Jury for Best International Documentary
Tom Bleyaert (BE)
graduated with a master degree in Political and Social Sciences from the University of Ghent. He started working for the national broadcaster VRT in 2000. Since 2001 he has been responsible for the purchase of international documentaries for Canvas.
Sophie Schoukens (BE) is a flemish director, producer and founder of her own production company Sophimages which already produced numerous short films and documentaries. Last year, she was represented at DOCVILLE with Peter Woditsch’ In God’s Hand.
Marianne Mäkelä (FI)
Marianne Mäkelä has worked in various creative documentaries such as Ecopolis China and Steam of Life. As a producer of the production company Illume Oy she focuses on films that question today's society and politics, both nationally and internationally
ConScience Award Jury
Ides Debruyne (BE)
As managing director of Journalismfund.eu, president of Scriptie vzw and president of the Pascal Decroos Fund, Ides Debruyne is an important figure in investigative journalism. He is also a member of the Flemish Audiovisual Fund’s committee for documentaries.
Lieve Blancquaert (BE)
worked for various media and gained fame with television series such as Insjallah, Madam, a cooperation with her friend Annemie Struyf. She later combined photography with television in Beyond the Border en Birth Day.
Paul Thiltges (LU)
mede-oprichter van Samsa Film in Luxemburg, sinds 2012 samen met David Grumbach aan het hoofd van Juliette Films. Werkte als producent en/of distributeur mee aan meer dan 40 fictie-, animatie- en documentairefilms waaronder ‘Workingman’s Death’ en ‘Kirikou en de Heks’. Sinds 1996 voorzitter van de Luxemburgse producentenbond.
Jury for Best Belgian Documentary
John Appel (NL)
had his breakthrough in 1999 thanks to the documentary She Believes in Me about Dutch singer André Hazes. The film was nominated for a Golden Calf and won Best Film at the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival. Since then The Player has won the prize for Best Dutch Documentary at the IDFA.
Melissa Lindgren (SE)
is the programmer at the Tempo Documentary Festival in Stockholm. She has watched and judged thousands of documentaries. In 2012, she helped kickstart Cinema Queer International Film Festival, Sweden’s biggest LGBT festival.
Peter Hutch (US)
is an American producer and director, who previously released What Would Jesus Buy?, a documentary about an anti-consumption activist. He co-wrote Awake Zion, a investigative film about reggae music and Jewish culture. He also produced the award-winning Split: A Divided America.
Jury for Best Belgian documentary TV-series
Niek Koppen (NL)
Even before he started his own production company Selfmade Films, he had several documentaries under his belt. Th e Battle in the Java Sea (1995), about the sea battle that marked the end of the Dutch East Indies, even earned him a Golden Calf. In 2007 Koppen became the head of documentaries at the Film Fund in Amsterdam.
Steven D'Hoedt (BE)
directed State of Play, about South-Korean gamers, which had its world premiere in 2013 at DOCVILLE. The most well-known title of his production company Visualantics is doubtlessly the very popular The Sound of Belgium, about Belgian dance music.
Hendrik Willemyns (BE)
Half of the producer duo Arsenal, he was featured at DOCVILLE earlier as the director of the music documentary Lotuk (2008) and Tender is the Night (2009), about writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. Th e fi lm concert Dance! Dance! Dance! (2014) is a story about standing still and moving with live music as its engine.