SHORT FILM JURY

Markéta Pášmová

Artistic Director of Zlín Film Festival
Markéta Pášmová graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno. In 1999, she began working as a program organizer at Zlín Film Festival. In 2004, she began working at Zlín Film Festival as head of the program department. Since January 2013 she has been the artistic director. She is focused on European cinema and is active in the field of educational programs for children and youth. She sits regularly in professional juries of similarly oriented festivals. She is a board member of the foundation FILMTALENT ZLÍN, which supports talented young filmmakers and she is a board member of European Children’s Film Association. Markéta Pášmová is the head film programme organizer of the festival, comprehensively covering its dramaturgical composition and line. She develops and maintains domestic and international relations in the realm of film professionals

Pantelis Panteloglou

Deputy Artistic Director of Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
Pantelis Panteloglou has studied Social Anthropology in Athens and has an MA on Social
Exclusion and Minorities. He has been working in audiovisual sector, cinema and theater
since 2003 in various creative and organizational positions. Since 2011, he has worked for
Olympia International Film Festival’s for Children and Young People film selection, printed
material, international relations and exchanges and translations. He is currently the deputy
artistic director of OIFF.

Rozi Lovas

Actress
She graduated from the University of Kaposvár with a degree in acting in the class of János Mohácsi and István Znamenák in 2012. Since then, she has appeared in a number of theater, independent and film productions. She was a member of the National Theater of Miskolc, the Hungarian Theater of Pest, the Thália Theater, and since 2016 she belongs to the company of the Radnóti Theater. In addition to her theatrical work, she also plays significant roles in series, TV and film productions. She taught artistic speech at the Hungarian Academy of Drama in Pest for two years. Launched in 2020, the award-winning podcast show Once Down, which has been in its third season ever since. Her work has won numerous awards, including the Junior Prima Award, the Television Journalism Award, and the Theater Critics Guild’s Most Promising Beginner Award.

ANIMATION JURY

Claudia Sumeghy

Producer, JUNO11 Pictures
Economist and producer experienced in the fashion and film industry. In 2016 together with her director's husband, Tamás Yvan Topolánszky they founded their independent production company JUNO11 Pictures. Their first short film Letter to God won several international awards and the distribution rights were purchased by HBO for Central and Eastern Europe. Their first feature film, CURTIZ, won the Grand Prize at the 2018 Montreal World Film Festival, won the Riviera International Film Festival Award for Best Director and was selected into Camerimage Director's Debut section. Netflix bought its screening rights for the whole world. In addition to making her second feature film, Heights and Depths, which deals with the life of Zsolt Erőss's widow, she is working on the youth film I Accidentally Wrote a Book with director Nóra Lakos, and is involved in the development of the DVNA television series as producer and creator. As a mother, Claudia Sümeghy aims to make socially relevant films for the younger generations, so she spends her time on projects that can get her message across the world.

Martin Smatana

Animation director
Martin Smatana (1991, Slovakia) finished his master degree of Animation at FAMU, Prague. During his bachelor studies he completed an intership in Nukufilm studio in Tallinn, Estonia. For 5 years he was leading workshops of animation for children. His debut film Rosso Papavero was premieted at Berlinale 2015 Generation Kplus and won 13 international awards. In February 2019 he finished his graduation stop-motion film for children The Kite, that was premiered at Berlinale in Generation and since then has won 22 international awards, including Cinemira 2020's Golden Squrriel Award for Best Short Animation.

Janka Barkoczi

Researcher, Hungarian National Film Institute - National Film Archive
She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University with a degree in film theory and film history and a master's degree in film heritage from the University of Amsterdam, and obtained her doctorate from Corvinus University. Shw publishes in various journals as a specialist writer and film critic. She has been involved in several educational projects as an organizer, developing educational materials for the Film Archive, Mozinet and the Version International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. She's committed to bringing the treasures of film heritage close to the youngest generations.

ECFA JURY

Felix Vanginderhuysen

General Secretary of the European Children's Film Association
Born in 1954 and got his master degree in Social Sciences at the Louvain University in 1976. Started in 1978 at “Jekino”, a non-profit-organization for the promotion of quality films for children. In 40 years Jekino was builded into a leading association for as well distribution as film education. In 1989 founder of the “European Youth Film Festival” in Antwerp and in 2000 co-founder of “Lessons in the Dark”, a school film project in Flanders. In 2017 all these organizations (Jekino – Festival – Lessons in the Dark) merged into “JEF”, kind of a Flemish Institute for children’s film. In 1988 founder of “European Children’ Film Association” (ECFA) and since this start in function as the General Secretary of this association. In 2007 he received the Flemish Cultural Award from the Ministry of Culture.

Michael Harbauer

Director of International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL
In 1996, Michael Harbauer initiated the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL. What was originally launched as a film week with not more than twelve films, is now one of the most comprehensive platforms for international and national children’s and youth films in Europe. SCHLINGEL contributes also to an intercultural dialogue through films and increases the profile of German cinematography abroad by touring countries in and outside Europe (e.g. Russia, China, Canada, Israel, Japan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam). Besides his leading position in managing the SCHLINGEL film festival, Michael Harbauer is head of the non-profit association Saechsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst e.V., which is committed to educating children and adolescents in terms of film theory and practice. Successful SCHLINGEL films are even integrated in this educational work. By distributing some of these films, the association even paves their way onto big screens

Jo-Anne Blouin

General and Artistic Director of FIFEM - Montreal International Children’s Film Festival
Jo-Anne Blouin has worked in the arts with and on behalf of children for all of her professional career. At the age of 16, in her native Quebec, she began working in theatre for children, and embarked in the heady world of creating collective works for children’s theatre. From theatre, she moved to film for children and created the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, better known under its French acronym FIFEM. She still acts as CEO and artistic director of the festival that will hold its 25th edition in March 2022. From 1998 to 2008, she was CIFEJ’s Executive director, where she created the Kids For Kids Festival. In 2017, she was nominated Honorary Member of the European Children Film Association (ECFA), and in 2018 received an Honorary Award from Schlingel festival (Germany).

CHILDREN’S JURY

Milan Zikkert

Berta Szikora

Mate Szikora

AWARDS

Golden Squirrel –Best Short Film for Children from Hungary
Golden Squirrel – Best Animated Short Film for Children
Golden Squirrel – Best Live Action Short Film for Children
Junior Squirrel – Best Film Made by Children
Junior Squirrel – Special Award
ECFA Jury Award – The European Children’s Film Association Award for Best Children’s Short Film

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