International competition jury
President of the Jury
Julie Bertuccelli is a French director born in Boulogne-Billancourt in 1968. She has a Master’s degree in philosophy and worked as an assistant director with directors such as Georges Lautner, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Bertrand Tavernier and Christian de Chalonge while launching a career as a documentary film-maker in 1993. Her first feature film, Depuis qu’Otar est parti (Since Otar Left) (2003), was a great international success and won numerous awards, including the Critics’ Week Grand Prix at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival and the César for the Best First Feature Film in 2004. Since then, her feature films have been screened and received awards in numerous festivals around the world.
Dr. Elena Christodoulidou
She is President of the Cinema Advisory Committee of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Cyprus and Member of the European Film Academy. She presents Cyprus at the Biennale of Young Artists of European and Mediterranean Countries and at EFAD (European Federation of Audiovisual Directorates). She also represents Cyprus in the Audiovisual Group of the Council of the European Union. She has organized various programs and workshops for screenwriting and film production and has been a member of various juries of International Film Festivals.
Tamara combines solid experience of international film funding & promotion strategies with strong passion for talent curation and programming. She worked for several years as Director of the Georgian National Film Center. She Co-founded and was an Executive Director of the “Independent Filmmakers’ Association – South Caucasus” (IFA-SC). She worked for the international training initiative SOFA (School of Film Advancement). Since 2020 Tamara heads MEDICI – The Film Funding Journey designed for public film financiers. She networks as a strategy manager the European Women’s Audiovisual Network. In 2012 Tamara was awarded the French Distinction of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettre.
Antonio Vigilante is Senior Advisor at the Millenium Festival. He has been working for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1981 and has been a United Nations (UN) Representative in Bolivia, Bulgaria, Egypt and Liberia. He also served the UN in Ethiopia, Barbados, Honduras and New York. He has been the director of the UN and UNDP office in Brussels from 2006 to 2014.
Born in 1992 in Yerevan, Armenia, Artur Vardikyan is the program director of the Ujan International Documentary Film Festival, since 2015. In 2016, he co-founded Filmadaran Film Culture Development NGO, which implements the festival and other international cultural projects in Armenia with the aim of promoting the development and dissemination of cinema in Armenia. Since 2010, he is a member of the Armenian Association of Film Critics and Cinema Journalists (AAFCCJ) and a member of FIPRESCI, since 2016. Since 2013, he is the co-editor and coordinator of the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival’s Daily Newspaper.
Jury of the Belgian Critique and the SCAM
Eric Van Cutsem
Eric Van Cutsem developed a lifelong fascination with the world of cinema. Initially a molecular biologist, he studied French literature with a specialisation in screenwriting, and has been pursuing a career in journalism for almost thirty years. After having collaborated with the French magazine L’Écran fantastique, with the magazine ARGH during the Brussels Festival of Fantastic Film in the 1990s, with the magazine Femmes d’Aujourd’hui, and with the online magazine Cinopsis, his passion for cinema and his advocacy of a good genre cinema can never be denied.
Born in Ixelles, Michel Sordinia is a law graduate from ULB. At the start of his career as a freelance film critic, he chooses – in honor of Peter Sellers – the pseudonym ‘Louis Danvers’. His articles have been published in many well-known Belgian magazines such as Visions, Le Vif, Le Vif/L’Express, and Télépro. He also makes frequent appearances on radio and television for the RTBF. Danvers wrote books, published by Les Cahiers du Cinéma and Yellow Now. In addition to his writing career, he directed documentaries on other directors, produced by Cinélibre and Cinéart. Since the late 1970s, Danvers performs under his real name Michel Sordinia in the post punk cult band The Names.
Born in Paris in 1978, Juliette Goudot is a French journalist and film critic based in Brussels. After teaching history and geography in secondary school, she worked for the French television channel Histoire. She then collaborated with different Belgian cultural media – radio, television, written press – such as the magazines Moustique (weekly) and GAEL (monthly), for which she coordinated the cinema section. On the radio channel La Première (RTBF, Entrez sans frapper), she created the weekly column H.E.R.O.Ï.N.E.S (2016-2019), which focuses on contemporary fictional and real heroines – from Angela Davis to the Mona Lisa – and the series of columns called MAUVAIS GENRE, which analyses cultural news through the prism of gender studies.
She wrote a novel (La Traversée de Tanger, published by Aden, 2014), directed a documentary (Un pilote dans l’Histoire : Jacques de Saint Phalle au Normandie-Niémen, 52’, 2010) and co-wrote scenarios (La Peur, by Damien Odoul, Prix Jean Vigo 2015 ; Les Intranquilles by Joachim Lafosse, 2021 Cannes Festival Official Selection). She regularly hosts debates on cinema for Bozar and the Cinematek and is a member of the UPCB – Union of the Belgian Film Press.