Jury

Feature Narrative Competition Jury

Khairy Bishara

Head of Jury

Born in Tanta in 1947 and working in the film industry since the 1970s, he is also one of the directors who have defined the concept of new realism in Egyptian cinema since the 1980s. Bishara graduated from the Higher Institute of Cinema in 1967, then traveled to Warsaw on a two-year fellowship. Bechara began his film career with a focus on documentaries, before completing his first feature film "Bloody Destinies" in a joint production collaboration with Algeria in 1982. During his career, he directed 13 feature films, which have been screened at numerous international film festivals and won numerous awards. His films include: "Blackjack No. 70" 1982, "Ring and Bracelet" 1986, "Yom Murr and Yom Hilou" 1988, "Crabia" 1990, "Desire Wild" 1991, "Ice Cream in Glim" 1992 and "America Chica Pica" 1993 And the 1995 Traffic Sign.

Resul Pookutty

Jury Member

Dr. Resul Pookutty is Asia’s most feted sound technician, whose work has brought sound in Indian cinema to a new level. He has recorded, edited, engineered and designed more than 100 films, and received national and international recognition for his work. His vast experience lends itself to sound art, which has found its place in museums and art galleries. For his work in Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Pookutty received the Academy Award for Best Achievement in Sound Mixing, in addition to a BAFTA and a Cinema Audio Society award. He won the Golden Reel Award at the MPSE for his work in the documentary India’s Daughter, making him the first and only Asian to win all these accolades. For his contributions in cinema, the government of India awarded him the Padma Shri—the fourth highest civilian award. A member of the Academy, CAS and MPSE, Pookutty is a writer, director, producer and a philanthropist.

Nashen Moodley

Jury Member

Nashen Moodley is the Director of the Sydney Film Festival, a role he has held since 2012. During his eight years at the helm, the festival has witnessed significant growth. A graduate of the University of Natal, South Africa, Moodley won the Mail & Guardian/SL Student Journalist of the Year award in 1998. Since then, he has written on film and culture for The Guardian, the Mail & Guardian, GQ, and The Daily News, amongst others. He also worked as a film critic at the Sunday Tribune for several years. From 2001 to 2011, Moodley served as the manager and head programmer of the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa's longest- running film festival. From 2005 to 2017, he was a programming consultant for the Dubai International Film Festival. Additionally, he has been a jury member at various film festivals worldwide, including the San Sebastian, Busan, Toronto, Rotterdam, Durban and Tokyo film festivals.

Mai Masri

Jury Member

One of the pillars of Palestinian and Arab cinema, director and producer Mai Masri grew up in Lebanon, and studied film at San Francisco State University and UC Berkeley, USA. Masri has produced powerful documentaries that focus on women and children in a humanistic and poetic approach, including Children of Fire (1990), Hanan Ashrawi: A Woman of Her Time (1995), Children of Shatila (1998), Frontiers of Dreams and Fears (2001), Beirut Diaries (2006), and 33 Days (2007). Her films were screened in over 100 countries, receiving international praise and over 90 awards. In 1995, she founded Nour Productions with her late husband, filmmaker Jean Chamoun, and they wrote, directed and produced several films, including Wild Flowers (1986), War Generation – Beirut (1988), and Suspended Dreams (1992). She wrote and directed her acclaimed narrative feature debut 3000 Nights (2015), which had its world premiere at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, and received over 28 awards.

Stas Tyrkin

Jury Member

Stas Tyrkin graduated from the Far Eastern State University in Vladivostok, and Moscow's cinema school VGIK. He is a staff film critic with the most popular Russian daily newspaper. Since 2013, he has curated the film program at the iconic Moscow theater, Gogol Center, working with its artistic director, famous film and stage director Kirill Serebrennikov. Tyrkin is the artistic director of the Dvizheniye National Debut Film Festival, and the Strelka Film Festival, which is held each summer at the heart of Moscow. He is also a member of the selection committee of the Moscow International Film Festival. He is a member of the Expert Council of Kinoprime, a foundation for the development of modern cinematography. He has also served as a member of the international juries at the Locarno, Warsaw and Vilnius film festivals, as well as Russian festivals such as the Kinotavr and Message to Man, among others.

Cedomir Kolar

Head of Jury

Cedomir Kolar, the Oscar-winning producer of No Man’s Land (2001), has been active in film production for three decades and has more than 30 feature credits. Born in the city of Rijeka in the former Yugoslavia, he graduated with a degree in film production from the Belgrade Academy of Dramatic Arts. His credits include Before the Rain (1994, Academy Award nominee). In 2003, he founded A.S.A.P. Films, together with Tanović and fellow producer Marc Baschet. He produced Tanović’s acclaimed films Hell (2005); Cirkus Columbia (2010) and An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (2013). He has worked with renowned directors such as Benjamin Filipovic (Bosnia & Herzegovina), Marion Hänsel (Belgium), Aktan Arym Kubat (Kyrgyzstan), the late Idrissa Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) and the talented Ritesh Batra (India), for whom he produced Bafta-nominated and widely acclaimed The Lunchbox (2013). The European Film Academy recently honored him with the European Co-Production Award.

