Mohsen Makhmalbaf (Iran) PRESIDENT
In the early 1980s he was writing novels, short stories, plays and film scripts, and founded the Propaganda center for the spread of Islamic thinking and art. Having gone through no film school, he decided to dedicate himself to bringing culture closer to the people through cinema, moving away from the topics spread by Hollywood and Bollywood film productions. He wrote scripts and edited numerous films by other Iranian filmmakers. Despite the censorship, his first films quickly won him the support of the Iranian public and of the young filmmakers who in the 1980s were to shape the new Iranian cinema. In 1989, the Rimini Festival prize awarded to his film The Cyclist launched him on the international scene.
Tannishtha Chatterjee (India)
Tannishtha Chatterjee is a well known Indian actress/Director known for her roles in films like Brick Lane for which she was nominated best actress at the Bifa s( British Independent film Awards), Australian film Lion, Parched( which premiered in Toronto) for which she won best actress in many film festivals, Dekh Indian Circus for which she won the National film Award , Angry Indian Goddeses, Unindian, Roadmovie, Joe Wright’s Ana Karenina amongst many others. She has been a jury member of the Asia Pacific screen awards , Mooov International film festival, MAMI( Mumbai international film festival, AACTA jury n others. Her Directorial debut Roam Rome Mein which premiered in Busan International film festival 2019 got her the Marie Claire Asia Star Award. It was in Official selection in International Rome film festival and MAMI (Mumbai film festival). She directed a segment( Rat-a Tat) in the AMAZON PRIME commissioned Anthology Unpaused.
KIM LONGINOTTO (Great Britain)
Kim Longinotto (born 1952) is a British documentary filmmaker, well known for making films that highlight the plight of female victims of oppression or discrimination. Longinotto studied camera and directing at the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, where she now tutors occasionally.
Longinotto went on to Essex University to study English and European literature and later followed friend and future filmmaker, Nick Broomfield to the National Film and Television School. While studying, she made a documentary about her boarding school that was shown at the London Film Festival, since when she has continued to be a prolific documentary filmmaker.
She has received a number of awards for her films over the years, including a BAFTA for her documentary PINK SARIS.
Among her more than 20 films, she has followed a teenager struggling to become a wrestling star in 2000’s GAEA GIRLS, challenged the tradition of female genital mutilation in Kenya in 2002’s THE DAY I WILL NEVER FORGET, and told the story of an Indian Muslim woman who smuggled poetry out to the world while locked up by her family in 2013’s SALMA. In 2015’s DREAMCATCHER Longinotto looks at the life and work of a former sex worker who rescues Chicago girls from the street.
Her new film SHOOTING THE MAFIA, premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
BRIDGET IKIN (Australia)
Bridget Ikin has worked in New Zealand and Australia as an independent film producer for 30+ years. She is passionately committed to innovative filmmaking, and to telling stories by and for women. Her award-winning films include Jane Campion’s AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE; Sarah Watt’s two feature films LOOK BOTH WAYS and MY YEAR WITHOUT SEX, Clara Law’s FLOATING LIFE, and the BAFTA-nominated documentary SHERPA (dir. Jen Peedom).
As well as her short films, features and documentaries, Bridget also produces exceptional moving image works with artists . In particular, she has produced many multi-screen works for artist Angelica Mesiti – including Mesiti’s multi-screen work ASSEMBLY for 2019 Venice Biennale.
She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate for distinguished services to the film industry; she’s a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures; she’s also been a curator for the Sydney Film Festival, and has served on a number of boards.
LEENA ALAM (Afghanistan)
Leena Alam (born in Kabul, Afghanistan) is an award-winning Afghan film, TV and theater actress who has appeared in films such as Kabuli Kid, Loori, A Letter to the President and “Hassan”. She has also been known as Shereen of Afghanistan after playing in the taboo-smashing feminist TV drama, Shereen, the first of its kind to have been made in Afghanistan, directed by Ghafar Azad and produced by Kaboora and Tolo TV.
In 1989, Alam and her family moved to America because of the civil war in her homeland. She began her acting and cinema career in 1998.
Ekavali is an Indian actor who has carved a niche for herself in India having worked with 16 national award directors.
She won best actor at Oiffa Canada for her film Angrezi mein kehte Hain and her Norwegian film What will people say was the official entry to the Oscars in 2019 from Norway.
She also played a primary part in the Indo Hollywood film Line of Descent.
