Best Local And International Short Documentary Film

Leyla Jafarova

Anthropologist, researcher

Leyla is a doctoral candidate in socio-cultural anthropology at Boston University. She is currently researching social legacies and consequences of the Nagorno-Karabakh war, including through a focus on the emergence of alternative forms of knowledge as well as gendered experiences of uncertainty. She has previously done research on gender violence in Azerbaijan and worked as a local consultant for a UNDP research project on women’s economic participation in the country.
Gulnar Salimova

Founder of a “Femmekan” media platform

Gulnar Salim, founder of FemMekan (fem.space), the media platform of feminist content that covers stories of women who overcome the patriarchate obstacles that dominates in Azerbaijani society. She started her journey in the field of media years ago – working as a news reporter for a local newspaper and a beginner in documentary photography. Later she got the scholarship that allowed her to improve her writing skills as a journalist. New step in her professional career took her to documentary filmmaking. Gulnar also directed several short documentary and documentary-essay films. The field of her interest in visual storytelling is identity, self-exploration and human relationships
Maka Gogaladze

Documentary Filmmaker - DOP, Editor

With a degree in medicine, Maka Gogaladze tried photography in 2008. Since 2010, she has been working as a photographer for media and other organizations in Georgia. In 2016, Gogaladze received a master’s degree in Multimedia Journalism and Media Management at the Georgian Institute of Public Affairs (GIPA), where she became deeply interested in documentaries. She has directed short documentaries for the South Caucasian media platform Chai Khana. In 2016, Gogaladze co-founded FORMO Production Company.

Feature-length Competition

Andrea Wink

Festival representative

In 1990, Andrea Wink co-founded the film festival Wiesbaden “exground on screen”, today “exground filmfest”, Hessian’s biggest film festival. She has been running the festival as the director since today.
She also works for the DFF – Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum; from 2001 until 2014 she was curating the student competition for the goEast-film festival and coordinated the festival’s training platform “goEast-Young Professionals“, as well as the goEast project-market for young filmmakers from Germany and Central and Eastern Europe, since 2015 the East-West Talent Lab.
Since 2011 she is a member of the board of directors of the German Short Film Association and since 2018 a member of the cultural council of the city of Wiesbaden.
Seray Genc

Film critic and researcher

Seray Genç is an Istanbul-London-based film critic and researcher. She started to write about cinema in the Görüntü magazine of Boğaziçi Cinema Club BÜ(S)K and Yeni İnsan Yeni Sinema published by Nazım Kültürevi.  She co-worked at various film festivals such as the Documentarist -Istanbul Doc Days, Which Human Rights? Film Festival, Labour Film Festival and Cornwall Short Film Festival.  She is a member of Fipresci and SIYAD and the Editor of the Yeni Film Magazine.
As a PhD in Communication Studies from Marmara University, she has contributed to several edited volumes, Third Cinema and Third World Cinema (Es, 2007), Class Relations (Bağlam, 2011), Revolution or Average: Production, Experience and Technology (Bağlam, 2013), Turkish Cinema in 80s (Aksav, 2011), The Films of Rebellion and Revolution with an article on Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times (Yordam, 2013), Meeting with the Artist: Theo Angelopoulos (Bağlam, 2013) and Theory of Cinema with an article on the British Documentary Film Movement (Yordam, 2021).
She is also a co-director of the animated-documentary Berkinimiz.
Alina Abdullayeva


Born in Ukraine, Alina moved to Azerbaijan at the age of 16 and since 2014 she’s been based in Stockholm, Sweden. She holds an MA in Creative Writing and Film Drama from the State University of Azerbaijan and the International Master’s Program in Curating Art including Management and Law from Stockholm University. Alina is an EAVE-trained producer and founder of Motor, an independent production company that implemented several long-term projects in film and education. She has served as a jury member at the 16th annual One World International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival.
Gender-related subjects have always been her passion and since 2021 she is a program officer running several international projects focusing on women empowerment.