Juries

International & National Documentary Film

Carolyn Mcdonald

Carolyn Mcdonald

Jury President
Carolyn Mcdonald (Producer )

Carolyn Mcdonald started From grassroots community projects & podcasts, and now she is an awardwinning network TV film & documentary director. She studied at New York University’s Dramatic Writing/Film Program. she was involved in various stages of development & production on such films as (THE HANDMAID’S TALE), (MISSISSIPPI MASALA) and (Once Around).
coproduced the critically acclaimed Western BUFFALO SOLDIERS, and executive produced AMERICA’S DREAM. As a filmmaker, Carolyn produced, co-wrote and directed the short film P.N.O.K. She has also produced and directed a number of short documentaries.

 

 

 

KAZIM ÖZ

KAZIM ÖZ

Jury
KAZIM ÖZ

( writer / director )

Kazim Öz, who is known as a director, scenarist, editor, cinematographer and producer of many awarded films, was born in 1973 in Dersim in Turkey with a Kurdish origin. He started his career in 1992 by acting at Teatra Jiyana Nu and at the same time, he worked as a director. With his first short film Ax (The Land), he won recognition in national and international level and the movie was awarded in many festivals as the ‘’Best Short Film’’. His first feature-length film ‘’Fotoğraf (The Photograph)’’ is completed in 2001. Unfortunately, like some of his films, it was released in Turkey and Germany in 2002. In 2005, he won “The Best Documentary “prize with his first feature-length documentary film Dûr (The Far) in Nurnberg Turkey Germany Film Festival and in Ankara Film Festival. The film ‘’Bahoz (The Storm)’’ which is produced and directed by him, met with an audience of more than one hundred thousand after released in the year of 2008. He took a great attention by that film in Turkey.

RHYS GRAHAM

RHYS GRAHAM

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RHYS GRAHAM ( Filmmaker and writer )
Rhys Graham (born, 1974, Malaysia) is a Melbourne based filmmaker and writer whose work traverses drama and documentary. His feature films ‘Galore’ and ‘The Turning’ (co-director) premiered at Berlinale 2014. Among his feature documentaries, ‘Words From The City’ was nominated for 5 Australian Film Institute Awards.. presently directing the Netflix series ‘The Unlisted’ for release in 2018. He is also currently premiering his new feature documentary ‘Ranger to Ranger’.. He is a founder and director of Daybreak Films.

GHASSAN ABDALLAH

GHASSAN ABDALLAH

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Ghassan Abdallah (Filmmaker )
Ghassan is an award winning, British filmmaker from Syrian origin, who spent more than twenty years working in the film and TV industry between the Middle-East and Britain.
Graduated with an MA degree from the Northern Film School in Leeds – England.
He has directed many films and TV drama series such as the epic “Khalid ibn Al Waleed” and “Road Map”. Ghassan has also taught filmmaking during the last fifteen years on the prestigious MA course at the Northern Film School in England and in many other colleges in the Middle-East.
Regular participant in festivals as juror or lecturer.

Yaseen Hadi

Yaseen Hadi

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Rachel ( Actress )
was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1971 and raised by her adoptive Scottish immigrant parents John and Sheila House. She grew up in Kamo, Whangarei in the area known as Northland or Tai Tokerau at the top of the North Island. She is of Maori (Ngati Mutunga and Ngai Tahu) and European/Pakeha descent.Rachel graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 1992 and has worked as an actor in film, television and theatre. She is also an acting coach and an award-winning theatre director.In 2012, House received a prestigious New Zealand Arts Foundation’s Laureate Award given as an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth.

International & National Documentary Film

Rachel

Rachel

Jury President
Rachel ( Actress )
was born in Auckland, New Zealand in 1971 and raised by her adoptive Scottish immigrant parents John and Sheila House. She grew up in Kamo, Whangarei in the area known as Northland or Tai Tokerau at the top of the North Island. She is of Maori (Ngati Mutunga and Ngai Tahu) and European/Pakeha descent.Rachel graduated from Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School in 1992 and has worked as an actor in film, television and theatre. She is also an acting coach and an award-winning theatre director.In 2012, House received a prestigious New Zealand Arts Foundation’s Laureate Award given as an investment in excellence across a range of art forms for an artist with prominence and outstanding potential for future growth.

