SFF Presents: Competition Programme Jury – Feature Film
President of the Jury
Hungarian director Kornél Mundruczó was born in 1975. He is one of Hungary's young, progressive directors, described by film critics as initiators of the New Wave in Hungarian, as well as in European film.
His first feature-length film was PLEASANT DAYS, which won a Silver Leopard at the Locarno Film Festival in 2002. Mundruczó's next film was JOHANNA, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, as part of the Un Certain Regard Programme in 2005. DELTA followed in 2008 and was nominated at the official competition selection at the Cannes Film Festival. The film won the FIPRESCI award, as well as the Don Quixote Award at the Cottbus Film Festival (2008), CICAE award at the 14th Sarajevo Film Festival, the Golden Reel for Best Film at the 2008 Hungarian Film Week, the Gene Moskowitz award for best film by the foreign critics. Mundruczó's film TENDER SON – THE FRANKENSTEIN PROJECT was also a part of the Cannes Film Festival's Competition Programme in 2010 and it won the Special Jury Award at the 16th Sarajevo Film Festival, as well as the Special Jury Award and the Best Director of Photography Award at the Seville Film Festival. The film was also awarded at the 42nd Hungarian Film Week.
Kornél Mundruczó's short films are just as successful. Some of them include THE LITTLE APOCRYPHA NO. 2 (AIRED IN Cannes in 2002 - Cinefondation Section), LITTLE APOCRYPHA NO. 1, JOAN OF ARC ON THE NIGHT BUS (Director’s Fortnight – Cannes 2003), AFTA - DAY AFTER DAY, LOST AND FOUND - SHORT LASTING SILENCE.
Mundruczó is also very successful in theatre, directing on stage since 2003. His plays, some of which include THE ICE, FRANKENSTEIN-PROJECT, HARD TO BE A GOD, JUDASEVANGELIUM, ESZTER SOLYMOSI OF TISZAESZLAR, are played at Hungarian theatres as well as all over the world, and have won many awards at the international theatre festivals.
He has been a member of the European Film Academy since 2004.
Tribeca Film Festival Artistic Director, France/USA
Frederic Boyer created Videosphere in 1994, a video store dedicated to the Arthouse cinéma and actually the largest in Europe. He was senior programmer in the Director's Fortnight Committee since 2003, with a special focus on the US, the UK, Australia, East Countries and Scandinavia. He was the Artistic Director for the Director's Fortnight in 2010 and 2011.
He is the Artistic Director of the European Film Festival in Les Arcs, a festival dedicated to the European filmmaker and co-productions. Since 2011 he is Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival since 2011.
Ada Condeescu is a graduate of acting from the National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest. She has participated in many acting and choreography classes around the world. She works on stage and has made her film debut in 2010 with the acclaimed IF I WANNA WHISTLE, I WHISTLE (Jury Grand Prix and the Alfred Bauer Award in Berlinale, 2010).
Her second role in a feature film was in LOVERBOY (2011) directed by Catalin Mitulescu. For this role Ada Condescu won The Heart of Sarajevo Award for Best Actress. In 2011 she also appeared in WOLF by Bogdan Mustata – presented and awarded with EURIMAGES Prize at coproduction market CineLink. Project was also awarded at the Turin Film Lab. Film will be released this year.
Cofounder, Managing Director, Elle Driver, France
Before the creation of Elle Driver, Eva Diederix accumulated 10 years of experience in feature film acquisitions and international sales starting at Sogecable in Madrid at the Cinema department in 1998, moving to head international sales at UGC in Paris in 2002.
Then she co-founded foreign sales company Elle Driver early 2008, which is an affiliate company of Wild Bunch. Elle Driver is currently considered one of the leading sales and acquisition outfits worldwide.
Igor Martinovic is a New York based cinematographer of feature and documentary films. Igor photographed Academy Award winning MAN ON WIRE by James Marsh, which also won the BAFTA for Best British Film as well as the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award of 2008. Another film he shot with James Marsh was RED RIDING: 1980. He was also the Director of Photography of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner SANGRE DE MI SANGRE directed by Christopher Zalla.
Other work of note includes WALLANDER starring Kenneth Branagh, BUICK RIVIERA directed by Goran Rusinovic, and FRAULEIN directed by Andrea Staka.
Last year Igor photographed three feature films: FREELANCERS featuring Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker, SILENT HOUSE by Laura Lau, starring Elizabeth Olsen and SUNLIGHT JR. starring Naomi Watts and Matt Dillon.