Carlo Chatrian

Jury Member

Journalist, author and programmer, Carlo Chatrian (b. 1971, Torino, Italy) graduated from Turin University with a degree in literature and philosophy. He worked regularly as a film critic for several magazines. His valuable contributions to the world of cinema include numerous essays and monographs on filmmakers, such as Wong Kar Wai, Johan van der Keuken, Frederick Wiseman, Errol Morris, Maurizio Nichetti, and Nanni Moretti, conducting courses at various film schools and curating programmes at several festivals and filmrelated institutions. He has been a programmer for Alba Film Festival, Florence Festival dei Popoli and Visions du Réel. He joined the Locarno Film Festival in 2002 and was the artistic director of the festival from 2013 to 2018.

Vimukthi Jayasundara

Jury Member

Vimukthi Jayasundara, born in Sri Lanka, is a visual artist and screenwriter. After making The Land Of Silence (2001), a documentary about the victims of the civil war, Jayasundara studied at the Fresnoy School of Art. He became a resident at the Cinéfondation, Cannes in 2003. In 2004 he directed his first feature, The Forsaken Land, which was awarded the Caméra d'Or at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. Gilles Jacob, the then President of the Cannes Film Festival, stated that a great hope for the renovation of contemporary cinema was born, after watching the film. Jayasundara’s films Between Two Worlds (2009) and Mushrooms (2011) premiered respectively at Venice and Cannes. His recent works include the features Dark in the White Light (2015, Locarno, Nantes) and Her. Him. The Other. His work speaks from the borders; those that separate a country from another, modern cities from ancestral land, and the threshold between the living and the dead.

Ahmed El Maanouni

Jury Member

Ahmed El Maanouni (b. 1944) is a Moroccan screenwriter, film director, cinematographer, actor and producer. He studied cinema at the INSAS in Brussels and theatre at the Université du Théâtre des Nations in Paris. His films include Alyam Alyam / Oh the Days (1978), the first Moroccan film to be selected for the Cannes Film Festival, and winner of the Grand Prize at the Mannheim Film Festival. He caught international attention when his film Trances (1981) was honored and presented by Martin Scorsese at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival to inaugurate the World Cinema Foundation. His film Burned Hearts (2007) won the Grand Prize at the National Film Festival, and was awarded many international prizes. His documentary films consistently interrogate colonial history and its impact on Moroccan memory. He directs study groups and educational programs in Morocco and throughout the world. In 2007 he has been honored with the title of Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France.

Ali Suleiman

Jury Member

Widely acclaimed Palestinian actor Ali Sulaiman (b. Nazareth, 1977), shot to fame with his first major role in Hany Abu-Assad’s Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning Paradise Now (2005), building up a remarkable body of work and becoming one of the most sought-after actor not only in the region but also internationally. He starred in award-winning films such as Zizana (2016) directed by Majid Alansari The Time That Remains (2009) by Elia Suleiman. He is one of the few actors from the Middle East to have worked with top Hollywood directors, such as Ridley Scott in Body of Lies (2008). His other notable credits include Cruel Summer (2012) by Kanye West and Alexandre Moors, Jessica Hebei’s Mars at Sunrise (2012), Ziad Doueiri’s Attack (2012); Inheritance (2012), directed by Hiam Abbas, and The Worthy (2016), directed by pioneering Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mostafa. He received Best Actor Award at the 2011 Dubai International Film Fetival, 2012 Carthage Film Festival and the 2016 Alexandria Film Festival.

Ana Urushadze

Jury Member

The talented filmmaker Ana Urushadze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1990. She graduated from the Shota Rustaveli Theatre and Georgia State Film University in 2013. Daughter of acclaimed filmmaker Zaza Urushadze, she started making short films when she was a student. Her notable shorts include Ideas (2010) and One Man Loved Me (2012). The much acclaimed Scary Mother (2017, GFF) is her debut feature and the winner of the Golden Leopard Award for Best First Feature at the Locarno Film Festival and the El Gouna Golden Star for Best Feature Narrative. The film went on to win several other international awards at festivals in Mumbai (Special Mention), San Francisco (Golden Gate, Best New Director), Gijón (Best Director), Sarajevo (Cineuropa Award and Heart of Sarajevo) and The Asia Pacific Screen Award (Best Actress and Jury Grand Prize), to name a few. Scary Mother was selected as Georgia’s Official Submission for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Mona Zaki

Jury Member

One of Egypt’s leading stars. She landed her first role when she was cast in Mohammad Sobhi’s Eloquent Arabic. Then she met with director Ismail Abdel Hafez who cast her in the successful TV series The Family. Among her remarkable works were Countryman in the American University (1998) and playing young Gihan El Sadat in El Sadat Days. Her talent and dedication were rewarded with the huge popularity of her films Africano (2001), Mafia (2002), Sleepless Nights (2003, Best Actress at Damascus Film Festival and Paris Biennale of Arab Cinema), Gazelle’s Blood (2005, Best Actress for at the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema), Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story (2009, Best Actress at the Paris Biennale of Arab Cinema) and others, in which she portrayed the struggles of women of different backgrounds. Mona is well known for her contributions to national charities and in 2017, she was appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for the UN.

