lumière, and learned the ropes at Raoul Coutard’s side. 1991 marked the start of a long collaboration with Eric Rohmer, and she went on to be head of photography on all of the director’s works. Her experience, sensibility and work have earned her a place in what could be considered the French New Wave: a method attentive to the existing conditions, adapting to the resources of natural light. In 2009, she directed her first documentary on the work of her father Jacques Baratier, presented at Festival Tous Ecrans as part of the retrospective "Cinéastes, de notre temps". http://www.dianebaratier.fr/
Jan Komasa (PL)
Polish film director and screenwriter. He debuted with a triptych, Ode to Joy, which won numerous international awards. His short Nice to see you was awarded by La Cinéfondation in Cannes (2004), and at Festival Tous Ecrans (2005). He directed Wroclaw’s Golgotha, a television movie which won over fifteen awards. His debut feature film Suicide Room (2011) led to over fourty awards, including The Reflet d’Or at Festival Tous Ecrans (2011). He is now working on The City 44, an epic historical drama.
International Short Film Competition
Yann Gonzalez (FR) – President
Yann Gonzalez was born in Nice in 1977. During his teenage years in Antibes, he discovered the films of Dario Argento, Jean Rollin and Paul Vecchiali on VHS. He studied cinema in Paris and went on to work in journalism (Max, Têtu, Vogue, and others). From 2006 to 2012, he directed six short films before making his first feature film, Les rencontres d’après minuit, screened this year at Cannes as part of International Critics' Week.
Maggie Ellis (UK)
Maggie has been in the film and TV industries for twenty-four years, working with broadcasters, distributors and associated companies. She has set up commissioning schemes, for short and feature films. In 2013 she became Head of Film London’s Artists’ Moving Image Network and runs the prestigious annual Jarman Award. Maggie is also a freelance producer and film advisor to a number of cultural organisations. http://flamin.filmlondon.org.uk
Danny Lennon (CA)
Danny Lennon is the film commissioner for the Centre Phi in Montreal and founded Prends ça court! fourteen years ago, which he's been directing since. Head of distribution, sales and festivals for the PHI Group. Partner of the initiative Talent Tout Court! with Téléfilm Canada. Guest programmer of the Cannes Film Festival / Short Film Corner since 2006. Instructor at INIS (Institut national de l’image et du son) in Montréal.
Stéphane Riethauser (CH)
Stéphane Riethauser was born in 1972 in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a law degree from the University of Geneva and was a journalist and director at Swiss Radio Television RTS from 2003 to 2008. Since 2009, he has been living and working as an independent filmmaker in Berlin. His first fiction short “Prora” (2012) was selected at more than 100 festivals, winning14 awards. www.riethauser.com
Sarah Blum (DE)
Sarah Blum, a French and German Head Camera Operator, was born in Berlin in 1980 and now lives in Paris. After graduating in cinematography from INSAS in Brussels, she worked on film and television documentaries with directors such as Nurith Aviv, Jérôme de Missolz, Stan Neumann and Heinz Peter Schwerfel, amongst others. She has also shot various short films, art films and concerts.