Jury International Feature Film

 

Laurence Fishburne (Jury President): actor, producer, director (USA)

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Born in Augusta, Georgia, Laurence Fishburne appeared in various theatre and TV productions as a child. His breakthrough came in the 1990s when he played the lead roles in films including BOYZ N THE HOOD. Numerous big roles followed, including that of Morpheus in the MATRIX trilogy. In addition to his stage and screen acting activities, Fishburne has produced and directed films. He made his debut as a director in 2000 with crime drama ONCE IN THE LIFE.

Stevan Arsenijevic: director, screenwriter (Serbia)

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Belgrade native Stevan Arsenijevic graduated with a degree in film from the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, where he now teaches. He has received numerous awards for his extensive body of short-film work. His feature debut, LOVE AND OTHER CRIMES (2008), was invited to participate in the Berlinale’s Panorama Special category.

Alice Eve: actress (UK)

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Alice Eve was born in London and took part in several theatre productions whilst studying at St. Catherine’s College in Oxford. Following numerous performances in TV productions, the BBC offered Eve her first major roles in 2006 film STARTER FOR 10 and crime comedy BIG NOTHING. She played the lead in romantic comedy SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE and other films. Eve was also a cast member of SEX AND THE CITY 2. 

John Lesher: producer, former studio head and agent (USA)

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Harvard graduate John Lesher worked as an agent for the Bauer-Benedek Agency before becoming a partner at the United Talent agency and later at the Endeavor agency. Lesher moved to Paramount Vantage in 2005 and became president of Paramount Pictures in 2008. In 2009, Lesher founded Le Grisbi Productions, specialising in feature films and currently working on various large-scale studio projects.

Beki Probst: director of the European film market (Turkey, Switzerland)

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Born in Istanbul, this law and journalism graduate moved to Switzerland in the 1960s. After working for Probst Cinema Company, she became the Berlin International Film Festival’s delegate for Turkey and Greece. She was responsible for turning Berlin’s European Film Market into one of the most important international film events. Probst also was a repeat member of the Locarno Film Festival selection committee.  

Paprika Steen: actress, director (Denmark)

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Paprika Steen’s career began in the theatre and she still regularly performs at the Royal Danish Theatre in Copenhagen. Steen actively participated in the Dogma 95 film movement. She played in the first two Dogma films, THE IDIOTS and THE CELEBRATION. Steen received numerous awards for her roles in OPEN HEARTS and OKAY. She celebrated her debut as a director with drama AFTERMATH (2004), followed by comedy WITH YOUR PERMISSION in 2008.