Jury Pelicam 2015



Dacian Cioloș, Romania

Dacian Cioloș was a Commissioner for Agriculture between February 2010 and November 2014, in the European Commission headed by Jose Manuel Barroso. Trained as an agricultural engineer, Cioloș has graduated from the Horticulture faculty at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Cluj. He has a PhD in economics of agricultural development from University of Montpellier. As a European Commissioner for Agriculture, he contributed to adapting CAP (Common Agricultural Policy).


Farida Pacha, India

Farida Pacha is a director, producer and writer, a master graduate of film production from Southern Illinois University, after which she made several experimental, educational and documentary films. Her film Seedkeeepers won Indian National film Award in 2006. My Name is Salt is her first feature documentary that won numerous awards, including First Appearance Award at IDFA 2013, Amsterdam and the Grand Prix Pelicam 2014, Tulcea.


André Abreau de Almeida, France

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, André studied Social Philosophy and Communication, with a specialization in International Relations and Economic Development at the Sorbonne in Paris. He has over 10 years of experience in international cooperation on environmental issues. In 2003 he joined France Libertés Foundation in Paris, a position that allowed him to participate in the Human Rights Council of the UN. In 2009 he joined the international organization Tara Oceans, coordinating international politics.

Black Sea Docs


Peter O’Brien, USA

He is currently a member of the Board of Administration of the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC, United States. For years, he was an executive director of the forementioned festival which is a member of Green Film Network and an international renowned landmark for the domain. This festival was founded in the year 1993, and this year presented 150 films to an audience of approximately 33 000 people. Peter will be a member of the jury for Black Sea Docs, at Pelicam 2015.


Petruț Călinescu, Romania

Petruț Călinescu is a a freelance photographer based in Bucharest. His latest completed project, Pride and Concrete, had started in 2010. After four years of documentation, it came to an end, with a printed book, website and a travelling photo exhibition. The Black Sea project is still ongoing. Petruț is travelling around the Black Sea and keeps adding new stories mainly about the mass tourism and its effects. His reportages have been published by: Sunday Times Magazine, Business Week, The New Statesman, 6 Mois, New York Times, Vice international. Petruț is part of the Black Sea Docs jury at Pelicam 2015.

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Dan Curean, Romania

Dan Curean is a TV producer and film director. He works for National Television, in Cluj. He is specialized in documentary production, having been selected to the most important training programs in Europe (Aristoteles Workshop 2006 and Discovery Campus Masterschool 2008). He teaches at Theater and TV Faculty at UBB Cluj. His film Gone Wild  (2012) was screened at the first Pelicam edition and this year at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington DC.

Shorts Competition


Alex Găvan

A leading Romanian high altitude climber, Alex Găvan reached six 8000 m summits in the Himalayas by fair means, meaning without supplemental oxygen and high-altitude porters. To Alex, “climbing mountains outside is climbing mountains inside“.  After surviving the earthquake and the Everest avalanche on April 25, he initiated “Joy for Nepal”, a humanitarian campaign for the people of the Himalayas: www.alexgavan.ro/nepal . He is also deeply involved in many environmental issues.



Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson is a director, journalist and DJ. He comes from England and has studied politics, philosophy and economics at Oxford. Tom moved in Romania in 2002. He won the Gopo award 2014 for his film The București Experiment.


Andra Matzal

Andra Matzal is a coordinating editor for Think Outside the Box, the most relevant independent online publication in Romania. Andra has experience in cultural journalism, and also as a translator. As a journalist, she mainly addressed the stories of “invisible” people: prisoners, poor children, drug addicts and so on. After moving to the countryside and beginning to live in the rhythm of nature, Andra wrote about her experience.

Fresh Perspectives


Tică Darie

Tică Darie is a young activist who moved to Roșia Montană to fully dedicate himself to the local cause. He did a bike trip from Denmark, where he finished his studies, to Roșia Montană, in order to draw attention on the dangers faced by the environment and people of Roșia Montană, and, more recently, he launched an online shop with products knitted by local women.

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Ana Maria Cozlov

Local student.

Stanciu Teodor

Teodor Stanciu

Local student.

Andreea Nicolau

Andreea Nicolau

Local student.

Anton Mocanu

Anton Mocanu

Local student.


Ovidiu Bălan

Local student.