The Judging Committees of the 9th Naoussa International Film Festival
Judging Committee of fiction films
Panos Kokkinopoulos, director, scriptwriter, producer, Greece
He first studied Biochemistry, then Cinematography and also Psychology, in Paris VIII University. In 1975 he did his first short movie and then he started directιng documentaries for the Greek National TV. He made his first fiction series, “The First Steps”, in 1982 and hasn’t stopped creating since then. He wrote the script for, and directed, “Maniatissa”. In 1989 he did his first normal-length movie «Signs of the night», which won a lot of prizes, having also participated in noumerous international film festivals. Throughout the years 1992 - 2010 he directed the renowned TV series “Anatomy of a Crime”, “Red Circle”, “10th Commandment”, “Dark Midnight” and “the 3rd Law”. Currently he prepares for his next movie “Back to the Roots”. He also teaches Cinematography in G. Theodosiadi's acting School since 2006.
Nadia Kibout, actress, Algeria
She was born in France from Algerian parents. She starts taking acting classes in Italy, Milan and then she moves back to France -in Paris – to improve her skills at the "Le Cours Florent" acting shool, followed by an intensive internship with Ariane Mnouchkine for the "Theatre du Soleil". She starts participating in several classes across Europe and America with famous American teachers, most of them lifetime members of Lee Strasberg’s Actor’s Studio. In 2004 she starts her career with "Balletto di Guerra"a drama directed by Mario Rellini followed by many other movies and TV-films. She continues her worldwide carreer through theater in Italy: “The doubt” directed by Sergio Castellito tv in France :”Les predateurs” cinema in USA: “The rite” with Antony Hopkins , Italy and Germany.
Dr Jan Broberg Carter, composer, producer, United States
She composes for over 20 years. She has written, orchestrated and edited/produced ten original film scores for movies from Europe and the USA. She was elected to ASCAP in 1977, she has won 18 ASCAP Composer Awards and received others for Best Original Film Score. She has been an executive producer, producer, music supervisor trained at Harvard, Dartmouth and Oxford University. Her recent filmscore, "Nocturnal Agony," premiered at The American Film Institute in March. She has conducted and played in several symphonies. She is a 14th year member of The Sundance Patron Circle.
Alexander Troshin, actor, Russia
In 2001 he graduated from the SPbGATI drama faculty as film and theater actor. In 2002-2005 he worked as an actor and elocution trainer in Pushkin Drama Theater in Krasnoyarsk. In 2008 he played the main role, “Ivan”, in the film "Twilight"/Sumerki directed by Vladimir Moss. He also plays roles in some TV movies since 2001. He is currently living in Moscow and working as a specialist in voice coaching courses. He also teaches acting to students, cooperates with young filmmakers and plays in movies.
Ksenia Koltsova Festival Director, Russia
She studied Oriental Languages and Culture in Kazan State University and Management in Russian State Social University. For over 10 years she has worked with international film festivals in Russia, coordinating international projects and special events with European festivals and partners. In 2006 she joined the start-up team of the new International family and children film festival “Faithful Heart”. In 2007 she was a member of the European jury of professionals at the Youth Film Festival JEFF in Antwerp and Bruges, Belgium. Since 2008 she is working on youth educational and cultural projects that have led to the launch of the International Youth Film Festival in Elabuga. Since May 2012 she works in the field of creating connections between young people coming from different countries and expanding the cultural overlook of young audience in different regions of Russia.
Animation Judging Committee
Steve Woods, animator, UK
Over the years Steve has worked on a wide range of projects including commercials/animated features, pop videos and television series work with major British and international companies such as La Porte Industries, Lego, Glaxo, British Airways, BT the BBC and others. He has been working with advertising agencies, Electronic Media production companies and government departments in the UK, and abroad on commercials and public education based projects, utilizing traditional 2D and 3D animation and computer aided design for multimedia products. Steve collected a personal BAFTA in 2003 for his work on Bing and Bongs “Tinypanets”. He now lives in Greece and teaches animation and illustration at Comik School of Art in Thessaloniki.
Stefanos Potamidis, graphic designer, Greece
He was born in Thessaloniki in 1967.Having completed the Dimitrelis Graphic Design School in 1989, he studied illustrtion under the guidance of Maria Tereza Marrel. During the first years of his carrer, he founded his own company. In 1995 a partnership was formed with another graphic designer, until 1999 when he decided to join the Colibri Creative Team. where he still works. He has been awarded for his work in Greece and in Europe. Engaged in photography and illustration, he watches cartoons as every child, but in recent years a bit more.
Ilan Manouach artist, musician and publisher, Greece
Graduated from Saint-Luc Institute in Brussels where he studied Visual Arts, he spent most of his adult life in Brussels producing his comic books for a small publishing house called La Cinquieme Couche. Throughout years his narrative approach evolved as a clear continuation of his ending project at his university which was firstly published in an artist’s book edition, La Mort du Cycliste. He is also the publisher of two different initiatives based in Athens. He is collaborating with Zorobabel studio in Brussels on an animation film produced by Black Orange.
Judging Comittee of Experimental Films
Ioannis Kolaxizis, fine artist and cinematographer, Greece
Giannis Kolaxizis is a fine artist and cinematographer. He studied graphic design, pedagogy, painting, graphic arts-multimedia and image and sound technology. He participated in several exhibitions in Greece and abroad receiving many distinctions. He is a professor at the Cinema department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and at the past he worked at the plastic arts department and several art schools.
Maria Papadopoulou, fine artist, Greece
Maria Papadopoulou has studied at the School of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Universidad de Barcelona. Her field of expertise is new technology and video art. She participated in over 40 exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
George Melidonis, cinema critic, Greece
He works with experimental cinema and animation. He teaches animation, motion graphics and applications for digital means in private schools.