Jury Locarno 2012   

Guido Convents (Belgium)

Guido Convents

Dr. Guido Convents, born in 1956, is Belgian. He has a degree in History and Anthropology. He wrote his PhD on the history of cinema. He has published many books and articles about non western contemporary cinema and the History of Cinema. He published also on early polish film history. He writes also on the history of Catholics and their relation to film. At the SIGNIS Secretariat he is responsible for professional contacts with the media world, secretary of the Cinemadesk and editor of the magazine SIGNIS Media. He is a consultant for international festivals, secretary of the Professional Film Critics Association (Brussels) and president of the Belgian African Film Festival.


Julia Helmke (Germany) – President

Julia Helmke

Dr. Julia Helmke is ordained pastor of the Lutheran Church of Germany with a second formation as film critic from the Munich School for Television and Film. She wrote her dissertation on the history of the relationship «church and film and the christian and ecumenical jury work at the film festivals». Works currently as head for the centre of art and culture in the Lutheran Church of Hannover and is involved in the national and international ecumenical movement. Member of the Steering Committee INTERFILM. Member of Ecumenical Juries in Berlin, Locarno, Lübeck, Nyon and Oberhausen.


Ákos Lázár Kovács (Hungary)

Akos Lazar Kovacs

Ákos Lázár Kovács, an aesthete and media-researcher, was born in 1963. He has been the head of the Institute of Communication and Media Studies at the Pázmány Péter Catholic University  – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences as an associate professor since 2006. His doctoral (Ph.D. and DLA) studies were completed in the field of sociology of religion in Vienna and film theory in Budapest. He has published two books on his own and nearly a hundred academic articles. Media- and filmtheory, film aesthetics and visual communications belong to his specialities. He has also been the head of the film section at the Hungarian Catholic Association of the Press and the director of the Faludi International Youth Film Festival and Photo Competition in Budapest.


Gabriella Lettini (USA)

Gabriella Lettini

Italian Waldensian minister, she studied at the Facolta’ Valdese di Teologia in Rome and then received her Ph.D. from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She is now a professor of ethics at Starr King School for the Ministry –  Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. Lettini’s theological work integrates the arts and social justice issues. Thesis on Christologies in Film and classes on Theology and Ethics in Film. Lettini is a member of INTERFILM-North America and has been on the Ecumenical jury in Montreal. She regularly attends the New York Film Festival, the San Francisco International Film Festival and the Pacific Film Archives (PFA). She presented several papers on film and theology at annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion.


Denyse Muller (France)

Denyse Muller

Pastor of Reformed Church of France and Protestant Church of Geneva. After a childhood in Cannes, pedagogical training and humanities University, she studied at Protestant Theological University in Montpellier (France) where she graduated, and also at Protestant Theological University in Chicago and Richmond (USA). She worked as a minister in different parishes in Virginia (USA), France and Switzerland. Member of Pro-Fil (France) and WACC-Europe Steering Committee, since 2003 Vice-President of INTERFILM and  President of INTERFILM-FRANCE. Since 2000 she is organizing together with SIGNIS the Ecumenical Jury at Cannes Filmfestival. Member of Ecumenical Juries in Locarno, Berlin, Cannes, Montreal, Karlovy Vary, Yerevan, Varsovie.


Benjamin Ruch (Switzerland)

Benjamin Ruch

Born in 1983, studies in catholic theology and public law at the universities of Lucerne (Switzerland) and Leuven (Belgium). Currently working as a lecturer for religion and for the catholic university parish in Zurich. Benjamin Ruch was in 2007 member of the interreligious jury at the festival «Visions du réel» in Nyon and participated in the conferences of the international research group «Film und Theologie». Due to his specialisation in the research area of systematic theology, he is interested in interactions between theology and society, i.e. the way of representation of religion in art and media.

Thursday, 21 June 2012, 14:36