BRUCE BUCKLIN (Chairman of the jury)

From 2001 until 2005, Mr. Bucklin was a member of the International Jury for Ekotopfilm. In 2006 he was appointed the Chairman of the jury. His formal educational includes following degrees: Master of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology from George Washington University, Master of Arts in Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York. From 1965 to 1999 he worked various elements of the US Government. From 1999 until June 2007 he was the Director Competitions for the prestigious CINE Golden Eagle Film & Video Competition. He managed the planning and conduct of two film and video competitions with a total of 800 to 1000 films every year.


Studied at Johannes-Gutenberg-University, where he got his Master degree in Political Science. In 1986 Halim started working as a reporter in ZDF-Studio Hesse, later as a reporter and editor of the prime time ZDF news-magazine “heute journal”, then in ZDF-Reporterpool, mainly as special correspondent in war-and crisis zones such as Bosnia, Albania, Lebanon and Iraq. In 2007 he became the director in the ZDF foreign studio Istanbul, covering Turkey, Iran and Afghanistan. Since May 2012 he works as a reporter in ZDFzoom. Besides his journalism work he’s also author of numerous TV- documentaries, i.e.  “Im Reich der Tausend Prinzen”,” Nur weg hier”,  „Das wird schon klappen“, “Massaker im Wüstensand“„ Verrückt nach Istanbul“, „Der Fluchhafen Berlin“, „Eingeschweißt und abgepackt“, „Gewinn ist King““, „Schmutzige Schifffahrt“, „Dreckiges Gold“, Die Neue Rechte“.


Betsy Walters is the Executive Director of CINE, an organization focused on honoring and championing the best in professional, independent and student media. Betsy began her career at CINE while still a student at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, DC, graduating with honors in 2004 with a degree in Electronic Media. She succeeded Bruce Bucklin as CINE Director of Competitions in 2007, managing CINE’s signature Golden Eagle Awards program. She assumed the role of Executive Director in 2016, overseeing CINE’s staff, operations, programming and events, including the Marvin Hamlisch Film Scoring Contest and CINE PitchFest and Master Class series. She has served on the jury of the HollyShorts Film Festival, Santa Fe International Film Festival, ScriptDC and as a panelist for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ fellowship program for media artists.


Conservationist and researcher. Studied at the Lomonosov Moscow State University and the Comenius University in Bratislava. His award winning work is recognized all over the world; in Berlin, Washington, New York, Saint Petersburg, Oxford and Prosiměřice. Peter is author of numerous projects in 83 countries under the auspices of UNESCO, where he is responsible for expedition planning, scientific publication and popularization (1,6 billion readability). He spent more than 4 years without shelter across the globe, studying the wildlife. Peter’s work has been referred in Science, Nature, PNAS, BBC, National Geographic, Scientific American, Time, New Scientist, YAHOO, Times of India, Vesti etc.


Born in 1957 in Katowice, Poland. Graduated from School of Art and Education, University of Silesia, majoring in painting, member of The Polish Artists’ Union.
She works as a painter, book designer, worked as an assistant at the University of Silesia, Department of Aesthetics Studies, Poland; teacher of art courses at the Edmonton Art Gallery (Alberta Art Center) Canada.
13 solo exhibitions in Poland, Germany, Australia, the Czech Repuplic; currently makes feature film Ripples on the Water.


Born in Spain and since 1995 have been living in Slovakia. Graduated at the University of Complutense in Madrid in Slavonic philology and spent the last two semesters at the Faculty of Philosophy of the Comenius University in Bratislava. She’s currently teaching as language instructor of Spanish language at the Faculty of Philosophy in Bratislava. Sanchez also worked as assistant professor at the Faculty of Applied Languages at the University of Economics in Bratislava. She also works as interpreter and translator. From 2000 to 2002 she was involved with the twinning project of the Slovak Ministry of Agriculture, and hence her experience with numerous environmental issues. She did interpreting for many companies and institutions working in the environmental field. Issues related to nature conservation and sustainable development are always part of her classes.