This jury awards the prize to a film that makes an exceptional contribution to the defence of human rights. It is comprised of human rights advocates, international representatives of the non-profit sector and donors.
Andrés Cañizález is a senior researcher at Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Venezuela (history of Venezuela, political science). Dr Cañizález is a political analyst and scholar of the media. He has written many academic articles published in magazines in Venezuela, Spain, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Bolivia. His weekly analysis articles are published in five Venezuelan newspapers and a news portal. In his book, La Presidencia Mediática (2012), he analyses the communications policy of the government of Hugo Chávez. He has combined academia with the defence and promotion of human rights in Venezuela.
María Carrión is a journalist and human rights activist, and currently the Executive Director of the Western Sahara International Film Festival (FiSahara). She has worked in human rights documentary films (The Back of the World, Granito: How to Nail a Dictator, Condemned to Die). She was senior producer for Democracy Now!, an independent news programme based in New York, and a contributor to The Progressive, BBC-Radio, EL PAIS, TVE and other media outlets. She was communications advisor to Amnesty International USA and its International Secretariat.
Moataz El Fegiery is the Middle East and North Africa coordinator at the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (Front Line Defenders). He has over 14 years of experience in human rights research and advocacy in the MENA region and published intensively on Islam, Islamism and human rights. El Fegiery was the executive director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies, an associate researcher at the Foundation of International Relations and Dialogue (FRIDE) and a member at the executive committee of the Euro Mediterranean Human Rights Network since 2006.
Tetiana Pechonchyk is a human rights defender from Ukraine and the chairman of the Human Rights Information Center, which focuses on torture prevention, combating discrimination, human rights related reforms in Ukraine and documentation of human rights abuses in occupied Crimea. In addition to her background in human rights and science, Pechonchyk worked as a media professional for a number of leading Ukrainian mass media outlets. Currently she is a member of the Journalistic Ethics Commission.
Artur Sakunts is a member of the National Council of Armenia established by the Ministry of Justice and the chairman of the Helsinki Citizens' Assembly. He specialises in monitoring prison institutions and the agenda of the Justice Ministry. He was director of the Group of Public Observers Conducting Monitoring of Penitentiary Institutions. On several occasions he was an observer of elections to parliament and local councils, not only in Armenia, but also in Estonia and Norway, for example. In 2006, 2010 and 2012, he participated in the preparation of a report on corruption in Armenia for Global Integrity.
Jakub (16) lives and studies in Prostějov. In 2016 he received honorary mention at the Gratias Tibi Awards for his activities related to municipal politics in his hometown. Thanks to his interest he has sparked wider debate about the possibility of greater involvement of young people in public life. Besides politics, he has since childhood been devoted to amateur theatre and writing in the local media. After graduating from high school he plans to study political science or law.
Jakub (17) is a student at the Karvina Grammar School. He participates in the organisation of One World in Trinec and spends most of his free time volunteering. He chairs a youth council which organises regular cultural, sports and educational events for young people and for people of all ages. He also acts as a coordinator of the local group Amnesty International Karvina, which strives to raise awareness about human rights issues across the region and help people around the world. His interests include visual art and writing. He says that the most important thing is not to sit still, but to create things and change.
Eliška (18) is in her fourth year at the Duhovka Grammar School in Prague. Last year, she won first prize in the One World in Schools literary competition. In her spare time she is constantly in motion. She likes dancing, running, reading and for the past 14 years has been a member of a choir. Her greatest passion, however, is traveling to different corners of the world. At the moment her main focus is graduating. After that she would like to study marketing at university.
Anna (18) is in her third year at the Mozart Grammar School in Pardubice, where she is involved in exciting projects such as the One World in Schools Film Club. Thanks to this organisation she has introduced her classmates to topical issues through documentaries. In her free time she tries to help people, for example, by volunteering at the Regional Charity Pardubice. She likes studying languages, so she is considering pursuing this course after graduation or trying her luck at FAMU (Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague).
Composed of important film professionals, this jury presents the Best Film Award and Best Director Award in the International Competition.
