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INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALJURY 2007

BERND BUDER (GERMANY)
Born in 1964 in Berlin. Studied political science at the Free University Berlin. 1996-2005 programme director for the ”Berliner Filmkunsthaus Babylon“. Has been involved in film festivals (Cottbus, dokumentArt, goEast) and written about film (”Freitag“, ”Filmdienst“ and others). Since 2005 Southeastern Europe researcher for the ”International Forum of New Cinema“.

MIRA STALEVA (BULGARIA)
Born in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. After finishing her education in theology and psychology she dedicated herself to travelling. She has been part of the team of Sofia IFF from the very beginning and is now head of the Sofia Meetings, the co-production platform of Sofia IFF, and programme adviser of Sofia IFF.

OGNJEN SVILIČIĆ (CROATIA)
Born 1971 in Split, Croatia. He studied directing at the Academy of Performing Arts in Zagreb. His film SORRY FOR KUNG FU was shown in competition at CROSSING EUROPE 2005. His latest film ARMIN was presented at CROSSING EUROPE 2007.

MARIE VERMILLARD (FRANCE)
Born in 1954 in Tulle, France. Teaches film at the FEMIS film school in Paris and is on the board of the pressure group ACID (Association du Cinéma Indépendant pour sa Diffusion). Her latest film PETITES RÉVÉLATIONS was presented at CROSSING EUROPE 2007.

NEIL YOUNG (GREAT BRITAIN)
Born 1971 in Easington, UK. Since 2005 International Programmer for the Bradford International Film Festival at the UK‘s National Media Museum. Also advises several European festivals and regularly contributes to BBC (radio), political magazine ”Tribune“ (London) and Jigsaw Lounge (online), etc. Lives in Sunderland.


LOCAL ARTISTS JURY 2007

GISELA HESSER (VIENNA)
Born in 1969 in Tragwein. 1992 completed carpentry training. 2000 graduated with a degree in architecture. Since 1987 project work in the areas of film, architecture, design, NPO and social work. 2006 winner of the CROSSING EUROPE Award Local Artist for WIR LAWOGFRAUEN HABEN‘S SCHÖN, together with Gregor Stadlober, with whom she also made the experimental film RUCKZUCK.

RAIMUND LIEBERT (VIENNA)
Born in 1981 in Vienna. Projects in art and cultural pedagogy (film/video, theatre), curator of film events. Studied theatre, film and media studies in Vienna. Founder and organiser of the short film festival VIS Vienna Independent Shorts. Since 2006 responsible for the programme of the Schikaneder Cinema and head of PR for Topkino in Vienna.

GENOVEVA RÜCKERT (LINZ)
Born 1974. Studied Art History and Culture Management, Art Education and Design and Technology in Graz, Linz and Karlsruhe. Curator at the O.K Center for Contemporary Art; worked prior to that at the Grazer Kunstverein and for the working group contemporary art in Graz. Chair of the Forum – Friends and Graduates of the ArtUniversity Linz, teaches at the Art University Linz.