 

 

 

Gulbara Tolomushova

Gulbara Tolomushova

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Gulbara Tolomushova ( Film Critic )
Born in Kyrgyzstan, graduated from Department of Film Studies at Russian State Institute of Cinematography named after S.A.Gerasimov.
FIPRESCI and NETPAC member.Her reviews and articles are publishing at two newspapers “Evening Bishkek” & “New Faces” in Kyrgyzstan and also at the online journal Kinokultura.com editing by Prof. Birgit Beumers (Great Britain). Editor of two websites: www.kyrgyzcinema.com & www.kyrgyzgoskino.org. Author of numerous publications on Kyrgyz cinema. Author of the book about Women in the Kyrgyz cinema (2017)Author of monograph «Territory Kinostan: Kyrgyz cinema in the persons», Bishkek, 2009.Author of article “Kyrgyz cinema at the junction of the epochs (1988-1993) loss of a supporting point during the age of changes and the consequent finding of new hope» in the compilation, published by the IFF in Busan, 2013, “The Unknown New Wave of Central Asian Cinema”.

Said Mahmoud

Said Mahmoud

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Said Mahmoud ( Scriptwriter )
French Literature graduate, Damascus University.
Theater graduate, The French Cultural Center in Damascus.
He has done many courses and workshops specialized in theatrical writing, and writing cinema and television scripts.
He has participated in many creative experiences- as a writer and translator- in Syria, Arabic countries, Kurdistan of Iraq and Europe. 2001 – 2002 a writer and a translator in many theaters play that were represented in the French Cultural Center in Damascus. A journalist and translator in many Syrian and Arabic newspapers.
2005 – 2009 a translator of cinema films, Syrian Television.
A script writer in Syrian drama, adding some Egyptian and Gulf works.
2012, 2013 a script writer in MERG Company for television and documentary production, Erbil.A script writer in GIZ German Organization, he has accomplished 6 promotional films with them, showed on Kurdish and Arabic channels in Iraq

Takayuki Yoshida’s

Takayuki Yoshida’s

Jury
Takayuki Yoshida’s ( Director )
Biography Born in 1972, Hokkaido, Japan. Completed graduate studies in sociology at Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. While working as an editor of international journal JAPAN ECHO, studied filmmaking at the Film School of Tokyo and involved in making some documentary films. Participated in the film criticism workshop at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in 2011. Worked as a coordinator for an international film festival, Tokyo FILMeX / Talents Tokyo, in 2014. An editor of Japanese documentary magazine NEONEO, and co-author of Japanese books on a French filmmaker, Chris Marker, and American avant-garde movies. My international debut work PONPOKO MOUNTAIN (2016) has been selected for 19 international video art and film festivals in 16 countries such as Spain, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Italy, Nepal, Cuba, Germany, Estonia, and Japan up to now.

Hassan Naghashi

Hassan Naghashi

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Hassan Naghashi ( Director and producer )
Mr Hassan Naghashi is an Iranian documentary producer/director from Yazd whose movies are primarily centered on his native land’s rich cultural and historical legacy. He has produced more than 10 films all of which have garnered upwards of 45 prizes, both nationally and internationally. Among his most renowned creations are: Mashi va Mashianeh (Iranian Adam and Eve); Mehra; Persian tree; and Ardeshir’s legacy; Mehra ; Zorvan ; Shah jahan ; Asar e Ajam

INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM

Dilshad Mustafa

Dilshad Mustafa

juries President
Dilshad Mustafa ( Ph.D. in Media Practice )
Ph.D. in Media Practice: Cinematizing Kurdish Genocide
Dilshad Mustafa was born February 18th 1971 in Sulaymaniyah/Iraq, he received Bachelor degree in Theatre on Oct 1988_June1992 College of Art • Baghdad
University, in 2003 United State Department of State; Diploma in International Visitor
Program. In 2003 United State Telecommunication Training Institute Diploma in Media Broadcasting. In 2009 University of Wales, Newport, Master degree in Film. 2015 University of Salford, UK, PhD in Media practice. Cinematizing Kurdish Genocide on Oct • 1992April 2004 Sulaymaniyah College of Art Head of Theater Department. Teaching Performance and Criticism, Supervising last year student practical project- ed. April 2004_December 2006. Ministry of Culture Kurdistan Iraq. General Director Assistance. Super- vising Media department and Film production. 2010 present University of Sulaymaniyah Lecturer un the School of Art. In 1996 • 1992 PUK TV Sulaymaniyah Program maker./amoteam_text]

 

 

 

Reza Dormishian

Reza Dormishian

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Reza Dormishian ( scriptwriter & Filmmaker )
Born in 1981 in Tehran, Reza Dormishian has studied English Language and then he was involved in film journalism. He was an assistant to some prestigious Iranian filmmakers like Dariush Mehrjui and Alireza Davoudnejad and
he’s also been credited as a scriptwriter for some films and TV productions.
Reza Dormishian started making short films since 2002 and •Hatred• (2012) was his first feature
film, fully produced independently in Istanbul and screened at many international events around the world like Montreal and Warsaw. •I’m not Angry!• (2014) was his second feature film which turned to be very controversial at home and had its world premiere at Berlinale’s Panorama section and one of most success- ful Iranian films in world festivals in 2014 & 2015 in more than 50 festivals and collecting 10 awards.
Mr. Dormishian’s third movie •Lantouri• (2016) was premiered at Berlinale’s Panorama section too and so far screened in 50 festivals and collected 6 international awards. •White Chairs• (2017) is his fourth feature film, fully made in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Sahim Omar Kalifa

Sahim Omar Kalifa

Jury
Sahim Omar Kalifa( Filmmaker )
Sahim Omar Kalifa (born 1980 Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan) is a Belgian-Kurdish filmmaker based in Belgium. In 2001, he came to Belgium, and in 2008 he got his Master’s degree in filmmaking at Sint-Lukas Film School, Brussels. Kalifa has won
96 international awards with his short films Land of the Heroes, Baghdad Messi, and
Bad Hunter. The biggest achievements so far are: A-Jury Prize as Best Short film for ‘Land of the heroes’ at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival – Generation. B- ‘Baghdad Messi’ was shortlisted for the 87th Academy awards, the Oscars. It was one of the 10 finalists. C- ‘Bad Hunter’ was also shortlisted for the 88th Academy awards, the Oscars.
‘Bad Hunter’ won also several international Awards at some important film festivals, like Jury Award at 59th Valladolid, 38th Montreal World, Dubai IFF and Flickerfest International Film Festival. 2014, Sahim was chosen in Istanbul as Best Kurdish film director. In 2016 Sahim became a member of the Academy Awards ‘The Oscars’. He can vote for the Oscar awards [4] Summer 2016, Sahim had filmed his debut film ‘Zagros’ which has been supported by Vlaams Audiovis- ueel Fonds (VAF), Dutch Film Fund and Eurimages.

NATIONAL SHORT FILM

Akram Sulayman

Akram Sulayman

juries President
Akram Sulayman(Actor and Director)
Akram Sulayman was born in Sulaymaniah, Kurdistan-Iraq in 1969. He is a writer, scenographer, actor and film director. At a young age he developed an interest in theatre and film and started pursuing a career in that field. He studied at the Academy of Arts at Baghdad University and received his bachelors degree in Fine Art with a major in Theatre Arts. At the beginning of the 90′ during the time that Kurdistan-Iraq was becoming more independent he directed two films. This led him to flee his birth country. The past 25 years he has been active in the Netherlands in the theatre and film industry and has developed several projects. He is CEO of Lezma Productions and the artistic leader of the OOIT Foundation in The Netherlands. He obtained two diploma’s in screenplay and directing of film at the Media Academy in Hilversum. He is also currently working on his Masters degree in Theatre Direction at the Theatre Academy in Maastricht. Using a new form of documentary theatre called docu-theatre- discussion he develops projects in which the audience is part of the show. The focus of his current projects are on the Dutch multicultural society.

