Ada Solomon
Ada Solomon
Producer
Romania
Ada Solomon
Producer
Romania

When setting up her company HiFilm Productions in 2004, Ada Solomon had already gained substantial experience as a filmmaker. With HiFilm, Ada has produced award-winning shorts by Cristian Nemescu (Marilena From P7), Radu Jude (The Tube with a Hat) and Paul Negoescu (Renovation), debut features by Melissa de Raaf and Razvan Radulescu (First of all, Felicia) and documentaries by Alexandru Solomon (Cold Waves), among others. She is the initiator of the NexT Film Fest in Bucharest and the Romanian coordinator for EAVE, and was presented by EFP as a Producer on the Move at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2011.

Alba Rohrwacher
Actress
Italy
Alba Rohrwacher
Actress
Italy

Alba is one of the most critically acclaimed, internationally renowned, Italian actresses of her generation. Starring alongside BAFTA winning actress Tilda Swinton in Luca Guadagnino’s I Am Love and Saverios Costanzo’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers gave her well-deserved recognition. At the 2012 Berlinale she could be seen in the lead role in Doris Dorrie’s Luck and she recently starred in the Venice Film Festival Golden Lion Award nominated Dormant Beauty, directed by Marco Bellocchio. At the Berlinale 2009 she was presented by EFP as Italy’s participant of Shooting Stars – Europe’s Best Young Actors.

Ana Geislerová
Actress
Czech Republic
Ana Geislerová
Actress
Czech Republic
With leading and supporting roles in about 40 films, acclaimed actress Ana Geislerová has made a name for herself both nationally and internationally.
Her work in Return of the Idiot by Sasa Gedeon led to a European Film Award nomination and a Czech Lion as 'Best Supporting Actress' in 1999. In 2004, she was cast in Bohdan Sláma's Something Like Happiness, for which she received the Silver Shell for 'Best Actress' at the San Sebastian Film Festival as well as a Czech Lion. Next came two films by Jan Hřebejk: Beauty In Trouble and Medvidek, which brought her a nomination for a Czech Lion in 2008. Recently, Ana Geislerová could be seen on the big screen in The Sadness of Mrs. Snajdrova (Albania/Czech Republic) by Eno and Piro Milkani, Hel by Kinga Debska (Poland) and The Case of Unfaithful Klara (Italy/Czech Republic) by Roberto Faenza. In addition, she is in preparations for the filming of her first self-penned screenplay.
Anamaria Marinca
Actress
Romania
Anamaria Marinca
Actress
Romania

Anamaria Marinca (Shooting Star 2008) is an internationally regarded and  multi-awarded actress who made her silver screen acting debut in 2007 as the lead in Cristian Mungiu’s Golden Palm-winning drama 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days. She then worked with Radu Muntean on Boogie and with Julie Delpy on The Countess. She played one of the main parts in Storm by Hans-Christian Schmid which was selected for the 2009 Berlinale Competition. Marinca has since also starred in several US productions such as Europa Report by Sebastian Cordero, Look, Stranger by Arielle Javitch and Fury by David Ayer. She also had leading roles in BBC hit dramas, The Missing with James Nesbitt and River with Stellan Skarsgard. Presently, she is based in London.

Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Actor
Norway
Anders Baasmo Christiansen
Actor
Norway
(Actor and Norwegian Shooting Star 2010) is one of Norway’s most in-demand and highly praised young actors. Recently, Anders could be seen as one of the leading characters in J. Rønning and E. Sandberg’s acclaimed Oscar-nominated feature, Kon-Tiki. In 2014 moviegoers can look forward to seeing him in Hans Petter Moland’s Kraftidioten alongside Stellan Skargård and Bruno Ganz, as well as in the action comedy Børning, directed by Hallvard Bræin. Presently, Anders is shooting Captain Sabertooth and the Lama Rama Treasure. Further credits include North by Rune Denstad Langlo (2009) and Hans Petter Moland’s A Somewhat Gentle Man (2010).
Ankica Juric Tilic 
Producer
Croatia
Ankica Juric Tilic 
Producer
Croatia
Ankica Juric Tilic (PRODUCER ON THE MOVE 2009, PRODUCERS LAB TORONTO 2010 from Croatia)
is a producer with more than 20 years of experience in the film industry. She founded her production company Kinorama in 2003 and has since produced – together with her two partners – more than 20 feature films, several TV series and a number of shorts. Her latest films include this year’s Croatian Oscar entry, the award-winning family drama QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE (2016). Prior to that, she also produced the Croatian candidate for the Oscar in 2015, THE HIGH SUN, which won more than 30 international and national awards, including the Jury Prize in Cannes. The Croatian producer is a graduate of EAVE and a member of ACE and the European Film Academy.
Antonio Saura
Producer
Spain
Antonio Saura
Producer
Spain

Antonio Saura (Spain) comes from a distinguished family of filmmakers and artists and has developed a career in audiovisual production, training and writing. He has worked as both producer and executive producer for Zebra and La Fiera Corrupia two companies which he runs; and also as an executive for some of Spain's leading production companies, on such films as El Dia De La Bestia by Alex de la Iglesia and Ay Carmela! by Carlos Saura. Since 2000, he has produced Antonio Hernandez's Goya-winning City On No Limits and Hidden, Carlos Saura's Salome and Fados, and Jose Luis Lopez-Linares' The Chicken, The Fish and the King Crab. Saura founded and directed the prestigious Media Business School. He is a member of the European and the Spanish Film Academy and was director of the Experts Committee of the Medea Programme of the European Union.
Beatrice Kruger
Casting Director
Italy
Beatrice Kruger
Casting Director
Italy
... is a European casting director based in Rome. Amongst other films she cast My Mother's Smile and Good Morning Night (Marco Bellocchio), Lark's Farm (Paolo and Vittorio Taviani), El Alamein (Enzo Monteleone), Fuori dal Mondo (Giuseppe Piccioni), Ferie D'Agosto (Paolo Virzì). She is responsible for the European and/or Italian casting of Miracle at St. Anna, Asterix aux jeux Olympique, Silk, The International, Casino Royale, Ocean's Twelve, HBO's Rome and many others.

