Asian Film Competition Section

Girish Kasaravalli

Mr. Girish Kasaravalli

Chairman, India
He has studied at the Film & TV Institute of India, Pune. He has made 14 feature films and 5 biopic documentary films and a TV serial in a carrier spanning 4 decades. All his films have won National, International and Karnataka state awards. He has won President’s Golden Lotus Award. Several books have been written on his films. He was the artistic Director of Bangalore International Film Festival. He has served on the National and International Jury for several times.

Harunar Rashid

Mr. Harunar Rashid

Member, Bangladesh
He was born in 1940 in Kushtia, Bangladesh. Started film career in 1963 as an Assistant Film Director with the renowned Film Maker Salahuddin. Subsequently worked with Zahir Raihan and some others. His first full length feature film titled “Megher Anek Rang” which was released in 1976 won 5 National Film Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Color Cinematography, Best Music and Best Juvenile Acting. He has written and directed about ten full length feature films including a few Documentaries in the field of development, health, environment and education.

Mohammad Hasan Amiryousefi

Mr. Mohammad Hasan Amiryousefi

Member, Iran
He was graduated in mathematics from Isfahan University, Iran. In 2004 his first feature film. “Bitter Dream” was screened at the Director’s Fortnight in the Cannes Film and received special mention of Golden Camera Award. He has made numbers of Shorts, documentaries and full length fiction which has received many awards screened at many international film festivals. His film “Fire Keeper” received the Innovation Award from Montreal Film Festival in 2009. His documentaries “My Home” and “Kahrizak, Four Views” got very recognition.

Age Hoffart

Mr. Age Hoffart

Member, Norway
Have for nearly 40 years been active in the Norwegian film industry, with a lot of projects, in addition to his full time job as distributor of feature films from Norway and other part of the whole world; from small gems from Europe and Asia to international blockbusters. He started as a projectionist when he was 14 years old, studied film science at the university of Stockholm, and belives truly in cultural diversion through films.

Gary Springer

Mr. Gary Springer

Member, USA
He is an entertainment publicist representing film, theatre and events. He represents independent and foreign films at festivals in the US and abroad, for release in the U.S., and as sales and distribution consultant. Gary’s first career was as an actor with film’s including “Dog Day Afternoon,” “Jaws 2,” “Small Circle of Friends” and “Law and Disorder.” He’s a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, a founding member of the Creative Coalition, and advisory board member for the Monaco based International Emerging Film Talent Association.

Women Filmmakers

Sydney Levine

Ms. Sydney Levine

Chairman, USA
She has 40+ years’ experience in the film industry where she currently is a trainer/ educator, writer and consultant for festival, international sales and financing strategies. She was the first woman in international distribution, with 20th Century Fox, became an acquisitions executive and created the industry’s first database in 1988 which later was the basis for Cannes' and was then acquired by IMDb in 2007. Her blog SydneysBuzz appears on IMDb and at

Bipasha Hayat

Ms. Bipasha Hayat

Member, Bangladesh
She has done her Masters and graduation from the Institute of Fine Arts- University of Dhaka. She is a cultural activist, freelance painter, actor, and playwright. She has done 6 solo and 74 more painting exhibitions in home and abroad. She acted in over 300 television plays, 12 stage plays and 4 feature films. She won 17th Asian Art Biennal 2016 and many more. Her written books are Hridoy rajje and Ghum bhanga manusher golpo.

Bijaya Jena

Ms. Bijaya Jena

Member, India
She is a trained actress from FTII, Pune, has acted in many Odia and Hindi films, Ismail Merchant’s English film The Deceivers. Her directorial debut Odia film TARA got National award was shown in Cairo and France. Her Hindi film ABHAAS has got rave reviews all over the world besides being shown in important film festivals. She has been on the jury in several international and National film festivals and conducted master class on screenplay.

Short and Independent Films

Merja Ritola

Ms. Merja Ritola

Member, Finland
She has been working in production management since 2000 and 2009 started producing films in Helsinki, Finland. Since 2012 she has been an independent producer for short films, documentaries and fiction features. 2017 she joined at Greenlit Productions, established by producer Essi Haukkamaa. Greenlit’s first feature documentary film War/Peace directed by Inderjit Kaur Khalsa. Ritola’s productions include the feature documentary The Seamstress by Ville Suhonen, which won 2016 a Jussi Award for the Best Documentary Film.

Andrea Morghen

Mr. Andrea Morghen

Member, Italy
He is the Artistic Director of Religion Today Film Festival in Trento (Italy) and also he is a film producer and director. In 2013 he co-founded the film productions company Aurora Vision. He produced more than 15 documentaries in the last 4 years, selected and rewarded in many film festivals around the world. He has always been engaged in youth policy programs with specific attention to training and education projects in Italy and abroad.

