Jury members – Animation

Felix Vanginderhuysen

General Secretary of ECFA (European Children's Film Association)
Born in 1954 and got his master degree in Social Sciences at the Louvain University in 1976. Started in 1978 at “Jekino”, a non-profit-organization for the promotion of quality films for children. In 40 years Jekino was builded into a leading association for as well distribution as film education. In 1989 founder of the “European Youth Film Festival” in Antwerp and in 2000 co-founder of “Lessons in the Dark”, a school film project in Flanders. In 2017 all these organizations (Jekino – Festival – Lessons in the Dark) merged into “JEF”, kind of a Flemish Institute for children’s film. In 1988 founder of “European Children’ Film Association” (ECFA) and since this start in function as the General Secretary of this association. In 2007 he received the Flemish Cultural Award from the Ministry of Culture.

Tamás Patrovits

Animation Director, Creative Director of Primanima Festival
Animation director, graphic artist, and art teacher. Finished his studies at Academy of Arts and Crafts in 1994, at the faculty of animation and video. During his carrier, Tamás made animation shorts, television series and commercials, drawn- and 2D computer animations. Since 1995, he teaches animation and creative design thinking. He is member of the board of ASIFA (Association International du Film d’Animation) since 2005. He is the head of Illyes Academy of Arts Faculty of Animation. He is an organizer of International Day of Animation since 2005. In 2012 he co-founded Primanima World Festival of First Animations, and ever since he is the creative director of the event. He received the “Sárga Csikó” –“Yellow Colt” Award in 2016.

Réka Gacs

Animation Director, Senior Lecturer of MOME Anim
Reka Gacs earned her MA in visual communication design at the animation department of the Hungarian University of Art and Design in 2001. She was a guest student at the printed graphics department of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. Between 2005 and 2007, she studied at the MA course of the CAAD / animation department at London-based Royal College of Art. Since 2010 she has been a professor at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, currently she's leading the Art MA program, while also working as a lead graphic designer at Art1st Studio.

Jury members – Short film (fiction)

Vica Kerekes

Actress
Vica Kerekes is a citizen of Slovakia and is a Hungarian actress. She studied at the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She made her cinematic debut in 2004, and is noted for her various roles in Slovakian, Czech and Hungarian films.

Erik Tijman

Head of Film & Television at Cinekid Festival Amsterdam
Erik Tijman began working at Cinekid in 2012 as Film Coordinator. Since 2017 he has been Head of Film & Television. Besides being responsible for the festival programme of the film and television strands and selections for Cinekid’s film projects, he is also acquisitions coordinator for the Wrap! Distribution project. As part of this project seven European partners work together to acquiring non-theatrical rights of high quality children’s films for educational screenings. Before Cinekid he has held positions at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Edinburgh International Film Festival, and EYE Film Museum.

Jury members – Documentary

Dorottya Zurbó

Documentary Filmmaker
Dorottya Zurbó graduated from the first edition of DocNomads Joint Master for which she was awarded full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. She co-directed a documentary (The Next Guardian; 2017) shot in Bhutan which was premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition and participated in many international festivals. Easy Lessons is her first directorial debut alone supported by the Incubator Program of the Hungarian National Film Fund.

Sára Haragonics

Documentary Filmmaker
Sára Haragonics is a Hungarian director of documentary films such as the award winning Coming face to face (2016) and a member of the Children’s Film Academy.

Cecília Bandeira

Documentary Filmmaker
Cecília Bandeira is a documentary filmmaker from Brazil, currently living and developing film projects in Europe, in the frame of her DLA in the Hungarian University of Fine Arts. In 2016 Cecilia earned a Master degree on Documentary Filmmaking - Doc Nomads, a joint Master by three european universities: Universidade Lusófona (Portugal), LUCA – School of Arts (Belgium) and Budapest Film Academy (Hungary), in which she was taking part as a scholarship student. Cecilia is making documentary films in order to exist in and through the other, finding herself in realities besides her own.

Awards

Golden Squirrel – NMHH award – Best Short Film for Children from Hungary (500 000 HUF)
Golden Squirrel – Best Animated Short Film for Children
Golden Squirrel – Beslt Live Action Short Film for Children
Golden Squirrel – Best Documentary Short Film for Children
Golden Squirrel – Best Short Film Made by Children
ECFA Jury Award – The European Children’s Film Association Award for Best Children’s Short Film