Jury - Short Films Section

Safar Haqdodov

Safar Haqdodov  - head of jury

 

Safar Haqdodov was born on August 5, 1961.Tajik scriptwriter, director & producer. In 1986 he started work at the film studio Tajikfilm.

Since 2004 he founded and leads the International Film Festival "Didor" in Tajikistan, which is held every two years.

From 2011 - Chairman of the Union of Cinematographers of the Republic of Tajikistan.

His short debut feature film: "A dream in reality" (1991) is awarded Grand Prix of the International Film Festival in Tampere (Finland). Also the films on his scenario: «True Noon" and " The Teacher" (by directing N.Saidov) is awarded main prizes of many International film festivals.

 

 

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Hana Makhmalbaf

Hana Makhmalbaf


 

Born on December the 3rd, 1988 in Tehran. At age 7, she acted in Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s, her father, film titled “A moment Of Innocence”.

She has been continuously working in Makhmalbaf Family films as Still Photographer, Script Supervisor and Assistant Director. She studied Cinema in Makhmalbaf Film School for 8 years before she graduated at the age 16. 

At age 8, she made her first short film with a handycam camera titled “The Day My Aunt Was ill”. The film received international attention at Locarno Film Festival in 1997 when she was only 9 years old. At age 14, Hana shot a documentary titled “Joy of Madness” in Afghanistan. This film premiered at Venice Film Festival 2003 and received 3 international awards.

At the age18, she made her first feature “Buddha Collapsed Out Of Shame” in Afghanistan. The film went to receive enormous reception around the world receiving many prestigious awards at film festivals in -  Berlin, San Sebastian, Rome, Montreal, Thessaloniki, Hong Kong. 

Hana’s most recent film "Green Days" looks at the incidents during the 2009 presidential election in Iran. The film was selected for the official section of Venice film festival and received "Bravery Award" of the festival.

" Visa For A Moment " is the title of the book of poetry by Hana which was published in three different languages in 2003

 

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Nineli Chankvetadze

Nineli Chankvetadze

Nineli Chankvetadze (1957, Tbilisi). In 1979 she graduated from the Faculty of Acting of Shota Rustaveli State Theater Institute. Since 1979 until now, she has been acting as an actress of Mikheil Tumanishvili theater. Since 1983 Nineli is a member of the Georgian theatrical society and since 1986 the member of the Film Union of Georgia.

Honored Artist of Georgia (1990). In 1999 she was awarded with the "Medal of Honor". In 1979 she was awarded the annual Theater Society of Georgia for the best performance of women's role.

Nineli was awarded with various honorary prizes, including - prize for artistic achievements named after Veriko Anjaparidze, Prize named after Nato Vachnadze (1997), Kiev Youth Film (1993), First Golden Festival "Golden Eagle" (1995) and participated in  various theater festivals in Barcelona (1987), Latin America (1988), Edinburgh (1988), London Shakespeare (1982) etc.  Nineli participated in various films such as – Kukaracha (1982),  Robinsonada or My English grandfather  (1986), The hot summer three Days (1981),  Bravo Albert Lolish (1987), Pechora Waltz (1992), Three Houses (2008), Chair (2017), etc.

 

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Jury -Doc Films Section

Alexander Rekhviashvili

Alexander Rekhviashvili - head of jury

 

Alexander Rekhviashvili was Born in 17 January 1938 in Moscow, Russia. He was graduated from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK), specialty – director of photography (1962) and film director specialization (1971, Sergey Gerasimov’s studio). From 1971 was working at film studio “Georgian Film” and was teaching film directing at Tbilisi Theatre Institute. He was awarded the prizes at Manheim (1979), Munich (1990) film festivals and Medal of Honor (1998). In 2007, at festival “Gift” was awarded the prize of Mikheil Tumanishvili for contribution to cinema. At BIAFF festival in 2011, he was awarded with BIAFF special prize for contribution to world cinematography. 

 

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Sean McAllister

Sean McAllister


Sean McAllister is an award-winning documentary filmmaker celebrated as one of the UK’s most exciting talents. In 1996 he graduated National Film and Television School in Beacons field, graduating in 1996. After several award-winning television documentaries he founded his own production company, Tenfoot Films, in the year 2000.

From his early films to his successes, Sundance Jury Prize-winning Liberace of Baghdad (2004), Japan: A Story of Love and Hate (2008) etc., Sean’s work continues to inspire, surprise and fascinate audiences. His films portray, with characteristic intimacy and frankness, people from different parts of the world who are struggling to survive but are survivors, caught up in political and personal conflict, trying to make sense of the world we live in.

