The International Jury awards the best student or debut film in competition on the basis of its professional excellence and creative approach to the chosen theme.
Leo de Boer
Leo de Boer is a Dutch film director with extensive international experience. He studied history at the University of Amsterdam, followed by a degree at the Dutch Film Academy. Most of his films premiered at either the IDFA or the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Next to his work as a director, Leo works as a film editor and lectures at the Utrecht School of the Arts. He has also coached students in documentary screenplay writing at IDFA, and taught documentary filmmaking at summer schools at the VGIK (Moscow), CEU (Budapest) and Les Ateliers Action in Kinshasa, Congo-DR. His work includes documentaries like The Road to Bresson, Angels of Death, and For Ann Lovett (Dutch Oscar entry for best short film). His most recent film, Booze!, will premiere in Amsterdam, in December.
Christine Dollhofer has been involved with film and film festivals since 1991. She studied Theatre, Film and Media Studies at the University of Vienna. Between 1992 and 1997, she was the artistic and managing director of the art house cinema, Filmcasino, in Vienna. Between 1997 and 2003, she was the artistic and managing director of the Diagonale Festival of Austrian Films in Graz. Since 2004, she has worked in managing and programming for Crossing Europe Film Festival in Linz, Austria, which devotes its program to idiosyncratic, contemporary and socio-political auteur cinema from around Europe. She has been a board or jury member of several film institutions and film funds in Austria, and a member of the European Film Academy. She is an acquisition consultant for the distribution company, Filmladen, in Vienna, and since 2011 has worked as the program delegate for Austria/Germany/Switzerland for the International Film Festival in San Sebastián, Spain.
Dorottya Zurbó graduated from the DocNomads Joint Master for which she was awarded full Erasmus Mundus scholarship in Lisbon, Budapest and Brussels. Her latest short documentary, Distance (2017) was premiered at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Her first feature-length documentary, The Next Guardian (2017, co-director) premiered at IDFA in the First Appearance Competition. Easy Lessons (2018) is her directorial debut. The film received The Hungarian Critics Award for Best Documentary in 2019, and the Movies that Matter Award at ZagrebDox for the best film promoting human rights. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, where she also teaches for the Documentary Film Directing Master and Docnomads Joint Master programs.