Feature Film Jury

Ulaa Salim graduated as a director from the National Film School of Denmark in 2017. His graduation film "Land of Our Fathers" won the Best Short Film Award at the Dubai International Film Festival and was nominated for a Robert Award in Denmark. His first feature film, "Sons of Denmark," premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival in 2019. Since then, he has traveled the world and won numerous awards. For SONS OF DENMARK, Ulaa Salim was awarded with the 2020 Netzhaut Ton Film Festival Award.

Lydia Mischkulnig studied stage design (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Graz), screenwriting and production (Filmakademie Wien). She is also a columnist (Die Furche), essayist on art and culture, lecturer (Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien) and guest lecturer at foreign universities. Tutor of literary writing seminars, editor of the series "Nadelstiche" (Theodor Kramer Verlag). Concept and direction of discussion series in the Literary Quarter “Alte Schmiede”. Her current novel "Die Richterin" was published in 2020 by Haymon Verlag.

Ulrich Reinthaller completed his acting studies at the Max Reinhardt Seminar at the age of 19 and played his first title role in the same year in the feature film "Lieber Karl", which was awarded with the German Federal Film Prize in 1985. In the same year he was engaged at the Burgtheater (ensemble member until 1993). He played in numerous cinema and TV productions, for the title role in the 68 episodes of the SAT.1 series "Hallo, Onkel Doc!" he received the BAMBI in 1995. In the Pielach Valley he directed the philosophical festival "Dialogikum Phönixberg", which he also founded and curated.

Documentary Jury

Paul René Roestad is a director, producer and cinematographer of documentaries. Roestad received his education at the Royal College of Art in London and now works in his own production company Laterna Magica.

He also directs the documentary film festival Nordic / Docs in Fredrikstad, is a past president of Norsk filmforbund (the Norwegian Film Workers Association), and until recently was president of IMAGO, the European Association of Cinematographers. As a cinematographer, he has shot more than 20 feature films, including all of director Vibeke Løkkeberg's films.

Natasa Konopitzky works as a feature writer, program designer and moderator at Radio Ö1. She teaches journalism at Leuphana University Lüneburg and Donau Universität Krems. Her features have won several awards, including gold at the New York Festivals Radio Awards and the Dr. Karl Renner Journalism Prize.

Thomas Rigler lives and works in Austria and the US at the intersection of art, social relevance, and commercial entertainment.

The mysteries of human existence in our cities and protected landscapes are a frequently recurring theme in his work. His six-part series "Lost LA" for the American public broadcaster PBS won the Emmy Award in the Culture / History category in 2019 with a special about Yosemite National Park. He worked as a director, showrunner and producer in Los Angeles, gaining international experience.

Up-and-Coming Jury

Lotte Schreiber lives as a filmmaker and artist in Vienna and works at the interface of cinema, architecture and society in the fields of experimental and documentary film, video installation and performance. In addition to participating in and winning awards at numerous international film festivals, her works have been exhibited in various museums and galleries, including Neue Galerie Graz, Lentos Museum Linz, NSK State Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia, Kunsthaus Graz, Museum of Contemporary Art Voivodina, Novi Sad, RS.

In 2019 she received the Con-Tempus Prize as part of the Förderungspreis Land Steiermark for contemporary visual arts, in 2017 the State Scholarship for Video and Media Art, in 2015 the Diagonale Prize for Innovative Cinema, in 2011 the Outstanding Artist Award for Avantgarde Film from the Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture.

Kyra Scheurer studied communication science and psychology (M.A.) and works as a film dramaturge and as an artistic director of the montage festival "Edimotion" in Cologne. She also curates various short film competitions at other festivals. She has been a board member of the Association for Film and Television Dramaturgy (VeDRA) since 2007, and is deputy chairwoman since 2016.

Bettina Henkel, born in Germany, lives and works in Vienna as an artist and filmmaker. She teaches as a lecturer for fine arts/new media at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. There she heads the media laboratory/research laboratory Film & Television and has focused her teaching on documentary forms in film. Her documentary film KINDER UNTER DECK received the „Horizonte Film Prize“ at the Five Lakes Film Festival in 2018 and the „Best Social Documentary“ award at the Beyond Borders Documentary Film Festival in Greece in 2019.