VIP Judging Panel 2019

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Susan is currently working with Academy award winner actor Jeff Bridges on documentary collaborations. Susan is director, co-producer, cinematographer and editor of the film Living in the Futures Past which is also, produced, narrated by and features Jeff Bridges, set to be released in 2018. Susan Kucera has been working in film since youth, first as a camera assistant studying the Athabasca Glacier creating educational short films with her father, Glaciologist, Dr.Richard Kucera, for Encyclopaedia Britannica Film Corporation, then as a screenwriter and director of documentaries. As one of the first owner/operators of the ground breaking Red One Camera she produced, wrote, directed and filmed Trading on Thin Air starring Nation Magazine’s Alex Cockburn (2009). She wrote, filmed, directed, edited and co-produced For the Love of Tango starring Broadway’s Forever Tango, Jorge Torres (2014). She directed and filmed Improv(e) (2011) a documentary short highlighting the work of the Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and the teens from John C. Fremont High School in LA. She directed, filmed, edited and produced award winning Breath of Life, starring Richard Dawkins (2014). She was the Cinematographer for Milkmen (2015). Susan has 3 other films in the works. Principle Photography is completed for 12th Hour, a film about the psychology of denial and Range Riders, a film about the re-introduction of wolves into the Western United States and ranching in our post-modern landscapes as well as Wild Life, a film about Robert Trivers, the ground-breaking evolutionary biologist named by Time Magazine as one of the most original thinkers of our time.  Susan lives in Hawaii and Washington State and currently films with the Red Epic W. Susan’s films have been featured in the U.S. and Canada on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Shaw, NHK, KCET, LINK TV, Time Warner, and more and translated for and featured on platforms in China, Germany and Argentina. Breath of Life has been sponsored by University of Melbourne, Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, University of Bristol Festival of Ideas, The Rockefeller Foundation’s Cabot Institute for the Environment, The Blue Planet Foundation, Pangeaseed Foundation and more.

'LIVING IN THE FUTURE'S PAST' will screen as an exclusive special inclusion Feature Film at Paleochora Lost World Short Film Festival in June 2019

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Voting member : European Film Academy (former  Board Member)

Les Cesar voting member since 1987

Fest Forums Advisory Board Member

International Film Festival Summit Advisory Board Member
Board Member on a few Festivals BIFF, CIFF, Animaze - le MIAFF, Houston WorldFest,

Co- Founder of Animation Day in Cannes

Bruno Chatelin, French Business School HEC alumni, began his marketing career with the largest international Advertising Agencies: Publicis, DMM Masius and JWT. Former film distributor. He started in 1985 working for Sony then UGC FOX in France (Marketing Director and Managing Director)He has launched over 200 films and has worked closely with key creative talents.
To name just a few: Claude Lelouch, Costa Gavras, Terry Giliam (3 films: Baron Munchausen, 12 Monkeys, Fisher King), Stephen Frears, Keneth Branagh, James Ivory (2 films: Remains of the Day…), Francis Coppola (Dracula), Steven Spielberg (Hook), Woody Allen (3 films: Alice…), Sean Penn, Tom Hanks (3 films: Philadelphia…), Al Pacino, Scorsese, Michael Bay, Roland Emmerich, Schwarzenegger (3 films: Total Recall, T2, Last Action Hero), Stallone (4 films : Rambo 2/3, Cliffhanger…  ), Van Damme (2) and many more. After Sony he merged 20th Century Fox with UGC in 1995 and quickly put the company in the N° 2 position on the market. Online pioneer He co founded which regularly partners with the largest festivals and markets (Cannes, AFM, Toronto, Locarno, Venice…) and has served over 6.000 festivals worldwide and a community of 370 000 unique monthly visitors, and newsletter subscribers base of 193 000. The company was one of VOD international pioneers (2001) and has opened a film and festival matchmaking community leading the way of many digital new developments in the industry. He runs a consulting boutique Major Buzz Factory specialized in online marketing for the entertainment (film, music mostly), websites design and animation and web 2.0 actions



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Author of Neil Jordan: The Literary Fiction, Paul McGuirk is a lecturer in film studies and has designed and delivered courses in Film Theory, Irish Cinema, European Cinema, Political Cinema, and Documentary Cinema at undergraduate and postgraduate level in University College Dublin, Trinity College Dublin and The National Film School at IADT. In addition, he has contributed articles to Irish Films/Global Cinema, Cineaste, Film-Konzepte, and estudios irlandeses.

'In Neil Jordan: A Quiet Man In Babylon, Paul McGuirk looks in detail at the extraordinary career of one of the most notable Irish filmmakers of the twentieth century. He provides a comprehensive study of all Jordan’s film and television work to date. It is McGuirk’s passion and extensive knowledge of the film industry which opens the reader into the career of a magnificent film maker. Just as Jordan’s movies are a feast for the senses this engaging read is beautifully illustrated with colour stills from each of the films. This is a must read for any movie enthusiast.' (From article by Niall Murphy - Scannain 2017)


Paul currently resides in Paleochora while completing his most recent literary work.