Festival Jury

Premendra Mazumder

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Premendra Mazumder is working on cinema in versatile capacities. As a film critic writes extensively in different publications worldwide. Edited and contributed in several film journals, books on cinema and film dictionaries published from Kolkata, London and Paris. Member of FIPRESCI-India since 2001. Official Correspondent of India for Cannes Critics Week since 2006. President of the Film Critics Circle of India. Secretary General of the Indian Film Critics Association. Talked in seminars, delivered lectures and served in Jury at many international film festivals worldwide. Working as a consultant and curator for several international film festivals. An activist of the film society movement since 1976. Hold the post of the Asian Secretary of the International Federation of Film Societies (2010-12), Vice President of the Federation of Film Societies of India (2010-14) and General Secretary of the Federation of Film Societies of India (2014-16). Playwright and screenplay writer. Mentor of a Film School in Kolkata, India.

Ibrahim Ariss

- President -

Researcher in cultural history, a journalist and a movie critic, Ibrahim Ariss was born in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1946. In his early years, he worked as executor of movie setting plans then as an assistant director. He coauthored with the late Abdel-Hay Adib scripts for Egyptian, Turkish and Lebanese movies. He studied movie directing in Rome and scriptwriting and criticism in London. He has worked in journalism since 1970. He headed cultural pages in Al-Dustur, Al-Balagh and Al-Safir in Lebanon and Al-Yawm Al-Sabe’ in France. He heads now the cinema desk at Al-Hayat, where he also writes a daily column on the heritage of the world’s cultural history. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of two cultural monthlies – Al-Masira (1979-1980) and Al-Maqased (1980-1986). He translated from French, English and Italian around 40 books in cinema, philosophy, economy, criticism and history. He authored more than 16 books in cinema, thought, journalism and culture, including: Image and Reality, A Trip into the Arab Cinema, The Pending Dream – On Maroun Baghdadi’s Cinema, The Human Cinema, The Self-Language and the Permanent Mo-dernity, Martin Scorsese: A Cinematic Biography. Many of his studies were translated to non-Arab languages. He coauthored several books in French, English, Swedish, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

Anita Piotrowska

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Anita Piotrowska is a Polish film critic of Tygodnik Powszechny weekly magazine. She writes also for Kino magazine and for psychological monthly Charaktery. She is a co-author of many books on film. As a FIPRESCI member she worked in jury of such film festivals as Karlovy Vary, Istanbul, Moscow, Ankara, Oberhausen, Rotterdam, Hongkong. She is a member of a Programme Council of Krakow Film Festival and specializes in selection of documentaries. In 2014 received a prize of Polish Film Institute. She lives in Krakow.