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Arthur Bakhtamyan (Armenia)
Arthur Bakhtamyan (Armenia)
Born in 1963. He graduated from the Yerevan State Institute of Theatre and Cinematography in 1984 from the theatre and journalism faculties. From 1986-89 he was the editor of the “Film” newspaper. He headed the film department of Armenia’s State TV from ’89-’94. He was the director of “Hye FM 105.5” news radio from 1994-1996, ad from ’96-’99 he was co-founder and director of Radio Burg. He was the creator and host of “Midnight Express” on the State TV from 1999-2003, then until ’04 he did the “Rooster’s Call” night show and the “5th Wheel” talk show. He has also made a series of short documentaries dedicated to Armenia statues found throughout the diaspora.
Martin Schweighofer (Austria)
Martin Schweighofer (Austria)
President. Born in Vienna. Studies of journalism and drama at the University of Vienna. 1977 – 1993 Film critic and arts editor for Austrian periodicals. Co-founder of and dramatic adviser with the theatre company Theater im Kopf, Member of various selection boards of film subsidy agencies; Founder and director of the film festival Diagonale (1993-1996). Initiator of a pan-European film promotion organization that subsequently developed into European Film Promotion (EFP). Member of the European Film Academy. Since 1993 CEO of the Austrian Film Commission (AFC).
Ineke Smits (The Netherlands)
Ineke Smits (The Netherlands)
Studied Fine Arts at the Rotterdam Art Academy, then specialized as a writer/director at the National Film and Television School in England, supported by The British Council. She completed her directing degree in 1993. In 1994 she started her collaboration with Dutch novelist and scriptwriter Arthur Japin, and shot several shorts. In 2001 she directed her first feature, the festival-hit Magonia. In 2002/03 she was granted a fellowship at the Nipkow Programme in Berlin to develop her feature The Aviatrix of Kazbek. In 2003 Ineke made the award-winning documentary Putin’s Mama. Her second documentary, Black Gold under Notecka Forest, premiered in the Silver Wolf Competition at the IDFA documentary film festival in Amsterdam, 2005. Currently, together with producer Denis Vaslin she runs a Rotterdam based production company, Volya Films, where her feature The House of my Fathers is in development. Alongside directing and writing fiction and documentary films, she is a script advisor.
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