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SIFFCY 2022 – International Comp Jury


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Ms. Marketa Pasmova - CZECH REPUBLIC

Artistic Director, Zlin Film Fest

She is the board member of the FILMTALENT ZLÍN FOUNDATION, which supports talented young filmmakers.

Mrs. Markéta Pášmová (1975), She graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno. In 1999, she began working as a program organizer at Zlín Film Festival. In 2004, she began working at Zlín Film Festival as head of the program department. Since January 2013 she has been the artistic director. She is focused on European cinema and is active in the field of educational programs for children and youth. She sits regularly in professional juries of similarly oriented festivals. She is a board member of the foundation FILMTALENT ZLÍN, which supports talented young filmmakers. Markéta Pášmová is the head film programme organizer of the festival, comprehensively covering its dramaturgical composition and line. She develops and maintains domestic and international relations in the realm of film professionals.

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Mr Giancarlo Zappoli - ITALY

Aclaimed film critic

He is the managing director of “Mymovies.it” and  the artistic director of Castellinaria – Bellinzona Youth Film Festival. He is also the National President of the Centro Studi Cinematografici (Italy)

Giancarlo Zappoli  is a film critic. He is the managing director of “Mymovies.it” the amin Italian site about cinema and  the artistic director of Castellinaria – Bellinzona Youth Film Festival. He teaches, as an expert on the subject, “Architecture in the Movies” at the two-year specialization of the Faculty of Architecture at the Piacenza branch of the Milan Polytechnic. He is National President of the Centro Studi Cinematografici (Italy). He is the author of many books about cinema. The last one:  Ciak! You spy. Cinema and intelligence (New Argos)

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Mr. Michael Harbauer - GERMANY

Founder , Director Schlingel Int’l Film Festival

Chairman of Saxon Children’s and Youth Film Service, Germany.

In 1996, Michael Harbauer initiated the SCHLiNGEL International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences. What originally started as a film week with no more than twelve films is now one of the most comprehensive platforms for international and national children’s and youth film in Europe and also worldwide. As director of the SCHLiNGEL Festival, Michael Harbauer also organizes support measures for the participation of German films in international film festivals, especially outside Europe, with the SCHLiNGEL International program, as well as independent tours (e.g. Russia, China, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Vietnam) regularly in cooperation with the local Goethe-Institutes. In addition to directing the SCHLiNGEL film festival, Michael Harbauer is chairman of the non-profit association, Sächsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst e.V. (Saxon Children’s and Youth Film Service), which is committed to the theoretical and practical film education of children and young people. Successful international SCHLiNGEL films are integrated into this educational work. By distributing some of these films, the association even paves their way to the big screen.


In addition, Michael Harbauer is and has been a film commissioner for the important regulatory institutions and advisory boards for film, cinema and television in Germany. Regular participation in international film festival juries and conferences (e.g. in Busan, Guangzhou, Montreal, Cairo, New

Delhi or Tokyo) also contributes to the intensive intercultural dialogue. Since the end of November 2020 Michael Harbauer is a member of the Board of Directors of CIFEJ (International Centre of Films for Children and Young People).

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Ms. Rima Das - INDIA

Multiple National and international award winning writer, director, editor & cinematographer

Her film Village Rockstar was India’s official entry to OSCARS in 2018 that won over 70 different int’l awards. GQ India named Rima Das as one of the Most Influential Young Indians of 2018

Indian filmmaker, Rima Das is known for making indigenous and realistic stories that explore complicated relationships, finding purpose, coming of age and life amidst nature. Her films ‘Village Rockstars’ and ‘Bulbul Can Sing’ premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, and were screened at over 120 prestigious film festivals around the world winning over 70 Awards including the National Film Awards in India, Village Rockstars was also India’s Official Entry to the Academy Awards ‘Oscars’ 2019. She has donned multiple hats of writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor for her projects.


GQ India named Rima Das as one of the Most Influential Young Indians of 2018. She is also one of the Brand Ambassadors of Toronto International Film Festivals ‘Share Her Journey’ campaign that champions the cause of gender equality in cinema. She has been on the jury of Berlin International Film Festival Generation 14plus, Mumbai International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Zlin Film Festival for Children & Youth. 

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Ms. Stutee Ghosh - INDIA

Award Winning RJ and Celeb Cast Shows Host

Stutee Ghosh is an award winning RJ having won the prestigious India Radio Forum Best RJ Award. She started off even while she was still doing her Post Graduation in English Literature at Delhi University. She forayed into film reviews and criticism and has been associated with TV and the Digital medium as well. Born and brought up in Delhi she is an RJ with Fever 104 fm. Currently she is Head of Programming for Fever fm Mumbai. She is also a Film critic and Political satirist with The Quint and a Celeb Chatshow host with Hindustan Times Digital. In addition to this she has conceptualised and hosts the first ever show on radio dedicated to books called Stutee’s Book Club where she regularly features bestselling authors talking about their latest books. 

She has been part of film festival juries. As a  member of the Film Critic’s Guild she curated the Best Bengali Film Awards at the first ever Critic’s Choice Film Awards 2019.

