Jury Chairman

Michel Khleifi is an Arab (born in Israel) film writer, director and producer, presently based in Belgium. He has received several awards, including the International Critics’ Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, the Golden Shell at San Sebastián International Film Festival and the André Cavens Award in 1987 for his film Wedding in Galilee. Khleifi currently teaches at INSAS.



Seema Biswas is an Indian film and theatre actress from Assam who shot into prominence with the role of Phoolan Devi in Shekhar Kapur's film Bandit Queen (1994) Biswas won the 1996 National Film Award for Best Actress for her role in the film Bandit Queen.



Serik Aprymov is a filmmaker and writer from Kazakhstan. Following his military service, he took up film studies in directing at the Moscow Film School (VGIK). He was one of the young Kazakh talents who attended the workshop of well-known Russian director Sergei Solovyov in 1989. The first feature film of Aprymov, Kijan (Last Stop) (1992), received international acclaim but angered the natives of his village, who were shocked at his portrayal of their lives. Aprymov's second film was never released, but his third feature, properly named Aksuat (1998), revealed again his keen eye for realistic detail and was successful at the 1998 Eurasia Film Festival in Almaty (Kazakhstan), after which it was screened at the 1999 International Berlin Film Festival.



Baran Kosari is an Award winning Iranian actress, model and designer. The Best Papa of the World (1991) was her first acting experiment. Since then she has appeared in some of the films of her mother Rakhshan Bani-Etemad, Nargess (1991), The Blue-Veiled (1994), Ordibehesht Lady (1997), Kish Stories (Rain and Landsman episode - 1998), Under The Skin Of The City (2000), Our Times etc.


Pedro Pimenta is the Programme Director of Durban Film Festival. Pedro Pimenta started his career with the National Film Institute of Mozambique in 1977. Since then, he has produced numerous short fictions, documentaries and feature films in Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and South Africa. He is the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA Film Festival in Mozambique.




Anders Larsson is a film critic from Sweden. He writes film and theatre critique for several newspapers and websites in Sweden and Finland.



Salome Kikaleishvili is a film critic from Georgia. Since 2006 she has been editor-in-chief of ``Dialogue`` magazine. Now she is working for the weekly news magazine ``Tabula`` as executive editor.



Shoma Chatterji is a freelance journalist, film scholar and author based in Kolkata.




Rada Sesic is a festival programmer, film lecturer, critic and film director from Netherlands. She is associated with the two biggest film festivals in The Netherlands: International Documentary Festival of Amsterdam and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam. Sesic has directed four films: Room Without a View (1997), Soske (2002), In Whitest Solitude (2001) and The Way to School (2007). As a member of NETPAC, she has served on the jury of several important film festivals.



Sam Ho is a curator, researcher, teacher, writer and critic. Based in Hong Kong and the United States, Ho specializes in the study of Hong Kong cinema and has also curated programmes and written extensively on many aspects of cinema, including films from China, the United States, Europe and other parts of Asia.

Raman Chawla


Raman Chawla has been working in the area of Cultural Management particularly related to Film and Television since 1985. He worked for 10 years at the Embassy of France as Deputy Attaché Film and Television. He then founded Modern Times, a creative workshop for Film Television and Theatre and worked as Creative Producer of several TV documentaries for Indian and Foreign Television Channels. He has also been Executive Producer for Pankaj Butalia’s Shadows in the Darkand Jahar Kanungo’s award winning feature film Reaching Silence. He then worked as Senior Vice President, Osian’s-Cinefan, Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, reputed to be an excellent platform for showcasing Indian, Asian and Arab cinema. He was also Consultant Programmer – South Asia for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and Associate Director of the recently concluded Dharamshala International Film Festival. Raman is a founder member of Delhi based theatre group Chingari and has acted in several plays produced by this theatre group known for its bold and innovative approach to theatre.