Joško Marušić

Jury president

Born in 1952 in Split. An architect who professionally works in comics, caricatures, illustrations and animated films. Considered one of the classics of the Zagreb school of animated film. His films Inside and Out, Fisheye, Skyscraper, Perpetuo, Home Is the Best... and more recently I Love You Too, Why Did They Come by Train, In the Neighbourhood of the City and Euthanasia won prestigious, often top prizes at the most important festivals in the world. Author and producer of the feature-length animated film The Rainbow. Former artistic director of Zagreb Film and the director of the World Animation Festival in Zagreb. Founded animation studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb. As a visiting professor, lectures in animation theory at several European universities. He was the editor of the popular TV show Colored Light. He is known chiefly for his newspaper cartoon columns. Lives and works in Zagreb.

Želimir Gvardiol

Born in Zemun. Graduated from FAMU in Prague, Department of Film and TV Directing, in 1984 and received his master's degree in 1990. Since 2000, carries the status of a prominent independent artist of UFUS. Written and directed documentaries: Little and Big (2022), Public Indictments & Ode to the Truth (2019), The Last Hope (2018), Roots of Evil (2015), Secrets and Doubts (2012), Performance: Traitor vs. Criminal (2009), It's Only Mine (2003), Black Ravens (2001), Father, Son, Holy Spirit (1998), I Don't Know Where, When, or How (1994), Crime and Punishment (1990), We Are What We Are (1990), Bear 007 (1986), Mister Seal (1984). With documentaries, he represented the cinematography of SFRY, FRY, SCG and Serbia at film festivals from AMPAS, BAFTA, EFA and FIAPF since 1991: Berlin (Berlinale); Berlin (EFA Awards), Bilbao, Krakow, Leipzig, Oberhausen, San Sebastian, Tampere. Winner of dozens of international and domestic festival awards and recognitions.

Narcisa Darijević Marković

Obtained her BA from the Department of Film and TV Directing, Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Her graduate film Magic, awarded for debut film and direction at international and domestic festivals, was the Serbian representative for the Oscar in the student film category. She makes documentaries, TV shows, directs in the theater. Her most notable films: Mediana 2000, Even-Odd, Light on the Hill, Frescoes of Studenica: Thoughts of Eternity... She is a regular professor and head of the Department of FTV Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade. Teaches Documentary Film and Sound Direction. Since 2000, she has been a member of the Association of Film Artists and Serbia's Association of Film Directors. She is on the council of the international festival Short Form. Artistic director of the International Student Documentary Film Festival Clear Rivers.

Aleš Pavlin

Film and television producer. Co-founder and co-owner of PERFO Production, one of the leading Slovenian independent film and TV production companies, established in 2005. Graduated from the University of Economics, Ljubljana – B. Sc. Econ. and later got PhD from the University of Drama Arts, Belgrade. He is also a professor at the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television (AGRFT) in Ljubljana. In 2012, the European Film Promotion (EFP) selected him for the Cannes program Producers on the Move. Member of the European Film Academy (EFA), the European Producers Club (EPC) and The National Council for Culture of the Republic of Slovenia.

Pjer Žalica

Scriptwriter, director, producer, and editor born in Sarajevo in 1964. Professor of directing and scriptwriting at the Academy of Performing Arts Sarajevo. Member of EFA. His films have been shown at many festivals, such as: Cannes, Toronto, Locarno, London, Tribeca, and won over 50 awards including EFA Felix Best Documentary; EFA Discovery; Silver Leopard Locarno FF; Sarajevo FF; Warsaw Grand Prix. Selected filmography: as director – May Labor Day (2022, feature), Focus, Grandma (2020, feature), A Slave (2013, doc.), Orchestra (2011, doc.), Days and Hours (2004, feature), Fuse (2003, feature), Children Like Any Others (1995, doc.), MGM Sarajevo (1994, feature doc.), Godot Sarajevo (1993, doc.); as writer/producer – Buick Riviera (2008, producer, feature), The Frog (2017, writer, feature), Travel Agent (2010, writer, feature), The Perfect Circle (1997, writer, feature).