Sarah Johnson

Head of Jury

CO-CEO AND FOUNDER, GREEN HUMMINGBIRD ENTERTAINMENT Johnson is a two-time Emmy and Peabody award winning independent film producer, she is an executive producer on several notable recent films including Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman, which won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2015; James Gray’s period drama, The Immigrant; Guillaume Canet’s crime thriller Blood Ties; Atom Egoyan’s crime thriller Devil’s Knot; David Gordon Green’s drama Joe; and Eli Roth’s horror thriller The Green Inferno. Her documentaries on social issues include the Academy Award nominated The Square, Chasing Ice and The Invisible War, as well as the critically acclaimed The Hunting Ground and Living In Emergency: Stories Of Doctors Without Borders. Johnson is an activist for environmental, educational, and gender issues. She is a member of the Television Academy and an active member of the Producers Guild of America. A former Portfolio Manager at Franklin Templeton, she is active on the boards of St. Lawrence University, Conservation South Africa, and Chairs the board at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. She holds a B.S. in Biology from St. Lawrence University.

Mark Adams

Jury Member

Mark Adams is the Artistic Director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival, who joined the team in 2015. He was Chief Film Critic for the respected film trade paper Screen International and was also a film critic for The Sunday Mirror in the UK. He attends most key international film festivals around the world as a film journalist and reviewer for more than 25 years he has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International, as well as many national newspapers in the UK. He has also worked extensively in the film industry. He was Head of Programming at the National Film Theatre in London for six years; was the Director of Cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London and has been programmer for film festivals around the world as well as acting as a consultant for various film organizations.

Lyes Salem

Jury Member

Lyes Salem was born in Algiers, Algeria in 1973. After studying at the National Conservatory for Superior Dramatic Arts, he performed in some of the most respected theaters in the country. His second short film, Cousines, received France’s César award for Best Short Film in 2005. As an actor, he has appeared in a number of films, including Alex, Banlieue 13 and L’Ecole de la Chair. Mascarade, his first feature film as a director, has won multiple awards. In 2014, he was awarded the Valois for best actor for his second feature film, L’Oranais. In 2015, he joined the cast of the Belgian hit I am dead but I have friends. In 2016, he acted in the film Carole Matthieu. This year, he can be seen in Carine Tardieu's film Otez moi d'un doute alongside Francois Damiens and Cecile de France in Samuel Jouy's Sparring with co-star Matthieu Kassovitz.

David D'Arcy

Jury Member

David D’Arcy is a critic and journalist based in New York. He reviews films for Screen International, The Art Newspaper of London (UK), and for KSFR radio. He also writes regularly on film for the San Francisco Chronicle. For more than twenty years, he covered movies and the business of movies for National Public Radio. His writings on films haves been published in The Economist, Indiewire, The Financial Times, The Guardian, and Variety. His film blog, Outtakes, can be read at artinfo. com. A frequent speaker and juror at film festivals, Mr. D’Arcy is at work on an anthology of interviews with the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder. He is an art critic for the Observer (New York) and has lectured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Wesleyan University, Columbia University and at the École supérieure de commerce de Paris. He lives in New York.

Ossama Fawzi

Jury Member

Born in Cairo in 1961, Osama Fawzi studied film making at the Higher Institute of Cinema of Cairo. In 1996, he directed his first feature film The Asphalt Kings (Afareet Al-Asfalt) which acquired him a lot of recognition in various local and international festivals and received many awards including the best film award from a Special Jury Committee, in Locarno Film Festival 1996. His next film was Fallen Angels Paradise (Gannet El-Shayateen) in the year 2000, which made him stand out as an innovator in the Egyptian movie industry and brought him, also, international recognition throughout various festivals. His film I love Cinema (Baheb El- Cima)in 2004, has been subject to controversy among critics and the Egyptian Coptic minority, which won him a few awards as well. In 2009 Osama Fawzi was involved in a JSC (Al-Jazeera children) special film production and in the year 2010 he directed his most recent film In Natural Colors.

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Feature Documentary Competition Jury

Moussa Toure

Head of Jury

Moussa Touré is an acclaimed director, producer, screenwriter and actor from Senegal. He began his career in cinema at a very young age as a technician and assistant director. Touré made his first short film Bäram (1987), followed by his first feature film, Toubab Bi (1991), which gained critical acclaim and was crowned with several prizes. In 1987, he created his production company, Les films du crocodile (Dakar), which has produced several award-winning documentaries that have participated in numerous international film festivals. In 1997, Touré directed TGV with Makéna Diop, Bernard Giraudeau and Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, which was very well received in Africa. The film also won the Special Jury Prize at the Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur, and a Special Mention at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival, among others. Having produced and directed films across all genres, Touré initiated the Moussa Invite Festival in Senegal to promote African documentaries directed by African filmmakers. In 2012, Touré directed La Pirogue, which won more than five awards and 21 nominations from around the world.

