Fiction & Documentary

Alexandra Zawia

works as a film critic and author for academic publications, journals, newspapers, cultural institutions, and film festivals. She studied Literature, Linguistics, and Cultural Studies and is a programming consultant (feature film) for the Diagonale.

Pamela Pianezza

is a Paris-based photographer and writer, balancing between fiction and nonfiction, editorial assignments (for Variety, Dazed & Confused, Canal +, Arte), and personal projects. For years she’s been working as a film programmer for the Sémaine de la Critique in Cannes and as Head of Short Films at Fribourg International Film Festival, and she recently joined Kurzfilmtage Winterthur’s artistic team. She has an MA in Cinema and an MPhil in Journalism and teaches Visual Arts.

Peter van Hoof

is Head of Short Films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He also selects features and docs from Sub-Saharan Africa. He worked as a cinema programmer for Squat Cinema Filmhuis Cavia and Cinema De Balie at the political-cultural center De Balie in Amsterdam. He is one of the founders of Stichting De Filmbank (promoting Dutch Experimental Cinema) and curator of the film and art section of Into the Great Wide Open.

Animation Avantgarde

André Eckardt

has served as a curator and jury member for international film festivals focusing on experimental animation, has published on the history of the film industry and cultural film, and has curated exhibitions about historical and current animation. From 2008 to 2015, he was the artistic director and general manager of the German Institute for Animated Film. Since 2016, he has been coordinating the project Protecting the Audiovisual Heritage in Saxony. He is a member of the DOK Leipzig selection committee.

Susi Jirkuff

is a visual artist. Her preferred media are drawing, video, animation, and installation. Her work has been shown internationally, for instance at CAC Vilnius, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Musée d’Art Moderne Paris, Kunsthalle Wien and most recently solo at the Vienna Secession. Numerous festival participations, such as Annecy, Animafest, Tricky Women, and numerous prizes and grants, most recently the Austrian Outstanding Artist Award for Experimental Film (2016).

Eva Križková

is a PhD graduate of Film Theory at the University of Performing Arts in Bratislava. In 2010, she cofounded Kinecko magazine, where she works as editor-in-chief and writes about experimental and indepen­dent film. She also cofounded FILMTOPIA, a company that describes itself as a research laboratory for new ways of distributing inde­pendent cinema. She is currently developing her first feature documentary entitled “Neighbours”.

National competition

Claudia Larcher

is a visual artist focusing on video, photography, collage, and installation art. She also experiments with live visuals in performances and concerts. In 2015, she was awarded the Viennale's Erste Bank MehrWert Prize and in 2016, the Outstanding Artist Award for Video and Media Art. She teaches at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the Vienna University of Technology.

Matt Lloyd

has worked in film exhibition in Scotland for two decades. He was the short film programmer of the Edinburgh International Film Festival between 2004 and 2008; his critical history “How the Movie Brats Took Over Edinburgh” was published in 2011. Matt produced two unique film events for Tilda Swinton and Mark Cousins, “The Ballerina Ballroom Cinema of Dreams” (2008) and “A Pilgrimage” (2009). Matt has directed the Glasgow Short Film Festival for nine of its eleven editions.

Tina Poglajen

is a freelance film critic based in Ljubljana. Her writing on film has been published by Film Comment, Indiewire, Cineuropa, MUBI, and Ekran, among others. She broadcasts for Slovenian national radio and works as a program consultant for the Ljubljana International Film Festival. An alumna of criticism programs in Venice, Locarno, and Rotterdam, she regularly reports from film festivals and has written extensively on cinema, gender, and sexuality.

Music video competition

Agnese Logina

works as a curator at Riga Film Museum (Latvia) and is the founder and curator of the Baltic Music Video Competition at Riga International Film Festival. She is currently working on her PhD thesis on Latvian music videos in the 1990s as a platform for a new national audiovisual language. Her work involves contextualizing the contemporary developments in audiovisual arts in relation to historical and sociopolitical backgrounds. She lives in Riga.

Eva Fischer

studied Art History and Cultural Management in Graz, Utrecht, and Vienna. She has worked as a freelance curator and visualist since 2006. In 2007, she initiated the sound:frame Festival for performances and discourse in the field of audiovisual art. The eponymous agency was expanded in 2016 to serve as a coproduction company. Since 2016, Eva has been Head of Productions at Diagonale. She has given guest lectures at international universities and has taught in Vienna, St. Pölten, and Salzburg.

Florian Kindlinger

is a musician, sound engineer, and filmmaker and lives in Salzburg and Vienna. He has realized numerous works in the field of film, on-set sound, sound editing, and sound design for cinema and television and has been a senior sound engineer at the Salzburg Festival. He works with elements of electronic music, field recordings, and soundscapes as well as photography and experimental film. As a member of the band VENTIL, he won the Music Video Prize for “Bulletproof” in 2017.

VR the World

Christian Stiegler

is Senior Lecturer and Director of the Immersive Hub Research Center at the College of Business, Arts and Social Sciences at Brunel University London. He has developed an internationally recognized profile on immersive media and VR storytelling, which also led to consultancy with broadcasters such as BBC, ARTE, and Time Warner. Forthcoming publications include “The 360° Gaze: Immersions in Media, Society and Culture.”

Boris Labbé

lives and works in France and Spain. He obtained his National Diploma in Visual Arts at the School of Art and Ceramics in Tarbes and studied at the École des métiers du cinéma d'animation in Angoulême (“Kyrielle,” Special Jury Prize in Annecy 2012). After a year at Casa de Velázquez in Madrid he began to collaborate with Sacrebleu Productions (“Rhizome,” “The Fall”). At VIS 2017, he was awarded a residency in Vienna for “Orogenesis.”

Manu Molin

was born in Vienna and studied traditional animation at the Gottwaldov Studios in Zlín, Czech Republic. Then she studied at the Institute of Animation at the Film Academy in Ludwigsburg. After graduating she returned to Vienna to write and direct her own animated films and to work for the emerging Viennese VR company vrisch.