Holds an MA from the University of Amsterdam and Comenius University in Bratislava, as well as the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. From 1997 until 2011, she was a programmer for the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), where she focused on cinema from Eastern Europe, the Balkan region, Iran, Turkey, Greece and the Middle East. She has served as an advisor for international festivals including Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Sarajevo, Yerevan and Bratislava, and for two years she was artistic director of Art Film Fest in her native Slovakia.
From 2011 until 2014 Ludmila worked at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar as Head of Film Programming, responsible for overall film programming at the Institute, and in the function of Deputy Director of the Qumra Doha Film Festival. She was also a reader and a jury member for the Doha Film Institute’s Film Grants.
Back in Europe, Ludmila is competition films selector for the Romanian Anonimul International Independent Film Festival and is the director of the company Consultancy & Production Ludmila Cvikova.
Ludmila has extensive experience as a juror for numerous international film festivals and is a member of the European Film Academy
A few examples of curated programmes:
2015 EYE Film Institute Amsterdam, curator of the programme “Where Do We Go Now: Arab Women Behind the Camera”
2014 Jacques Tati retrospective at Doha Film Institute, Qatar
2013 Abbas Kiarostami retrospective @ Doha Film Institute, Qatar
2011 Red Westerns a special thematic programme @ IFFR that opened with Lev Kuleshov’s film Extra Ordinary Adventures of Mr.West in the Land of Bolsheviks accompanied by the Dutch Metropole Orchestra
2009, Young Turkish Cinema – thematic programme within the IFFR and in co-operation with Turkish film critics from the Altyazi film magazine.
2004 A retrospective of Yevgeni Yufit (Russia) and “Near Past and Near Future: Russian Parallel Cinema”, the latter together with the prominent Russian film critic Andrei Plakhov @ IFFR
2004, “Once We Were Birds: Romani Cinema– surveying Romani culture in Europe (including live music and debates). Later the event travelled to Zagreb, London, and Melbourne and in April 2007 to Rome.
2004, collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art, New York on a retrospective programme of a Czech New-Wave film director Pavel Juráček
2000, an exhibition of the Czech surrealist filmmaker, artist and writer Jan Švankmajer, which took place at the Chabot Museum in Rotterdam.
Trainings & workshops
2015, November: lectures on Film Festival Identity and a creative programming lecture for Emerging Producers during Jihlava Documentary International FF
2015, April: moderator of two panels at Kino Pavasaris IFF in Vilnius, Lithunia (1/ Sales Agent For Your Film 2/ Film Reease Strategy)2015, March: speaker at The Visegrad Film Forum, Slovakia
2014 master class at Film Fest, Espinho, Portugal: Film Festivals and Film Programming (All You Ever Wanted to Ask About the Profession)
2009, 2010, 2013– Directors Across Borders workshop Golden Apricot IFF Yerevan, Armenia: consultant and trainer for pitching of projects and script development
2011 – speaker at Developing Your Film Festival, Motovun, Croatia, organized by The Independent Cinema Office in London
2009 – B2B meetings in Belgrade, a jury members for selecting film projects and pitchings
2006, workshop “Building Cultural Bridges”, Azerbaijan: co-organizer, trainer and consultant