Jury

Jury 2014
Pelin Esmer, Julia Hummer, Kim Yutani (LTR)

Pelin Esmer
majored in sociology in Istanbul before attending the cinema workshop run by Yavuz Özkan. Her first feature documentary The Play, 2005 received many awards including Best New Documentary Film-maker Award at Tribeca Film Festival. Her first feature 10 to 11 also received many awards. Pelin Esmer has lectured on documentary film-making in Istanbul and in 2005 she founded her own film company, Sine Film, there. The directors of the world’s leading film festivals named her one of the most promising film directors in: Take 100: The Future of Film: 100 New Directors (Phaidon). Her film Watchtower took part in the International Feature Film Competition for Women Directors at the Dortmund | Cologne IWFF 2012. This year, Ms Esmer will be showing 10 to 11.

Julia Hummer 
was born 1980 in Hagen. Since her cinema film debut in Absolute Giganten (1999), she has been tipped as a major talent among young German actresses. She acted in Crazy by Hans-Christian Schmid and, in 2001, received the Golden Camera for Best Young Actress due to her lead role in Die innere Sicherheit by Christian Petzold. This was followed by large acting parts in Northern Star, Gespenster and Carlos der Schakal. In 2005, she turned her attentions to music. She sings, plays the guitar and the harmonica and writes her own songs. She can also be heard in many radio plays and audio book productions. She returned to the big screen for the feature film Top Girl or La déformation professional, which can be seen at the festival in the Panorama section. Julia Hummer lives in Hamburg.

Kim Yutani 
focuses on US and World Cinema dramatic features for the Sundance Film Festival and also oversees the short film programming. In addition to her Sundance work, she is the Artistic Director for Outfest Los Angeles, one of the world’s leading events for LGBT cinema. For five years, she was the Director of Programming of Outfest where she oversaw the programmes: Outfest Los Angeles, Outfest Fusion, and the Outfest Screenwriting Lab. She was also part of the programming team for RAW CUT Filmfest, a hardcore/punk rock-inspired film festival in Warsaw. She has been on the nominating committee for Cinema Eye Honours. Prior to her film festival work, Kim was a film critic and freelance journalist focusing on independent film.