The Golden Prague Festival is an annual showcase for the best television programs from around the world. For the 60th edition of the Golden Prague, a panel of expert jurors has been assembled to select the best films in various categories, including documentaries, performing arts and concert recordings. The selection process is rigorous, and the festival has an international panel of jurors who are experts in their respective fields. Let's take a closer look at each of the jurors and their backgrounds.
Reiner Moritz, the Chairman of the 60th Golden Prague Festival Jury, has established himself as a leading international co-producer and distributor of premium programming. His credits as director include many documentaries in the music and arts field, including biographies of Shostakovich, Boulez, Zender and most recently Hans van Manen. His London based distribution company Poorhouse International deals with broadcasters all over the world and represents selected programming from mainly France, Germany, the UK and the US. Reiner Moritz has received the Outstanding Achievement Award at Banff and at FIPA as well as The Prix Camera by the CNRS and is a Commandeur des Arts et Lettres. His expertise in the field of music and performing arts is widely recognized.
Barbara Seiler graduated in Journalism and worked for several TV production companies in Berlin. In 2001 Barbara moved to Zurich (Switzerland) where she did her master’s degree at ZHdK in Film directing. She worked freelance for Swiss Television, where she directed many short and long documentaries. “I‘m a Creative Animal” a film about the soprano Barbara Hannigan, which won Best Portrait at FIFA Montreal and Best Documentary at Women’s Worldwide Film Festival. Currently Barbara Seiler works as a director, producer and buyer for “Sternstunde Kunst und Musik”, the program for art documentaries in Swiss Television. Her insights into the world of dance and theater are highly valued.
Agnė Biliūnaitė has joined Lithuanian National Broadcaster (LRT) in 2019 as a Culture Editor in Chief. She has a lot of practical and strategical experience which she gained working in the National opera house as a producer, in Asia as a Lithuanian Culture Attaché, in performing arts field as a dance critic, in education as a culture practitioner. Her deep knowledge of culture field makes her an invaluable asset to the Golden Prague Festival jury.
Francois Duplat is a producer and general manager of Bel Air Media, company that he founded in 1994. This independent production company for audiovisual projects is specialized in the capturing events for television in the fields of opera, ballet, theatres and concerts. He will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the selection proces.
Ivo Mathé is a producer, screenwriter, university professor, and manager. Having graduated from the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) at the beginning of the 1970s, Ivo Mathé has held professorship at the institution continuously since 1990. In 1991, Mathé was elected as the first General Manager of Czech Television, a position he held until the spring of 1998. Under his management, Czech Television first revived Czech cinematography and subsequently produced or co-produced hundreds of feature films. Mathé is the President of the Czech Film and Television Academy, an organization he co-founded, and a member of the European Film Academy. His broad experience gives him a unique perspective on the performance of classical music and opera.
Together, these jurors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Golden Prague Festival, ensuring that the best programs are recognized and celebrated. The 60th edition of the festival promises to be a showcase of the finest talent in the world of classical music and dance, and we can't wait to see which programs will be deemed the best of the best.