Alexandra Stewart was born in Quebec in 1939 and went to Paris in 1958 to study art. Less than one year later, she appeared in her first feature film, The Motorcycle Cops (1959). In her long career, she has appeared in many films, including: Otto Preminger's Exodus (1960), Louis Malle's The Fire Within (1963) (aka The Fire Within) and Black Moon (1975) (Stewart has a child by Malle), Arthur Penn's Mickey One (1965) with Warren Beatty, François Truffaut's The Bride Wore Black and Day For Night, In Praise of Older Women (1978), Intimate Moments, Women, Prince's Under the Cherry Moon (1986) with Prince and Kristin Scott Thomas and Roman Polanski's Frantic (1988).
Peter Rommel began in the distribution business in 1989 as one of the founding partners of the Berlin-based company Ex Picturis. In 1992 he co-produced the film BUSINESS WITH FRIENDS with the BFI/BBC in London, and in 1993 he opened his own independent production company, Peter Rommel Productions (now Rommel Film), which specialized in international co-productions, as well as German language films. Subsequent tohiscollaborationwithIcelandicdirectorFridrikThórFridriksson regardingthe distributionandworld salesofFridriksson’sOscar-nominatedfeature „ChildrenofNature“ Peter RommelfoundedRommelFilminBerlin,initiallytoco-produceinternationalcinemafeatures, like„MovieDays“,„SweetyBarrett“and„Devil’sIsland.The feature „Nachtgestalten“ (Night Shapes) by director Andreas Dresen constituted the first fully self-developed production. This was followed by a number of further successful collaborati- ons with Andreas Dresen, including „Halbe Treppe“ (Grill Point), "Sommer vorm Balkon" (Sum- mer in Berlin), "Wolke 9" (Cloud 9), and "Halt auf freier Strecke" (Stopped on Track), all of which won numerous national and international awards. In 2015 Andreas Dresen's ‚Als wir träumten’ (As we were dreaming) premiered in competition at the Berlin International Filmfestival in 2015. In 2014 Celina Murga’s ‚La Tercera Orilla’ (Third Side of the River), a co-production with Argen- tina, was also invited to run in competition at the Berlinale. In 2013 the adaption of Charlotte Roche’s bestselling yet controversial novel „Feuchtgebiete“ (Wetlands), premiered at the Locarno Filmfestival followed by a successful theatrical release, with more than 1 mio admissions in German speaking countries alone. The film was also invited to the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance Film Festival. Also in 2013 the German-Austrian co-production ‚Alphabet’ by Erwin Wagenhofer premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam and was successfully realeased especially in Germany and Austria.
Davide Ferrario (born 26 June 1956) is an Italian film director, screenwriter and author. Born in Casalmaggiore, Cremona, Ferrario graduated in Anglo-American literature, then he began to work in film distribution, and he contributed to import in Italy many indie films by John Sayles, Jim Jarmusch, Susan Seidelman, Godfrey Reggio. He also collaborated as a film critic with the cinema magazine Cineforum, and he wrote a monograph about Rainer Werner Fassbinder.After collaborating to several screenplays, Ferrario made his directorial debut in 1987 with the short film Non date da mangiare agli animali, and in 1989 he directed his first feature film, the neo-noir La fine della notte. His 2004 film After Midnight entered the Forum section at the 54th Berlin International Film Festival, in which Ferrario won the Caligari Film Prize and the Don Quixote Award. Also a novelist, his 1995 debut novel Dissolvenza al nero was later adapted into a film, Fade to Black by Oliver Parker.
Eva af Geijerstam
Film critic for Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter since 1974. Educated at Uppsala University, Stockholm College of Journalism and the Swedish film school in Stockholm, aka The Dramatic Institute. Author of among others ”Swiss Film – Report from a Cultural Crossroad”, ”Robert Guédiguian: In Search of Marseille”, legendary Swedish football trio ”Grenoli – a football adventure”. Frequent festival traveller and critics jury participant, since the mid-1970s and contributor to several independent film magazines – as well as to football publications.