Talal Derki

Jury Member

Born in 1977 in Damascus, Talal Derki is a Syrian film director, producer and screenwriter based in Berlin since 2014. He studied film directing in Athens at the Stavrako High Institute of Cinematographic Art and Television, and graduated in 2003. Between 2009 and 2012, Derki worked as an assistant director for several feature film productions, and directed a number of Arab television films and programs. He also worked as a freelance camera operator for CNN and Thomson Reuters. Derki’s short films and feature-length documentaries received many awards at a variety of festivals. His films Return to Homs (2013) and Of Fathers and Sons (2017) were granted the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and 2018 respectively. In 2014, he served as a member of the international jury at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2019 for Of Fathers and Sons, Derki is also a member of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Anne Aghion

Jury Member

Anne Aghion is best known for her series of four documentaries on post- genocide justice and social reconstruction in Rwanda, including the 2009 feature My Neighbor My Killer. The film competed at the Cannes Film Festival and the Gotham Awards, and earned Aghion the Nestor Almendros Award for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival. Aghion is a speaker at universities and a panelist and juror at film festivals, including for L’Oeil d’or—the documentary prize at Cannes— and at IDFA. She regularly conducts documentary film production and writing workshops at film schools and other venues around the world. Aghion is an Emmy winner and the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was a resident at the MacDowell Colony in 2011, at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in 2012, on a Fulbright-Nehru Fellowship in India in 2014, at the Camargo Foundation in France in 2016, and at the Bogliasco Foundation in Italy in 2019, to develop and research her next feature, Turbulence.

Nahed Nasrallah

Jury Member

Nahed Nasrallah attended the Deutsche Evangelische Oberschule Kairo (DEO) and graduated in 1974. She then earned her bachelor’s degree from the Cairo University Faculty of Economics and Political Science in 1979. Pursuing her passion for fashion, Nasrallah completed her studies in fashion drawing at the Chambre Syndicale de Couture in 1991. She started her artistic career as co- designer of costumes for The Sixth Day (1986) by legendary director Youssef Chahine. Nasrallah won awards from the Cairo Film Society for her work on Mercedes (1993), The Emigrant (1994), Destiny (1997), The Blue Elephant (2014), as well as the South African M-Net awards for her work on Mercedes, The Emigrant and Destiny. On the social development front, Nasrallah participated in creating an income generating project for women in Helwan— an industrial city south of Cairo—based on developing their skills and designs in crochet patchwork from 1993 to 1999.

Ludmila Cvikova

Jury Member

Ludmila Cvikova worked as a programmer at the International Film Festival Rotterdam for 15 years (1997 - 2011). Throughout her career, she has cooperated with various festivals around the world, including the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, the Golden Apricot Yerevan International Film Festival, Art Film Fest in Slovakia and Anonimul International Independent Film Festival in Romania. For EYE Film Institute Amsterdam, she created a special film program, Arab Women Behind the Camera, in addition to various film programs centered on the exhibitions of Bela Tarr and Jan Svankmajer. Cvikova currently works independently through her own company as a creative consultant for filmmakers. She also serves as a festival advisor and curator for IFFR, Busan International Film Festival, and Anonimul. She is also a projects reader and advisor for several European film funds.

Ally Derks

Head of Jury

Ally Derks is the founder of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), which she directed for 30 years. She studied Dutch literature, film and theatre at the Utrecht University. Until 2015 she was also director and head of the selection committee for the IDFA Bertha Fund that supports documentary filmmakers in developing countries. She has been a jury member at numerous festivals including Sundance, Hot Docs, Silverdocs and Nordisk Panorama. Ally Derks has also been responsible for retrospective programs – including ones on Cuban, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Palestinian and Polish documentaries. She was awarded several prizes for nurturing documentary films, such as the Hot Docs "Doc Mogul Award" (2011). Furthermore, she received the Banninck Cocq Award and the IJ-Prijs from the City of Amsterdam. The Government of France honored her in 2015 as Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In December 2016 she was recognized with the IDA Pioneer Award in Los Angeles.

Rashid Mashharawi

Jury Member

Pioneering Gazan filmmaker Rashid Mashharawi was born in 1962 in Shati refugee camp. A self-taught filmmaker, he worked in many films and learned the craft of filmmaking by observing. The film that drew international attention to Mashharawi was his work on the life of the Palestinian laborers, Shelter (1989). His film Haifa(1996) was screened at Un Certain Regard. That was the first time Palestine was officially represented at Cannes. Some of his other acclaimed works include Curfew (1993, Golden Antigone, Montpellier); Ticket to Jerusalem (2002, Silver Pyramid, Cairo IFF), Waiting (2005, Golden Unicorn, Amiens, RTBF Award, Mons), Laila’s Birthday (2008, multiple awards at Amiens, Mons, Singapore, Fajr IFF etc.), Palestine Stereo (2013), and many others. He is also the founder of the Cinema Production and Distribution Center (CPC). Based in Ramallah, the centre has been conducting hands-on training workshops for young Palestinian filmmakers since 1996.