In 2005 his remarkable film ‘The Liberace Of Baghdad‘ about Iraqi pianist Samir Peter won the Special Jury Prize (World Documentary) at the Sundance Film Festival.  His last films  Reluctant Revolutionary (2012), A Syrian Love Story (2015) participated various film festivals with great success. 

 

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Mehmet Ali Arslan

Mehmet Ali Arslan

 

Mehmet Ali Arslan was born in Diyarbakır at 1971. He completed his elementary, middle education and high school in Istanbul. In 1988, he got into Anatolia University’s Faculty of Business Administration in 1989. The same year, he got a job at the Pepsi Cola Agency called Ajanstek in Istanbul, dealing with in Post production and Production team. He worked at Safak Film Laboratory as Laboratory Chief  between 2006 until 2008. 

In 2009 established his film company  “Logos Film Making” and currently working on more Feature film  and Documentary film projects.  His films received awards on several film festivals including -  Adana, Antalya, Malatya, Egypt Alexandria, Ankara film festivals etc. Currently working on feature film directed by himself “ Only Hopes Remain”.

 

 

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Seifollah Samadian

Seifollah Samadian

 

Documentary filmmaker, publisher and photographer Seifollah Samadian was born in 1954. For his Bachelor’s he studied English Literature. In 1968 he started photography and then in 1978 started making documentary films. ‘The White Station’(1999) , ‘Tehran, The 25th Hour’ (1999) , ‘The Art of Killing’ (2003), ‘Bam, The 3rd day, The 10th day’ (2004) , “Once Upon a Time in Marrakech’ (2006). He was a director, a cameraman, and an editor for his own films. Seofolah worked  with Abbas Kiarostami on some films (ABC Africa, etc.)

He has been a member of the jury for international film festivals, like Milan Film Festival, Fajr Film Festival, European Short Film Biennial. Participated at various film festivals – Tribeca, San Francisco, Amsterdam etc. Seifollah Samadian is a director of TASSVIR Film Festival since 2004 and also publisher and editor in chief of TASSVIR magazine.

 

 

 

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Volker Kufahl

Volker Kufahl


Born 1969 in Lüneburg, Lower Saxony, FRG. Studies of Social Sciences in Constance and Leipzig. Worked on the side as film projectionist and programmer at the local art cinema until 1996. Theatrical manager for art and commercial cinemas from 1996 to 2000. 2001 – 2013 artistic and managing director of Braunschweig International Film Festival. Co-founder and managing director of Universum Cinema since 2008, a two-screen independent art-house cinema in Braunschweig, which is member of Europa Cinemas and CICAE. Since 2014 managing director of Filmland MV gGmbH and Film commission MV as well as artistic director of FILMKUNSTFEST MV in Schwerin, Mecklenburg-West-Pomerania.

 

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Jury - Feature Films Section

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Mohsen Makhmalbaf- head of jury


 

Mohsen Makhmalbaf (born in 1957 in Tehran, Iran) is a major figure in Iranian cinema. His films have explored the relationship between the individual and a larger social and political environment. As a result, his work serves as an extended commentary on the historical progression of the Iranian state and its people.   

Makhmalbaf directed 20 feature films, 4 documentaries and 5 short films in ten countries: Iran, Afghanistan, Turkey, Pakistan, Tajikistan, India, south Korea, Israel, Georgia and England. Makhmalbaf's films have been widely presented in international film festivals. Time magazine selected Makhmalbaf's 2001 film, Kandahar, as one of top 100 films of all time. A Moment Of Innocence (Iran), praise for non-violence, is one of the ten best films of the 90’s as chosen by the heads of the world Film Festivals in 2000 and the winner of Special Jury Award and the Locarno Festival Youth Golden Award in 1997. 

Mohsen Makhmalbaf is the recipient of many honorary awards – including honorary doctorates from various universities,  more than 50 international awards including Marshall of Art and Literature from France in 1998, Sergei Parajanov Awards (Armenia, 2006), Francois Truffaut prize (Italy, 2002), Federico Fillini Honour (UNESCO, 2001), Alhambra Award from Spain in 2007, Rome Courage & Bravery Award in 2006. Pusan Film Festival acclaimed him as the best Asian film director in 2003 and he was elected as the Dean of Asian Film Academy in 2007.

In 2005 when Ahmadinejad came into power, Mohsen Makhmalbaf left Iran as a protest against the Iranian dictatorship and at present lives in exile with his family. He has been living in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, France and UK in recent years.

 

 

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