Jury 2008

International Festival Jury 

Catherine Ann Berger (Switzerland)

born 1965, studied theatre and film in Vienna. From 1997 till June 2003 she hosted the award-winning programme ”Kulturzeit” on 3sat. is a film reporter for Swiss television and works for the production firm “CATPICS COPRODUCTIONS” in cinematic and stage project development. For five years she has also been working for the Documentary Film Festival “Visions du réel” in Nyon (Switzerland).

Rastislav Steranka (Slovakia)

born 1977 in Trebišov, Slovakia. Has been working for the Int. Film Festival Bratislava since 2003. In 2006 he co-founded Int. Film Festival Cinematik in Piešťany, Slovakia, and is responsible for the overall festival programme focusing mostly on European cinema. In 2007 he started working for MEDIA Desk Slovakia. Lives and works in Bratislava.

Koen Van Daele (Belgium)

born in Tielt, Belgium, in 1963. Is a film critic, programmer and organiser. in 1989 he co-founded the Brussels based film, arts and media centre Argos. has been curator of several projects relating to film, video, and art. In 2006 he became director of the Island – Institute for the Development of Film culture and programme director of the annual International Film Festival Kino Otok / Isola Cinema.

Belinda van de Graaf (The Netherlands)

born 1967, studied film and art history at the university of Amsterdam and worked at the Dutch Film museum, before becoming established as a film critic for Dutch daily newspaper Trouw (www.trouw.nl). Co-editor of De Filmkrant (www.filmkrant.nl).

Srđan Vuletić (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

born 1971. Graduated from the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, where he directed four plays, as well as a number of short student films. as a member of SAGA (Sarajevo group of authors) he directed several documentaries and received a number of awards for his films. Works as an assistant professor at the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo, director’s department. SUMMER IN THE GOLDEN VALLEY (CROSSING EUROPE 2004), IT‘S HARD TO BE NICE SEE (CROSSING EUROPE 2008).

Local Artists Jury

Libertad Hackl (Vienna)

Born 1980 in Vienna. 1998: studied art history, artistic project work (film / video, community radio). Studying scriptwriting and dramaturgy since 1999 and directing since 2001 at the Film Academy in Vienna. 2006/07 scriptwriting scholarship from Literarmechana. 2007 winner of the CROSSING EUROPE Award Local Artist for BLEIBEN WILL ICH, WO ICH NIE GEWESEN BIN (CROSSING EUROPE 2007).

Gabriele Mathes (Vienna)

Born 1960 in Wels. Studied directing at the University for Music and Performing Art, department of Film and Television, with Axel Corti and Peter Patzak. Filmmaker, scriptwriter. Since 2006 project director of the Vienna Video and Film days. Lives and works in Vienna. Films (selection): DARLING, ICH. (2000), EINE MILLION KREDIT IST GANZ NORMAL, SAGT MEIN GROSSVATER (CROSSING EUROPE 2006).


Joachim Smetschka (Linz)

Born 1968 in Lembach. Studied Experimental Visual Design, Art University Linz. 1997-2000 AEC Futurelab/Digital Media Studio. Media artist, director, art director. realises music videos, interactive arts, corporate film and visual concepts. Since 2005 developer and co-supervisor of the course of studies “Timebased and interactive Media”.