Mike Pandey

Jury Member

Mike Pandey, one of India’s foremost wildlife and environmental filmmakers, was born in Kenya. Having grown up in the shadow of the world-famous Nairobi National Park, protecting wildlife came naturally to him. In 1994, he became the first Asian producer/director to win a Wildscreen Panda Award, also known as the Green Oscar, for his film The Last Migration – Wild Elephant Capture in Sarguja. His films Shores of Silence – Whale Sharks in India (2000), and Vanishing Giants (2004) won him two more Green Oscars. Over three decades he has put together an incredible number of 600 films including the popular television series Earth Matters. He has won 300 national and international awards. His work has often lead to legislative changes. He was awarded the United Nations International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Conservation. Mike is currently working on a feature film called The Return of the Tiger, which is supported by Hindi film industry actors Amitabh Bachchan and John Abraham.

Keith Shire

Jury Member

Keith Shire is an international film curator and programme advisor to the BFI London Film Festival. He has served in that position also for the Venice Film Festival and the Pan African Film & Television Festival, Ouagadougou (FESPACO). He is a Visiting Research Fellow for the Centre for Research & Education in Arts & Media (CREAM), University of Westminster, London. He was a member of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund from 2004-2007. Keith Shire is also the director of Books of Africa, London, and has served as an advisor for the cinema and audiovisual sectors of the EU’s ACP (African, Caribbean & Pacific Countries) programme. He has been on the advisory board of New York’s Focus Features’ Africa First Programme, which supports young African filmmakers. He is on the advisory and programming committee for the Otherfield Documentary Film Festival and a jury advisor for the annual Africa Movie Academy Awards. Shire is dedicated to creating opportunities for African films and filmmakers on the global stage.

Hady Zaccak

Jury Member

Acclaimed and award-winning documentary filmmaker from Lebanon, Hady Zaccak studied film direction at the Institut d'Etudes Scéniques, Audiovisuelles et Cinématographiques, (IESAV) and earned his master’s degree in 2001. He has since authored more than 20 documentaries that have been broadcast on several TV stations in Lebanon, the Arab world and Europe, winning awards and acclaim at several film festivals worldwide. Some of them include 104 Wrinkles (2017), Kamal Joumblatt, Witness and Martyr (2015), Marcedes (2011), Refugees for Life (2006). Zaccak’s documentaries deal with religion in Middle Eastern countries, like The Neo Missionaries, the Copts and the Shiites, while others such as Beirut… Points of View and Taxi Beirut showcase the changes Beirut has gone through in recent times. Besides being a very active director, Zaccak authored a book— Le Cinéma Libanais: itinéraire d’un cinéma vers l’inconnu and teaches film writing, directing, history of cinema at the IESAV.

Deborah Young

Head of Jury

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Deborah graduated with honors from Wellesley College and received an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After moving to Italy, she worked as a journalist, film critic, screenwriter and translator. From 1990 to 1993 she was Variety's Rome Bureau Chief. In 2008, became the International Film Editor of The Hollywood Reporter. She is also a contributing editor of the American quarterly Cineaste. Deborah has been a consultant for the Tribeca Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival. She was the Artistic Director of the Taormina Film Fest from 20072011-. Under her mandate, the festival assumed a strong Mediterranean identity and greatly increased its international audience and prestige with films from Egypt and the Maghreb.

Sitora Alieva

Jury Member

Born in Dushanbe. she Made her film debut as actress at the age of 7. In the following 9 years played about ten roles in art and television films. In 1987 graduated from the scriptwriting and film history department of the Film Institute VGIK (course of E. Surkov and L. Mamatova). From 1987-88 expert of the Culture Fund. From 1987-91 senior film-editor at the studio “Tadjikfilm”. Since 1991 lives and works in Moscow. From 1991-93 editor at the Fund for Cinema Support. From 1994-96 assistant to D. Dondurei, editorin- chief of the journal Film Art, at the same time film program coordinator of the International Film Festival in Sochi held by “Kinotavr” Company Group. From 1999-2005 director and member of the selection committee of the IFF Sochi, the IFF “Faces of Love”, and the International Children’s Arts Festival “Kinotavrik”. From 2002-2005 executive director Open Russian Film Festival “Kinotavr”. Since 2005 programme director of the ORFF “Kinotavr”.

