The award in the student competition will be awarded by a jury of professionals in the audiovisual circuit.
The best short film of students gets:
- A JEF award designed by Ronny & Johny.
- Personal advice for future work by the jury
- A cash prize of €500 (offered by TENTOO) for a next project.
- A production prize, worth €5000, on production services for the director's next feature film, short film or documentary (offered by Camalot).
Student competition jury
Andrew Van Ostade
Andrew James Van Ostade (1988) is an actor, musician, film and theatre maker. He works as an actor and composer with various national and international theatre companies and directors (including Lisaboa Houbrechts, Troubleyn, Lies Pauwels). Next to the stage, he can be seen regularly as an actor on television, including in the political satirical series De 16 (2017). Together with his brother Michael Van Ostade he makes and writes dazzling films that nostalgically refer to the Amblin films of the nineties. They made a Sci-Fi musical Songs from the Outside (2015) and a family film about the extrataordinary dance group Baba Yega (2017). They are currently writing a haunting horror film For The Record about the musical creation process and in post-production they will finish their ghost film The Schimm Brothers. Michael and he wrote the screenplay for this last spectacular family film, but they also played the leading role and directed the film. With Dag Taeldeman (A Brand) he forms the music group BodyBodyBody.
Karen Vazquez Guadarrama
Karen Vazquez Guadarrama (1988) was born in Mexico City and studied film at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium after spending a year in France. Her movies are a search for a rudimentary form of narrative in which she explores small events in everyday life with great attention to emotions and small details. As a student in 2015, her short documentary FLOR DE MIL COLORES/FLOWER OF A THOUSAND COLOURS received the award of Best Belgian Student Short Film at the Ghent Film Festival. She also won the VAF-Wildcard in Leuven. Furthermore, both her first short film MONT D'OR and her feature film WHEN THE BULL CRIED were selected at several important international film festivals. Karen won the prestigious Camerimage prize in 2018 for her work as DOP. Currently she is active at the VRT. She has made several web docu-series such as "labels" and "18 in 18".
Lize Lefaible is a Belgian producer and has already been part of the Potemkino team for five years. Thanks to her background and love for storytelling, she plays a key role in discovering strong stories and supporting (upcoming) talents, resulting in a strong slate of features, series and innovative formats.
Matthias Temmermans was one of the founders of the very first children's channel in Belgium "Kinderatelier" in the 1990s. In the centre of the iconic mosaic screen, a completely homemade children's block was broadcast at the time. Together with the creative team, Matthias made the switch to Filmnet, later renamed Canal+ to make the youth programmes there. To date, Matthias has directed twelve feature movies, much of which he has written himself. Plop en de toverstaf, Plop en Kwispel, Plop en het Viool avontuur, K3 and the Catprince, Het geheim van Mega Mindy, Mega Mindy en het Zwarte Kristal, Mega Mindy versus Rox, H.I.T de Romeo’s, Mia and the Hero of Centopia and the first Belgian Netflix original, the Christmas movie "The Claus Family" with Jan Decleir and Mo Bakker.
After a career of more than fifteen years, XAVIER ROMBAUT founded Polar Bear in 2018. Polar Bear produces feature movies and TV drama, animation and VR content for a wide audience, starting from challenging local content. The company works with both established and emerging talent and strives to translate their artistic vision to the screen.