PAUL ANDERSON is a former BBC correspondent stationed in Russia, Ukraine, Serbia and Pakistan, now running a small video production and journalism company. He specializes in covering news from the European Union and making video news features on climate change and the environment, as well as sponsored documentaries for the international development community around the world.
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 6 years.
GARETH JONES is UK based executive producer, an industry veteran with 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 SMOKING BARRELS; PSYCH 9 and 4321 and others.
SUZ SAINTY is a factual producer and director. She 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.
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.
ALAN ARRIVÉE is a filmmaker, writer, and artist. He is Assistant Professor of Cinema and Cinema Director at The University of Mississippi. His film SILENT RADIO was awarded Best Non-European Independent Dramatic Short at ÉCU 2007 and his short THE ORIGINAL I.Q. TESTER received the Founder’s Choice Award at the 2015 Queens World Film Festival. His short play THE ORIGINAL I.Q. TESTER was a finalist for the 2007 Heideman Award and was published in The Tusculum Review. His memoir THE APPROPRIATE USE OF HANDS appeared in The Florida Review and was selected as one of the Notable Essays of 2012.
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.
DUNCAN WARD was born in Zambia, educated Zimbabwe and University of Cape Town in South Africa and currently lives and works in London. He moved to Europe in the early ’80′s and started out as an assistant photographer, traveling widely throughout Europe and America. Producing portrait documentaries on several artists and directing numerous commercials as well as making several films. He branched out into writing and directing theatre, created the ‘found theatre company’ and produced three works to date. Duncan won Best European Independent Film award at ÉCU 2015 with HERE LIES.
STEPHEN DAVID BROOKS is an unusually talented filmmaker with deep roots and experience in all aspects of the craft. Starting as a Visual Effects Supervisor he quickly moved up to screenwriter and 2nd unit director. Stephen’s feature film directorial debut was the multi-award winning 2005 film HEADS N TAILZ (which screened at ÉCU). Next up was the short BINKY, which also won several awards. Currently in distribution is Stephen’s 2nd feature FLYTRAP which won the Best Non-European Independent Feature at the 2015 ÉCU. The film has since gone on to 13 wins and 22 nominations. FLYTRAP is now in distribution via Amazon, I-Tunes, Google Play and various other platforms. Next up for Stephen is the big budget fantasy film THE DIRECTOR.
ANNE CHLOSTA (*1984) is a German director and screenwriter whose short films have been shown at numerous film festivals all around the world. She studied directing at Hamburg Media School where she graduated in 2014 with her short film “RED DOGZ”. Before that, Anne studied screenwriting at the Dutch Film Academy in Amsterdam and Cultural Sciences in Germany and Spain. She has written, directed and starred in numerous plays. In February 2017, the web series “Queer Amsterdam” which Anne developed, wrote and co-directed, went online. As did her first music video “Toothpainter”. Anne is currently working on several short film projects and on her first feature-length film.
MARTIN GUGGISBERG was born in 1971 in Bern, Switzerland. 1996-98 London Film School. FOCAL Workshops with Wojciech Marczewski, Jasmine Hoch, Lena Lessing and Gilles Foremann. Masterclass with Susan Batson. Work as photographer for international magazines and newspapers. Work as screenwriter and director. 2006 founded together with Ruth Schwegler the production company so&so gmbh in Zurich. Wrote and directed over 12 shorts films. First feature „Meet the Gähwilers” was released in January 2017. Since 2016 board member of Swiss film directors association ARF/ FDS.
OSCAR SPIERENBURG (1981) is a painter as well as an autodidactic director from The Netherlands. He lives and works in Belgium. He has taught himself how to paint and direct and has proved his skills with numerous short films and the awarded feature film “Vanitas”. Oscar is now working on his second feature length film ‘The Author’. Alongside working as a director, he owns an art gallery in the center of Antwerp and founded the Apertus Open Source Cinema Project.
SAMANTHA COLLINS is a screenwriter and graduate of the UK’s National Film and Television School. With a background in television production, development and commissioning, Samantha has worked in London for the Discovery Network and in her native Sydney for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Samantha co-wrote award-winning NFTS graduation animation ‘After the End’ with director Sam Southward and her first feature film commission will be released this year on Netflix. In 2016 Samantha was resident at the Cité des Arts with a Ville de Paris screenwriting bursary to research and develop an original English and French language feature film. Samantha is currently developing a number of feature film and television projects, including co-productions, for the UK, USA and France.
REBECCA CALDER was born in County Durham, England and schooled in Sydney, Australia. She is an actress best known for playing ‘Martha McCoy’ in the Emmy Award winning series for History Channel “Hatfields & McCoys”. Rebecca began her career on stage in London Theatre, before moving into Television working extensively for the BBC. Rebecca has worked with Directors including Paolo Sorrentino, Guy Ritchie, Kevin Costner, Pierre Morel and Ron Howard. In 2016 Rebecca won Best Actress at ÉCU and is thrilled be a Jury Member for the 2017 Festival.