Jury International Competition
Short Documentary and Animated Film
Claire Aguilar, an American commissioning editor and film and festival curator, graduated with an MA in Film and Television Studies from the University of California in Los Angeles. She has been promoting and funding film art for more than 20 years. One of her first career positions was at the renowned UCLA Film and Television Archive. She has worked for the American Film Institute as a curator and commissioned and promoted independent productions as a commissioning editor for KCET, PBS and other broadcasters to make them accessible to broader audiences. In 2015 and 2016 she served as Director of Programming and Industry Engagement for Sheffield Doc/Fest.
David Sproxton, along with Peter Lord and Nick Park, is one of the creative masterminds behind Aardman, which rose from a two-person company to a global animation film studio. Sproxton and Lord produced their first animation film in 1970. In 1972 they founded Aardman and created a plasticine character called “Morph”, the forefather of their claymation worlds which soon became a field of technical and artistic experimentation for young filmmakers. Since then, Sproxton has contributed to a number of the great Aardman successes as a producer, director or cinematographer. He co-produced “Chicken Run” (2000), the studio’s first production for the big screen. He was made a CBE in 2006 and currently serves as chairman of the board of the Encounters Film Festival in Bristol.
Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz was born in Cieplice Śląskie in 1954. She first studied painting in Wrocław but soon switched to film and graduated from the Directing Department of the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia in Katowice in 1982. She also worked on feature films and for television but is regarded as one of the most distinguished voices of the recent Polish documentary. In 1983 she made her debut with the short film “Everyone Knows Who They Are Standing Behind”, followed by “The Office” (1986), which won the main prize at Cinéma du Réel in Paris, among others, and, most recently, “I Love Poland” (2007), award winner at goEast in Wiesbaden. She is a professor at Łódź Film School.