Awards and Juries

International Jury

Shanida Scotland

Shanida Scotland

Shanida Scotland is Director & Global Head of Film at Doc Society where she oversees the global film strategy for the independent documentary organisation committed to the transformational power of documentary film. Doc Society funds films at all stages of production across a range of global funds including the BFI Doc Society Fund and the Climate Story Fund. Before joining Doc Society, Shanida was Commissioning Editor at The Guardian and STORYVILLE, the BBC’s multi award-winning flagship international feature documentary strand.

Pavel Sladký

Pavel Sladký

(born 1980) is a film critic and cultural journalist. He graduated from the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University. He collaborates with Czech Radio and publishes texts in magazines such as Cinepur, Film a doba, Aktuálně.cz, ČTart.cz. He also prepares a podcast about cinema for Film a doba. He is a member of the Association of Czech Film Critics, the international federation FIPRESCI, cooperates with Czech film festivals as a programmer and moderator of masterclasses. He is the author of the book Film Is Secret Door to Reality.

Aliaksei Paluyan

Aliaksei Paluyan

(b. 1989 in Belarus) In 2012 he moved to Germany and studied film and television directing at the Kunsthochschule Kassel (Academy for the arts). He has become known to audiences as a director of fiction short films and documentaries that have been presented at festivals worldwide. In 2019, his short fiction drama Lake of Happiness, a german-belarusian-spainish co-production, premiered in Clermont-Ferrand, won a numerous awards at international festivals, was a candidate for European Short Film at the 33rd European Film Awards in 2020 and longlisted for the Oscars 2021.  

Václav Havel Jury

Philippe Dam

Philippe Dam

Philippe Dam is Human Rights Watch’s advocacy director for Europe and Central Asia, and currently HRW’s Acting EU Director. He has worked on advocacy strategies and initiatives on Europe and Central Asia and engages multiple institutions, including the European Union, the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations. Previously, he was Human Rights Watch’s deputy director in Geneva, in charge of advocacy activities at the United Nations Human Rights Council. Before joining Human Rights Watch, he worked at the Geneva Office of the Conference of NGOs in Consultative Relationship with the UN (CONGO).

Malgorzata Szuleka

Malgorzata Szuleka

Malgorzata Szuleka is the secretary of the board of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Warsaw, Poland), one of the Europe's leading human rights NGOs. Since 2009, M. Szuleka has been one of the leading HFHR's lawyers and researchers, often partnering with, among others, the European Agency for Fundamental Rights on major research projects concerning fundamental rights protection. M. Szuleka has been also documenting the rule of law crisis in Poland by publishing numerous briefs and reports concerning the work of the judiciary system in times of reforms and attacks on judges and prosecutors. Her research and advocacy focus on issues of the independence of the judiciary, threats to the rule of law and democratic backsliding as well as shrinking civil society space. She also supports other Polish NGOS – she is the President of the Advisory Board of Polish NGO Akcja Demokracja. She is also a member of the Warsaw Bar. 

Maria Shupac

Marina Shupac

Marina Shupac is an award-winning journalist, self-shooting documentary filmmaker and human rights practitioner from Moldova. Through Global Short Docs Forum, her film Last Chance for Justice was commissioned by BBC World News. Her film won One World Media Awards in Short Film and Student categories, and a Special Mention at International Human Rights Film Festival One World. It was screened and discussed at numerous human rights events around the world, including the EU Parliament and the UN. Previously, Marina was awarded the Senior Minority Fellowship with the UN Human Rights Office and the Sakharov Fellowship with the EU Parliament. She also collaborates with the UN as a human rights consultant. 

Czech Competition Jury

Tue Steen Müller

Tue Steen Müller

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network). Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016  The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia.

Eniko Gyuresko

Eniko Gyuresko

Enikő has a BA in Liberal Arts and an MA in Design and Art Management. In Hungary, she worked at state museums and in a commercial photo gallery. Since 2016, she has been managing Hungary’s most established documentary film festival, Verzió. Since 2020, the creative human rights documentaries presented at Verzió are also available online at festival.verzio.org. Besides the screenings Verzió organizes various side events, such as concerts, panel talks, Q&As, workshops for filmmakers and film critics and exhibitions for alternative film posters. Verzió is a member of the Human Rights Film Network.

