The international jury will award one Grand Prix prize and two Special Jury Mentions. (You’ll find the detailed statute here)
Judith Revault d'Allonnes studied aesthetic of film at the Panthéon-Sorbonne university. She graduated in 2001, writing about the films of Takeshi Kitano. In the meantime, she lived two years in Prague. In 2000, she began working at the Centre Pompidou, museum of modern and contemporary arts in Paris, as a programmer in the cinema department, which organizes film retrospectives dedicated to directors (Chantal Akerman, Brian De Palma, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese, Jacques Tourneur, etc...), specific genres or movements (Bollywood) throughout cinema history. She also worked with the Israeli director Amos Gitai on his film archives, and published recently a text about Vincente Minnelli in the French film review "Trafic".
One of the most popular and most significant contemporary Czech actresses. She acted in more than twenty film and TV roles, predominantly portraying characters of fame fatale, unconventional and freethinking girls. She won recognition in Requiem for a Maiden (1991), and further, as a hitchhiker in The Ride (1994), was selected for European Shooting Star competition in Geneva. Aňa won the Czech Lion Award for the Best actress in a supporting role for The Idiot Returns (1999) and Something Like Happiness (2005) and the Best actress in leading role as Eliška in Želary (2003). In 2005 at San Sebastian IFF she was awarded the Silver Shall for the Best actress in a supporting role in the film Something Like Happiness (d. Bohdan Sláma). Among other films, she also featured in Let's All Sing Around, The War of Colours, Bringing Up Girls in Bohemia, The Melancholic Chicken and most recently Jan Hřebejk’s Beauty in Trouble.
In 1981 he founded the cinema Eiszeit during the squatters movement in Berlin which he directed during 9 years. From its beginning in 1982, he directs the International Short Film Festival Berlin – interfilm. He is the director and co-founder since 2001 of the super short film festival „Going Underground“ held in the trains of the Berlin Subway. He is also co-founder of the Zebra Poetry Film Award that since 2002 prizes twice a year short films up to ten minutes which interpret poems. He gave seminars on film language for kids, adolescents and students in the USA, South Korea, Venezuela, Italy and Germany and took part in juries, debates and presentations of short films all around the world.
Jan Hřebejk, a respected film and stage director and screenwriter, studied script editing and screenwriting at Prague’s FAMU (1991), where he was already making noteworthy student films. He linked up with his long-term colleague, the screenwriter Petr Jarchovský, for the comedy Let’s All Sing Around (Pějme píseň dohola, 1990, dir. Ondřej Trojan), for which they wrote the screenplay. In 1993 he debuted with the 1950s musical Big Beat (Šakalí léta), which won four Czech Lions, including Best Film. He then made the hit films Cosy Dens (Pelíšky, 1999), Divided We Fall (Musíme si pomáhat, 2004 – Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film), Pupendo (2003), Up and Down (Horem Pádem, 2004 – four Czech Lions including Best Film) and Beauty in Trouble (2006 – Special Jury Prize at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival). Currently he is developing his film Medvidek.
In 1990, he was one of the co-founders of Exploding Cinema, an underground cinema network that has since screened over 1500 low budget short films around London and across Europe. In 1995 he moved from London to Prague where he became manager of one of the first internet cafes in the city. In 2001, he joined Stillking Films, the largest film production company in Prague, to set up the development department and is now responsible for initiating new feature film projects and working with internationally renowned writers and directors to bring them to production.