Jury of the International Competition 2019

Jury of the International Competition – Cutting Edge



(born 1982 in Frankfurt a.M.) studied English and sociology at Georgetown University, and art at the Rhode Island School of Design. He lives in Rhode Island and Alabama, works as a photographer, author and filmmaker, and is currently teaching at the Visual Art Department at Brown University in Providence. His much-acclaimed photographic works and texts have appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Aperture, TIME, Oxford American and the Walker Arts Center. In 2018, his directing debut Hale County This Morning, This Evening premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Special Jury Award for Creative Vision. At this year’s Academy Awards, his debut was even nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. In the lyrical documentary about African-American life in southern Alabama, RaMell Ross captured its atmospheric density with an impressive visual narrative style, and thereby followed in the footsteps of filmmakers like Charles Burnett, whom he quotes as an inspiration for his work alongside Andrei Tarkovsky and Toni Morrison. Last year, RaMell Ross visited Bildrausch with Hale County and received a special mention from the jury.



(born 1978 in Asunción): the filmmaker, who has lived in Basel since 2011, has been working in the audiovisual arts for 25 years. Her experience as a producer includes music videos, TV programmes and commercials, primarily for Paraguayan and some European production companies. In the field of fiction, she worked on the feature films El toque del Oboe (Paraguay/Brazil, 1997), Miami Vice (USA, 2006) and 18 cigarillos y medio (Paraguay/Mexico/Spain, 2011). The latter she produced herself. After two short films (Ausencia de un nombre propio (1998) and Beckon (2000)), she made her directing debut in 2014 with El tiempo nublado. The deeply personal, sensitive documentary about her Paraguay-based mother, who for many years has suffered from epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, was shown at over 70 international film festivals, and won the Regards Neufs Award for Best First Film at the Visions du Réel documentary film festival, the SIGNIS award, the Prix du Lycéen Documentaire at Cinélatino – Rencontres de Toulouse, and the Basel Film Award for best film among others. She is currently working on her second feature film Nothing But the Sun, a study of the complex meaning of identity and belonging, based on the situation of the native Ayoreo people in Paraguay.



(born 1964 in Franeker) worked for many years as a film critic and publisher, among other things for “NRC Handelsblad” and “Dutch Film Yearbook”, before joining the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) in 1996. There, he is responsible for the programming of feature films from Latin America, China, Korea, Scandinavia, Italy, Spain and Portugal, and is the head of the “Bright Future” section for young filmmakers. He is also a member of the selection committee for the Tiger Awards Competition and a member of the Hubert Bals Fund, which supports innovative and committed filmmaking. At IFFR he has curated numerous retrospectives and special programmes, and he has sat on numerous international juries, including those of Vancouver International Film Festival, Bafici Festival in Buenos Aires, CPH:DOX in Copenhagen and Cinema Digital Festival in Seoul. His heart beats for films that are inspired and inspiring, which approach their topics with a fresh perspective and a creative attitude towards professional filmmaking and the world, but which also allow themselves to be uncomfortable and challenging.