16th Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival Jury
International Competition Programme
Basil Tsiokos is a Senior Programmer for the Sundance Film Festival, focusing on nonfiction features. Previously, he was Director of Programming of DOC NYC, Film Program Director of the Nantucket Film Festival, and Artistic and Executive Director of NewFest. Basil serves on the feature nominating committees for the International Documentary Association Awards and Cinema Eye Honors. He holds an MA from New York University and two BAs from Stanford University.
Maša Seničić (Belgrade, 1990) is dedicated in her work to various forms of text as a playwright, essayist, journalist and poet (the books “Okean” and “Povremena poput vikend-naselja”). As an author and editor, she was part of numerous media, initiatives and publications, and in the role of moderator, coordinator and/or mentor, she participated in various local and international projects, workshops and events, primarily in the field of film and literature. She is a co-selector of the Hrabri Balkan program at the Author’s Film Festival, a doctoral candidate at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts – where she researches in the field of media theory and memory studies, while as program director of the Filmkultura association she contributes to the informal education of young people in the area of audiovisual culture.
Serbian Competition Programme
Marie Kloos is a Senior Programming Manager for Europe at MUBI. Previously, she worked as a programmer for DOK Leipzig and as the programme coordinator for the Marrakech International Film Festival. She has been on the programme teams for Berlinale Forum, Interfilm Berlin and has worked for several arthouse cinemas and alternative cinema spaces. She studied in Berlin, Paris and Montreal and holds an MA in philosophy.
Short Film Competition Programme
Sead ŠABOTIĆ, director and screenwriter, born in Nikšić, Montenegro. He enrolls and completes his studies at the Department of Film and TV Directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Montenegro, where he also completes specialist post-graduate studies specializing in Documentary film. After completing his specialist studies, he enrolled and completed his masters academic studies at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, University of Arts in Belgrade. He is a PhD student at the Academy of Arts, University of Arts in Novi Sad. He is an alumnus of EX-Oriente film workshop, Talents Sarajevo program, Talents Tehran program within Fajr IFF, and Beldocs Academy program. He directed several short documentaries and feature films and the feature-length documentary “Twins Woven from dreams”. He is currently working at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts as a teaching associate and is finishing his second feature film “Once upon a family”. He is programmer of Documentary Competition Program at the Filmski festival Herceg Novi – Montenegro Film Festival.
Sara Ferro born in 1994 in Skopje, Macedonia. Graduated at the School of Journalism and Public Relations in Skopje in 2015. Then specialized in Production at the University of Audiovisual Arts EFTA Skopje, and is now finishing her Master’s thesis in Production. Since 2017, she is the manager and producer of PPFP Film Production in Skopje which produces and co-produces mainly creative documentary films. In the past twelve years, she has been working on different segments in the Association MakeDox which is focused on promoting creative documentary films in the country. Since 2019 she is the Head of Industry (MakeCoProDox Forum) of the festival & educational projects of the association. Sara is currently co-producing two feature documentaries in post-production, co-produced between France, Slovenia and Croatia and both supported by MEDIA and Eurimages.
Maja Novaković holds a Master’s in Art History and is working on a Ph.D. with a thesis “Poetics of heritage in the work of Sergei Parajanov“. She is a research assistant at the Mathematical Institute of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. She directed, wrote, and produced her first film THEN COMES THE EVENING which premiered at Visions du Reel in 2019. The film qualified for an OSCARS®️ nomination by winning Best Short Film at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. It was nominated for Cinema Eye Honors and entered the Doc NYC: Short List. The film was screened at the Metrograph Cinema in New York and was awarded more than 50 times and selected at more than 130 festivals such as Hot Docs, SFFilm, Sarajevo Film Festival, Jihlava IDFF, Camerimage, Busan ISFF, Aesthetica SFF, Uppsala SFF, Big Sky FF, DokuFest, etc. She is a Sarajevo Talents and IDFAcademy alumna.
Eurimage Audentia Award Jury
Film critic, freelance journalist and film programmer, Beatrice Fiorentino collaborates with several italian magazines and newspapers. In 2014 she won the Akai Prize as Best film critic at the 71st Venice Film Festival. She has taught film and audiovisual language at the University of Koper (Slovenia). She is a member of the Film della Critica commission appointed by SNCCI (Italian Film Critics Association), European Film Academy (EFA), and David di Donatello Awards Academy. Since 2016 she has been part of the selection committee for the Venice International Film Critics’ Week and in 2020 she took the helm of the section being nominated General Delegate.
He was born in 1977 in Belgrade. He graduated in film and TV directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, where he now teaches master’s studies. For the short film “(A)torsion” he won over 30 international and domestic awards, including the Golden Bear in Berlin, the European Film Academy Award and an Oscar nomination. The short film “Jednog popodneva, iznenada” as part of the international omnibus “Izgubljeno-nađeno” opened the Forum program at the Berlinale in 2005. His first feature film, “Ljubav i drugi zločini”, premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2008 and won several international award, including the best director awards in Wiesbaden, Sofia and Bursa, as well as the audience award in Linz. The film was adapted into a theater play in Romania in 2022, directed by Teodoro Christian Popescu. Arsenijević’s second full-length film, “Strahinja Banović”, had its world premiere at the 2022 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where it won five awards, including the main prize, the Crystal Globe Grand Prix for Best Film. “Strahinja Banović” participated in over 50 international film festivals and won 30 awards.
M.Sc Ksenija Zelenovic is the Program Coordinator at the Yugoslav Film Archive, and the leader of the project A1 Kinoteka which includes the digital restoration of domestic films. She is artistic director and film programe editor of A1 Kinoteka Summer Cinema. She works as a creative consultant and Deputy Artistic Director for Belgrade International Film Festival – FEST. She also, worked as a Program Coordinator for Serbian National Film Festival – Sofest and at the Dunav Film Festival. Years prior, she worked at the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade, promoting culture, related to the cultural life of the City of Belgrade. Ksenija is also co-creator of the independent theatre company Demode, and Chekhov Fest, which develops a wide variety of exhibitions and film and theatre projects. After completing her BFA in Acting at the Belgrade Academy of Dramatic Arts, she pursued graduate study in the theory of film and art, and her final M. Sc thesis prompted her to write a book on Noir and Neo-noir film, which was published in 2012 by the Film Center Serbia. She is the author of many film rewievs published in the Kinoteka Magazine, as well as videos and whole content for the permanent exibition Fest Museum. Since last year, she co-represents Serbia in Eurimages Film Fund.
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