YIFF, 2017


CIRO GUERRA The Chairman of the jury, filmmaker
Born in Río de Oro (Cesar, Colombia) in 1981.
His first two feature films, La Sombra del Caminante / The Wandering Shadows (2004) and Los Viajes del Viento / The Wind Journeys (2009), were selected in more than 160 international film festivals, including Cannes (Un Certain Regard), Toronto, San Sebastian, Rotterdam, Locarno, Tribeca, London, Hong Kong, Cairo, Jerusalem and Havana. Both films were released commercially in several countries and received more than 40 international awards; and are widely acknowledged as two of the greatest Colombian films of all time. El Abrazo de la Serpiente / Embrace of the Serpent, his third feature film, won the top prize at the Director´s Fortnight in Cannes 2015 and became the first Colombian Film to be nominated for the Academy Award
for Best Foreign Language film.
Winner of the IV Yakutsk International Film Festival “Best Director” Award (2016).

TAMARA OBUTOVA Member of the jury, actress
Tamara was born in the village of Novy, in northern Tomponsky District of Yakutia.
In 2002 she graduated the Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School, majoring as actress of drama theater and cinema (workshop of V.B. Monakhov, and V.P. Seleznyov); and in 2013 – attended the higher courses of the Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), majoring as executive producer (V.N. Vasilchenko).
From 2002 to the present, has been an actress of the Platon Oyunsky Sakha Academic Theater. Played in films Oligarch / Tycoon, P. Lungin; Keskil, T. Barashkov, D. Shadrin, A. Yegorov; Spasite Nashi Dushi / Save Our Souls, K. Belevich; Territoriya / Territory, A. Melnik; Pervye / The First Ones, D. Suvorov.

SERGEY LOBAN Member of the jury, filmmaker
Was born in Moscow. Graduated from the Moscow Institute of Electronics and Mathematics.
In 1995 founded an underground club, which became the center of informal culture for the following two years. He worked as a director at ‘…do 16 i starshe’ / ‘Until 16 and Older’ TV project for teenagers.
In 2001 made a film Sluchay s Patsanom / A Case With a Guy and received the Grand Prix at Lyubit Kino Moscow Festival. The same year, he shot a sci-fi drama Pyl / Dust, which was released only in 2005, and subsequently won many prizes, including the First Diploma of the Jury of Russian Film Critics Community at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.
In 2010 he made the film Chapiteau-Show, which received the Special Prize of the Jury at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival. In 2011, he co-authored a documentary Mamon-Loban about actor Pyotr Mamonov, with whom he collaborated at two of his previous works.about actor Pyotr Mamonov, with whom he collaborated at two of his previous works.

JULIETTA SICHEL Film producer, film theorist, film historian, journalist
Sichel studied German language, English and American literature at the University of Salzburg, Austria, and film history and theory at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague. From 1995 she worked as a Programmer at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival and from 2005 to 2010 she was the festival’s Program Director.
Sichel has been a member of many international juries at festivals all around the world, served as a curator of a number of film retrospectives and sections focused on Nordic, Russian and Asian cinema. For her maintaining interest in Korean Cinema, Sichel received the prestigious Korean Cinema Award at the 16th Busan IFF 2011. The Award is annually bestowed to filmmakers who contribute to the advancement of Korean films in the international film industry.
She started producing films in 2010, after founding her own production company, 8Heads Productions. Julietta Sichel and her 8Heads Productions focus mainly on international coproductions, on projects with an international potential and with chances of success at the leading world film festivals. Films produced or co-produced by 8Heads Productions were presented at numerous
festivals around the world including Montreal, Karlovy Vary, Tallinn, Chicago, Jeonju, Teheran, Raindance, Sarajevo, Kiev, Jihlava Documentary Film Festival, ZagrebDox, Houston and many others.


ANTOINE CATTIN The Chairman of the jury, filmmaker, writer
Was born in 1975 in Switzerland.
Studied at the University of Lausanne (history, film studies, Slavic studies). Taught documentary cinema at the ECAL art school in Lausanne and shot a film for Discovery Channel. Took part in various workshops as a consultant and teacher, including the FOCAL project in Zurich, the Documentary Film Institute in Prague, the Generation Campus DocuLab in Moscow.
The initiator and editor of Behind the Scene (Hors-Champ) cinema magazine.
Since 2002 has been working in Russia. Since 2003, has been a producer, director, scriptwriter, cinematographer, and editor of his own films, which received many prizes at international film festivals: Message to Man IFF; BAFICI Festival in Buenos Aires; Kinoshock Festival; Lavr National Non-Feature & TV Prize; European Film Festival in Seville; Krakow International Festival; Sleepwalker Festival in Estonia; Celu l’art Festival in Jena.
In 2012-2014 was the cinematographer, editor, and director at Realnost / Reality and Srok / The Term projects together with Alexander Rastorguev, Pavel Kostomarov, and Alexei Pivovarov. In 2014-2015 worked on the series for Channel One Russia
Vot Ona Ya / Here I Am. The series is based on ‘reality’ method.
From 2016 to the present time has been engaged in production of a new auteur’s documentary film Prazdniki / Holidays.

EMILIE MAJ Member of the jury, anthropologist
Born in Strasbourg (Alsace, France) in 1978.
Being as an anthropologist a specialist of Yakut culture, she spent more than 5 years in Yakutia since 1999.
She wrote her PhD on horse and Djohogoj and prepare a book in French on this topic for large audience. She met cinema and horses with Chamane, a film shot by the French Horse trainer Bartabas in Baikal Lake and Sakha Republic.
She worked as executive producer for the movie Enfances nomades / Nomadic childhoods, partly shot with reindeer herders and villagers in Northern Yakutia, and partly with nomadic people in Mongolia and Himalaya. The film released in France in 2015.
She works now as a book editor and as a film distributor, promoting authors from the North.

TAMARA OSIPOVA Member of the jury, director
Was born in village of Berdigestyakh, Gorny district of the YaSSR.
Graduated from the Petropavlovsk Pedagogical Institute in the North-Kazakhstan region (1988). Since 2004 he has been the director of documentary films of Sakhafilm State Film Company. Since 2014 has been a Member of the Board and the Executive Secretary of the Cinematographers Union of the Sakha Republic (Yakutia). Member of the Cinematographers Union of Russia. Tamara Osipova began her cinematic path in the Sakha Broadcasting Company (editor, director). Then she was involved in production of ‘The Sakha Republic (Yakutia)’ newsreels for the Documentary, Educational and Popular Science Studio (editor in chief). Later she chose to continue her career at Sakhafilm studio as a documentarist. The main genre of her films is documentary biography, modern or historical portrait. Her protagonists are famous people of culture and art domain, famous war heroes, public and political figures of Yakutia. The film Krylya rodnogo yazyka / Wings of the Native Language, about renowned writers of Yakutia Semyon and Sofron Danilovs, became the best documentary film at the 1st Kinoproryv Republic-wide Film Festival (2012).