National Competition

Jury and Awards


The Swedish jury awards the director of one of the films in the National Competition with the Uppsala Film Jackdaw and 50 000 SEK from the Swedish Film Institute.

Prize sum: 50 000 kronor


The jury awards Uppsala Early Bird to a talented, daring, and challenging filmmaker at the beginning of their career. In addition to a prize of 10 000 SEK, the film is offered distribution via the VOD-platform Draken Film and given a chance to be seen by large audiences across all of Sweden.

Wouter Jansen

Wouter Jansen is the owner of the sales and festival distribution company Square Eyes. He worked as the head of programming at the Go Short – International Film Festival in the Netherlands during the first 10 editions. In 2013 he started the company (then named Some Shorts), which specializes in having outstanding non- mainstream films find the audience and recognition they deserve. With Square Eyes, Wouter represents bold, author-driven features and shorts, and collaborates closely with the filmmakers to devise bespoke festival distribution and sales strategies. This has resulted in a small catalogue of films premiering at prestigious festivals and winning multiple awards over the last few years.

Jyoti Mistry

Jyoti Mistry works with film both as a research form and as a mode of artistic practice. She has made critically acclaimed films in multiple genres and her installation work draws from cinematic traditions but is often re-contextualized for galleries and museums. Her work has screened at numerous festivals including Berlin, Toronto and Rotterdam. In 2020, she completed a residency at Västerbottens Museum working with their indigenous Sami collection. In 2016 she was recipient of the Cilect (Association of International film schools) Teaching Award in recognition for innovation in practices in film research and pedagogy. She is editor in chief of PARSE (Platform of Artistic Research in Sweden) and Professor in Film at Gothenburg University.

Bojana Bregar

Bojana Bregar is a Slovenian born, Vienna-based freelance film critic, writer and curator/selector of film programmes. She is a member of the editorial staff at Ekran Magazine, one of the oldest film magazines in Europe. In 2014 she co-founded the Kraken Short Film Promotion Society that offers visibility to many up- and-coming Slovenian filmmakers via various cinematic and cinema related events, the main being FeKK – Ljubljana International Short Film Festival. Since 2018 she is working for the Cinema Next Initiative for Young Austrian cinema. In 2019 she joined the team of the national competition selection of Vienna and in 2021 she started working as a head of the international film competition program of the YOUKI International Youth Media Festival in Wels.