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Julio Bressane , Chairman International Jury

Filmmaker, Brasil


Júlio Bressane Eduardo is a Brazilian filmmaker and writer. He is a representative of Brazilian Cinema Marginal. In 1967 Bressane debuted as director with 'Face to Face', then selected for the Festival of Brasilia. In 1970 he founded Belair Movies with fellow filmmaker Rogerio Sganzerla. His film Cleopatra was screened at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, in the catagory of Mostra Venezia Maestri (Venice Masters Exhibition), as well as being named best film of the 40th Festival de Brasília Film in November 2007.



Nadia Dresti, International Jury

Artistic Direction Delegate, Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland


Nadia Dresti began her career in the movie business in 1984, with the Festival del film Locarno. In 1988 she joined the 20th Century Fox-Columbia TriStar Office in Geneva as Marketing Director for Switzerland. In 1990 she founded her own company, Zero Problem, specialized in film promotion, public and press relations. For 8 years she was also an active member of the Commission in charge of film culture, promotion and marketing of the Federal Office of Culture (Swiss Ministry of Culture).

In 1998 she began working with the Marché du Film de Cannes and the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. At both festivals she was in charge of buyers for a number of years. Meanwhile, in 1999, she became a member of the Locarno Festival Selection Committee and was nominated Head of the Locarno Industry Office. Since then she has played an important role in the growth of this department. In 2006 Nadia Dresti was nominated Delegate of the Artistic Direction of the Festival del film Locarno. In 2010 she launched the Industry Days and became Head of International in 2013.Since 2012 she is a member of the Federal Commission for Cinema (CFC).










Jahnu Barua, International Jury

Filmmaker, India


Jahnu Barua is an internationally acclaimed Indian film director from Assam He has directed a number of Assamese and Hindi films. He is considered as one of the pioneers in Assamese parallel cinema. He is best known outside Assam for his Hindi film 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara', a drama which uses the principles of Gandhism for its thematic backstory. His films have been recognized nationally and Internationally.








Maxine Williamson, International Jury

Head of Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane, Australia


A specialist in independent and foreign language film with over two decades in the industry, Maxine Williamson joined the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in 2007, its inaugural year, to establish the brand, awards competition and filmmaker network.


Along with directing the awards competition, Maxine sits on the APSA International Nominations Council and short listing panels each year and manages the APSA Academy and the exclusive film development funds available for its members, a 700-strong academy of elite film practitioners’ from Asia Pacific.


During 2007 – 2009 she was creative content producer on the APSA documentary series Scene by Scene promoting the films and filmmakers of Asia Pacific, broadcast yearly on CNN International and on ABC network during 2010 – 2011.


In 2014, Maxine was also appointed Film Director of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF), Queensland's premier screen culture event. She is a member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and APN (Asia Pacific Producer’s Network) and has served on Juries for the Berlin, Fajr, Ladakh, Eurasia and Göteborg International Film Festivals. Maxine has a Bachelor Degree in Film and Television Production majoring in writing/directing.



Newton Aduaka, International Jury

Film Maker UK / Nigeria


Newton Aduaka is an internationally acclaimed film director, who hails from Nigeria. He has achieved a handful of accolades and appreciations from around the globe. Aduaka left for England to study Engineering but discovered Cinema and attended the London International Film School, graduating in 1990. In 1997 he established Granite Film Works. In 2001 Newton's debut feature film Rage, released in Britain, which got international acclamation. Between 2005 and 2007 he co-wrote, directed and executive produced Ezra, his first non-independently funded film, for Arte France. In 2001-2002 he was Filmmaker in Residence at Festival de Cannes' Cinéfondation in Paris.






Derek Malcolm
Film Critic/Journalist UK

Derek Michael Malcolm is an English film critic and historian. He worked for several decades as a film critic for 'The Guardian', having previously been an amateur jockey and the paper's first horse racing correspondent. In 1977, he was a member of the jury at the 27th Berlin International Film Festival. In the mid-1980s he was host of The Film Club on BBC2, which was dedicated to art house films, and was director of the London Film Festival for several years.


He published his final series of articles, ‘The Century of Films’, in which he discusses films he admires from his favourite directors from around the world. After The Guardian he became chief film critic for the Evening Standard. In 2008 he was a member of the jury at the 30th Moscow International Film Festival. Malcolm is president of the British Federation of Film Societies and the International Film Critics' Circle.




Latika Padgaonkar
Film Critic/Journalist , India


Latika Padgaonkar is a columnist, translator and editor. She was for many years the Executive Editor of Cinemaya: The Asian Film Quarterly and Joint Director of Osian's-Cinefan Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema in New Delhi. Now based in Pune, she organises small festivals in collaboration with the National Film Archives of India.




Ershad Kamol
Film Critic, Bangladesh


Ershad Komal Khan, writing under the penname, Ershad Kamol, is a film critic based in Bangladesh. He is a member of International Film Critics Association of Bangladesh. Presently, he is the cultural affairs editor of "New Age," a broadsheet English-language daily newspaper. Ershad is also a television actor and theatre activist. In 2012, he served as a FIPRESCI Jury Member in the 12th Dhaka International Film Festival held in Dhaka.







Swarna Mallawarachchi Chair Person

Actress, Srilanka


Swarna Mallawarachchi the award-winning Sri Lankan film actress, widely known as the "Golden star of Sinhalese cinema". Swarna has won the 'Best Actress Award' 26 times in her career that spans over 40 years, .



Meenakshi Shedde

Film Scholar & Curator, India


Meenakshi Shedde is India/South Asia Consultant to the Berlin International Film Festival, based in Mumbai, India. She has diverse experience as an independent film curator, film festival consultant, film critic, journalist and script advisor, as well as in English sub-titling. She has been curating the Locarno, Toronto (TIFF Bell Light Box), Busan, Dubai, Kerala and Mumbai film festivals, and the International Film Festival of India (Goa).




Suraj Prasad

Film Society Organizer , Film Curator , India


Founder & Head of Technology at Lightcube Film Society, he has devised methods to perpetuate the essence of a film society in the digital age. With experience in Radio, Web-Programming, Theatre, Film & Society, he brings a very interesting combination of skills to the job. He has been reviewing films for some major publications and cultural organisations. He also played an important role in organising the Satyajit Ray Retrospective during the 100 years of Indian Cinema celebration, the retrospective of Nalini Jaywant by DFF and the Sundance Film Institute-Film Forward 2012 program in New Delhi, when he was associated with Enlighten.







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