The Seville European Film Festival remains faithful to its philosophy of being a meeting place for directors, actors, critics and programmers of the new, more combative international film scene, with the choice of the members of its five professional juries, who will decide the various award winners in the upcoming edition. Amon them are the five names of the International Jury which will decide the awards in the Official Section and which is led by the Spaniards Carlos Vermut and Nora Navas.
Having made only two feature films, Vermut arrives in Seville after his recent success at the last San Sebastian Film Festival, where he achieved an unusual double award: Gold Shell for Best Film ('Magical Girl') and Silver Shell for Best Director. He is joined by the actress Nora Navas, who also won an award at San Sebastian in 2010 for her role in 'Pa Negre' (Silver Shell for Best Actress), which later was her passport for the Goya Awards. The other jury members for the Official Section are the Argentinian programmer Marcelo Panozzo, the British critic Neil Young and the Turkish director Pelin Esmer.
At this edition, the Seville European Film Festival will again have a Fipresci Jury, which will give the award to the best film in the Resistances section (which acts as a platform for the most notable films and directors on the national independent scene); a jury which will choose from the films in The New Waves Non Fiction, with the notable presence of the Catalonian documentary maker Carla Subirana, responsible for the film 'Volar'; and a group of Seville university students will grant an award for Best Film in the section The New Waves.
The Seville Film Festival will give a Gold Giraldillo to the Best Film in the Official Section, with a cash prize of 20,000 euros. In addition, there will be a prize of 15,000 euros for the distribution company who acquires the film’s commercial distribution rights for Spain. A Silver Giraldillo is given to the second most voted film, with a cash prize of 10,000 euros; and finally those for Best Director, Best Script, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Photography.
The selection of awards and juries is as follows:
They award the Gold Giraldillo for the best film, the Silver Giraldillo, and awards for best actor, actress, director and, photography, among others (Official Section)
Marcelo Panozzo (Director of Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival - BAFICI)
Neil Young (International critic and co-director of the Bradford International Film Festival)
Pelin Esmer (Turkish director, her latest film WATCHTOWER competed in the Official Section at the Rotterdam Festival in 2013).
Carlos Vermut (Spanish director, recent winner of the Gold Shell at San Sebastian for his film MAGICAL GIRL, and Best Director).
Nora Navas (Spanish actress. Winner of many awards for her work in 'Pa negre', by Agustí Villaronga and 'Todos quieren lo mejor para ella', by Mar Coll).
THE NEW WAVES NON F ICTION JURY
They give the award for best film in the section NON FICTION - DOCUMENTARY
Christine Dollhofer (Director of the Crossing Europe Festival, Austria)
Virginia García del Pino (Spanish documentary maker)
Carla Subirana (Spanish documentary maker, she presented her last film VOLAR in Seville in 2012)
The jury of the International Federation of Film Critics. They give the RESISTANCES award
Senem Aytac (Turkish critic on the magazine "Altyazi")
Julien Camy (Critic on the magazine "Jeune Cinéma", photographer and documentary maker)
Oscar Peyrou (Critic on digital media such as "El Hype" and "Noticine" and President of the Spanish Association of Film Press)
The jury of the Association of Film Writers of Andalusia. They give the award for Best Short Film in the section Andalusian Panorama and an honorary award for Best Film in the Official Section
Eduardo Trías (Director of the Huelva Latin American Film Festival until 2014)
José Serrano Rodríguez (Director and presenter of film programmes on Radio Guadalquivir, Radio Utrera and Radiópolis)
Juan José Roldán (Collaborator on El Correo de Andalucía, El Giraldillo, Ópera Actual, Utrera Digital and Sevilla Cultural. He does radio broadcasts on COPE, Punto Radio, Canal Sur and Radiópolis)
They give the award for best film in the section THE NEW WAVES
It is made up by a group of students from Seville University.
WHO’S WHO ON THE INTERNATIONAL JURY
Marcelo Panozzo is a journalist, critic, editor and programmer. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and began as a journalist specialised in music and cinema in the youth supplements in the daily papers Sur and Página 12. He was editor of the supplement “Sí!”, head of the Entertainment Section on the daily paper Clarín and editor of the cultural supplement of the daily paper La Nación. Leaving aside journalism, for the last six years he has worked as editor for Penguin Random House and he compiled books on Tsai Ming-liang and Lucrecia Martel for the Gijon International Film Festival. He was programmer and head of publications for the Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI), of which he is today artistic director.
Neil Young (Easington, United Kingdom, 1971) lives and works in Sunderland, on the north east coast of England. He collaborates with The Hollywood Reporter, Sight & Sound, Tribune (London) and IndieWire, among other publications, and was co-founder of the specialised film website Jigsaw Lounge in 1999. He was named director of the Bradford International Film Festival (in the English National Media Museum) in 2011, He works as advisor for other festivals, including the Viennale. He has been a jury member on over twenty occasions since 2002, including for Critics Week in Cannes in 2013.
She was born and grew up in Istambul, and after graduating in Sociology she worked as assistant director on various films. She is a founder of Sinefilm, a company with which she produced her films as a director. Her first feature length documentary, The Play, premiered at San Sebastian in 2005. It has been shown at over 50 festivals around the world and has received numerous awards. Her first feature film 10 to 11 was one of the six projects chosen for the Résidence du Cinéfondation at Cannes. Official Selection at San Sebastian, 10 to 11 received awards at various international festivals. Her second feature film, Watchtower, was shown at Toronto and Rotterdam, and won many awards. At present she is working on her new project, Something Useful.
The winner of the Gold Shell at the 2014 San Sebastian Festival for his film Magical Girl, Carlos Vermut (Madrid, 1980) began his career by winning the Injuve comic award in 2006 and shortly after he published his first comic on his own, El banyán rojo. In 2008, he worked as creator of the televisions series Jelly Jamm for TVE and, the following year, he won the VII edition of Notodofilmfest with his first short filme, Maquetas. That same year he made the second, Michirones. In 2011, he founded the production company Psicosoda Films and released Diamond Flash, his first feature film, independently on the online film platform Filmin. In 2012, he wrote and directed the short film Don Pepe Popi and he published the comic Cosmic Dragon.
Barcelona, 1975. She made her debut in cinema in 1999 in the film by Agustí Vila Un banco en el parque. 1n 2010, with Villaronga, she also obtained the Silver Shell for Best Actress at San Sebastian for the film Pa negre, which also earned her a Goya for Best Actress. After working with Antonio Chavarrías and Imanol Uribe, in 2013 she starred in Todos queremos lo mejor para ella, by Mar Coll, for which she won Best Actress at the Seminci in Valladolid. In 2014 she appeared in the theatre with Joan Ollé in Doña Rosita la soltera by Federico García Lorca. She also has a long career in television.