International Jury

Per Fikse

Per Fikse (b. 1965, Norway) is the Director of Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway, from 1999 to date, a festival he has programmed for since 1994. The festival had its 33rd edition this year, screening 235 films over six days.

Per Fikse holds a Master of Management degree from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has committed a few shorts and contributed with articles on film published in Norwegian and international media. He also works as a Software Development Manager in the private sector. Per Fikse holds a Master of Management degree from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has committed a few shorts and contributed with articles on film published in Norwegian and international media. He also works as a Software Development Manager in the private sector.

 

Juho Kuosmanen

Juho Kuosmanen is a film director originally from Kokkola. He graduated from the Aalto University in 2014.

Kuosmanen’s films have won numerous acclaimed awards. Already his final year project The Painting Sellers won the main prize of the Cinéfondation, the student film section of the Cannes Film Festival. The film was also nominated in five Jussi Award categories.

Kuosmanen’s first feature film The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki won the Un Certain Regard Award in Cannes, as the first ever Finnish film to be awarded in that section. The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki won eight Jussi Awards. The Finnish film critics selected it as the best Finnish film of the 2010s. Kuosmanen has also directed theatre plays and operas, and he is the artistic director of the Kinojuhlat Film Festival in Kokkola.

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Randa Maroufi

Randa Maroufi was born in 1987 in Casablanca. She currently lives and works in Paris. Maroufi is a graduate of the National Institute of Fine Arts(2010) and the School of Fine Arts (2013). She also earned a diploma from Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains (2015). Randa Maroufi has been Artist Member of Academy of France in Madrid at Casa de Velázquez in 2017–2018.

Belonging to the generation that grew up in an era dominated by image, she collects them with as much eagerness as suspicion. The field of her experimentation encompasses the occupation of public space and gender issues, of which she highlights the founding mechanisms.

Randa Maroufi explore an elastic awareness of reality. Her films and moving images often employ special effects and other formal devices that alter perceptions of time, space and movement. She has received many awards for her film Le Park (2015), and Bab Sebta (2019).

 

Tristan Priimägi

Tristan Priimägi is a film critic with a degree in Semiotics and professional background in advertising. He has worked in the Estonian Film Institute as Head of International Relations, and currently runs the cinema section at the cultural weekly paper Sirp.

Tristan Priimägi is the founder and programmer of Docpoint Tallinn, a younger sibling of the Helsinki Documentary Film Festival. In 2020 he published a book called 101 Estonian Films.

 

Mikaela Westerlund

Mikaela Westerlund is a film professional with a focus on film culture. She has a multicultural background and belongs to the Swedish speaking minority in Finland.

Being the executive director of the nonprofit film organization Walhalla ry, Mikaela Westerlund has for the last fifteen years actively promoted Nordic films in Finland, through e.g. the event ”The Nordic Film of the Month”. In the organization Finlandssvenskt filmcentrum, she works with film culture for the Swedish speaking minority. For several years, she hosted the TV-show RåFilm, screening short films made by young filmmakers.

Westerlund is a member of the Finnish national jury of the Nordic Council Film Prize. Since 2021 Westerlund is also a member of the National Council for Audiovisual Art in Finland.