SHORTSFEST 2017 JURY

John Canciani is the artistic director of the Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur and a programmer at the Cinema Cameo in Winterthur. He curated several programs with short and feature films, including Blow-Up, der voyeuristische Blick, Tattoo im Film, Independent Cinema USA: 9/11, Who’s Afraid of the Public?, Heavy Metal, Moving Art II—O Cinema Where Are Thou?, as well as retrospectives of George Mélies, Ivan Ladislav Galeta, H.R. Giger, Christoph Girardet & Matthias Müller, Jan Soldat, Kim Ki-duk, Hans-Christian Schmidt and others. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Curating.

Jay Cohen is a Partner and Head of Film Finance and Distribution at The Gersh Agency, one of Hollywood’s oldest and largest talent agencies with seventy-five agents and offices in Los Angeles and New York. At Gersh, he oversees a department which represents multiple equity funds, sells finished films, and consults on independent financing for a wide spectrum of industries across all media. During his time at the Gersh Agency, Mr. Cohen has successfully packaged and sold hundreds of films.

 

Prior to his career in Hollywood, Mr. Cohen spent years working on Wall Street. Mr. Cohen’s first film, which he produced and self-financed, was the critically acclaimed hit Swimming with Sharks, a film which remains as relevant today as it was when it was released in 1995.

 

Jay Cohen’s entertainment career includes a three-year partnership with Dustin Hoffman and Village Roadshow Pictures Australia. Mr. Cohen created the company Cosmic Entertainment, a partnership with Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Kate Hudson. Mr. Cohen started his own company, Light Speed Media, in 2004. Cohen produced Two for the Money starring Al Pacino, Matthew McConaughey and Rene Russo, financed by Morgan Creek and released by Universal Pictures in 2005. Also in 2005 he produced the TV movie 14 Hours for TNT. In addition, Mr. Cohen developed and produced Mad Money, starring Diane Keaton, Queen Latifah and Katie Holmes, directed by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri (Thelma and Louise). Mr. Cohen developed and executive produced Bride Wars starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway for New Regency Pictures, which was released in January 2009.

Amy Nicholson is the chief film critic for MTV News. She is the co-host of the Earwolf podcast The Canon and host of the MTV podcast Skillset. Her interests include hot dogs, standard poodles and comedies about the utter futility of existence, and her first book, Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor was recently published by Cahiers du Cinema.

Ania Trzebiatowska heads acquisitions at Visit Films—a worldwide film sales company based in NYC, representing some of the best in independent US and world cinema. Visit’s most recent titles include: Dayveon, Columbus, Tanna, It Follows, Krisha, Always Shine, and Suntan. Ania has worked in the film industry for over a decade. For the last nine years, she has been the Artistic Director of Off Camera IFF (Krakow, Poland). She trained in production and post-production at the BBC and the British Museum. She produced The Unspeakable Act by Dan Sallitt. She travels extensively to international festivals and markets, speaking on panels and serving on festival juries around the world (including Sundance, Outfest, Slamdance, and Seattle IFF).

Florian Weghorn is the Program Manager of Berlinale Talents. He is responsible for the annual summit and talent development event in Berlin, and serves as the program advisor for the seven offshoots of Berlinale Talents around the world.