Beatrice Kruger has always been involved with the discovery and promotion of new acting talent. She is founding member of the Italian UIC, the International Casting Directors Network, the Italian Film Academy and the European Film Academy. Recently Beatrice Kruger developed the idea and concept for www.e-talenta.eu a multi-language interactive web portal which gives international visibility to professional actors in Europe and helps anyone involved with the casting process to find the right actor for the right part.
Bettina Brokemper
Producer
Germany
Bettina Brokemper
Producer
Germany

When talking about ambitious internationally renowned producers, Bettina Brokemper, CEO at Heimatfilm is one of the most successful of her generation. In addition, since 2001 she is also Managing Director of Zentropa International Cologne and has co-produced several Lars von Trier films, most recently Nymphomaniac and Melancholia. Her credits also include the 2010 Berlinale winner, Bal – Honey by Semih Kaplanoglu. Bettina Brokemper is a member of the European Film Academy and German Film Academy and in 2008 was awarded with the ‘Prix Eurimages’ for Outstanding European Co-production. In 2006 she was presented by EFP as a ‘Producer on the Move’ at Cannes.


Cédomir Kolar
Producer
France
Cédomir Kolar
Producer
France

His credits include many acclaimed European co-productions such as Before the Rain by Milcho Manchevski and No Man's Land by Danis Tanovic (Academy Award in 2002). In 2003, he founded the Paris-based production entity "A.S.A.P. Films", together with his fellow producer Marc Baschet and the director Danis Tanovic with whom he continued producing several remarkable films such as Hell and, most recently, Cirkus Columbia. Recently he worked with Aktan Arym Kubat on The Light Thief, Marion Hänsel on Black Ocean and Benedek Fliegauf on Womb.

photo © Dejan Vekicc

Charles Gant
Journalist
United Kingdom
Charles Gant
Journalist
United Kingdom
is Film Editor of Heat magazine, the popular UK entertainment weekly. His freelance activities include writing two monthly columns on the film industry for Sight & Sound, and a weekly UK box-office commentary for Guardian.co.uk. In addition to weekly film criticism for Heat and Heat Radio, Charles also reviews for trade publication Variety. He appears regularly on Radio 4’s The Film Programme, presented by Francine Stock, and other recent broadcast appearances include BBC2’s Newsnight. Charles has served on juries for BAFTA, nominates for the British Independent Film Awards and is a member of the UK’s Film Critics’ Circle.
Constantine Giannaris
Director
Greece
Constantine Giannaris
Director
Greece

Based in Athens, Constantine Giannaris works as an independent filmmaker in the UK and Greece. Several of his films have been screened at international film festivals and forums. His first UK feature 3 Steps to Heaven competed in Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight in 1995. The following films have all been selected for Berlinale sections: From the Edge of the City (Panorama-1999), One Day in August (Competition-2002), Hostage (Panorama Special-2005) and Man At Sea (Panorama Special-2011). His new feature film Spring Awakening is in post-production.

Damon Wise
Film Editor
UK
Damon Wise
Film Editor
UK

A film writer since 1987, Damon Wise is currently a Contributing Editor with Empire magazine and an advisor to the BFI London Film Festival's Thrill strand. As a writer he has had his features, interviews and reviews published in many UK publications, including The Times, Financial Times, The Guardian and The Observer, as well as other film magazines such as Sight & Sound and the short-lived Neon. As well as covering set visits and junkets, he is a regular attendee at key international film festivals, including Sundance, Cannes, Venice and Toronto. In 1998 he published his first book, Come By Sunday (Sidgwick & Jackson), a biography of British film star Diana Dors.

Danijel Hočevar
Producer
Slovenia
Danijel Hočevar
Producer
Slovenia

is one of the most experienced producers from his region. Together with the directors Damjan Kozole and Metod Pevec he established the production company Vertigo in 1994. Here more than 40 feature films have been realized, including the multi award winning An Episode In A Life Of An Iron Picker (2013) by Danis Tanović, Circles by Srdan Golubović and I Am From Titov Veles (2007) by Teona Mitevska. Danijel Hočevar has been selected as one of “Variety’s Ten Producers To Watch”. He is a voting member of the European Film Academy, a member of the selection jury of Nipkow Programm and a member of the pedagogical team of EAVE and MidPoint.

Derek Elley
Film critic
UK
Derek Elley
Film critic
UK

began as a film critic in the early 1970s, writing on international cinema for magazines such as "Films & Filming" and "Monthly Film Bulletin" and the yearbook "International Film Guide". In 1998 he co-founded the Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy. For 20 years, he was the chief international critic of the trade paper "Variety", during which time he also co-ordinated the annual Variety Critics' Choice selection at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. He is currently the chief film critic for the Hong Kong-based website "Film Business Asia".

photo © Kiva

Derek Power
Talent Manager
USA
Derek Power
Talent Manager
USA
... is a personal manager and producer with an eclectic client mix of actors, directors, writers, and film composers. As a talent manager, Derek Power enjoys a reputation as a specialist in the representation of Eurocentric talent, and among many he has helped guide are Academy Award winning actor Ben Kingsley, and actress Greta Scacchi (Flight Plan, The Player). Recent Power sponsored clients include Austrian director Robert Dornhelm (War and Peace, Anne Frank) and Swiss director Claudio Faeh (Hollow Man 2, Coronado) UK actor Graham McTavish (John Rambo, Rome), Jennifer Rae Westley (I'm not There, Elvis), and Romanian Maia Morgenstern (Passion of the Christ).

