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Astra Film Festival 2007 - Jury

Cornel Mihalache

Studied stage directing and filmmaking. Made documentaries and worked as a stage director and a scenographer for theatre performances. He is the author of television films and programs. He was a member in the juries of international film festivals in Tampere, Chişinău, Dakino, Simfest, Miercurea Ciuc. His films were selected in the finals of international film festivals (Cinema du reel Paris, Bilbao, Marseille, Krakow, Berlin, Namur) and won national and international awards (DaKino, Gfrand Prix Tampere – Finland, Nyon, ASTRA FILM SIBIU). He is a member of UCIN and UNITER associations.

Horea Murgu

EADiM fellow. Credits in 35 feature films and 250 short films; winner of awards for sound. After 1990, media consultant and member in media organizations in Romania and in Strasbourg. CDMM, Council of Europe (1996-2000). Founder of the BBC School for radio and tv journalism. Founder of the Multimedia School within the National School of Film in Bucharest. Producer of fiction shorts, winner of international awards in Locarno, Sarajevo, Namur. Member in international film festival juries in Dakino, Televest, Salzburg. At present he is the President of the Coaching Institute and Sound Design Professor at the National School of Film. Published a book on the grammar of audio-visual language and articles of cultural anthropology and the media.

Pawel Pawlikovski

Born in Warsaw; left Poland at 14, lived in Germany and Italy, studied literature and philosophy at London and Oxford Universities.Making films since mid 80’s. His films have won numerous awards over the years, among which BAFTA, EMMY International, The Gran Prix of the Documentary Film Festival Marseille, The Gran Prix of the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, The Royal Television Society Award, The UN Media Peace Prize, The Grierson Award, The Golden Gate Award of the San Francisco Film Festival, Best film of the international film festivals in Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Gijon. Retrospectives  of his work were shown in  San Francisco (1995),  La Rochelle and Bradford (2005), Buenos Aires and Gijon (2007).

Colette Piault

Doctor in sociology, University of Paris Sorbonne, anthropologist and filmmaker, former Director of Research at the CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) in Paris. Fieldwork and filmmaking in West Africa, in France, and in Greece. Directed collective books and published articles related to field work and visual anthropology. Has created and directed the SFAV (French Association for Visual Anthropology). Created and organized (between 1983-1992) International  Research Film  Seminars "Regards sur les Sociétés Européennes" (Looking at European Societies). Has directed and achieved nine films , mainly on Greece and Cyprus which have been  widely presented in North and South America, Australia, South Africa, and in twenty different countries in Europe.

Cristi Puiu

One of the most acclaimed Romanian film directors and screenwriters of the new generation. He is the author of award-winning shorts and feature films. He has a declared interest in documentary, which is visible in his feature films. Winner of many awards, including Un Certain Regard at Cannes, Silver Hugo Special Jury Prize of the Chicago Film Festival , both for his feature film The Death of Mr. Lăzărescu, and The Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival for his short film Cigarettes and Coffee.

Renate Roginas

A member of the European Film Academy, she is also active in the area of vocational advanced training as head of studies, lecturer and tutor at the Media Business School in Madrid, the Institut National Audiovisuel in Paris, the Film Academy Baden Wuerttemberg in Ludwigsburg, where she leads the study program "International Producing". She produced more than four hundred hours of feature and television films as well as documentary films. Since December 2006, she manages as a team leader the PHARE Programme of the European Union “Strengthening the audio-visual sector in Romania”.

Kaori Sakagami

Independent filmmaker and associate professor of  Media Studies at the Tsuda College Department of English in Tokyo. She has directed, produced and edited over thirty television documentaries. Manz of her films have won important awards at international film festivals. Her research interests focus on criminality, death penalty, and juvenile crime. These issues are also the main themes of her documentaries.

Rada Šešić

Worked as a film critic and director of several short and documentary films. She established herself as a specialist for South Asian cinema and Eastern European film. Šešić is a guest lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and works as a programme advisor for the International Rotterdam Film Festival and the International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam. She is also a programmer of Kerala Film Festival (India) and head of the Regional Documentary competition at the Sarajevo Film Festival. She is a member in the selection committee of Jan Vrijman Fund, Hubert Bals Fund, and that of  the Dutch Fund STIFO. Recently she became a main programmer of the International Bucurest Film Festival, and a selector of the international docs. at the Sofia Film Festival, Bulgaria.

Michael Sinclair Stewart

One of the most distinguished anthropologist working in Eastern Europe as well as a film Producer in independent production companies and BBC. Currently coordinator of Marie Curie Funded International training program in anthropology for citizens of former socialist countries. (See http://www.ucl.ac.uk/mariecuriesocanth); Ph.D. in Social Anthropology; He has been, variously a fellow at the Institute of Advanced Study, Budapest (Collegium Budapest), a Rubin Research Fellow at School of Public Policy, UCL; a Leverhulme Research Fellow, Dept. of Anthropology, London School of Economics. Member of Astra Film Fest jury in 2004 and 2006.

Michael Yorke

Documentarist and profesor in visual anthropology. Lectures in Visual Anthropology at such institutes as the LSE, SOAS, Oxford University and the Manchester University Granada Centre. He is an active busy member the Royal Anthropological Institute Film and Festival committee and runs the Oxford Academy of Documentary Film for training social scientists in digital filming. Winner of many awards for his television documentaries, including the San Francisco Golden Gate Award, two Royal Television Society awards, a BAFTA nomination, the UN Environmental Award, the National Geographic Earthwatch Award, the BBC Asia Award among many others.