Young Filmmakers - Jury

Young Filmmakers Competition

The EU is offering young filmmakers the chance to make their very own #EUandME short film.  Five winners will each receive a grant of €7,500, as well as mentoring from a top European director, to help them to bring their idea to life.

Zaida Bergroth

Born in 1977, Zaida Bergroth is a well-known Finnish director and screenwriter. She is most famous for her 2017 film Miami, which follows two sisters as they embark on a road trip to pay off their debts. In 2009, her film Skavabölen Pojat (Last Cowboy Standing) won the Best Debut award at the Pusan Film Festival, as well as receiving the Finnish national Jussi awards for Best Screenplay and Best Sound Design. Her film Hyvä Poika (The Good Son) won several awards at international film festivals in 2011, such as the Chicago Film Festival, Prague Film Festival / Febiofest, and the Mons International Love Film Festival. It also picked up 7 Jussi nominations and a nomination for the prestigious Nordic Council Film Prize. She has also directed multiple shorts, two of which won awards at Tampere Festival in 2014.

Yorgos Zois

Born in 1982 in Athens, young director Yorgos Zois is best known for his highly acclaimed 2015 film Interruption, which premiered at the 72nd International Venice Film Festival.

In Zois’ native Greece, the film received nine nominations from the Greek Film Academy and won the Best Newcomer Director award. Prior to this, Zois had made several short films, including his 2010 debut Casus Belli and Out of Frame two years later. Both films were screened at major film festivals around the world, and the latter earned Zois a nomination for Best European Film Director from the European Film Academy.

Yorgos Zois is also an established commercial director, having directed TV adverts for Pfizer, the Greek National Theatre, the Acropolis Museum and Aegean Airlines.

Tomasz Konecki

Tomasz Konecki was born in 1962 in Warsaw, Poland. He began his career in front of the camera, rather than behind it.

From 1994 to 1997, Konecki was the presenter of the TVP1 magazine programme Swojskie Klimaty, for which he also made several documentaries. His first feature film Pół serio (Half Seriously) was released in 2000 and won the Jury’s Special Prize at the Polish Gdynia Film Festival. In 2009, Konecki’s film The Perfect Guy for My Girlfriend also won the Best European Film Award at the 7th European Comedy Festival in Mladá Boleslav.

Having directed commercials featuring stars such as Gérard Depardieu and Danny DeVito, Konecki has become known for his trademark sense of humour.

Matthias Hoene

Born in Singapore in 1976, Matthias Hoene was raised in West Berlin. He is most famous for directing the comedy horror film Cockneys vs Zombies in 2012. The film premiered at the London FrightFest film festival and received awards at the San Sebastian Horror and Fantasy Film Festival and the Toronto After Dark Film Festival.

As a young filmmaker, Hoene has also enjoyed major success directing documentaries, TV series and adverts, winning a Cannes Lion award for the first advert he ever directed. He has made adverts for brands such as EA Games, Nissan and Toyota, and later directed a Super Bowl spot for Chase.


Dalibor Matanić

Born in 1975 in Zagreb, Croatia, Dalibor Matanić has written and directed several high-profile, award-winning films. Aside from his highly regarded television series Novine (The Paper), Matanić is perhaps best known for his 2002 film Fine Mrtve Djevojke (Fine Dead Girls), which won the Special Jury Prize at the 2003 Sochi Film Festival. His film Zvizdan (The High Sun) also won the Jury Prize in the ‘Un Certain Regard’ section of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and was later selected as Croatia’s entry for the Best Foreign Language category at the 2016 Academy Awards. Besides his work in film, Matanić has worked on four plays and numerous commercials.