Jury

We are proud to announce the jury for the 36th annual Wicked Queer Film Festival.

Narrative Feature Film:

Gregor Schmidinger
Gregor is a Vienna-based screenwriter and director. He studied screenwriting at the University of California Los Angeles, USA. His work includes the two short films 'The Boy Next Door' and 'Homophobia‘. His first feature film NEVRLAND had its World Premiere at Wicked Queer in 2019, was awarded Best Feature Film at the Filmfestival Kitzbühel, Best International Feature at The Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival and the Thomas-Pluch Spezialpreis for Best Screenplay at the Diagonale 2019. Gregor is a jury member of the Austrian Motion Picture Rating Organisation and one of the founders of the Porn Film Festival Vienna.

Lisa Rose
Lisa Rose was appointed as Queer Screen’s Festival Director at the end of May 2017 after having served on it's Board of Directors for four and half years, as President, Vice-President and Membership Director. Queer Screen is based in Sydney, Australia and is a not for profit charity that was founded in 1993 and produces Queer Screen's Mardi Gras Film Festival each February and Queer Screen Film Fest each September; as well as supporting Australian LGBTIQ+ filmmakers with industry initiatives such as Queer Screen Completion Fund, Queer Screen Pitch-Off and My Queer Career.
An eager film buff, Lisa comes from a sales, service and marketing background and is a passionate believer in giving voice to all forms of queer entertainment, Lisa is focused on showcasing and championing diversity.

Ellie Brigida
Ellie Brigida is a musician, producer and podcaster from Boston, MA. Ellie is the co-host and producer of Lez Hang Out - a leading LGBTQ podcast on the TAGG podcast network with 30k monthly listeners and over half a million downloads to date. It has been featured on LOGO's list of best queer podcasts, HER's The Best LGBTQ+ Podcasts You Should Be Listening To and named #1 lesbian podcast to listen to on FeedSpot.

Documentary Feature Film.

Neelu Bhuman
Neelu Bhuman is an independent auteur filmmaker exploring socio-political themes as they play out in close relations. Playfully evoking insights into the workings of difference, their films blend viewpoints ranging from race, gender, sexuality, culture, class, and romance. Pushing these themes in their first feature-length TRANSFINITE (Wicked Queer, 2019) and short films FU377 (2014) and MORE LOVE. LESS PREPACKAGED BULLSHIT (2017), Neelu’s films purposefully move towards abstract retellings of the problematics of identity categories and foregrounding varieties of resilience and resistance to experiences of duress – both immediate and political. TRANSFINITE (2019) is distributed by OUTtv while FU377 (2014) and MORE LOVE. LESS PREPACKAGED BULLSHIT (2017) are being distributed by the Canadian distribution company CFMDC. Neelu identifies as a non-binary transmasculine bisexual immigrant of Indian origin, who has lived, studied, and contributed to the USA and UK societies for over 20 years.

Meninaputri Wismurti
Meninaputri Wismurti found her love of film at the age of three, watching spaghetti westerns and Mandarin kung fu flicks with her Dad before bedtime. Volunteer-turned-program-director-turned Festival Director for Q! Film Festival, Menina moved on to be a Jury member for the Berlin International Film Festival 2008 Teddy Award, and then film programmer for KineForum, festival manager for French, Australian, and Korean Film Festivals, MPAA Indonesia Manager, and film curator for Europalia Arts Festival. Menina has always brought her dedication to human rights issues into all of her film positions, including when she directed PSA on Indonesian domestic workers: #NotJustAMaid. Recently she participated in the Japan Foundation's Human Rights and Migrant Movement Program at the Asia Center in Tokyo, Yokohama and Kyoto. Currently Ms. Wismurti splits her time as Film Programmer for the 100% Manusia Film Festival, the only human rights film festival in Indonesia that she co-founded in 2017, managing her film promotions company, and serving as Festival Co-Director for Europe on Screen.

Bard Ydén
Bard Ydén started as a programmer and has worked with film festivals since 2003. From 2007 to 2016 he was the Festival Director for Oslo/Fusion Film Festival, a role he resumed in 2018. Since 2018 he has also been editor and programmer for the Norwegian Short Film Festival. He has programmed for several international festivals and has extensive jury experience. He is the co-founder of The Faroe Islands’ Minority Film Festival, and in 2018 he joined the team of Berlinale Horizon's Startups-program.