Doris is a cultural manager and curator based in Vienna. Since 2018 she’s festival co-director of Vienna Shorts, Austria's only Oscar® qualifying film festival. She studied political science at the University of Vienna. Until 2014 co-founder and director of the independent DVD rental store Filmgalerie 8½ and the short film festival espressofilm in Vienna.
In 2012 she co-founded the Film Festival Forum, an association of 22 film festivals in Austria. She was the spokeswoman of this Forum until beginning of 2018. Doris works also as a curator for exhibitions, the last one was “Shaping democracy” at the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna, a short film exhibition on the occasion of the 100 years anniversary of the Austrian Republic.
Xavier is the founder of Film Republic, a London-based film sales agency specialising in world cinema and feature documentaries. Since its inception almost ten years ago, Film Republic has celebrated a gender balance in its lineup and has worked with multiple Oscar entries including the works of Pirjo Honkasalo (Concrete Night), Adrian Saba (El Limpiador), Marcel Gisler (Rosie) and Rolando Colla (Seven Days). Xavier previously worked as a freelancer journalist and photographer, and in various festival roles including at Sundance London, Raindance Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and the East End Film Festival.
New York-born Jay lives in Rome and has been a film critic there for Variety since 2003, travelling to film festivals around the world. His work on contemporary cinema has appeared in international publications including Sight & Sound and The London Review of Books, and he’s contributed essays in numerous festival and retrospective catalogues, with a particular focus on Arab and Romanian film.
He was appointed director of the Giornate del Cinema Muto/Pordenone Silent Film Festival in 2015 and has written widely about various aspects of silent film. He also has a blog, “The Silent Cat,” which delves into forgotten stories of the silent film era.