Some of her noted work on ott and feature films include
Kaun kitne Pani mein
Veere di wedding
MODHURA PALIT (India)
Istudied cinematography from Satyajit Ray film and Television Institute; one of the premiere film schools of the country. I am also a member of Eastern India Cinematographers Association (EICA). I am also Alumni of Asian Film Academy (AFA), Busan. Also was part of Looking China Youth Film Project 2015. I have shot one of India’s first virtual reality short films. Watchmaker – experimental short film I shot is part of Dhaka University film studies curriculum. I love playing with light and images and try to tell a story with my craft. After all I deal with one of world’s most glamorous trick of the eye. Else than that, I like to enjoy myself and have fun. Take in all that life has to offer. I’m also a trained classical dancer and I paint. I like reading books, contemplating about random things and having a good time when I’m not busy in work.
Cinema is something I love and I want to spend the rest of my life with this ; getting closer; making it more intimate.
Anjali Monteiro (India)
Anjali Monteiro is a Professor at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Masters degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Sociology. She is involved in documentary production, media teaching and research. She teaches courses in documentary and video production as well as theoretical approaches to image making practices and has done pioneering and innovative work in critical media education with various groups including activists, school and college students, parents and teachers.
Olga Khlasheva (Kazakhstan)
Since 1997 has worked in film industry: at Kazakhfilm Studios JSC (as head of international relations / promotion of Kazakh films), at Eurasia International Film festival (since its creation in 1998) and as film producer (including international promotion of full-length features by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, e.g. his recent film “The gentle indifference of the world” premiered at Un Certain Regard/Cannes IFF-2018).
APSA Academy Member (Best Producer Nomination for the films “Owners” and “The gentle indifference of the world” by Adilkhan Yerzhanov, in 2014 and 2018 respectively).
Daniela Creutz (Germany)
Born in Munich, she moved to New York in 1995, where she completed a two-year postgraduate course (Direction) at the University of New York. Then she founded her own production company “Blue Circe Filmproduction LLC”. Initially she worked for broadcasters such as ABC Networks and CBS Studios, but then produced independent film projects: commercials, image films, short films and documentaries. The development and creative realization, as well as the technical realization of different cinematographic projects, from research, script and writing to filming and final postproduction. Daniela has been a member of WGA-Writer’s Guild since 2000.
Ridhima Mehra (India)
Trained in Political Science and initiated into film curation through the creation of a queer rights media collective, Ridhima is Executive Producer at the Public Service Broadcasting Trust, India, where she leads the commissioning, creative realisation and outreach of non-fiction films, having mentored over 500 films on a variety of concerns for over fifteen years. These films have travelled around the world and won over two hundred awards. She is the Director of the Open Frame Film Festival, curating films, conversations and trainings. She has also been involved with the production of research papers and installations.
Kim Do Kyung (South Korea)
Born in Seoul, South Korea. MFA in film directing the graduate school of Advance Imaging Science, Multimedia & Film at Chung-Ang University, Seoul, South Korea.
Director of the films Love is professional, Be My Guest, The First Day of Snow, Persona.
Screenplay for the films L’amour, The Storyteller, The Pen name, and producer of Cheoyongmoo.
EYLEM KAFTAN (Turkey)
Born in Turkey, Kaftan completed a B.A. in Philosophy at Bosphorous University in Istanbul. She completed her M.A in film and video at York University (Canada) in 2002. Her first documentary, Faultlines, investigates the aftermath of the earthquake which hit Turkey in 1999. Kaftan then wrote and directed Vendetta Song (2005) produced in co- production with the National Film Board of Canada. This gripping hour long documentary about her personal journey into the killing of her aunt in a small village in Turkey was broadcast on Vision TV and Télé-Québec in Canada and has received several awards including CIDA Prize for Best Canadian Documentary on International Development at Hot Docs; the Quebec Film Critics Association Award for Best Medium Length Documentary; Best Documentary, Calgary International festival and Best Documentary, Female Eye Film Festival. Her third documentary Bledi, This is Our Home tells the story of the non-status Algerians and their struggle to remain in Canada. The film is made for the Quebec broadcaster Télé-Québec. Kaftan produced and directed several documentaries for Al Jazeera English channel. Some of them are; The Passion and Penalty, a film about the matchfixing scandal in Turkish football, Sarajevo, My Love, a film about a Serbian general who defended Sarajevo during the siege of the city. Eylem recently completed her first feature film, called Hive. The film is about a female beekeper’s struggle with wild bees and a bear. Hive (Keeping The Bees) is currently traveling many international film festivals, winning numerous awards at many prestigious festivals. It is currently on Netflix, worldwide.
Mikel Z Castells (Spain)
Mikel Z. Castells is a sound designer and re-recording mixer with many years of experience for the audiovisual industry.
He has supervised, designed and mixed worldwide succesfull TV series like “MONEY HEIST”, “LOOCKED UP”, “THE BARRIER” OR “THE PIER” and international films like “LA FOQUITA: EL 10 DE LA CALLE” (PERU), “LA CONDESA” (HONDURAS/EEUU) or “THE NANNY´S NIGHT” (SPAIN) among many others.
