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Ontmoet het team voor IFFR 2023: Biografieën

18 mei 2022

IFFR Tiger, Central Station © Joke Schut

Een selectie biografieën van onze IFFR 2023 teamleden.

(Deze biografieën zijn momenteel alleen beschikbaar in het Engels)

AIHARA Hiromi began working with Japanese independent films in the ‘80s, and established her own company, Bewiz, in 1995. After that, she forged a new career as an independent producer, began serving as the scout for IFFR in 1999, and became a programming consultant for international festivals (Toronto/Dubai/Macao). She is also a consultant for project markets such as HAF and APM. Her producing credits include: Tsukamoto Shinya’s Tetsuo II: Body Hammer, Tokyo Fist, Pen-ek Ratanaruang’s Last Life in the Universe, Invisible Waves and Imaoka Shinji’s Underwater Love. Hiromi also directed the 2018 documentary Sukita: The Shoot Must Go On.

Hiromi is an IFFR scout for films from Japan.

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Alessia ACONE joined International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016 and, since then, she has been coordinating the main talent development programme of the festival, Rotterdam Lab, and all international relations with IFFR Pro partners. As the Manager Pro, she will be responsible for creating and coordinating programmes for IFFR Pro, the co-production market CineMart, and managing partnerships and development. She has previously gained experience while working for several (international) cultural institutions, and further developed her career by working for the Venice International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), and Cinekid.

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Since 2010, Kristína ASCHENBRENNEROVA has been working as a festival programmer with a focus on the Far East and South-East Asia for Art Film Fest Kosice, and later also for the Slovak Queer Film Festival and the BRNO16 International Short Film Festival. She continues to learn Mandarin and Korean and is ever curious to challenge her capacities, looking for interesting cinematic connections and discoveries. She is the Programme Manager of Pop Up Film Residency, a festival relations officer at the Slovak Film Institute, and writes for Kino Ikon and Asian Movie Pulse.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Kristína is responsible for films from East Asia.

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Stefan BORSOS is a writer, curator, film/TV scholar and sinologist. He founded CineAsia film magazine in 2000 and started programming work with the first edition of the Cineasia Film Festival Cologne in 2001, being mostly responsible for Hong Kong, Singaporean and South Korean films. In 2004, he coordinated the German section of Europe’s first Hong Kong Film Panorama. After that, he focused on advising various film festivals regarding mainly Hong Kong/Chinese and later on South Asian films, helping to put up the IFFR showcase on recent Tamil Cinema, House on Fire, in 2018. Since 2020, he has been a programmer for South Asia at IFFR.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Stefan is responsible for films from South and South-East Asia.

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Michelle CAREY is a Berlin-based film programmer and curator, overseeing the English-speaking territories for the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She also works with New York Film Festival and Berlinale Talent Press and was previously on the selection committee for the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. She is also a co-founder of the Red Balloon Alliance (ex-Parenting at Film Festivals). Prior to relocating to Europe she was the Artistic Director of the Melbourne International Film Festival and an editor at the online film journal Senses of Cinema. She is a recipient of the Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres from the French Government.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Michelle is responsible for films from English speaking territories.

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Robert GRAY first started working at IFFR under its founder, Hubert Bals. Other festivals he has worked with include Berlinale (Forum), Cannes (Sélection officielle and Quinzaine), Toronto, Montréal Festival of New Cinema, and New York. As an interpreter he has long accompanied Catherine Breillat, the Dardennes, Bruno Dumont, Alain Guiraudie, Michael Haneke, Mia Hansen-Love, Ulrich Seidl and Jean-Marc Vallée. At Kinograph, his subtitling company, he translates the films of Denys Arcand, Denis Villeneuve, Ulrich Seidl and many others.

Robert is an IFFR scout for films from French speaking territories.

