Jury Locarno 2015   

Catherine Wong (China) – President

Catherine Wong
Catherine Wong (*1972) is a film reviewer and a regular columnist, she contributes reviews to newspapers and websites in Hong Kong. Currently she works as a producer for religious television programs for the Catholic Church where she started in 1995. Catherine received her Master degree in Communications and Journalism from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and belongs to the staff of SIGNIS Hong Kong. She has been member of Ecumenical Juries in Montreal, Cannes, Karlovy Vary and Leipzig. Based on her large experience in SIGNIS jurywork Catherine is the Chairwoman of this years Locarno Ecumenical Jury.

Fr Martin Ernesto Bernal Alonso (Argentina)

Martin Ernesto Bernal Alonso
Martin Ernesto Bernal Alonso (*1964) studied first of all Graphical and Industrial Design, continued with liberal arts and a degree in Theology and Philosophy at the Catholic University of Buenos Aires. Finally he did a postgraduate study in Communication at the Latin-American Faculty of social sciences. He started to work as a journalist and teaches at the same time at the university. He became vice president of SIGNIS Argentina. He has been member of SIGNIS juries (BAFICI) and served at the ecumenical juries in Cannes and Montreal.

Gaëlle Courtens (Italy)

Gaëlle Courtens
Gaëlle Courtens (*1967) is a journalist specialising in religious matters. As editor of the News Agency nev notizie evangeliche and as press officer for the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, her main topics are: ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, religious freedom, secularity, migrations, human rights. She holds a master degree in Italian Language and Literature, Sociology, Political Science at the University of Zurich. She has been member of the INTERFILM Jury in Venice and the jury PRIX FAREL in Neuchâtel (Switzerland).

P. Franz-Xaver Hiestand SJ (Switzerland)

Franz-Xaver Hiestand
Franz-Xaver Hiestand SJ (*1962) studied German language and literature, Latin and History of the modern age at the University of Zürich and finished these studies in 1988 with a licence degree. In the same year he entered the Society of Jesus. From 1990 until 1997 he studied Philosophy and Theology in Munich and Paris. Since 1997 he is student chaplain, first in Paris, then in Berne and Lucerne, and now in Zürich. Since 1984 he works as film reviewer and since 2003 as director of spiritual exercises with films. Locarno Filmfestival is his first experience as a jury member.

Dr. Ola Sigurdson (Sweden)

Ola Sigurdson
Ola Sigurdson (*1966) is Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of the Centre for Culture and Health at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He has held visiting scholarships in Uppsala, Sweden, Cambridge (UK) and Princeton (USA). Sigurdson is author of twenty books and anthologies. He is also active as a cultural journalist and commentator in Swedish media. One of his main professional interests is film and theology, where he has published extensively in English and Swedish. He was a member of the jury for the Church of Sweden Film Prize at Gothenburg Film Festival.

Pfr. Dr.theol.h.c. Thomas Wipf (Switzerland)

Thomas Wipf
Thomas Wipf (*1946) studied reformed Theology in Basel, Münster/Westfalen and Zurich. He was parish pastor and member of the Board of the Reformed Church of Zurich. As President of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (1999-2010) he was engaged in various cultural events, he promoted e.g. the project of contemporary artists at the Expo02. He was President of the Community of Protestant Churches in Europe (2006-2012), founder and first President of the Swiss Council of Religions. Since 2013 he is moderator of the European Council of Religious Leaders and member of the Presidium of Religions for Peace International located in New York.



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