EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL 2015 JURY MEMBERS

Asif Kapadia
Writer/Director

#NikonFF Chair of the Jury, has just won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar at the 2016 Academy Awards for his highly-acclaimed film AMY. His previous film, SENNA is the highest-grossing British documentary of all time and won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance 2011. Asif’s work explores the lives of outsiders, those characters who live in extreme and unforgiving circumstances or landscapes. He studied filmmaking at the Royal College of Art and his first film, ‘The Sheep Thief’, was a short telling the story of a gifted street kid. His first feature, ‘The Warrior’, was shot in Rajasthan and won two BAFTA awards in 2003. Asif’s 2007 film ‘Far North’, shot in the arctic and based on a short story by Sara Maitland, premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

Elliot Grove
Founder, Raindance Film Festival

Canadian-born film producer Elliot is the founder of the Raindance Film Festival, which he set up in 1993 to celebrate the work of emerging talent in independent film. He followed this with the launch of the British Independent Film Awards in 1998 and Raindance.TV in 2007, Elliot has produced over 150 short films and five feature films. His first feature film, TABLE 5 (1997) was shot on 35mm and was completed for a total of just £278.38, and in 2006 he produced the multiple-award winning The Living and the Dead. Additionally, he teaches writers and producers in the UK, Europe, Japan and America.

Pieter Ten Hoopen
Emmy Award Nominated Filmmaker & Photographer

An international photographer and filmmaker based in Sweden, Pieter has won three World Press Photo Awards in the portraits and daily life categories and was recently nominated for an Emmy for his film ‘Hungry Horse: Legends of the Everyday’, a ten-year exploration of rural life in Montana. Peter travels around the world documenting the living conditions of minorities and the complex issues they face. His work has taken him to Colombia, Pakistan, Russia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, and he maintains a balance of editorial assignments, personal projects and commercial shoots. Pieter’s wide range of prestigious clients includes The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Le Monde and Plan International.

Dirk Jasper
Product Manager - Professional Products, Nikon

After working as a pro photographer and studying photographical engineering, Dirk Jasper joined Nikon in 1999 as a product specialist for digital imaging products. Having held several positions in education, support, and training, he moved to Nikon Europe as a product manager for professional products in 2011. With his background in image creation, Dirk’s expertise lies in both the technical and storytelling aspects of moving images. Part of his current role is to drive development of hybrid solutions that answer the demands of stills photographers, videographers and the broadcast industry alike. Dirk has become more deeply involved in the video and broadcast aspects of Nikon products since the introduction of the world’s first HD video DSLR, the Nikon D90.