Feature & Documentary Jury
Nat Portnoy is a multidisciplinary queer artist, filmmaker and educator born in Poland in 1987, currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Nat is working with mediums such as video, installation, object, photography and painting. Her projects are mainly based on theories of sociocultural construction. She is interested in examining the cognitive processes of pleasure, exploring its connotations with self-representation, identity, ritual and the complexity of language used to determine desire. In her artistic practice she likes to refer to existing ideologies and beliefs, examining it through the knowledge of a collective and personal experience.
Markus Keuschnigg (*1981 in Kitzbühel/Tyrol) is a festival director, programmer and film critic based in Vienna. After having successfully aborted his halfhearted academic endeavors, he started out as a movie reviewer for the Austrian daily Die Presse and the radio station FM4. In 2008 he got his first gig as programmer for Crossing Europe Filmfestival in Linz. Since he greatly enjoyed the curatorial work there, he co-founded SLASH Filmfestival in 2010. Starting out as a week for delightfully strange cinema, the event has since matured into Austria's premier Festival of Fantastic Film, attracting guests such as iconic drag queen Peaches Christ, cult filmmakers like John Waters and Dario Argento and revered actors such as Béatrice Dalle, Crispin Glover, Udo Kier and Nicolas Cage.
Darvish is a non-binary Syrian selftought dancer, cultural events and performance parties organiser. After immigrating to Berlin, Germany in 2016 Darvish started exploring more and more with gender identities and artistic expressions and more so, questioning the relationship between social boundaries and performance art. Their persona was displayed at local and international articles and magazines such as: Reuters, DW World, and many others. They're the co-writer of "ZUGZWÄNGE" Anthology Book which handles the stories of a group of activists, refugees, artists, community changers and writers and their own life experiences.
International Shorts Jury
Lucio Massa began by producing what should have been Lilli Carati's return to cinema (Dorian's Tale directed by Luigi Pastore). The film in pre-production in December 2012 could not be made due to Lilli's health conditions. In 2014 he co-produced with Luigi Pastore Hippocampus M 21Th and Violent Shit: The Movie reboot. In 2015 he produced the short film Undercover Mistress and in 2016 Oltre la Follia. In 2017, Lucio organized the first edition of the Hacker Porn Film Festival and produced "Sexual Labyrinth" the debut movie of Morgana Mayer. Followed by "Female Touch2 (2018) and "Conscious Dream" (2019). In 2020, working with the German director again, Lucio produced two medium-length movies "Covid Obsession" and "Degradaction".
Tavo Ruiz. Proud queer writer and director born in Nezahualcoyotl, Mexico. His short films have been part of different acclaimed international film festivals like Morelia Film Festival, OutFest Los Angeles, Max Ophüls Filmpreis, among others. His Spanish feature film screenplay “Acapulco Magic” was a finalist at the Guanajuato Film Festival screenplay competition, it also won the film fund for development provided by the Mexican Film Institute IMCINE. The project participated at Gabriel Figueroa Film Fund in Los Cabos Film Festival and got invited to La Fabrique Cinéma de l'Institut Français program to attend the Marché du Film at Cannes Film Festival 2022. He currently lives in Berlin, Germany.
Aga Szreder is an talented visual artist based in Warsaw, Poland. In a duet with Rafał Żwirek, she makes films using the language of modern, new pornography. She is the co-founder & co-curator of Poland's first andy only Post Pxrn Film Festival Warsaw which will take place from June 7th to June 12th this year.
Austrian Shorts Jury
Yavuz Kurtulmus is founder of MiGaY, the first Austrian platform for LGBTIQA+ migrants, an organization that puts an emphasis on visibility and representation of queer minorities and POC. For more than 15 years he has been working as a political activist. In 2012, he founded Transition International Queer & Minorities Film Festival, Austria‘s only queer film happening with a focus on gender diversity and queer migrants. He promoted cooperative events with the Teddy Award of the Berlinale, the Oslo/Fusion Festival and the Wien Museum. Yavuz Kurtulmus is an experienced festival manager. He organized a lot of international film events and screenings. Furthermore, he gives lectures and workshops on queer muslim activism. As founder and director of the Porn Film Festival Vienna, he always wants to highlight the effects of sexuality, gender and diversity on our society.
Adrineh Simonian comes from an Armenian family and has lived in Vienna since 1977. She first studied violin, piano, and vocal pedagogy at Vienna's University of Music and Performing Arts. Afterward, Adrineh finally graduated from the opera school of the Conservatory of the City of Vienna and graduated with distinction. After 15 years on the opera stages of the world, she decided to give up her profession to dedicate herself to the subject of pornography. She founded the company Arthouse Vienna and since then has been producing artistic and documentary porn films, all dealing with the psychology of sexuality. Since 2021 the website of Arthouse Vienna has become a streaming platform in the field of artistic and ethical porn, which has gained worldwide attention. Well-known and lesser-known filmmakers have the opportunity to exhibit their works to a broad audience.
Jasmin Hagendorfer is a Vienna-based artist, creative mind, and writer. Her main artistic interest is installation, sculpture and performance, and her work has been exhibited in many countries. As an artist she is concerned with socio-political discourses and questions about gender identity with an emphasis on post-porn-politics. She is the co-founder of Art UnAnchored, an art festival that took place on a ship moving between Vienna and Bratislava. She holds workshops and presents lectures on feminist pornography and film/art, her latest talk can be seen on TEDX Vienna. At the moment she is mostly concerned with filmmaking. Her work as part of the Porn Film Festival Vienna is focusing on the overall creative concept of the festival, the creation of artistic highlights and maintaining an artistic balance in the festival programming.
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