2017 Edition

Jury

Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen

Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge, Kent. At the age of 27 he began a part-time diploma in photography in Hereford and for his first year project he joined an aid convoy to Mostar during the town's struggle to rebuild itself after the Yugoslav Wars.

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Timothy Allen was born in Tonbridge, Kent. At the age of 27 he began a part-time diploma in photography in Hereford and for his first year project he joined an aid convoy to Mostar during the town's struggle to rebuild itself after the Yugoslav Wars. After returning from Bosnia, he started working as a photographer for the Sunday Telegraph then for The Independent and in more recent years as member of Axiom Photographic Agency. In recent years the focus of his work has continued to move in the direction of multimedia production taking him to every corner of the globe. Timothy is a regular commentator on TV and radio in the field of media and travel/exploration and he is an experienced public speaker. His commendations include six Picture Editors Guild Awards, nineteen Travel Photographer of the Year commendations including the overall title in 2013, two British Press Awards nominations as Photographer of the Year and a Press Photographer’s Year Award. ‘Human Planet’ has received a host of awards including 2 BAFTAs, an Emmy and the ITB Cultural Book Prize.

Gilles Chappaz

Gilles Chappaz

After four years in Paris as Deputy Editor of L'Equipe Magazine, Gilles Chappaz has divided his life between Grenoble and Chamonix, and between words and images. The author of books on key figures in the world of skiing and the mountains, he also turned his attention to making documentary films.

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After four years in Paris as Deputy Editor of L'Equipe Magazine, Gilles Chappaz has divided his life between Grenoble and Chamonix, and between words and images. The author of books on key figures in the world of skiing and the mountains, he also turned his attention to making documentary films. Growing up in the mountains, the son of a mountain guide, he shares a visceral passion for mountainous areas and their history with his twin brother Xavier, President of the “Compagnie des Guides de Chamonix”. After having qualified as a ski instructor, he focused on journalism, writing for mountain and alpine sport magazines. For many years he edited the first French skiing magazine Ski Français, to then become chief editor of Glénat Editions, as well as a consultant for television (France Télévisions, TF1) and the national press (Libération, Le Monde). In 1985, together with a group of associates, he set up the programme Montagne on FR3, for which he has made several films that have won prizes at festivals. His works include the award-winning La Cordée de Rêve and Sur le Fil des 4000.

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson

Fridrik Thor Fridriksson was born in Reykjavik in 1954. He began making experimental films in the 1970s, influenced by American film and the work of Akira Kurosawa. In 1987 he founded the Icelandic Film Corporation, destined to become the main Icelandic production company for more than twenty years.

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Fridrik Thor Fridriksson was born in Reykjavik in 1954. He began making experimental films in the 1970s, influenced by American film and the work of Akira Kurosawa. In 1987 he founded the Icelandic Film Corporation, destined to become the main Icelandic production company for more than twenty years, also thanks to prestigious international co-production partner companies, such as Francis Ford Coppola’s American Zoetrope and Lars von Trier’s Zentropa. In 1991 his second full-length film, Children of Nature, was nominated for an Oscar as best foreign film. He has collaborated with Einar Már Gudmundsson and Einar Kárason, two of Iceland’s leading novelists, who wrote the scripts for some of his most important films, such as Movie Days, Falcons and White Whales. His stories are imbued with a sarcastic sense of humour and a deep sympathy with his characters, two characteristics that are typical of his films, along with a strongly evocative visual style. His film Angels of the Universe has been seen by over half the population of Iceland, testifying to his ability to appeal to both the wider public and critics. He works occasionally for television, alternating this with his intense activities as a producer and scriptwriter.

Anastasia Plazzotta

Anastasia Plazzotta

After graduating at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and obtaining a Master’s qualification at the Holden School and another in documentary making (Eurodoc), she worked in film production for six years (Fandango, Eskimosa) and in the film distribution sector (Feltrinelli Editore) for a further ten

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After graduating at the Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and obtaining a Master’s qualification at the Holden School and another in documentary making (Eurodoc), she worked in film production for six years (Fandango, Eskimosa) and in the film distribution sector (Feltrinelli Editore) for a further ten. In 2014, together with Gianluigi Valentini, she founded the independent film distributor Wanted Cinema, which has to date brought over 20 films to cinemas all over Italy, including the latest, David Lynch: the Art Life and the Oscar nominated film I am not your Negro. In 2016 CineWanted, an independent cinema in Milan dedicated to exploratory and “sophisticated” film also opened its doors. Anastasia is currently editor of the home video series Feltrinelli Real Cinema and sole administrator of Wanted.

Andrea Segre

Andrea Segre

A director of films and documentaries for cinema and television, he also has a research doctorate in the Sociology of Communications. For over ten years he has paid particular attention to the subject of migration and he is a founder member of Zalab.

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A director of films and documentaries for cinema and television, he also has a research doctorate in the Sociology of Communications. For over ten years he has paid particular attention to the subject of migration and he is a founder member of Zalab.
He has made two full-length films, both produced by JoleFilm: Io sono Li (nominated for 4 David di Donatello awards, the winner of dozens of international prizes including the European Parliament LUX Prize, and distributed in more than 45 countries) and La Prima Neve (Horizons section at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and winner of the Film Festival in Annecy). He has made numerous documentaries: Marghera Canale Nord   (2003, 60th Venice Film Festival, special mention at RomaDocFestival); A sud di Lampedusa (2006, MedFest Prize at the 10th MediterraneoVideoFestival; finalist for the 13th Ilaria Alpi Prize), La mal'ombra (2007, 25th Turin Film Festival, 26th Uruguay Film Festival), Come un uomo sulla terra (nominated for best documentary at the David di Donatello awards, 2nd SalinaDocFest; special mention at the Vittorio de Seta Prize and the Gran Prix TeleFrance CMCA), Magari le cose cambiano ("Avanti!" Prize at the 27th Turin Film Festival) Il Sangue Verde (CinemaDoc Prize at Venice Days - 67th Venice Film Festival), Mare Chiuso (Golden Globe for best documentary), Indebito (opening event at Locarno Festival), Come il peso dell'acqua (nominated for best documentary at the Nastri d'Argento in 2014) and I Sogni del Lago Salato (official selection at Locarno 2015 and Venice Days - Venice 2015 - nominated for best documentary at the Nastri d'Argento 2015 and DOC/IT AWARD). In 2014 he published the book FuoriRotta (Marsilio), linked to the project Furorirotta.org, developed in collaboration with Montura Editing and Internazionale.