After studying Film and Television sciences at the Utrecht University and working as a script reader, Michiel (1972) joined il Luster Productions in 1997 as a producer - script editor and became partner and co-owner of the company. il Luster soon became the biggest producer of animated short films in the Netherlands, winning many awards on international filmfestivals. As a producer Michiel is responsible for all creative development and the production of all animation projects, independent shorts, commissioned and network productions. Michiel is the co-author of the recent animated feature Triple Trouble and series like The Tumblies and Woozle and Pip.
Ieva graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre with a bachelor in TV and Film Directing. In 2013 she graduated from the same academy with a master’s degree in Editing. Her short film Dog’s Life successfully participated in several international film festivals and was acknowledged with a Silver Crane at the Lithuanian cinema awards in 2014. At the moment Ieva is a lecturer at “Skalvija” cinema academy, and she works as a freelance director and editor for commercials, movies, and TV-projects.
“In my free time I like to watch a lot of films, at least three a week! I have never been to Go Short, but I expect to see surprising, beautiful and exiting new films. As a jury member I’ll be watching whether a film makes a good impression, is it funny or thrilling?”
“I watch a lot more short films than feature films, for example on YouTube. I think there will be many good films at the festival and we will have lots of fun watching them. I will be paying more attention to the use of nice shots, but also to the content. Is there enough humour in it?”
“I live to tell stories, and preferably with film. Because with film you can introduce people to your fantasy, you can create a window to your world. And in that world, you are the boss! My focus as a jury member will be on the (powerful) way the story is being told.”
“I have never been to a film festival before and I expect to see films that won’t be available in the normal cinema’s. I also think we will have a great time! I think it’s very important in a film that I believe everything, such as the acting.”
“When a film is too long, I can’t concentrate. So short films are perfect to watch! I think I see about four shorts every week. Being a jury member will be a great experience. A good film should have a nice build-up and matching music.”