Jury 2015

International Jury

Julio Bressane

Chairman ,Brasil

Júlio Bressane Eduardo is a Brazilian filmmaker and writer. He is a representative of Brazilian Cinema Marginal. In 1967 Bressane debuted as director with 'Face to Face', then selected for the Festival of Brasilia. In 1970 he founded Belair Movies with fellow filmmaker Rogerio Sganzerla. His film Cleopatra was screened at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, in the catagory of Mostra Venezia Maestri (Venice Masters Exhibition), as well as being named best film of the 40th Festival de Brasília Film in November 2007.

Nadia Dresti

Artistic Direction Delegate, Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland

Nadia Dresti began her career in the movie business in 1984, with the Festival del film Locarno. In 1988 she joined the 20th Century Fox-Columbia TriStar Office in Geneva as Marketing Director for Switzerland. In 1990 she founded her own company, Zero Problem, specialized in film promotion, public and press relations. For 8 years she was also an active member of the Commission in charge of film culture, promotion and marketing of the Federal Office of Culture (Swiss Ministry of Culture).

Jahnu Barua

Filmmaker, India

Jahnu Barua is an internationally acclaimed Indian film director from Assam He has directed a number of Assamese and Hindi films. He is considered as one of the pioneers in Assamese parallel cinema. He is best known outside Assam for his Hindi film 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara', a drama which uses the principles of Gandhism for its thematic backstory. His films have been recognized nationally and Internationally.

Maxine Williamson

Head of Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane, Australia

A specialist in independent and foreign language film with over two decades in the industry, Maxine Williamson joined the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in 2007, its inaugural year, to establish the brand, awards competition and filmmaker network.

Newton Aduaka

Film Maker UK / Nigeria

Newton Aduaka is an internationally acclaimed film director, who hails from Nigeria. He has achieved a handful of accolades and appreciations from around the globe. Aduaka left for England to study Engineering but discovered Cinema and attended the London International Film School, graduating in 1990. In 1997 he established Granite Film Works. In 2001 Newton's debut feature film Rage, released in Britain, which got international acclamation. Between 2005 and 2007 he co-wrote, directed and executive produced Ezra, his first non-independently funded film, for Arte France. In 2001-2002 he was Filmmaker in Residence at Festival de Cannes' Cinéfondation in Paris.


Derek Malcolm

Film Critic/Journalist UK

Derek Michael Malcolm is an English film critic and historian. He worked for several decades as a film critic for 'The Guardian', having previously been an amateur jockey and the paper's first horse racing correspondent.

Latika Padgaonkar

Film Critic/Journalist , India

Latika Padgaonkar is a columnist, translator and editor. She was for many years the Executive Editor of Cinemaya:

Ershad Kamol

Film Critic, Bangladesh

Ershad Komal Khan, writing under the penname, Ershad Kamol, is a film critic based in Bangladesh.


Swarna Mallawarachchi

Chair Person, Actress, Srilanka

Swarna Mallawarachchi the award-winning Sri Lankan film actress, widely known as the ``Golden star of Sinhalese cinema``. Swarna has won the 'Best Actress Award' 26 times in her career that spans over 40 years

Meenakshi Shedde

Film Scholar & Curator, India

Meenakshi Shedde is India/South Asia Consultant to the Berlin International Film Festival, based in Mumbai, India.

Suraj Prasad

Film Society Organizer , Film Curator , India

Founder & Head of Technology at Lightcube Film Society, he has devised methods to perpetuate the essence of a film society in the digital age