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MÉLIÈS SHORT FILM COMPETITION JURY

Since 2013, HÕFF has the honour of giving out the short film Melies d’Argent which will give the winner a nomination for the short film Melies d’Argent put forward by the Méliès International Festivals Federation (MIFF). The HÕFF Melies d’Argent winner is decided by an international jury of three.

HELEN LÕHMUS

Helen Lõhmus is Estonian multi-platform producer, creative director and production designer serving both domestic and international productions and clients. Starting her career in television in 2004 and finding her voice through medium of television, film, commercials and other forms of digital media has been her passion.

She served as a production manager and production and costume designer for Walt Disney Russia for a high school drama "After School" (dir. Oleg and Vladimir Presnyakov). Lõhmus served as a producer and production and costume designer for Lao-France-Estonia co-production of "Dearest Sister" (dir. Mattie Do). The film was Academy Award candidate for Laos in 2017.

MAGNUS PAULSSON

Producer at Solid Entertainment AB (est. 1996), based in Malmö, Sweden. Has worked in the industry since the late 80's and has produced, co-produced and line-produced documentaries (“John Howe - There And Back Again”, “Desperately Seeking Seka”), features (“Frostbitten”, “Wake Wood”, Stitches”, “Shelley”, Black Circle” etc), series (“The Thin Blue Line”) and numerous commercials and music promos. Also founded Lund International Fantastic Film Festival (LIFFF) in Sweden in 1995. Magnus Paulsson was also the first ever film guest at HÕFF in 2006, when he attended the festival with the director Anders Bank to present their vampire horror film "Frostbitten".

MIGUEL LLANSÓ

A big fan of experimental-punk-weird music and films, Miguel Llansó studied philosophy and cinema before leaving on his many adventures, like Jean Rouch or Werner Herzog. For him, filmmaking is friendship, risk, provocation, subversion and freedom.

Miguel has mainly filmed in Ethiopia, his second home. "Where is my dog?" and "Chigger Ale" - both made in collaboration with his friends Yohannes Feleke and Israel Seoane - were premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam and Locarno and screened at BAFICI, Tampere, Hamburg and more than 50 international film festivals. Also Sundance, Milano, Brussels, Rio de Janeiro, Odense and many other film festivals have shown selections of his works.

"Crumbs" (2015) - a post apocalyptic Afro-Futuristic adventure in Ethiopia - was Miguel's feature film debut, premiering at Rotterdam International Film festival and screened at Fantasia, Los Angeles Film Festival and more than 100 film festivals worldwide. "Crumbs" is represented by New Europe Film Sales and was released theatrically in the U.S. and Spain.

"Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway" (2019) - SciFi political satire shot between Ethiopia, Estonia, Latvia and Spain - is Miguel's second feature film, premiering at Fantasia and Neuchatel Fantastic Fest.

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