The International Jury of the 17th Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People
Dimos Avdeliodis (President of the International Jury)
He was born in the island of Chios, in 1952. He studied at the School of Philosophy of the University of Athens and at the Theodosiadis Drama School. He was the Artistic Director of the Municipal Regional Theater of the Northern Aegean (1997-2000 and 2004-2010). He gave lectures about theatre and cinema at the Panteion University of Athens between 1993 and 1997. He received the GOVI award in Genova (2001), for bringing attention to particular dialects and cultural elements through his cinematic work. His film The Four Seasons of the Law was voted as one of the top ten films of Greek Cinema of all times by the Greek Film Critics Association and the Greek Federation of Film Societies in 2007. He was one of the honorees at the Cairo International Festival for Experimental Theatre in 2010, for his contribution to the universal language of theatre. He has written and directed the following films: The Four Seasons of the Law (1999 – FIPRESCI award, four prizes at the Berlinale Forum 2001, Best Director at Thessaloniki Film Festival), Nike of Samothrace (1990, Greek State Quality Awards for best film, music, make-up and sound), The Tree We Hurt (1987, CIFEJ award at Berlinale 1987, official Greek selection at the Cannes Film Festival / Semaine de la critique, Golden and Silver Elephant for Best Film and Best Director at the New Delhi Film Festival), Unfair Competition (1982, First Jury Prize and Audience Award at Short Film Festival in Drama 1984).
He is the coordinator of the Oulu International Children’s and Youth Film Festival. He first worked in libraries, joining the festival in 2001. He worked four years as a press officer before starting as a coordinator in 2007. As a gentle contrast to children’s films he has also been involved with IIK!! Horror Film Festival in Ii from its beginning. Anttolainen is the chairman of the IIK!! board. 2014 he started as a board member of Media Education Center Metka in Helsinki. For several years Anttolainen was a board member of the Oulu Night of Arts, an annual event where all kinds of arts forms meet.
He is devoted to films since his early childhood. Shortly after the German reunification, he started to work as head of the local film library in Chemnitz, Germany. In 1996, he initiated the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL. Under the motto “contact on equal terms” directors and producers do not only present their films in Chemnitz, they are often accompanied by their child and teenage protagonists to establish direct contact with the audience. SCHLINGEL contributes to an intercultural dialogue through films and increases the profile of German cinematography abroad by touring countries in and outside Europe (e.g. Russia, China, Canada). Besides his leading position in managing the SCHLINGEL film festival, he is head of the non-profit association Saechsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst e.V., which is committed to educating children and adolescents in terms of film theory and practice. Furthermore, he is film supervisor at the important regulating institutions and advisory boards for film, cinema and television in Germany. He has also been member of several international festival juries.
A multimedia artist, independent media creator and producer from Madrid, Spain. She has studied, worked and lived in Spain, France, Indonesia and Singapore and has been an active member of CIFEJ since 2005. She’s also the founder and director of clubexplor-cine in Singapore, which focuses on art animation, film productions, workshops and film festivals for children and youth. She also works on children content for TV broadcasts and media education. Cinema collaborations include the Science Museum, the Arts House and the Esplanade theatre in Singapore. She has also worked in video productions in Jakarta, Singapore and Madrid. She won the Best Animated Short Film Award in 2008 (6 to 12 years old category) as well as the Professional Jury Award and the Young Audience Award at Kids for Kids, Canada. She moved back to Spain in 2011 and her work is mainly in the field of media education, digital filmmaking and online TV project for children and youth in rural areas.
She graduated in law, has worked as Director of the Cinematographic and Audiovisual Activities Bureau at the Lombardy Region- Culture, for 20 years. Past President and Member of the Board of ECFA (European Children’s Film Association), Artistic Director of the Italian project “Cinema senza barriere” (Cinema without Barriers), organized in different towns to bring deaf and blind people to the cinema. She is a specialist in audiovisual projects for schools and children in Italy. She coordinated four seminars on various issues focusing on disabilities, cinema, art, culture (www.mostrainvideo.com), organized for ECFA various meeting for teachers on media literacy (Kid’Screen) and recently a meeting in Norway-Kristiansand (Girls in the blender), focusing on gender issues and cinema for children and youth (www.ecfaweb.org). She was also involved in the years 2011/2012 in a transnational project “Rainbow-to fight homophobia”, funded by EU, where she projected some more educational DVD for schools to raise awareness about disabilities and antiracism (www.diversodachi.it; http://www.look-around.net.it). She has also been the Local Manager of the second Workshop Eave (Media Programme), which took place in Milano from 7 until 14 June 2009.