Grand Jury

  • Jesse McLean

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    Jesse McLean was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. She received her BA in Studio Arts from Oberlin College and her MFA in Moving Image from University of Illinois in Chicago. She is based in Milwaukee, WI, where she is as Assistant Professor of Film/Video/Animation/New Genres at Peck School of the Arts, UW-Milwaukee. She has presented her work at museums, galleries, and film festivals worldwide.

    The primary focus of her work is the power – and the failure – of the mediated experience to bring people together. In her words, she is motivated by a deep curiosity regarding human behavior and relationships, and the ways emotions are lived in an age of mediated experience. Her recent projects are connected to the fraught relationships people have with computers, technology we both rely on and resent, and in contrasting the finite capacities of the nonhuman with infinite human desires.

  • Petar Milat

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    Petar Milat is a former philosopher and the chief coordinator at Multimedia Institute/MaMa in Zagreb, Croatia, in charge of publishing, experimental music and film programmes. Since 2008 he is the director of Human Rights Film Festival, a festival of cinéma d'auteur engagé. The nexus of normative social and aesthetic theory is the main focus of his research. As part of the publishing activities of the Multimedia Institute, Milat translated, edited and published a number of key releases in the field of cinema, theory and philosophy.

  • Mika Taanila

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    Mika Taanila (1965) is a Finnish artist based in Helsinki. His projects address the notion of human engineering, whether it is filmmaking, visual arts or sound. Taanila’s works have been shown at major international group shows, such as La Biennale di Venezia (2017), Aichi Triennale (2013), Documenta (2012), Shanghai Biennale (2006), Berlin Biennale (2004), Manifesta (2002) and Istanbul Biennial (2001). Solo shows include EMMA Espoo (2018), La Neomudéjar Madrid (2018), Konsthallen, Sandviken, Sweden (2017), Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki (2013–14), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2013), TENT, Rotterdam (2013), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (2008), Dazibao, Montréal (2007) and Migrosmuseum, Zurich (2005).

    photo by Samppa Erkkilä


Critics Jury

  • Alejandro Bachmann

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    Alejandro Bachmann is a passeur, curator, and author. He is head of the Education, Research and Publications Department of the Austrian Film Museum and a regular lecturer at the film department of the University of Vienna. He is an associate editor of Found Footage Magazine, and writes frequently for scholarly publications and magazines with a focus on film theory and education, documentary film and experimental cinema. He edited Spaces in Time. The Films of Nikolaus Geyrhalter (Sonderzahl, 2015), and co-edited nach dem Film No. 15: The Invisible Cinema as well as the upcoming Echos. On the Documentary Work of Werner Herzog (Vorwerk 8, 2018). As a curator he has been responsible for the Austrian Film Museum's "In Person" series dedicated to contemporary experimental film and has shown programs at Courtisane, Oberhausen, Diagonale and Dokfilmwoche Hamburg.

  • Miro Frakić

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    For a long time Miro Frakić (Split, 1989) wanted to become an architect, but he studied languages instead. He graduated in Swedish and English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb, focusing on Swedish cinema and British and Irish theatre. During his residence in Iceland, he started to practice film criticism. Upon his return to Croatia, he started working for the Split Film Festival – International Festival of New Film, first as a print co-ordinator, and later as a member of the pre-selection committee. He attended several film criticism workshops, including Sarajevo Talents. He lives and works in Zagreb, where he teaches English and Swedish, publishes in Filmonaut magazine, Croatian Film Chronicles, Note, and occasionally works in film productions.

  • Silvestar Mileta

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    Silvestar Mileta, Croatia (Zagreb, 1987), MA in History and Comparative Literature acquired from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Zagreb. He is the managing editor of the scholarly journal Croatian Film Chronicles, a regular contributor to the film magazine Filmonaut, and also contributes to other media, such as Croatian Radiotelevision, online magazine, UBIQ magazine for speculative fiction and Literary Republic – Journal for Literature. As an associate to the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb he has conducted several interviews with world’s leading animators, edited the festival bulletin and worked twice as the Press Office executive. He was also an associate to ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival, Zagreb Film Festival and so forth. He has worked in journalism, publishing and as a researcher and associate producer in documentary filmmaking at the production company Hulahop Ltd. He is a member of the Croatian Society of Film Critics and FIPRESCI and has served in juries of festivals in Thessaloniki, Zagreb and Split.