In addition to being a Higher Level Technician, obtaining a degree from the CEV School of Image and Sound, in Madrid, he studied between San Sebastián and the United States, so he can handle both Spanish, English and Basque without any problem.
Santiago Alcanda (Spain)
He graduated in Journalism at the Faculty of Information Sciences in 1982. He dropped out of Pure Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid and studied Scriptwriting and Filmmaking at the Jesús Yagüe and Jesús Cuadrado school and interpreting at the TAI in Madrid.
In August 1978 he entered the newsroom of Hoja del Lunes in Madrid where he stayed for five years in different sections, local, sports, culture. And in the Hoja del Ocio supplement he started the music section in 1979.
In 1980, Jaime Barella, then host of Radio Madrid, Cadena Ser and a former colleague from the University called him to be part of the El Flexo program, along with Juan Luis Cano and Guillermo Fesser. This space for radio humor achieved great popularity and was even performed live in the show “El Flexshow”.
Hernán Zin (Spain)
War reporter, writer and documentarian, Hernán Zin has worked in more than 80 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. War, human rights and poverty have been his obsessions.
His documentaries include “I want to be Messi”, “The war against women”, “Born in Gaza”, “Born in Syria”, “10 years with Bebé”, “Die to tell” and “2020”, for which he has received awards such as Forqué, Platinum, he has been nominated for the Goya and the Latin Grammy, as well as winning the Montreal Festival and the Seminci.
Since 2002 he has directed DOC LAND FILMS, a production company based in Madrid and Los Angeles, which works for Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Movistar Plus, National Geographic, Al Jazeera, TVE …
Mehdi Rahmani (Iran)
Iranian director and producer who was born in 1979. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Iranian Cinema and Broadcasting university-Tehran as a director and made 18 short films and documentaries.
He started to make feature film from 2009 and made 4 feature films as a director and produced 3 feature films and participated in many film festivals around the world and won prizes such as Best Children Feature Film in Asia Pacific Awards, Best Film in Avanca Film Festival, Jury prize in IBBAF Film Festival, Best documentary in Noor Film Festival and many more.
Hamed Soleimanzadeh (Iran)
Hamed Soleimanzadeh is an International Film Critic, Researcher, Filmmaker, Actor, Author, Translator, and University lecturer. He is the official member of the House of Cinema (The Iranian Alliance of Motion Picture Guilds), Institute of Documentary Film (IDF), The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), and the Iranian Short Film Association (ISFA). He Is holding a Ph.D. degree in Art Research (Film Studies) and he is currently working with the UDK university in Berlin as a researcher (funded by Einstein Stiftung) in the field of Film and Philosophy.
So far he has been among the selection committee and jury members of many national and international film festivals like 72nd Berlin film Festival in Germany, 74th Cannes Film Festival in France, 44th Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden
Sougata Bhattacharyya (India)
Writer and filmmaker, is a postgraduate in Film Studies from Jadavpur University. He did academic research on studio system of Bengali Cinema, more specifically, 100 years of Aurora Studio, supported by SARAI, CSDS, New Delhi. He is the writer of several research articles and also a story book titled ‘Sahanagarik’. At present he is the Film Research Officer of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. He is the editor of one annual research journal ‘SRFTI Taake One’. He produced several television programme from 1998 to 2003 and then nonfictions for NGOs. His documentary ‘Trash’ (2013) won best film, NETPAC Jury award in 13 ISIFF, Dhaka and also won ‘Special Jury’ mention in 7th IDSFFK. His recent film ‘An Iconic Genius’s (2018) won best science film in 16IFF, Jaipur.
Féliz Sabroso Cruz (Spain)
Screenwriter and Spanish film director, Felix Sabroso Cruz is known for his work for several television networks, as well as for the feature films directed along with the screenwriter and director, Dunia Ayaso.
José Luis Guerín (Spain)
José Luis Guerin (1960), is one of the maximum representatives of European author cinema, for the ability to create a unique, poetic work, in continuous renewal of filmic language and the same idea of beauty. After a series of short films, directed between 1976 and 1981, he debuted in the feature film with The Motifs of Berta (1985), which obtained, among other awards, the Quality Prize awarded by the Ministry of Culture and the Sant Jordi Prize (RNE).
Pedro Hernández Santos (Spain)
Pedro Hernández Santos began his career as a producer with the film Here and There, by Antonio Méndez Esparza (Critics’ Week 2012), when the director of this film presented his script; at the same time he lost his job as an industrial engineer in a company and with that indemnity he set up his production company, Aqui y Hay Films, which produced the widely praised Magical Girl, by Carlos Vermut (Concha de Oro in San Sebastián 2014), Speak, directed by Joaquín Oristrell and Las furias, debut of the theater man Miguel del Arco.
