Jury 2020

Heidi Basch-Harod

Heidi Basch-Harod is the executive director of Women’s Voices Now (WVN). Heidi is responsible for the vision, strategy, and international fundraising efforts that sustain and grow WVN’s programs, locally and globally. She is the founding editor of The WVoice, WVN’s digital publication.
She is a scholar of the modern history of the Middle East and North Africa, specializing in women’s rights movements of the region with a master’s degree from Tel Aviv University. Heidi’s written works can also be found
in several publications, including: Open Democracy, Palestine-Israel Journal, Tel Aviv Notes, Working Mother, The Berkeley Daily Planet, The WVoice and the edited volume, Kurdish Awakening: Nationbuilding in a Fragmented Homeland. She is a producer of the award-winning feature documentary Honor Diaries, and the highly-acclaimed short flm, In Search of America, Inshallah.

Bijaya Jena

Bijaya Jena Filmmaker – Scriptwriter – Actress Alumna of the Film Institute of India, Pune with Diploma in Film Acting and a celebrated actress from Orissa and winner of the State Award for Best Actress. Has acted in Feature Films, Television Serials and Plays, of which HAKIM BABU received
the National award for the Best Oriya Film. Has also acted in Ismail Merchant’s British Film, THE DECEIVERS. Member of the jury in the National Feature Film Awards, 1993. Was on the Governing Council of the
Film & TV Institute of India from 1992-95. Member of the jury in Fajr International Film Festival in Teheran, Iran, 2007. Member of
the jury in Kish International Film Festival, Iran, 2011. Guest lecturer at Film & TV Institute of India, Pune, 2011. Member of the jury, Feature flms section, in Roshd International Educational Films, Iran, 2012

Narges Abyar

Narges Abyar graduated in Persian literature. Up to the present, she has
written more than thirty story and faction. She was selected as an Oscar Academy member on 2020.She has written and directed fve drama films. Her recent film is called, Pinto. She had also made several short and feature-length
documentaries. Her first experience was a faction film called “The Kind Dead-End”. She pursued her directing career further
with seven features and documentaries
and four cinema films, as listed below: The Kind Dead-End (faction),The story
of a believable story (faction), One day after the tenth day (documentary),The
Day of the End (Documentary), Mother of the City (documentary) ,Ulcer,(Nasur) (faction) ,Shirpooshan, (documentary), Objects In Mirror , Track 143, Breath, When the Moon Was Full

M.Nasir Hashimi

Mohammad Nasir Hashimi was born in 1990 in Afghanistan, he is an Animator, film producer and director based in Kabul. he
studied film directing in Kabul University, and Film production in Beijing film academy, he was the head of Art department in Afghan Film (Afghanistan’s only governmental film production), Nasir is Founder of Kapila Motion
Pictures, he has made several animation and faction films, and
he is one of the organizers of an animation film festival named
International Narrative Short Film & Animation Competition

Bastian Meiresonne

Bastian Meiresonne was born on December 31st 1975 in Germany from Flemish parents. He moved to France as a teenager. After film school studies in Paris, he specialized within Asian Cinema, writing for many newspapers and magazines, participating on a dozen collective cinema publications and publishing a book about Japanese director IMAMURA Shohei. He’s been Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas’ artistic director for 4 years and an Asian Cinema consultant for many International Film Festivals. He directed GARUDA POWER – THE SPIRIT WITHIN, a feature documentary about Indonesian (Action) Cinema which had its World Premiere at South Korea’s Busan International Film
Festival and travelled to more than 50 worldwide film festivals. He is currently
preparing a documentary about Thailand’s western movies.

Gris Jordana

Gris Jordana studied in ESCAC and specialized in Cinematography. Her studies include an exchange program in Ngee Ann Polytechnic (Singapore), and two specialized workshops “Optics and Sensitometry” and “Documentary Filmmaking” by Alan Rosenthal (BBC, National Geographic). She was selected in BERLINALE TALENT CAMPUS 2004 and started working in the industry as camera assistant and focus puller in more than 15 features, meanwhile she was shooting her own projects as Cinematographer starting with documentaries and independent features. Her frst feature Aina (2011) was shot in Nigeria in 2011, from American director Olamide Maroore.

Rosslyn Haymas

A journalist in the international Feld for more than 35 years, Rosslyn has worked mainly in radio for Radio France International’s English service, as well as for CBC and BBC, as well as for the written press. Her career has been principally
focused on the Asia region, covering a range of issues, and more recently dedicated to culture and film world-wide. Her blog on French, European and
Asian films, Fourcornersflix.com is due to be launched before the
end of 2020.

Sergei Anashkin

Critic, film scholar (Ekaterinburg, Ural region, Russia). Born in 1965. Graduated from VGIK (Film Institute) in Moscow, the department of Film Studies (1989). Author of numerous articles published in the main Russian film magazines and of the book “About films of distant and close Asia” (collection of selected
articles, Moscow, 2015). An editor of the book Sakha Cinema. The world of Mysterious Nature and Myth (published by Busan IFF, 2017). His special interest – contemporary Asian cinema. The NETPAC member. An expert on the cinema of Russia’s ethnic regions. Consultant or programmer of a few Russian film festivals (Kazan, Cheboksary, Ekaterinburg).

Panos Kotzathanasis

Panos Kotzathanasis is a film critic and reviewer specializing in East Asian Cinema. He is the owner and administrator of Asian Movie Pulse, one of the biggest portals dealing with Asian cinema. Since 2019, he has introduced the “Submit Your Film” Initiative to Asian Movie Pulse, that allows all Asian filmmakers to send their movies to be reviewed .He is a frequent writer in Hancinema, Taste of Cinema, and his texts can also be found in a number of other publications. His articles about Asian cinema exceed 300 on a yearly basis, while he also contributes video analyses in the digital releases of Spectrum Films in France. Since 2019, he cooperates with Thessaloniki Cinematheque in Greece.

Samiullah Nabipor

Samiullah Nabipour, born in 1979 in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, has a bachelor’s degree in cinema from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Kabul University and a master’s degree in art culture with a focus on cinema from the Tajik University of Culture and Arts. Nabipour is one of the founders of the Cinema Department at the Faculty of Fine Arts of Kabul University, where he works as a professor and dean. He has participated in shortterm training courses at various universities, including the University of Bach in Germany, and has written several plays, screenplays and scientific articles. .He is a member of the Afghanistan Film Selection Committee for the Oscar International Film Festival and has participated in several international film festivals as a judge.

Sharofat Arabova

Ph.D., Film scholar, flmmaker, member of NETPAC and the Filmmakers’ Union of Tajikistan. Graduated in Cultural Studies from Russian-Tajik (Slavic)
University in Dushanbe and in Film Direction from Film and Television Institute of India (FTII, Pune). She is a Lead Researcher at Art Studies Department, National Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan, and conducts
research on Tajik and Central Asian cinema.

Barmak Akram

Barmak Akram, (born in 1966 in Kabul), is an Afghani filmmaker. Akram lives in Paris, where he studied fine arts. His first feature film, Kabuli Kid (2008),
won several awards and has been shown at the Venice Film Festival. In 2013, he received the Best Screenplay award at the Sundance Film Festival for
the film Wajma (An Afghan Love Story). The film was selected as the Afghan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 86th Academy Awards.