International Short Film Jury 2023

From left to right: Cătălin Cristuțiu, Isabelle Stever and Sky Hopinka

Cătălin Cristuțiu (Romania) – Editor

Cătălin Cristuțiu has worked as an editor on over 70 feature films, short films and TV series. He has edited the entire works of Radu Jude including the feature films Aferim!, which won the 2015 Berlinale Silver Bear for Best Director, and Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn, winner of the 2021 Golden Bear. Other notable editing works include If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Florin Şerban, 2010 Silver Bear Jury Prize) and Blue Boy by Manuel Abramovich, which won the 2019 Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film). Cristuțiu also works as an editing adviser; in recent years, he has been focusing on films which use editing as a central means of artistic expression.

Photo © Adi Bulboacă

Sky Hopinka (USA) – Artist, Director

Sky Hopinka’s poetic, non-fictional video, photo and text works deal primarily with homeland, landscape, language as a carrier of culture and the deconstruction of classic narrative structures. A member of the Ho-Chunk Nation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, he focuses on Indigenous life experiences and perspectives. His works have been presented at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Biennale, the Tate Modern London, in a 2022 solo exhibition at LUMA Arles and at renowned international film festivals. In 2022, Kicking the Clouds screened in Berlinale Shorts. A solo exhibition of his work can be seen at the Tanya Leighton gallery in Berlin until the end of February 2023.

Photo © Sky Hopinka

Isabelle Stever (Germany) – Director, Screenwriter

Isabelle Stever completed a degree in mathematics before turning to filmmaking. Her graduation film Portrait of a Married Couple won several prizes including the FIRST STEPS Award while Gisela won the Crossing Europe and the Best Baltic Debut awards, among others. Blessed Events premiered at the Toronto International Filmfestival in 2010 and The Weather Inside at Busan International Filmfestival. Her work screened at the Berlinale for the first time in 2009 with the segment A Democratic Discussion at Designated Times in the anthology film Germany 09 and caused a sensation in 2022 with Grand Jeté in Panorama. She also works as a freelance lecturer at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Photo © Sebastian Schrade

The International Short Film Jury awards the following Prizes:

  • Golden Bear for Best Short Film (the winner of the Golden Bear qualifies for being eligible for next year’s short film Oscar)
  • Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)
  • Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards (the winning film is the Berlin candidate for the category “European Short Film”)

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