Awards and Juries
Composed of important film professionals, this jury presents the Best Film Award and Best Director Award in the International Competition.
Amy Shepherd represents Think-Film Impact Production, a rapidly emerging company doing cutting-edge work at the intersection of film and policy. Think-Film's unique work model harnesses the dynamic power of visual storytelling to bring social and political issues to the highest level of attention. Amy Shepherd worked in the UK, the Phillipines and in the EU on issues spanning prisoner rights, criminal justice, free speech, freedom of belief and digital rights.
Andrea Slováková is a Slovak director, documentary filmmaker, and film theorist. In the past, she has held such positions as curator for experimental film at the Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival, director of the AVU Publishing House in Prague, and editor-in-chief for DO, an anthology of texts about documentary film. She lectures on the history and methodology of documentary film at Masaryk University in Brno. In addition, Andrea is a member of the editorial board of the Do.Revue for Documentary Film and Iluminace film magazine, and acts as an expert for the State Cinematography Fund. She also publishes articles in various film and cultural magazines (Kino Ikon, Cinepur, A2).
Journalist, editor and film director Truls Lie (1957) is originally from Norway. For the past 25 years he has been active as a newspaper and magazine publisher and editor-in-chief (for publications such as the Le Monde diplomatique magazine and the Morgenbladet newspaper). He has also directed several documentary films, Currently he is the editor-in-chief of the Norwegian monthly Ny Tid and the English-language online magazine Modern Times Review.
He lives in Oslo and Syracuse, Sicily.
Václav Havel Jury
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.
Arzu Geybulla is an Azerbaijani columnist and writer with a special focus in digital authoritarianism and its implications on human rights and press freedom in Azerbaijan. In the past, Arzu has written for Al Jazeera, Foreign Policy Democracy Lab, CODA, and Radio Free Europe. She is a regular contributor at Open Democracy and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Geybulla was featured on BBC 100 Women Changemakers in 2014. Currently, she is based in Istanbul where she continues her journalism work and working on her book about the story of Azerbaijani political dissidents.
Heba Alshibani is a Libyan journalist, photographer, and documentary filmmaker. She produced and presented a number of Television shows including a show focused on Libyan women’s rights. She also joined the Reuters team as Television producer. Shibani is one of the authors of "Our Women on the Ground'', a book about Arab women reporting from the Arab world. For 2 years she was on the Jury of Friederich Ebert Stiftung Libya Young Leader Program. Heba Alshibani directed 2 documentaries. The Trigger is following Libyan boxer who emigrated to Malta escaping the war. Greener Shade of Couture is an environmental short film following an award-winning Fashion Designer, cancer survivor and an environmental activist Lara Spiteri who is trying to change Malta through recycling one piece of couture at a time.
Amon Yiu Yeuk-wa
Amon YIU Yeuk-wa is currently a member of the young activist group Demosisto in Hong Kong. He works as a researcher on international affairs and the archival project Decoding Hong Kong’s History in Demosistō. Majoring in Cultural Studies in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Amon also joined two community-building advocates, Very Hong Kong and Liber Research Community, and published several reports on land use issues in Hong Kong.
Czech Competition Jury
The best Czech documentary films or co-productions focusing mainly on Czech themes.
Human rights activist, documentary filmmaker and producer Haytham Chamass studied at the Lebanese American University in Beirut. He is also the founder of Factory 961 / Art Factory association which holds the Karama Beirut Human Rights Film Festival. He is also a festival director of this event. He filmed many documentaries related to human rights and public awareness issues, short films, TV programs and many commercials. He was a jury member at many festivals around the world and president of jury for documentary films in Duhok IFF in 2018.
Myrocia Watamaniuk is Senior International Programmer at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto. She has programmed fiction and non-fiction features and shorts for over 20 years, holding programming positions at Toronto International Film Festival, Aspen ShortsFest, and Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. As a broadcaster and television producer, she has hosted programs and appeared on CBC News, CBC Toronto and Rogers TV.
