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12th Edition
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Theatre Jury (2013)


 Cezary MORAWSKI – actor, director, pedagogue

Artistic Director of the International Theatre Schools Festival ITSelF in Warsaw and the Head of the Artistic Board of the ITSelF Festival since 2009. He has worked at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art since the graduation. Between 1996 and 2002 he was a Pro-Dean of the Acting Department. He also taught at the Theatre Studies Department and at the Graduate School of Pronunciation. He is a scholarship holder from the Theatre Institute of Vienna University. As an actor he worked, among others, for the Teatr Współczesny (Contemporary Theatre) and Teatr Powszechny im. Zygmunta Hübnera (Zygmunt Hübner Common Theatre) in Warsaw. He played many roles in theatres, movies and TV theatre, working with the most prominentPolish directors. As a director, he made his debut in 1985. He cooperates with theatres in Poland and in Germany. So far he directed pieces from William Shakespeare, Zijah Sokolović, Peter Quilter, Neil Simon, Manfred Karge, Robin Hawdon, Ludwig Ken, Nigro Don, Franz Kafka, Elizabeth Fuller. The list of theatres he worked with includes: Powszechny Theatre, Stara Prochownia Theatre, Syrena Theatre and Capitol Theatre, Theatre Collegium Nobilium in Warszaw.  He directed twice William Shakespeare pieces at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art: in 2010 a diploma performance, named Twelfth Night or What You Will, and his is newest premiere from October 2013, The Winter’s Tale. 


George Pistereanu – Actor

Born in 1990 in Bucharest, Romania, attended Dinu Lipatti acting and music High School. While in his second year at National University of Dramatic Art and Film in Bucharest, Romania, he was cast in the lead role of the LOVERBOY movie which was released officially October 2011, he also was part of very succesful films such as: If Iwant to whistle, I whistle, Rainbow, Drobul De Sare. George Pistereanu is an award winning actor (Silver Berlin Bear – Berlin International Film Festival, Stokolm Film Festival – Best Actor Award, Art Festival Bratislava – Blue Angel for Best Male Performance, Samascus International Film Festival – Best Actor Award etc).


Agon Myftari - Thetare director

Was born on November 25 1985 in Prishtina, Kosovo. He graduated in April 2008 at the Faculty of Arts, “Theatre Directing” at the University of Prishtina. In the year 2011, Myftari finished his post-graduation. Agon Myftari has directed many theatre plays until now. He was distinguished as one of the best students at the course of theatre directing with Shakespeare’s “A midsummer night’s dream” with what he was awarded “The best theatre director” at the International Theatre and Film Student Festival “Skena UP” in 2006. Only one year after, Myftari would write his first play titled “...the rest is silence” which he directed at the “Oda” Theatre, which brought him the award “The Best Theatre Show”. In April 2008 Myftari graduated directing Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” at the National Theatre of Kosovo. In February 2009 Agon Myftari directed the play “Daisyland” (This production was well-received by the audience and the critics and was also notified as “the most watched show of the National Theatre during 2009”. In October 2009, Myftari directed S. Mrozek’s “Emigrants” with “Moissi” Theatre Company in collaboration with “Oda” Theatre. In December 2010, Myftari directed Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot”. His thesis was on “Waiting for Godot and the Theatre of Absurd” he received his Master degree. Agon, also directed: “The Imaginators” by Dwayne Hartford, “The seven white masks”, “If this was a show...” by Almir Imsireviq, “Finger” by Doruntina Basha “The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow.











A Belgrade-based freelance journalist, film critic, translator  and festival programmer. He is the Balkan correspondent for Screen International and, and regularly writes film reviews, industry news and festival reports for several international websites and magazines. He is the programme director of  International Film Festival Kratkofil Plus in Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina and  programme advisor to various film festivals and distribution companies.




Marcel Maïga - Germany

Born in Berlin (Germany), originally from Mali. Between 1987-1989 he studied and taught German language and literature at the Ecole Normale Superieure in Bamako, Mali. These were followed by studies of French and Russian language and literature at Freie Universität Berlin. Works as freelancer for Berlinale organization team (since 1995), as program adviser for the Schlingel IFF Chemnitz (since 2008) and the Prifilmfest Prishtina (since 2009). In 1996 he joint the Filmfestival Cottbus team, where he was the head of the program coordination from 1999-2011. From 2005-2008 he worked also as a program adviser for the Listapad FF Minsk, Belarus. Since 2011 he is working also as program coordinator of the DOK Leipzig festival.



Luc Ntoga, France

A managing director and co-founder of the French distribution company INSOMNIA WORLD SALES, which is dedicated to the marketing and distribution of independent films and unconventional documentaries. Focused on critically acclaimed, award-winning films and relying on strong extensive relationships with all of the major & specialized distributors since 2004, Luc NTONGA has been responsible for the distribution and sales of more than three hundred titles including many Award-winning feature films and documentaries.  In 2012, Luc NTONGA has founded COSMOPOLIS FILMS, a French new production company devoted exclusively to international co-productions for films and TV programs.



Doruntina Basha, Kosovo

She’s an award-winning playwright from Prishtina (Kosovo). Her play ‘The Finger’ (2011) won the best Balkan play prize in the international theater festival MESS in Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) in 2013, and up to now it has been translated in five languages. ‘The Finger’ and her other plays have been staged and presented in Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, France, Italy, Sweden, UK, USA etc. She lives in Prishtina.



Blerta Zeqiri, Kosovo

Was born in 1979 is an award-winning Kosovar Director  and Scriptwriter. She's worked on a number of shorts and feature films, which have participated in many International Festivals, such as: Sundance Film Festival, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Bradford Film Festival, etc., winning prizes in a number of them. She works and lives in Prishtina, Kosovo.






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Brendan Ward, USA

Brendan N. Ward's career in film and television balances writing and producing with teaching a new generation of artists. A professor of Film at Columbia University for over 20 years, he has also taught at film schools in Vietnam,Cuba, Sweden, and at FAMU, in Prague. His television writing includes scripts for Maude (Emmy nomination) and for Good Times Harry (CBS). Feature films include Central Avenue, October 4th, The Alexander Cylinder, and A Woman Apart. He holds the Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. He is currently President of One Hand Clapping Picture.




Pavel Jech, Czech Republic

Is a graduate of Columbia University as well as of FAMU, where he has served as dean since 2008. Pavel has broad teaching experience in scriptwriting and dramaturgy, both in the Czech Republic and in the US, and has worked internationally as a screenwriter and script doctor. Prior to taking on his latest post he was the Chair of FAMU International, where he gained extensive experience in working with teams of international students.



Valon Jakupaj, Kosovo

Started his carrier as a film and video-maker in the beginning of 90s. He studied in “London College of Printing” Faculty in London, in the film and video-making direction, specialized as a Producer and Director.After he finished the University he realized his first feature film “Santa’s Adventures”, a comedy which was shown in the ABC Kino in front of a huge audience.Valoni owns film-company “Gegnia Film” wich has produced many short films, music videos and TV commercials. “Gegnia Film” was moved in Prishtina in 2006. For the moment Valon is involved as a script doctor for the film “Gold”, a project which is subsidized from The Cinematographic Centre of Kosova and sponsored from Albania, France and Greece.Valon is also a member of European Film Academy as a producer and gives lectures on Video Production in “Academy Evolution”.