Film and art curator
Maria Morata was born in Madrid in 1970 and works as film and art curator. She studied visual communication in Madrid, film studies in Paris and completed a Master of Arts (?Kunst im Kontext) at the Berlin University of the Arts. At the moment she works as a freelance curator in the field of film and video for museums and cultural institutions (such as CCCB and MACBA Barcelona and Intermediae Matadero in Madrid). Since 2007 she has been associate lecturer for film- and video art at the Berlin University of the Arts, at the University of Potsdam and a visiting lecturer at the Bahçe?ehir University Berlin. Moreover she has been a member of the selection committee of Berlinale Shorts since 2009. Maria Morata currently resides and works in Berlin.
Festival Director, Tampere Film Festival
Since 2002 Jukka-Pekka Laakso has been the festival director of the renowned Tampere Film Festival - he already worked for the festival in the early eighties and started with the program selection in 1999. Not only is he the executive director of the Pirkanmaa Film Centre (a local film centre in Tampere) but he also used to work as freelance critic for broadcasting and print media. Jukka-Pekka Laakso was a member of the National Council for the Arts. He is now a member of the Finnish National Council for Cinema, where he used to be chairman form 2004-2009, and he also is a member of the European Film Academy.
Professor of film and media studies
Claudia Walkensteiner-Preschl is professor of film and media studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna (institute of Film&Television). She is in charge of several research projects and teaches at different universities, she also plans and organizes international conferences. Walkensteiner also published numerous works in her field. From 2007 to 2011 she was vice-rector of the department of Academic Affairs and Advancement of Women at the University of Music and Performing Arts. Since 2010 she has also been co-editor of the series Wissen und Geschlecht in Musik.Theater.Film (Böhlau-Verlag), and the same year had a post-doctoral lecturing qualification at the University Frankfurt am Main.
Artistic Director, Ottawa International Animation Festival
Chris Robinson is the Artistic Director of the Ottawa International Animation Festival and a well-known face in the field of animation. In 2004 he was awarded the President?s Award of ASIFA-East for his excellence as an author, as a curator and film historian. Up until now Robinson has published thirteen books such as Between Genius and Utter Illiteracy: A Story of Estonian Animation (2003, Reprint 2006), Canadian Animation: Looking for a Place to Happen (2008), Ballad of a Thin Man: In Search of Ryan Larkin (2008). He is currently working with the artist Theodore Ushev on the graphic novel My Balls are killing me in which he talks about his experience with testicular cancer.
Filmmaker, visual artist
Momoko Seto was born in Tokyo in 1980. She studied at the Lycée Francais of Tokyo, then at the Fine Arts College of Marseille as well as at the Le Fresnoy National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France. After several short films and documentaries for the National Centre of Scientific Research, Momoko directed genre-transcending films in which she transferred everyday objects in a poetic universe. That?s how the experimental animations PLANET A, PLANET Z and Seafood Porn Videos came into being. Her films were shown at various film festivals (Berlinale, International Film Festival Locarno, Rotterdam Film Festival...) and received several awards.
Culture journalist, critic and author
Since 2002 Stefan Grissemann is head of the Department of Culture in profil magazine. In the time between 1989 and 2002 Grissemann was working as a film critic for the Austrian newspaper Die Presse and is associate lecturer at the Wiener Filmakademie (Film academy Vienna), at the FH Wien and at the Friedl Kubelka School for Independent Film. In 2007 he completed a survey regarding the work of Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (Sündenfall; second updated edition 2012) and the biography of mysterious B-Picture-Stylist Edgar G. Ulmer (Mann im Schatten, 2003). Further works: Haneke | Jelinek: Die Klavierspielerin (2001, Editor), Was ist Film (Editor, with Alexander Horwath and Regina Schlagnitweit).
Film critic, scriptwriter, director
Veronika Franz was born in Vienna in 1965. She works as a film critic for the Austrian newspaper KURIER. Franz also writes screenplays for several films by Ulrich Seidl. In 2012 she had her first real experience as a film director when she directed the documentary Kern together with Severin Fiala. Franz?s resume also include a co-Screenplay, concept (with Ulrich Seidl) and assistant director of Der Busenfreund (1997), Spaß ohne Grenzen (1998), Hundstage (2001), Jesus, du weißt (2003), an artistic collaboration with Import/Export (2007) and the triology Paradies:Liebe, Paradies:Glaube, Paradies:Hoffnung (all 2012). She is currently working on her first feature film (Co-director Severin Fiala) Ich seh/Ich seh.
