STIFF film festival programmes around 40 films every year. They are carefully and without compromise selected from a large number of submissions the festival receives from around the world. This sets a demanding task in front of our jury, to award the Best Fiction, Best Documentary and Best Animation.
STIFF has a very carefully “structured” jury, working in teams; one for fiction films, one for documentaries and one for animation. Each jury team has three members; one filmmaker who had a film as part of STIFF programme in previous years,
one Croatian film professional and one student. The purpose to this is for students to learn from the professionals and for Croatian filmmakers to connect and work with young international filmmakers, encouraging future collaborations and exchange of ideas. They can decide to award a special mention of the jury to any outstanding works from the programme and the audiences play a big role by voting for the best film in their opinion, giving out the Audience Award.
We are delighted to introduce you to our jury at 5 th STIFF!
FICTION FILM JURY
Documentary film director, founder, and artistic director of “Kratki na brzinu” – Croatian short film festival (aka Diversions).
Toma Zidić was born in Zagreb in 1988. His interests are in the film, writing poems and trying to do as many exciting things as he can, often simultaneously and out of the blue. Sometimes he is successful, often less successful, but he does not think about his failures and is not prone to giving up. Other than Zagreb, Toma has lived in Rijeka, Krška, and Sv. Ivan Zelina. He enjoys train trips, rolling in a medium-high grass, playing and hitting the drums, and lying on the ground to hear the waves murmuring. What makes him happy is working with young people and motivating them to look at the world from some of the different perspectives out there.
Ely Chevillot (Winner of Stiff 2017)
After mathematical studies, Ely Chevillot learned film directing at IAD (Institut des Arts de Diffusion), the Belgian film school. She concluded her studies with the short film “The Elusive“, which is already in the official selection of more than fifty festivals including the FIAPF and Academy Award Qualifying festivals and is also a multiple award-winning film. Ely is now working on her next short film to be shot in April, besides being a screenwriter for the Belgian television.
Sajra Subašić was born in 1994 in Heilbronn, Germany. She graduated from high school in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She then went off to study journalism for two years in Sarajevo before switching to the Academy of Performing Arts, also in Sarajevo, in 2015, Department of Editing. Sajra took part in several film workshops including Young Critics Workshop at the Pula Film Festival, documentary film workshops at CPH:DOX, Pravo ljudski and Beldocs. Her short film “Ascending” (2018) was shown in this year’s edition of the Pula Film Festival and Sarajevo Film Festival. She is interested in writing, photography, and storytelling in general.
ANIMATION FILM JURY
Matea Milić (Zagreb, 1980) completed her studies of Art History and Slovak Language and Literature at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb. As a member of the Hulahop team since 2012, she took on responsibilities such as the distribution of documentary, feature and animated films – acquiring film rights and developing distribution plans. She co-ordinated Animafest’s decentralized events and the festival’s finances until 2015 when she undertook the position of the festival’s producer.
Born in Rijeka in 1995, Noemi lived in Pula where she finished gymnasium in 2014. She is now a graduate student of Animated Film and New Media Department in the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. She worked on a number of projects throughout her studies: short educational films for children, a team project for the Croatian national theatre, a student exchange with London’s art school “The Cass”; and has also taken part in many workshops related to film and animation. In 2018 she spent a semester in Volda University College in Norway where among other projects, she got to be part of the animation team working on Emilie Blichfeldt’s graduate film “Sara’s Intimate Confessions”, a feminist short film which was chosen to compete in Locarno Film Festival in August 2018
Elena Apostolovski was born in Pula in 1994. She is a student at the Academy of Applied Arts, University of Rijeka; she is also working as a gallery co-manager at Student Cultural Centre and (SKC). She is also participating in a few more projects that revolve around the development of culture and society.
She has participated in more than 30 group exhibitions, manifestations, and workshops, as well as having organized a fair number of them in Rijeka, Praputnjak, Bakar, Silba, Novi Sad, Pula, Zagreb etc. In her free time, she is taking walks and photos around the world.
DOCUMENTARY FILM JURY
Zoran Krema was born in 1979 in Rijeka. In 2006 he graduated from the University of Trieste majoring in Communication Sciences, and having presented the topic “The Changes and Perspectives of Audiovisual Documentary film with Digital Technology”. He works as a freelance director, cameraman and film editor. He is the president of “Okodoko” – an organization dedicated to promoting activities and achievements in the field of film and video.
Maximilian Feldmann (Winner of STIFF 2017)
Maximilian Feldmann was born in Berlin in 1985. He shot his first documentary portrait in 2005 during his Voluntary Social Year in Ecuador. This was followed by several traineeships at film and TV productions. Between 2007 and 2015, he studied Documentary Filmmaking at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His graduation film “Valentina” premiered at the 66th Berlinale and won several international awards. Since graduating in 2015 he works as a director and author for both fictional and non-fictional productions. In 2016 he co-founded the production company “Rocinante Film International”.
Betty Stojnić is a graduate student of the Cultural Studies Department at the Faculty of Philosophy in Rijeka. Her primary interests are film and gender studies. Batty also held public lectures on these topics in collaboration with the Center for Women’s Studies in Rijeka. She has obtained an invaluable experience as a juror during the 2018 edition of the “Giornate degli Autori” Film Festival in Venice. At the moment Betty is working as a video journalist, exploring the innumerable nooks and crannies of Rijeka’s art and its cultural scene.