Asian Film Competition Section

Levon Haftvan

Mr. Levon Haftvan

Member, Armenia
Levon Haftvan is a Toronto based, Iranian-Armenian well known screen actor and stage director/producer. He holds directing degrees from University of Tehran and Russian Academy of Theatre, and is fluent in Farsi. English, Russian & Armenian. His current lead actor's credits are "KUPAL" (Dir: Kazem Mollaie, 2017), "Dracula" (Dir: Reza Attaran, 2016), "Fat Shaker" (Dir: Mohammad Shirvani, 2013). Levon also collaborated for smaller parts with Khosrow Sinai, Iraj Tahmasb, Behruz Afkhami, Amir Saghafi, Shahab Razavian and Shahram Mokri.

Syed Hasan Imam

Syed Hasan Imam

Member, Bangladesh
Syed Hasan Imam is an actor and film director from Bangladesh. He is also well respected for his contribution to the clandestine Swadhin Bangla Betar Kendra, the Radio Station run by the Bangladesh government in exile in India during the Bangladesh Liberation War in 1971. He started his film career with the film Dharapat (1961). He debuted in direction with the film Lalon Fakir (1972). He has received numbers of awards in his acting career and served as jury for numbers of international film festival in home and aboard.

Mr.Amir Esfandiari-

Mr.Amir Esfandiarii

Member, Iran
Amir Esfandiari is a graduate of Business Management from Massachusetts Northeastern University. After his return to Iran, he worked on a number of co-production film projects and in 1993 he started his collaboration with Farabi Cinema Foundation (FCF) as chief executive of Co-production Department, leading to a number of film productions. In 1997, Esfandiari began his work as Head of International Affairs in FCF. Since then he has served as jury member in the number of International Film Festival.

Dr. Sharofat Arabova

Dr. Sharofat Arabova

Member, Tajikistanh
Dr. Sharofat Arabova is a filmmaker, screenwriter and film historian based in Tajikistan, who graduated in Cultural Studies from Russian-Tajik (Slavic) University and in Film Direction from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). She has also done her PhD in film history. Currently she heads the Creative Union of Young filmmakers ‘Debut’ at the State Tajikfilm Studio in Dushanbe. She is also a member of NETPAC.

Women Filmmakers

Hrönn Marinósdóttir

Ms. Hrönn Marinósdóttir

Chairman, Iceland
Hrönn Marinósdóttir is the creator and Festival Director of the annual Reykjavík International Film Festival (RIFF) taking place at the end of September. The Iceland-born journalist and film studies lecturer has been leading the Reykjavík International Film Festival since 2004. Her inspiration to launch Iceland’s own film festival derives from her experience of working as a press correspondent in Berlin where she was inspired by the Berlinale, by her short time living abroad in Spain where she was introduced to the cinema of Almodóvar, and by the fact that her family ran their own cinema in Reykjavík.

Ms. Anne Christine Girardot

Ms. Anne Christine Girardot

Member, French
Anne Christine Girardot (1970) is a French director living in Holland. She owns the production company Nachtzon Media (Night Sun Media) founded in 2005 together with her partner, director John Gruter. They work together in a unique way: she shoots, he edits. They make together with their great team several program's for the Dutch public broadcast stations, short feature films, animations and documentaries. She has attended many international film festivals as filmmaker!

Ms. Mahtab Keramati

Ms. Mahtab Keramati

Member, Iran
Mahtab Keramati is an Iranian famous actress and humanitarian. Her film career began in 1997 and she had role on 33 movies, 3 theaters, and several television series. She was chosen for the role of Helen in The Men of Angelos, which garnered her national recognition. She has received numbers of awards in her actress career. In addition to her film career, Mahtab is noted for her humanitarian efforts, she is acting as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador till 2006 in Iran. She promotes child rights in Iran.

Ms. May Odeh

Ms. May Odeh

Member, Palestine
May Odeh is a director and producer, known f as a director or Diaries (2011), Searching for Napoleon (2006), Drawing for Better dreams (2015) and as a producer she is known for; Izriqaq 2013, Unknown soldiers (2014), Roshmia (2014). She worked on the production and distribution of many Palestinian fiction films. Recently she has a production company called ODEH FILMS, focuses on producing creative documentary and fiction author films. ODEH FILMS provides production services for filming in Palestine.

Ms. Dilruba Hossain Doyel

Ms. Dilruba Hossain Doyel

Member, Bangladesh
Dilruba Hossain Doyel is a renowned Bangladeshi actress and model. Though she made her Cinema debut at the end of 2014 but in this short period of time she starred three feature films directed by reputable Bangladeshi directors. The only short film she acted has been selected and honoured at many film festivals home and abroad.

Short and Independent Films

Ms. Lia Beltrami, Chairman

Ms. Lia Beltrami

Chairman, Italy
Lia Beltrami is the founder director of the Religion Today Film festival, Trento, Italy (the festival about interreligious dialogue). She has made numbers of documentaries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She was the artistic director at the Holy See Pavilion at EXPO Milan 2015, now she is collaborator of the Vatican for short films on charity. From 2008 to 2013 she was Councillor for Solidarity and Coexistence in Trentino, Italy. She started the group Women of Faith for Peace. She is the president of Aurora Vision.

Mr. M. Hamid

Mr. M. Hamid

Member, Bangladesh
M Hamid is widely known as an eminent cultural and media personality in Bangladesh. He is one of the pioneer leaders in neo theater movement and film society activity in Bangladesh. He was honored by many national and International awards for his works in theater and documentary. He is a freedom fighter in the liberation war of Bangladesh in 1971. He took a vital role in setting Bangladesh Film and Television Institute. Presently he is engaged in Film, Television and Theater education.