Maryia Trafimava

"32 years old, Belarusian. Now I temporarily live in Ukraine. I graduated from Minsk State Linguistics University in 2012, and worked as a teacher of English for a year later. Then I worked as a content manager in several IT companies. My activism mainly included volunteering for the Watch Docs Belarus festival where I had various roles, including coordination of regional screenings in Hrodna, (Belarus), Social Media Management, translation, copywriting, PR, strategic planning, event management, films selection process and project management. I joined the festival accidentally, because I had free time and wanted to volunteer somewhere and stayed for 5 more years with the team. What I love about this project is that it mirrors both my values and interests: I really love watching films and I have tried to advocate for human rights since my high school years, so it seems that I'm a perfect match for the job. I think that today the documentary film industry is becoming more and more important as it seems that mass media alone is unable to spread the most important and credible information while film seems to reach the hearts and minds of the audience better." 

Regional Jury

Tomáš Dostálek

Under the Good Society Association (Dobrá společnost), Tomáš and his friends from Chotěboř organize a number of cultural and social events (and not just film screenings from the Promítej i ty! (You Can Screen Too) series, but also events such as the Reader's Workshop [Čtenářská dílna), the Neighborhood Exchange [Sousedská výměna], and GoodPicnic [Dobropiknik], just to name a few). He also co-owns and is currently refurbishing one of the oldest burgher houses in Chotěbor, which not only offers a space for organizing a variety of events but also has a café (Cafe Kohout) complete with a zero-waste shopette in one corner and a coworking office space. Good Society is a golden-standard projectionist and has been screening films since 2013.

Pavel Mikoláš

Pavel Mikoláš

For many years, Pavel has worked as a history and PE teacher at the Benešov Elementary School in Třebíč. Ever since he was young, he has enjoyed hiking, sports, and the great outdoors and he’s a founding member of the festival in Třebíč. Every year, he organizes One World in Schools (OWIS) [Jeden svět na školách (JSNS)] The festival runs all week long under his direction and is attended by classes from 1st to 9th grade. He was the only person to be able to hold a screening event of such caliber last year when the COVID pandemic was still affecting most cultural events – an incredible feat considering the circumstances.

Petr Kuneš

Petr Kuneš

Petr Kuneš was born in 1976 in Ústí nad Labem, where he still resides and enjoys very much. Between the years 2003 and 2008, he was on the team that produced the Střekov Mummy Music Festival (Střekovská mumie) at Střekov Castle and once participated in the programming for the Circus club in Ústí. He spent the years between 2006 and 2015 as a producer and bartender for the Mummy Experimental Space (Experimentálního prostoru Mumie) where he devised a program of club cinema events and concerts. He currently works as a production and PR manager for Činoherní Studio in Ústí nad Labem and composes the cinema program at the Public Hall Hraničář (Veřejný sál Hraničář).

Student jury

Michaela Parkosová

Michaela Parkosová

Míša (17) currently attends the Czech Grammar School in České Budějovice. She is a scout leader, gymnastics coach, and an action-oriented student with an interest in technology, presentations, and the environment. In the 2019/2020 school year, she was involved in the project, Who else? (Kdo jiný?), where student teams made short documentaries and used them as a medium to present urgent hot topics relevant at the time.

Vojtěch Hlavenka

Vojtěch Hlavenka

Vojtěch (19) is currently in his fourth year at the grammar school in Brno. Together with his classmate, he founded the website Opinions of Politicians (Názory politiků) with the aim of getting the general public interested in politics, mainly through pre-election analyses. The site gives readers a clear overview of candidates’ political stances on various issues that currently plague society. With his project, he made it to the final three at the 2021 Gratias Tibi Awards.

Monika Búřilová

Monika Búřilová

Monika (17) was born and raised in Brno where she currently attends the Slavonic Square Grammar School (Gymnázium Slovanské náměstí). This year, she’s a volunteer at the One World Brno festival. Monika has been actively involved in the climate change fight for a while now and is also a member of the student movement, Fridays for Future. In addition to her eco-focused activities, she also writes poetry and devotes her time to art, social topics, and politics. During the 2021 parliamentary elections, she handed politicians “climate change report cards” at rallies and on their campaign tours.

Audience Award