Antoine Vareille is an editor for feature films and television. He has worked as an editor for the films LUCKY LUKE; HITMAN; BRICE DE NICE; FATAL and DISCOUNT as well as for the TV series KABOUL KITCHEN and on the TV series documentary INTIMATE PORTRAIT with Peggy Fleming and Cindy Crawford. Antoine has been a jury member of the festival for the last 5 years.
Suz Sainty is a factual producer and director, Suz has written, directed and produced broadcast content, and undertaken numerous post production assignments. In her current PD role with Discovery and previously with National Geographic, she has also reversioned hundreds of hours of programming for the UK and Europe. She has worked across all genres of factual and lifestyle programming, and has specialist expertise in crime programming. Suz has served on the jury of the European Independent Film Festival since 2007, focusing in particular on the documentary and screenwriting categories.
Vesna de Vinca is a Serbian television author, journalist, director and producer with 26 years of experience as a journalist. Since 1993, she has been the TV program editor on the documentary program ‘RTS’, the biggest radio and TV network in Serbia. She also runs her own TV production company and has over 50 documentary, exclusive TV portraits to her credit. Vesna has served on the jury of the European Independent Film Festival since 2007.
Gareth Jones is UK based executive producer, an industry veteran with 25 years experience in financing, sales, and distribution. A formed CEO of George Harrison’s HandMade Films, Gareth has financed, sold, and distributed over 80 independent films, including MONA LISA; LOCK STOCK AND TWO SMOKING BARRELS; PSYCH 9 and 4321 and others.
Socrates Alafouzos is a critically-acclaimed Greek actor. His career includes leading roles in theater, film, and TV. His short film, LITTLE KING (premiered at ÉCU 2013) won ten awards and two honorary mentions in international film festivals. The film is a presentation of his work, not only as an actor, but as a screen-writer and director. His current ambition is to pursue film directing and make it the primary focus of his career. He is now in post-production for his second short film and working for his first full length feature.
Markus Pajtler is a film director born in Wesel, Germany. Fascinated by the post-modern 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. His film A DAMN KILLER (winner of Audience Award at ÉCU 2011), was a great success at various film festivals across Europe and the United States.
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 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 and often have a certain tone of irony.
Catalin Leescu is a Romanian producer/director with over 15 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 the East European Film Alliance on behalf of eleven film partner organizations from Eastern Europe.
Rocco Labbé is a French director whose first short film was awarded Best European Film of the 2012 edition of the ÉCU Film Festival. Former script reader for Europacorp, he just completed another short film in 2013, an adaptation of a Baudelaire Poem and is currently working on the script for a long feature film about World War One. Rocco is also Secretaire General and writer for Les Fiches du Cinema, a film journal that reviews every movie that has come out in France since 1933.
Martina Plura is a German-born director who found her passion for shooting films at the age of 11. She studies at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, and spent a year at the « Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television’ in Cuba. She returned in 2012 to Cuba with her film CUBA LIBRE, a 90-minute documentary about the underground music scene in Havana. She graduated from the Hamburg Media School in 2014 with a Master of Fine Arts in Directing. Her first TV film SUBURBAN ROCKER is expected to be shown beginning April 2015.
Louisa Mayman is a award-winning, London-based, director and producer best know for THE HIGHEST LOW (winner of Best Student Film at ÉCU 2010) and COME CLEAN. She graduated from Werner Herzog’s Rogue Film School in 2011 and is currently studying for a Masters of the Arts in Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art.
Prano Bailey-Bond is a Welsh-born director who graduated from the London College of Printer: University of the Arts London. Her work has been recognized both in the UK as well as internationally. She won ÉCU’s Best Music Video award in 2012 with her video HOUSE, she had two other music videos in ÉCU’s Official Selection, POLTERGEIST (in 2011) and THINGS THAT GO AROUND (in 2014).
Paul Anderson is a former BBC correspondent stationed in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Pakistan, now running 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, shot for the UN and showing the continuing plight of women in post-Taliban Afghanistan, was shown recently 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 last year.
Scott Hillier is an Australian Director / Cinematographer / Screenwriter. Scott studied film at New York University and The London Film and Television school as well as literary non-fiction writing at Columbia University. He has taught a Masters Degree course in Screenwriting as well as journalism at the Centre de Formation des Journaliste (CFJ) in Paris. In addition to serving as President of The European Independent Film Festival he is also Chief Creative Officer for the Zs2 Media Group in Paris.
Roland Kennedy-Hutchison is a filmmaker from the United Kingdom. His film MY FRIEND, THE THIEF won a Special Jury Mention at ÉCU 2012 and his latest film SAY NOTHING was in the Official Selection of ÉCU 2014.