Sarajevo Film Festival announces European Short Film Jury

Cinematographer and editor Taina Galis, director Teymur Hajiyev and director and screenwriter Tin Žanić will serve on the European Short Film Jury of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival. Films in the European Shorts section compete alongside the films in the Competition Programme – Short Films for an EFA (European Film Academy) nomination candidacy and to qualify for an Academy Award (Oscar®) nomination.

Taina Galis

Cinematographer and editor, Romania

Taina Galis is a cinematographer and editor. She worked in both of these roles on Fyzal Boulifa’s LYNN + LUCY by and Andrea Luke Zimmerman’s ERASE AND FORGET, and has worked on six further films, including Gabylu Lara’s AMERICAN CURIOUS and Emily Wardill’s FULL FIREARMS. Galis was nominated for the inaugural Jules Wright Prize, which focusses on women working in film as creative technicians and which is presented under the auspices of the Jarman Award. She has made films with Vivienne Dick, Lauren John Joseph, Roland Kennedy, Catriona MacInnes, Claire Oakley, Paul Simon Richards and Jala Wahid. WHORES AND HEROINES, a retrospective of Galis’s collaboration with Fyzal Boulifa, was presented at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, and included THE CURSE and RATE ME, which received the Illy Award at the Festival de Cannes.

Teymur Hajiyev

Director, Azerbaijan

Teymur Hajiyev was born in Baku and graduated with a degree in economic cybernetics from the State University of Baku. He holds an MBA in marketing from the West Texas A&M University. Before he became a filmmaker, he worked as a marketing director for a number of companies in Azerbaijan. He has produced more than a dozen short films, including TORN by Academy Award winner Elmar Imanov. Hajiyev’s debut short fiction film THE WOUND had its premiere at ShortsFest in Palm Springs in 2013. His subsequent shorts include SHANGHAI, BAKU, which premiered at the Tampere Film Festival, and SALT, PEPPER TO TASTE, which premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. His fourth short, TOWARDS EVENING, was the first Azerbaijani film selected for the Critics’ Week at the Festival de Cannes. Hajiyev is the only Azerbaijani filmmaker who has attended Cannes as both a director and producer.

Tin Žanić

Director, Screenwriter, Croatia

Tin Žanić holds an MA in film directing from the National Film and Television School (NFTS) as a Croatian Audiovisual Centre scholar. Before attending NFTS, he completed his BA in film and theatre production in Zagreb. His first two short films, KOMBA and MANJAČA, won awards and special mentions and were screened at major film festivals including the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the Tampere Film Festival, the Sarajevo Film Festival, the Hamburg International Film Festival and the Zagreb Film Festival, among others.

European Shorts 2021

The European Shorts section of the 27th Sarajevo Film Festival boasts 13 films hailing from 12 European countries. This year, the section unites filmmakers from Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, Israel, Moldova, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Switzerland.

Sarajevo Film Festival is proud to present this slate of films that reflect what the European Shorts section stands for: young, European authors who are not afraid to break the mold, experiment with form, and create brave work exploring the most challenging of themes.

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