Filmmaker, visual artist
Adnan Popovi? is a filmmaker and visual artist who has been living in Vienna since 2001. He studies conceptual art at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts. Since 2003 his main focus has been on video animations and animation art. After producing a couple of narrative cartoon movies his current animations mainly deal with artistic synaesthesia. So far his films have been shown at several film festivals around the world and have been awarded a number of times. Some of his films include: THE GRASS IS ALWAYS GREENER ON THE OTHER SIDE (2004), WALZERKÖNIG (2008) TINAMV1 (2011, which received the Hubert Sielecki Award). Adnan Popovi? also created VIS Vienna Independent Shorts? 2010 official festival trailer.
Artistic Director, Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur
John Canciani is the art director of Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur in Switzerland. Ever since being a teenager Canciani has been film collector and has always been passionate about film. Between 2006 and 2012 he was in charge of the Swiss short film platform Kurz&Knapp and still is member of the executive board. Numerous further activities involve working for the film editorial department of ?Radio Stadtfilter?, member of the executive board of Schweizer Jugendfilmtage and programmer at Filmfoyer Winterthur. At the moment Canciani is completing his postgraduate programme in Curating at the Zurich University of the Arts. He is also working as a filmmaker and photographer, his film Tokyo Rock n Roll (2007) has been shown at 18 international festivals (i.e. EMAF Osnabrück, Alternative/Video Belgrad).
At an early age Verena Soltiz showed great talent as a filmmaker. When she was 21 years old she was already working as a director for ORF. Thanks to her visual flair, she was soon discovered by Red Bull, which led to her producing documentaries, pilots and shows all around the world. Together with Kristian Davidek she shot the music video ?Blankest Year? for the band Nada Surf which was shown at numerous festivals worldwide, such as at the well-known Resfest. Her commercials were awarded several times, amongst others two ?Bronzene Venus? at the CCA Wien and nomination for the ?Deutschen Werbefilmpreis? for ?Red Bull Flying Bach?.
Alexei Dmitriev studied English and literature at the Herzen State Pedagogical University in St. Petersburg. His films were shown at more than 300 film festivals such as theTribeca Film Festival and the Ann Arbor Film Festival. He also curated many film programmes for international organizations. Alexei Dmitriev will be a guest in Vienna as Artist-in-Residence and will amongst other things, co-curate the Cat Video Festival. His short film Dubus, which attracted a lot of attention, will be shown within the context of the ?10 Jahre VIS? programme. He lives and works in St.Petersburg.
Music journalist, FM4 radio host
Andreas Gstettner grew up in Klagenfurt alongside the music of Austrian band Naked Lunch and The Notwist while his student years were spent in Graz listening to Sans Secour and Radiohead. He?s been working as a journalist for eighteen years now and played the guitar in several Austrian bands for quite a long time. Andreas Gstettner helped develop the sender profile of 97,9FM-Soundportal in Graz and since 2002 is the editor and presenter at the independent broadcast FM4. From 2009 to 2012 he was in charge of the coordination of Austrian music on FM4 and at the moment he presents programmes such as FM4 Soundpark, the night of Austrian music.
Margarethe Tiesel was born in Vienna in 1959. She graduated from Mozarteum University Salzburg and since 1983 has starred in many film, theatre and television productions in Germany and Austria. In 2013 she received the Austrian Film Award for Best Actress in Ulrich Seidl?s Paradies:Liebe.
Managing director at drehbuchFORUM Wien, film curator
Wilbirg Brainin-Donnenberg worked for sixpackfilm until 2004. Ever since, she has been curator of several film series such as Phantome. Metamorphosen / Generali Foundation. She has planned film events and symposia for the Austrian Film Museum, the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen and since 2010, the Industry Meeting of the Diagonale. She also is a member of the executive board of Synema and FC Gloria Frauen Vernetzung Film.
Tiziana Arico studied Political Science, Journalism and Italian. Apart from print and broadcasting she mainly uses television as means of circulation when it comes to film. For her, there is nothing more thrilling than film (short or long), and if it?s not film, then it?s travelling.
Author, cultural and literature scientist
Thomas Ballhausen was born in Vienna in 1975 and he works for the Filmarchiv Austria as a research associate. Ballhausen teaches at the University of Vienna and is internationally active as editor, publisher, curator and member of jury. He was awarded several times for his literary works and is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts.
General Manager of Wien Energie GmbH
Robert Grüneis began his career at Wiener Stadtwerke Group as a lawyer in the legal department of Wiener Linien (Vienna Public Transport). He assisted during the spin off of Wiener Stadtwerke from its municipal department. In 2001 Grüneis was involved in the establishment of EnergieAllianz Austria GmbH and Wien Energie GmbH. Since 2008 he has been General Manager of Wien Energie.