Øyvind Aamli is an award-winning Norwegian film director focusing on creative character-led documentaries. He holds an MA in film directing from Raindance. Øyvind latest film Being Someone Else, won awards at Children’s IFF Seattle and UNICEF Innocenti IFF and toured 20+ festivals in 5 continents.
Mariella Harpelunde Jensen is an autodidact director, scriptwriter, and author from Denmark. She has directed and scripted several TV-series, documentaries, and short films. Mariella is especially known for her work on Nordic TV series and programs for children, including series and films for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s channels Ramasjang and Ultra. She has created TV-shows as ‘Barda’, ‘Dansk hulebyg’, and ‘Isas stepz’. Mariella has also written the children’s book: ‘Hulebyggerne’. Today, she works as the head of program at the Danish children’s film festival ‘Buster’.
Tapio Riihimäki is an executive director of DocPoint Film Events, organization behind DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival as well as DOKKINO, documentary film tour for children and youth, and DocPoint IMPACT, workshops and networking in impact producing. Tapio has long career in cinema. He has worked in different positions for National Audiovisual Archive in Finland (formerly known as Finnish Film Archive). He has also worked as executive director of Documentary Guild of Finland and Filmihullu movie magazine, and as a project manager for Helsinki University.
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Born in Athens, in 1976. After finishing school at the Athens College, he studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR). Holding postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Rotterdam (NL), Hamburg (D) and Aix-Marseille III (F), he is an attorney-at-Law licensed by the Athens Bar since 2001. Since 2008 he is president of Animasyros International Animation Festival and since 2015 president of ASIFA HELLAS - Hellenic Animation Association. In 2018 he received the title of the Knight in the Order of Letters & Arts of France, while during 2018-2019 he chaired the board of the Greek National Opera. He is vice-president of CIFEJ - International Center of Films for. Children & Young People.
Through participation in the festival jury of Filem'On he pursues to encounter the current trends in global youth film production in the immersive professional and artistic environment of a distinguished international event.
Anne-Claire Dolivet became an editor after studying general film and audiovisual at the University of Paris 8. She worked as an editor for more than ten years, with a predilection for documentaries and four-handed writing. After these ten years, Anne-Claire wanted to go on a shoot, meet the characters, work in a team and tell her own stories. She became a television director for another ten years. But she missed the long format, the long stories and the depth that they allow, so she wrote her own documentaries. PETITES DANSEUSES, released at the end of August 2021 in France and Switzerland on cinema is her first film. It has be selected in many international festivals. She was lucky enough to be accompanied in the writing process by Mathias Théry (director of "La cravate" - nominated for a César in 2021 - and "La sociologue et l'ourson"). Together they decided to make a film that would reach a wide audience.
From now on, she continues her work as a writer and director, focusing on portraits. She wants an intimate, humanistic and sincere approach, accompanying her protagonists at an important moment in their lives. Thus, with Aurélia Bloch, her second documentary, "Pour la vie" tells the story of Maryse and Michèle, Gysèle and Monique, Alain and Jean-Marc, three couples from the LGBTQI+ community over 70 years old, who wonder about love, old age and have only one fear, to go back to the wardrobe in the last chapter of their lives.
She is currently working on two documentaries: "#Entremineursaussi", co-written and co-directed with Delphine Prunault, on sexual violence between minors; and "Rebond", a film that follows the reconstruction of very young adults, thanks to the practice of wheelchair basketball.
Elena Georgieva was born in Sofia in 1979. She started her cinema career as the organizer of an international screenwriting contest for young people. Over the years she has worked for various film festivals and events in Bulgaria. She is also producer of long feature and short films. In 2018 she founded Sofia Intl. Kids’ Film Festival and the annual workshop for children “Poetry and Animation”.
