Suz Sainty has been a member of the ÉCU jury since 2007. She is New Zealand born producer, director and screenwriter. She has lived in London for the past 20 years, working mainly in factual film and television. She is currently employed as a producer for Discovery.
Paul Anderson is a former BBC correspondent stationed in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Pakistan. He ran a tiny video production outfit making video features and sponsored documentaries for the international development community in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, North Africa and India. Losing Hope shows the continuing plight of women in post-Taliban Afghanistan and participated at Raindance Film Festival in London and Burbank, California. Another, on security in Afghanistan and the role of NATO, took a silver prize at the World Media Festival in Hamburg in 2012.
Socrates Alafouzos is a critically acclaimed Greek actor. His career includes leading roles in theater, film and TV. His short feature film, Little King is a presentation of his work, not only as an actor, but as a screen-writer and director. So far, Little King won 11 Awards and was officially selected by 23 international film festivals. His current ambition is to pursue film direction and make it the primary focus of his career.
Stephen Mills lives in Los Angeles and writes for both film and stage. Mills has been awarded twice at ÉCU for Best Non-European Dramatic Short, first in 2007 with his film A Cigar at the Beach and again in 2009 for LIMINAL. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and worked professionally as an actor for 17 years before putting his efforts into writing and directing.
Alan Arrivée is a filmmaker, writer, and Assistant Professor of Cinema and Cinema Director at The University of Mississippi. His short film Silent Radio, which he both wrote and directed, was awarded Best Foreign Film and Best Cinematography at ÉCU in 2007. The film has been the Official Selection in over twenty international film festivals, including Staten Island and Breckenridge. He is currently in post-production for his upcoming short film Man at the Door.
Jeffrey Karoff honed his skills as a director at UCLA, the American Film Institute Director’s Program and as a founder and producer of Paradox Works, a workshop for directors and actors. His body of work encompasses national commercial spots for the auto, technology and pharmaceutical industries. Karoff also directs fundraising documentaries for organizations like NYC philanthropic powerhouse, the Robin Hood Foundation. Karoff lives in Venice, California, and visits New Mexico regularly. CaveDigger is his first documentary..
Daniel Ellezam is the director of the DVD collection Films En Classe, which was edited by Scérén-CNDP. In addition, he is responsible for the legal deposit of audiovisual material at the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (National Library of France).
Catalin Leescu is a Romanian producer/director with over 14 years of experience in film and advertising, while also doing extensive non-commercial works for the Romanian CNC and national television. Internationally, he has worked as a film and advertising director in Spain, France and Latvia. He is currently heading East European Film Alliance on behalf of eleven film partner organizations from Eastern Europe.
Gareth Jones is an industry veteran with over 25 years experience in financing, sales and distribution. A former CEO of George Harrison’s HandMade Films, Gareth has financed, sold and distributed over 80 independent films, including Mona Lisa, Lock Stock and Two Smocking Barrels, Psych 9 and 4321.
Antoine Vareille is an editor for feature films and television. He has been editor-in-chief for the film Fatal and has also worked as editor for the films Sea, No Sex and Sun, Faces in the Crowd, Lucky Luke, Hitman, and Big Nothing. He worked on the TV series Kaboul Kitchen. He has also worked on the TV series documentary Intimate Portrait with Peggy Fleming and Cindy Crawford.
Dan Kokotajlo is a self-taught director and writer from Manchester, U.K. He was selected for the summer development of iFeatures2 and for the prestigious Biennale Cinema College scheme in association with Venice Film Festival and Torino Film Lab. His zero budget short film, Myra, was recently long-listed for a BAFTA 2012. In just four years of filmmaking, Dan has had short films funded by the UK Film Council and officially selected at over a dozen major festivals including SXSW, Raindance and Rushes Soho.
Simon Powell was born and raised in his beloved Manchester, UK and he is a multi international award winning screen writer and director with his last film, ‚GirlShapedLovedDrug‘. His latest feature film, The Caravan, is scheduled for release in the summer 2014. Simon is to team up once again with the award winning actor, Sacha Dhawan (After Earth, GirlShapedLoveDrug, History Boys) , in Simon’s next film, ‚Nebula‘, a rags to riches story, chartering the journey of a young screen writer’s climb from poverty.
Rasmus Frøkjær Justesen is a scriptwriter from Denmark. He has a bachelors degree in Arts from Aarhus University and graduated in 2013 from the danish independent film school Super8 as a scriptwriter. His mid term film was selected at the ÉCU 2013, and other works have received international audiences and talent prizes. His most recent film as a writer, Exit Neverland, was nominated in the Best Short category at The Danish Academy Awards 2014. Indulging in drama, horror and realism, his works span over different genres, but often with a certain tone of irony.
Markus Pajtler is a director born in Wesel (Germany) in 1984. Fascinated by the postmodern movies of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, he began to shoot Short-movies at an early age. After graduating he went to Munich, Berlin and Cologne to work for several TV stations and movie productions as an assistant director. Today, Markus Pajtler is studying theatre/drama and movies in Bochum,Germany. His last movie “A damn Killer“ was a great success at various film festivals across Europe and the United States. Today he is working on his first feature film „Shanzo“.
Vesna De Vinca is a TV author, journalist, director, editor, and screenwriter. Since 1993, she has been the TV Program Editor on the documentary program, RTS, the biggest radio and TV network in Serbia and Montenegro. In addition, she runs her own TV production company.
Jeremy Carpentier has served as a Producer with Impact Features and DCode Films for 6 years helping to create their award winning short film NEVER WINTER, which has toured with the ECU film festival. While there they also worked several commercial projects including ones for TNT and HTV. He teamed with two other filmmakers there to co-write the feature film Exile which has garnered lots of interest to be produced by MPower Pictures.
In the last year Jeremy has set out to utilize his editing skills working on promos for Lions Gate while helping to develop a reality TV series for the studio. He is currently working as a freelance editor while developing his own pipeline of independent projects.
Florian Ross, born in 1982 in Saarbrücken. Shot his first film at the age of 16. After school he became a media designer. Creates short films and music videos, works as editor in Düsseldorf. Won 2007 his first award at a short film festival with „Clooney“. Since 2010 he studies directing at ifs international filmschool in Cologne.