Niels Putman is a film critic, curator & programmer 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. 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”.
Based in New Zealand, running the Academy Awards-accredited short film festival Show Me Shorts that plays in over twenty cities and towns nationwide. Gina’s background is in PR for films, marketing and communications for the broader entertainment industry, and cinema management.
Graduated from Tarbiat Modarres University in Tehran, Iran. Mohammad has worked for Iranian National and International television and has produced documentaries for Iranian International Television. He’s the Director of International Affairs at Iranian Youth Cinema Society and is now Artistic Director of Tehran Short Film Festival, where he’s also Head of the selection committee. He has organized cultural short film events in collaboration with foreign embassies both inside and outside Iran.
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 in the last 13 years, 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 and director of Laboratorios Black Velvet, an integral film management company. He’s been the director of communications and release campaigns for more than fourty Colombian films and film festivals, among them the Cartagena International Film Festival. Jaime is also the creator and editor of Pantalla Colombia: a weekly newsletter about the present Colombian film industry. He has been a film analyst for more than fifteen magazines and a professor for different universities, such as Externado de Colombia & Jorge Tadeo Lozano.
Aneta Ozorek is Artistic Director of KLIK Amsterdam Animation Festival, film curator and education expert. She has 15 years’ industry experience in the production of film events, educational workshops, exhibitions and festivals on Polish and European market. She is program advisor of Cinema in Sneakers Film Festival in Warsaw and Head of Short Section at CEE Animation Pitching Forum. She’s also Polish Ambassador of European Animation Award and Member of European Children Film Associaton. Aneta has illustrated seven books for children.
Born in England, raised in France, Tim spent ten years in Spain working as director of Curtocircutio International Short Film Festival of Santiago de Compostela. Tim now works for Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival as coordinator of the international competition and on the Festival side of www.shortfilmdepot.com, the online platform Clermont created many years ago.
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 Alsace, France, Sébastien Simon is a director and a programmer/organiser for Busan International Short Film Festival in South Korea, Jeju French Film Festival (Korea) and Rencontres Cinématographiques de Cavaillon (France), as well as a preselection juror for Slamdance Film Festival (USA) and Seoul International Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival (Korea). He graduated from the E.S.E.C film school and from Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne. His recent works as director include ‘The Urban Suite’ (2014) and ‘The Troubled Troubadour’ (2016).
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.