Based in West Hollywood, California, Derek Power has made eight films as producer or executive producer, including the POLICE founder/drummer Stewart Copeland's Everyone Stares, a 2006 Sundance premiere, as well as Peter Weir's The Last Wave and Dennis Hopper's The Hot Spot. As Copeland's longtime manager he is intimately involved in THE POLICE's huge reunion world tour. He has produced a series for Showtime, numerous videos and has participated in the sale and distribution internationally of more than 100 other motion pictures including films produced by Dino de Laurentiis as well as Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock. He has acted as Executive Music Producer for a number of films, particularly Highlander, with its landmark multiplatinum selling score composed by Queen and Michael Kamen, while notable composing clients include Michael Nyman (Gattaca, The Piano).
Dorka Gryllus
Actress
Hungary
Dorka Gryllus
Actress
Hungary

Dorka Gryllus (Actress and Shooting Star 2005 – Hungary)
became a superstar in her native country at the age of 20 with her role in András Sólyom's School of Senses, being named Best Actress at the 2005 Hungarian Film Week for her performance in Robert A. Pejo's drama Pallas Pashamende. The same year, she was selected as one of the European Shooting Stars at the Berlinale. Since then, Dorka has worked on international projects such as Irina Palm by Belgium's Sam Gabarski as well as German film and TV productions, ranging from Fatih Akin's Soul Kitchen to the ZDF two-parter Schicksalsjahre. She received two Best Actress awards for her performance in the Hungarian film Demimonde last year. Dorka has just completed shooting Bridge of Sighs by János Szász, together with former Shooting Star Zsolt Nagy.

Eduardo Noriega 
Actor
Spain
Eduardo Noriega 
Actor
Spain
Eduardo Noriega (actor and EUROPEAN SHOOTING STAR 1999 from Spain)
first studied music and piano, followed by acting lessons in his home town of Santander in Northern Spain. In 1992, he moved to Madrid to attend The Royal Spanish School of Drama from which he graduated in 1996. It was whilst there that he first met such newcomer directors as Alejandro Amenábar and Mateo Gil and started appearing in their short films. His career took off when he starred in Amenábar’s feature film debut, the surprise hit THESIS (1996), followed by OPEN YOUR EYES (1997) where he played alongside Penelope Cruz and received a Goya nomination for his performance. Since then, he has starred in films by Guillermo del Toro (DEVIL’S BACKBONE, 2001) and the Spanish blockbuster THE METHOD (2006). Following his GQ Award as “Actor of the Year”, he made two films in the USA: Brad Anderson’s TRANSSIBERIAN and the political thriller VANTAGE POINT. In subsequent years. Noriega has played alongside the likes of Sam Shepard, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Stephen Rea. In 2017 he stars in Àlex de la Iglesia’s PERFECT STRANGERS and in the thriller LA BOYA shot in the Dominican Republic.
Eva Röse
Actress
Sweden
Eva Röse
Actress
Sweden

has been one of the most popular Swedish actresses for the past 15 years. She has starred in over 50 feature films and TV productions and has played in over 20 stage productions at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm and the Stockholm City Theater. On the big screen she was successful in a number of popular Scandinavian films such as Kopps and Göta Kanal 2 and in the award-winning film Storm. Since 2008, Eva stars as the crime inspector Maria, in the internationally renowned Swedish crime series Maria Wern. The series contains 14 movies shown both as feature films and on TV.

Giuseppe Piccioni
Director
Italy
Giuseppe Piccioni
Director
Italy
is one of the most respected contemporary Italian directors. His first major step as a director was in 1987 when he made The Big Blek which received many awards and took part in the Berlin International Film Festival in 1988.
In 1990, this success was followed by the acclaimed Ask for the Moon. His fifth film Not of This World in 1999 received five David di Donatello awards, the Grand Prix Special du Jury at the International Festival des Films du Monde in Montreal and the Silver Hugo Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. In 2001, Piccioni made Light of My Eyes which was in competition at the Venice Film Festival. In 2004, he directed The Life I Want which was screened in the official selection of the festivals in Berlin and Moscow in 2005. Recently, Giuseppe Piccioni directed Giulia Doesn't Date At Night which was selected for the festivals in Toronto, London, Pusan and Goteborg. He worked with many of the most important Italian actors like Margherita Buy, Silvio Orlando, Sergio Rubini, Luigi Lo Cascio, Valeria Golino, Sandra Ceccarelli, Valerio Mastandrea and many others.
Heike Makatsch
Actress
Germany
Heike Makatsch
Actress
Germany

is presently one of Germany's most eminent film and television actresses. She has appeared in German films like Aimée & Jaguar, Gripsholm, Hilde and The Door as well as international productions, including Love Actually opposite Hugh Grant. In television, she made an impression in such productions as Das Wunder von Lengede and Margarete Steiff. In 2010, Heike Makatsch made her stage debut at the Centraltheater in Leipzig. She played the role of Jane in "Paris, Texas", staged by Sebastian Hartmann and based on the film of the same name by Wim Wenders. In 2011, she was cast in the role of Aunt Polly in the first German cinema adaptation of Tom Sawyer under the direction of Hermine Huntgeburth. Heike Makatsch was honoured for her roles with, among others, the Bavarian Television Prize, the Golden Camera and the Bambi.

