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Official jury

ARNAUD LE GOUËFFLEC

MUSICIAN / FRANCE

Arnaud Le Gouëfflec loves mystery and although the common denominator of all his projects is writing, he enjoys going down different artisitic highways. A novelist and graphic novel writer, he is also a musician and songwriter, both for himself and other artists. Brought up on rock music and with a fascination for rock’s most shady characters, pulled towards the underground scene, he also gets inspiration from popular literature, from graphic novels and comics to crime fiction. The founder of the Festival Invisible, for indefinable musicians, leader of the Le Studio Fantôme collective, he has also been the driving force for the last fifteen years behind the “underground and mysterious” record label, L’Eglise de la petite folie. Holding the city of Brest, a place steeped in mythology, in great affection, he is really only interested in one thing – stories, the ones we are told, the ones we might tell, the ones he invents and adapts tirelessly.

CATHERINE COSME

SET DESIGNER / BELGIUM

Catherine Cosme is an artistic director and stage and set designer for theatre and films. Having graduated in stage design at La Cambre (Brussels), she regularly collaborates with theatre collectives and simultaneously works alongside filmakers such as Stephan Streker (Noces), Mathieu Donck (La Trêve) or Stéphane Demoustier (La fille au bracelet).
All of these encounters, and her time spent observing theatre and film direction, brought her to think about starting out in writing and directing, a project which came to fruition with a debut short film entitled Les amoureuses, selected for the French Competition at the Brest European Short Film Festival in 2015. Catherine Cosme has just completed her second short film Famille, recently selected for the FIFF in Namur.

JULIEN HALLARD

DIRECTOR / FRANCE

A graduate in Political Science, Julien Hallard took his first steps in the world of cinema writing and co-directing a trilogy of short films set in New York: Brooklyn 02, Valentine and Résurrection, selected at the Festival de Locarno and at la Mostra in Venice, among others. In 2008, he wrote and directed the mid-length film Meeting Vincent Gallo, selected at the Festival Hors Pistes, at Locarno and at the Miami International Film Festival. In 2009 he filmed Vinyl and Cheveu, both selected at the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand in 2010.

His latest short film, People are strange, was selected in competition at the Brest European Short Film Festival. And his first feature film Comme des garçons was released on the 25th April this year.

BENJAMIN SIKSOU

ACTOR / FRANCE

After his studies in Art History, Benjamin Siksou made a reputation for himself in the jazz and blues arena, with both covers and original compositions. In 2008, he featured for the first time in two feature films, and the same year he reached the finals of the programme Nouvelle Star on the TV channel M6.

Following on, he has appeared in Mes chères études by Emmanuelle Bercot (2009), La vie au ranch by Sophie Letourneur (2010), Toi, moi, les autres by Audrey Estrougo (2011), La vie d’Adèle by Abdellatif Kéchiche (2013), Trois souvenirs de ma jeunesse by Arnaud Desplechin (2015), La Taularde by Audrey Estrougo (2016) and Villeperdue by Julien Gaspar-Oliveri (2016). Benjamin Siksou has also appeared as an actor, or participated as composer, in several short films. His first album Au chant du coq was released in September 2017.

ALICJA GANCARZ

DISTRIBUTOR / POLAND

Since 2011 Alicja Gancarz has been in charge of a series Ale krótkie for Ale Kino+, a television station dedicated to short films.

Since 2014, she has been a short films selector for Canal+ in Poland.