Born in Salerno in 1970, she studied Literature at the University of Florence. Part of her degree thesis is published in the literary review Studi Italiani, vol. II, 1998. The first film she saw at the GFF was THE LAST CIRCUS SHOW, when she was five. She was a member of the Jury in 1983 and in 1984. From 1987 to 1997 she collaborated with GFF working on catalogues and as assistant to the short film selection. Since 1998 she has been a member of the Artistic Direction of the Giffoni Film Festival and from 2005 to 2019 she has been one of the two deputy directors. Her main activity at the festival is the selection of the short films for all the sections and of feature films dedicated to children from 3 to 12 years of age. Antonia also works on festival educational programs and lectures. Carmela e Aisha, her first play about two women immigrated in Milan in two different period, was published in the miscellaneous volume Confini and staged in 2008. Since 2014 she has been a teacher of Italian, History and Geography in public middle school. In 2016 her novel IL CLUB DEL PIUMINO ROSSO was published by the editor L’Isola dei Ragazzi.
Graduated from IHECS in 2019 and passionate about cinema since his childhood, Simon Lionnet worked as editorial policy manager for the VOD platform Sooner (UniversCiné Belgium). Since 2020, he has been writing for the blog Le Suricate Magazine and recently joined the editorial team of the new Belgian film magazine Surimpressions.
Kaveh Daneshmand is an Iranian filmmaker based in Prague. His short film, Occasional Showers was selected as the best short film of the year by the Union of Iranian Critics. His short film, Alula premiered at the Oberhausen International Film Festival. His debut feature, Endless Summer Syndrome is in post-production.
Kaveh teaches film directing at Prague Film School. He is also the artistic director of ÍRÁN:CI Film Festival in Czech Republic.
Cécile is an animator and project manager at 38, Carrefour culturel in Genappe. Her missions are varied, but cinema plays an important role in her programming: animated films, documentaries, film clubs, etc. At the same time as her work, she made her first documentary. After watching other people's films, she wanted to tell her own story.
Ines Wagner-Pichler, born 1981 in Graz, studies of German literature, media and film in
Graz and Vienna. 2002 to 2012 assistent director in documentaries and freelance journalist in the field of children and youth literature. Since 2009 director of the International Kinderfilmfestival in Styria and head of Kinderkinowelten, a nationwide filmeducational initiative.
Elodie is an animator at the Cultural Center of Sprimont, in the province of Liege. The film projects, developed at her initiative since 2013, are the result of her personal interest and her conviction that cinema is a great gateway to invite people to analyze, rethink and act on the world.
Since 2017, Sylvie Traisnel has been coordinating EmpreinteS, a cinema programming and distribution project in Brussels and Wallonia. In theatres and outside with its travelling cinema, EmpreinteS organises screenings with the aim of encouraging encounters and making cinematographic works accessible to all, particularly to people who are invisible in cinemas for social, prison, medical or geographical reasons.
Lina Užkuraityte ( 1976) from Vilnius, Lithuania. Graduated in cultural management under the auspices of UNESCO and in cultural policy from academy of fine arts. In 2004 started and still organising International Vilnius film festival for children and youth. Working for more than 18 years on educational projects for children and young people, have extensive experience with organizing international youth exchange projects, art festivals, is behind the concept and organization of a variety of cultural events.
Giedrė Narušytė Boots is a scenographer, theatre maker, audio-visual artist, animation director and animator. In 1995 she graduated in Scenography at Vilnius Academy of Arts, Lithuania and moved to Belgium, where she continued her studies at KASK Ghent. For two decades she took part in different interdisciplinary art projects. In 2018 she completed her Master degree at School of Arts in Gent as an audiovisual artist,
Magali Montagnino is project manager at Archipel 19, the cultural centre of Berchem-Sainte-Agathe and Koekelberg. She is in charge of the programming of shows and films for schools and more generally of the proposals for young audiences and families. Magali also coordinates several cultural projects for schools. She is passionate about short films, which she consumes without moderation.
Artistic Director the “Images
and Views of Alternative
Cinema” (IVAC) festival.
Journalist & Member
Danielle Moreaux coordinates the cultural service of the Commune of Seneffe, which offers support to local associations and a diversified program that responds to the note of cultural communal policy. Very quickly, she developed a local cinema for all ages and all audiences, animations of education to the cinema and moments of exchanges in edge of screen.
Former director of a weekly French radio program in Louisiana (USA) and leader of youth groups in various countries of North and South America,Asia and Europe. Since 1999 cultural journalist for « Tausend Augen, les mille Yeux », a French monthly film magazine published in Lille. Currently a reporter for (among others) Confluent, Brussels-Star and Brussels Diplomatic. Recently a member of the UFK-UCC