photo © Nela König
Hermine Huntgeburth
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Germany
Hermine Huntgeburth
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Germany
is one of the most renowned German directors working today. Hermine started her feature film career with Im Kreis der Lieben (1991). She garnered international recognition with The White Massai, Germany’s box office hit of 2005. Her adaption of Theodor Fontane’s novel Effi Briest gained highly positive notices from both audiences and critics. With Bibi Blocksberg (2002), Hermine Huntgeburth successfully directed her first family movie. She later returned to this genre in 2011 and 2012 with Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. Besides her accolades for films, Hermine has received critical praise for her TV movies and series, especially for Neue Vahr Süd.
Jan Lumholdt
Writer/Critic
Sweden
Jan Lumholdt
Writer/Critic
Sweden

Jan Lumholdt (Writer/Critic – Sweden)
has been a regular contributor and reviewer for the renowned Stockholm daily Svenska Dagbladet since 2001. He studied Literature and Film History at the University of Lund. Among his publications are "Lars von Trier: Interviews" (University Press of Mississippi, 2003) and "Harriet Andersson" (Alfabeta, 2005), for which he was awarded the Jurgen Schildt Award for excellence in cinema writing. Lumholdt is the chairman of The Swedish Association of Film Critics and a member of the Swedish Oscar Committee.

Jani Thiltges
Producer
Luxembourg
Jani Thiltges
Producer
Luxembourg
has co- produced up to 60 films, including Before the Winter Chill by Philippe Claudel, Our Children by Joaquim Lafosse and IIrina Palm by Sam Garbarski. Beginning his career in 1986 with Samsa Film in Luxembourg, he has since co-founded production companies in various European countries. Since 1991 Jani has been a co-founder and partner of Artemis Productions (Belgium) and Fado Filmes (Portugal), and since 2003, Liaison Cinematographique in Paris. Jani Thiltges is Head of Studies at EAVE and a Board Member of the European Film Academy. In 2010 he was awarded the Prix Eurimages.
Jasmila Žbanić
Director and Scriptwriter
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Jasmila Žbanić
Director and Scriptwriter
Bosnia-Herzegovina

Award-winning director Jasmila Žbanić was born in Sarajevo where she is currently based. Her credit list includes Grbavica, winner of the Golden Bear at the 2006 Berlinale and On the Path which screened in Competition at the 2010 Berlinale and starred Zrinka Cvitešic, Croatian Shooting Star 2010. She is a graduate of the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo. In 1997, together with her friends, she founded the Artist’s Association “Deblokada” where she produced, wrote and directed several documentaries, video-art works and shorts, including Participation, Lost and Found and Red Robber Boots.

Jina Jay
Casting Director
UK
Jina Jay
Casting Director
UK

Jina Jay’s  credentials include Steven Spielberg’s War Horse (starring David Kross, German Shooting Star 2009), Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus (with Lubna Azabal, Belgium Shooting Star 2004), Stephen Daldry’s The Reader ( with David Kross, German Shooting Star 2009)  and Anna Karenina by Joe Wright, starring the 2011 Shooting Stars, Alicia Vikander (Sweden), Domhnall Gleeson (Ireland) and Bill Skarsgård (Shooting Star, Sweden 2012). More recently she has worked with Michael Winterbottom, Susanne Bier and Anton Corbijn. Jina Jay is a member of the American Academy and BAFTA and is on the 2012 Jury for the BIFA’s.

Karl Baumgartner
Producer
Germany
Karl Baumgartner
Producer
Germany
Renowned producer Karl Baumgartner established his career by co-founding Pandora Film in the 1980s as a leading European distributor of international arthouse films.
Apart from distribution, Pandora Film soon became involved in production as well. With Emir Kusturica's film Underground (1995), the transition to production was completed. Baumgartner's latest productions and international co-productions include Irina Palm by Sam Garbarski (2007) and Tulpan by Sergei Dvortsevoy (2008). In 2003, he established the company PALLAS FILM with Thanassis Karathanos, which focuses on European projects of a high artistic standard. The same year, he received the Award of the 'Kunst  und Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Bremen' for his services to the European film industry. At the Locarno International Film Festival in 2004, he was awarded the prestigious Raimondo Rezzonico Prize. Karl Baumgartner is a member of the German, European and Asian-Pacific Film Academies.
Labina Mitevska
Actress
Macedonia
Labina Mitevska
Actress
Macedonia
Acclaimed Macedonian actress Labina Mitevska started her acting career with the role as Zamira in Milcho Mancevski's 1994 Golden Lion winner and Oscar®-nominated Before the Rain. In 1996, she began a successful collaboration with Michael Winterbottom on Welcome to Sarajevo and I Want You which resulted in her being selected as one of the Shooting Stars at the Berlinale in 1998. Since then she has had roles in films from across Europe, including: David Ondrichek´s Loners, Vlado Cve-tanovski´s Secret Book, Giancarlo Bocchi´s Nema Problema, Sergej Stanojkovski´s Kontakt, Christian Wagner´s  Warchild. In 2001, she established the production company 'Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production' with sister Teona and brother Vuk, later appearing in Teona's films How I Killed a Saint and I am From Titov Veles. Mitevska became a member of the European Film Academy in 1998 and in recent years has served on festival juries in Cottbus, Edinburgh, Karlovy Vary, Dresden, Plzen, Palic, Moscow and Mannheim.

