Judging Committee of fiction films
Themis Bazaka, actress. Greece
She was born in Thessaloniki-Greece and graduated from Northern Greece National Theater,as an actress. Themis starred in cinema, theatre, and TV and won great reviews. She took classes in Actor’s Studio in New York. She has won 7 Best Actress awards in Greek and International film festivals.
Panos Kokkinopoulos, president of the jury, director, script writer, producer. Greece
He studied biochemistry and then he studied cinematographic studies and psychology as well, in the Paris VIII University. In 1975 he did his first short cut movie and then he started directιng documentaries for the national TV. He did his first fiction series in 1982 “The first steps” and he hasn’t stop working since then. He wrote the script of “the Maniatissa” and directed it. In 1989 he did his first long movie « Signs of the night », which won a lot of prizes in many international film festivals. Throughout the years 1992 - 2010 he directs the famous series “Anatomy of a crime”, “Red circle”, “10th commandment”, “Dark midnight” and “the third law”. He is preparing for his next movie “Back to the roots”. He also teaches cinematography to Theodosiadi s acting school since 2006.
Dr Jan Broberg Carter, composer. 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.
Thom Palmen, producer. Sweden
Thom Palmen studied in Art History, History of Ideas and Sociology. He is one of the founders of the Umea International Film Festival in Sweden (1986-2007). He has been invited as a jury member to numerous film Festivals, notably in Berlin, Sofia, Regensburg, Dresden, Cottbus,Aix-en-Provence, Poznan, Bratislava, Hamburg, Tampere and Puchon (Korea).In order to help talented young filmmakers from the North of Sweden he started his own distribution company: Botnia Film.Currently he’s working as a curator for a number of festivals and parallell to that as a producer and developing projects within the field of the cinema and gaming industry.His first co-production, In the Theme (director Olga Popova, Russia) was selected and awarded at the Berlinale Shorts 2008.General Secretary of the European Coordination of Film Festivals (ECFF) 1999-2002.President of the European Coordination of Film Festivals (ECFF) 2002-2004. And for a second period 2006 – 2007Member of the pre-selection committee for the Swedish National Film Prize for Shorts & Documentaries (Golden Bug) 2003-2007. Voting member of the Eurpean Film Academy.
Yana Esipovich, actress. Russia
She is actress. She graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts in 2001. She took part in 8 successful theatrical plays, in 6 of them she had the leading part, in Talin and Moscow. Yana has also starred in films, which have participated in film festivals around the world, and TV series, earning great reviews for her acting. She won 6 awards of Best Actress at Theatrical Awards and Film Festivals.
Animation Judging Committee
Steve Woods commercial animator, Director and Interactive designer, specialist in Animation Direction Concept and production design. England.
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 lives now in Greece and he teaches animation and illustration at Comik school of art in Thessaloniki.
Giorgos Soumelidis, composer, filmmaker and visual effects producer. Greece
He studied informatics in Aberdeen Dundee University in Scotland and took his master in Information Systems from Sheffield University. Since he was young, he devoted himself in music composition and joined the film industry professionally. He has composed soundtracks for many short length films and documentaries (such as “Greeks from Fanari” of P.Aggelopoulos and “Spirulina the Amazing Algae” of B.Tremopoulos) and for plays such as “Shooting stars” in Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall in which he was in charge of the 3D videos. He makes studies on human psychology and cinema, and with the help of technology, he tries to achieve the ideal combination of image, sound, music and his message. He writes, directs and produces his films. He works as a filmmaker and visual effects producer in Thessaloniki,Greece.
Andia Angelidou, graphic designer. Greece
Born in 1973, she graduated from Applied Art Studies College of Thessaloniki in 1996, where in addition to her education on graphic design she was particularly keen on the History of Arts and Design.
For the last ten years she has been working as a graphic designer for Colibri Branding & Design, in Thessaloniki, Greece. On 2013 she set off the engines for a personal design voyage. She loves taking photos and observing animated stories and visual masterpieces born throughout the world.
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.