JURY 2019!

We are proud to announce the 17th WJFF JURY ! 

The 17th festival has the international competition with 7 narrative features, 7 feature documentaries and 14 shorts (see more here: competition & shorts). The Jury verdict will be announce at the Closing Ceremony on November 24th (7:00 pm, POLIN Museum)  

This year's Jury members are: 

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.

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.

EWA OPAWSKA

A philosophy graduate, for many years associated with Museum of the History of Polish Jews POLIN, where she curated film programs. Currently employed at The Ester Rachel and Ida Kaminska Jewish Theatre in Warsaw. Among others Ewa Opawska is the author of “Unexploded” and “Random” dramas, the last one staged at Ochota Theater. She has a keen interest in presenting Polish-Jewish relations in both cinema and theater.

ANDRZEJ CICHOCKI

A cinematic dreamer, director and cinematographer. A keen lecturer and PhD film student. His “Forest of shadows” movie was showered with awards all over the world, including The Camera of David at our festival. Andrzej Cichocki constantly explores photography and it’s theory, composes music, travels whenever possible and delves into non-fiction every now and then. He just finished post-production of his “Everything” documentary and prepares for his feature film directorial debut.

 

 

 

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