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Here are the Members of the Ecumenical Jury 2015 in Karlovy Vary:
Rita Weinert, Hamburg (Germany) – President
Rita Weinert studied theology and trained as a journalist.
In 1990 she founded and headed until 2013 the Medienbüro Hamburg, an institution of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany. Her work focused on training and further education in the fields of all kind of media, including film. Since 2012 she has worked freelance as an instructor and interview trainer in the field of journalism.
For the last 25 years she has also worked on behalf of the Church as a representative to FSK Wiesbaden, an institution responsible for evaluating the age rating for films.As a member of INTERFILM, she has been several times in INTERFILM and Ecumenical Juries.
Rev. Michael Otrisal, Prague (Czech Republic)
Michael Otrisal – After his childhood in an evangelical minister´s family studied from 1971-1976 on the theological faculty at the University of Prague and has been Pastor of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brothers Congregation from 1976-1995. In the year 1989 he has been appointed to cooperate in foundation of religious broadcasting in Czech television, where he worked till his retirement in 2014.
He finished 2001 magisterial level study on Prague film faculty, recently works as a freelance for Czech TV and TV Noe.
Former member of the SteerCom of the World Association for Christian Communication Europe (WACC), Regional coordinator of INTERFILM in Czech Republic.Member of the Ecumenical Jury in Karlovy Vary, Bratislava and Cannes.
Vít Poláček, Plzeň (Czech Republic)
Vít Poláček is screenwriter, director and historian working as freelancer on several projects. His script A Girl Reading Letter At An Open Window was awarded with an award for unrealized scripts in 2011 in the competition of Film foundation of RWE, Czech Republic. He is co-author of Tomasz Mielnik´s film The Journey To Rome (2015).
He did historical researches for several films including Fair Play presented in 2014 in Karlovy Vary. He worked as assistant of director in the social theatre group KunstZ in Antwerpen, Belgium. He studied screenwriting and script editing on FAMU and culture history on Arts faculty of Southbohemian University in České Budějovice.
Lothar Strüber, Freiburg (Germany)
Lothar Strüber is a Catholic theologian, specialised in didactics of media and film, Former director of the Bild- and Filmstelle, Erzdiözese Freiburg i. Br., and former member of the Katholische Filmkommission for Germany, inspector of film and TV productions for the FSK and FSF in Wiesbaden and Berlin and frequently member of the Ecumenical Jury in Berlin, Cottbus, Karlovy-Vary and Mannheim.
Since 1994, SIGNIS (World Catholic Association for Communication, formerly OCIC, the International Catholic Organization for Cinema) and INTERFILM (International Inter-Church Film Organization) have nominated an Ecumenical Jury at the International Film Festival Karlovy Vary. These Organizations are present together in Ecumenical Juries at numerous Film Festivals, such as Locarno (since 1973), Cannes (1974), Montréal (1979), Leipzig (1990), Berlin (1992), Mannheim-Heidelberg (1995), Cottbus (1999), Zlin (2000), Bratislava (2001), Yerevan (2007), Warsaw (2010), Miskolc (2011), Saarbrücken (2015) and others.
In Karlovy Vary it is composed of four members from different countries and cultures, who may be film journalists, critics, theologians, researchers or teachers. Though the members are from the Catholic, Protestant, Anglican or Orthodox churches they are open to inter-cultural and inter-religious dialogue. The jury members are completely independent and during the Festival they meet together to analyse and comment on the films.
The Ecumenical Jury has a particular perspective on the films. It awards its prizes (as well as commendations) to directors who have shown genuine talent and succeeded in portraying human experience that is in harmony with the gospel or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social questions and values. It honours works of artistic quality which witnesses to the power of film to reveal the mysterious depths of human beings through what concerns them, their hurts and failings as well as their hopes.
It draws attention to those works of quality which touch the spiritual dimension of our existence, expressing the values of justice, human dignity, respect for the environment, peace and solidarity. These values, shared in all cultures, are also those of the Christian Gospel. In its choices the Ecumenical Jury has shown an openness to cultural, social or religious diversity.