Tamer Karawan

Jury Member

Tamer Karawan studied Engineering at The American University in Cairo then studied music at The Royal School of Music. He worked as an editor at the British Broadcasting Corporation, and then a documentary director at Orbit Television Networks. In 1998, Karawan’s first score was for Yousri Nasrallah’s El Medina, then Raafat El-Mihi’s Alshan Rabena Yehebak, Mohamed Khan’s Banat West El Balad and Fi Shaket Misr El Gadida, Osama Fawzy’s Bel Alwan El Tabieia, Sameh Abdel Aziz’s Cabaret. Karawan continued composing distinguished scores for renowned director Yousri Nasrallah’s films such as: Genenet Al Asmak, Ehky ya Shahrazad, After the Battle, and Bab Al Shams. He has also composed the music scores for several documentaries including Ostorat Rose Al Youssef by Mohamed Al Qaliouby in 2002, Ashekat Al Cinema by Producer and Director Marianne Khoury, Tamer Ezzat‘s Kol Shi Hayb’aa Tamam (2005) and Makan Esmo Watan, Tahani Rached’s These Girls and Giran in 2009. In 2016 he composed the music for Kamla Abu Zikry’s A Day for Women and Ali Edress’ The Other Land both in the official selection of The Cairo International Film Festival.

Subniv Babuta

Jury Member

Subniv Babuta joined the BBC directly after finishing his studies at Oxford University. After a short stint as a producer for BBC Radio 4 & 3, he moved to London Weekend Television as a reporter and researcher. In 1987, he returned to BBC Television, and stayed there until 2006, as a Producer/ Director, then Executive Producer, in BBC News & Current Affairs. In 2006, Subniv joined Endemol, the world’s largest independent production company, and now has his own production company, Damida Ltd., based in London. He was in charge of the BBC’s Millennium Night broadcast, 2000 Today, the 26-hour live show and also an Executive Producer of the animated series The 99. Since its inception in 2000, Subniv has also produced each year the global television broadcast of The International Indian Film Academy Awards, now in its eighteenth year of production. His current portfolio includes various international documentaries, a new broadcasting venture featuring E-Sports, and a new crime series using virtual reality 3D animation enabling viewers to explore and interact with recreated crime scenes.

Sean McAllister

Jury Member

Director Sean McAllister is known for his candid, frank films, depicting with extraordinary intimacy the lives of ordinary people who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, struggling to make sense of the world we live in. From his early films Working For The Enemy (1997) and The Minders (1998), both nominated for a Royal Television Society Awards, to his more recent successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning The Liberace Of Baghdad (2004), Japan: A Story Of Love And Hate (2008) and ‘The Reluctant Revolutionary, Sean’s work continues to inspire, to surprise and to fascinate audiences. His most recent BAFTA nominated, multi award winning film, A Syrian Love Story (2015) was screened in the UK and European parliaments, released independently to critical acclaim, named The Guardian's #3 best film of 2015, and awarded the prestigious Cinema for Peace Justice Award. He is currently working on a feature documentary in Hull for the BBC and BFI.

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Short Film Competition Jury

Marwan Hamed

Head of Jury

An alumnus of the Higher Institute of Cinema, Hamed started his cinematic career in 2000 as an assistant director. Since then, he has been producing and directing films, TV commercials, drama series and music videos. Hamed directed numerous acclaimed feature films that received more than 30 awards. His debut feature The Yacoubian Building (2006) premiered at the 56th Berlin Film Festival, and was Egypt's official submission to the 79th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. His 2014 film The Blue Elephant won numerous awards, including the Special Jury Prize at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival (BIFFF). Hamed served as a jury member at the following film festivals: Taormina Film Festival in 2007; Montpellier Film Festival in 2008; Montreal Film Festival in 2010; Abu Dhabi Film Festival (New Horizons Competition) in 2011; the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in Zurich; and the Cairo Film Festival. He was the head of the jury for the Child Protection Award within the framework of the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in 2014.

Mohamed AL Daradji

Jury Member

Born in Baghdad, Mohamed Al Daradji is a writer, director and producer. Premiering at leading film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Berlinale, the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival, his narrative feature films and documentaries won numerous prestigious prizes, including the Amnesty and Peace Prize, BIFA, NETPAC, and the Asia Pacific Screen Academy Award. He was also granted Variety’s Middle Eastern Filmmaker of the Year Award in 2010. Al Daradji’s first feature film Ahlaam (2003) represented Iraq for Oscar and Golden Globe consideration in 2007. His films Son of Babylon (2010) and The Journey (2017) were Iraq’s official entries for the 83rd and 90th Academy Awards respectively. Alongside his work as a filmmaker, Al Daradji established The Iraqi Independent Film Center (IIFC) in order to cultivate an independent spirit and approach for feature films and shorts for both experienced and emerging filmmakers.

Jukka-Pekka Laakso

Jury Member

Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director of the Tampere Film Festival, where he has been involved with the selection and programming since 2000. As a festival director, he shares the responsibility of strategic planning and programming with a co- director. Additionally, Laakso has been a member of more than 50 juries in film festivals around the world, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the Locarno Film Festival, Festival du nouveau cinéma in Montreal, and the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico. Laakso acts as the executive director for Pirkanmaa Film Centre; a local film center in Tampere. Pirkanmaa is a non-profit organization that runs an art-house cinema, distributes films in Finland, and works extensively with media education. Jukka-Pekka Laakso is also a member of the European Film Academy.

