Asian Films Competition Section

Sharmila Tagore

Member – India

Sharmila Tagore is one of India’s leading Indian actresses known for her work in Bengali and Hindi films. At the age of 13, she made her debut in Satyajit Ray’s Apur Sansar  (The World of Apu, 1959) the last film in the internationally celebrated Apu Trilogy. Thereafter she acted in a number of Ray films thereby becoming part of Ray’s international legacy. As one of Bombay Cinema’s leading stars, Tagore has been an icon of glamour and success in mainstream popular films while also working in films that have been departures from the conventions of mainstream filmmaking. She has worked with some of India’s most highly regarded directors and actors. In 2013, the Government of India, honoured her with Padma Bhushan, India’s third highest civilian honour for her contributions to Indian culture through performing arts.

Anna Shalashina

Member – Russia

Anna Shalashina graduated from the linguistics department of Lomonosov Moscow State University in 2011 and finished MBA program at Kingston University (London) three years later. Her dissertation on film co-production was nominated for the Best MBA Project of 2014. Having worked for 8 years at leading Russian film studios, Anna founded WISH Media in 2016. The company focuses on the production of author-driven feature films and documentaries with potential for international markets. She is a member of EAVE (B’EST) since 2014, founder of WRAP (Russian Association of Female Producers), member of Free Spirit Competition jury at 35 the Warsaw International Film Festival.

Samia Zaman

Member – Bangladesh

Samia Zaman is a Film Producer, Director and CEO of Ekattor Television, a leading news channel of Bangladesh. Her latest production, Feature Narrative Ajob Karkhana (Song of the Soul), has been shown around the world in Film Festivals. and won the FIPRESCI award at its Festival Premiere at Dhaka International Film Festival 2022. Samia actively mentors upcoming filmmakers through her organization International Film Initiative of Bangladesh (IFIB), a platform connecting filmmakers from Bangladesh and South Asia with the film community worldwide. She is also a founding Trustee member of Dhaka Doc Lab, a South Asian documentary pitching Forum.

Dr. Shi Chuan

Member – China

Dr. Shi Chuan is the Deputy Chair of Shanghai Film Association, a professor at Shanghai Theatre Academy and Macau University of Science & Technology. Furthermore, he serves as a curator for Shanghai Film Museum. Dr. Shi is a renowned scholar and film producer. Some of his film involvements include “Shanghai Park” (executive producer), “Return Ticket” (planner), “The Verses of Us” (co-producer), and “A First Farewell” (artistic consultant), etc. He has received accolades like the Best Documentary Golden Goblet Award at the 18th Shanghai International Film Festival and the Best Film in Generation K-plus Section at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. In recent years, Dr. Shi has been dedicated to classic film preservation and restoration.

Tom Waller

Member – Thailand 

Tom Waller was born in Bangkok, and was educated in the UK at the Northern Film School. Later, he moved to back to Thailand in 2003 to set up his production company De Warrenne Pictures, which is now one of the country’s leading production companies. His acclaimed prison drama, The Last Executioner (2014), premiered in competition at the Shanghai International Film Festival, and also won the Best Director award at the Dhaka International Film Festival. Most recently he wrote, produced and directed The Cave (2019) which premiered at the Busan Film Festival. He was appointed Vice President of Film Bangkok in 2021, the film and TV division of Tero Entertainment PCL. and is currently in post-production on his next film, Kiss of the Con Queen, set to come out in 2024.

Interfaith Jury for the Spiritual Films Section

Andrea Morghen

Member – Italy

Andrea Morghen is a producer, director and filmmaker. Co-founder, partner and board member of Aurora Vision. Artistic director of Religion Today Film Festival (Trento-Italy) and head programmer of Life Beyond Life Film Festival in Turin (Italy). Committed to the world of volunteering, he is president of the voluntary association Sulle Strade Del Mondo ODV. He is pursuing a PhD in Social Communication, Digital Media and Culture at the Salesian University in Rome. He has produced more than 40 documentaries and reportages, working all over the world and directed 7 of them. In 2022 he produced with the students of the Liceo Artistico Depero in Rovereto (Trento) 2 short fiction films.