Darko Nabakov is an actor and art historian from Skopje. For the last seven years he has been involved in the Makedox, working in the pre-selection of main program films, selection of student and kids s program and distribution for the purpose of the Festival. Creative Documentary Film Festival Makedox is a young and rarely avant-garde festival celebrating the creative documentary film. It is one of the most powerful catapults for creating cinema audiences in Macedonia.
This jury awards a prize for the best movie in the festival’s selection of films for students. It is chiefly composed of secondary school students who are organisers of One World in Schools student film clubs.
Anděla (17) lives in Prague and is a second-year student at the Professor Jan Patočka Grammar School. Within the framework of the People in Need project “From the Place Where We Live”, she participated in presenting the story of a witness of contemporary history who emigrated to the USA. Outside of school, she is involved in Czech Scouting and leads a troop of Světlušky (Brownie equivalent). She also enjoys sport and psychology, which is her field of choice for the future.
Ondřej (18) is in the last year of the general grammar school in Tišnov, where he is currently trying to revive the Student Parliament. He has lived in the same town for more than ten years, and has attended the local One World Festival for half of those years, and is also involved in organizing it. As someone focused on the arts in addition to film, he enjoys music, and hopes to go on to study at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno.
Adéla (18) lives in České Budějovice and is in her eighth year at the local grammar school. She took over the leadership of the Z5NA1 volunteer project, in which secondary school students tutor socially disadvantaged children, from older students. Her main interests are language, culture, and the humanities. She was involved in amateur theatre for several years, and is currently a member of the České Budějovice Creative Writing Group.
The Regional Jury comprises three representatives of the regional festivals, which are taking place in 35 towns throughout the Czech Republic this year. The juror cannot concurrently be a member of the organisation team, but is someone favourably inclined towards One World and who supports it. The main prize for the winning film will be its inclusion in the selection of documentaries for the “Get Your Audience!” programme.
Jana Dvořáková teaches Czech and history at the grammar school in Český Krumlov. She is popular among students for her knowledge, ability to place historical events within a broader context, and the way she is able to pass on her sense for stylistics and perception with regard to artistic texts. Jana Dvořáková has led a number of projects to successful completion, such as Naši sousedé / Our Neighbours, Můj velikán / My Great Hero, Nezapomenuté příběhy / Unforgotten Stories, and including a winning entry within the context of the Kdo jiný? / Who Else? campaign. Jana regularly goes to One World screenings in Český Krumlov – in her free time as well as with students in lieu of standard classes, and she subsequently discusses the films they have seen with them. Students value her sense of humour, her broad general knowledge, and ability to see things in an original way.
Zdeněk Frelich has a degree in landscape ecology. Currently he is professionally involved in nature preservation, regional development, and climate change. In his free time, he likes to explore the Rychleby Mountains, and has, for instance, established a community garden in Opava. He has been attending the One World Festival for many years, because, according to him, the festival films are very powerful and help people to put their own daily problems in perspective. Zdeněk has moderated several of the post-film discussions and has organised film screenings within the framework of the Promítej i ty! / Get Your Audience! platform.
Kristýna Voříšková works with the Czech Union of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing as well as the Deaf Association Pilsen as a sign language interpreter and social worker. One of her projects is called “Let’s Sign in School”, and it aims to teach primary school children in the Pilsen Region sign language, as well as the rules for communication with the deaf. Kristýna has long been collaborating with the One World Festival as a guest at the post-screening discussions, or as an interpreter and lecturer at the Without Words Workshop, which familiarises attendees with sign language. For last year’s edition of the festival, she filmed a video invitation to One World for the deaf.
In 2020, our audience members will once again be able to vote for their favorite documentary film.
As in previous years, the Audience Award is supported by the Avast Foundation. We also hope that the high quality of the documentaries shown at the One World festival has not changed either.
You will be able to cast your vote in cinemas until Friday, March 13.