Stephanie Jamnicky (Croatia)
International Jury in the 1st Category - Radio fairy tale for children
Born in Cleveland, USA. Has been living in Zagreb, Croatia since the age of three.
Completed schooling and the Academy of Drama Arts (specialization in Theater Directing and Radiophonics) in Zagreb.
Since 2003, has been employed as a Director in Croatian Radio's Drama Program.
Has directed more than two hundred radio-dramas. In addition, has directed short forms and poetry written for children and adapted for radio.
Won Grand Prix Marulic and Grand Prix Nova (co-author with Zoran Sajko).
From 2015-2016 is Artistic director of International festival of Radio Plays and Documentary Radio Drama Prix Marulić.
Mihaela Liliana Schefer (Italy)
International Jury in the 1st Category - Radio fairy tale for children
Programme Director at Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI)
1972 - Classical Studies High School Diploma, Bucharest; 1974 -1979 - Trained as a Soprano at the "Santa Cecilia" Music Conservatory, Rome, obtaining a diploma.
English, French, Romanian and Italian (written and spoken)
Professional Career in International Relations and International Projects, Festivals and Markets
2001 - present day: at RAI Radio Head Office - International Project Marketing - EUYO, European Union Youth Orchestra Project Leader; Since 2001, Organisation of auditions and the selection of young musicians aspiring to join the European Union's Youth Orchestra under the baton of Renowned Conductor, Maestro Vasily Petrenko. In this capacity, Italy's RAI Representative at the annual General Assembly in the European Community offices, Brussels, attended by 28 EUYO Project delegates. Organisation and making of television ads promoting radio channels;
2006 - Mihaela Liliana Schefer has been handling international relations for RAI Radio's Head Office, and for RAI's radio channels. Member of a series of international radio prize juries, e.g. member of the URTI (International Radio and Television Union) Prize's radio jury. At the Maison de la Radio France, International Children's and Youth Radio Drama Festival - Jury member at the Ex Aequo Prize in Bratislava, at the Gaudeamus Prize in Bucharest, Romania etc. 2015, Turin, President of URTI (International Television and Radio Union) Prize. Currently, for the 70th edition of Prix Italia, she was named President of a Jury for the Radio Music Category.
She interfaces for Prix Italia and other international festivals with RAI Radio's Head Office, curating the organisation of the presentation of radio programmes, recording of programmes etc.) and actively takes part in major RAI Radio's Head Office events.
Ján Uličiansky (Slovak Republic)
International jury in the 1st category - Radio fairy tale for children
is a writer, playwright, dramaturge, director, creative producer and lecturer. He studied directing and dramaturgy at the Puppetry Department of the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He worked for the Puppet Theatre in Kosice as a director and later on he became a dramaturge, chief dramaturge and team leader in the Slovak Radio, where he worked for 20 years. Currently he gives lectures at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava, besides working as a creative producer in Radio and Television Slovakia, RTVS. He has received many awards for his works for the puppet theatre, theatre, radio and television as well as for his books for children. He was nominated for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, his books are listed in the Honour List of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People), he has received the Trojruža Award and the Literary Fund Award for his lifework.
Péter Mészáros (Hungary)
International Jury in the 2nd Category - Radio play for youthfilm director, writer
1988-93 aesthetics at the Philological Faculty of the University of Arts and Sciences
1992-97 Georgian Academy and Film, film director
2002 winner of the Golden Palm in Cannes (After Rain as a best short film),
2003- sign a contract with Twentieth Century Fox
2004 Who's The Cat? In Berlinale Official Program
2004 shot the Hungarian short film for joining EU "Europe square XXL project" (ten country film-project, produced by D Nerve Lab Amsterdam)
2004 - gives lectures at the faculty of Film and Aesthetic Studies at Pecs University
2006 the Hungarian tv-premiere of Stammbuch
2006 world-premiere of Kythera (feature film) at The Locarno International FilmFestival (Golden Leopard Nomination for the Best Film)
2007 two awards of Kythera at The Hungarian Film Festival (Best Female Leading Role, Best Editing)
2007 European premiere of Stammbuch in Rome Film Festival
2012- He is a director and writer of Hungarian Radio Theatre, where he directs permanently several contemporary and classic Hungarian plays (more than 30), including his own ones. He works together several leaders of the Hungarian actors and actresses, composers of the Hungarian contemporary music scene. His products are listened to by hundreds of thousands in Hungary.
