This year's jury members!
STOCKHOLM XXIX COMPETITION JURY
The Competition Jury selects a winner among the innovative and groundbreaking films in the Stockholm XXIX Competition.
Beatriz Seigner is a Brazilian screenwriter and Director. In 2009, she directed »Bollywood Dream«, first coproduction between Brazil and India, which has been selected in over 20 international film festivals (Busan, Tokyo, Paris, Los Angeles, São Paulo...). »Los Silencios« is her second feature. Beatriz has also directed a documentary, currently in postproduction, »Between Us, A Secret«, about African griots, co-written with Walter Salles, »La contadora de películas«.
Soheil Beiraghi was born in 1986. An Industries Engineering Systems Analysis graduate, he left his discipline because of his love for cinema and started his professional career as an assistant director and planning manager in 2004. He had worked as production manager and assistant director in more than 30 feature films and TV series by 2014, working with renowned directors. He wrote and directed the play »Pothole« which in 2012 was one of the most popular ones of that year. He was the scriptwriter of his first feature, »Me«in 2016, for which Leila Hatami got the best actress award from Cinema Critics. »Cold Sweat« is his second feature.
Sofie Palage is a permanent producer at Warner Bros. ITVP in Sweden and currently in production with a romantic feel-good series by writer/director Josephine Bornebusch. Her latest feature film »Garden Lane« (Olof Spaak, 2017), won the Gryphon Award/Best Film at its premiere at Giffoni Film Festival and was released in Swedish cinemas in August this year. Sofie took Film Studies at the University in Lund and is a graduate film producer from the Producer Education at Forum Ystad.
Tomas Hanzon is one of his generation’s greatest actors and has collaborated with directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Lars Norén, Arthur Miller and Thommy Berggren. In 2018 he performed in Henrik Ibsen’s »Peer Gynt« directed by Michael Thalheimer on Dramaten theater’s stage.
Born in 1961 in Karlskrona, Ulf Rollof is a multidisciplinary and internationally renowned Swedish artist working with different forms of expression, from sculpture to photography. He first studied at the Royal Art School in Stockholm before starting an international career. His work has notably been exhibited at the Gothenburg Art Museum, as well as at the Documenta IX exhibition in Kassel, Germany.
STOCKHOLM IMPACT JURY
The Stockholm Impact Jury chooses the film that confronts the most burning issues of today.
Crystal Moselle is a New York based director best known for her Sundance Grand Jury Prize award winning documentary, »The Wolfpack«. In the last decade she has been working with shortform storytelling for publications such as Vice and The New York Times, where she created a series called »Something Big, Something Small«. Most recently, she directed a documentary short series for National Geographic entitled »Our Dream of Water« about women dealing with water crisis in Haiti, Peru and Kenya.
Jesper Ganslandt was born and raised in Falkenberg, a coastal town in Sweden. »Falkenberg Farewell «(2006) premiered at Venice film festival, followed by Toronto International Film Festival. It was then selected as Swedens entry for the Oscars in 2006. Ganslandt followed up with his third feature »Blondie« in 2012, which premiered in Venice Days and again Toronto. 2016 Ganslandt shot feature film »Jimmie«, where he is starring together with his son Hunter Ganslandt. Jimmie and Ganslandts first english speaking feature »Beast of Burden« starring Daniel Radcliffe premiered in 2018.
Siri Hjorton Wagner
Siri Hjorton Wagner is an actor and producer based in Stockholm, founder of the production company [sic] film. She has produced award winning short films which have been screened at festivals like Sundance and Berlinale. Among her films are titles like »Audition« by Lovisa Sirén, »The Turk Shop« by Bahar Pars, and »6A «by Peter Modestij, which also won the Swedish academy award, the Guldbagge for best short film.
THE FIPRESCI JURY 2018
One film from the Open Zone section is chosen by the Internationol Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and hinired with a special award for best film. Stockholm International Film Festival became the fourth festival in the world – after Cannes, Berlin and Venice – to host a FIPRESCI jury.
