International Jury for the 2024 HARPA Awards
Jørund Fluge Samuelsen, Norway
2023 HARPA Award Winner for his composition in Hallvar Witzø's Alle Hater Johan
After music pedagogics studies in the 90s, Jørund Fluge Samuelsen founded, and was one of the main composers, in the platinum record selling pop group Trang Fødsel throughout the decade.
From 1999 to 2001 he wrote music for the popular children’s television hero Asgeir, releasing three records and winning Spelemannsprisen (Norwegian Grammy) for one of them in the category music for children.
The recent 20 years Samuelsen has established himself as a consistent composer and producer and preferred contributor for a wide range of Norwegian musicians, artists and directors. His extensive release catalogue in a broad specter of genres proves his versatility as both arranger and producer.
Samuelsen’s special mix of organic folksy sound and pop music flair has given him the opportunity to score for television series, radio drama and short films.
His most recent work for film is his score for the 2022 drama film Alle hater Johan (Everybody hates Johan) for which he won the Amanda Award in category Best Original Score and the HARPA Nordic Film Composers Award.
Several new media projects are underway and will be published in 2024.
Michael P. Aust, Germany
MICHAEL P. AUST is a German curator, organiser of cultural events and film producer born in 1965.
His focal point of interest lies in the intersectionality of art forms, especially in the relationship of music and moving pictures. He heads the SoundTrack_Cologne film music festival and conference founded in 2004, as well as SoundTrack_Zurich since 2020.
He has curated exhibitions, conferences and music festivals and was Festival Director of Braunschweig International Film Festival 2014-2019. Aust has worked in the film industry for more than 25 years with producer credits for 20 feature films and feature-length documentaries, including “101 Reykjavik”, “Stumbling Block”, “Low Lights”, “Parallax Sounds Chicago”, “Eva Hesse” and “The Sound of Cologne”, focusing on music and art.
His directorial debut “Can and Me” hit the cinemas in March 2023. He is a voting member of the German Film Academy, Filmbüro NW and of the World Soundtrack Academy and on the Board of the MusicFilmFestivalNetwork and of KulturNetzKöln.
The Business graduate is Managing Director, owner and producer at TelevisorTroika GmbH, a Cologne-based company established in 1993 for film production, art events and public relations in arts.
Sydney Levine, USA
Uniquely placed within the film industry with more than 40 years of experience in international acquisitions, sales and distribution of films, Sydney has a vision of bringing additional value to the business through the music of movies, bringing composers and producers together to discover new avenues of exposing their collaboration to the public.
She has worked extensively with the Cannes Film Market, Berlinale’s European Film Market, the American Film Market, Toronto and Sundance and other festivals as well as with producers and film commissions.
She has also worked in international distribution for Twentieth Century Fox in Amsterdam where she was the first woman ever hired in international distribution, and in marketing for ABC Video Enterprises.
Levine has taught at Chapman, UCLA Extension Film and Business Schools, at The New School of Social Research as well as at Deutsche Welle Akademie, MAIA, The Binger Institut, Cannes Market Producers Workshop, Berlinale Talent Campus, and is a frequent moderator on festival panels and seminars.
Dennis Ruh, Germany
Dennis Ruh has been director of the European Film Market since 2020.
He has studied cultural sciences, audiovisual communication, social science and history in Bremen, Germany and Valencia, Spain.
During his studies, he began working for the Oldenburg International Film Festival in 2008 and became a co-director in 2011. Starting in 2010, he also worked for Independent Partners Film. From 2012 to 2020, he was department head for International Festival Relations & Producers Liaison at German Films.
He regularly appears as a guest lecturer at film schools and panelist at industry conferences and film festivals and serves on various juries.
Lee Dongjune, South Korea
Fesitival Director, Jecheon International Music and Film Festival/Composer/Professor
Lee Dongjune is a successful composer, professor and festival director. He has over thrity years of experience working within the Korean and Asian Film Industry.
And variety field of music such as Anthem for Asian Football Confederation and Non Verbal Performance "NANTA" is also created.