Jury International Competition
Short Documentary and Animated Film
Vano Arsenishvili studied Film Directing at the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Film University in Tbilisi and the Film Academy Vienna. Since 2008, he has been head of the Artefact Production company, which specialises in documentary and experimental film. He has collaborated as a co-director, cinematographer or editor on various internationally successful productions, including “Altzaney”, which will be screened as part of the Country Focus Georgia at DOK Leipzig 2017 and which won the Documentary Film Prize of the Film Festival della Lessinia. He also contributes to film projects as an advisor, specialising in visual storytelling and editing, and teaches documentary film at the Caucasus University, International Black Sea University and the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs.
Maike Mia Höhne
Maike Mia Höhne has been curator and head of the Berlinale Shorts section of the International Berlin Film Festival since summer 2007 and works as a freelance writer, curator, producer, photographer and director in various fields. She has also worked as a lecturer and moderator of film events and produces features for the German-French television channel ARTE. Her films are distributed by “Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art” and the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V. She presented her first long feature as writer and director, “3/4”, at the Filmfest Hamburg in 2014.
Dorota Kobiela studied painting and graphic design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw and was the several times recipient of the grant of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in recognition of extraordinary student achievements. She discovered her passion for animation and films through friends and enrolled in the directing department of the Wajda School in order to learn the new artistic disciplines from the ground up. Since 2004 she has released mainly animated short films, including “Little Postman” in 2011, an award-winning animation based on stereoscopic paintings. In 2017 she completed “Loving Vincent”, her first feature-length film, together with the British producer and co-director Hugh Welchman.