Niels Putman is a film critic, curator & editor-in-chief based in Antwerp, Belgium. He graduated as a Master in Audiovisual Arts at the Royal Institute for Theatre, Cinema & Sound in Brussels and as a Master in Filmstudies & Visual Culture at the University of Antwerp. He’s currently the Chief Editor of Kortfilm.be – the only magazine in Belgium dedicated to short films – and the Chief Editor, as well as a co-Founder, of Talking Shorts. He’s also the Communications Manager for Torino Short Film Market. Niels works as a freelance film journalist for several Belgian outlets and as an assistant programmer for festivals such as Leuven International Short Film Festival. He’s a member of the Belgian Film Press Union and FIPRESCI.
Laurence Boyce has been working in the film industry for 20 years with a focus on short film. He began at the Leeds International Film Festival (UK) as a programmer and still works there to this day as an advisor. He currently works as the Head of Programme for PÖFF Shorts in Tallinn, Estonia. Aside from his festival duties, Laurence works as a journalist for outlets such as Screen International, Sight & Sound and Cineuropa. He is a member of BAFTA, the European Film Academy, the London Critics’ Circle and FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics).
Based in Switzerland, John is the artistic director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. He’s a founding member of Pro Short the Swiss Short Film Lobby, a programer at the Cinema Cameo in Winterthur and a Member of the Swiss Film Academy. He has a Master in Advanced Studies in Curating and published an issue of OnCurating with the title “The future of short films”.
Gina Dellabarca is the Festival Director and co-founder of Show Me Shorts Film Festival, Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. The festival travels to 30 cinemas nationwide, and includes a range of educational programmes, plus a sales agency. Dellabarca studied film, marketing and management at Victoria University of Wellington. Her background includes cinema management, marketing and publicity. She was recently honoured by the Queen, and appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for services to the New Zealand film industry.
Mohammad graduated from Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran, Iran and has worked for Iranian National and International television and has produced documentaries for Iranian International Television. He was artistic director of the international section of the Tehran Short Film Festival, where he also been headed the programming committee as well as being director of international affairs at Iranian Youth Cinema Society. He has organized cultural short film events inside and outside Iran. After moving to Canada last year, he is now programming for Show Me Shorts and Nostalgia.
Joana Fresu de Azevedo has since 2008 collaborated with various theatrical and cultural associations, working with different film festivals. She entered the Sedicicorto International Film Festival in Italy as a staff member in 2016. She is currently co-ordinating the festival and is responsible for PR, external partnerships and fund raising. She’s also in charge of Sedicicorto’s web magazine Kontainer16.
Vincent is the programme director and coordinator of Leuven International Short Film Festival in Belgium since 2016. Vincent has worked for the festival in all conceivable capacities since 2004, ranging from editor, director, operator and programmer to volunteer. Besides the short film festival, Vincent also works as a programmer for Docville, International Documentary Film Festival and freelances as editor, animator and director.
Jaime E. Manrique is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Bogota Short Film Festival (BOGOSHORTS) in Colombia. He’s also the Founder & Director of Laboratorios Black Velvet, an integral film management company. He’s been the Director of Communications and released campaigns for more than 60 Colombian films & film festivals, among them Cartagena Int’l Film Festival for 9 years. Jaime is also the creator & editor of Pantalla Colombia: a weekly newsletter about the present Colombian film industry. He teaches at several universities in Colombia & at San Antonio de los Baños Film School in Cuba.
Aneta Ozorek is based in The Netherlands and is the Artistic Director of KABOOM Animation Festival, film curator and education expert. She has an extensive industry experience in the organization of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals on the European market. She is Head of Shorts of CEE Animation Pitching Forum and member of the board of REX Animation Film Festival. She’s also the Polish Ambassador of the European Animation Award and a Member of European Children Film Association. Aneta has illustrated seven books for children.
Julie holds a master’s degree in cultural project production, with a master’s thesis about the impact of the internet and the digital revolution on the short film industry. She permanently joined Sauve Qui Peut le Court Métrage, the association behind the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, in 2015 after several years working on punctual missions. She coordinates the industry events at the Short Film Market, focusing on the Euro Connection and the #SHORT programmes, and the relations with administrative institutions. She is also a member of the International Competition selection committee.
After spending some years in Barcelona, studying and working in film production, Marie Elaine came back in Saguenay, Canada to work as the Short Film Market co-ordinator of REGARD – Saguenay International Short Film Festival. As the only short film festival Academy Awards-accredited in Canada, REGARD plays over 200 short films in 5 days for now 23 years in a row. Marie-Elaine is now director of the festival and gets involved on the board of many associations, such as the Office Québec-Monde and Promotion Saguenay. She was also part of several juries of short film festivals around the world.
Born in 1983 in France, Sébastien Simon is a Korea-based filmmaker, a cinema teacher in Dongseo University in Busan and a programmer for Busan International Short Film Festival. He also contributed for several years to Slamdance Film Festival, Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival, Jeju French Film Festival and Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cavaillon. His latest works as director include One-minded (2014), Tetsu Kono’s crazy routine (2016), and The Troubled Troubadour (2016). He graduated from the E.S.E.C film school and from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.
Chipo Zhou is the artistic director for the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in South Africa. She started her career as an actress on the Zimbabwean small screen which subsequently led to getting involved with the International Images Film Festival (IIFF) as the Assistant Festival Director to the then newly launched Bulawayo chapter of the festival. She was then invited to sit on the board of Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe (WFOZ), aged 19 years old, as their youngest Executive member, a position she held for four consecutive years. After which she took a step back and enrolled at AFDA (South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) where she holds a degree in Motion Picture Medium. Zhou has also made positive leaps in order to diversify her knowledge by thriving in other complementary roles such as coordinating the South African Communication Association (SACOMM) conference as well as being a media consultant for DERT-SA, an NGO servicing issues of human rights and education within Southern Africa. She has great interest in practice led research, with particular focus on Women in Film and Television.
Advising the board on a regular basis are Frank Moens, Toril Simonson, Mick Hannigan & Zita Carvalhosa who all have been part of the Board of Directors in previous years.