Bruno Dequen has been the director of programming of RIDM (Rencontres internationales du documentaire de Montréal) since 2015, after working there as a programmer since 2011. He is also editor-in-chief of the film magazine 24images. From 2007 to 2015, he has also worked as a film teacher and an associate producer for documentary series.
Florencia Santucho was born in Turin, Italy, in 1980. In 2002 she moved to Argentina where she began her career as a filmmaker. Today she is jury and programme selector for several festivals and cinema events. She is the director, in Buenos Aires, of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Derechos Humanos in Argentina (FICDH is the first human rights film festival in South America), the Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental (FINCA) and the Festival Internacional de Cine Ambiental y de Derechos Humanos (FINCADH, first edition) in Asunción, Paraguay. She served as executive producer and cinematographer for numerous documentaries, mainly Italian, filmed in Argentina.
In 1993 she joined YLE, Finnish Broadcasting Company, where she worked as a reporter and political commentator on YLE TV1. After that she was the head of documentaries for YLE TV1 in 1999–2000. When YLE launched new digital channels, she was chosen as the Head of Programmes in YLE Teema. She stayed with the channel until November 2005, when she started working as the Director of EDN, European Documentary Network in Copenhagen, Denmark. In 2011–2014 she worked in Budapest, Hungary leading the Finnish Institute and also serving as cultural attaché at the Finnish Embassy in Budapest. She is currently based in Leipzig, Germany and working as Managing and Artistic Director of DOK Leipzig.
Liang Zhao was born in 1971. He is an independent filmmaker, moving image artist and photographer living and working in Beijing. His late films premiered at the Venice International Film Festival (Behemoth, 2015, in competition), Berlinale (Together, 2011) and the Cannes Film Festival (Petition, 2009). The video art and photography work of Zhao Liang has been exhibited in useums and galleries worldwide.
Zdeněk Holý long worked as an editor of the film magazine Cinepur, and from 2007–2010 as its editor-in-chief. He contributed as a dramaturge at Febiofest, Cinepur Choice and Academia Film Olomouc. As part of his doctoral studies at FAMU he made the film The Battlefield Titan (2007). From 2008–2012 he served as director of the Publishing House of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He is the screenwriter and producer of the film Daniel's World (2014, Panorama Section, Berlinale 2015), and the screenwriter and producer of the popular educational documentary Whose Is My Child (prize for best Czech nonfiction film and award from the magazine Dějiny a současnost, AFO 2014). In 2016 he was elected dean of FAMU.
The best Czech documentary films or co-productions focus mainly on Czech themes and seek answers to serious questions about issues like childcare or national security. This year for the first time ever the films will also compete for an award conferred by an international jury.
Barbara Orlicz-Szczypula is one of the programmers of the Krakow Film Festival, the oldest and most important Polish documentary and short film festival. Since 2006 she has been a vice president of the Krakow Film Foundation. She established the Film Promotion Agency, now working under the new name KFF Sales&Promotion in the framework of the Krakow Film Foundation. Its main goal is international promotion of Polish documentary, animated and short films.
Emel Celebi was born and raised in Istanbul. She studied English literature and worked in various magazines as an editor, interpreter and writer. Her first film Housekeeper won the Best Documentary Award at the 43rd Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival and First Prize at the 9th International Women's Film Festival in Seoul. Her second documentary Sisters of Lilith won the Best Balkan Documentary award at the 8th Dokufest Documentary and Short Film Festival in Prizren, Kosovo. She is also among the organisers of Istanbul Documentary Days and the Which Human Rights? Film Festival in Istanbul.
Veton Nurkollari is a photographer, producer and documentary film programmer based in Prizren, Kosovo. He is currently serving as Artistic Director of DokuFest, Kosovo's largest and most important film festival, which he co-founded in 2002. Veton is a member of the advisory board of the Balkan Documentary Center based in Sofia, and is also a member of the European Cultural Parliament and European Film Academy.
Iris Olsson is a Finnish filmmaker, mostly of short documentary films (Summerchild, Between Dreams, Burden of My Heart), which have won awards at Silverdocs, DOK Leipzig and Hot Docs in Toronto. She is currently the artistic director of the DocPoint Helsinki International Documentary Film Festival. She is a member of the European Film Academy and Filmiaura – Association of Finnish film Professionals.
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