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Barbara DE HEER is a cultural entrepreneur and creative academic with a rich experience in communications, marketing and sales. She has held several positions in both the for-profit and not-for-profit spheres. Until May 2022, she was the Head of Development at Nederlands Dans Theater, where she created development strategies that have substantially increased stakeholder engagement and revenues. Previously, she worked for a diverse range of commercial clients as a Senior Account Manager and Senior Consultant. She began her career in fundraising at Terre des Hommes, where she acted as a Manager of Private Givings. Barbara is IFFR's Chief of Funding & Business Growth. 

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Sara JURICIC has been a part of the IFFR Pro team since 2018, coordinating the CineMart programme, selection of projects and special events within it, before moving on to be a part of the Hubert Bals Fund in 2021. From May 2022, she will be managing all the professional talent activities of IFFR, some of them being Rotterdam Lab, BoostNL and Creative Producer Indaba. Before that, she built on her experience working as an assistant producer and junior producer at several film production companies such as Nukleus Film in Croatia and Lemming Film in the Netherlands.

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Cristina KOLOZSVÁRY-KISS joined IFFR 5 years ago and has been part of the short film programming team since 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Film and Video, and has taught time-based media and experimental video at institutions such as the Pratt Institute in New York and the San Francisco Art Institute. She has programmed a US tour of experimental short films, and has guest-curated at venues such as the MassArt Film Society with Saul Levine, the Blackhole Cinematheque in Oakland, the Millenium Film Workshop in New York and the Echo Park Film Center in LA.

Cristina is a member of the IFFR selection committee for short films.

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Inke VAN LOOCKE has worked for International Film Festival Rotterdam in various capacities and has been part of the IFFR Pro team since 2011. As Head of Pro, she focuses on long-term strategies, innovation, supporting talent, and creating new programmes for all Pro activities. She is an EAVE member, part of the selection committee of CineMart and the Hubert Bals Fund, and has served on several juries for international festivals.

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Mercedes MARTÍNEZ-ABARCA is a film programmer and consultant based in the Netherlands. Mercedes has worked at International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2009, where she is currently in charge of the Latin-American and Caribbean regions and part of the Hubert Bals Fund selection committee. She also works as a film programmer at Soho House Amsterdam and collaborates with female filmmakers association Dones Visuals.

Mercedes has been part of the selection committee for Ventana Sur’s Primer Corte and Copia Final. Previously, she coordinated the Holland Film Meeting, worked at sales agency Fortissimo Films, and has collaborated with different film festivals and co-production platforms. She has also been part of the MEDIA Single Project and Spanish Film Institute selection committees.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Mercedes is responsible for films from South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbeans.

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Ralph MCKAY established and programmed the Film Department at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1976 to 1989. In 1989, he moved to New York to programme for the Anthology Film Archives. While in NYC, he also worked for The Jewish Museum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Film Department at Brooklyn College and The Andrea Frank Foundation.  Other projects include programmes for ICA Cinema London, Sarajevo, Ascona and Nantucket film festivals, Swiss Films and Artists Space NYC.  His article on Kurt Kren’s years in Texas was published by PVS Verleger, Vienna. Ralph’s production credits include Kelly Reichardt’s first feature. In 2004, he returned to Texas to direct Cinematexas before moving to Marfa in 2006.

Ralph is an IFFR scout for films from North America.

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Olaf MÖLLER, is a freelance writer and programmer based in Cologne and Helsinki. He is a critic for various international film magazines and a consultant for several film festivals. He is an adjunct Professor of Film History and Theory at the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto University, and has co-written and published a variety of books on cinema.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Olaf curates the Cinema Regained programme and is responsible for films from German speaking territories and the Nordic countries. 

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Lyse Ishimwe NSENGIYUMVA is a film curator and photographer. Lyse is currently based in Belgium, where she founded Recognition in 2016. Recognition is a Brussels-based initiative with the aim of increasing the visibility of African and African diaspora art, literature and culture via community-based film screenings. In her work for this project, Lyse curates a film programme that takes place at art and cultural spaces in various cities across Europe. Lyse currently works at IFFR as a programmer for the Sub-Saharan African region. Previously, she was a film consultant for Berlinale Forum.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Lyse is responsible for films from Sub-Saharan Africa. Lyse is also a member of the selection committee for shorts.

