Short Film Competition Jury
Michael Achtman is a digital artist, writer and filmmaker based in the UK. His work frequently involves collaboration with Deaf, disabled and neurodivergent artists and explores accessible practice. His film “Awake” (screened at the Accessible Film Festival in 2018) won the Jury Prize at Superfest (San Francisco) and a special Director’s Award at Look and Roll (Basel). His other short films include “Orin & Anto” and “sift.simmer.shred”. He is an associate artist at filmpro (London) and he also works as an access consultant and audio describer.
Edith van der Heijde
Edith van der Heijde works at Eye Filmmuseum, the museum for film and the moving image in the Netherlands. Eye combines a world-renowned film collection with expertise in restoration, education, exhibitions and international promotion. At Eye she manages national distribution platform for Dutch short films the Short Film Pool, festival distribution catalogue for Dutch experimental film Eye Experimental and as part of the SEE NL department, she is international promotion manager for Dutch shorts and experimental film. SEE NL is a collaboration between Eye Filmmuseum and the Netherlands Film Fund and is responsible for international promotion of Dutch films, film industry and film culture.
Çağlar Kimyoncu is a London-based transmedia artist who also works as an arts consultant and curator. His projects have ranged from experimental art films to site-specific installations, screenings/ projections and photography. He is committed to exploring and adapting art forms to create an inclusive experience for a varied audience. From 1999 to 2006 he was the artistic director of London Disability Film Festival alongside Julie McNamara. He contributed to disability film festivals in Europe, New Zealand, Australia and North America. He is currently the founder and the artistic director of filmpro in London, a digital arts organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting disabled artists and artists experiencing barriers.