Fatemeh Javahersaz

Member – Iran

Fatemeh Javahersaz is an Iranian content acquisition specialist, producer of some short documentary films, and researcher. She graduated with a Doctorate of Business Administration course. Currently, she is working in Iran Television, IRIB, since the last 25 years ago, and is the head of Ifilm English Channel, Market manager of Fajr International Film Festival since 2018, head of international section of Havva film festival, and the marketing advisor for some VOD platforms. Her first short documentary film has been awarded by Lift-off film in England.

Jyotika Jyoti

Member – Bangladesh 

Jyotika Paul Jyoti is a Bangladeshi actor. She holds a Master’s degree in English literature. She has dedicated her career to the art of acting, captivating audiences with her exceptional performances and deep connection to the craft for the past 18th years. Currently, she serves as the Director of the Research and Publication Department at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (National Academy of Fine and Performing Arts). Her journey in the film industry began with the release of her debut film, “Ayna,” by Kabori Sarwar. Then followed many more successful films in her career. Through international recognition of some of her films, she obtained much appreciation and fame in the industry. Besides Bangladesh, Jyoti has also worked in Indian cinema.

Noriko Yuasa

Member – Japan

Noriko Yuasa is a visionary director and project planner with a passion for storytelling. A graduate of Tokyo Metropolitan University with a BA in Architecture, Noriko made her mark with the theatrical feature film “Udagawacho de Matteteyo (Wait in Udagawacho), which premiered nationwide at Shibuya HUMAX cinemas. Her creative prowess extends to short films like “Looking for My Sunflowers,” but it was with “Girl, Wavering” that she garnered acclaim, clinching 17 awards in film festivals across Japan and abroad. Embracing a “parallel career” in TV dramas and films, she aspires to elevate her craft globally. Her film project was awarded the Grand Prix at the “MPA/DHU / TIFFCOM Pitching Contest” during the Tokyo International Film Festival 2018. Also, her new film “Performing KAORU’s Funeral” was selected at the “2020 Tokyo Gap Finance Market/TIFFCOM held in Japan. “Performing KAORU’s Funeral” was completed in 2023 and is currently being rolled out internationally.

Mervat Omar

Member – Egypt

Mervat Omar is a film critic and journalist in Akhbar El Youm Newspaper. Artistic Manager of Alexandria Mediterranean Countries Film Festival from 2012. Diploma of the Higher Institute of Technical Criticism 2017. Member of the Board of Directors of the Egyptian Association of writers and Critics of cinema. Member of the Board of Directors of the House of Cinema and one of its Founders. Member of the Egyptian Critics Association. Member of Egyptian Journalists Syndicate. Member of the Union of Arab Journalists. Released a book titled Appointment with Cinema 2017. Jury For short competition in Muscat International film festival 2018. Jury for script writers’ competition in Travellers Society 2017. Speaking at Egyptian cinema symposium honoring at Zurich Arab Film Festival 2018. Tribute from Oyon for creativity women Bagdad 2017.

Women Filmmaker Section

Anuradha Kodagoda

Member – Sri Lanka 

Anuradha Kodagoda is a journalist, film critic, and writer from Sri Lanka. Currently she is serving as Deputy Features Editor at the Sunday Observer and she has earned recognition for her noteworthy contributions to the global film festival circuit. As a member of the International Cinephile Society, Anuradha also serves as a Voter for the ICS Awards in 2023. Beyond her editorial roles, she has ventured into film production, overseeing several short films and a web series. Notably, “Devi” stands out as her maiden directorial short film. Anuradha is currently immersed in a research thesis titled “Beyond Mere Victimization: Exploring Agency and Alternative Representations of Female Subjectivity in Sri Lankan Cinema,”. She is exploring the anthropological dimensions of Euro-Centric approaches to Southeast Asian Cinema, with a specific focus on the prevalence of anthropological perspectives among Sri Lankan filmmakers.

Filipa Cardoso

Member – Portugal

Filipa Cardoso was born in Lisbon in 1971. Travelling the world as a professional dancer, she discovers a passion for photography and cinema. Her first films explore the stage and backstage of theatre and dance. She is working on all stages of production (direction, photography and editing). She co-directed a documentary on Satyajit Ray seen through the lens of his obsessive photographer. Recently, she directed 22 short films on the Tibetan monastery of Gyuto and did the editing of ‘I AM CHANCE’, which was nominated in the category ‘best documentary’ during last year’s MAGRITTE ceremony (Belgian film awards).

