With the motto, "Better Film, Better Audience, Better Society," Rainbow
5 to 7 June 2023, Waterfront Hotel, London
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Member- India, USA
Monalisa Dasgupta is an independent filmmaker who lives in California. She holds two Masters degrees in Economics and Operations Research from Penn State University, USA and an MBA in Marketing from India. Since graduating (Direction) from the New York Film Academy in 2008, she has directed several documentaries and short films including Lost Mother (feature) in 2010 and Songs of the Bards of Bengal which won the Indian Panorama Award at the International Film Festival of India in 2014 and Best Cinematography in the Madrid Film Festival in Spain. Her recent LGBT film Soi (Friendship) has won several awards in India and abroad. She produces her films from her own production company Mona Lisa Movies International in Kolkata, India. She is an active member of Director’s Guild of India.
Member - Iran
Pourān Derakh'shandeh is an Iranian film director, producer, screen writer, and researcher. She has graduated in film directing in 1975 from Advanced School of Television and Cinema in Tehran. She started her professional career by making documentary films for the Kermanshah Television and subsequently for the Tehran Television. Her motion pictures include “Relationship”, “A Little Bird of Happiness”, “Passing Through the Dust”, “Lost Time”, “A Love Without Frontier”, “Candle in the Wind”, “Wet Dream”, “Eternal Children”, and “Hush! Girls Don't Scream”. At the time she began working at NIRT and Produced “Plague”; A documentary about plague disease in Kurdistan Province. she produced a documentary about the "Last Wednesday of the Year" ceremony custom which is widespread in many parts of Iran.
Member - Iran
Ellaheh Tahaei is an Iranian film professionals had her bachelor of arts degree in French Literature and M.A. graduated in translation studies. She is the International Business & Marketing manager at Soureh Cinema Org. in Iran. She is in cinema business for about 14 years and as an international distributor; she distributes and license films globally and dose the business with many countries. Also, she has attended at many film festivals around the world as a film representative such as Cannes, Berlinale, IDFA, Leipzig, … Attended at international film markets such as EFM, Marche du film, Mipcom, ATF, etc.
Member – Ukraine
Elena Rubashevskaja a journalist and film critic, FIPRESCI Editor-in-Chief. She worked as a director and screenwriter, creating media content for non-governmental organizations and socially responsible businesses such as WWF, OSCE, and UN, with a special focus on projects related to the East of Ukraine. As an editor, she ran the website kinoukraine.com. Author of a series of video lectures and a book dedicated to Ukrainian cinema. She is also a program coordinator of the OKO International Ethnographic Film Festival, which takes place in the Ukrainian region of Bessarabia. After the outbreak of war in Ukraine in 2022, she became a part of the Energa CAMERIMAGE International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Poland).
Member – Germany
Axel Timo Purr is editor of “Artechock Filmmagazin”, one of the oldest German online film journals. After field research in East Africa on modern (anti-) witchcraft movements, the informal sector and global economic influences on individual biographies, he has been writing on Africa-, Asian-, literature- and film-related topics for Artechock, the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the NZZ since 2001 and was a member of various juries (VDFK, FIPRESCI, Cinema Programme Award).
Member - Armenia
Dr. Arsen Arakelyan an Armenian Independent filmmaker and producer, graduated from the Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute, faculty of "culture", department of feature film director; completed postgraduate studies at the Institute of Arts; in 2003 he defended the scientific title of Candidate of Art History of the National Academy of Sciences, Associate Professor in Art History. He is the author, director and producer of many documentaries, feature films and television films that participated in many film festivals and received awards. He is also a lecturer in directing at the Yerevan State Pedagogical Institute; lecturer and director of RAU TV at the Russian-Armenian University; lecturer at the Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinematography. In 2019, the manual "Conversations after lectures" was published, one of the authors of which is Arsen Arakelyan.
Member – Greece
Alexandros Kostopoulos was born in Athens, Greece. He studied Filmmaking, and Information Sciences & Multimedia Technology. His short film "First Swim" was screened in international film festivals. He filmed the TV documentaries “Speed of Light” and "Touching the intangible", produced by the Greek broadcaster. His animated short film “Zebra's Island”, produced by the Greek Film Center and the Greek broadcaster, is at production stage. He participated in several script and pitching labs (Torino Film Lab, Mediterranean Film Institute, In The Palace Filmer Forge Pitch, EKOME Storytelling, Drama Pitching Mini Talent Lab, Olympia Creative Ideas, Mecal). He is tutor of the film workshops “From Comic Books, to Directing” and "Using Musical Films to Teach Expressive Arts".
President – USA
Jon Jost was born in Chicago on May 16, 1943, of a military family, Jon Jost grew up in Georgia, Kansas, Japan, Italy, Germany and Virginia. Expelled from college in 1962, he began making 16mm films in January, 1963. He is self-taught. He has made 45 feature length films on celluloid, 16 and 35mm, and digital media, all of which he has conceived, written, photographed, directed and edited; most of these he also produced. He has made more than 60 short works. His work has been been given retrospectives around the world, from MoMA NYC to Berlin. He lives presently in Kolkata.
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