Jury for the IDFA Competition for Short Documentary

    Manuel Abramovich

    Manuel Abramovich is a filmmaker, artist, and director of photography. His work explores different ways of staging intimacy. Ordinary people become characters in his films, which have been shown at festivals including Berlinale, Venice, MoMA Doc Fortnight, Viennale, IDFA, and Cinéma du Réel. His short film The Queen (2013) won over 50 awards, while Blue Boy (2019) won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale Shorts Competition.

    Lately, Abramovich has been invited as a lecturer and mentor in institutions such as Princeton University, Berlinale Talents, and EICTV Cuba. He has been a juror at Documenta Madrid, Visions du Réel, and has been a member of the Berlinale Talents selection committee in 2019 and 2020. Since 2021, he has been running DIP: Laboratorio, an online workshop on Documentary, Intimacy and Staging. He is currently developing two new projects, Cowboy Love and The Monsters. His latest work Pornomelancolía (2022) is part of the Best of Fests section of IDFA this year.

    Núria Aidelman 

    Núria Aidelman is co-director of A Bao A Qu, a non-profit cultural organization devoted to the conception and development of projects that link arts, culture and education. Since 2005, the international film pedagogy program Cinema in course has engaged filmmakers working with teachers throughout the school year to develop a profound experience of film viewing and filmmaking in primary and secondary schools. Since 2014, Moving Cinema promotes youngsters’ active participation, e.g. through groups of Young Programmers in festivals such as Beldocs, Vilnius Documentary, Festival de Sevilla, Punto de Vista, and Kino Otok – Isola Cinema.

     Aidelman is a lecturer in Cinema and Photography at Pompeu Fabra University. She has written articles for a range of books and anthologies, as well as film pedagogy articles together with Laia Colell, co-director of A Bao A Qu. With Gonzalo de Lucas, she edited Jean-Luc Godard: Pensar entre imágenes (2010) and directed the film Lai (2005), which has been screened in several festivals. 

    Stefan Pavlović

    Stefan Pavlović received his BA in film directing at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles and his MA at the Netherlands Film Academy in Artistic Research in and Through Cinema. His first short film When the Dragon Came (2019) had its premiere at the Netherlands Film Festival in 2018, followed by its international premiere at the Krakow Film Festival, and screenings at many other festivals. It would go on to win the Best Film Award at the Szczecin International Film Festival.

    His debut feature film Looking for Horses (2021) premiered at Visions du Réel where it won the Best Film Award in the Burning Light Competition. The film would go on to screen and win awards at many international festivals including IDFA, Sarajevo Film Festival, FIDMarseille, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, among many others. Stefan was awarded the Prins Bernhard Documentary Prize and became a Berlinale Talent in 2022.

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