The INFF places great emphasis on a balanced judging of the submitted films. Therefore, the team of INFF-jurors is mixed from professionals in the field of cinema, environmental film productions and the environmental sciences. The respective winner of the previous year is invited to the jury of the succeeding edition.
Screenwriter, film producer, cameraman, director and emeritus professor of the Vienna Film Academy.
Christian Berger started his career in 1968 as a permanent freelancer of the ORF [Austrian Broadcasting Association]. In the 1970s he founded his own production company; intensively worked on documentaries and photojournalism and also cooperated in TV productions as director, producer, and co-author. Since the 80s he has been focusing on his own, frequently award-winning feature film projects. Starting in the 1990s, he has taught at important film schools, e.g. in France, Germany, Italy, Cuba, Israel and Switzerland.
Together with Bartenbach LichtLabor he developed the new film lighting method, the “Cine Reflect Lighting System”, which he has used in all of his work since 2011.
In addition to numerous international awards for this work, a highlight of his career was the 2010 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for “The White Ribbon”. And, of course, there is the 2010 Oscar Nomination for “Best Cinematography”.
Annie Dissaux began her artistic career as a musician and illustrator where she deepened the research on animated sculptures and drawings at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in the class of Christian Boltanski.
After an introduction to the world of the feature film in “Hotel de France” by Patrice Chéreau and then as an assistant to Jean Douchet and Alain Bergala, she integrated computer work into the world of film animation. So in the mid 80ies she found herself in a manageable group of 20 pioneers of computerized animated film.
At this time she is a member of the group “Type 3000”, digital artists of the first hour and created numerous TV animations in 2D, short films, jingles, advertising spots as an independent director. During this period she also won the coveted FIPA d’Or for the best international short film production. Since 2003, Annie Dissaux devotes a form of animated Land Art in her cinematic work, that follows a concept called Vegetal Style. Among her recent works falls “Terre-Eau”, a scenography which is inspired from a short work of the writer Jean-Loup Trassard and by imagining a watercourse.
For 15 years, Annie Dissaux excited her students, both at the EMCA (L’Ecole des Métiers du Cinéma d’Animation) in Angoulême, but also in the Fondation Lagardère and the Art Gallery of Siggraph in USA.
has a degree in biology. In 2001 he founded Innsbruck Nature Film Days, held annually since then. 2013, the event was renamed in Innsbruck Nature Film Festival. Since then, the international competition for movies with nature and the environment is growing and has developed into an international event in the capital of the Alps.
After completing his studies Johannes Kostenzer worked in France, Corsica and Marseille. After a few years as a self-employed he started to work as an expert of Natural History for the State of Tyrol. After a training in public relations, he built up the publicity for Nature Conservation of the State of Tyrol. This period also saw the beginning of the Innsbruck Nature Film Days. From 2005, he planned and coordinated the development of care and placement of Tyrolean sanctuaries. Since 2008 he is the Tyrolean Environmental Ombudsman with the aim to sensitize people for the careful handling of nature and the environment.
Mario started experimenting with Super 8 cameras at the age of six. He quit his studies at the technical college for Communication Engineering to dedicate his professional life to filmmaking and has been successfully producing documentaries and reports for the last twenty years now. Since 1997, he has also been steering the fate of the PKM FilmproduktionsgmbH (founded in 1988) as its Managing Director. Mario’s great passion is sailboat cruising: one day he will make his dream come true together with his wife and two children, leave the city of Klagenfurt and put to sea for a longer period.
Mario uses a combination of spotting scopes and large sensor cameras when shooting documentaries. In his workshop he provides an insight into this technique and the results it produces.
MSc in Biology, researcher and assistant professor, since 2005, in Soil Biochemistry at the University of Tuscia, Italy. The main research interests are focused on soil chemistry and biochemistry and, in particular, on the assessment and use of soil quality and health indicators in a wide range of land uses from forest to archeological soils. Her research activity is presented in 135 scientific publications. She is member of the Italian Society of Soil Science (SISS).
She spent periods of study and research in the United States (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis/St.Paul), China (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, CAAS, Beijing), Scotland (School of Biological Sciences, Stirling). She has given seminars and lectures at national level and in China (Chinese Agricultural University, CAU, Beijing) (Spain (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia), and Greece (Aristotele University, Thessaloniki).
The growing impact of soil issues on modern society and on human sustainable life on this planet stimulated her recent wish to contribute to raise soil awareness within the general public outside proper academic contexts such as primary/high schools, specific events and public associations.
Since 2006 Silvana Resch is in the company of the “Tiroler Tageszeitung”. She is editor for culture and the media, before that she too worked as a video journalist and video teacher at the Media College Innsbruck.
After graduating her interest for the media and especially the passion for the moving image led her to London. A film workshop was the beginning of a two -year stay, during which she participated in various independent film productions. Then she started to study political science at the University of Innsbruck, by that time she was employed as a camerawoman and as an editor.
In 2001 she moved to the Zelig School for documentary to Bolzano, where she was trained as a film editor. Currently, she visits a master’s course at the Danube University Krems in cross-media design and development.
born in Sindelfingen, Katja studied geography in Münster, Aix-en-Provence and Berlin and then worked as an urban planner in a Potsdamer plate area. Jump to Hamburg at the Henri Nannen School of Journalism. After a stopover in the science section of the “Stern” magazine, she since 2005 is text and TV-editor at the magazine GEO. She takes care of the topics and stories of the “Biosphäre” and is responsible for “360 ° GEO-report” on arte (TV-channel), which again produced 26 documentaries in the 16th year of its existence. Since 2014 she is responsible for the selection of documentaries of the new pay-TV channel GEO-TELEVISION .
In 2008 she won a trio with two GEO colleagues the Henri Nannen Prize for the GEO Report on overfishing of the oceans. Furthermore she wrote two books: One on cormorants and “Stadtlust – Joghurt ist uns Landliebe genug”.