Katerina Khramova

Member – Russia, USA

Katerina Khramova is a Los Angeles-based Film and Theatre Actress, and an award-winning dancer. She honed her acting skills at the renowned “Cours Florent” in Paris. There, her love for storytelling blossomed on the theatrical stage before she began her cinematic journey. Katerina firmly believes that getting to know and embrace the world is essential to mastering the art of acting. During her life-changing five-month stay in Asia, she served at an orphanage in Vietnam, where she empowered young children. On her return to the United States, Katerina brings a profound cultural awareness and mindfulness, infusing her acting projects with the potential to inspire personal and societal change.

Laura Francesca Aimone

Member – Italy

Laura Aimone graduated in foreign languages and studied film history at the University of Copenhagen and at Mount Holyoke College (USA). She has been working for international Film Festivals since 2004 (Biennale of Venice, Berlinale, Giffoni, Edinburgh Film Festival, Ajyal Film Festival Qatar, Film Festival&Awards Macao, Red Sea Film Festival Saudi Arabia). 6 years ago, she founded “Shocking Pink Endorphins, films about women and sports” in Venice, Italy and has been the artistic director since. She was part of Festival juries in Italy, Switzerland, UK, Slovakia, U.S., Tasmania. In 2019 she wrote and directed The Carnival of Life.

 

Shomi Kaiser

Member – Bangladesh

Shomi Kaiser is a renowned Bangladeshi actor, who has performed in several TV dramas and films. She is also a film producer and entrepreneur. Shomi majored in Marketing from University of Dhaka. She is a prominent figure in the cultural, political, and business sectors in Bangladesh. She is one of the Directors of the Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce & Industries (FBCCI) and the President of the e-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB). Shomi is the Managing Director of Dhanshiri Communication Limited and Dhanshiri Digital Limited. Shomi has played the key role as the President of Bangladesh E-Commerce Association of Bangladesh (e-CAB) in formulating Digital Commerce Policy of Bangladesh.

FIPRESCI Jury: Bangladesh Panorama Film Section

Mofidul Hoque

Member – Bangladesh

Mofidul Hoque, author and cultural activist, has written books on history, liberation war, arts, and genocide studies. He is a recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Prize and the national award Ekushey Padak. He has been actively engaged with the cultural movement of the country since his university days. He is a theatre and film-critic and was the co-editor of the English edition of the biannual journal “The World of Theatre”, flagship publication of ITI. He was a member of the FIPRESCI Jury Board at the Kerala International Film Festival, India, Fribourg International Film Festival, Switzerland, Resistance International Film Festival, Iran and Dhaka International Film Festival, Bangladesh. 

Seok Yong Chang

Member – South Korea

Chang Seok Yong (Changpau) is Chairman of the Committee of Korean Arts Critics. He was a former chairman of the Korean Film Critics Society and FIPRESCI Korea. Mr. Chang taught cultural criticism at Dongguk-Seokyeong University Graduate School. He is a cultural expert at daily Global Economic. He was a Fipresci Jury of Premio Grolle d’ Oro at Saint Vincent in Italy in the year of 1995, 15th Dhaka International Film Festival 2017. He has written and published many books on cinema.

Jason Tan Liwag

Member –Philippines 

Jason Tan Liwag is a scientist, actor, writer, and film programmer from the Philippines. He is an alumnus of film criticism programs in Manila, Rotterdam, Udine, and Yamagata, and has served as a selection committee member for Gawad Alternatibo, QCinema, and the Encounters Film Festival UK. He is the country’s first member of FIPRESCI, is a two-time international voter for the Golden Globe Awards, and has served as jury for several local and international film festivals, including the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival and the San Diego Asian Film Festival. In 2023, he created and headed the first QCinema Critics Lab and co-programmed the QC-SEA short film competition. Outside of the arts, he is part-time faculty at the Department of Biology, Ateneo de Manila University.