Among all the great shorts we received, also this year we will select three winners for three different categories: Best Film, Best Student Film, and Popular Vote. Here some information about our jury members.

Main competition

Elio Ugenti has Ph.D. in Film and Media Studies and is Adjunct Professor in “Cinema, Photography and Television” at Università della Campania Luigi Vanvitelli. He has published two books, the first one about contemporary visual culture and the second one about the Iranian director and visual artist Abbas Kiarostami). He is staff coordinator and member of the selection committee for “Roma Tre Film Festival” and “Roma Cinema Doc”.

Michael Newton teaches literature and film at Leiden University. He is the author of two books on cultural history (on feral children and on the history of assassination), two books in the BFI Film Classics series (on Kind Hearts and Coronets and on Rosemary’s Baby), and is working on a forthcoming book of essays on the history of the movie star. He has written on film and literature for The Guardian and the London Review of Books.

Maria Poulaki, PhD, is Lecturer in Film Studies and Digital Media Arts at the University of Surrey, UK. She is co-editor of the volume Compact Cinematics (Bloomsbury) and author of various essays on film narrative and aesthetics.

Student Competition

Sanneke Huisman is an art historian and works as a freelance critic, writer and curator with a focus on contemporary and media art. She works at LIMA, Museum Kranenburgh and Metropolis M. She has closely collaborated with many artists amongst which Raul Marroquin, David Garcia, Jonas Lund, Jan Robert Leegte, Olia Lialina, Julika Rudelius, Sefer Memişoğlu and Harm van den Dorpel.

Gideon Boer is one of two owners of bioscopen Leiden, son of late Jan Boer, who first founded the Stichting gesprek centrum Leiden. He started helping his father in 1994 as a host/manager and later took over the business, together with his partner Govert de Kok.

Pepita Hesselberth is Assistant Professor in Film and Literary Studies and Digital Media at Leiden University. She is the author of Cinematic Chonotopes (Bloomsbury 2014), and co-editor of, amongst others, Compact Cinematics (Bloomsbury 2016) and Legibility in the Age of Signs and Machines (Brill 2018). She is currently finalizing her project on Disconnectivity in the Digital, for which she received a fellowship from the Danish Council for Independent Research, and was appointed as a research fellow at the Department of Arts and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen (2015-2018).

Popular Vote

This is all about you! Join us for the festival from the 11th -13th of May 2018 and let us know what is your favourite short!