International Jury 2023

Edit 3.3.:
Erkki Astala has been added to the International Jury. In contrast to prior information Mikko Peltonen has been prevented from attending the festival.

Jason Anderson

Jason Anderson is a film programmer, journalist and lecturer based in Toronto. He is the international programmer for Short Cuts at the Toronto International Film Festival and the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest. He has served on juries for such festivals as Hot Docs, Vienna Shorts, Nordisk Panorama, the Norwegian Short Film Festival and the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.

A graduate of the University of Toronto, Jason was the longtime film critic and columnist for Eye Weekly and The Grid and wrote about film and music for a wide variety of Canadian and international publications. He currently writes for Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope and Uncut. His novel Showbiz was published by ECW Press in Toronto in 2005. He teaches film criticism at the University of Toronto and has taught in the School of Journalism at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Erkki Astala

Audiovisual industry expert and chairperson of AVEK’s Board of Directors.


Anissa Daoud

Self-taught and versatile Anissa Daoud was born of a Tunisian father and a Franco-Italian mother. Initially known as an actress and author, then a producer and more recently a director, she’s carrying projects with high impact and strong social and political involvement.

The films she defends are mainly international co-productions which have gained recognition by competing in leading festivals like Cannes, Venice, Cairo, Les Césars, Tampere, Clermont-Ferrand, Cairo Film Festival, etc.

Anissa Daoud produced the film Blind Spot which won the Best Documentary in Tampere 2022 and the film The Bath,directed by her, was also in competition.

Urška Djukić

Urška Djukić studied at the Academy of Arts, University of Nova Gorica.

In 2016, she made a short film Dober tek, življenje! (Bon Appétit, La Vie!) and won the Vesna Award for Best Short Film at the 19th Slovenian Film Festival. In 2018, she co-directed The Right One, which premiered at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight 2019 as part of the SEE Factory Sarajevo mon amour omnibus. In the same year, she was selected for the 39th edition of the Cinéfondation Residency, where she developed her first feature film Little Trouble Girls. In 2021, she continued the development of her debut feature at the Torino Film Lab.

Urška’s new short animated-documentary film Granny’s Sexual Life has won many awards, including the Grand Prix at Tampere Film Festival 2022 and the European Film Award for the short film 2022. It is also one of the 12 candidates for the The César Award 2023.

Sasha Prokopenko

Sasha Prokopenko is a festival programmer, film  curator and translator based in Kyiv, Ukraine.

For the past couple of years she has been a Head of Programming at the Kyiv International Short Film Festival. Sasha has participated in several film festivals as a curator and jury member. She also curates the Teen Screen section at the Molodist Kyiv International Film Festival. Since 2016, she has worked at the independent film distribution company, KyivMusicFilm, which distributes films on art, music and culture.