Jury of the Competition Programme – Documentary Film: Biljana Garvanlijeva
Freelance author and director, Macedonia
Biljana Garvanlieva was born in Skopje, Macedonia in 1973. After studying dramaturgy in Skopje, in 1999 she received a grant from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to study theater and film at the Free University of Berlin (Freien Universität Berlin). She currently lives and works in Berlin as a freelance author and director of documentary films. In 2006 she directed her first documentary for the TV network 3sat entitled MACEDONIAN DREAM: A GIRL AND HER ACCORDION, which has won several awards, including the Golden Lola German Short Film Award. In 2009 she followed up her previous success with TOBACCO GIRL, which has received numerous awards for its direction, including nomination for the German Short Film Award Golden Lola and Juliane Bartel German Media Award. In 2010, Garvanlieva was awarded the Heart of Sarajevo prize for Best Documentary at the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival, for her documentary film THE SEAMSTRESSES.