As a Project Manager at Eurimages since 2006, ANTON CALLEJA takes care of fiction films and feature-length documentaries. Specialist in fiscal and financial incentives for the film industry, he is also in charge of Legal Affairs thanks to his substantial experiences as a lawyer. In 2001, he pursued studies in Film Production in Rome (EMAM) and in 2012, he completed the EAVE Producers training course.
VLADIMIR BLAZHEVSKI begins his four-decade long career as a film and TV director well before graduating from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade in 1978. His film “Hi-Fi” brings him the Golden Arena Award for Best Director at the 1978 Pula International Film Festival while the Crystal Globe at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival is among the dozen awards that confirm the quality of his “Punk is Not Dead”. His film “The Revolution Boulevard” was not only awarded but also selected as the official Yugoslav candidate for the European “Felix” Award nomination. As a screenwriter, he worked on “Happy New Year”, Gypsy Magic” and “The Great Water”. In the early 1990s, he was the film programmer and director at the Student Cultural Center in Belgrade and ever since 1994, he’s been teaching film history and theory and film directing in Skopje and Belgrade.
Born in 1947, TUE STEEN MÜLLER worked with short and documentary films for over 20 years at the Danish Film Board. He co-founded Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord and the European Documentary Network. He was also the director of EDN for ten years, from its foundation in 1996. Since 2006 he is a freelance consultant and teacher in Danish and European documentary matters all over the world. His articles were published in national and international newspapers and magazines, and today he writes his observations on www.filmkommentaren.dk which has helped some little-known filmmakers find a wide audience
Young Onion Award Jury
KRISTINA PERVILÄ – ANDERSSON has been working as an independent Finnish producer since 1988 and has produced and co-produced around 40 creative multinational feature documentaries for television and cinema, a wide range of international music productions and live recordings for stage and has coordinated guest performances of foreign opera houses in Finland and Sweden. In April 1999, she founded Millennium Film. Ever since then, she’s also been working as an analyst, expert, tutor, mentor and moderator in Eurodoc, European Documentary Network (EDN) and in Chiledoc training programmes.
Co-founder of Parabola Films in Montreal, SELIN MURAT has worked in independent documentary film in Canada and abroad for more than ten years, producing award-winning films for international festivals, theatres and broadcast. Living between Montreal and Istanbul, Selin develops international co-productions, programs development initiatives for documentary filmmakers in Turkey and supports ambitious projects from the region. She is on the programming committee of Montreal’s documentary film festival (RIDM).
Born in Damascus, TALAL DERKI studied film directing in Athens. He’s worked as an assistant director for feature film productions, as a director for different Arab TV programs and as a freelance cameraman for CNN and Thomson & Reuters. His short films and documentaries received awards at a variety of festivals, the documentary “Return to Homs” having won the Sundance Film Festival’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize and the Young Onion Award at MakeDox in 2014. Due to the war in his home country Syria, Talal Derki lives in Berlin with his family and as of 2015 runs his new production company Jouzour.
Onion Seed Award Jury
ANA JAKIMSKA is a young film director and writer based in Skopje, Macedonia. She holds a BA degree in Comparative Literature and a BA degree in Film Directing and is currently working on her master thesis. So far, she has directed three short films and one short documentary;
“Call me Barbara” was screened at MakeDox in 2013. At the moment, she is also
developing her debut feature film titled “Midnight train”.
After receiving an M.A. from the Film and TV Editing Department at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, NENAD POPOVIC started working as a director, editor and sound designer for short fiction and documentary films. He’s also an assistant professor and studies Art PhD Program in the same department and is a final year student of Archeology at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade. Staff member of the “Magnificent 7” European Feature Documentary Film Festival, he has also been the artistic director of the 63rd edition of the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival
After graduating from the Faculty of Fine Arts in 2010, FILIP VELKOVSKI worked for four years in the Macedonian Opera and Ballet as a stage painter, deepening his knowledge in mise-en-scene as a scene setter and property master for several film projects. A passionate painter, his works have been part of ten group and one individual exhibition so far. In 2013, along with twenty other colleagues of his, he creates the collective “Kula”.
Nowadays he works as a freelance illustrator and designer
Chopped Onion Award Jury
ANJA MEDVED is a graduate of theatre directing and an author of documentary films and art projects. Her work focuses mainly on probing the relations between collective and subjective memory. Since 2012 she runs the film production Zavod Kinokašča and collaborates as a mentor at the Academy of Arts at the University of Nova Gorica and the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana
Author of films and literary forms, KATARZYNA GONDEK is a graduate of film studies and documentary course in Wajda School with an amazing resume of films awarded on festivals off all continents. She also walks a lot, really a lot.
ROBERTO BLATT has worked for the Spanish Radio and Television Corporation before becoming Director of Content and Development for Chello Multicanal, a leading company for the design, production and distribution of eighteen thematic channels for Iberia and Spanish and Portuguese-speaking Africa, as well as Head of in-house and international co-productions, particularly documentaries for the leading Odisea & Canal de Historia channels. A longtime member of the European Documentary Network, he still acts as consultant and lecturer for various academic master courses specialized in docs and digital thematic channels. Born in Uruguay, he lives in Madrid since 1987.
Moral Approach Award Jury
ANETA DUCHEVSKA is Dean of the Faculty of Philology “Blazhe Koneski” – Skopje at the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius, full professor, eminent research scientist in Macedonian and Slavic languages, a great humanist and an art and culture enthusiast. As professor and Dean, she promotes an open and inclusive approach to involve students at all levels of policy making and in creating positive practices at the Faculty.
BRINA VOGELNIK is a Slovenian singer, musician, puppeteer and designer. She hold a degree in Architecture and a master’s degree in Play Doh Stop Animation, both from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana. After being part of numerous dance and puppet shows as well as children’s TV series, today she runs musical workshops for the youngest, composes music, teaches singing and performs with her band. Their three albums have made a strong mark on the world music map
Former Dean of the Faculty for Social Work, University of Ljubljana, today VITO FLAKER is a professor and chair of the Community Mental Health at the same faculty. Immensely interested in the process of de-institutionalisation, he has co-founded many mental health movements and has played an important role in the development of community mental health in Slovenia from 1985 onwards. His numerous books were inspired by his research findings in the fields of voluntary work, social inclusion, mapping of the heroin use and harm reduction in Slovenia, community care and long-term care planning. Member of various national and international editorial boards, scientific committees, government councils, presently he is also director of The School for Social Work Theory and Practice at Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik and editor of Dialogue in Praxis: Social Work International Journal.