September 2003, Greece
Festival's Jury 2003


Á´PRIZE - 10.000
´PRIZE -  5.000


Kai Nordberg
Was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1968. In 1989 he moved to West Berlin where he studied film and journalism at Freie Universitat. In Berlin he also started working as a foreign correspondent and a photographer for many Finnish newspapers.
He also did radio work for the Finnish Broadcasting Company.
Soon he developed an ambition for fiction films and documentaries and started to direct his own films. In 1994 he moved back to Helsinki where he now lives with his two young sons. In the years 1999-2001 he was the acting chairman of the Finnish Documentary Guild (the Finnish documentary makers organization). In March 2003 he was elected chairman of the Association of Finnish Film Directors.
In November 2001 he was elected to the board of the EDN (European Documentary Network) and in February 2002 he became a vice president of the Filmkontakt Nord.

Yiannis Leontaris
Was born in Athens in 1965. He is a graduate of the University of Thessaloniki (Department of Literature) and holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Paris X-Nanterre.
He has taught at film schools and has also taught literature at high school. Since 2000 he has been teaching history and film theory at the University of Thessaloniki Theatre Department and the National Theatre of North Greece Drama School.
His articles have been published in literary and science journals. He has been working as a film director since 1987.
His film Encomium: A Tribute to Slowness received the State Award for Best Documentary in  2002
Michel Ferry
Divides his time between New York and Paris. He was born last century in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. He started working in films when he was fifteen as a trainee propman on a Joseph Losey film.
After a brief attempt at acting with Robert Hossein and Eric Rohmer, he made his move to other fields and became an assistant director.
He worked with Louis Malle, Agnieszka Holland, Patrice Leconte, and Roman Polanski before directing his first feature in 1996, Hantises.
He then made a feature length documentary for French TV and in 1998 went to New York for two weeks, but never managed to leave.

Gaetano Cappizi
Founder and director of Cinemambiente Environmental Film Festival, Turin, Italy, Gaetano Capizzi works in the cinema field as critic and organizer of cultural events and festivals. He promoted  “Italian Independent Cinema” by coordinating film festivals, writing essays, editing the book Islands: Italian Independent Cinema and directing the Italian Independent Cinema Festival in Berlin. He is a founding member of AIACE-CIC (Centro Italiano Cortometraggio - Italian Short Film Centre) under the auspices of which, he organised shows and festival sections in Italy and abroad. He is one of the authors of the CD-ROM Italian Shorts and of the second edition of How to sell a short film by Jan Rofenkamp. He is also a contributing author of the books Vittorio De Seta, the Lost World and Joris Ivens, A Wind Tale.
Yannis Zissis
Was born in Athens. He studied at the Higher School of Economics, the Pedagogic Academy in Lamia and at the Panteion University. He represents the NGO “Solon” as a journalist with the TV series Theses-Antitheses, broadcast on Central Greece Star. He is one of the seven members of the secretariat of the Panhellenic Network of Ecological Organizations and a member of the Board of Directors (secretary general) of the Management Committee of the Shinias-Marathonas National Park. He is moderator-coordinator of proposals addressed to several local, national and European programmes and has designed audiovisual material (e.g. videos for the ERASMUS programme). He has participated in Planet 2000, the environmental series broadcast on NET (National Greek Television Channel 2).
He has written books and has published, among others, Culture & Environment and the guide Green Business, which is addressed to management officials of protected areas.
He pursues photography, poetry, painting and has created an archive that contains approximately 40,000 photos and slides.
He survives by farming and works as a volunteer animal nurse.

Á´PRIZE       7.500
´PRIZE       5.000


Mohamed Hasham
Started his career as a graphic designer and animator by heading the creative department at an Arab TV station.
He directed several short documentaries broadcast on local and Arab channels.
In 1999 he founded DocuDays: Beirut Documentary Film Festival (now 5th edition). Mohamad currently runs his own production company (SOLO films) dedicated to producing and distributing alternative documentaries.
Marc van Fucht
After his graduation from high school Marc van Fucht served his military service in the Film Service of the Dutch Navy. Between 1987 and 1991 he studied editing and directing at the Film Academy in Amsterdam.
From 1992 to 1996 he worked as an assistant editor to the Academy Award winner Bert Haanstra. Since 1996 he has been working as a freelance editor and director.
His documentary Life in Ebb and Flow won the Second Prize at the Ecocinema Film Festival in 2002.

Michael Kaikis
Was born in Rhodes, Greece, in 1947. He is a graduate of the Forestry and Natural Environment Department of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
He asked to be transferred to the Municipality of Rhodes, to the then newly founded Environment Directorate, which became an organization in 1996.
He was active in the detection and timely management of environmental issues, such as waste management, the conservation of the sea, the expansion of the utilitarian role of green, apart from the decorative one, the foundation of a dog kennel for the benefit of strays etc. Furthermore, he has also contributed to the environmental training of pupils.
Panos Papadopoulos
Was born in Thessaloniki, Greece. He worked in the daily press as a photographer and photojournalist. He studied direction at the Paris 8 University in France. Upon his return to Greece, he set up the “Prosenghisi” team and he has since been working as a producer-director. He has produced 45 documentaries and has directed ten of them. He is the chairman of the Northern Greece Directors’ Guild and vice-chairman and one of the founders of the non-profit company “Personal Cinema”, whose objective is research and production in the area of New Media.
He lives and works in Greece, having Thessaloniki as his headquarters.

Ioanna Tachmintzi  
Is a high ranking official of the European Union who has served for a many years at the DG Environment. She has been the director of the offices of the EU Commissioners Christos Papoutsis and Anna Diamantopoulou and has handled a wide range of issues, including the legislation for genetically modified foods. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Centre of the Environment and Sustainable Development and has participated in many initiatives, groups and activities regarding the environment in Greece and abroad. She is an amateur photographer and her works have been exhibited in galleries of many cities around the world.©2003