Mr. Danny Thykaer

Mr. Danny Thykaer

Member, Denmark
Danny Thykaer (1978) is a multiple award winning actor, writer and director from Denmark. His feature film directorial debut”Backgammon” won 18 international awards and 11 nominations in USA, Europe and Asia. He has degrees from theatre school in Denmark and performing arts school in England. At the moment he is playing David in the international tv series ”Kill Skills” for Studio Canal Plus, and is in three Danish feature films in 2017.

Ms. Louise Heem

Ms. Louise Heem

Member, France
Louise Heem is a Flemish French actress and director. She started her career in theatre in 2007 and joined cinema in 2011. She has taken part in international productions in France, Germany, Iran and Palestine. Quadrilingual in French, English, Spanish and Italian, she has traveled in 40 countries and learns Palestinian and Moroccan dialects. In 2016, she produces El día de la virgen, her first short movie as a director and scriptwriter.

Ms. Bernadette Schramm

Ms. Bernadette Schramm

Member, UK
Bernadette Schramm was Festival Director of Watersprite: the Cambridge International Student Film Festival in 2016 and has been involved in the festival since 2012. She has coordinated the conference Refugee Voices in Film, in collaboration with IEFTA and UNHCR, at the Cannes Film Festival 2016. Previously, she worked with BBC Wales’ It’s My Shout for three years as Productions Coordinator, winning the 'Best Production Trainee' award; and worked on independent music videos, shorts and feature films in the UK.

Spiritual Section: Interfaith Jury for Spiritual Films

Pooyan

Mr. Pooyan Tabatabaei

Member, Canada
Pooyan Tabatabaei is a Toronto based international Award-Wining Visual Artist, documentarian and short filmmaker. Pooyan’s passion for his profession has taken him around the globe, and since 1998 he has documented the lives of many incredible and unique people of different cultures, religions, beliefs, and value systems. Since 2012, He became a Director of the Eastern Breeze International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada and currently pooyan is Editor-in-Chief of Titre Mag.

Mireya

Ms. Mireya Samper

Member, Iceland
Mireya Samper born in Iceland, studied Art in Iceland and France. She has lived and worked around the globe; creating sculptures, site specific installations and two dimensional works, along with her art she´s worked on lots of films, fictions and documentaries with number of known directors, as well as been a film festival programmer for KAFF. Mireya is the Founder, CEO and Artistic Director of the International Art Biennale Fresh Winds.

Fr. Domenico (Mimmo) Pietasnza

Fr. Domenico (Mimmo) Pietasnza

Member, Italy
Fr. Domenico (Mimmo) Pietasnza an Italian Catholic priest lives since long time in Bangladesh. At the moment he is involved in Inter-religious Dialogue activities in Khulna area. He is the Director of Inter-religious Dialogue Centre in Khulna, where Muslims Hindus and Christians are involved in fostering good relations among the different religious groups who live in Khulna. My dream is that through the “reading” and “understanding” inspiring movies we can offer our youth the opportunity to grow healthy, tolerant peaceful and happy.

Ms. Nika Zholdosheva

Ms. Nika Zholdosheva

Member, Kyrgyzstan
Nika Zholdosheva was born in Moscow, Russia. She studied in Kyrgyz State University of Culture and Arts, specialty “Film and TV Director” from 2007- 2015. Later in 2015 she had specialty in Documentary Film Director from VII International Summer School VGIK. Currently works in Production Studio “Aitysh Film” there she is the Film Director, Associate Producer, Art Director IFF “Kyrgyzstan-Land of Short Films”. She has participated in various film festivals as jury; has also been an associate producer and assistant director in many films.

Ms. Maricel Cariaga

Ms. Maricel Cariaga

Member, Philippines
Maricel Cariaga is a Filipino writer and director. She started her career in filmmaking in 2014 and studied under critically acclaimed film director Brillante Mendoza. She has her own production company called Luna Studios. She writes, shoots and edits most of her work, especially the short films. She directed her first full length feature in 2016 entitled Seven Sacks of Rice and won her several awards in the First ToFarm Film Festival, Philippines.

FIPRESCI Jury : Competition Ausralasian Film Section

Mr. Rabiul Husain

Mr. Rabiul Husain

Member, Bangladesh
Rabiul Husain is an architect, poet, art critic, short story writer and essayist. He had done his bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch), Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. He was the past President of the Institute of the Architects Bangladesh (IAB). He has the credit of writing 19 books on Poetry, Short Story, Juvenile Novella and Rhymes, Essays on Literature, Architecture Paintings and Film. Presently he is the President of the International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh –IFCAB.

Mr. Manoj Barpujari

Mr. Manoj Barpujari

Member, India
Manoj Barpujari, an Indian journalist and poet, received Swarna Kamal for the best film critic at the National Film Awards of 2011. He has twelve books to his credit including three titles on cinema. He served as juror at several international film festivals across the globe and conducted a workshop on film criticism at the University of West Indies, Trinidad, in 2012. He has been associated with the film society movement for three decades.

Mr. Chang Seok Yong

Mr. Chang Seok Yong

Member, South Korea
Chang Seok Yong is Film Critic. He was a former chairman of Korean Film Critics Society, of The international federation of film critics Korea. He was a Fipresci Jury of Premio Grolle d’ Oro at Saint Vincent in Italy in the year of 1995. He is Chairman of Committee of Korean Arts Critics. He wrote books like , etc.