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Jury

Experts from the international film and festival industry formed the selection committee and the independant jury of the Film Prize. Out of all applications the jury nominated the 15 best teams with their submitted projects. The teams pitched their project to the jury during the goEast-Film Festival. At the closing ceremony the jury announced the three prize winners.
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Doris Hepp
Master degree in German Philology, Comparative Literature and Journalism. Working for broadcasting companies since 1985. From 1992 - 2000 commissioning editor with ZDF/ Das Kleine Fernsehspiel/ARTE, responsible for theme evenings, a late night documentary slot and the selection of short films for Arte’s short film magazine “ShortCircuit”. Since May 2000 commissioning editor in the TV-Drama and Documentary department of ZDF/ARTE, especially in charge of creative documentary development, docu-series, fiction films and, from 2006-2007, again for the ARTE short film magazine. From 2000 – 2004 also directing documentary courses at the Television Business School.
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Stefan Kitanov
Producer and festival director, founder of the Sofia International Film Festival in 1997. Produced films including Stephan Komandarev‘s Academy Awards short listed THE WORLD IS BIG AND SALVATION LURKS AROUND THE CORNER and the goEast's winner BREAD OVER THE FENCE, Rangel Vachanov’s WHICH WAY TODAY, Dusan Milic’s GUCHA – DISTANT TRUMPET, and LOST AND FOUND, which opened the Forum section of the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival. He is a member of the European Film Academy and has served on juries at Venice (twice), Cannes, Karlovy Vary, Moscow, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Vologda, Motovun and other festivals. He is member of the internationally acclaimed The Festival Band.

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Matthijs Wouter Knol
Studied Contemporary History at Leiden University and the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. He worked as a freelance journalist until 2001 before joining in Pieter van Huystee Film, a renowned and internationally award-winning production company in Amsterdam. Becoming Head of Development in 2004, he focused on the development, financing and international co-production of documentary film projects. He also co-produced the DVD edition of Johan van der Keuken’s digitally re-mastered collected works with ARTE Vidéo, which was awarded the Prix Cahiers du Cinéma 2006. In 2007, Matthijs Wouter Knol started working for the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), spreading his activity between the co-production and sales markets and the IDFAcademy training programme. As producer for Foundation Arts&Ex (2001-2007), he organized several photography exhibitions, lectures, video-installations, and retrospectives - all closely related to cinema and in collaboration with the Netherlands Film Museum, the Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio), MoMA, Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) and Galerie Colette (Paris). In September 2008 he was appointed programme manager of Berlinale Talent Campus of the Berlin International Film Festival.
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Christine Kopf
Studied film, German literature and cultural anthropology in Erlangen, Marburg and Siegen. Festival director of the goEast – Festival of Central and Eastern European Film, Wiesbaden (2004 – Oct 2008), and of the German TV-Crime-Stories-Festival in Wiesbaden together with Barbara Dierksen from 2009 to 2012. Member of diverse juries. She developes concepts, exhibitions and film series for Filmvilla Nürnberg, ZKM Karlsruhe, Kulturamt Wiesbaden, Deutsches Filmmuseum and Deutsches Filminstitut (DIF) in Frankfurt, (amongst "And the Oscar goes to..." an exhibition in cooperation with the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences, L.A., still running until April 28, 2013). She works as a freelance cultural manager, writer, lecturer and publishes on film and other subjects. Currently working for the Offenbach University of Art and Design, at the Moving Image Biennial 2013, Frankfurt. In charge of the program of the events related to the Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung together with Karin Schyle and editor of the prize winners’ DVD-edition.

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Mait Laas 
Estonian animation artist, author and director. He studied art at the Pedagogical University in Tallinn in 1989-1993 and completed MA degree in visual media at the Advanced School for Fine Arts in Vienna during 1993–1994. MA in art studies at Tallinn Pedagogical University followed in 1994–2000. Mait Laas has made animation films since 1993. He has won numerous international prizes for his short animations and documentary among them the Grand Prize of Oberhausen International Short Film festival for the short animation The Way to Nirvana (2000).  Mait has held lectures and lead programmes about animation, organized animation work-shops, he has also opened exhibitions with his paintures and graphics and his texts have been published in six books from 1993–2002.
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Nikolaj Nikitin
For fifteen years he was the publisher of the film journal “Schnitt”. He is the Central and Eastern Europe foreign delegate for the Berlin International Film Festival. Member of FIPRESCI and the European Film Academy, artistic director of “Filmplus” and the episodic film LOST AND FOUND. He is curator of the competition programme of the European Film Festival in Palic, Serbia, and consultant of several European Film Festivals. He lectures in film in Germany and abroad, moderated numerous film events, and is a member of the goEast selection committee.
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Mirsad Purivatra
Oversaw numerous stage productions in the late 1980s as director of the Sarajevo Obala Arts Centre. During the war, he organized exhibitions at the centre with artists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, and initiated what was known as a “war cinema”. In 1995, he co-founded with the centre the Sarajevo Film Festival, now one of the most influential festivals in Southeast Europe, and retains the post of festival director. He was producer of the film Circus Columbia directed by Danis Tanovic, and co producer of the film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan.  He teaches production at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts.

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Ada Solomon
Before setting up HiFilm Productions in 2004, Ada Solomon, who comes from Bucharest, was a production manager and executive producer from 1993 onward. At HiFilm she has produced debut features by Radu Jude, Melissa de Raaf, Razvan Radulescu and Paul Negoescum, among others. With the new company Parada Film, which she co-founded in 2010 with director Călin Peter Netzer, she was producer of Netzer’s thrid feature POZIŢIA COPILULUI / CHILD’S POSE, which won the Golden Bear at the 2013 Berlinale.