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International Documentary Film Competition


Dick Fontaine (Jury President)

Dick Fontaine is a highly acclaimed British filmmaker and the current Head of Documentary at the National Film and Television School. He directed over forty films for television and the independent media. He was the first filmmaker to introduce the techniques of Direct Cinema to UK Television in the Sixties. He developed the essay film, made award-winning experiments with the reflexive camera and many films with jazz musicians such as Ornette Coleman, Sonny Rollins and Art Blakey. His work is now part of the Film Archive at Harvard University and he has taught at The School of Visual Arts and NYU in New York and has run workshops and master classes across Europe and the USA.

Talal Derki

Talal Derki is an internationally renowned filmmaker from Syria. Born in Damascus, Derki studied film in Athens. He worked as a director for various Arab TV channels and as a freelance camera operator for CNN and Thomsom & Reuters. Derki’s documentary RETURN TO HOMS (2013) won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, and screened in ZFF’s „Border Lines“ section. His second film OF FATHERS AND SONS (2017) once again won the Grand Jury Prize at the most important American festival.

Camilla Nielsson 

Camilla Nielsson is a multi award-winning Danish filmmaker. A graduate in film and visual anthropology of NYU, she has directed the short trilogy GOOD MORNING AFGHANISTAN (2003), DURGA (2004), and THE CHILDREN OF DARFUR (2005), and MUMBAI DISCONNECTED (2009). Her feature-length documentary DEMOCRATS (2014) screened at more than 80 festivals, including ZFF, and scooped more than 30 awards. She is currently working on a feature documentary about Zimbabwe’s presidential elections 2018.

Maya Zinshtein 

Maya Zinshtein is an award-winning Israeli documentary filmmaker and journalist whose films have been selected for more than 100 international festivals. Her Emmy-nominated documentary FOREVER PURE (2016), which screened in competition at ZFF, won the award for best director at Jerusalem. Zinshtein worked for many years highlighting social problems in Israel as an investigative journalist for the Israeli newspaper „Haaretz“ or directing investigative stories for Israeli channels.