Polish film expert. A graduate of the Jagiellonian University, he studied at the Institute of Art of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. Former Deputy Mayor of the City of Krakow, Director of the Polish State Television Film Agency, General Secretary of the Polish Filmmakers Association. Member of the Polish and European Film Academies. Since 2000, Director of the Krakow Film Festival. Founder and president of Krakow Film Foundation, which is the producer of Krakow Film Festival and promoter of Polish documentaries and shorts abroad. Lecturer at the Krakow Academy. Member of numerous film festivals’ juries.
Since founding Triskel Film Club in Cork in 1986 Mick Hannigan has worked in film exhibition. He was appointed Director of the Cork Film Festival in 1987 a position he held for many years. He served as Cinemas Officer of the Irish Film Centre and later founded the Kino Arthouse Cinema which he ran for 13 years. He has a special interest in the short film and has served on many festival juries. In 2005 he organized an international Short Film Symposium which considered the shortfilm as a distinct art form.
He has served on the boards of The Federation of Irish Film Societies, The Irish Film Institute and the Irish Film Board. He is currently on the board of the International Short Film Conference and is Chair of the Munster Literature Centre.
He currently serves as Co-Director of the IndieCork Film Festival which, with others, he founded in 2013. IndieCork is now the largest festival for short films in Ireland.
Per Fikse (b. 1965, Norway) is the Director of Minimalen Short Film Festival in Trondheim, Norway, from 1999 to date, a festival he has programmed for since 1994. The festival had its 30th Anniversary Edition this year, screening 250 films over six days. Per Fikse holds a Master of Management degree from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has commited a few shorts and contributed with articles on film published in Norwegian and international media. He also works as a Software Development Manager in the private sector.
Sari Volanen is a commissioning editor for short and documentary films at Yle (Finnish Broadcasting company). She started her career in television over 30 years ago. Currently she works at YLE’s Co-production department producing films mainly with Finnish independent film makers and producers.
She is in charge of the short and doc film strand called New Cinema on YLE Teema channel.
Along with studies of film in Finland, she has participated EAVE –training in 1999, Eurodoc 2006 and Sources2 – Documentary Mentor training 2008. She has a master’s degree in art.
Thom Palmen is one of the founders of the Umeå International Film Festival in Sweden. (1986-2007)
He has been invited as a jury member to numerous film Festivals, notably in Berlin, Sofia, Regensburg, Cottbus, Aix-en-Provence, Indie-Lisboa, Poznan, Bratislava, Hamburg, Setubal, Cork, Kinochock (Anapa), Tampere, Puchon (Korea), FESPACO (Burkina Faso).
Currently working as a curator for a number of festivals and parallel to that as a producer at the same time developing projects within the field of the cinema.
Since April 2017 Executive Director of the Hancheng Jinzhen International Short film Festival.
His first film as producer, In the Theme (director Olga Popova, Russia) was selected and awarded at the Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) Shorts in 2008.
Works as pitching coach for animators at VAF (Visegrad Animation Forum in Trebon, Czech Republic) and as tutor for a large number of short film projects of any genre.
Studies in Art History, History of Ideas and Sociology.
Founded the Umeå International Film Festival in 1986. Since 1996 Artistic Director.
General Secretary of the European Coordination of Film Festivals (ECFF) 1999-2002.
President of the European Coordination of Film Festivals (ECFF) 2002-2004. And for a second period 2006 – 2007
Member of the pre-selection committee for the Swedish National Film Prize for Shorts & Documentaries (Golden Bug) 2003-2007
Voting member of the European Film Academy.
Since 2007 started working as producer. Since then worked on around 100 short films and three features.
Moved to Riga, Latvia in 2013
2007: In The Theme Director Olga Popova Russia, Sweden
2011: Birthday Director Jenifer Malmqvist)
Screened at Sundance and around 120 festivals world wide.
2011: Where You There? (Director Victor Lindgren)
2013: Undress Me (Director Victor Lindgren)
Premiered at Berlinale where is received the Teddy Award.
2014: A Little Longer, Dir Stanislav Tokalovs, Latvia, awarded Leilas Kristaps
2014: Castratus, the Boar, Dir by Raitis & Lauris Abele, Latvia
Nominated for Leilas Kristaps, Best Latvian Short at 2Annas, Riga Int. Short Film Festival (2014), Best short at Kinoshock, Anapa (2014), Special Mention Prague Shorts (2014)
Awarded Grand Prix at Tampere (2015),
Shortlisted for the Oscar, 2016
2015: My Dear Little Fish, Dir Taya Zubova, Russia/Latvia
2015: To Light, Dir Nora Särak, Estonia/Latvia
2017: Dummy, Dir 常永亮 Chang Yongliang, China
Special Mention at the 1st Hancheng Short Film Festival
FEstivals: Tampere, Finland & Seattle, USA
2018: Prisoner of Society, Georgia/Latvia, 2018, short documentary (Best Documentary Tampere, 2018, EFA nomination, Tampere, 2018)
2018: Broken Flowers, China Dir Xia Mengyi (Grace), Executive Producer
Virgil Widrich, born 1967 in Salzburg, works on numerous multimedia and film productions. He is one of the founders and Managing Directors of the multimedia company checkpointmedia GmbH, University Professor of Art & Science at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and owner and Managing Director of Virgil Widrich Film- und Multimediaproduktions G.m.b.H.
His first feature film is “Heller als der Mond” (“Brighter than the Moon”). His short film “Copy Shop” won 37 international awards and was nominated for the Oscar. “Fast Film” premiered in Cannes 2003 and won 36 awards until today. His most recent feature film is “Night of a 1000 Hours” (2016). In 2018 he directed his first music video “Nena & Dave Stewart: Be my Rebel”.
Virgil Widrich lives in Vienna.