The competition program includes documentary, animation and fiction films from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America – 61 films from 35 film schools.
The international jury will give their credits in three categories named above. The most outstanding work regardless of its category, is awarded the Grand Prix .
The jury consists of equal members.
György Kárpáti, Hungary
(b 1933) received his first degree in medicine and his second degree in film directing. During the past 40 years he has directed about 200 films: documentaries, short and full length fiction films. Also he has worked as a free-lance producer- director for the Hungarian Television Network . His films have won several awards at major international film festivals, and his television programs received the "Program of the Year" award eight times in Hungary.
At the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest, he started his academic career as assistant professor in 1964, has been head of the postgraduate "Non-fiction" directing and cinematography
programs since 1984. Since1990 ,when one of his student received the “Student-Oscar” for his diploma-film (first time given this distinction to a documentary), his special teaching methods and original exercises have been adopted in several schools, and he has been often invited to teach as guest professor in film-schools and universities in Amsterdam, Barcelona, El Paso, Havana, Helsinki, Istanbul, Jerusalem, Paris etc. In 1991 he conceived and organized the first International Masterclass for DOP Students, which is held biannually since.
Kersti Uibo, Estonia
Kersti Uibo is an independent film-maker living in London and Estonia. Her passion is to make
"journeys into the depths of human nature". She learnt the skill of observation when growing up
on the coast of the Baltic Sea and later from her tutor Herb Digioia when studying documentary directing at the National Film School in UK. She makes documentaries in order to experience "the joy and pain of being alive". Kersti Uibo’s creative documentaries have won many prizes and have been shown at various documentary film festivals in Chicago, St Petersburg, Sydney, Pärnu, New York, Mumbai, Edinburgh, FAJR festival in Iran, New York, Belgrade, Munich etc. She has represented Estonian documentaries at the Baltic retrospectives at Cinema du Reel in Paris, London and Montreal. She is a member of the European Documentary Network (EDN) and gives master-classes to art and film students. Films: "Heartsong", "Diva in the Bath", "Evaldimaa" (Evald’s Acre), "Narrow is the Gate", "Still Life with Wife".
Axel Danielson, Sweden
Born 1976. Graduated in 2004 from Film Directing studies at the School of Film Directing in Göteborg University. His graduation film ”Sommarlek” (”Summer clouds” ) received 16 awards last year in international film festivals, also Grand Prix at 2005 Sleepwalkers Student Film Festiva.
He has earlier worked as a truck driver and fire fighter. Moved on to work as cinematographer and editor before he started to work as a director.Presently working on a feature documentary, presumed to be released in 2009.
Jürgen Kittel, Germany
(b, 1963) Studied Political Sciences at the Goethe University, Frankfurt, Fine Arts at the Hamburg arts College and Political Economics at the University for Economics and Politics, Hamburg.
Since 1996 co-organizer of the so called Trash-Nite (Special selection of strange, unusual short films) of the International ShortFilmFestival Hamburg. Since 2000, programming director and curator of short film programmes. Since 2005, festival director of the International ShortFilmFestival Hamburg.
Steve Smith is an award winning director from London. He has worked in the animation industry for six years following his graduation from the Royal College of Art in 1999, and is co-founder of TRUNK Animation Studio, London, and a director of commercials, short films, promos and other work.
Steve has directed both commercials and series animation at Sherbet, Passion Pictures, Bermuda Shorts, Studio AKA and Pesky in London. He won acclaim for his work on BBC3’s pioneering ‘Monkey Dust’, and for his Channel 4 AIR-scheme short ‘Eating For Two’.
Steve also won “Celmates” (Channel 4, 2002), a 72-hour Big Brother style show for animators, and the “Broadcast B+ Award for Best Young Animator” in 2003. He has sat on juries for the British Animation Awards and Channel 4’s AIR scheme and presented talks on animation at the Bradford Animation Festival. Steve has also taught at such far flung places as Korea, University of Westminster London, the Royal College of Art, Hamley’s toy shop, and Finchley Youth Centre.
Most recently, Steve has directed 4x50-second broadcast pieces for Toyota and Discovery Channel, as well as idents for the re-brand of Russian Channel ‘Ren TV’. His well-received 2006 short ‘Leap of Faith’ is screening around the globe and was short-listed for last year’s ‘DepicT!’ competition.