EFFE International Jury

The jury will made up of a group of individuals from across Europe and beyond who take the final decisions on which festivals will receive the EFFE Label and which festivals qualify for the EFFE Awards. The jury brings together nine experts, who will complete this EFFE story and will be chaired by Sir Jonathan Mills, former director of the Edinburgh International Festival.

The complete International Festival Jury 2017-2018 will be announced soon!

The International Festival Jury of the first edition 2015-2016:

Vincent Baudriller, President of the EFFE International Jury - Director of Théâtre Vidy, Lausanne

Hortense Archambault, Director of MC93 Maison de la culture de la Seine-Saint-Denis, Bobigny

Tom Creed, Theatre and Opera Director based in Dublin

Nina Peče Grilc, Director of Kinodvor, Ljubljana

Piotr Gruszczynski, Theatre Critic and Dramaturg based in Poland

Ulrika Josephsson, Production Manager of Jupither Josephsson Theatre Company, and Project Manager of Ingmar Bergman International Theatre Festival at Dramaten, Stockholm

Mark Russell, Founder and Co-Director of Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival, New York

Gyorgy Szabo, Managing Director of Trafo - House of Contemporary Arts, Budapest

Over 760 festivals from 31 countries were considered by the Jury who, in a joint statement, said: ‘It has been an enormous pleasure and a privilege for the jury to discover the breadth and ambition of the European festival circuit. We are glad to see that 10 countries from across Europe and a wide spectrum of artistic disciplines were represented in the final selection of the 12 award winners.’ 

The jury has delved into the applications and reputations of each festival that applied to be part of the platform. In doing so they saw trends emerging, commonalities that are bringing festivals across Europe together. Read here the Jury report, written by jury member Tom Creed, that looks into both the process of selecting award winners and the trends that emerged. With this insight we hope festivals across Europe will gain awareness of the current state of play within the sector at large as seen by these diverse experts.