Jury Compétition Burning Lights 2018

Patric Chiha

Patric Chiha is an Austrian filmmaker of Hungarian and Lebanese origins, born in Vienna in 1975. At the age of 18, he moved to Paris where he studied fashion design at the Duperré School of Applied Arts. He then studied editing at the INSAS film and theatre school in Brussels. After making several short and medium-length films, and documentaries (including Home, Où se trouve le chef de la prison ? and Les Messieurs) which were selected at many festivals, he directed his first feature film in 2009, Domaine, featuring Béatrice Dalle, selected at the Venice Film Festival. In 2014, he directed his second feature film, Boys Like Us, and in 2016, his third, Brothers of the Night, a documentary that was selected at the Berlinale. Patric Chiha lives and works in Paris.

João Matos

Holding a degree in Sociology, João Matos has been working as film producer since 2002, and is one of the founders of portuguese based TERRATREME Filmes, company that over the years has produced over 80 films, between shorts and features, fictions and documentaries. Working with different financial partners, portuguese and international, TERRATREME has been developing various co-productions with countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, USA or Japan. João Matos works or has worked with filmmakers such as Susana Nobre, João Vladimiro, Leonor Noivo, José Filipe Costa, Pedro Pinho, Marcela Said, Luísa Homem, Adirley Queiróz, Tiago Hespanha, Jorge Silva Melo, Marília Rocha, Cláudia Varejão, João Salaviza, Joana Pimenta, João Rosas or Valérie Massadian. His films have been distributed theatrically all over the world and shown at many festivals, like Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam, Toronto, Locarno, Bafici, FIDMarseille, Rio de Janeiro, Visions du Réel, Guadalajara, New York, Viennale, Mar del Plata, Cinéma du Réel, Ficunam, among others.


Graduate in Journalism from the University of Navarra, Post-graduate in Basque Contemporary Art from the University of Deusto and Master in Creative Documentary from the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona, today Victor Iriarte is Head of Audiovisual Programmes at San Sebastian’s Tabakalera Centre for Contemporary Culture, having belonged to the coordinating team of the International Film Students Meeting since 2013. He began as a programmer at the Bilbao Fine Arts Museum Cinematheque, was a teacher of audiovisual language at the UM (Uruguay) and was resident artist and audiovisual programmer at the Arteleku art centre in San Sebastian. In 2001 he was second assistant director to Isaki Lacuesta on the feature film Cravan vs Cravan and in 2010 director of photography on the feature film Buenas noches, España, by the Filipino director, Raya Martin. Since 2005 he has been combining programming with his own creation, having directed several short films (Decir adiós, Kimuak catalogue 2007) and a feature film, Invisible (premiered at the FID Marseille in 2012). He collaborated in setting the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola film school in motion and is a member of its Academic Directorate.

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