Short Film Programmers

The short films at IFFR, all 200 and more, are curated by the Short Film selection committee, headed by programmer Peter van Hoof. Meet the members here.

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Peter van Hoof

Peter van Hoof is responsible for IFFR’s short film programmes, and as such, chairs the short film committee. He is joined by the others from September onwards. He also selects the features and documentaries from Sub-Saharan Africa. His background is that of independent cinema programmer. First at the squatter cinema Filmhuis Cavia and, as founder and programmer of Cinema De Balie – the independent cinema department of political-cultural center De Balie in Amsterdam. He is one of the founders of Stichting De Filmbank: an organisation for promoting Dutch experimental cinema. He is also curator of the cinema programme and art section of the festival Into The Great Wide Open.
Contact: [email protected]

Helena Kritis

Helena Kritis is currently in charge of the visual and audiovisual arts program at the multidisciplinary arts institution, Beursschouwburg, in Brussels. She holds master’s degrees in photography from KASK School of Arts Ghent (2003) and in Art History/Performing Arts & Media Studies from Ghent University (2006). For Beursschouwburg she curated solo exhibitions with emerging artists like Meggy Rustamova, Hana Miletic, Feiko Beckers and Margarita Maximova. Additionally, she invited numerous international artists for screenings, presentations or performances such as Milo Rau, Wu Tsang, Laure Prouvost, Yuri Ancarani, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Karl Holmqvist, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz. She is a board member of the Courtisane Festival, the cinephile online reflection platform sabzian.be, and the artist-run production and distribution platform Elephy. She has a seat in the funding committee for visual arts of the Flemish Government and she recently joined the acquisition committee for the collection of the Flemish Parliament.
Contact: [email protected]

Erwin van ‘t Hart

Erwin van ‘t Hart studied at AKI art academy and art history at University of Amsterdam. He started working at the cinema department of political and cultural center De Balie in Amsterdam in 1997, where he curated several film and video programmes. Since 2006 he works at the International Film Festival Rotterdam as short/experimental film programmer. Besides that, he works internationally as a freelance curator, programmer, programme advisor and as a dedicated film technician for challenging projections.
Contact: [email protected]

Julian Ross

Julian Ross is a researcher, curator and writer. He is a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Westminster and holds a PhD on Japanese expanded cinema at the University of Leeds. He has curated films and performances at Tate Modern, BFI, Eye Film Institute, Anthology Film Archives, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, Tokyo Photographic Art Museum, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts and other institutions. He was an assistant curator for a film series on the Art Theatre Guild of Japan (ATG) at MoMA, BFI and Pacific Film Archives. After working as an advisor in 2014-15, he joined the IFFR Short Film selection committee in 2015.
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Theus Zwakhals

Theus Zwakhals has been a member of the IFFR Short Film selection committee and its sound//vision programme since 2009. Since 2013, he also works for the distribution and collections department of LIMA Amsterdam. Next to that, he is programmer for Rumor, a series of adventurous music programmes in Utrecht. He studied Cultural History at Utrecht University. From 1994 to 2000 he was producer of Impakt Festival in Utrecht, and from 2002 to 2012 he worked for Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst. He lives and works in Amsterdam.
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Short Film Committee Voices

Anna Germanidi

Anna Germanidi is a film festival professional who has worked for different festivals around the world. After acquiring her MA in Film and Television from Syracuse University, she moved to Los Angeles where she worked at the Slamdance Film Festival from 2011 to 2015. ​There she​ joined the Narrative Shorts programming committee in 2012 and co-headed the team for the 2015 program while acting as the festival’s director. She moved to the Netherlands in 2015 and is currently a short film programmer for IFFR and a programme advisor for International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. She also works for BFI London Film Festival and has been involved in the past with Los Angeles Film Festival, Rooftop Films, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and Athens International Film Festival.
Contact: [email protected]

Erwin van ‘t Hart

Erwin van ‘t Hart studied at AKI art academy and art history at University of Amsterdam. He started working at the cinema department of political and cultural center De Balie in Amsterdam in 1997, where he curated several film and video programmes. Since 2006 he works at the International Film Festival Rotterdam as short/experimental film programmer. Besides that, he works internationally as a freelance curator, programmer, programme advisor and as a dedicated film technician for challenging projections.
Contact: [email protected]

Peter van Hoof

Peter van Hoof is responsible for IFFR’s short film programmes, and as such, chairs the short film committee. He is joined by the others from September onwards. He also selects the features and documentaries from Sub-Saharan Africa. His background is that of independent cinema programmer. First at the squatter cinema Filmhuis Cavia and, as founder and programmer of Cinema De Balie – the independent cinema department of political-cultural center De Balie in Amsterdam. He is one of the founders of Stichting De Filmbank: an organisation for promoting Dutch experimental cinema. He is also curator of the cinema programme and art section of the festival Into The Great Wide Open.
Contact: [email protected]

Marta Jurkiewicz

Marta Jurkiewicz is a documentary filmmaker based in Amsterdam. She completed her studies at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy and the Netherlands Film Academy in 2005 and 2011 respectively. Both her graduation films were granted awards ­ Rene Coelho Award from Netherlands Institute for Media Art (now LIMA) for Agatha (2005) and the Wildcard grand for documentary by the Netherlands Film Fund for Daughters (2011). Next to making films, Jurkiewicz worked in distribution of Dutch experimental and short films first at the Filmbank and later at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
Contact: [email protected]

Koen de Rooij

Koen de Rooij is a film programmer based in Rotterdam. In 2016, he graduated cum laude from Leiden University with a master’s degree in History, Arts and Cultures of Asia, during which he specialised in East and South-East Asian cinema. His main interest lies in the continuing influences of national borders, migration and the (colonial) past on the lives of humans and how this is reflected in film. He has been a part of the IFFR Short Film selection committee since 2017.
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