French Competition Jury
Jos Stelling has won many awards for his films and his oeuvre at film festivals in the Netherlands and internationally (including seven Golden Calves, A Rose d’Or and two Golden Gryphons). Alongside filmmaking, he began running his own film theatres, Springhaver (since 1978) and the Louis Hartlooper Complex (since 2004). In 1981, he launched the film festival The Dutch Film Days, of which he was director until 1991. Now known as the Netherlands Film Festival (NFF), this is now one of the largest film events in the Netherlands.
Kadir Selçuk started his career as a film programmer in Turkey. After relocating to The Netherlands in 1998 he worked several years as artistic director for the arthouse cinema & theatre LantarenVenster in Rotterdam. He is currently the director and programmer of The Movies cinemas in Amsterdam (since 2007) and Dordrecht and of De FilmHallen in Amsterdam.
Jérôme Schlomoff is French photographer and filmmaker, based in Amsterdam since 2005. He is renowned for his photographic portraits and for his experimental films, shot with a cardboard pinhole 35mm movie camera that he built himself. Portrait, architecture and cinema and the crossroad of these three techniques are the essential fields of Jérôme’s work as a photographer, filmmaker and an artist.
Best French Film 2015: Max & Lenny by Fred Nicolas
Francophone Competition Jury
Gerlina Heywegen is a film programmer, writer, organisator and lecturer. She was the originator of the EYE Filmcafé, a radio talkshow presented by EYE and VPRO. She currently works for various film festivals and cinemas and is the coordinator of Filmkrant.Live, organising film introductions, lectures, Q&A’s and talkshows in Dutch cinemas.
Matthieu Rostac is a culture and sports journalist located in Amsterdam working for couple of years for French magazines So Film and So Foot. Converted to Terrence Malick theories, he thinks cinema is made for being strechted above all else, from Andreï Tarkovski to Lucio Fulci, from Eric Rohmer to Shinya Tsukamoto. Furthermore, he is favorable towards French culture’s standing abroad and feels honoured to be part of the jury of this very first Frans Film Festival.
Sarah Meuleman is a Belgian writer, journalist and presenter. Earlier this year she published her first novel De zes levens van Sophie, which received much critical praise in the media. She moderated many debates and was co-creator and host of the VPRO television show Sarah’s Barbaren.
Best Francophone Film 2015: Spartiates (Spartans) by Nicolas Wadimoff
Special mention – Best Francophone Film 2015: The Narrow Frame of Midnight by Tala Hadid
French Competition Jury
Prix TV5MONDE du Public 2015: Vie Sauvage (Wild Life) by Cédric Kahn