National Competition /
Baltic Sea Competition

Even Hafnor (Norway)


Even Hafnor (Norway) started his film career at the SAE Institute in Australia. There he completed his Bachelor degree in film making, specializing in writing and directing. For the past few years, Even has been making short films, commercials and music videos. In 2013 he made the award winning short Money Back, Please. His short film Small Talk was nominated for best short film at the European Film Awards in 2016.

Tara Karajica (Serbia)


Tara Karajica (Serbia) on filmikriitik ja ajakirjanik. Tema kirjutised on muude hulgas ilmunud väljaannetes SydneysBuzz, Indiewire, Screen International, Variety. Ta on osalenud 2013. aasta Locarno Kriitikuteakadeemias, 2016. aasta Berlinale talendiprogrammis Talent Press ning mitmes teises kriitikutele suunatud töötoas. Tara on programmijuht Glasgow rahvusvahelisel festivalil World of Film, ta on NISI MASA juhatuse liige ning Film New Europe’i Serbia korrespondent. 2014. aastal pälvis ta Altcine Action! filmifestivalil parima kriitiku auhinna. 2016. aasta septembris asutas ta täielikult lühifilmidele keskendunud ajakirja Yellow Bread.

Mirkka Maikola (Finland)


Mirkka Maikola (Finland) is Head of Programming at the art house cinema Kino Sõprus and distribution company Must Käsi 2 (Black Hand 2) based in Tallinn. She is also a member of the festival ministry at Helsinki International Film Festival – Love & Anarchy and has studied Arts Management at Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. She has worked at Von Krahl Theatre (Tallinn), Finnish National Audiovisual Institute (former Finnish Film Archive) and at several film festivals in Finland and in Estonia (including DocPoint – Helsinki Documentary Film Festival and PÖFF industry section). Maikola also works as a freelance journalist and a translator.


International Competition /
Student Competition

Nora Särak (Estonia)

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Nora Särak (Estonia) is an Estonian freelance documentary director. She gained a Bachelors degree from the Fine Arts department of the Estonian Academy of Arts in 2012. The same year she started Master’s degree studies in Directing Documentary at the Baltic Film and Media School, graduating in spring 2015. In 2016 she started her MA studies in film directing at the Film Academy Ohrid in Macedonia. She has directed several short documentaries and is interested in poetic and experimental documentary directing. 

Andrius Blazevicius (Lithuania)


Andrius Blazevicius (Lithuania) began his studies at Vilnius University in 2004 with history and cultural anthropology but changed to film directing at Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy in 2005, from where he graduated with masters degree in 2011. Blazevicius directed six short films, the latest one “Ten Reasons” was awarded the Best Lithuanian Short Film award  in 2012. “The Saint” is the debut feature film by Andrius Blazevicius, who is currently developing his second feature film.
Pertti Näränen (Finland)


Pertti Näränen (Finland, DSocSci) is Head of Degree Programme in Film and Television at Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland. Previously he has worked as a lecturer and researcher at the University of Tampere and as a journalist in print and radio media. He has published articles on film analysis, media education, and television formats. His doctoral thesis title was “Digital television: Analyses on early history, challenges to media policy, and transformation of television” (2006).