Main International jury - International competition

Zeki Demirkubuz - President

Zeki Demirkubuz was born in Isparta, Turkey, in 1964. After finishing junior high school, he moved to Istanbul. He started senior high school, but dropped out after his first semester, going to work in factories and workshops instead. Following the 1980 military coup, he served a three-year sentence for his membership in a political organization. In order to postpone his military service, he decided to go back to school. He finished high school through distance learning and entered the Department of Communications at Istanbul University. He began his film career as assistant director to Zeki Okten in 1986, and worked as AD for various directors until he made Block C (1994), his first feature film. Since then, he has continued to work as an independent filmmaker, writing his own original screenplays and drawing inspiration from classics of world literature. Film critics and international audiences noticed Demirkubuz for his second film. Innocence (1997) which was screened at the Venice FF and The Third Page (1999), which screened at several festivals in Turkey and Europe, including Locarno and Rotterdam. Following The Third Page, Demirkubuz started to work on his trilogy called “Tales of Darkness.” The first two parts of the trilogy Fate (Yazgı, 2001) and Confession (İtiraf, 2001) were screened at Un Certain Regard at Cannes in 2002. The Waiting Room (Bekleme Odası, 2003) in which Demirkubuz also played the leading role, concluded the trilogy. Destiny (Kader, 2006), the prequel to Innocence, Envy (Kıskanmak, 2009), has been followed by Inside (Yeraltı, 2012), Nausea (Bulantı 2015), Ember (2016).

Rositsa Valkanova

Rossitsa Valkanova graduated in 1982 from NATFA, Sofia as film director. Worked as AD in Ekran film studio till 1990, directed several short films. In 1995 founded a production company, KLAS Film, working with prominent directors: Ivan Cherkelov (”Crayfish”, 2009) and Vassil Zhivkov (“Christmas Tree Upside Down”, 2006 – Special Jury Prize at KVIFF), Iglika Triffonova (“Letter to America”, 2001, ”Investigation”, 2006, “The Prosecutor”, “The Defender”, “The Father and His Son”, 2015, “Lift for Patients”, 2017), as well as with debutants: Dragomir Sholev (“Shelter”, 2010 – WP in New Directors at San Sebastian) and Ralitza Petrova (“Godless”, Golden Leopard for Best Film in Locarno 2016). Most titles have been co-produced with partners from Holland (Phanta Film), Germany (Flying Moon, filmkombinat), Hungary (New Budapest Filmstudio), Sweden (Filmlance International), Denmark (snowglobe). KLAS Film works as delegate producer for domestic and foreign productions (“Tilt”, 2010, dir. Victor Chuchkov, “How I Killed a Saint”, 2002 and “I Am From Titov Veles”, 2007, dir. Teona Strugar-Mitveska) and co-produces as minority partner: “Blind”, 2007, dir. Tamar van den Dop and “Aferim!”, 2015, dir. Radu Jude (Silver Bear for Best director at Berlinale 2015), as well as Radu Jude’s latest film, “I Don’t Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians” (Crystal Globe for Best Film at Karlovy Vary 2018).

Lazar Sekulovski

Lazar Sekulovski is born on 04.04.1965 in Skopje. He graduated from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts UKIM in Skopje in 1996, in the department of Film and TV Editing, and in 2010 he finished his Master’s Studies. From 1985 to 1996 he worked at the Macedonian National Television participating in editing and realization of many documentary and fiction films, music videos, series, educational and entertainment programs and other shows, with which he participated in many festivals in Macedonia and abroad. From 1996 he is employed in the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje, and today he is a regular proffesor and administrator of the department of Film and TV Editing at the faculty. From 2011 he becomes the academic dean at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje.

Short film jury

Cem Oztufekci - President

Born in Turkey, in 1985, resides in Belgrade. He studied film-making and philosophy. He directed and produced two short films, produced one feature film and worked as a line producer- assistant director for various films. The two short films that he has written and directed, Ayak Altında (Downstairs, 2007) and Nolya (2011) took part in more than 60 international and national festivals such as Premiers Plans, Amiens, Dokufest, Drama, Istanbul, Antalya, Adana and won several awards. They are screened by TV channels such as ARTE/ZDF, Canal+, SBS and RTP. Nolya was awarded as the ‘Best Film’ in the Drama International Short Film Festival –member of European Film Academy, in Greece– and selected among the best 10 Turkish short films of the last decade, by Antalya Cinema Association in 2015. He also works as an editing consultant for fiction and documentary films. And is the Head of Industry at Beldocs –Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival since 2018.

Predrag Milojevic

Born in Belgrade, he finished his film production studies at the FDU in Belgrade and studied acting at ATA in Bologne. In the 90’s he writes film reviews for more than 10 specilized film magazines and daily edditions. He is the first general secretary of the Film Journalists and Critics Association in Serbia. He has worked on a big number of film projects, including a few documentaries for ZDF, ARTE and ORF. In 2001 he founded hid production company and realized 4 feature films, TV shows and theater plays. He was a part of the juries of many international and domestic film festivals. He is one of the founders of the Alpe Adria Culture Network of Vienna. He is the founder and director of the International Film Festival of Mediteranian film in Trebinje in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Marija Apcevska

Marija Apchevska is born in 1987 in Bitola, Macedonia and has graduated Film and TV directing from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Skopje. She continues her Master’s studies at the famous New York Academy, in Los Angeles, California. She is the author of many short film that were a part of various big international film festivals and have won many awards. Her short film “Bardo” had its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival while her latest short film “Ambi” is still a part of the festival circles, and has been to festivals like Fest, Hollyshorts and others, and has been a part of Cineuropa’s choice of the best 5 European short films for 2017. Additionaly, she has been active in the field of television production and advertising, and at the moment, she is in preparation for her first feature film.