SIFF is proud to have three remarkable filmmakers preside over its jury this year.

Constantine Giannaris is an acclaimed Greek director who has been active since the 1980s. His consideration for diverse characters – queer, immigrant, impoverished – has established him as the director who most acutely captures marginalization in Greek society.

Luis Miñarro is an active producer hailing from Spain. He has worked with a wide range of directors, from Apichatpong Weerasethakul to Lisandro Alonso. He is also a director, and his Falling Star screened in SIFF’s Debuts competition section last year.

Lynne Ramsay is one of the great independent European filmmakers today. She started directing in her native Scotland in the 1990s, and her three feature films, Ratcatcher, Morven Callar and We Need to Talk about Kevin have all been highly praised as deeply humanistic works of art, hailing from a unique and personal perspective.

The Pink and White Marble Saita, conceived for this year’s festival, are awarded to the winners of the Debuts feature competition and the Coastal Shorts competition respectively.

“These awards are made of marble, a mate- rial closely linked with Greece and a central element of the landscape of Hermoupolis. The goal was to create an award-object that reflects the present and contains the past. The paper plane playfully triggers childhood memories, while simultaneously suggesting our adult desire to soar. The transformation of the paper plane into a marble sculpture focuses on the thin balance between lightness and weight evident in our surroundings.”
Paky Vlassopoulou