Jury for the IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling 2019
Zeina Abi Assy
Writer and media artist Zeina Abi Assy is from Lebanon. She is Director of Interactive Programs at Tribeca Film Institute, where she blends her background in graphic design, digital media and writing to create programs that celebrate the power of emerging media. With experience in the Middle East and North America, her work moves between cultural criticism, fictional poetry and experiential spaces to investigate the complexity of culture, technology and politics and effects of these on our lived experiences. Her work has appeared in the printed anthology Arab Women Voice New Realities.
In 2018 former trade-unionist Monique Simard joined the Quebecor Fund as Chairwoman of the Board, Vice-President, member and independent administrator, having previously been President and Chief Executive of the Société de développement des enterprises culturelles.
From 2008 to 2013 she was Executive Director of the French Program for the National Film Board of Canada and from 1998 to 2008 a member of Productions Virage, where she produced more than 60 documentary films and series for television. She has chaired the Board of Cinémathèque Québécoise and is a founder of the Montreal International Documentary Festival.
In 2016 she became Honorary President of Sunny Side of the Doc and in 2017 she was named “Doc Mogul” at Hot Docs and a Commander of the French Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She is presently a member of the expert panel reviewing federal telecommunications and broadcasting legislation.
Harm van de Ven
Harm van de Ven is an interactive art director from the Netherlands. Together with his team at media/art collective Zesbaans, he has been working in the field of digital media, interaction and creative coding for more than 12 years. His work focuses on telling stories through interaction in such a way that both the story and the interaction benefit. With projects ranging from a full-scale interactive recreational swimming pool to virtual reality and intimate web stories, he is an all-rounder with a focus on user experience. In 2015, Jan Rothuizen and Sara Kolster’s hand-drawn VR project Drawing Room, developed by Zesbaans, won the IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling.