Jean-Christoph Caron - Head of Documentaries of PHOENIX (μICRO’s jury president)
Jean-Christoph is the head of the PHOENIX Documentary Department, a German public TV channel. Several of his films were nominated for national and international film awards, such as The Great Crash of Lehman Brothers (German Award for Business Journalism 2010), Death Flight Pan AM 103 (Prix Europa 2014), The Oppenheimer Files (Hesse Film Award 2018), and the Secret Life of James Bond which received a special screening movie premiere at the Filmfestival of Cologne 2020. His latest creative work focuses on serialized documentary formats including The Body Language of the Powerful (phoenix 2017-2019) and What If…? a doc series on alternative history (phoenix 2017-2020). Jean-Christoph especially loves docs that provide lessons from history and science or deeper analyses of the world of politics. Currently he is working on a documentary on the Cretan resistance and on German war crimes in Crete.
Matthaios Frantzeskakis - Director of the Chania international Film Festival
He was born and raised in Chania. He studied Mathematics in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has attended seminars and training courses in journalism, administration of cultural organisations and social economy, and in cinema. He’s been an educator since 1995. He has worked in publications, radio and television. Since 2002 he is the director of the Crete Cultural Organisation and the publishing house The City Compass, that published the cultural newspaper of the same name. He’s been involved in cinema and film-making since 2000, particularly with its educational dimension. He’s participated in the production of important documentary films, educational films, books, as well as in the coordination of many public events. He has co-written the script of the documentary film “Allos Dromos Den Ypirhe” (There Was No Other Way, 2009). In 2018 he researched and wrote the script for the documentary “Flowers Fade Early”, which he co-directed. He has also directed the short films “Astrikas 1945, The Last Battle”, “The Ancient Olive Tree”, “Marika, Why Be Afraid”. He has run the production of approximately 80 educational films and he has published 70 books. He is the director of the Chania Film Festival Coordinator of the 6 teachers of the programs of the Chania Film Festival.
GIORGOS A. PAPACONSTANTINOU - Architect, director of documentary films and multimedia projects. Emeritus professor, University of Thessaly
Born in Athens in 1953. Studies in architecture (Athens), in cinema and interactive multimedia (Paris). Master thesis in Fine Arts and Image Technology, University of Paris VIII. PhD Thesis in Arts and Sciences of Art, Paris I University-Panthéon Sorbonne. Since 1999, he teaches Representation Technologies at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece and he is a member of LECAD laboratory. Since 1985, he works as a director of documentary films on art, architecture and the city as well as of cultural interactive multimedia.
Claudia Schreiner - Head of Masterschool, Documentary Campus, Berlin and Munich.
Studied History in Cologne, Germany, and New York City. M.A. at Columbia University, Ph.D. at the University of Cologne. Worked as TV-journalist for German public broadcaster ZDF and ARD. Until 2017: Head of Program, Culture and Science at ARD/MDR, Leipzig. responsible for live broadcast of cultural events, TV magazines and for the development and production of documentaries (history, science, society, arts, wildlife) and creative feature length documentaries. Her department initiated and was partner in several award winning international co-productions – i.e.“Under the Sun” by Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, “Night will fall” by Andrew Singer and “Rabbit á la Berlin” by Bartek Konopk. In 2017 she left MDR and took over the position as Head of Studies at Documentary Campus Masterschool – a European development program for filmmakers.
Evanthia Papadatou was born in 1958 in Piraeus. He graduated from the Greek-French School of Piraeus "Ioanna d'Arc" and the Department of Political Sciences of the Panteion University in 1981. Then, she obtained two master's degrees at the University of Paris X Nanterre and in 1983 from the Department of Political Science in "Ideology and Political Systems". She has worked as a french language teacher, as an interpreter and animator in programs of the french radio television and since 1984 she has been serving in the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She is an ardent supporter of the International Documentary Festival "Beyond Borders" in Castellorizo from its first year and she contributed to the establishment of the Special Award of Odyssey, for the best film and for the support of Greek Diaspora directors.