Dorra Zarrouk

Jury Member

Dorra Zarrouk is a Tunisian actress. She started her career in Tunisian cinema, in addition to international feature films such as Telman Reem’s Colosseum (2003) and Moufida Tlatli’s Nadia et Sarra (2004). In 2007, Zarrouk was introduced to Egyptian cinema by legendary director Youssef Chahine when he cast her in Le Chaos. Since then, she has been one of the leading actresses in Egypt and the Middle East, acting in more than 30 films and theater plays across the region. Throughout her career, Zarrouk has earned several prizes and honors, including multiple Dear Guest awards for best actress, in addition to the Golden Murex Award for Best Arab Actress for her roles in the television series Al Rayyan and Adam. Zarrouk has also served on a number of juries, including those at the Tropfest Arabia Short Film Festival, the Alexandria Mediterranean Film Festival, the Cairo International Film Festival, the Malmo Arab Film Festival, and the Luxor African Film Festival.

Juanita Onzaga

Jury Member

Juanita Onzaga is a Colombian-Belgian film director and cinematographer. Within her narrations, she touches on the importance of memory, death and imagination, creating tales that reflect different ways of perceiving reality, often within a strong political context. In 2017, Onzaga’s short film The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do won the Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the Generation 14plus section of the 67th Berlinale, the highly acclaimed VAF Wildcard, as well as other prizes at various festivals worldwide. Her latest short film, Our Song to War, premiered in 2018 at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. It was also selected for Clermont Ferrand, IDFA, DokLeipzig, RIDM, Chicago, and many other festivals, winning multiple awards. Onzaga is currently developing her first narrative feature film The Landscapes That You Seek at the TorinoFilmLab ScriptLab, supported by the Hubert Bals Fund Bright Future, while also directing other short films and a VR project.

Kamel El Basha

Head of Jury

Kamel El Basha, born in Malha, southeast of Jerusalem, is an actor, director, writer and teacher from Palestine. He studied theatre from 1979 to 1983. As a young Palestinian activist, he was arrested by the Israeli authorities and imprisoned for two years. After his release he acted in a number of plays and directed almost 30 of them. His notable debut was with the Arabic version of Brecht’s The Exception and the Rule. He has also written and translated several plays for the stage, and appeared in Palestinian TV series and films including Muayad Alayan’s Love, Theft and Other Entanglements (2015), which was presented at the Berlinale. Ziad Doueiri’s gripping courtroom drama The Insult (2017, GFF) won Kamel El Basha the Volpi Cup for Best Actor for his convincing portrayal of a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon at the 74th Venice International Film Festival. He is currently the Artistic Director of Quds Art.

Doris Bauer

Jury Member

Doris Bauer is a film curator and the spokeswoman for the Austrian Film Festival Forum. She studied political science at the University of Vienna. From 2006 to 2014 she worked as the managing director of Filmgalerie 8½, an independent DVD rental store in Vienna. Between 2008 and 2014, she was the director of espressofilm, an annual open air short film festival held in Vienna’s 8th district. She is the head curator of the International Fiction & Documentary competition at Vienna Independent Shorts. In 2012 she co-founded the Austrian Film Festival Forum, an association of 22 film festivals in Austria.

Ahmed Malek

Jury Member

Egyptian actor Ahmed Malek’ acting career got a flying start when he was cast to play young Hassan Al-Banna, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, in the hit TV series El-Gama'a / The Brotherhood (2010). The Egyptian actor has already had an impressive acting career at a very young age, starting to gain international recognition after playing ‘Mans’ in the groundbreaking film Clash (2016) by Mohamed Diab. Malek then portrayed a Michael Jackson-obsessed teenager in Amr Salama’s Sheikh Jackson, which was the opening film at the 2017 El Gouna Film Festival. He has been picked as one of the Rising Stars in a list of eight up-and-coming acting talents by TIFF and has been cast for his first international film, Montreal Girls, to be directed by Canadian director Patricia Chica. Malek is now a full-time student at the Cairo Contemporary Dance Centre. His latest film Gunshot, directed by Karim El Shenawy, will be screened at the current edition of El Gouna Film Festival.

Saba Mubarak

Jury Member

Saba Mubarak is one of the very few Arab stars whose repertoire includes a large number of highly successful works both internationally and throughout the Arab world. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre acting and directing. Mubarak has received a number of awards including: The Special Jury Award at the Arab Theater Festival, the Best Actress Award at the Middle East Now Festival in Italy, two-time Best Jordanian Actress in 2009 and 2010. Most recently, Mubarak won the Best Actress Award at the Silk Road International Film Festival for her role in The Guest: Aleppo-Istanbul that also won a staggering seven awards from international film festivals. Mubarak took part in the 2018 Ramadan race with her role in the hit TV series Taye. Mubarak established her company, Pan East Media in 2013. She produced the TV series Zain and Tawq Al Asphalt.

