INTERNATIONAL JURY OF IFF “LOVE IS FOLLY”

IRMENA CHICHIKOVA
President of the Jury
Bulgaria

Bulgarian actress with a remarkable presence in both cinema and theatre.She finished Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French Language High School in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, and in 2008 she graduated in Margarita Mladenova and Ivan Dobchev’s class from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts.She worked along Ivan Stanev in Excavated Material and with Stanimir Trifonov in The Glass River. She was cast in the theatre production of The Art of Keeping a Secret, directed by Desislava Shpatova, and for this role she was nominated for an Ikar (Icarus) Award for Best Supporting Actress.In Sliven, she played in the theatre productions of Samodiva Legends and To the Lift’s Left.

Irmena Chichikova starred in the Bulgarian films The Omnipresent (2017), Victoria, and Touch me Not (2018), 8 minutes and 19 seconds, Dose of Happiness. She was twice nominated for Best Actress for the films I am You and Viktoria by the Bulgarian Film Academy. She has been called “the new face of Bulgarian cinema and theatre”.

PETER SZAJKI
Hungary

Hungarian director of three feature films, known for their dramatic and absurd, funny handling of problems in relationships and life crises. His first movie, Intimate Headshot (2009), became a great critical and audience success in Hungary, receiving the First Feature Film award at the Hungarian Film Week.

His second film, Our Women (2012), became the most watched Hungarian movie of the year in Hungary. With this film, he participated in the Love is Folly Film Festival in Varna in 2013, winning the Special Award of The Jury. He also produced his third film, Now Is Now (2019), which is currently on the international festival circuit, having won several awards worldwide.

MAGNUS KRISTIANSEN

Magnus Kristiansen has worked with media and tech-startups in Silicon Valley for 6 + years, project managing marketing campaigns for Disney/Marvels ‘Avengers’, Sony Pictures ‘One Direction – The Movie’ and Adidas feat. Justin Bieber. Kristiansen runs the production company 20/20 Pictures out of Oslo, Norway. Kristiansen has produced three features, THE COMET (“Best Sci-Fi” Rhode Island FF, Austin Film Festival 2017) and AS I FALL (Special Jury Award, Black Nights FF 2018 and 4

Amanda Award nominations (The Norwegian Oscar)). Kristiansen just completed the feature SWAMP LION, a neo-western crime drama shot in Texas, USA with 3-time Oscar nominee Mac Ruth as Executive Producer. Kristiansen holds an MFA at the  Norwegian Film School as Producer. He also holds an MSc in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at BI Norwegian School of Management and UC

Berkeley and a BA in Film and Television Science at Lillehammer University College.

MIKHAILS STARODUBOV

Mihails has been working at the Media, Entertainment and Sport sector for over 15 years. His professional career took him to such companies as Discovery Channel and UEFA Champions League. Currently he is bringing European movies to the Baltic states and tries to expend the outreach of modern Balkan cinema to the world.

Mihails has a Bachelor degree in Economics, Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University and a Masters in Business Administration from London Business School.

PAAVO WESTERBERG
Finland

Paavo Westerberg is an award-winning, internationally acclaimed film director, screenwriter, theatre director and playwright. Westerberg has worked as a screenwriter for the feature films The Violin Player (2018), Princess (2010), Frozen City (2006), and Frozen Land (2005), as well as for the television drama Fragments (2003).

Paavo Westerberg has won the Jussi Award for the best Script in 2007 and 2006 for the films Frozen City and Frozen Land. Westerberg also wrote and directed the television drama Latent Heat (2010), which was nominated for the Prix Italia Award.

The Violin Player (2018) was Westerberg’s debut as a major film director. The film has been chosen for over 20 international film festivals and made its international debut in the main competition category in Göteborg film festival in Sweden. The film won the Grand Prix award “Golden Aphrodite” and the Critics’ Guild Award at the 27th edition of IFF Love Is Folly International film festival 2019 in Varna.

Westerberg is one of the leading theatre directors in Finland. He is a resident playwright at the Finnish National Theatre and he has written and directed almost 25 plays. Westerberg has a master’s degree in Theatre and lives in Helsinki.