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Festival in Media
2012-01-10
საერთაშორისო კონკურსის ჟიური

Mohsen Makhmalbaf

Born in 1957 in Tehran, Iran.
Filmmaker, novelist, screenwriter, editor, producer, human right activist.
Makhmalbaf's films have been widely presented in international film festivals in the past ten years. The multi-award-winning director belongs to the new wave movement of Iranian cinema. Time magazine selected Makhmalbaf's 2001 film, Kandahar, as one of top 100 films of all time.
Mohsen Makhmalbaf 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 focuses on several genres, from realist films to fantasy and surrealism, from minimalism to large frescos of everyday life, with a predilection for the themes of childhood and cinema.
He made his first film TOBEH NOSUH in 1983. Boycott is a 1985 film by Mohsen Makhmalbaf, set in pre-revolutionary Iran. The movie tells the story of a young man named Valeh who has sentenced to death for his communist tendencies.
Makhmalbaf took time off from directing in 1996 to form the Makhmalbaf Film House, a school for young filmmakers. It quickly became a private production house for the increasing number of filmmakers in his family. In 1997 his seventeen year old daughter, Samira directed THE APPLE, using him as a scriptwriter and editor. Mohsen Makhmalbaf's wife, Marziyeh Meshkini, worked as assistant director to her daughter and then took up directing herself.

In 2006, Mohsen Makhmalbaf was a member of the Jury at the Venice film festival and during 2007 - the president of Asian Film Academy.
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, India and France in recent years.

Dinara Drukarova

Russian actress. Born in 1976 in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Dinara Drukarova lives and works in Russia and France, where she tends to pursue most of her film roles. She made her debut in the 1989 film IT WAS NEAR THE SEA by Ayan Shakhmaliyeva, but it was her second film, DON'T MOVE, DIE AND RISE AGAIN! directed by Vitali Kanevsky, which first saw her receiving attention, when the film won the Golden Camera Award at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival. She starred in a number of minor Russian films in the early 1990s, but began to pursue European (and predominantly French) productions after making her first film there, THE SON OF GASCOGNE in 1996. She made a brief foray into music soon after, recording a not-widely-released single, MADE IN LENINGRAD. However, Drukarova has remained focused on acting, and has not recorded anything since.
One of Drukarova's few Russian films during the latter half of the 1990s was the controversial 1998 cult film OF FREAKS AND MEN, in which she played the female lead role of Lisa. This performance saw her nominated in the category of "Best European Actress" at the 1998 European Film Awards. She was subsequently interviewed in a number of prominent French magazines, including Elle, Premiere, and Vogue. In addition, Drukarova was appointed as a member of one of the juries at the 1998 Strasbourg European Film Festival.
In 2003 Dinara Drukarova took a key part of Ada, a Georgian woman, in Julie Bertuccelli's film SINCE OTAR LEFT. The film received a wide arthouse release in several countries, winning the Critics Week Grand Prize at Cannes. Her recent roles were Valentina in Fernando Meirelles's drama 360 (2011) and a nurse character in Michael Haneke's AMOUR (2012).

 

Nicolas Wadimoff

Born in 1964 in Geneva. TV/ film director and rock musician. 1987 Degree in Communications at UQAM (University du Quebec à Montreal), field of studies: Cinema. He made his first documentary LE BOL in 1991. 1996-2001 Producer and director of films on behalf of the Caravan Films company. 2003 Creates Akka Films devoted to the development of fiction films and production of documentaries.
In 1997 Nicolas Wadimoff made his first fiction feature CLANDESTINS (with Denis Chouinard) selected for numerous festivals. His second feature MONDIALITO won the 2th Tbilisi Film Festival award Silver Prometheus.
OPERATION LIBERTAD, his fifth feature film, was premiered at the Directors' Fortnight (Quinzaine des réalisateurs) in Cannes this year.

