This time, we would like to introduce to you the International Jury for Feature Films for Youth:
Clay Riley Hassler
Clay graduated from the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts, where he specialized in writing, directing, and cinematography. He is an award-winning writer and the director of feature films, documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Following the release of his debut feature ‘Homeless’, which gained acclamation of both critics and viewers at several dozen festivals in USA and Europe alike, Way to Indie described him as the “director to watch”. Together with his wife, he manages a creative collective and film production company, Wet Paint.
Born in Finland in 1962, he graduated from the University of Industrial Art. Esa started his career in the film industry as a director and screenwriter of documentary films. In the 90s, he became interested in feature film. He wrote and directed over 20 documentaries and shorts. He is the author of several television films and two full-length feature films. He has won awards at both national and international festivals. Currently, he is involved in the production of a documentary film about Generation Z and the challenges it is facing.
He studied acting in his home city of Manchester, where he developed an interest in dance and physical theatre, which inspired him to set up a theatre company together with his partner. After moving to London, Peter focused mainly on working in TV and the West End, but he also started writing short film scripts for Seahorse Film – the production company founded by Rebekah Fortune. His short ‘Something Blue’ was shot in 2011 and went to many festivals around the world to win numerous awards. In 2017, ‘Just Charlie’ – a movie based on Peter’s first feature script – was produced and gained recognition, winning awards at the festivals in Zlin and Edinburgh, just to name two. Peter is now working on a TV series and another feature for Seahorse Film, as well as a potential theatre project.
Artur studied directing and screenwriting. In 2007, he founded Artcore, a Warsaw-based studio dealing with production and post-production, focusing on advertising. The director and producer of a short animation for young viewers entitled ‘Klingert’s Diving Suit’ (in production), and the scriptwriter and producer of a spectacular musical for the family audience ‘The Gingers’ (in development). He watches over 250 films a year and analyses Polish productions on his popular blog, Nieskończone Teksty (Unfinished Texts).