Jury: WINNER FILM OF THE TROPHY
Norika Sefa is a Kosovo-born filmmaker. Her films are heterogeneous in style, merging fiction and documentary, pieces that create atmosphere rather than stick to a conventional narrative. Sefa directed the short Desde Arriba (2020), shot under the guidance of Werner Herzog in the Peruvian Jungle, and Kiss Me, Now (2020), both hybrid documentaries. Looking for Venera (2021), her first feature film, premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), winning the Special Jury Award in the Tiger Competition. The film has been collecting awards in other festivals; among them are: the Honk Kong International Film Festival (Best Director, Best Actress), the Sarajevo International Film Festival (Special Award for the Promotion of Gender Equality), the Trieste International Film Festival (Cineuropa Award), Bildrausch – winner of the Peter Liechti award – a special ring that honors a film that stands out due to its special narrative and visual courage; a film that – as Liechti put it – “goes all out.”
Norika has already been invited to join the European Film Academy. And other invitations have seen her invited to different prestigious arts and cultural institutions to talk about her cinematic approach. Norika is now working on her second feature, set to be shot in Kosovo, and she is in pre-production with her next documentary.
Farahnaz Sharifi is an award-winning Iranian filmmaker and film editor. Her films are Moon’s Voice, 2002; Destiny, 2003; Iran According to Ads, 2005; My Sad Face, 2008; Revolutionary Memories of Bahman Who Loved Leila, 2013; Profession: Documentarist, 2014 (a collection of seven short documentaries by Iranian women filmmakers); Missing, 2016. [All films are under 60 minutes, Missing runs at 60.] She also has extensive experience in documentary film editing and is frequently called upon to edit documentaries in Iran. Her many awards include the Grand Jury Prize at the Aljazeera International Documentary Film Festival, the Grand Prize at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. In 2021, a film she edited – Radiograph of a Family (directed by Firouzeh Khosrovani) – which Farahnaz also narrated, won the prize for best feature-length documentary at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), as well as the prize for Best Creative Use of Archive. In Iran it won the prize for best editing from the Independent Documentary Filmmakers Association in August 2021. Her other works include a collection of short stories titled Sleeping in Open Air.
In November 2021, she was an IDFA jury member for the Dutch Film Competition.
Short Film Jury
Film curator and co-programmer at the Xenix cinema in Zurich. After several years in a band and in music journalism, studied film studies and ethnology at the University of Zurich and Vienna. From 2006 to 2013 he was a member of the selection committee at the Visions du Réel film festival. At the same time at the Locarno Film Festival as a press officer and on the selection committee for short films. 2014 to 2017 head of the “Focus” section at the Solothurn Film Festival. 2019 co-director of the short documentary «Eisbär».
In 2019 she finished her bachelor's degree in animation film at the HSLU. In 2018 she traveled to Edinburgh, College of Art for an exchange semester. In 2019 she was awarded the Solothurn Film Prize. Her graduation film celebrates its world premiere in Locarno. From 2016 to 2019 she programmed the virtual reality exhibition, from 2020 to 2021 she directed the youth platform Gässli Film Festival. At the same time, she exhibits her work processes in exhibitions. She is currently working on her new film projects, teaches in arts fields and is project manager at the Zoomz Film Festival, Lucerne.
Born in 1987. 2013 Bachelor at the ZHdK (Zurich University of the Arts), specialization
Movie. 2019 Master at the ZHdK in documentary film. Has been working as a freelancer since 2013. He was awarded for Wanderzeit - eine Gletscherperformance (2014) with the camera prize at the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur. In 2020 he will receive the Swiss Film Prize, Best Graduation Film for his first feature-length documentary Isola.