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Ms. Jo-Anne Blouin - CANADA

Founder, Director of Montreal International Children’s Film Festival

Life time achievement award winner at Schlingel, Germany

Jo-Anne Blouin has worked in the arts with and on behalf of children for all of her professional career. At the age of 16, in her native Quebec, she began working in theatre for children, and embarked in the heady world of creating collective works for children’s theatre. From theatre, she moved to film for children and created the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, better known under its French acronym FIFEM. She still acts as CEO and artistic director of the festival that will hold its 25th edition in March 2022.


From 1998 to 2008, she was CIFEJ’s Executive director, where she created the Kids For Kids Festival. She is very familiar with those who produce for children and the wide range of their work. She programs her festival and attends several other international events each year. She believes children should have access to films from many cultures. ‘If we can give children a taste for different films, they will develop a critical capacity. And as adults they will want access to films from all over the world’. In 2017, she was nominated Honorary Member of the European Children Film Association (ECFA), and in 2018 received an Honorary Award from Schlingel festival (Germany). 

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Ms. Mariella Harpelunde Jensen - DENMARK

Director, Scriptwriter, Author and Head of BUSTER Film festival, Copenhagen

Mariella Harpelunde Jensen is an autodidact director, scriptwriter, and author from Denmark. She has directed and scripted several TV-series, documentaries, and short films. Mariella is especially known for her work on Nordic TV series and programs for children, including series and films for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s channels Ramasjang and Ultra. She has created TV-shows as ‘Barda’, ‘Dansk hulebyg’, and ‘Isas stepz’. Mariella has also written the children’s book: ‘Hulebyggerne’. Today, she works as the head of program at the Danish children’s film festival ‘Buster’.


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Ms. Alejandra Fritis - CHILE

Producer, Founder and Director of the Valparaíso International Film Festival for Children and Youth “Ojo de Pescado”

Documentary film maker

Alejandra Fritis Zapata, film producer and documentary filmmaker, especialist in cinema contents to children and young audiences, trainer in teaching-learning process on audiovisual literacy and filmmaking with children, youth and diverse communities. Foundress and director of “Ojo de Pescado” International Film Festival of Children and Youth (Chile) and International Seminar “The chilhood wants cinema” (Latin America), events will have their 11th and 4th edition in 2022. Also, she is the director of “My rural school” (2023), documentary television serie about children, teachers,  schools and rural education in Chile.

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Ms. Jaroslava Hynštová - CZECH REPUBLIC

Acclaimed film programmer, founder of theatre group in Luhačovice

She is the screenwriter and director of more than 10 comedy plays based on different film genres

Jaroslav Hynštová was born in 1977. She studied at the Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, majoring in Film studies and English philology. She has been working as a film programmer at Zlín Film Festival – International Film Festival for Children and Youth since 2005. As a Zlín Film Festival representative she participated in the juries all around the world (e.g. South Korea, Estonia, Sweden, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, India, Japan). She also works as a lecturer during Zlín Film Festival summer camps (screenwriting, guidance of TV studio making). She was also a regional cultural correspondent for the biggest Czech newspaper. She translated films for Zlín Film Festival and worked as a guest manager for the small film festival Eurofilm in the spa town Luhačovice. She is a founder of an amateur theater group in her hometown Luhačovice, she is the screenwriter and director of more than 10 comedy plays based on different film genres.

Mr. Pantelis Panteloglou - GREECE

Deputy Artistic Director of the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People.

Pantelis Panteloglou has studied Social Anthropology in Athens and has an MA on Social Exclusion and Minorities. He has been working in the audiovisual sector, cinema and theater since 2003 in various creative and organizational positions. Since 2011, he has worked for Olympia International Film Festival’s for Children and Young People film selection, printed material, international relations and exchanges and translations. He is currently the deputy artistic director of OIFF. In February 2022 he was elected a member of the board of the European Children’s Film Association.

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Mr. Maciej Jakubczyk - POLAND

Film education, production & distribution expert

Head of Kids Kino International Film Festival and Kids Kino Industry, Warsaw.

He is a Film education, production & distribution expert and Head of Kids Kino International Film Festival and Kids Kino Industry and Board Member of New Horizons Association – organizer of the festival. Working in the field of film festival, distribution, film education and production. Used to be an expert on film for young audiences for Polish Film Institute, Europa Cinemas and SOFA. Member of Board of European Children Film Association.

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Mr. Josep Arbiol - SPAIN

President of the MICE Network of Cinema and Education.

Media professor and workshop mentor.

Founder and director of Festival “MICE. International Exhibition of Educational Cinema” in Valencia. Director of MICE in Cuba. Coordinator MICE Argentina. Co-director MICE Sàhara. Coordinator with MICE Madrid Cultural Manager. Independent audiovisual producer. School teacher. Director of the Festival Pantalla Alborache. Children’s and youth film festival in rural areas. President of the MICE Network of Cinema and Education


He was born in Estivella (Valencia) in 1962. He has a long career in audiovisual media. His mentoring in educational films with children has been awarded at numerous festivals. Most of the artistic activities he has carried out are educational. Their job is to provide more channels for young people’s creativity. He is a member of ECFA, UNIAL and the board of directors of CIFEJ.

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