 

 

 

Shahryari Asadi

Shahryari Asadi

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Shahryari Asadi ( cinematographer )
Shahriar Assadi was born in 1960 in Tehran. He studied economy and then began to work in film in 1982. He began his studies and training in cinematography with various masters, and from 1986 untl 2000 he worked
as assistant and then as cinematographer with Mahmoud Kalari, who himself
has been cinematographer of more than forty•five films. From 2000 onwards, Assadi has worked
as a professional cinematographer. Some of his important works are Turtles Can Fly by Bahman Ghobadi (2004), for which Assadi was nominated for the Golden Frog at the Camera Image film festival. The film won the Crystal Bear at the Berlinale, the audience award at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and Best Film at the San Sebas•an Film Festval. Fron•er Blues by Babak Jalali (2009), which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and won the Grand Prix at the Gijon Film Festival, the FIPRESCI prize at the San Francisco Film Festival, and which played at the New Directors/New Films, Edinburgh, Stockholm Festivals• He was also cinematographer of Two Angels by Mamad Haghighat (2006), Earring by Vahid Moussaian (2007), and One to One by Mania Akbari 2010.

mahmoud al-jumni

mahmoud al-jumni

Jury
Mahmoud al-Jumni ( Critic )
Mahmoud al-Jumni is from Tunisia. And he is:
-A Member of African Federal (FACC) for cinema critics.
– A member of International committee (FIPRESCI) for cinema criticism. – A member of (Al-Taib Al- Wahishy) cinema club in Qabis.
– Head of International Festival for Arabic Films in Qabis.
Researches and Publications:
– A book named Quarante ans de cinéma tunisien : regards croisés (Forty Years of Tunisian Cinema: disrupted visions) in French language, 2006.
As a cinema critic:
– Participant as a jury in many Festivals such as : Dubai Festival, Al-Qahira Festival, Locarno Film Festi- val, Arabic Film Festival in France, and Al-Aqsar Festival.
– Participant in (The Round Table) activities in Dubai Festival about (Disruption in Arabic Cinema). – Coordinator of many meetings for cinema especially in Tunisia and Morocco city.

INTERNATIONAL & NATIONAL ANIMATION FILM

Hiwa Aziz

Hiwa Aziz

juries President
Hiwa Aziz
Iwas the first person in Kurdistan and Sulaimani City that got accepted in Design Department at Academy of Fine Arts/ Baghdad and got my B.A. in 1986.
•After finishing university, I was hired as a specialist in design at visual arts department
the Institute of Fine Arts/ Sulaimani.
•I travelled to Jordan in 1991.
•On special demand of The King Husain, I painted some portraits of the king •his family and relatives. •I was working as a caricature artist in the monthly journal of Iraqi Opposition.
•I painted the outside walls of the (Hope) children hospital for cancer with cartoon images.
•I went to Canada in 2001. After receiving higher diploma in Video Game Design, which was the highest
certificate of that field in 2008, Canada. After that I established my own company named Hiwa Art, and designed three video games for Apple and Android mobile phones.
• I was selected Jury President for selecting animation films at the second International Film Festival/ Sulaimani.
•Now my company is working on an animation with The National film Board in Canada to be made into a video game later on.