Alberto Castellano – Italy
Italian essayist and film critic, Alberto has been publishing since 1989 for the Naples Il Mattino journal and currently working with »alias«, and the online magazines »Filmdoc« and »Diari di Cineclub«. Writer of multiple essays and extended analyses on Franchi and Ingrassia, Douglas Sirk, Carlo Verdone, comedies, and understudying. Captivated by American genre cinema and B series Italian comedies, he has also studied the narrative patterns, style and currents of Asian cinema (China, Japan, Korea, Iran).
Christos Skylakos – Greece
Born in 1984, he studied Law and he lives in Athens. He has worked as a film critic and editor in newspapers and electronic media. Currently he is the chief art critic and author for the online media, »Toperiodiko.gr«. He is working as a photographer covering cultural & art events with agencies and independent media. He is dealing in the art photography and he is instructor of photographic and cinematic seminars.
Tadeusz Szczepa´nski – Poland
Cinema historian, film critic and translator. Professor of Film School in Lodz. He wrote and edited books: »Eisenstein« (1982), »Zbigniew Cybulski« (1997), »Bergman’s Mirror« (1999), »Wonderful Kinemo. Russian Film Theory« (2002), »Biopics« (2007), »Jan Troell« (2009) and »From Ibsen to Aho. Film Adaptations of Scandinavian Literature« (2015). He translated numerous books from Swedish (e. g. Ingmar Bergman’s »Images, Three Diaries and Performances«). Collaborator of Polish Kino Monthly and EKRANy.
STOCKHOLM DOCUMENTARY JURY
The Documentary Jury gives an award to the insightful non-fiction film that best explores thought-provoking, contemporary topics.
Maud Nycander, photographer/director/producer, was born in 1960. She started her career as a still photographer and did several photo exhibitions and photo books. In the middle of the 90s she started to work with film and television. During 2003-2004 she did a Master class of Documentary film, and in 2007, she did a one year course in documentary editing at the Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm. Maud Nycander also hosts seminars where she talks about her work as a documentary film worker.
Ognjen Glavonić was born in 1985 in Pančevo, SFr Yugoslavia. His short films have been selected for more than 50 international film festivals. »Zivan Makes a Punk Festival«, (2014), his first documentary, had its premiere at Cin ma du r el and has been screened at International Film Festival Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, and IndieLisboa, among others. He is the founder of Pančevo Film Festival. »The Load« is his first feature film.
Stina Gardell founded Mantaray film in 2005 and has since produced 17 films. As a producer, she received different Swedish and international prizes, such as Gulbaggen, Kristallen and the Ikano prize. Among her latest films are; the winner of the Gulbagge »Silvana – väck mig när ni vaknat« (2017)and »Jag är Ingrid (2015) which was awarded with a Honorable Mention at Cannes Festival and has been sold in over 70 countries as well as seen by more than 190 000 persons at the cinema only in Sweden.
STOCKHOLM XXIX SHORT FILM JURY
The Short Film Competition Jury looks for the most inspiring and cutting-edge film in the Stockholm XXIX Short Film Competition.
Julia Thelin is a scriptwriter and director. Her short film »Push it« was nominated in 2017 for the Palme d’Or in Cannes and competed this year at the Berlinale. Julia has directed dance films, music videos and short films.
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (born 1976) studied fine arts at Bangkok’s Silpakorn University. His short films have screened in festivals including Busan, Rotterdam, Hamburg and Singapore. His 2015 short, »Ferris Wheel«, screened in over 20 festivals and received 10 awards. He participated in 2009 Asian Film Academy at Busan and was also selected one of Asian Public Intellectuals fellows by the Nippon Foundation. »Manta Ray« is his debut feature film.
Ville Gideon Sörman
Ville Gideon Sörman was born on the 30th of May, 1989, in Stockholm, Sweden. He graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2017, as a Director, and travelled around the festival route with his graduation film »In Love«, which among other nominations, won the 1 Km Film Award at the Stockholm Film Festival.