Joke Ballintijn is a member of the Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/TBA, in Amsterdam. She studied theatre, film and television in Utrecht. She has been curator at numerous film festivals, including the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht. She was also curator and co-founder of the International Festival for Dutch Film and Video Art and a founding member of The Filmbank, Amsterdam, which aims to increase the profile of experimental Dutch film.
Andrea Ernst studied social sciences in Vienna. During the 1990s, numerous textbooks and handbooks were published under her name and in collaboration with other authors. She has lived in Germany since 1987 where she started off working as a freelance television scriptwriter for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) and for West German Broadcasting (WDR). In 1997 she became editor of the WDR’s cultural programming division and since 2002 has been editor of the WDR’s ARTE editorial team in Cologne, where among other things she is responsible for short films and non-fiction, and documentaries in the field of science and society. Andrea Ernst has been a member of the jury of the Vienna Film Fund since 2005.
The film and video artist Prof. David Larcher lives and works in London, Cologne and Mauritius. He studied archaeology und anthropology at the University of Cambridge and television/film at the Royal College of Art, London. In the 1960s he worked as a photographer and filmmaker, since 1980 with video. Since 1996 he has been a Professor of Video Art and Electronic Media at the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne. He has received scholarships from, among other organisations, the Gulbenkian Foundation (1982) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Berlin (1983). Since 1993 he has been an occasional Artist in Residence at the Centre de Recherche et de Création Vidéo Pierre Schaeffer in Montbéliard, France.
The author and filmmaker Michael Roes studied psychology, philosophy and German studies. He worked as directorial and theatrical assistant at the Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz theatre in Berlin. Ethnological studies as well as long stays in the Middle East and America resulted in works like the novel ”Rubal-Khali/ Empty Quarter” (1998), for which he won the Bremer Literature Prize, the novel “Der Coup der Berdache” (1999) or the literary travel essay “Haut des Südens” (2000). In 1993 Roes became the youngest Fellow at the Budapest Institute for Advanced Studies. In 2000 he was involved as filmmaker in the Macbeth theatre project in Jemen. The documentary film “Stadt des Glücks”, about Algerian youth today, came out in 2003, while the feature film “Timimoun”, a modern, Algerian “Orestie”, appeared in 2004.
Eivind Tolas is a director, editor and screenwriter. He studied screenwriting and multimedia at Bergen University and took courses in media, TV production, philosophical aesthetics, history and literature. He works for Flimmer Film as director, editor and author. His poetry film “Love is the Law” won first and second prize at International Critics’ Week in Cannes in 2003 and third prize at the 2nd ZEBRA Poetry Film Award in 2004.
Dr. Thomas Wohlfahrt is the founding director of the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin. He has been in charge since 1991. A doctor of literature and music, he has initiated and directed major international projects such as Literature Express Europe 2000, the lyrikline.org website and the poesiefestival berlin. Dr Wohlfahrt is a member of many national and international organisations and is curator and adviser for various international literature and art programmes. The ZEBRA Poetry Film Award is the result of one of his own ideas and he is chairperson of the competition jury.