JURY 2018!

16th WJFF.pl JURRY is announced!

HILARY HELSTEIN

Executive Director of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival. Hilary  began her work in the humanitarian field with Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation, where she directed/produced over 250 interviews with survivors, liberators and rescuers.  Her commitment to teaching history initiated the 10+ year journey in creating the documentary, As Seen Through These Eyes, collecting testimonies from Holocaust artist-survivors, including Simon Wiesenthal. The film has garnered multiple international awards. Hilary’s passion for film led her to the position of Executive Director/co-founder of the Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, now in its fourteenth year. Beyond film, Hilary has curated art exhibitions including “Samuel Bak: Between Worlds” and “Memory and Meaning” for prestigious institutions, and the most recent traveling exhibit, “Art Survives: Expressions from the Holocaust,” based on the artwork in As Seen Through These Eyes. Hilary started her career in Hollywood in feature film development for actor Tom Hanks.

Dr. Lihi Nagler (Shorts section)

Lihi is a film scholar affiliated with the Department of Literature, Art & Linguistics at The Open University of Israel. Her research interests include German cinema, early cinema, Israeli cinema and Images of Jews in European Cinema. Her articles and book chapters appeared in: SLIL Academic Journal (Summer 2016), Just Images: Ethics and the Cinematic (2011), Welchen der Steine du hebst (2011), Gendered Memories: Transgressions in German and Israeli Film and Theater (2007), FilmblattMontage/avPost-ScriptLe Giornate del Cinema MutoCollegium Papers and other journals.

ADAM ŚLESICKI (Documentary feature section)

Founder and president of The Władysław Ślesicki Film Foundation; head of DOC LAB POLAND – training and pitching program for documentary filmmakers; producer or executive producer of documentary movies, including the Oscar nominee ‘Joanna’ and the EFA nominee ‘Paparazzi’. Board member of Producers’ Section at Polish Filmmakers Association. In 2001-2015 worked for Wajda Studio and Wajda School: as deputy program director (since 2011), as executive producer and Documentary Program coordinator (since 2009), as head of promotion & PR (2005-2010), as well as head of 9 editions of SCRIPT PRO – the biggest Polish Screenwriting Competition (first 5 editions named Hartley-Merrill Scriptwritng Contest). As the producer in the Wajda Studio has over 20 documentary films presented and awarded across the world (incl. the Oscar Nomination, Nomination for European Academy Award, Grand Prix at New Horizons Festival, The Best Documentary at Palm Springs Film Festival and The Best Documentary at Los Angeles Film Awards).

LARRY ANKLEWICZ

Larry Anklewicz is a member of the Toronto Jewish Film Society programming committee; and served as Programme Coordinator/Director of Programming for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival (2004-2012). In addition, Mr. Anklewicz has served as Chair of the Toronto Polish Film Festival jury and sat on the jury for the Toronto Macedonian Film Festival.

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