Jury of the International Competition – Cutting Edge
Barbara Albert (born 1970 in Vienna, Austria) initially studied theatre studies, German and journalism, before enrolling at the Filmakademie in Vienna in 1991 to become a director and screenwriter. Her feature film debut Northern Skirts won the award for best actress (Nina Proll) at the Venice Film Festival in 1999 and brought Austrian cinema into the international limelight. The same year, Albert joined forces with Jessica Hausner, Martin Gschlacht and Antonin Svoboda to create the production company coop99. Further internationally successful feature films followed, such as Free Radicals (2003) and Falling (2006). Albert's films stand for a mix of " the experienced, the narrated and the invented", and she values the power of claims and cites the fear of " where we don't want to look" as her driving force. In 2009, Albert founded the Austrian Film Academy with other Austrian filmmakers. In 2012, she received the Austrian Art Prize for Film. Since 2013, she has been a professor at the Film University Babelsberg. Her most recent feature Licht (based on the novel Mesmerized by Alissa Walser) premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 2017. It was nominated in 14 categories and won in 5 of them at the Austrian Film Awards in 2018.
Lisabi Fridell (born 1985 in Delsbo, Sweden) is a cinematographer based in Berlin who works all over the world. During her professional career she has been acknowledged for her photography in both feature films and documentaries. Her work is rather unconventional, and if anything defines her style it is versatility, always based on telling the story in a unique fashion. She is not afraid to explore and experiment with different techniques, colours and shapes with the intention of innovating and, if possible, enhancing the story. She prefers to work closely with the directors and to influence the whole process from an early stage. The films she has worked on are characterised by their transgressive spirit and by their defence of feminist values. This approach is visible in films such as Nånting måste gå sönder (Something Must Break, 2014) by Ester Bergsmark – which Bildrausch showed in its 2014 edition – in 6a by Peter Modestij (2016), Stupid Young Heart by Selma Vilhunen (2018) or Levan Akin’s And Then We Danced, which premiered at the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes and has since won over 20 prizes. Lisabi Fridell has also repeatedly collaborated with the director Lovisa Sirén and the producer Siri Hjorton Wagner with whom she has worked on Pussy Have the Power (2014), Audition (2015) and Baby (2016). Her next feature film, coming up in 2022, is Lovisa Sirén's feature film debut Sagres, a roadmovie from Sweden to Portugal.
Neil Young (born 1971 in Easington, UK) is a freelance writer, curator and filmmaker. He writes regularly for Screen, Sight and Sound and Modern Times Review. He contributed hundreds of reviews to The Hollywood Reporter between 2008 and 2020. From 2011 to 2015, Young was Director of the Bradford International Film Festival. Today, he works for Viennale as a consultant and programmer, and for Vienna Shorts, where he heads the national competition programme. His festival calendar also includes the European Film Festival Palic (Serbia, as International Programmer) and the Kortfilmfestivalen shorts festival (Grimstad, Norway). A member of FIPRESCI and the London Critics' Circle, he routinely attends 25+ film-festivals each year and has served on more than two dozen juries since 2001, including Cannes' Semaine de la Critique (2013) and others at Venice, Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam and Mexico City. His films as writer/director include the shorts Vilniu Detroit (2017), Towing Dispatch (2018), Fictional Breweries (2020) and The Rising Sun (2021). His video collage Rihaction premiered at the Diagonale in Graz in 2019. In the same year he made his big-screen acting debut in Joanna Hogg's Sundance-winning feature The Souvenir, which Bildrausch presented in the international competition in 2019.