George (Gia) Bazgadze
George served as a Founding Member of the Board of American Chamber of Commerce in Georgia, Member of the Board of the Tax Payers Union, Member of Georgian Business Association, Member of the Supervisory Board of Georgian Stock Exchange, Member of the Executive Board of Open Society Georgian Foundation. He was co-founder and CEO of Georgian Consulting Group (GCG). Currently he is a Chairman of the Supervisory Council of the JSC Rustaveli/Cavea Cinemas, Founding Member of the American Academy in Tbilisi, Founder of the International Foundation for Arts and Intercultural Dialogue, Founder and Director of the film production company GAMS Pictures LLC. Mr. Bazgadze’s private sector experience includes several years in construction and real estate development. He managed a wide array of privatization, post-privatization restructuring, investment, consulting and credit line technical assistance projects. For more than 20 years he was Country Managing Partner of EY Georgia (Ernst & Young).
• Founder/owner and chairman of the Supervisory Board of JSC “Rustaveli”/”Cavea” Cinemas - Georgia’s largest cinemas network;
• Founder/director of film production companies “Moving Pictures”, GAMS Pictures”
As film producer: “The Village” – Director Levan Tutberidze (2014); “Salt White” - Director Keti Machavariani (2011);“Street Days” – Director Levan Koghuashvili (2010).
Jurry of National Competition
Paris-based Lisa Nesselson is a well-rounded American from Chicago whose interests include, film, cinema, movies and motion pictures. She's been the in-house film critic for the English-language channel of France's 24-hour TV news network France24 since 2010. After 17 years in the pages of 'Variety' she began reviewing for SCREEN International in 2008. Lisa has moderated film festival conversations with David Cronenberg, Tippi Hedren, Will Ferrell, Claude Lelouch and others. She was a member of the Cannes Film Festival's Camera d'Or jury in 2014. Lisa has completed the invitational Run-Up the Empire State Building [1,575 steps] 5 times, although not recently.
Paris-based Glenn Myrent is a film historian from Chicago. He worked for French film archive and museum La Cinémathèque française as a lecturer for over 15 years and is the co-author of "Henri Langlois: First Citizen of Cinema," an award-winning biography of its founder. He also served as editor-in-chief for the bi-lingual magazine 'Cinémathèque.' Glenn has taught film history at both American and French institutions of higher learning and was a member of the International Critics Week selection committee for the Cannes Film Festival in 2005. Having met Lisa Nesselson in film school 42 years ago, the husband-and-wife team made their first film together in 2016 - a 2 minute long short called "Pea Brain Goes to Cannes."
Studied German and English literature, History and Philosophy in Gottingen, London, Munich and Berlin. In 1963 co-founder and since then active member of the association "Friends of the German Cinematheque". Programmer and organizer for the Arsenal cinema since its foundation in 1970. From 1971 to 2004 member of selection committee of the International Forum of New Cinema of the Berlin Film Festival. Festival organizer and coordinator, member of festival juries and film funding commissions. Curating of retrospectives, national and thematic film programmes ("Stations of modernism", "Jewish Lifestyles", "Japan and Europe", "Moscow-Berlin", "German Images") in the Eighties and Nineties. Publication of books and catalogues and (together with Ulrich Gregor) of the ongoing series „Kinemathek". Erika and Ulrich Gregors were awarded A Berlinale Camera at Berlin Film Festival in 2010 for the special contribution to cinema.
A film historian and critic, Ulrich Gregor has a long-term friendship and cooperation with Tbilisi Film Festival. Professor of the history of film at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin. Co-founder of institute for Cinema and Video Art "Arsenal" and head of the organizational group. Director of the International Forum for New Cinema at the Berlin Film Festival until 2001. Since 1981, together with Moritz de Hadeln was the director of Berlin Film Festival. Ulrich Gregor is considered among the leading film critics.Together with his wife, Erika Gregor, he has significantly contributed to the development of the Cinema by curatorial work. Erika and Ulrich Gregors were awarded A Berlinale Camera at Berlin Film Festival in 2010 for the special contribution to cinema. Apart from the life-long experience in Television and radio, his articles are permanently published in the international film journals as well (Nuovo Cinema, Cinema 56).