Liz Shackleton

Jury Member

Liz Shackleton is Asia Editor for Screen International, overseeing Asia-related content across the publication’s website, monthly print editions and daily magazines at international film festivals and markets; and works closely with Screen’s editorial team in London and Los Angeles. Since she moved to Asia in 2001, she has tracked the phenomenal growth of the mainland China film market, building relationships with leading industry players; and she also built networks across India, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South Korea and Japan. These networks enabled her to break hundreds of news stories, write indepth analyses and be the first to spot trends, including the emergence of China’s streaming platforms in 2010. Shackleton is the founder of Chime Consulting, which helps Western companies and government agencies connect with the fast-growing film industries in China, India and the Middle East.

Nelly Karim

Head of Jury

Nelly Karim is an Egyptian actress, fashion model and ballerina. Her debut in filmmaking was through Shabab Alla elhawa, which introduced Nelly with the Egyptian - Turkish film escape “The Runaway Mummy”, which was a turning point in her career. Then she starred in several successful films. In 2004, She won Best Actress award in the Cairo International Film Festival for her role in Enta Omry (My soulmate) and a Special Award at the Cairo National Festival for Egyptian Cinema in 2010 for her role in film One-Zero. A year later, she won the Jury Grand Prize at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards for her role in 678 followed by the Best Actress Prize for the same film at the Arab Film Festival in 2012. She was a jury member in both Cairo International Film Festival and Abu Dhabi Film Festival. Though other Egyptian artists have participated in the Venice International Film Festival's jury before, Nelly Karim was the first actress selected for this role in 2016. Most recently, she starred in Clash that premiered in Cannes' Un Certain Regard section and has been selected to represent Egypt at the 2017 Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Najwa Najjar

Jury Member

Writer/ Director Najwa Najjar received her BA Political Science and Economics, MA Film (US). She has worked in both documentary and fiction since 2000. Her critically acclaimed debut was the award-winning feature film Pomegranates and Myrrh (2009). Her second award winning feature film Eyes of a Thief (2014) which won Best Director and Best Actor awards (among many others) brought for the first time in Palestinian cinema Egyptian superstar Khaled Abol Naga The film was the Palestinian nomination for the 2015 Oscars Best Foreign Film and the Golden Globe Awards. She’s a speaker on numerous panels on cinema and a Jury member of several International Film Festivals. Najjar has reviewed books, and her articles on Palestinian cinema have been published. She has been a reader for the Rawi Sundance Lab for Arab scriptwriters and has been an advisor for the Rawi Sundance Scriptwriter’s Lab for two consecutive sessions. She is currently in preproduction on her third feature film, a road trip: Son of a Very Important Man to be shot throughout Palestine.

Ali Mostafa

Jury Member

Ali F. Mostafa is one of the pioneering Emirati filmmakers. Growing up in the UAE, Ali pursued his goal in 2003 when he enrolled at the London Film School to obtain an M.A. of practical training in film. He set up his own production company, AFM Films in 2007, producing feature films, short films, documentaries, TV commercials, and corporate films. Ali's short graduation film Under the Sun has been officially selected and nominated for best Foreign Film in various international festivals across the world. It also won ‹Best Emirates Film 2006, In the Emirates Film Competition held in the countries Capital, Abu Dhabi. Ali's work gained him recognition as Best Emirati Filmmaker, by the Dubai International Film Festival in 2007. His latest feature, The Worthy produced by Imagination Abu Dhabi, is the Arab world’s first postapocalyptic thriller. Ali was awarded Man of The Year in 2014 by Esquire Magazine’s Man at His Best Awards for his achievements in helping build a UAE film industry.

Anissa Daoud

Jury Member

Anissa Daoud is an actress, author, producer and director for cinema and theater. She works on creations often focused on transdisciplinary. She is currently starring in Lotfi Achour's feature film Burning Hope, which she co-wrote and produced. In parallel to her work as an actress she co-founded the A.P.A: Artistes Producteurs Associés and created a production tool that resembled her, based on the meeting of artists from diverse disciplines and with a requirement to bring coherence between the artistic works and their means of production. In cinema, she has produced in addition to Burning Hope, the short films Law of the lamb by Lotfi Achour, that was in official selection at the Cannes Film festival 2016 and All the rest is the work of man by Doria Achour, that was in official selection of the Venice Film Festival 2016. She is currently preparing the shooting of The Bath which will be her first short film of fiction after numerous collaborations as artistic director on the short films of Lotfi Achour and also developing a screenplay for her first feature film Les immortelles.

Nina Rodriguez

Jury Member

Originally from Cologne, Germany, where she started working in the music industry, Nina Rodríguez holds an MA in the Presentation and Preservation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam and has been Head of Programming at the Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico since 2006. Having collaborated with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival in the past, she is currently also part of the team behind Qumra, an initiative of the Doha Film Institute providing mentorship for international film projects from development through post-production. She served as Academic Coordinator for the Pueblo Mágico Mexican Film Residency in Tepoztlán and has curated showcases and participated on panels and juries at many other Mexican and international events including FICG, Tous Ecrans, Berlinale Talents and Sarajevo Film Festival.

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