Leo Davis
Casting Director
UK
Leo Davis
Casting Director
UK
Leo Davis is a Casting Director with a career spanning over three decades. Based in the United Kingdom, she mainly works with renowned British and European directors.
Her long list of credits on acclaimed national and foreign feature films includes Antichrist by Lars von Trier, Hannibal Rising by Peter Webber, The Queen by Stephen Frears, Irina Palm by Sam Garbarski, The Constant Gardener by Fernando Meirelles, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Peter Webber, Skagerrak by Soren Kragh Jacobsen, Sunshine by István Szabó, and many others. Leo Davis has always been involved in the discovery of new acting talent. She is a founding member of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN), the first association of its kind aimed exclusively at casting directors for feature films.
Lina Todd
Casting Director
USA
Lina Todd
Casting Director
USA

has been a Casting Director for three decades, in New York and Los Angeles, a member of the Casting Society of America and a founding member of the International Casting Directors Network (ICDN). Working in American and European films such as Peter Weir’s The Way Back, Gilles Paquet-Brenner’s Sarah's Key, Jennifer Lynch’s Surveillance, Kenneth Lonergan’s You Can Count on Me, Douglas McGrath’s Nicholas Nickleby, and Jodie Foster’s Little Man Tate, she is now producing Shirin Neshat’s and Shoja Azari’s film Paradise and Kim Spurdock’s Kin which just received the Chris Columbus Award. She is also the Breakthrough Performer Director in the Hamptons International Film Festival.

Lucinda Syson
Casting Director
UK
Lucinda Syson
Casting Director
UK

Lucinda Syson (Casting Director – UK)
started her career as a casting director 25 years ago after graduating in French and Linguistics. Her training under Priscilla John began with films like Alien 3 and Seven Years In Tibet. Her first film as casting director was Udayan Prasad's Brothers in Trouble, and Lucinda has since worked with such filmmakers as Luc Besson (Fifth Element), Christopher Nolan (Batman Begins), Alfonso Cuarón (Children Of Men), receiving an Artios nomination for Matthew Vaughn's 2010 film Kick-Ass. She is a member of the International Casting Directors Network and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Lucy Russell - Jury member 2008
Lucy Russell
Actress
UK Shooting Star 2002
Lucy Russell
Actress
UK Shooting Star 2002
... was chosen as the UK Shooting Star in 2002. This followed her critically acclaimed performance as Grace Eliot in Eric Rohmer's L'Anglaise et tle Duc, which was presented at both the Venice and New York Film Festivals. Four years prior to this, her first significant film role had been as the enigmatic Blonde in the award-winning thriller, Following, by Christopher Nolan (who went on to direct Memento, as well as Batman Begins, in which Lucy also stars).

In 2003 Lucy was cast in the multi award-winning I Am David, directed by Paul Feig. In the same year she was cast in Dominique Deruddere's film Pour Le Plaisir and Pierre-Erwan Guillaume's L'Ennemi Naturel, and followed this with a part in Kevin Reynolds' Tristan + Isolde.

In 2007 François Ozon cast Lucy Russell in his first English-language film, Angel, in which she has a major part opposite Romola Garai, Sam Neill, Charlotte Rampling and Michael Fassbender. Angel had its World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in 2007, and its UK Premiere at the London Film Festival. At the end of 2007 Lucy also stars in Warner Bros' Fred Claus, directed by David Dobkins, appearing opposite Vince Vaughan, Paul Giamatti, Kevin Spacey and Rachel Weisz.
Malgorzata Szumowska
Director
Poland
Malgorzata Szumowska
Director
Poland

belongs to the most prominent Polish filmmakers and covers a broad spectrum working as screenwriter and producer as well as documentary and feature film director. She has been honoured with several awards, including the Teddy Award for In The Name Of at the Berlin Film Festival and the Silver Leopard Award at the Locarno Film festival for 33 Scenes From Life. Malgorzata Szumowska was twice nominated for the European Film Awards for Happy Man and Stranger. Her movie Elles, featuring Juliette Binoche and Anaïs Demoustier, French SHOOTING STAR 2010, was sold to over 40 countries.

Marion Hänsel
Director
Belgium
Marion Hänsel
Director
Belgium
Marion Hänsel (Belgium) is a director-producer with a career spanning over three decades. She set up her own company Man's Films in 1977 to make her first short film Equilibres. Her first feature film The Bed in 1982 won the Cavens Award as 'Best Belgian Film'. Since then, she has produced and directed nine feature films, including: Dust (1984), On Earth As In Heaven (1991), Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (1994), Clouds - Letters To My Son (2001) and Sounds Of Sand (2006). Man's Film has also produced or co-produced films by Jacques Doillon (La Puritaine), Danis Tanovic (the Oscar®-winning No Man's Land and L' Enfer) and Dany Deprez (Science Fiction). In 1987, Marion Hänsel was named Belgian "Woman of the Year" and has served for several terms as the President of the French Community Film Selection Board.
Marleen Gorris
Marleen Gorris
Director
The Netherlands
Marleen Gorris
Director
The Netherlands

Academy Award-winning Marleen Gorris has a large range of internationally acclaimed films on her list of credits. In 1996, Antonia's Line won her various prizes such as the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Her subsequent films have also been critically acclaimed, including The Luzhin Defence (UK), Mrs Dalloway (UK), starring Vanessa Redgrave, Carolina (USA) with Shirley MacLaine, Within the Whirlwind (German co-production) starring Emily Watson. Marleen Gorris is currently preparing two films set in the Netherlands. In addition, she works as a consultant for feature films for the Dutch Film Fund.