2012- has an acting class as a master in Shakespeare Theatrical Art Academy
2012 - Béla Balázs Prize (Hungarian State Award for outstanding Filmmakers)
1999 The Foolish Pomegranate Tree (85 min)
2002 After Rain (5 min)
2003 Monasteries' men (documentary 90 min)
2003 Forestbelt (14 min, USA)
2006 Stammbuch (68 min, TV)
2006 Kythera (feature, 85 min)
2009 Georgia Good Like (55min, documentary)
2017 Symphony For A Revolution (60 min)
Malfunction (radio play)
Radio Free Moscow (radio play)
Soila Valkama (Finland)
International Jury in the 2nd Category - Radio play for youth
Soila Valkama is a director, a dramaturge and an actress. She moved to Paris, France 1989 and studied acting at Ecole Jacques Lecoq and Ecole d'art dramatique Florent, cours libre 1989-92. 1993 Valkama returned to Finland and worked as an actress. 1994 returned to study, she studied directing at the Theatre Academy of Finland and on a Henrik Steffens Preis scholarship from the Alfred Toepfer Stiftung from 1994 to 1995 and on a continuation scholarship from 1996 to 1997 at the Ernst Busch Hochschule für Schauspielkunst where she also taught acting. She graduated in 1998 as Master of Arts from the Theatre Academy of Finland with directing as her major subject. Soila Valkama has acted at the Finnish National Theatre, Turku City Theatre, several smaller theatres, on television and on the radio. She has directed and adapted plays for the Lahti City Theatre, for various small theatre groups and for television and radio. She taught radio directing, acting and dramaturgy at the University of Birzeit on the West Bank in 1998 and has worked as a director, dramaturge and producer and as a program developer with the Finnish Broadcasting Company, in the Radio Theatre since 1999. YLE's winning drama entry to Prix Europa 2010. Bulgarian National Radio's winning documentary entry to Prix Marulic 2013. YLE's winning Ars Acustica entry to Prix Marulic 2014.
Štefan Timko (Slovak Republic)
International jury in the 2nd category - Radio play for youth
studied screenwriting and dramaturgy at the Film and TV Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava (2000). He completed his postgraduate studies as a full-time student at the Faculty of Arts of the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra (2011). He worked as a dramaturge at the Slovak Radio's studio in Košice (2001 - 2006) and he also gave lectures on the creation of radio programmes at the Faculty of Drama of the Academy of Arts in Banská Bystrica (2007 - 2010). At present he works as a lecturer (assistant professor) at the Faculty of Central European Studies of the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, specializing mainly in Central European cinematography, theatre studies and popular culture. Besides writing professional texts he is currently also involved in preparing radio drama programmes as well as radio drama works for children and entertainment programmes. He has won several awards for his activities as an author as well as for his work in the field of radio drama (among others: Verš (Vers), Dráma (Drama), Rozhlasová žatva (Radio Harvest), Zázračný oriešok (Magic Nut), rewards by the Literature Fund).
Timotea Vráblová (Slovak Republic)
Slovak Section of IBBY Jury
works at the Institute of Slovak Literature of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. As a literary historian, she studies older periods of Slovak literature (16th - 18th centuries). Her research interest includes also literature for children and youth. She gives lectures on Children's Literature and Psychology of Children's Observation at the Puppetry Department of the Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She is international coordinator of the Centre for Children's Literature, Reading and the Slovak Section of IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People) at BIBIANA, the International House of Art for Children. She is also a co-founder of the IBBY INSTITUTE BRATISLAVA and President of the Slovak Section of IBBY. Since 2009 she has been cooperating with the Slovak Radio.