Luis Coderque (Spain)
Luis is a Spanish-Canadian graphic designer with more than 15 years of experience in the Branding sector. He has worked all over the world (Europe, Australia, now in Canada) for the best international branding consultancies, such as Saffron, Landor or Bruce Mau Design. Luis brings a global vision and understanding of brands worldwide. It has strategically positioned and re-positioned brands for a multitude of industries ranging from technology, fashion, sports, or culture sectors. His work has been awarded internationally and recognized in numerous publications.
Andrés de la Torre (Spain)
Born and raised in Madrid, Andres started his career as a video editor in one of the leading production companies in Spain, MediaPro. His true passion, though, was always to compose music for film. His first feature as a composer, “Going Nuts” (2006), had a theatrical release and was the first film in the world to feature peanuts as the main characters. The score earned Andres national recognition with the Ateneo Coste Cero Award in 2008 for Best Soundtrack. Shortly after, Andres wrote the music for the Spanish-North American co-production “Disney: Through the Looking Glass” (2010), a score that earned him his first Jerry Goldsmith Award after 5 years of consecutive nominations.
Alberto Luchini Solano (Spain)
Alberto Luchini (Madrid, 1968) is Editor-in-Chief of the Metrópoli magazine and the metrópoli.com website, as well as director of the Metrópoli Comer y Beber Guide in Madrid. For more than 25 years, he has been a film critic. He has been an organizer and / or jury at various festivals.
He is a member of the European Film Academy and in 2014 he received the National Gastronomy Award for Best Journalistic Work.
Guillem Oliver (Spain)
Guillem Oliver was born in Valencia in 1985, studied Audiovisual Communication and later a Postgraduate and Master in Photography Direction from the ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya). Since then he has worked as a cinematographer and camera operator shooting spots, fashion films, video clips, short films and feature films such as “El Lodo” (Iñaki Sánchez Arrieta), “Visitante” (Alberto Evangelio), “Amor en Polvo” (Juanjo Moscardó, Suso Imbernón), “Assembly” (Álex Montoya), or “El Club del Paro” (David Marqués). He also usually performs the grading of his works.
Óscar Sánchez (Spain)
He studied Higher Production Technician at CEV in 1998. Later he worked as editor for Antena 3 news programs and also as Mediaset editor for Tele5 news programs and as Production Assistant at Videozapping production company, in the Mundo Mundial program for Vía Digital.
He then began his career as a teacher at CEV’s Superior Technician for Performing Shows and Audiovisuals, giving classes in Film and Video Production, ENG Camera, Television Set, editing in Avid and Premiere… At this stage he participates as Assistant Director in short films like Mate and Princesa. Since 2013, he has directed the Audiovisual Association Next Project, which carries out a multitude of non-profit projects, with the direct participation of students and former students of the school, such as spots, video clips, reports or short films. Some of his works are short such as Sola, Vuelve, Recuerdos para mi padre, or Abatido. His short films Sola y Recuerdos para mi padre have participated in many festivals, reaching the final at the Zaragoza Festival and also at the 6th International Festival of Curtas-Metragens in Faro (Portugal), at the Festivalico de Caravaca in Murcia, the Festival de la Concordia in Argentina or the Inclús Festival in Barcelona, winning the audience award at the Festival Cortos con Ñ con Abatido.
Dov Hassan (USA)
Dov Hassan is an American actor, director and teacher for film and theater. He received his B.A. in Theater Arts from UCLA and an M.F.A. in Acting and Directing in a conservatory training program at the University of Missouri – Kansas City.
As a professional actor, Dov Hassan has appeared in a number of independent films, as well as working with many theater companies in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
He is a college professor and also teaches privately. The subjects Dov teaches include acting for film and for theater, directing, film history and theory, text analysis, and voice over technique. His current and former students include many award winning actors who work extensively in film, television and theater.
Oscar Villasante (Spain)
Director of Photography, Camera, Director and Editor.
After learning more in the filming of a documentary commissioned by the City Council of his city, Miranda de Ebro, two years at the film academy in Madrid, worked on numerous short films, corporate videos and documentaries and later settled in Madrid. In addition to his works in Fiction, he has worked above all in the field of Documentary and Experimental Cinema, being one of the few creators and operators who still work with celluloid.
First prize VIATUR II International Festival for «Bhutan» (16mm).
Best Direction of Photography Award 27FICA ex aequo with Alex Catalán, for «Al Pelae» by Óscar de Julián.
Notodofilfest 2021 Best Documentary Award for “Little Tribute to David Foster Wallace”.
MARIO CORTEZ GENTIL (Spain)
Graduated in Art History from the University of Seville. Master’s degree in film criticism from ECAM. Creator and director of testigodecine.com Young film critic with presence in numerous festivals throughout Spain.