International Jury 2024

Miguel Dias

Miguel Dias was born in Porto in 1966. He graduated in graphic design in Porto Fine Arts School. In 1993  hefounded Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, where is currently director and programmer.

Miguel is also the director of Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency, for the promotion, sales and international distribution of Portuguese short films. He has produced several short films, and also works as a curator of short films and Portuguese contemporary cinema retrospectives and film events. He is the programmer for the Short Film Day in Portugal.

Miguel was also a producer in the film department of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, including production of films and the launching of the international documentary and new media festival Odisseia Nas Imagens.

Paul Drey

Paul Drey is a filmmaker based in Cologne, Germany and Bayonne, France. After civil service in Thiès, Senegal he studied Political Science in Maastricht, Izmir and Brussels. He then studied directing at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

His documentary shortfilm Das Rotohr (Red Ears) has won the Grand Prix and the Audience Award at Tampere Film Festival and a Short Film Candidacy for the European Film Awards 2023. The Film was published on New York Times Op-Docs and qualified for the 96th Oscars 2024.

He is currently expanding his documentary expertise with fictional projects.

Nino Orjonikidze

Nino Orjonikidze is a Georgian documentary filmmaker and the author of several award-winning documentaries produced with ARTEFACT Production she co-founded 15 years ago. Her most recent documentary A Tunnel, a co-production with ZDF/ARTE and Ventana Films, premiered at IDFA in 2019.

Nino has been a commissioning editor at Chai Khana Media platform for the last 9 years, where she curates short film production in the South Caucasus, alongside mentoring young talents from the region. She is a professor at GIPA, teaching documentary filmmaking at both BA and MA levels, and also tutors internationally, participating in international exchange academic programs or training initiatives. She studied TV Journalism at Goldsmiths, University of London (MA), and Journalism & Cinema Studies at Tbilisi State University (BA).

Anton Vanha-Majamaa

Anton Vanha-Majamaa is journalist specialising in films and pop culture, a critic and a non-fiction writer living in Helsinki. His works have been published in many Finnish media outlets, large and small. Vanha-Majamaa works as a cultural journalist at Yle News.

Vanha-Majamaa has written three non-fiction books and edited the essay collection on Finnish television, Television lapset, together with Noora Vaarala. March 2024 will see the publication of Sitkeä Jussi by Vanha-Majamaa and Matti Rämö, recounting the 80-year-old story of the oldest film award in Europe.

Vanha-Majamaa does not have a university degree nor has he won any awards during his career. His favourite films include Certain Women, Sátántangó, Elf and Synecdoche, New York.

Emily Wright

Emily Wright is a curator and programming manager for MUBI, the global streaming service, production company and film distributor, where she participates in the global curation of the streaming platform. Prior to MUBI, she was a film programmer for Porto/Post/Doc, a preselector at Open City Documentary Festival and Sheffield/Doc/Fest, and curated seasons at the Cinemateca de Bogotá and Close-Up London.

Alongside her festival work, she has worked as a producer and creative consultant on short documentaries for international news outlets, such as Time Magazine, The Atlantic, The Guardian, and The New Yorker.