Marika Kecskeméti is the head of the Yle Teema television channel. She is in charge of Teema on television as well as online. Yle Teema is the film channel of Yle, a beloved cultural channel dedicated to music, history and documentaries, reaching a million viewers every week. Kecskeméti has worked in the field of cultural journalism for 30 years. Among other things, she has managed culture programmes on the radio, and in the field of television she has won the Award for Public Information in 2003 and the Golden Venla in 2011. Kecskeméti has been the head of Yle Teema since 2014.
Tinja Ruusuvuori (born 1988) is a Finnish documentary filmmaker and visual artist living in Scotland. At last year’s Tampere Film Festival her short documentary
Untitled (burned rubber on asphalt, 2018) received the main prize in the National
Competition as well as the student award, and it has been screened at several festivals including Visions du Réel, Toronto Hot Docs and Camden International Film Festival. Ruusuvuori received the UUSI AALTO Award for a new talent in Finnish cinema at the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love and Anarchy. She has studied Documentary Film at Aalto University and installation art and moving image at the Glasgow School of Art. In addition to filmmaking she has worked as a museum guard and as a screenwriter in children’s television programmes.
Neil Young (b. Easington, UK, 1971) is a writer/programmer and film-maker from Sunderland UK, resident in Vienna. His main journalistic outlets include The Hollywood Reporter and Sight & Sound. A member of FIPRESCI and the UK Critics’ Circle, he attends 25-30 film-festivals around the world each year and has served on more than 40 juries since 2001 including Cannes’ Semaine de la Critique and others at Venice, Berlin, Locarno and Rotterdam. He works for several festivals in consultation, programming and/or moderation capacities including the Viennale, European Film Festival (Palić, Serbia: International Programmer), Vienna Shorts (Head of Austrian national-competition section) and Kortfilmfestivalen (Grimstad, Norway). Last year his 103-minute experimental documentary Rihaction premiered at the Diagonale film festival in Graz, Austria, and he also made his screen acting debut in Joanna Hogg’s multi-award-winning drama The Souvenir.