Marta Donzelli
Producer
Italy
Marta Donzelli
Producer
Italy

Marta Donzelli is one of Italy’s most successful producers of independent films. With “Vivo Film”, established in 2004 together with Gregorio Paonessa, she has produced more than 30 titles to date. Many of her films have been selected and awarded at the most prestigious international film festivals, including Sworn Virgin by Laura Bispuri (Berlinale Competition 2015), A Street In Palermo by Emma Dante (Venice Competition 2014), Le Quattro Volte by Michelangelo Frammartino (Cannes, Director’s Fortnight  2010). In 2011 Donzelli participated in “Producers on the Move” at Cannes. She is a member of the Editorial Board at Donzelli Publishing House.

Matt Mueller
Matt Mueller
Film critic
UK
Matt Mueller
Film critic
UK

Matt Mueller (Film Critic – UK) is a London-based film journalist with considerable and award-winning achievements in the industry. He has served as the editor on two British film magazines - Total Film and Premiere's UK edition - and seen his writing published in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, Entertainment Weekly, Screen International, GQ and Empire.

A contributing editor for Total Film and Wonderland magazines, he continues to profile some of the biggest names in the business whilst also covering the film world as a respected industry pundit.

Michael Ballhaus
Director
Germany
Michael Ballhaus
Director
Germany
... is one of the world's most successful cinematographers. He shot more than 80 feature films and worked with the greatest directors in Germany and the US, amongst them Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Redford and Wolfgang Petersen.

His best known films are THE MARRIAGE OF MARIA BRAUN (1979), The Color of Money (1986), Broadcast News (1987), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), Goodfellas (1990), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Outbreak (1995), Gangs on New York (2002) and The Departed (2006).

He got three »Academy Award Nominations« for his films. In 2006 he was the first German to receive the »American Society of Cinematographers International Achievement Award« - the most important award for a non-American cinematographer. In December 2007 the European Film Academy awarded Michael Ballhaus the EUROPEAN ACHIEVEMENT IN WORLD CINEMA 2007 - Prix Screen International.
Mijke de Jong
Director/Writer
The Netherlands
Mijke de Jong
Director/Writer
The Netherlands
Mijke de Jong (Director/Writer, The Netherlands)
has shown great social engagement in her work over the past 25 years: starting with her co-authored feature film debut, LOVE HURTS (1992), which won the Special Jury Prize in Locarno, through to her latest film, LAYLA M. (2016). The much-lauded drama about the radicalisation of a young Muslim growing up in Amsterdam is this year’s Oscar entry from The Netherlands. De Jong’s international breakthrough came with the award-winning film, BLUEBIRD (NL 2004), which premiered in Toronto and won the Crystal Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival 2005. Her other outstanding works include JOY (NL 2010), which received the Best Feature Film Award in The Netherlands.
Mode Steinkjer 
Critic/Editor
Norway
Mode Steinkjer 
Critic/Editor
Norway
Mode Steinkjer (critic/editor, Norway)
works as a film critic as well as the Arts Editor for the renowned daily Norwegian newspaper Dagsavisen. He had written about film, the arts and art since the mid-1980’s for several major newspapers in Norway, as well as running his own music show at the national radio NRK, before becoming a staff writer and Arts Editor at Dagsavisen. As a renowned film critic, Steinkjer has served on several juries, including the FIPRESCI Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and twice at the Berlin International Film Festival’s FIPRESCI jury, in 2013 and 2015. Steinkjer is the chairman of The Norwegian Association of Film Critics and a member of the Norwegian Oscar Committee. He is also a voting member of the European Film Academy.
Nathalie Cheron
Casting Director
France
Nathalie Cheron
Casting Director
France

is casting for French and European productions and already worked with some of Europe’s most respected directors. Her credit list includes Lucy and The Family by Luc Besson, Les Garçons et Guillaume, à table! by Guillaume Gallienne, Mr Morgan's Last Love by Sandra Nettelbeck, Sa Majesté Minor by Jean-Jacques Annaud, Paris, Je t'aime by 20 directors and The Bourne Identity by Doug Liman. Nathalie Cheron is member of the International Casting Directors’ Network (ICDN) and of the Association des Responsables de Distribution Artistique (ARDA).

Nicole Schmied
Casting Director
Austria
Nicole Schmied
Casting Director
Austria

Nicole Schmied (casting director and ICDN member, Austria)
started her career as an assistant director for film and television in 1979. From 1999 onwards, she worked as a casting director and, in 2005, founded her own company, covering popular TV shows as well as feature films for cinema and television. Since then, Nicole Schmied has cast Austrian and international co-productions, including the latest film by the renowned Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky, the award-winning thriller COLD HELL (2017), and the similarly acclaimed THE PEOPLE VS. FRITZ BAUER (2015) by the German director Lars Kraume. Her portfolio also includes the mystery western DARK VALLEY (2014), starring Sam Riley, and the transgender drama ERIK. WELTMEISTERIN (2017) by Reinhold Bilgeri.

