Jury for the IDFA Award for Best First Feature

    Ben Fowlie 

    Ben Fowlie is the Executive & Artistic Director of the Points North Institute and the founder of the Camden International Film Festival. For nearly 20 years he has overseen the growth of the organization from a small-town film festival on the coast of Maine to a burgeoning market and institution that supports dozens of creative documentary film projects and artists through a suite of artist fellowships and grant initiatives. Most recently, Points North launched the Diane Weyermann Fellowship and Fund to honor Diane’s legacy and to support the development of significant works of art that highlight stories of moral and ethical urgency.

    Fowlie has served on juries at Hot Docs, Dokufest, Full Frame, the IDA Awards, and the Gotham Awards, and on panels at Sundance, SXSW, and Getting Real. Ben is a co-founder of the DocYard screening series and former Nominee’s Chair for the Cinema Eye Honors.

    Coco Schrijber    

    Coco Schrijber is one of the Netherlands’ most original film essayists. Her unexpected angles cause each subject she approaches to tilt. Her cinematic instinct leads her to stories that are sometimes disquieting, by putting the spectator in the uncomfortable position of being a voyeur.

    Schrijber’s first feature-length documentary First Kill (2001) was selected at IDFA in the International Competition and won the Circle of Dutch Film Critics’ Award at the Netherlands Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award at DokuFest in Kosovo. Her film Bloody Mondays & Strawberry Pies (2008) won a Golden Calf and was selected as the official Dutch entry for the Oscars. Her documentary How to Meet a Mermaid (2016) was again selected for the International Competition at IDFA, nominated for the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature, and shortlisted for the European Film Awards. Look What You Made Me Do (2022) is her latest film.

    Rasmus Steen

    Rasmus Steen is the Head of Documentary Film at International Media Support in Copenhagen, Denmark. For the past 17 years, he has worked with documentary film in the Arab world, Eastern Europe, China and Iran and is currently starting up programs in Southeast Asia. He has extensive knowledge of the documentary scene and a vast network of filmmakers, film festivals, film labs and media professionals around the world.

    IMS works with a core belief that documentary films are a tool for change. “Documentaries can increase awareness and, at times, come up with solutions. We want to influence audiences and power holders to react and contribute to change.” IMS works with independent filmmakers and film institutions in some of the most challenged parts of the world, aiming to support new projects, connect film industries and enable collaborative storytelling that creates impact and contributes to positive social, political and cultural developments.

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