Kiko Goifman, Brazil
Kiko Goifman is 49 years old and was born in Belo Horizonte (Now, lives in São Paulo), Brazil. Major works focus on making documentaries as well as experimental projects on film, video, sites and CD-ROMs. Anthropologist graduated by Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Master degree in Multimedia/Universidade de Campinas – UNICAMP (sponsored by Fundação Ford). Panelist in the South American Meeting of filmmakers in Bariloche, organized by Vitae, Rockfeller and Mac Arthur Foundations. Attended several video discussions in several states of Brazil. He also participated in debates about documentaries with Frederick Wiseman (Montreal/1994), Jean Rouch (São Paulo/1998), Katherine David (São Paulo/2002). My new film Bixa Travesty (Tranny Fag) will be in Panorama, Berlinale, 2018 and I directed it with Claudia Priscilla.
Libby Hakaraia, New Zealand
Libby has enjoyed a long career in radio, television and film; as a journalist, writer, presenter, director and producer. As a filmmaker she has produced and directed short films and documentaries that have screened around the world. Libby is deeply connected to her tribe of Ngāti Raukawa and lives in her tribal community of Ōtaki on the West coast of New Zealand’s North Island. It is here that she established New Zealand’s annual international indigenous film festival, the Māoriland Film Festival in 2014. Māoriland has grown quickly attracting thousands of filmmakers and film lovers from around to the world. Libby and her Māoriland family have also recently established the Māoriland Hub, a year round cinema and performing arts space in Ōtaki Village.
Jan Harlan, United Kingdom
Jan Harlan joined Stanley Kubrick in 1969 for a film on Napoleon, which was abandoned. He later was Exec Producer on all Kubrick films from Barry Lyndon onwards and worked on other unrealised projects with Stanley Kubrick in-between. After Kubrick’s death in 1999 he worked with Steven Spielberg on A.I.Artificial Intelligence and made two documentary films for Warner Bros. and other independent projects. Jan is a guest-lecturer at many different film-schools around the globe and often serves in juries at film-competitions. He was instrumental in the formation of the Stanley Kubrick Archive at the University of the Arts London and creating a large exhibition on Stanley Kubrick, which tours the world and has had 1.2 million visitors so far.
Michaela Kezele, Germany
Michaela Kezele was born in 1975 in Munich. After completing acting studies in Munich, she studied fiction at the University of Television and Film in Munich and completed postgraduate studies at the Drehbuchwerkstatt München. Her short film „MILAN“ won the Grand Prix in Tampere in 2007 and won more than 40 international film awards. Her feature film „MY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY“ has also been honored with numerous awards, including the Bavarian Film Award for Best Young Director and the German Peace Prize „Die Brücke“. In 2015, Michaela Kezele received from the Bavarian State Chancellery the medal for special services to Bavaria in a united Europe. Since 2014, Michaela Kezele has been a lecturer at the University of Television and Film in Munich. Since 2016 she is a visiting professor in the Department of Cinema and Television Film.
Elina Pohjola, Finland
Elina Pohjola has graduated as Master of Arts in Film and TV-Production from the Aalto University of Art and Design. She’s worked in the production of several Finnish feature films before starting her own production company Pohjola-filmi at 2009. Pohjola-filmi specializes in northern cinema. We make features and short films, documentaries and fiction. What counts is not the form but the content: we want to say something important about this world and the people in it. Right from the start Pohjola-filmi’s productions have been received well both nationally and internationally, winning several awards in numerous films festivals.
Penelope Bartlett, United States
Penelope Bartlett is the programmer for The Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, a digital streaming service which launched in November 2016, and is a partnership between Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection. She served as Director of Programming for the 2016 Palm Springs Shortfest, the largest dedicated short film festival in North America. She is also a contributor to the website shortoftheweek.com. She previously held positions at the Chicago International Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the Glasgow Short Film Festival/Glasgow Film Theater. She has also produced several short films, most recently Crystal Lake by writer/director Jennifer Reeder, which world premiered at the 2016 Berlinale. She lives in New York City.
Jussi Hiltunen, Finland
I am Jussi Hiltunen, a 34-year-old filmmaker from Rovaniemi. I direct and write screenplays. I began to make movies in primary school with my friends. As a child I made a lot of amateur videos, and little by little tried to evolve as a filmmaker. I graduated from Kemi-Tornio University of Applied Sciences in 2011. My latest work is the feature film Law of the Land (2017). In addition, I have directed and written several short films. I’ve had a close relationship with the Tampere Film Festival since 2012, when I received an award for my short film All Hallows’ Week. At the moment I’m working on a feature film and a television series.
Anu Koivunen, Finland
Anu Koivunen (b. 1967) is a media researcher and the Professor of Film Studies at Stockholm University. She has studied gender and power, the history of Finnish cinema and television, the emotional policies in new documentaries, the narratives of Swede-Finnishness and the construction of national publicity in the project Driving Forces of Democracy. Currently, she is the editor of a research anthology The Power of Vulnerability: Mobilizing Affect in Feminist, Queer and Anti-racist Media Cultures. She participates in the public debate about media, politics and changes in publicity by writing columns for Suomen Kuvalehti and Hufvudstadsbladet, discussing these topics in Radio Suomi’s Pyöreä pöytä and tweeting (@anukoivunen). In 2011–2013, Koivunen functioned as a member of Sweden’s Guldbagge and Oscar jurys, and in 2009 as a member of the Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award jury at the Göteborg Film Festival.