Arun Deo Joshi

Mr. Arun Deo Joshi

Member, Nepal
He is a Filmmaker and TV journalist form Nepal. He is festival chair of one of the premier film festival of Nepal, Nepal Human Rights International Film Festival. He has several short films and documentary to his credit as director. He has won several international awards for his film. His films "Diyalee" and "Kamaro" has been shown in previous edition of Dhaka International Film Festival. As a journalist Arun is News Chief of Janata Television in Nepal.

Liya Gilmutdinova

Ms. Liya Gilmutdinova

Member, Russia
She is the head of the cinematography sector of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan. She graduated from the Kazan Pedagogical University. She was at the state television and radio company "Tatarstan" as a correspondent. She directed many films. She is the screenwriter of the film "Private of the Great Patriotic War" (2005). She is a member of the union of Journalists of Tatarstan and the International Federation of Journalists.

Nurul Alam Atique

Mr. Nurul Alam Atique

Member, Bangladesh
He positioned himself as a one of the prominent Director and Script Writer. He draws attention of his audience with Sights and Sounds that cultivate and develop slowly but surely a positive feelings towards the change for better, Words & Paints, Light & Its' absence. He devoted his time and knowledge to contribute and help to build a more dynamic future of National Cinema of Bangladesh. His passion for work, creative capability is proved with his works.

Spiritual Section: Interfaith Jury for Spiritual Films

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed

Dr. Imtiaz Ahmed

Member, Bangladesh
He is Professor of International Relations and Director, Centre for Genocide Studies at the University of Dhaka. He was educated at the University of Dhaka, The Australian National University, Canberra, and Carlton University, Ottawa. He is also currently Visiting Professor at the Sagesse University, Beirut. Professor Ahmed is the recipient of various awards and honours. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 22 books and 8 monographs. More than 100 research papers and scholarly articles have been published in leading journals and chapters in edited volumes.

Anna Cocchiarella

Ms. Anna Cocchiarella

Member, Italy
She was born in Benevento, Italy. Graduated in Oriental Studies at ‘La Sapienza’ University of Rome. She is specialized in Bangla and Islam and wrote her dissertation on Sufusm in Bangladesh, especially on the Biswa Darbar Amantola, a modern Sufi tariqa in Chittagong, Mirshoray. Her interest is about the spread and development of Islam in the Bay of Bengal and to understand how a centuries-old-tradition is mistreated in some ways, coming to deny centuries of history.

Ms. Lud Mônaco

Ms. Lud Mônaco

Member, Brazil
She is a screenwriter & director from Brazil. She studied film at the Barcelona Film School (ECIB). Many of her short films have been featured in major festivals, such as the BFI Flare, Mix Brasil and Sitges Film Festival. Her work has also been showcased in the prestigious Museum of Image and Sound of São Paulo. 'Enjoy the Drama', one of her short films, has just been released in DVD & VOD in a collection by the Peccadillo Pictures. She has participated in the Berlinale Talents 2017.

FIPRESCI Jury : Bangladesh Panorama Section



Member, Slovak Republic
She studied film and theatre theory on Academy of Arts (Bratislava, Slovakia) and Cultural Studies on Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). She worked as an editor in Slovak and Czech periodicals and wrote the scripts for Children Department of Slovak Television. After living in Kazakhstan and Pakistan she did her dissertation on Asian film. She is the author of the books Film Geography: Continental China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the travelogue book Urdu, Purdah, Burka.



Member, Kyrgyzstan
Born in Kyrgyzstan, graduated from Department of Film Studies at All-Russian State University of Cinematography. She is leading specialist on international relations and film promotion of Department of Cinematography of Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic. NETPAC member, FIPRESCI member. Author of many publications and articles and statements about Kyrgyz film published in Kyrgyzstan, CIS and abroad.

Ms.Sadia Khalid

Ms.Sadia Khalid

Member, Bangladesh
She is a Screenwriting graduate from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She worked as an Entertainment Journalist at Daily Bruin, The Daily Star and Dhaka Tribune. She interviewed film personalities like Howard Rodman- President of the Writers Guild of America, Michael Gallant- former Governor of the Academy, Meir Fenigstein- Director of Israeli Film Festival, Chris Klein of American Pie, Emmy winner Carolyn Omine of The Simpsons, Oscar winner Tom Nunan of Crash etc and covered awards shows and film festivals in Hollywood.