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JURY 2020

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Simon Blaas

Eelko Ferwerda

Simon Blaas

Simon Blaas is director of Cinema Middelburg. As a film lover, he has a warm heart for debut films. With the "Open Doek" program he offers a stage for young, beginning filmmakers. He developed the project "The choice of the film by ..." where guests choose end discuss their favorite film.
He is the initiator of the "Network of film theaters in Zeeland", which joined Europa Cinemas. He was a jury member of the KVIFF, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and a jury member for Filmstarz, Kunstende and De Slag om de Schelde.

Helen Dalessi is an actress, director and assistant director, known for Bert (2018), Melktijd (2019) en het magische schilderij (2015).
She started acting at the Film Actors Academy Amsterdam (FAAAM) and played in several fiction- and commercial films. Helen had a role in Roel Reiné's film Redbad.
With her debut film Bert she won the 48 hours cinekid competition. 
At the moment Helen is mainly focused on voice overs and giving acting classes.

Lukas Hassel

Lukas Hassel is a multiple award-winning actor, writer, and director. He’s a graduate of the Samuel Beckett Theatre School of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. Born and raised in Denmark, he’s now an American citizen.

As an actor, he has appeared in several TV shows, such as Blue Bloods (CBS), Limitless (CBS), The Blacklist (NBC), Elementary (NBC), as well as feature films, such as “The Black Room”,“Art of the Dead” and “In Montauk.”

As a writer, Lukas was the winner of the CineStory Fellowship and has placed in the semifinals of the Nicholl’s Fellowship Competition three times. His LBGT feature length screenplay “The Mechanic” has been optioned by director/producer Charlie Stratton. His horror screenplay “Silhouette” is under option agreement with Emergence Pictures. His TV Pilot “Galápagos” won the Shore Fund Script Competition.

As a director, Lukas took his sci-fi script “Into the Dark” and created a
successful short film, which went on to screen in over 70 film festivals
worldwide. In 2017, he directed his second short film, “The Son, the Father…,” which world premiered at the Chinese Theater Cinema in Los Angeles as part of the HollyShorts Film Festival.

Lukas lives in Chelsea, New York City.  Web page

Eelko FERWERDA (1973, Netherlands) is a filmmaker and screenwriter. He studied Audiovisual Design at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam. In 2003, he founded the production company Waanzee with Jasper Wessels. His short film Heartcore (2007) was made during a 10-day masterclass by Rutger Hauer. Geboren en getogen (2010) won the Grand Prix at the Very Short Film Festival in Paris.