EstDocs Film Festival Toronto
Moderator: RIHO VÄSTRIK

Producer and director Riho Västrik was born in 1965 in Estonia (then Soviet Union). He has a BA in History and Journalism from Tartu University and MA in Film Arts from Baltic Film and Media School. His big interest in mountaineering was the first reason to consider filmmaking – the beauty of the mountains and human sufferings yearned for recording. He has produced and co-produced a number of documentaries with Latvian, Russian and Finnish filmmakers. “The Return of the Musk Ox”, directed by Vasili Sarana, has won number of international prizes and the title of the best popular scientific film in Russia, 2008. Currently, Riho is an associate professor in the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School in Tallinn and co-owner of the production company Vesilind.

Riho Västrik on dokumentaalfilmide režissöör, produtsent ja keskkonnaajakirjanik. Riho õppis ajalugu ja ajakirjandust Tartu Ülikoolis ja lõpetas Balti Filmi- ja Meediakooli magistriõppes produtseerimise erialal. Riho Västrik dokumentaalfilmide produtseerimise alal. Riho Västrik on alates 1996. aastast dokumentaalfilmide ja telesaadete tootmiseks asutatud produktsioonifirma OÜ Vesilind juhataja. 2009. aastast õpetab Balti Filmi- ja Meediakoolis dokumentalistikat. Västrik on Euroopa Dokumentalistika Võrgustiku (EDN) liige, Eesti Filmitootjate Liidu juhatuse liige ja 2012. aasta juuni lõpust tegutseva Eesti Dokumentalistide Gildi asutajaliige. Riho suur huvi alpinismi vastu oli põhjus mis tõukas teda tegema dokumentaalfilmie. Tema soov oli salvestada mägede ilu ja inimeste rännakutest mägedes. Riho on produtseerinud mitmeid looduse ja alpinismiga seotud filme.

Heather Haynes

2016 FILM JURY

Heather is a Senior International Programmer for Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and a Programmer for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival. She is founder of Culture Storm, a production company for performance and visual art and theatre and has produced three award winning documentaries; Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary, Super Amigos, and City Idol.

Mark Terry

2016 FILM JURY

After graduating from York University’s Glendon College in Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1980, Mark Terry embarked on 25-year career as a journalist and documentary filmmaker earning him the distinction of having made a documentary film on every continent on earth. His science and nature films have made a significant impact with the policymakers of the United Nations. His work with the UN and the world’s scientific community has been recognized on many fronts.

Priit Tender

2016 FILM JURY

Priit Tender is an Estonian animator, director, designer and writer of many short animated films and documentaries. His author films are driven by surreal imagery, black humour and dark existential journeys. Priit’s films have won prizes and nominations from the most important short and animation film festivals, including Annecy, Ottawa, Hiroshima, Dresden, Fredrikstad, Utrecht. Priit's first documentary The Journey to the Maggot Feeder won EstDocs 2015 jury award.

Eeva Mägi

SHORT FILM JURY

Eeva Mägi graduated from Baltic Film and Media School with an MA in directing documentaries. She is a freelance documentary filmmaker and member of Estonia Documentary Guild. Her approach to documentary film is rather surreal and abstract and her documentaries are often mixed with fiction. Eeva enjoys documentary filmmaking, particularly the presentation of real people and real life through a surrealist lens.

Karin Hazé

SHORT FILM JURY

Karin Hazé began her career promoting multi-disciplinary artists and deejaying in NYC during her Living Room Parties at the legendary, Time Café. She has been producing, directing and programming for over 20 years and serves as the Creative Director of Cinema Feast, a boutique production company based in Montreal, which specializes in international collaborations and advancing humanitarian causes.

Matt Toom

SHORT FILM JURY

Matt Toom was born and raised in British Columbia where his Estonian grandparents settled as refugees. He holds a degree in Computer Science and Molecular engineering from Simon Fraser University. While working as a software engineer, Matt earned a degree in medicine from the University of British Columbia. Inspired by his uncle, an accomplished film gaffer, Matt has in recent years begun shooting digital short films. He enjoys visiting Estonia where on his most recent trip he rode across the country on a motorcycle.