- i)ShekharKapur, India, Chairperson:ShekharKapur is an Indian film director, actor and producer known for his works in both Indian and international cinema. He gained international recognition with the 1994 Hindi film Bandit Queen, which was premiered in the Directors Fortnight section of the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. In 1998, he received international recognition for directing the Academy Award winning film
- ii)Michael Radford, UK, Member: Radford started as a freelance documentary director, but in 1983 moved into fiction as a screenwriter/ director with“Another Time Another Place”selected by the Cannes Film Festival,awarded as best movie of the year by Cahiers du Cinema and winner of the Prix Henry Langlois, the Bafta Award for best newcomer and fifteen other international prizes. His next film “Nineteen Eighty Four” with Richard Burton and John Hurt established his international reputation, winning many prizes including the Francois Truffaut director’s award and the British Film Award for best director.
iii) Julia Jentsch, Germany, Member: German actress Julia Jentsch began her acting career with the 2004 film “The Edukators” by Hans Weingartner. A year later, she played the title role in “Sophie Scholl – The Final Days” by Marc Rothemund which was nominated for an Academy Award. She won an award as Best European Actress, best actress at DeutscherFilmpreis and the Silver Bear at Berlin Film Festival.
- iv)SuhaArraf, Israel based Palestinian filmmaker, Member:SuhaArraf began her film career as a documentary filmmaker. Her documentary film ‘Women of Hamas (2010)’received 13 awards at international film festivals. Suha’s first two screenplays- ‘The Syrian Bride (2004)’ and ‘The Lemon Tree (2008)’ both directed by well-known Director EranRiklis, received international acclaim with the latter winning the Best Screenplay Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Her first directorial film ‘Villa Touma’ (2014)’ was screened at top festivals like Venice, Toronto, London, and many others. In 2014 Suha was listed in Variety Magazine’s ‘10 Screenwriters to Watch.’
- v)Jeon Kyu-Hwan, South Korea, Member:He made his directorial debut without having any formal educational background. Starting with his debut feature ‘Mozart Town’(2008), he made ‘Town Trilogy’which was invited for the special screening- ‘Focus on Jeon Kyu-Hwan’at Geneva, New York,MoMA, Denverand London. His 2011 film ‘From Seoul to Varanasi’was officially invited for a second straight year to the Panorama section of the Berlin International Film Festival in 2012. The same year, he got the Queer Lion Award for his 5th film ‘The Weight’ at Venice 2012 and the Best Director’s Award at Goa and Tallinn.