The Junior Co-production Market comes to a close during the award ceremony on the 21st of October. There are two juries that will assess the projects that are pitched during the Junior Co-production Market.
Below you can read more about the two juries and their members.
Junior Co-production Market Best Project Jury
This jury will hand out the Best Project Award to the best overall project of the Junior Co-production Market based on its quality, innovation and international potential. The award is accompanied by a €2.500 cash prize.
Elizabeth Muskala is Director, Youth Learning at TIFF Kids. In this capacity she oversees all aspects behind the organisation’s extensive year-round programming for children, youth and families. This includes a position as lead programmer and facilitator of the TIFF Kids International Film Festival, making TIFF Kids selections at the Toronto International Film Festival and co-curating the digiPlaySpace, an award-winning, interactive media exhibition for children.
Maarten Janssen started his career as an editor for the Belgian version of the legendary Top of the Pops. In 2005, he switched to public broadcaster VRT, creating multiple live shows, charity events and children series, first as a producer, later on as creative director. In 2016, Maarten became the new channel manager of Ketnet, VRT’s children’s channel. Ketnet brings an intriguing mix of news, drama, shows, reality, documentaries and games. It’s a genuine 360°-brand: besides TV, Ketnet offers various apps, an online social community, events and even radio and movies.
Sara Wikler studied literature and movie narratology at the ULB (Belgium). She wrote her thesis on Jacques Prévert’s scripts under Michel Marie’s direction at the Sorbonne. Wikler has been a script reader for Canal+, ARTE and TF1 Film Production, and became senior acquisitions manager for Canal+ (France) from 1998 until 2016. Wikler also specialised in animation feature films, initiating films such as Zarafa, Minuscule, Ernest and Celestine, and My Life As a Courgette. She recently joined Studiocanal, taking charge of the artistic coordination of internal developments, working across the group to develop new feature films, TV series, web series, and animation.
Junior Co-production Market Eurimages Jury
The Eurimages Co-production Development Award will be awarded to the best eligible film project in the Junior Co-production Market. Eligible projects must be aiming for cinema release, and must be designed as a European co-production between at least two member states of the Eurimages Fund, for reasons other than purely financial. The award is provided by the European cinema support fund Eurimages both to promote European youth film and to stimulate European co-productions. The winner will receive €20.000.
Fleur Winters graduated at the University of Utrecht with a Master degree in Film Studies and in Art, Management and Policies in 2005. After graduation she joined international film sales companies Coproduction Office and Katapult Film Sales. She sold films from acclaimed directors like Ulrich Seidl, Dagur Kari and Carlos Reygadas to broadcasters worldwide. She then started working at Endemol International as their senior acquisitions manager. In August 2011 she took up the position of Head of Cinekid for Professionals. During the past five years she has been a consultant for international scripted format sales deals. Since May 2015 Winters is a producer at Lemming Film.
Ylljet Alicka is an Albanian writer and scriptwriter. He is the author of six works of literature, a number of which were published internationally. He also wrote several screenplays, including Slogans, directed by Gjergj Xhuvani. It was the first Albanian film to be selected to screen on the Director's Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival 2001. Alicka served as the Ambassador of the Republic of Albania in France, Portugal and Monaco, as personal representative of the President of the Republic of Albania, and as the Albanian Permanent Delegate of UNESCO. Since 2013 he is a Professor at the European University of Tirana.
Born in 1972, Vadim graduated from the Kyiv State University with a degree in foreign languages and culture and a post-graduate law degree. He started his career as a civil servant of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine in 1994. In September 2001 het started working for the Council of Europe as a programme officer for the legislative reform programme in the field of education. He was responsible for running various Council of Europe-projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Russian Federation and Ukraine. Vadim joined the Eurimages’ Secretariat in October 2005. He is responsible for fiction and children’s films within the Secretariat.