Kingfisher Jury

    International jury award presented by the general sponsor, Telekom Slovenije, d.d., to the best film of the Perspectives section.

    Zsófia Ruttkay finished her studies at SZFE and ELTE, then she started to work as a scriptwriter of György Pálfi. She wrote the Sundance-NHK Award winning script of Taxidermia and was in charge of the story of Hukkle, I’m Not Your Friend, His Master's Voice and Final Cut – Ladies&Gentlemen. Meanwhile waiting for their other projects to be financed, she works as a professional dramaturg (Ruben Brandt, The Collector, Kills on Wheels, Entropia for example) and script doctor and she teaches scriptwriting for film- and animation directors at FREE SZFE and MOME.
    Leyla Yilmaz was born in Bursa in Turkey. After graduating from the Archaeology and Art History Department of Istanbul University in 1995, Leyla worked in production companies shooting commercials for many large international companies. To turn her interest in filmmaking into a professional occupation, she studied Cinema at NYU. In 2011, Leyla wrote and directed her first feature film A Handful of Sea. After winning awards at a few festivals worldwide the film sold to HBO in Europe. In 2015 she began work on the script for her second feature project Not Knowing which completed production in early 2020. It has received many awards at three of the four big Turkish festivals, Antalya, Ankara, & Adana.

    Sebastian Cavazza (1973, Kranj) entered the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in 1992 and studied stage acting and the art of speech under Mile Korun and Matjaž Zupančič. He then obtained a postgraduate degree, specialising in acting and film directing. As a student, he won the Sever Award for his acting achievements in Miss Julie and King Lear. Between 1998 and 2007, he was member of the Mladinsko Theatre. In 2007, he started his career as a freelance actor, playing in many Slovenian theatres. At the same time, he appeared in several Slovenian and international films. His lead roles include Balkan Roulette by Zdravko Barišić, Adrian by Maja Weiss, Short Circuits by Janez Lapajne, Men Don’t Cry by Alen Drljević, Ederlezi Rising by Lazar Bodroža, Gaja's World by Peter Bratuša. He has also appeared in numerous Slovenian and international TV films and series (The Lake, Balkan Shadows, Besa...). In 2010 he joined the MGL Ljubljana City Theatre. He teaches acting for the camera at the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television.