The FIPRESCI Jury at IDFA 2019
Since 1991, Gena Teodosievska has been employed as a journalist, film critic and editor-in-chief for Macedonian radio and television. From 2008 she has been a selector for the ICFF Manaki Brothers festival, of which she is now also Festival Director. In 2001 she produced the experimental feature film The Judge, which screened at the Venice Film Festival and 37 other international festivals. She has produced 23 video art tapes with different filmmakers and video artists promoting Macedonian production all over the world. She writes as a film critic, promotes newcomers in the European film industry and assists young filmmakers through tutoring sessions, connecting them to relevant subjects and protagonists, and is a prominent figure in raising the issue of human rights internationally.
Zane Balčus is a freelance film critic, a board member of the Latvian section of FIPRESCI and a junior research assistant at the Scientific Research Centre of the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga. She has co-authored books on Latvian Cinema and contributed to online journal Kinokultura.com’s special edition on Latvian cinema (2011). She writes film reviews and articles for online portal kinoraksti.lv, the Latvijas Avīze newspaper and since 2019 is Latvian correspondent for filmneweurope.com. She also contributes to other publications and portals, including filmkommentaren.dk.
She has been managing director of Riga Film Museum (2014–2019), a programmer for Riga International Film Forum Arsenals (2000–2005) and project manager for the Latvian National Film Festival (2005). She is currently project manager for the Baltic Sea Forum for Documentaries (from 2019).
Alexander Zwart studied Audiovisual Design and graduated in Fine Arts and Creative Writing from the renowned Rietveld Academy art school in Amsterdam. He now works as a film programmer, gives lectures and publishes in the Netherlands’ most well-known monthly movie magazine, De Filmkrant. In addition to this, he is the co-founder and creative director of CineMeow – a film event focused on cats and film that roams from screen to screen, like stray cats do.