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Rebecca DE PAS started working for festivals in 2004, at the Bologna Film Archive. In 2009, she joined FIDMarseille where she served for 11 years as a programmer and co-head of FIDLab. In 2018, she became a programme advisor for the Viennale and joined Visions du Réel’s programmers team in 2019. She regularly collaborates with the Doha Film Institute as an evaluator. She was on the selection committee of Berlinale Talents for 6 years, a mentor for the Feature Expanded training programme, a manager of Ex Oriente Film, and she has been a collaborator of the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival since 2010.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Rebecca is responsible for films from Italy, Spain, and Portugal. Rebecca is also a member of the selection committee for shorts. 

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Olivier PIERRE, born in Marseille, was an Assistant Programmer of the Musées de Marseille cinemas from 1997 to 2000. From 2001 to 2019, he was the Artistic Director of the Journées Cinématographiques Dionysiennes at L’Écran cinema in Saint-Denis. Since 2001, he has been a member of the selection committee of FIDMarseille. Since 2005, he has also been a programme advisor for the International Francophone Film Festival in Tübingen-Stuttgart and, since 2014, for the La Roche-sur-Yon International Film Festival. A programme advisor for France at IFFR from 2007 to 2020, he was appointed programmer for French-speaking territories in 2021.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Olivier is responsible for films from French speaking territories.

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Ivan RAMLJAK is a filmmaker, film critic, and independent curator. In 2003, he founded the Human Rights Film Festival in Zagreb, Croatia. Since 2013, he curates the Short Tuesday film programme at cinema Tuškanac in Zagreb. Since 2016, he is the Artistic Director of the Tabor Film Festival, the oldest short film festival in Croatia. So far, he has directed eleven films – four fiction films, five documentaries and two experimental films. His films have been shown at more than 80 international festivals all over the world (including IFFR, Cinéma du Réel, Dok Leipzig), and have won several awards.

Ivan is a member of the IFFR selection committee for shorts and serves as a scout for films from former Yugoslav countries.

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Koen DE ROOIJ is a Rotterdam-based film programmer. He holds MA degrees in History, Arts and Cultures of Asia (cum laude) and Media Studies from Leiden University, and is specialised in East and South-East Asian cinema. His main interests lie in the continuing influences of national borders, migration and the (colonial) past on the lives of humans and how this is reflected in and explored through film. He has been part of the IFFR Short Film selection committee since 2017 and works as a curator for the Rotterdam-based art collective Mint Podium.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Koen is responsible for films from the Netherlands and Flanders. Koen is also a member of the selection committee for shorts. 

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Zimbabwe-born, Portuguese raised, Susana SANTOS RODRIGUES has been working in the arthouse film industry sector for over 15 years as a film programmer, distributor, sales agent, international strategy and development consultant. She currently acts as the Latin America programme advisor for IFFR, a programmer of Bildrausch FilmFest Basel, in Switzerland, and is the co-curator of KINO, in Portugal.

Susana is also a member of the selection committee of the Hubert Bals Fund, an international consultant for the Doha Film Institute, a Pro Hub mentor at IFFR and a Noka mentor at Tabakalera. She is the co-founder of the Latin American based distribution outfit VAIVEM.

Susana is an IFFR scout for films from Latin America.

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Marieke SASSE joined IFFR as a freelancer in 2019, working in the Marketing & Communications team as a coordinator for IFFR Daily and other publications in preparation of IFFR 2020, and then coordinated the Daily Talkshow in 2021. She has a rich working experience in major events such as the World Port Days in Rotterdam, and a solid marketing background in the tourism industry. In October 2021, Marieke started as the Head of Marketing at IFFR where she leads the Marketing team and is responsible for audience development; as such, she manages the overall implementation of the IFFR marketing plan.