 

Christopher Hampton

Born in 1946 in Faial, Azores. The world-renowned British playwright, screen writer and film director. Academy Award winner for the Screenplay of Dangerous Liaisons (1988, directed by Stephen Frears).
In 1966 Hampton became the youngest writer to have a play performed in the West End in the modern era. Since then he has been active and successful in many fields, his theatre work besides his own plays includes adaptations and translations of Chekhov, Ibsen, Moliere, Horvath, Reza etc.
As a scriptwriter Hampton has gained the reputation with his brilliant adaptations of Joseph Conrad, Choderlos de Laclos, Colette, Graham Greene, Ian McEwen, Anita Brookner and many more.
As a film director, Christopher Hampton produced 3 feature films.

Nika Tavadze 

Film and theatre actor, born in 1970. Graduated from Shota Rustaveli State Theatre and Film University in 1991. In 1993 established Royal District Theatre, being its manager up till present. Actor at Marjanishvili State Drama Theatre since 1997. Ha splayed leading roles in the plays of Sophocles, Shakespeare, Anouihl, Chekhov, Wilde, Mrozek etc.
In 2008 established a youth theatre festival ARDIfest.
Nika Tavadze has played over 20 roles in Georgian and Russian feature and TV films.
In 2011 for the title role in Aleko Tsabadze's Rene Goes to Hollywood received the best actor prize in Portugal, at AVANCA International Film Festival.

Jurry of Short Film Competition
Grégoire Colin

Born in 1975 in Paris. French actor, producer, screenwriter and director.
Grégoire Colin started acting on the French stage at age 12. He first caught the eye of critics in the 1992 Agnieszka Holland's psychological family drama OLIVIER, OLIVIER when he was just 17. He got a nomination for best newcoming actor at the 1993 Cesars. In 1994, he started a fructuous collaboration with Claire Denis. Colin won the Special Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival for his role in the film NÉNETTE ET BONI.
In his twenties, he directed experimental films and wrote his first scenarios. He kept acting with independent auteurs (Jacques Rivette, Erick Zonca, Benoit Jacquot, Catherine Breillat...). In 2008, he created his production company Tsilaosa Films.

Mike Downey

Educated at the Universities of Warwick, Paris III (Sorbonne-Nouvelle), and Paris X (Nanterre), Mike Downey spent most of the eighties as a theatre director and producer in France, Germany, the former Yugoslavia and the U.K., and the nineties as the publisher of the Moving Pictures International group of media publications.
In 2000, He founded the UK-based independent production house Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) and to date has production credits on 40 films.
Downey is a tutor on Sheffield University's Creative Writing for Film course, is Thomas Ewing Visiting Professor of Film at Ohio University, a member of the Board of Advisors in the film school of Oklahoma University and the President of the Board of Advisors of the Motovun International Film Festival in Croatia. He has published several lengthy tomes about producing in Europe, notably The Film Finance Handbook published by the Media Business School in two volumes. Downey acts regularly as an expert for the European Union on MEDIA affairs.
Downey currently also works in an advisory capacity with Amnesty International establishing humanitarian film prizes at festivals around the world. He joined the board of the European Film Academy in 2004 and is currently serving his fourth term of office.
In 2006 he was voted on to the Council of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) and in 2008 he was elected to the BAFTA Film Committee.

Stefan Laudyn

Born in 1959 in Warsaw, Poland. Director of the Warsaw International Film Festival since 1991. In the 1980s he was involved in Warsaw rock music scene as concert promoter & band manager and one of the organizers of Grand Festival. In 1986 he started working for the Warsaw Film Festival and does it ever since; in 1987 he got an M. Sc. degree in engineering at Warsaw Polytechnics. 1990 he became head of theatrical distribution at ITI, the first Polish distributor to represent US studios (Warner Bros.); until 1994 he worked with Film Art Foundation, where he was responsible for foreign contacts and distribution contracts. In 1995 he founded the Warsaw Film Foundation, which since then organizes the Warsaw Film Festival. Since 1996 he is an expert of Polish Script Agency, and in 2000 he became member of the European Film Academy. Laudyn writes about film for "Gazeta Wyborcza", "Film Pro", "Rezyser", "Machina", "Isskustvo kino" (Russia), "Variety" (USA) and translates dialogue lists. He is involved in the international promotion of Polish films and an advisor to numerous film festivals.

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