World Cinema Competition

Béla Tarr (Jury President)


Zeki Demirkubuz  

Béla Tarr

Born in Pécs on 21.7.1955, he first made amateur films at the age of 16, later joining Béla Balázs film studio in Budapest and studying at the College of Film and Theatre. IN 1984 he began working with writer László Krasznahorkai. His novel Satantango received its premiere in the Berlinale’si Forum section in 1994.A visiting lecturer at the German Film and Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin, he last took part in the Berlinale in 2001 with Werckmeister Harmonies and The Turin Horse in 2011 .


Zeki Demirkubuz

Growing up in Isparta and Istanbul, Turkey, Demirkubuz engaged in leftist politics in his youth, consequently serving a three-year sentence for his membership in a political organization after the 1980 military coup. After his release he worked as a hawker, but in order to postpone military service, Demirkubuz entered Istanbul University. HE began his film career as assistant director, until making his first feature film; Block-Ci in 1994. Subsequently, Demirkubuz continued to work as an auteur and independent filmmaker writing his own original screenplays .





Ebrahim Saeedi


Olivier Meyrou

Ebrahim Saeedi

Director, editor and photographer, born 1965 in Mahabad in Iranian Kurdistan. Saeedi has a B.A. in Cinema from Arts University of Tehran. After graduation he pursued a career in movie editing, directing and photographing, and has worked on about 100 different kinds of films. However, he has spent most of his time working as an editor and has directed several documentaries. In his work, Saeedi focuses on the people of Kurdistan and the trouble that they continue to face. All My Mothers (2009) was his first Feature length Documentary on which he worked for more than 3 years.

  Olivier Meyrou

Born in 1966 in France, Meyrou studied literature and communication before attending film school in Paris and New York’s Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation he worked as assistant director for operas and began working as a film director. Since then he has been directing and writing. His film Beyond hatred won a Teddy Award at the Berlinale in 2006. Celebration and Parade were screened in the Panorama section at the Berlinale in 2007 and 2013. Furthermore Meyrou is working on stage productions as both director and author.


Teresa Hoefert de Turégano

Teresa Hoefert de Turégano

 Hoefert de Turégano is of Spanish and Canadian origins. She taught cinema at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and has worked for both the European cinematographic co-production fund and the European Audiovisual Observatory at the Council of Europe. Currently she is an advisor at the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for international co-productions and international programs. Furthermore she has evaluated projects for the EU-ACP film fund and workis as a consultant on film and cultural policy. Hoefert de Turégano has published on subjects related to film and the politics of cinema.



Kurdish Cinema Competition

Martha Otte (Jury President)


Anna Pedroli

Martha Otte

The director of the Tromsø International Film Festival (TIFF) since 2005, Otte has been employed by TIFF since 1998. She has been very active in the film club movement, and from 1994 to 2000 she was the chair of the Norwegian Federation of Film Societies. Otte has served on juries in Berlin and Karlovy Vary, and was instrumental in establishing Silent Film Days in Tromsø, which took place for the first time in 2006. She studied comparative literature and philosophy at the University of Tromsø. A native of California, she has spent her entire adult life in Norway.

  Anna Pedroli Pedroli has been working for the Dutch Cultural Mediafund for over ten years. As a staff member she is responsible for the funds various programmes for quality improvement and talent development. Examples are workshops for documentary filmmakers, for scriptwriters, masterclases ect. She also organizes conferences, debates and expert meetings for the fund, e.g. about television drama. Before she started working for the fund, Pedroli has worked for the IDFA, for an independent documentary production company and for an Amsterdam based radio station.


Donat F. Keusch



Ibrahim Mahmood

Donat F. Keusch

Studied psychology, journalism and sociology at the University of Zürich. Founder and Chief Executive of Cactus Film, and amongst many others the producer of the Palm d’Or winner Yol. Keusch has been involved in 170 award-winning projects such as the Oscar nominated film The Boat Is Full. Currently he works with domestic distribution and international film sales, while being a script and project consultant for European movies. Until 2008 he was a guest lecturer at various film academies, in particular at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin and the Goethe Institutes. 

  Ibrahim Mahmood

Mahmood was born in Qamishlo, Western Kurdistan, in 1959. He graduated in philosophy from the University of Sham in Syria, holds a Master degree in journalism and received a doctor’s degree in Media from the famous Lomonossov University in Moscow. He took part in documentary filmmaking courses and regularly participated in various film festivals around the globe. Mahmood currently resides in Germany.


Lukas Gnaiger


Born in 1980 in Bregenz, Austria. He has worked as an independent cinematographer for broadcasting stations and corporate films for many years. In 2007 he started to attend the cinematography masterclass of Christian Berger at the Vienna Film Academy as well as an introductory seminar course in directing with Michael Haneke. Since then the focus of his work has shifted to documentaries, short and feature films in and outside of Europe. Currently he is working together with director Hüseyin Tabak on a documentary project about the work and life of Yilmaz Güney.




Kurdish Short Film Competition

Marieanne Bergman (Jury President)


Alin Tasciyan

Marieanne Bergman went first into distribution, sales and film-production as CEO at Verleihgenossenschaft Der Filmemacher in Munich (1981-1988), later into national and international funding Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein GmbH as head of funding department till 2012. She has been an advisory board member of national and international operating institutions as European Film Distribution Office, Goethe Institut, Greenhouse. Since 2012 Marieanne Bergmann is working as a free consultant for films and projects in Hamburg.



Tasciyan has worked as a correspondent, film critic and editor at the Milliyet Art Review and Milliyet daily newspaper, while making various cinema programs for the Turkish Radio and Television TRT 2. She has been an advisor and programmer for many film festivals in Turkey, and has served on several national and international film festival juries. Since 2008 she is working as a critic and a columnist for the Star daily newspaper. Additionally Tasciyan works as an advisor for the Adana Golden Boll Film Festival and coordinates the Bazaar Adana. She is a member of the European Film Academy and is presently the Vice President of FIPRESCI.

Heinrich Sobottka


Rêzan Yeşilbaş

Born in Leipzig in 1979 and studied Orientalism and History there. Since he went through Morocco by bicycle after finishing High-School, Sobottka has spent one year in Syria and travelled through several countries of the Arabic World, coming close to the culture and the people of the region. He has worked for the GIZ in the Emirates and for the Eurient E.V. In Leipzig where he took part on organizing several projects like the Arab Filmweek and monthly screenings of documentary films. Since spring 2011 Sobottka is in charge of the activities of the Goethe-Institute in Iraq



Yeşilbaş is presently finishing his M.A at the Cinema and TV Department at Marmara University Istanbul. He has worked as a producer on several films and as first assistant director for the internationally acknowledged Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz. Yeşilbaş wrote and directed his first short film Hükümi of his Triology of Women in 2008. HIs short films have won many national and international awards, including the Palme d’Or at the 65th Cannes Film Festival’s Short Film Competition. Currently he is working on his first feature film Mesafeler.


Touraj Aslani


Aslani was born in Kermanshah, Iran in 1973. He graduated in Graphics from the Kermanshah Conservatory and in Film directing from Tehran Sooreh University. He began to take photographs at the age of 10, and at the age of 14 he started his activities as an experimental cinematographer with a 8mm camera. In 2000 he became the youngest professional photographer in Iranian Cinema. Presently he has shoot more than 100 documentary, short, animation, fiction and experimental films. Aslani further works as investor, executive manager and producer.