Ole Christian Madsen
Director
Denmark
Ole Christian Madsen
Director
Denmark
is one of the most respected of the contemporary Danish directors and screenwriters with a remarkable number of award-winning films, beginning with Sinan's Wedding (1997) and Pizza King (1999). In 2001, he wrote and directed the acclaimed Dogma film Kira's Reason – A Love Story and turned the bestseller Angels In Fast Motion into an award-winning hit in 2005. His filmography includes Prague (2006), and the acclaimed Flame & Citron, starring Mads Mikkelsen and Thure Lindhardt, sold to 70 countries and one of the biggest box-office hits in DK ever.

photo © Robin Skjoldborg
Oriana Kunčić
Casting Director
Croatia
Oriana Kunčić
Casting Director
Croatia
works as a casting director mainly for Croatian and Bosnia-Herzegovinan but also for other European productions. She studied history of theatre in Venice and at the Academy of Performing Arts at Sarajevo. She has worked as an assistant director and casting director on a number feature films, many of which have gone on to win awards at international festivals, including: On the Path (2010) and the 2006 Golden Bear Winner Grbavica directed by Jasmila Žbanic; Snow by Aida Begić (2008), Miss (2006) by Andrea Štaka, Storm by Hans-Christian Schmid (2009) and A Stranger (2012), directed by Bobo Jelčić. Besides her work as a casting director, Oriana is also active as an actress in the Croatian National Theather (HNK) in Šibenik.
Pandora da Cunha Telles
Producer
Portugal
Pandora da Cunha Telles
Producer
Portugal

Pandora da Cunha Telles (Producer – Portugal)
started her career in film production in 2001 at Filmes de Fundo and was selected as one of EFP's "Producers on the Move" in Cannes in 2004. In 2009, Pandora established the production company Ukbar Filmes together with Pablo Iraola, producing Vicente Alves do Ó's Florbela, winner of six Sophias (Portuguese academy awards). Her latest productions are The Bridges of Sarajevo (2015), which screened at Cannes' official selection, and The Train of Salt and Sugar by Licinio Azevedo, which premiered in Locarno. At the moment Pandora is finalizing Ukbar's latest features, The Surge by Daniela Thomas and Joaquim by Marcelo Gomes. Pandora is currently the president of APCA (Portuguese Association of Producers of Cinema and Audiovisual).

Patrícia Vasconcelos
Casting Director
Portugal
Patrícia Vasconcelos
Casting Director
Portugal
Patrícia Vasconcelos (Portugal) began her career as a casting director in 1989 and has a long list of credits on national and foreign feature films, TV programmes and series as well as over a hundred TV commercials. The films she worked on include: Sinas De Fogo (Lus Filipe Rocha), Mortinho Por Chegar A Casa (Carlos Silva and George Sluizer), Tentacao (Joaquim Leito), Zona J (Leonel Vieira), Jaime and Os Imortais (Antonio-Pedro Vasconcelos), La Reine Margot (Patrice Chereau), Alice (Marco Martins), and most recently Call Girl (Antonio-Pedro Vasconcelos), How To Draw A Perfect Circle (Marco Martins) and O Meu Pai (Joaquim Leito). Patrícia has taught casting techniques at uni-versities and several model agencies. In summer 2000, she began organising the ACT workshops to teach actors technical skills for film and TV, and later became a co-founder of ACT with Elsa Valentim in 2001. Patrícia has also embarked on a second career as a jazz singer after an appearance in her father's film Os Imortais.


Peter Cowie
Journalist
UK
Peter Cowie
Journalist
UK
Peter Cowie (UK) is one of the most respected international writers on film, having in 1963 founded the annual survey of world cinema, the International Film Guide, which he has edited for over 40 years. As an author, he has published many influential books on cinema, including biographies of Louise Brooks and Francis Ford Coppola. In 2007, he was the co-editor of Projections: The Euro-pean Film Academy, which included interviews with some 40 European directors, actors, technicians, and producers, and he is a contributing editor to The Ingmar Bergman Archives, published by Taschen this year. In 1989, Cowie joined Variety and served as the trade paper's International Publishing Direc-tor from 1993 to 2000.  He now serves as a special consultant to the Berlinale and the Berlinale Talent Campus. In 1989, Cowie was decorated by the King Carl Gustaf of Sweden with the Royal Order of the Polar Star for his services to Swedish culture.

Rie Hedegaard
Casting Director
Denmark
Rie Hedegaard
Casting Director
Denmark

Rie Hedegaard has cast films for some of the most exciting Danish and international film directors working today, amongst them Lars von Trier (Dancer In The Dark, Breaking The Waves), Thomas Vinterberg (The Celebration, Submarino), Anders Thomas Jensen (Men & Chicken), Ole Christian Madsen (Itsi Bitsi, Flame & Citron), Christoffer Boe (Sex, Drugs & Taxation), Per Fly (Pelle, the Conqueror II) and Mikkel Nørgaard (The Keeper Of Lost Causes). Since 2002, she has taught at the Danish Government Acting Schools and is a member of the ICDN.

Simone Bär
Simone Bär
Casting Director
Germany
Simone Bär
Casting Director
Germany

Simone Bär (Casting Director – Germany) numbers among the most respected European casting directors. After founding the "Casting Studio" in Berlin in 1990, she has worked both nationally and internationally with the finest directors. Her list of credits includes films by the German directors Christian Petzold (Yella), Tom Tykwer (Three) and Marc Rothemund (Man tut was man kann). Moreover, she was responsible for the German casting on Roland Emmerich's Anonymous, Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds and Stephen Daldry's The Reader. In 2002, Simone Bär received the German Casting Award at the Cologne Conference.

