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ISFFC Jury 2013


The ISFFC's jury for both sections is comprised each year by acclaimed film professionals, acdemics and festival organisers from around the world / H κριτική επιτροπή ΔΦΤΜΜΚ αποτελείται από καταξιωμένους επαγγελματίες στον χώρο του κινηματογράφου, ακαδημαικούς και διοργανωτές φεστιβάλ από όλο τον κόσμο.


Lars Henrik Gass



Born in Kaiserslautern (Germany) in 1965. Studied Literary Studies, Theatre Studies and Philosophy at the Freie Universität Berlin. His dissertation on the French writer and filmmaker Marguerite Duras was published under the title Das ortlose Kino. Über Marguerite Duras in 2001. In 1996/97 he was head of the European Institute of Documentary Film in Mülheim/Ruhr and editor of the series "Texts for the Documentary Cinema" and of the DOX – Documentary Film Quarterly. He has served as the director of the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen since 1997. Author of numerous articles and essays on cinema, photography and cultural politics. Various lectureships in Film and Cultural Management. Co-editor of Provokation der Wirklichkeit. Das Oberhausener Manifest und die Folgen (2012) and author of Film und Kunst nach dem Kino (2012).



Manuela Cernat



Manuela Cernat, Ph.D., D.H.C., is a major representative of the Romanian academic society and an important Romanian cultural ambassador. Film historian and writer, journalist and essayist, author of scripts for cinema and TV documentary films, she is member of the Romanian Writers Union and of the Romanian Filmmakers Union, of the Scientific Council of the History of Art Institute of the Romanian Academy as well as President of S.E.E.C.S. (South Eastern European Cinema Schools), member of the Executive Council of Société Européenne de Culture (Venice).


Former Vice Rector of the “I.L.Caragiale” National University for Theater and Cinema (2008-2012), for more than a decade Head of its Audiovisual Communication Department and PhD coach since 1994.Former Scientific Director of the Institute for History of Art of the Romanian Academy, she presently serves as Senior Researcher of this Institute.


In recognition of her achievements, she was granted various distinctions, among which Commander of the “Romanian Cultural Merit” Order, Cavalier of the “Italian Solidarity Star”,  Diploma of the Japanese Imperial Court.

Nancy Bishop



Nancy Bishop, C.S.A., is an Emmy-nominated casting director, who works internationally from a Prague address.


With more than 80 major feature film and television projects among her credits, Nancy has cast hundreds of actors throughout Europe, the United Kingdom and the U.S.


Nancy has been retained as casting director by dozens of major screen producers and directors, including Brad Bird, (Mission Impossible IV), Roman Polanski (Oliver), and Ridley Scott (Child 44). She also was nominated for an Emmy Award for her casting work on Anne Frank: The Whole Story, ABC/Disney Studios.


Nancy, based in Prague– the film capital of Europe, works internationally casting actors from both Europe and North America.


Nancy is a native of New England and trained as an actor and director at the University of Michigan and the National Theatre Institute. She earned a Master’s of Arts degree in theatre at Northwestern University. Nancy began her career as an actor, director and acting teacher in Chicago. In the 1990′s, she helped to found two cutting-edge theatre companies that are still going strong today: Strawdog Theatre and Theater Oobleck.


In the early 90’s, Black Box Theater lured Nancy to Prague, where she produced and directed a number of plays, and launched touring productions throughout Europe. This time period is ironically portrayed in Rex-Patriates, a mock- documentary film that Nancy produced and directed.


Now in addition to casting, Nancy continues to guest lecture internationally, offering on-camera master classes and seminars to develop actors’ on-camera skills and career marketing. For more information about Nancy’s coaching work, please see, Nancy Bishop Coaching In 2009 she founded the Acting For Film Program, at the Prague Film School, which offers an intensive, conservatory style training (half year or full year) program for actors in English. She is also very active on the International Film Festival Circuit, where she regularly produces and partakes in panel discussions and symposiums on the casting process. She is a member of the Casting Society of America and the International Casting Directors Network.



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