Cottbus, November 7th, 2017 (SIGNIS). The 27th Cottbus Film Festival (Germany), starts today. The ecumenical jury, appointed by SIGNIS and INTERFILM, has been present for nearly 20 years. Last year, the jury awarded the Austrian film Tiszta szívvel (Kills On Wheels) by Attila Till. At this 27th edition of the Cottbus East European Film Festival, three men and one woman will compose the ecumenical jury:

Pierre-Auguste Henry, (France), a young media professional and regular Cannes festival-goer with the Ecumenical Jury. During his studies, he organized numerous thematic screenings with other cultural associations. In 2016, he took part in Besançon’s African film festival as a SIGNIS jury member.

Joel Friso, (Netherlands) works as a program manager at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, where he initiates different events and projects on the edge of science, humanities and society. He also participates in the programming of the film festival "On the Roof" of Amsterdam. He studied Media, Religion and Culture at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and was editor in chief for Het Filmgesprek, an organization that challenges a viewing audience to deepen their film experience with philosophical questions, by organizing film discussions. Since 2016, he is a member of INTERFILM.

Lothar Strüber, (Germany) is a Catholic theologian, specialised in didactics of media and film, former director of the Bild- and Filmstelle, Erzdiözese Freiburg i.Br., former member of the Katholische Filmkommission for Germany, inspector of film and TV productions for the FSK and FSF in Wiesbaden and Berlin and frequently member of the Ecumenical Jury in Berlin, Cottbus, Karlovy-Vary and Mannheim.

Irena Zeltner Pavlović, (Germany) is an academic counsel and scientific employee at the Institute for history and theology of Eastern Christianity at the Friedrich-Alexander University (FAU) in Erlangen-Nuremberg. She studied at the theological faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the academy for icon painting in Belgrade and completed her postgraduate studies and her PhD at the FAU. Since 2012 she works at the institute for Christian media studies. Her postdoctoral project is to research the strategy and developments of the media in sponsored by the Christian-orthodox church in eastern- and southeastern Europe in the 21th Century. She has been member of the Ecumenical Jury in Cottbus

To learn more about the festival and its programme, please visit the official website.