National Competition

Heilika Pikkov

Heilika Pikkov studied film and television directing at Tallinn University and spent a semester at the University of Central Lancashire in UK. Her latest author films have been produced in Silmviburlane. In 2013 she directed a feature documentary Flowers from the Mount of Olives. In 2018 she was one of the 6 women to direct a short film for the documentary collection Roots.

Besides making films Heilika was the organiser and programmer of PÖFF’s animation festival Animated Dreams for 8 years. In 2011 she was the programme director of a networking platform and training event AnimaCampus Tallinn and currently works as a programme manager for the international programme of Estonia 100.

Jing Haase

Jing Haase is Festival Manager for shorts and docs at the Swedish Film Institute. As part of the International Department she promotes contemporary Swedish films of all genres outside Sweden in the various arenas provided by festivals, markets and other special events. Before moving to Sweden, she was the Market Manager at Nordisk Panorama, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of Nordic short and documentary films. There, she organised the NP Market, the online screening room and a series of talks with market professionals as well as promoted the films registered at Nordisk Panorama internationally and provided advice on international distribution of short films.

Roberto Barrueco

Director and founder of Mecal, Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival, Roberto Barrueco multiplies activities and experiences. This French art historian, living in Barcelona, is fond of Art in general and keeps proving it, working in the area of electronic music and collaborating with the Chinese contemporary art Loft Gallery of Barcelona. Today, he travels around the world to stand up for short film format and meet people sharing his passion. His last projects: a virtual reality festival Barcelona 360ºVirtual Reality Fest and a videoclips festival Soundie.
International Live Action Competition

John Canciani

John Canciani has been a film collector since he was a teenager. He acquired his first experiences in curating films, when he founded and organised a film club in Winterthur, Switzerland. He joined Kurz und Knapp in 2006 as Head of Programme until 2012, and in 2009 became a member of the selection team at the Swiss Youth Film Festival in Zürich. In 2009 he became a team member of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and – in 2012 was assigned as artistic director of the festival. Since 2013 he is also the film curator at the Cinema Cameo / Filmfoyer Winterthur.

Marta Bałaga

Marta Bałaga is a film journalist based in-between Poland and Finland. She writes for several international publications including Episodi, Cineuropa, Dwutygodnik and Estonian newspaper SIRP. She collaborates with various film festivals including the Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy. Member of the Finnish Critics’ Association SARV and FIPRESCI.

Triin Ruumet

Triin is a freelance film director based in Tallinn. She is interested in the darker side of the world and sees the beauty mostly in places where it seemingly shouldn’t be. Having recently directed her first feature The Days that Confused (2016), she believes that she is still at the beginning of her journey.
International Animation Competition

Carmen Gray

Carmen Gray is a freelance film critic, journalist and programmer who was born in New Zealand and now lives in Berlin. She has written for publications The Guardian, The Observer, Sight & Sound, Screen International, Calvert Journal and the Village Voice, and is the former Film Editor of Dazed & Confused magazine in London. She is on the selection committee for the International Short Film Festival Winterthur in Switzerland, and has programmed special side-bar screenings for festivals in Russia and Portugal. In April this year, she was Resident Theorist for Experimental Film at art gallery Das Weisse Haus in Vienna, where she organised symposium Stranger Looks: The Body and the Gaze.

Mait Laas

Mait Laas is internationally well known Estonian animation artist, author and director. He studied art at the Pedagogical University in Tallinn in 1989-1993 and completed MA degree in visual media at the Advanced School for Fine Arts in Vienna during 1993-1994. Since 1993 he has directed several award-winning animation films (The Way to Nirvana, A Husband and Wife. Voitan Story and feature length Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange: A Rapid Love Story). He is also the director of the documentary Kings of Time and the feature Lost and Found (episode Generatio). Laas has been a jury member of international film festivals and worked as a film critic. He is a member of European Film Academy.

Zsuzsanna Kreif

Zsuzsanna Kreif is a freelance animation director and illustrator based in Budapest, graduated from MOME in 2014. Her first film, Limbo-Limbo Travel, co-directed with Bori Zétényi was a Hungarian-French co-production of MOME and Lardux Films. The film was finished in 2014, and was awarded and selected on several international film festivals. In 2015-2017 she directed a 13 episode TV-series Candide, written and co-directed with Nándor Bera and Balázs Turai. At the moment she is teaching at MOME and developing new individual projects.