In 1999 Tessa van Grafhorst started the first Kinderbioscoop, a small cinema only for children in the old centre of Amsterdam. This was her debut in film education for children. She is one of the founders of Taartrovers Film Festival (since 2003), a yearly festival touring along 14 film theatres in the Netherlands. The festival offers young children a set of playful, interactive installations in combination with a colourful film program connected together in one theme. Besides her work as art director of the festival, she is part of a collective of artists who undertake film, art & food projects for young children for museums, festivals and other organizations.
Michael Harbauer (Festival Director of IFF SCHLINGEL) is devoted to films since his early childhood. In 1996, he initiated the International Film Festival for Children and Young Audience SCHLINGEL. What was originally launched as a film week with not more than twelve films, is now one of the most comprehensive platforms for international and national children’s and youth films in Germany. Furthermore, Michael Harbauer is film supervisor at the important regulating institutions and advisory boards for film, cinema and television in Germany. He has also been member of several international festival juries and curated German film programmes abroad.
Lina Užkuraityte (1976) from Vilnius, Lithuania. Graduated in cultural management under the auspices of UNESCO and in cultural policy from academy of fine arts. In 2004 started and still organising International Vilnius film festival for children and youth. Working for more than 16 years on educational projects for children and young people, have extensive experience with organising international youth exchange projects, art festivals, is behind the concept and organization of a variety of cultural events at Vilnius culture and education center.