BBB Preselection Committee 2018
BBB Preselection Committee 2018
Ana Grgic holds a PhD in Film Studies from the University of St Andrews, with a thesis entitled “Mapping constellations: early cinema in the Balkans, archives and cultural memory”. Her scholarly contributions include articles and chapters in The Film Festival Yearbook 5: Archival Film Festivals (2013), Frames Cinema Journal (2013), Divan Film Festival Symposium Papers (2014, 2015), Cinemas of Paris (2015), Studies in Eastern European Cinema (2016), Short Film Studies (2017), Film Quarterly(2018) and East European Film Bulletin. She has co-edited a special issue on Albanian cinema for KinoKultura, and as a Board member of the Albanian Cinema Project she was involved in the preservation and exhibition of Balkan cinema heritage (Archives in Motion workshops). Ana was also the co-organiser of The 5C Project, a year-long film literacy project funded by the Creative Media, taking place in Croatia, Greece, Romania and Albania.
Bozhana Shoshkova has first completed her Bachelor in marketing and pursued a second master degree in Advertising Management. Between 2012 and 2013 she was enrolled as a European volunteer with the organization of the 10th edition of the German Short Film Festival for youth, FiSH – Festival im StadtHafen in Rostock and participated as volunteer in various other film and art festivals. In 2014 she was working as festival programmer and project manager for the International short film festival IN THE PALACE, held annually in Bulgaria, where she was actively involved in the whole organization process of the festival as well as in the implementation of different youth mobility projects. At the moment, she is working for one of the leading European providers of tickets for various concerts, festivals, theatres, sports and cultural events. She is passionate about the audio visual culture as a communication medium in the modern society and what fascinates her the most is the artistic expression and power of the short film genre, used as tool for building bridges and establishing a dialog between different cultures.
Firuze Karaoğlu (1988, Turkey) gratuated from İstanbul Technical University with a degree on Urban and Regional Planning. She did European Voluntary Service in Thessaloniki, Greece and after she completed it, she participated at the BBB film making workshop in Athens in 2011 creating her own film. She has been involved in many international projects on media and filmmaking, including the project called ‘North Aegean Narratives’ (http://northaegeannarratives.
After graduating from the Film Studies program at NATFA, Sofia in 2005, Mariana has been working as a film and cultural journalist for several years. Pursuing a career shift, in 2010 she moved to Amsterdam to continue her education in the field of film archiving and curatorship. As part of the educational program, she completed an internship at Filmoteca de Catalunya, Barcelona and she is currently living in the Catalan capital focusing on film festivals management and curating of content from Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She has already curated “Visiones Balcanicas,” the first Balkan focus within the MECAL Short and Animation Film Festival in Barcelona (2015), the film cycle “Bulgaria, the Invisible Europe” at Barcelona’s Filmoteca de Catalunya and Madrid’s Filmoteca Española(2016), the Balkan Short Films selection for the installation Lògiques Naturals at Capella de Sant Joan, Vilafranca de Penedés (2017), and co-curated the Croation Focus within MECAL (2016). In 2016 she won the film criticism award of the Balkan cinema website Altcine.com, so she became an ambassador of Balkan Film for the 5C Project. She is currently handling social media and press communications for the Eastern Neighbours Film Festival.