STIFF film festival selects around 40 films every year. Films are selected carefully and without compromise among a large number of submissions the festival receives from around the world. 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 mem-bers; one filmmaker who had a film as part of the STIFF programme in previous years, one professional filmmaker and one film student. The purpose of this is for students to learn from the professionals and for Croatian filmmakers to con-nect and work with young international filmmakers, encouraging future collaborations and exchange of ideas.
The strong competition programme sets a demanding task in front of our jury, to award only one Best Fiction, Best Docu-mentary and Best Animation film.
The jury can also decide to award a special mention to any outstanding works from the programme and the audiences play a big role by voting for the best film of their choice, giving out the Audience Award.
FICTION FILM JURY
Giovanni Robbianois a screenwriter, director and producer born in Genova, Italy in 1958. He studied film in Bologna and later at Columbia University in New York as Fullbright student.
After returning to Italy he worked as a screenwriter and directed three features: Figurine (1997) 500! (co-direction, withL. Vignolo and M. Zingirian – 2001) and Hermano (2004) and a tv movie. He later wrote many other films, documen-taries and TV series in Italy and Europe. Also, as creative producer worked for a number of features. Since 1998 Rob-biano has been teaching at many universities in Italy, Bologna, Iulm Milano, Genova, Roma and has been visiting pro-fessor at the Universitè D’Evry – Val D’Essonne (UEVE) in France.
He has been a trainer for the Media program of the EEUU since 2000 working in many different countries of Europe and the Mediterranean region, he has been lecturing at the International Forum of the Hong Kong International Film andTV Market, as well as Venice Film festival and Berlinale.
Between September 2015 and 2017 he has been the head of the International Department at FAMU in Prague, Czech re-public. He is also a member of the faculty at FIOFA in Ochrid, Macedonia and head of studies at Docskool film trainingin Kathmandu, Nepal. He has published a book on screenwriting, and different other essays and articles. Since 2013 he is a member of the European Film Academy
Damian Kocur is a director, cinematographer and a producer. Damian graduated from Cinematography and Art Pho-tography at Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia in Katowice He made several short films, whichwon a wide recognition and rewards on numerous polish and international film festivals. Right now he’s preparing his debut feature film.
His short fiction film “Nothing New Under the Sun” received a Jury Special Mention Award at the 5th STIFF Film Festival.
After many years of being active in photography, debate and video making, Mara Prpić enrolled in the Academy of Applied Arts in Bologna, where he is currently completing her third year in film directing.
DOCUMENTARY FILM JURY
Morana Ikić Komljenović
Morana Ikić Komljenović is an independent expert in the field of film and TV production, education, development and distribution of AV works. In 20 years of professional career in film, she has produced films by Miroslav Sikavica, Hrvoje Mabic, Vlatka Vorkapic, Igor Bezinovic, Ivan Sikavica, etc. From international co-productions, she highlights Croatian-Hungarian co-production «Stories from the Prison Cell» by Abel Visky and Indian-English-Bosnian co-production “The Golden Thread” by Nishtha Jain for which, as part of a Taskovski film team from London, as a European producer, she has received support from the IDFA Co-Production Fund, Asian Cinema Fund, Doc Port Incehon Fund from Korea, etc. From 2004 until the end of 2015, she worked first as a cinematographer and editor, and for 10 years as Head producer and director of Fade In production from Zagreb. Her debut film “Naked soul” was screened as part of Generation Y programme at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001.Her film «The Last 100″ won the Grand Prix at the Dok’n’Ritam Festival in Belgrade. She is also the author of four seasons of the TV series “At the Table”. Since 2018 she has been the executive producer of the Rab Film Festival. She is the founder and owner of Little Red Dot (audiovisual development, production, distribution and professional consultancy).
Maja Stojić had a long journey of experimenting with various art forms in order to discover a world of filmmaking where all arts can coexist together in perfect harmony. She is currently studying at the Film and Video Department, Art Academy of Split.
ANIMATION FILM JURY
Niko Radas was born in 1980 in Zagreb. He graduated sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. Since 2004 Niko has been working as an art therapist at the Vrapče Psychiatric Clinic, He won numerous awards in Croatia and abroad for his animated film “The Unusual Bath of Mr. Otmar”, which he created together with his patients at Vrapče Clinic.
Lina Tsivian is amultidisciplinary artist based in Tel Aviv. She graduated Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem in 2017. In recent years Lina performs various jobs at film sets such as art director, creative director, editor, stylist, costume designer. Lina is in arelationship with Ido Maler (photographer)which is also her partner in creation. They put their works under the title IDOLINA.
Her film “I am Not a Robot”, won the Best Animation Award at the 5th STIFF film festival.
Dean Hamer was born in 1996 in Zagreb. He is a graduate student of Animation at the Academy of Fine Arts, Univer-sity of Zagreb. In addition to his passion for animation, Dean also illustrates and writes for comic book fanzines.