We are proud to announce the Jury of the the 18th Warsaw Jewish FF!

The 18th festival has the international films competition in 3 categories: Narrative Feature Films, Documentary Feature Films and Documentary & Narrative Short Films. To this year's competition was selected 7 narrative features, 11 feature documentaries and 13 short films. The newest productions from all over the world: Poland, Israel, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, France, Denmark, Norway, Canada, USA, Australia, Russia. The Jury verdict will be announce at the Closing Ceremony on November 22nd!

The list of films in the competition you can find here: films in the competition.


ANNE ESTHER BOUKRIS is the Director of Copenhagen Jewish Film Festival. She graduate of the MSc. minority researcher and expert in modern Jewish identity history. She has her own company, Social Cities 2030, and she is a partner in the Center for Arts and Interculture (CKI). She was previously director of the Jewish Museum in Oslo. Anne lives partly in Tel Aviv and partly in Copenhagen. 

OTTIE LOCKEY has lived in Toronto, Canada since 1978 with her Polish born spouse, writer Eve Zaremba. Lockey identifies as a Jewish feminist with Polish roots, and her career has spanned orchestra manager, arts consultant, educator, life coach and most recently film maker.  Her short films, shot in Poland, have screened in Toronto, Vancouver and at the University of Warsaw.  A self proclaimed language junkie, she counts Polish as the most challenging and most rewarding study yet. For several years Ottie has served Ekran - Toronto Polish Film Festival both as a board member and as Jury Chair.  In 2016 Ottie was proud to represent Ekran at the Gdynia Film Festival, and she was delighted to attend the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival for the first time in 2019.  Currently she is producing a documentary entitled "Eve Zaremba's Dyke Detective: an Origin Story" directed by Indigenous film maker Nadine Arpin.

FRANK STERN is a film and culture scholar, curator and author, President of the Jewish Film Club Vienna and professor for Visual Culture and Contemporary History at Vienna University focusing on Jewish Cinema. Since 2006 he curates each summer an open-air Shoah related film series for the Austrian public at the Mauthausen Memorial. He taught at Universities in Israel, Austria, Germany, Hungary and in the United States. From 1997 to 2004 he was director of the Center for German Studies and the Austrian-German Studies Program at Ben-Gurion University in Beer-Sheva, Israel, and in 2002 Acting Chair at the Department of Film and Television at Sapir College, Sederot/Israel. In 2018 he was on the International Jury of the Jewish Film Festival, Jerusalem.


ANNA POKŁOSIEWICZ expert on cultures and promoter of culture, a graduate of the University of Warsaw's Institute of Polish Culture. She works at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, where she coordinates educational activities for adults. Apart from her museum work, she also cooperates with National Film Archive - Audiovisual Institute, as specialist of film education.

DANIELA ROSENFELD studied Philosophy at the University of Buenos Aires, Photography and Graphic Design in Barcelona. 
In 2003 she joined the team of the Barcelona Jewish Film Festival (Festival de Cinema Jueu de Barcelona) and in 2017 assumes the direction and programming.

BERND BUDER born 1964 in Berlin (West), studied political science at the Free University of Berlin. 1996 - 2005 program director of the art film theatre "Berliner Filmkunsthaus Babylon". Curatorial activities for various film festivals (Turkish Film Week Berlin, goEast Film Festival, dokumentArt Neubrandenburg, Prishtina FilmFestival). Since 1996 he has been associated with the "FilmFestival Cottbus" in various positions - research, press spokesman, curator - and from 2011 - 2014 head of the co-production market "connecting cottbus" and has been its programme director since 2015. The FilmFestival Cottbus team is designated to run also the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg from 2021. Buder also programmes the competition sections of the European film festival "Cinedays" in Skopje and is a programme consultant for the Berlinale-Forum section. He also works as a film journalist and lecturer and is a member of the European Film Academy.


TALIA WIGODER graduated in Cinema, Philosophy and African Studies from Tel Aviv University. During 2016-2017 She was head programmer of the International Competition and Israeli Competition of the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival. During 2018 she was the festival producer, before proceeding to be the Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival director for the last two years.

MARCIN MALATYŃSKI graduate of the Poznań University of Economics and the Film Production Department of the Polish National Film School in Łódź. A lecturer at the Film School in Łódź since 2003, and currently also a Rector's Plenipotentiary for International Relations. Co-founder and longtime director of the Student Film Festival "Łodzią po Wiśle". Coordinator of the international development program "Passion To Market". Film producer, including "The Singing Napkin" - dir. Mariusz Grzegorzek (" Golden Claw " at 40 FF in Gdynia) and" Tower. A Bright Day." - dir. Jagoda Szelc (Best debut and Best Screenplay at 42 FF in Gdynia). President of the Indeks Film Studio.

WOLFGANG W. WERNER studied sociology, political science, philosophy and american studies at the Marburg and Frankfurt universities, and is holding a diploma in sociology. Initially he has been working in media research, event management, film programming, and as a film critic. Since 1985 he is managing his own public relations agency, specialized in promoting international art house and independent film productions, from 1995 together with Christiane Leithardt. On behalf of international and national producers, distributors and world sales companies they have been working for many outstanding films, filmmakers and actors, organizing release publicity, festival presentations and interview junkets in Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Locarno, for example for Willem Dafoe, Abel Ferrara, Rithy Panh, Lars von Trier, Rupert Everett, Ai Weiwei, Aki Kaurismäki, Todd Solondz, Katja Riemann, Miguel Gomes, Eran Kolirin, Michael Haneke, Isabelle Huppert, Julian Schnabel, Francois Ozon, Tilda Swinton, Margarethe von Trotta and many others. Wolfgang W. Werner has also been part of the festival teams in Locarno and in Rome.


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