The Jury

MosFestFilm Jury members in 2024

Lothar Herzog (Germany) was born in Freiburg, Germany, and grew up in Paris. He studied Applied Cultural Studies in Hildesheim, worked on theatre productions, and produced video installations. Then, he studied Film Studies in San Francisco and Film Directing at the German Film & Television Academy (dffb) in Berlin. His short films were shown at numerous international film festivals, including Cannes and Berlinale.

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Vladimir Shuvannikov (Russia) – film director and creative producer of the Zvezda television channel. Graduate of VGIK (non-fiction film directing), Winner of the film festivals “Crystal Compass,” “Meridian of Hope,” “TRAVEL FILM in Russian,” “Sea Calls,” “Radonezh,” “Meeting,” “Vechevsky Bell,” “Patriot of Russia.” Laureate of film festivals: “Radiant Angel,” “Salt of the Earth,” “International Film Assembly on the Dnieper,” and “Golden Phoenix.”

Natalia Primakova (Russia) – film critic, director and screenwriter of documentary films, TV and radio presenter. TEFI laureate (film “Vertov and Riefenstahl”), Russian Guild of Film Critics Winner Award, Golden Aries prizewinner (for work at the Kinotavr film festival). Guild of Film Critics member, Fédération internationale de la presse cinématographique member.

Helga Efre (Russia) is a film director, screenwriter, producer, and actress.
She has been a member of the Filmmakers’ Union since 2013. Her portfolio includes more than 30 film projects. Helga works with Russian film studios and international productions – in London, Berlin, and Los Angeles.
Helga’s journey in the arts began at GITIS, where she honed her skills in the scriptwriting workshop of Yuri Korotkov. She furthered her education at Wordshop Academy, specializing in directing. Her talent extends beyond the film industry, as she is also a playwright for Moscow theatres and a poetess, showcasing her diverse artistic abilities.
Practises meditation and the Buddhist and Taoist lineages of mastery.

Roman Nesterenko (Russia) – a member of the Union of Cinematographers of Russia, producer, film director, actor, author of the comedy film “Sudden Happiness,” laureate of the “Golden Phoenix” film festival by the Guild of Film Directors of Russia, “MosFestFilm,” and international film festivals in Sochi, Madrid, London, Venice, Milan, Paris, and Saint Petersburg.

Bluket Vasilika (Russia) – Industry Relations Manager at the Moscow Film School. Former Development Manager of the Moscow Shorts Short Film Festival and the PatrikiFilmFestival. Worked as a digital account manager at SOCIALIST agency and Hype Agency. Jury member of the “Ice Plate” film festival. Holds a higher education degree in History (Moscow State Pedagogical University) and in Law (Russian State University for the Humanities), with additional education as a “Film Scholar-Editor” (VGIK).

Olga Shvedova – Russian actress, producer, screenwriter, and director of the Matrix Movie School.