Camera Justitia is the competition programme on law and justice at the Movies that Matter Festival. During the festival, an international jury will watch all nine selected films. On 24 March the Camera Justitia Award will be presented to the director of the winning film. We are proud to present the composition of this year's Camera Justitia jury.
Taru Spronken will be chairing the Camera Justitia Jury 2016. Following her graduation from the Utrecht University Faculty of Law in 1979, Taru Spronken worked as defence counsel in private practice in Maastricht the Netherlands. From 1987 onwards Spronken was lecturer in criminal law at the University of Maastricht. She founded the University Legal Aid clinic (Advocatenpraktijk Universiteit Maastricht) to which she was related up until 2013. Mrs. Spronken is specialised in human rights and criminal law; as such she was strongly involved in the European Court of Human Rights. In 2002, Spronken became Professor of Criminal Defence and in 2005 Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Maastricht.
Her research focuses on the implications of EU cooperation in criminal law and procedural safeguards for both victims and suspects. Spronken built an extensive European research network and has been involved in a large number of international research projects including in China. She has been member of the Advisory Committee on Criminal Law of the Dutch Bar Association, of the Dutch Association of Defence Counsel and chair of the Legal Development Committee of the European Criminal Bar Association. Since September 2013 Taru Spronken works as Attorney General at the Supreme Court of the Netherlands. Besides she is still employed part of her time as Professor at the University of Maastricht.
Iwana Chronis has been heading the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2009. The Hubert Bals Fund provides financial support to extraordinary filmmakers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East in the realization of their feature films. Prior to this position, she worked at the Prince Claus Fund for Culture and Development as Program Coordinator of its Cultural Emergency Response program for endangered cultural heritage and briefly at The Netherlands Foundation for Visual Arts, Design and Architecture (now Mondriaan Fund) and the Movies that Matter Festival.
She has a Master degree in Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and in Social Theory at the University of Melbourne (Australia).
Mark P. Dillon is the Head of Information and Evidence at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. As part of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Information and Evidence Unit is responsible for managing, protecting, and processing all the evidence submitted to the Court.
Prior to joining the ICC, Mark spent a number of years working on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry and the Omagh Bombing Inquest, in Northern Ireland. He also spent two years at the Harold Shipman Inquiry in Manchester. Mark is co-chairman of the Hague Justice Portal , which serves as a web-based gateway to information on the latest developments and events in The Hague in the fields of peace, justice and security. Dillon frequently speaks on the subject of the ICC, access to justice and evidence management. He has also written several articles and book chapters.
Mirsad Purivatra is Director of the Sarajevo Film Festival. In the 1980s, he oversaw numerous stage productions as director of the Sarajevo Obala Art Centar. During the war (1992-1995), he organized exhibitions with artists from around the world and Bosnia and Herzegovina, and initiated what became known as a “war cinema”. In 1995, Mirsad Purivatra co-founded the Sarajevo Film Festival, now one of the most influential film festivals in Europe, with the Centar, and retains the post of festival director.
Starting in 2003, Mirsad Purivatra initiated and developed the CineLink Co-Production Market as a part of the Sarajevo Film Festival, with a goal of aiding the development of regional cinematography, discovery of new talents, and the launching of new projects on the wider European market. CineLink is recognized as the most potent catalyst for regional film production today.
Mirsad Purivatra was producer of the film Circus Columbia, directed by Danis Tanovic, and co-producer of the film Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan and upcoming film Sierra Nevada directed by Cristi Puiu. He also teaches production at the Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts. He is the recipient of numerous national and international awards and recognitions, such as the French Knight of the Order of Arts and Humanities.
Leonard Retel Helmrich is a Dutch cinematographer and film director of Indonesian descent. He was born in Tilburg, Netherlands and has lived in Amsterdam since 1982. He received highest honours for international documentaries at the Sundance Festival and was the first two-time International Documentary winner at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) for his Indonesian trilogy Eye of the Day, Shape of the Moon and Position among the Stars. Retel Helmrich is famous for perfecting the 'Single Shot Cinema' filming method and his related technical camera innovations. During the Movies that Matter Festival, Leonard Retel Helmrich will not only participate in the jury, but will also present a masterclass about his work