The VOICES Film Festival Announces the Jury

28 June 2012

The organizers of the VOICES Film Festival present the Jury. The Jury members include famous European cinematographers who will decide which of 9 films from the competition program will be the winner . This year the winner of the VOICES Film Festival Grand Prize will receive 15,000 euro (10,000 for the film director and 5,000 euro will go to the film distributor in Russia).

Alexander Proshkin - President of the Jury of the VOICES Film Festival

Alexander Proshkin is a graduate of Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema and has completed advanced director’s courses at Gosteleradio USSR. Alexander Proshkin has worked in theatre, in central television, and in cinema. He was the director of one of the first domestic serials (“Olga Sergeevna”), and a large number of successful television projects such as the historical biography series “Mikhailo Lomonosov,” the television serial “Nikolai Vavilov,” and the 11-part film series “Doctor Zhivago” adapted from the novel by Boris Pasternak. He is a master of film adaptations of such notable stories as “The Captain’s Daughter” by Alexander Pushkin and “Live and Remember” by Valentin Rasputin, which was the opening film of the 19th Kinotavr Film Festival in Sochi 2008. In 2011 he finished work on the screen adaptation of the novel “Redemption.” Alexander Proshkin will chair the Jury of the Third VOICES Film Festival and will introduce his new war drama “Redemption”.

Georgi Stoyanov

Georgi Stoyanov is a Bulgarian film director, who is listed as an Honored Artist of Bulgaria. He graduated from IDHEC (Institute for Advanced Cinematographic Studies) in Paris and then his cinematographic career started. His first films were documentaries such as “Zheko Manolov.” Later, Stoyanov had a successful feature debut with “Sluchai v Penleve”. Since 1982 Georgi Stoyanov has been chairman of the Bulgarian Association of Cinematographers (B.A.C.).

Julie Gayet

Julie Gayet is a French actress, producer, and Jury member of one of the programs of the 65th Cannes Film Festival. She is well-known for her more than twenty roles in film. Julie Gayet will be a highlight of the international Jury of the Third VOICES Film Festival. She starred in the 2011 romantic comedy “The Art of Seduction” and in the 2006 melodrama “My Best Friend.” Now Julie Gayet is involved in the production of the film “A Spell to Ward off the Darkness” which is scheduled to release by the end of 2012.

Grzegorz Kedzierski

Grzegorz Kedzierski is a Polish cinematographer who began his career in 1976. He has worked on more than 30 films in conjunction with directors, producers, screenwriters and actors from all over the world. Grzegorz Kedzierski worked with the Japanese film director Mamoru Oshii on the drama “Avalon.” He worked on many German television projects including “Unser fremdes Kind” and “Das letzte Versteck,” and collaborated with Russian colleagues on the film “Casus Belli”. Currently Grzegorz Kedzierski is working on many projects.

Stéphane Brizé

Stéphane Brizé is a French screenwriter, director, producer and actor. He worked in television, and then became interested in theatre, acting and directing. In 1993, Stéphane Brizé shot his first short film. Six years later, his full-length film “Le bleu des villes (The Blue City)” debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. His second film, “Je ne suis pas là pour être aimé (Not Here to be Loved)” garnered 3 nominations for the Cesar Awards in France. “Mademoiselle Chambon,” his fourth film, brought success and was nominated for Cesar Awards in France and for Film Independent Spirit Awards in the USA. His new film “Quelques heures de printemps (A Few Hours of Spring),” featuring Vincent Lindon and Emmanuelle Seigner, is scheduled to be released September, 2012.

Hans Weingartner

Hans Weingartner is a film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. When he was a student studying neurology, he was fond of movies and worked as an assistant cinematographer. After receiving his degree, he continued his education by studying film directing in The Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He found success in his 2001 work “Das Weisse Rauschen (The White Noise).” German film critics hailed it as the best debut work. His film “Die fetten Jahre sind vorbei (The Educators)” participated in the competition of the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and was released in over 50 countries. It was labeled “The Best Film of the Year” by the German Film Critics Association. Even though Hans Weingartner’s films are made with small budgets, they are popular around the world. His 2011 work, “Die Summe Meiner Einzelnen Teile (Hut in the Woods)” has found success in theatres and festivals around the world.