JURY

Adrian Popovici
Producer, director, scriptwriter, rock band member, Adrian Popovici was born in Timisoara in 1958. During the 1980’ he has played with a number of highly appreciated Romanian and foreign rock bands such as :”Timpuri Noi”, “Cargo”, “Progresiv Tm” and “Classics”.

He directed „A roof over head ”, “Eva”, “Brancusi from Eternity” and others, all selected at multiple film festivals. He just finished the post-production for “Delphin Pentagon”, and “Woman with Balck Tie”.

 

Kenith Trodd
Kenith Trodd has a distinguished record as a Producer in British films and television. As well as several theatrical movies and many series he was also responsible for in excess of 50 single dramas for the small screen, most of them made as films.

He is particularly associated with the works of Dennis Potter having produced among many others, Pennies from Heaven, Singing Detective, Blue Remembered Hills and Potter's final dramas Karaoke and Cold Lazarus which were premiered in London and New York.

During his career he has collaborated with many key practitioners including Mike Leigh, Danny Boyle, Simon Gray, Pat O'Connor, Kenneth Branagh, Jean-Luc Godard, Roland Joffe, Michael Apted, Colin Welland, Peggy Ashcroft, Denholm Elliott, Sir John Gielgud, Colin Firth, Helen Mirren and Sally Hawkins.

Much of his work has been for the BBC - but also for other major British television companies such as Granada and London Weekend and Talkback. He also headed up the successful independent production companies (the first in the UK) KESTREL and Pennies From Heaven Ltd, whose movies include Dreamchild, Brimstone and Treacle and A Month In The Country. His movie output also includes Pat O'Connor's Circle of Friends which performed well all over the world. After the eight hours of Dennis Potter's posthumous cycle, he made The Fix, the story of a famous 60's tabloid and soccer scandal, directed by Paul Greengrass; It Might Be You, directed by Christopher Morahan, a comedy about the National Lottery, and Meat an animation film for Channel 4. In 2003 he produced Promoted to Glory directed by Richard Spence, written by Rob Heyland.

His company Better Pictures has a current small movie slate including Friends at War with Italian Co-Producers, The Devil’s Jump, set in Australia and a long term Irish project. In 2014 and 2015 a major preoccupation has been the BFI’s 2 year retrospective of Dennis Potter’s entire work for television and film. BAFTA has also selected two of Ken’s films with Dennis as Heritage Screenings.

Personal awards include the BAFTA Alan Clarke Award for outstanding creative achievement; The Royal Television Society's Silver Prize for creative achievement. International recognition for his productions has come from Prix Italia, International Emmy, Peabody and D.W.Griffiths Award.

 

Phillip Bergson
A Classics Scholar at Balliol College, where he founded the Oxford Film Festival(the first competitive event for features in Great Britain, recognised by the F.I.A.P.F.), on graduating he was selected by The Sunday Times as a "New Critic" and began also broadcasting on BBC Radio, where he has scripted and presented many programmes on cinema as well as regularly interviewing film-makers on the BBC World,UK, and Polish Services, and contributing reportage on festivals to RTBF(in Belgium) , France Culture, and Czech Radio,as well as Bloomberg TV and BBC TV. He assessed screenplays in several languages for the European Script Fund and the Arts Council of England's Lottery Fund, and also wrote a film version of "Carmen" that was shot in Andalucia.
He has programmed or assisted many international festivals - IMAGFIC in Madrid, Valencia Cine Jove, Las Palmas, Ashdod, Festroia, Islantilla- in differing capacities- and was International Consultant from 2001-2005 at the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television in his native Yorkshire, where he created the "Eurovisions" project, to promote new and classic films from Europe. He is a Visiting Lecturer at the Prague Film School and FON University, Skopje. He served on FIPRESCI and other juries at Cannes, Berlin,Haifa,Leipzig,Lecce,Thessaloniki,KarlovyVary,Bratislava,Cottbus,Pula,Durres,and at the Festivals of European Smiles in Mlada Boleslav in Bohemia and of Wines and Media in Znojmo in Moravia,and at the TIFF in Cluj-Napoca and at the Golden Carpathian Festival and Fair in Romania,and at the Grossmann Festival of Wines and Film in Slovenia. He has written for publications as varied as, The Times Literary and Educational Supplements,Variety, Screen International, Downtown, What's On in London,Euro-Movies International,KINO, and Film a Doba,and was Casting Consultant on the feature films “May I Kill You?” and “The Piano Room”.

He likes to say “I don’t smoke, but drinks palinca gladly”.