MIKE MAGIDSON - USA/France
Mike Magidson is an American filmmaker based in Paris and Copenhagen. Fascinated by stories of cultural conflict and man’s relationship with nature, Magidson has shot over 40 films in often challenging locales around the globe, from the Mongolian desert to the Australian outback. Armed only with three cameras and newly learned traditional survival skills, he spent a month alone in 2015 filming on the sea-ice of Greenland. His 2012 coming-of-age drama, Inuk, garnered 28 international film festival awards and was released in over 30 countries before becoming Greenland’s official selection for the 85th Academy Awards. His film “Call of the Ice“ was screened in competition at MAFF 2016.
MARJE JURTSHENKO - Estonia
Marje Jurtshenko has been working for Estonian Television (ETV) as the buyer for the procurement programme since 2000, specialising in documentaries. Since 2008, she is the Editor-in-Chief of ETV2. In addition to television work, she has worked as an editor and producer in the field on film and has directed some documentaries. In 2004–2015, she developed and led the documentary project “Eesti lood” (“Estonian stories”). On 1 October, Marje shall take up the post of Editor-in-Chief of ETV.
ANTS TAMMIK - Estonia
Ants is a young Estonian director and cinematographer. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn and spent time abroad, perfecting his skills at FAMU, Prague. Before immersing in the world of film, Ants also practised photography. Today, Ants has achieved international acclaim in both fields, photography and cinematography, by having his work displayed at festivals and galleries in Estonia and Europe. He won the best photography award in “Man and Nature“ category for his film “Fragile World“ at MAFF 2016. Ants is currently busy with feature projects and documentaries.
NICK UPTON - Great Britain
Nick, a passionate naturalist since childhood, left biological research in 1987 to work with David Attenborough on a major BBC series “The Trials of Life”. He then directed and produced many wildlife films through independent companies for the BBC and broadcasters wordwide, including several shot in the Baltic states and Finland about beavers, predators and bats. His films have won 11 “Best of Festival” awards and are approaching 100 awards in total. He now works as a freelance stills photographer, writer and videographer, and he has documented several major UK conservation and rewilding projects. His work is much published in books and magazines and has appeared in National Geographic. He won the British Wildlife Photography Awards documentary series category in 2014 and 2016.
TRIIN NÕU - Estonia
Triin is currently working as the managing editor for a nature and science magazine. Besides making sure all the magazines reach the printhouse at the right time, sometimes she writes an article or two. So far the articles have been mainly about edible wild plants. Natural and cultivated plants have fascinated Triin since a young age. She has studied environmental protection and plant cultivation. During her free time, she is most likely in the garden or enjoying the nature.
VELJO RUNNEL - Estonia
Biologist, populariser of nature, nature sound recordist. Has contributed to radio programmes “Helisev loodus”, “Kõrv loodusesse”, “Ökoskoop”, “Ilmaparandaja”, and has compiled many records in cooperation with the Estonian Fund for Nature and the magazine Eesti Loodus (Estonian Nature). He has curated exhibitions at the University of Tartu Natural History Museum. His recodings can be heard on the soundtracks of many nature documentaries (“Old Man and the Moose”, "Life on the Mother River", “Fragile World”, “Landscape Patterns”).