Olaf Möller, film critic and curator
Cologne-born Olaf Möller is the European Editor of Film Comment as well as a member of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival’s selection committee. He’s co-edited and -written several books, ao. on John Cook, Michael Pilz, Romuald Karmakar and Dominik Graf (all published by FilmmuseumSynemaPublikationen in Vienna). As a freelance programer he’s taken care of film series for venues as different as the Austrian Film Museum and the Midnight Sun Film Festival. He doesn’t like to talk about any of this stuff, prefers to be considered unsociable, goes to bed early, and looks always grumpy.
Thom Palmen, film consultant
Thom Palmen is one of the founders of the Umeå International Film Festival in Sweden. (1986-2007) "We started the festival as we were frustrated with the number of good films that never reached the screens of the cinema." He has been invited as a jury member to numerous film festivals, notably in Berlin, Sofia, Regensburg, Dresden, Cottbus, Aix-en-Provence, Poznan, Bratislava, Hamburg, Tampere and Puchon (Korea). In order to help talented young filmmakers from the North of Sweden he started his own distribution company: Botnia Film. Currently he is working as a curator for a number of festivals as well as in the production and development of projects within the field of cinema and gaming industry. His first co-production, In the Theme (director Olga Popova, Russia) was selected and awarded at the Berlinale Shorts 2008.
Aik Karapetjan, director
In 2011, Karapetjan directed the production of the Latvian National Opera's The Barber of Seville, which was awarded as Best New Production of the season. Karapetjan's debut as director of a full-length feature film People Out There (2012) has participated in various international film festivals (Karlovy Vary, Göteborg, Cottbus, Hamburg, Lübeck) and he has been awarded as the best director in Baltic Debuts (Russia). Another feature-length project, a horror film titled The Man in the Orange Jacket (M.O.J), is currently in post-production and it will be out in 2014.