Steven Gaydos
Journalist
USA
Steven Gaydos
Journalist
USA
Executive Editor of Variety, Steven Gaydos, is responsible for over 250 editorial reports a year in both Daily and Weekly Variety, producing territorial surveys, film and TV market and festival reports, genre studies as well as business-oriented personality and corporate profiles.
Gaydos created and directs the '10 to Watch' programme for Variety, spotlighting emerging talent from around the world in the fields of directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing and acting. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the European Film Academy. Gaydos is the editor of 'The Variety Guide to Film Festivals', (Variety/Putnam) and is also co-editor of 'Movie Talk from the Frontlines' (McFarland) and 'Cannes: 50 Years of Sun, Sex and Celluloid'. (Miramax/Hyperion). Prior to joining Variety, he worked in Hollywood and Europe as a screenwriter and producer.
Thierry Chèze
Journalist
France
Thierry Chèze
Journalist
France

Thierry Chèze is film editor at the renowned French cinema magazine “Studio Ciné Live” since it launched in 2007. At the Paris based monthly magazine he is in charge of spotlighting new talents in French cinema. He is also a regular collaborator on various TV shows including Ca Balance à Paris, a weekly cultural magazine on Paris Première channel and Le Cine-Club on France 2. Since 2010, Thierry Chèze is the voiceover of the Cannes Film Festival’s closing ceremony and the Cesar ceremony. In addition to journalism, Thierry Chèze is also directing documentaries about acting.

Thure Lindhardt © Mikkel Bache
Thure Lindhardt
Actor
Denmark
Thure Lindhardt
Actor
Denmark

Thure Lindhardt (Actor and SHOOTING STAR 2000 – Denmark) is one of the most critically acclaimed Danish actors of his generation. He garnered international recognition with various films, including Into the Wild (Sean Penn) and two films by Danish director Ole Christian Madsen: Nordkraft and Flame & Citron for which he was nominated as “Best Actor” at the Bodil Awards and the European Film Awards in 2008. In the US, Thure attracted attention with his role in Angels and Demons by Ron Howard. Known in Germany for Love in Thoughts (Achim von Borries), he soon will be seen in the German feature Formentera by Ann-Kristin Reyels, as well as the Bulgarian production The Island (Kamen Kalev).

Tobias Kniebe
Editor/Critic
Germany
Tobias Kniebe
Editor/Critic
Germany

Tobias Kniebe is the film editor for Germany’s highly respected newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung. Kniebe studied Journalism, Philosophy and Political Science at Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich. Aside from his work as a film critic, he has made documentaries for Bavarian Television, co-written the feature film Fremder Freund with Elmar Fischer (2003) and published a study of Germany’s military resistance movement against Hitler, “Operation Walküre” (2009). In 2010, Kniebe received the prestigious Reporterpreis Award for his profile of maverick German film director Klaus Lemke.

Vibeke Windeløv
Producer
Denmark
Vibeke Windeløv
Producer
Denmark
... is one of Europe's most successful and acclaimed producers, with a feature film credit list including all of Lars von Trier's films from 1993 to 2006 (amongst them Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, Dogville, Manderlay). Furthermore she produced Bille August's In my Life, Gabriel Axel's Christian, Jorgen Leth's Haiti Express, Susanne Bier's Family Matters & Open Hearts and Kristian Levring's The King is Alive (Dogma 4). In 2007 she is co-producing Mammoth, directed by Lukas Moodysson.

1998-2004 Vibeke Windeløv has been a member of the board of the European Film Academy and has also been a jury member on many festivals, among others the Venice film festival 2001 and the Montreal Film Festival 2006. She was furthermore instrumental in establishing the production companies Liberator in France and Pain Unlimited in Germany and is executive chairman of Copenhagen Bombay Productions.
Xavier Koller
Director
Switzerland
Xavier Koller
Director
Switzerland

Xavier Koller (Director – Switzerland)
initially worked as an actor and director for theatre, television and commercials before making the short fiction film Fano Hill in 1969. His feature debut, Hannibal, premiered in the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes in 1973. In 1991, Koller received the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for Journey Of Hope and has since been based in Los Angeles, working on such English-language features as Squanto, A Warrior's Tale and Ring Of Fire. He has returned to Europe to shoot such films as Gripsholm, Einer wie ich (Someone Like me), Die Schwarzen Brüder and, most recently, Little Mountain Boy (Schellen-Ursli), based on the classic Swiss children's book.

 
 
Lucinda Syson © Andre Poling
2017 Shooting Stars Jury with Sonja Heinen and Karin Dix © Andre Poling
Jan Lumhold © Andre Poling
Dorka Gryllus © Andre Poling
Pandora da Cunha Telles © Andre Poling
Lucinda Syson © Andre Poling
Xavier Koller © Andre Poling
Dorka Gryllus © Andre Poling

Every year EFP appoints a jury of five prominent industry figures (director, producer, actor, casting director, film journalist) to select Europe's best young actors from a variety of up-and-coming acting talent from all over Europe.

The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS jury for 2018: Award-winning Dutch director Mijke de Jong (LAYLA M. – this year's Oscar entry from The Netherlands), former PRODUCER ON THE MOVE Ankica Juric Tilic (QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE – this year's Oscar entry from Croatia), Austrian casting director Nicole Schmied (COLD HELL), former EUROPEAN SHOOTING STAR Eduardo Noriega (OPEN YOUR EYES), and the Norwegian arts editor, film critic and member of the Norwegian Oscar committee Mode Steinkjer (Dagsavisen). Combining their diverse expertise in the various fields of the creative filmmaking process, the jury will select the ten most talented and internationally diverse young actors and actresses from the 21 candidates who have been nominated by their respective EFP member organisations for the upcoming edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS.

 

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