Ruggero Calich is a freelance film critic since 2012, mainly focusing on documentaries from all around the world. His reviews, signed with various pen names, have been published in many Internet sites, newspapers and magazines in Turkey, mostly dealing with human rights. He’s a member of SİYAD, the Association of Cinema Writers of Turkey.
Calich has collaborated with the Istanbul Film Festival as jury translator, guest companion, presenter and catalogue writer and presently as moderator and documentary advisor. He was co-curator for the documentary screenings in art.mov minifest organized by art gallery Trieste Contemporanea. He is also an advisor for the Human Rights Documentary Film Days organized in the city of İzmir by the Foundation for Human Rights in Turkey.
Živa Emeršič is an experienced radio and TV journalist from Slovenia, and currently the editor of the documentary program of public broadcasting corporation RTVS. As a radio host for RTVS she had her own radio show about film. She has covered all major film festivals as a film critic for radio, television and printed media and served as a member of numerous international juries within the framework of FIPRESCI as well as the European Broadcasting Union.
Emeršič spent two years in Buenos Aires as correspondent for RTVS. Having taken up a job as editor of RTVS’ documentary program before, from 2016 to 2020 she completed her degree as senior editor of Culture and Art Programming so as to return to her old love.
Steven Yates is a British film critic and journalist who’s been based in Berlin since 2008. He regularly writes for hard copy film periodicals Celluloid (Bangladesh), afterimage (USA) and Film International (UK-US) as well as numerous online publications including El Hype (Spain), Camera Lucida (Montenegro) and Kamera (UK). In addition, he was an Assistant Programmer for National Schools Film Week and this year for the Kendal Mountain Film Festival, both in the UK.
He has been a member of FIPRESCI since 2001 and has represented festival juries with them since 2002, covering Europe, the CIS region and South Asia, as well as helping with the English language text supervision on the FIPRESCI website.