Hungarian Competition Jury

Victoria Leshchenko

Bio: 

Victoria Leshchenko is a dreamer, maker and connector. She has 11 years of experience in project and team management, creating and managing cultural events. She studied at Kyiv-Mohyla, Department of Cultural Studies, and got her start in film festivals with "Molodist", where she worked from 2007 to 2011, as editor-in-chief, production manager, and coordinator of film programs. In 2010, she joined the team of Docudays UA International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival, where she was promoted to program director in 2019. Her current areas of interest are documentaries, psychology and psychotherapy, online education, sports, delicious food and growing cactuses.

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Event: 
Award Ceremony & Closing Film

Anita Libor

Bio: 

Anita Libor is a Hungarian journalist and editor. She has worked as a journalist for almost 20 years, beginning her career as a film industry specialist at the Hungarian-film focused Filmhu, and for Hungarian Film Week for 10 years. She has lead the cultural section at Index.hu, the biggest Hungarian media outlet. She has worked with the Friss Hús International Short Film Festival since the event’s inception, and is currently helping the Budapest Municipality organize its 150th anniversary celebrations.

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Event: 
Award Ceremony & Closing Film

Nebojša Slijepčević

Bio: 

Nebojša Slijepčević has directed numerous creative documentaries (Srbenka, Gangster of Love, Something about Life, Real Man’s Film, In 4 Years, Of Cows and People). His films have been awarded at many international festivals, including four awards from the Sarajevo Film Festival. His latest documentary feature, Srbenka, was shortlisted for the European Film Awards. In 2019, Nebojsa won the Vladimir Nazor Award, an annual award given by the Croatian Ministry of Culture for the highest achievements in film. Nebojsa is a lecturer at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, in Zagreb.

Selected filmography: 
2018- Srbenka
2016 - Something About Life (documentary short)
2016 - Justice (documentary short)
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Title: 
Director
Film Reference: 
Gangster of Love
Event: 
Masterclass with Nebojša Slijepčević: The ethics of documentary filmmaking

María Carrión

Bio: 

María Carrión is the Executive Director of FiSahara, a film festival held annually in the Sahrawi refugee camps. She was the director of the independent news program Democracy Now! in New York and has collaborated with media outlets such as BBC Radio, The Progressive, TVE and EL PAÍS. She is the former communication advisor for Amnesty International USA and its General Secretariat, in addition to working with human rights organizations such as RADDHO, African Assembly for the Defense of Human Rights in Africa (Senegal) and CEDHU, Ecumenical Commission for Human Rights (Ecuador). She has worked as a writer on documentary films such as Condemned to the Death Row (2003).

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Csilla Kató

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Csilla Kató has been with Astra Film Festival since 1998. She is working in the departments of communication, film selection / programming, Astra Film Junior, DocumentaryTank @AFF. For several editions from the position of artistic director, coordinates the programming department of the festival. She has served in international film festival juries and was appointed as an expert in various international industry programmes in documentary film festivals across Europe and beyond. She studied cultural anthropology and film at Eötvös Loránt University in Budapest, as well as studies at the London School of Economics and the Australian National University in Canberra.

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Title: 
Astra Film Festival
Event: 
Surviving Pandemia: Festivals and the Global Challenge

Peter Kerekes

Bio: 

Peter Kerekes is film director, producer and teacher. He studied film directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, where he currently teaches filmmaking. Together with director Dušan Hanák, he participated in founding the atelier of fiction and documentary film, and engaged in filmmaking that explores the complex relationship between history and memory. His film, Cooking History (2009), is a documentary about cooking in the army and how it affects the victories and defeats of the soldiers. It won multiple awards, including the Best Documentary Award at Viennale, and was nominated for best documentary at the European Film Awards. Velvet Terrorists (2013), the story of three protagonists who opposed the communist regime in Czechoslovakia, was screened at Berlinale in 2014.

Event Date & Location: 
Event: 
Masterclass with Peter Kerekes: Road movie of ideas: How to transfer the images inside the director’s brain to the brain of the audience.
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