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Delly SHIRAZI has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s in International Relations. Born in Iran and raised in Switzerland, she has lived and worked in the Middle East for over a decade, where she has an extensive network. Delly joined the Doha Film Institute in 2012 and remains an active consultant to the institute’s Grants Programme. For two consecutive years, she was the Lab Head of Studies and selection committee member at the Open Doors Locarno Festival. She is also a programme advisor to the Geneva International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights. Since 2018, Delly has been part of the IFFR family as a regular member of the Hubert Bals Fund selection committee, a mentor at IFFR Pro and, for the past two years, as a programmer for the MENA region and Turkey.

In parallel, Delly fulfilled her passion for human rights by acting as the main coordinator of the newly created International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk between October 2020 and March 2022.

As a member of the IFFR selection committee for features, Delly is responsible for films from the MENA region and Turkey.

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Marije STIJKEL has worked as the Operations Director at The Young, a strategic agency for brand development, as a Senior Project and Personnel Manager with PMS 72, a development studio specialised in websites and digital campaigns. She has also worked at 75B – the IFFR branding and campaigns service provider – as a Business Manager, and at V2_, Institute for the Unstable Media, a platform dedicated to digital and media art, as the Head of Communications & PR. Marije is currently IFFR's Chief of Operations.

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Ronny THEEUWES has been part of the IFFR team since 2011 in various capacities. He started out as a programmer and Head of the Education department, later working on IFFR’s VOD platform Unleashed, as well as podcasts and online programming amongst others, before becoming the programmer and manager of IFFR’s Talks & Masterclasses programme, year-round and special events, and the RTM programme. Ronny has also worked as a programmer for Nederlands Film Festival and Cinekid, and as a Marketing Manager for the Latin American Film Festival in Utrecht. Since May 2022, Ronny is the Head of year-round events, Talks and IFFR Unleashed, and main programmer of the RTM programme.

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Charlie VERMEULEN has taken on various roles within the IFFR team since 2013, from Hotel Coordinator to Guest Handler to Programme Coordinator, a role she has executed since 2019. In the meantime, she worked in the Film Office of Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and explored other event coordination ventures. From May 2022, Charlie will take on the position of Head of Programme Operations. She is responsible for the operational delivery of the IFFR festival programme, leading the Programme Operations team.

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Anne WABEKE graduated with a BA and MA in Film Studies from the University of Kent in Canterbury. She has been part of the IFFR team since 2016 and has held various positions, from Volunteer Coordinator to Guest Coordinator to Publications Coordinator, a role she took on in October 2021. From May 2022, Anne will be leading the editorial voice of IFFR and manage the festival publications, including the catalogue and IFFR.com, in the role of Head of Communications. She has previously also gained experience as a Talks Coordinator and Travel Coordinator at other festivals.

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Leonie WOODFIN studied her MA in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image and Sound at the University of Amsterdam and Eye Film Museum in 2016.

Since then, she has worked in programming at Filmhuis Cavia in Amsterdam, Other Futures festival, and as part of the short film selection committee at IFFR, amongst other projects. Outside of this, she writes and conducts archival research on a freelance basis, with a focus on experimental documentaries and found footage works.

Leonie is a member of the IFFR selection committee for shorts.

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WU Jueren is a film programmer, writer, and producer. He has worked as the chief programmer of the Shanghai Film Museum, served as the Director of the Chinese film section of the Shanghai International Film Festival, and has been a Chinese film programmer for the Pingyao Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon International Film Festival since 2019. He has also served as an official jury member for several film festivals, such as the China Independent Film Festival, the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards, and the Shanghai International Film Festival. Apart from being a specialist in contemporary Chinese films, Jueren has also curated a number of retrospective programmes on classic Chinese films.

Jueren is an IFFR scout for films from mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.