International Jury


Rajko Grlić

Rajko Grlić was born in Zagreb in 1947. He graduated directing at FAMU in Prague. He directed and co-wrote nine fiction features, most of which had international distributions and screened in official competition at various international film festivals. He is the recipient of more than fifty prestigious international awards. He also produced and wrote screenplays for nine fiction features and two TV series. He has received various recognitions for screenwriting, including the UNESCO Award, FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and the Peter Kastner Award. He has also directed three documentary series and several short films. He wrote, directed and produced the CR-ROM project: How To Make Your Movie: An Interactive Film School, which won eight international prizes, such as the Grand Award for Best Multimedia Project at the New York Film Festival in 1998. He teaches at Ohio University in Athens, USA, is the artistic director of Motovun Film Festival and director of the Imaginary Academy in Grožnjan. He directed and co-wrote the following feature films: The Constitution (2016), Just Between Us (2010), Border Post (2006), Josephine (2002), Croatia 2000: Who Wants to Be a President (documentary, co-written with Igor Mirković, 2001), Charuga (1991), That Summer of White Roses (1989), Three For Happiness (1986), In the Jaws of Life (1984), You Love Only Once (1981), Bravo Maestro (1978) and If It Kills Me (1974).


Ilya Povolotskiy

Ilya Povolotsky(1987) graduated from the law department of the Financial University, Russia in 2009 and then founded Blackchamber film production. He started as a director of commercial, specializing in artistic and experimental projects. His debut documentary filmNortherners, premiered in competition at Krakow IFF in 2017. In 2019 his first full-length documentary Froth premiered at IDFA Competition for First Appearance and got Special Jury Mention. Froth was screened and awarded with Big Stamp for the best film in the international competition of 2020 ZagrebDox and Special mention of Young Jury.


Vesna Biljan Pušić

Vesna Biljan Pušić was born in Rijeka in 1974. She graduated in Editing from the Academy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She has been a member of the Croatian Film Workers’ Association since 1999. She teaches at the Department of Editing at the Academy of Dramatic Art and works as sound and image editor on fiction and documentary film projects. Together with Ivan Zelić, in 2016 she received the award for best sound at Liburnia Film Festival for documentary A Two Way Mirror, directed by Zrinka Matijević Veličan.