The Honorary President of RUIFF

Peter Murdmaa (Estonia)

A broad-profile filmmaker, short film distributor and programmer, Peter has graduated in cinematography and in film production in Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School of Tallinn University.
He has participated in making documentaries as a cinematographer as well a director, also produced short films in fiction.
Peter Murdmaa has organized several movie events, being an active participant in the development of the Estonian film landscape.
In 2013, Peter Murdmaa was the organizer and director of Sleepwalkers, the international short film
festival, which heightened his commitment in further developing the field of short films.
In 2014 he founded ShortEst | Estonian Short Film Center that has goal to introduce audiovisual short forms into Estonia and to the rest of the world.

Currently he is developing short film distribution event Baltic Preview at Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival. He is also tied to Lithuania via his activities by being one of co-organizers of Baltic Pitching Forum in Vilnius. Hes is artistic director of Go Debut European Film Festival in Klaipeda.

The Main Judge of animation competition of RUIFF

Benoit Berthe Siward (France)

Emerging figure in the animation scene, Benoit Berthe Siward is an animation film maker and curator engaged in the Motion Pictures community.

He helped to create the first European Animation Awards Academy (Annie Awards Equivalent also known as Emile Awards) in 2017 and hold the role of the International Public Relation Manager Emile Awards. He is mainly known for running “The animation Showcase” screenings in Europe and America, to present the Best animated Shorts to the creative industry and the major animation Studios such as Pixar, Blur, Cartoon Network, Nexus, Psyop or Google/Youtube. Since its creation, his curated screenings spots more than 80% of the short nominated for the Academy Awards and are screened 4 months before the official announcement of the Nominations.

Benoit Berthe Siward founded his company promoting animation in the world at the age of 27 years old, and advises companies & projects holders in the animation industry. Involved as strategist in the diffusion of Animated films and shorts, he manages the campaign of several Academy Awards qualified Shorts film such as “Garden Party” (Nominated as Best Animated Short at the 90th Oscars Ceremony) Or “In a Heartbeat” (Gold winner of the Oscars Student Academy Awards).

Graduated in 2013 with a Master of Digital Direction in France his student films got selected and awarded in several Animation Film festival, bought and screened for one year before long feature. He has run 5 crowdfunding campaigns for animated short films, and raised more than 300 000 $ for animated projects. This experience helped him to understand the festival network and the importance of showcasing animation films to a wide audience.

Benoit Berthe Siward still works today as CG supervisor in London Animation Studios when he is not on the road to promote and help animation films.

The Judge of animation competition of RUIFF

Oleg Kuvaev (Russia/Israel)

For the last 15 years Oleg made more than 200 animated videos, hundreds of commercial jobs including work for PEPSI, Discovery channel, Greenpeace, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and much more.
But the most famous creation of Oleg Kuvaev is “Masyanya” – the first iconic animation serial in Russia. It has now 14 seasons and more than 120 episods.

The Judge of animation competition of RUIFF

Maria Konopatova (Russia)

Maria born in 1989, Volgograd.
Professional education of the artist painter (Institute named after
Serebryakova, Volgograd, graduation 2009), higher education of the
director of animation and computer graphics (SpbGikit St. Petersburg,
graduation 2015). The author of comics, a regular member of Comic Con
Russia and theme events.

Student films: Zhelezobeton (2011), Bike (2012), Protect the order
(2013), Reflection of Reality (2014), In time for Dinner (2014). The
diploma film “Attracting the force”.
The debut animated film “Concert of the Fire” (2018). Awards: GRAND
OFF (Poland), Chaniartoon (Greece), SPIFF (Russia, St. Petersburg),
Peterhof Film Festival (Russia, Peterhof) NAFF (Neum, Bosnia and
Herzegovina), Santa Marina Film Festival 2019(Bulgaria). The film was
shown at more than 20 film festivals around the world.

The Main Judge of fiction competition of RUIFF

Loes Komen (Netherlands)

Loes Komen founded Room for Film together with fellow producer Eva Verweij. Loes’ graduation films from the Netherlands Filmacademy were selected at multiple international filmfestivals and one in particular, When Grey is a Colour, directed by Marit Weerheijm, booked international success. The film won the Student Oscar in 2017, the CILECT prize, was selected at Camerimage and won two main jury prizes at TIFFKids. Loes was nominated for the annual graduate award of the Film Producers Netherlands and is a guest lecturer at the Netherlands Filmacademy in Amsterdam. She attended Berlinale Talents 2019, Rotterdam Lab at IFFR 2018 and was a Talent on Route at the HFM in 2018. Loes gained experience in the film industry by working for established and internationally renowned producers, such as Els Vandevorst (Isabella Films & N279 Entertainment).

The Judge of fiction competition of RUIFF

Axinya Gog (Russia)

Initially, Axinya was engaged in painting and worked in the theater as an art director. Then she graduated from the All-Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after Gerasimov. Axinya works on television and cinema. Her portfolio includes more than 10 short films, the anthology “Petersburg. Only for love “, the series “How to get married. Instruction ”, a number of various shorts that have been and are featured at festivals such as the Cottbus Film Festival, Premiere Plan Anger, Pesaro Film Festival, SHNIT International Short Film Festival, Kinotavr Film Festival, Krakow Film Festival, Museum Audiovision International Festival, etc.

The Judge of fiction competition of RUIFF

Евгений Санников (Russia)

Evgeny – actor in MDT – the Theatre of Europe, also working in cinema.

Founder and Program director of RUIFF, member of the Jury of Screenplay competition

Ilia Antonenko (Russia)


Films by Ilia was selected at more than 170 international film festivals and won more than 50 awards.

The main Judge of the Jury of Screenplay competition

Asya Voloshina (Russia)

Asya graduated from the Russian State Institute of Performing Arts (St. Petersburg). More than thirty plays by Asya were performed in fifteen cities of Russia, as well as in Poland, France and Estonia. The plays are translated into French, English, Polish, Spanish, Lithuanian; entered the short lists and won prizes in such contests as “Actors”, “Remarque”, “Lyubimovka”, “First Reading”. Four plays are combined in the author’s collection “The Chorus perishes” (publisher of the magazine “Seans”). In 2018, the Chekhov Moscow Art Theater opened the season with a performance by Yuri Butusov based on the play Man from the Fish.