 

 

 

Ranjdar Abdalla

Ranjdar Abdalla

Jury
Ranjdar Abdalla ( Art Director )
Sulaymaniyah (Kurdistan Region, Iraq)
2012-2008 Bachelor degree in Fine Arts College of Fine Arts, Sulaymaniyah
2007-2002 Diploma degree in painting (Fine Arts) Institute of Fine Arts, Sulaymaniyah 2007-2005 Art Teacher Kurdistan Save the Children Organization, Sulaymaniyah, Teaching
Children
Sculpting Art. – Opening exhibitions for the Children’s art work. – Archiving all children’s
art works.
WORK EXPERIENCE
2015-2010 Background Designer and 3D Modeler Plus Million Company Advertising, 3D Modeling-Texturing-
lighting, Directing & Art directing, 3D character sounds (Ahol, Qaitul, aziz)
2017-2012 Art Teacher at Sarchya high school Sulaimani, Teaching students to make art works and to understand
art, Helping to arrange exhibitions, Current job, Animator- Art Director and Designer at Mina Animation- Sulaimaniyah.

Hazhar Mohammed

Hazhar Mohammed

Jury
Hazhar Mohammed ( Art Director )
My journey as an artist dates back to 2002. When I was qualified for the first time by the (Sulaymaniyah Institution of Arts) where I have practice both theoretical and practical aspects of art specifically in the field of printmaking. Printmaking as a
specialized field made the gate of the art world open to me. That persuaded me to organize a
studio for printmaking at the (Kurdistan Save the Children Organization). As an art teacher I could continue with teaching children for almost two years, and study until I achieved Diploma degree as a first student.
My curiosity and desire to art made me to think about joining university as well, to get more knowledge about other fields of art, and finally I decided to study ceramics art. This art gave me too much pleasure, because expe- riencing and dealing with clay to form and embody artworks three-dimensionally made another path to producing artwork. My experience as a printmaker influenced and reflected on my new art experience (Ceramics).
Animation films and video games as sources of inspirations enhanced the outcome of my art practice, and pushed me to establish my own style. Alongside with studying art, I also intended to make digital art to design the model
of my artworks before they are being executed. Going through the variety of artistic experiences made me not to be bored with art making, and at the end I finished university successfully and achieved Bachelor degree as a first student.

NATIONAL STUDENT FILM

Fazil Qassab

Fazil Qassab

juries President
Fazil Qassab ( ACTOR )
Born in 1953 in Sulaimani.
In 1970 he became a member of the Sulaimani Theater Group.
1971 Graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts Baghdad, Theater Department.
He worked as a director of a number of plays and participated in several plays and
dramas as an actor and decorator.
He was the editor-in-chief of some local magazines and newspapers.

 

 

 

Shwan Attoof Baba

Shwan Attoof Baba

Jury
Shwan Attoof Baba ( ACTOR & DIRECTOR )
Shwan attoof baba, 1972 iraq sulaimanya
writer , actor and director (theater and cinema)
owner of 25 thearters as actor
owner of 4 theaters as director
owner of 6 thearts as writer
owner of 12 long movie as actor
owner of 6 short movie as actor
owner of 2 short movie as writer and director
owner of 1 drama as actor
winner of 24 internotianl and local prize
joining 50 international and local festival
member of administrator theraters independet group in sulaimanya member of administator cinema kurdistan group
founder of law of cinema in kurdistan
owner of some writings and cinema and theaters.

Ahmad Mahmoud

Ahmad Mahmoud

Jury
Ahmad Mahmoud ( EDITOR )
He is born in 1972. He has Diploma at Technical institute and B.A in English language. He started working in theatre field in the mid80-s, and participated in many legendry plays such as (Gwl Omer, Forget about Herostrat, My Country).
In The mid-90s, he started working in the Kurdish TV. Channel s, he worked as
an editor and director in some famous channels such as GK TV, Khak TV, Kurdsat and NRT TV Channel.
In the field of Cinema, he participated in montage and post production works of the some feature films and short films such as (A Burnt Heaven, Agony of a Nation).
Ahmed participated in many International and national Festivals, among them are Can, Figra, Fajr Festi- val and some Arabic festivals. He won many awards for editing and directing.
He also directed some documentaries such as Omed, Hapsa and Tara Jaff. Some of which had participat- ed in Figra, Al-Jazeera Documentary.