Sari Volanen, Želimir Žilnik & moderator Igor Bezinović
Sari Volanen is a Commissioning Editor at YLE. She started her career in television 30 years ago. Currently she produces mainly shorts and documentaries with Finnish independent film makers and producers. She is in charge of the strand called New Cinema on YLE/Teema. She has participated EAVE –training in 1999, Eurodoc 2006 and Sources2 – Documentary Mentor training 2008, and has a Master's degree in Arts since 2016. She is also a board member of Tampere Film Festival.
Želimir Žilnik was born in 1942 in Niš, and he is living and working in Novi Sad, Serbia. He has written and directed numerous fiction and documentary films which have garnered many awards at national and international film festivals. He is one of the pioneers of the docu-drama genre. From the very beginning his films have focussed on contemporary issues, featuring social, political and economic assessments of everyday life: Newsreel on Village Youth, in Winter (1967), Little Pioneers (1968), The Unemployed (1968), June Turmoil (1969), Black Film (1971), Uprising in Jazak (1973). Žilnik’s fiction debut Early Works (1969) won the Golden Bear at Berlinale and four awards at Pula Film Festival. In 1995 his film Marble Ass won the prestigious Teddy Award at Berlinale. ZagrebDox has screened Žilnik’s films Logbook Serbistan (2015), Pirika on Film (2013) and Europe Next Door (2005), which won the Big Stamp. He was an International Jury member at ZagrebDox 2019. Žilnik’s latest films are The Most Beautiful Country in the World (2018) and Among the People: Life & Acting (2018).
Igor Bezinović was born in Rijeka in 1983. He obtained his degree in Philosophy, Sociology and Comparative Literature from the Zagreb Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and Film and TV Directing from the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Arts. He is both a professional and an amateur filmmaker. He directed around ten shorts and a feature length documentary The Blockade (screened at 2012 ZagrebDox). Festival has screened his films: Veruda – A Film About Bojan (2015), Waiting (2013), In Fond Memory of TDZ (2010) and Above Average (2008). In 2011 Bezinović was a Small Jury member at ZagrebDox.
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