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jury international feature film

She was born in Istanbul and graduated from Pera High School of Fine Arts with a major in Theater. Sözen attended the Bova Actors Workshops and studied the Eric Morris acting method. She began her film career at a very young age and starred in many successful films and television series. Sözen received the Yeşilçam Cinema Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Av Mevsimi (Hunting Season, 2010). She starred in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep, which won the Palme d’Or in Cannes 2014.

Graduate of Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, he studied directing and acting under Ludwik Margules at UNAM’s Contemporary Theater Forum. He has experience as a theater director, television writer and advertising producer for brands such as Canana and Ciel. With his short films Café Paraíso (2008) and El último canto del pájaro Cú, he won Ariel awards for Best Short Film, as well as awards in festivals such as Guadalajara, Huesca, Short Shorts and Toulouse with the former and in Monterrey and Fastnet with the latter. His work has been selected the Tribeca and Clermont-Ferrand festivals, among others. Güeros, his feature debut, won five Ariel awards, including Best Picture, and was shown at Berlinale.

e has worked in many aspects of the film industry, including publicity and programming at Los Angeles’ Filmex and production at Columbia Pictures. She writes about film for publications such as Cahiers du Cinema, Film Comment, and New York Times. A graduate of the University of Southern California Film School and member of the Writer’s Guild of America, she has written for both television and film. After graduating from the Cordon Bleu in Paris, she became an award-winning restaurant critic for, among others, LA Weekly, Village Voice, and SF Weekly. She currently writes about film festivals for Indiewire, and film and food for Gary Meyers’ Eat Drink Films.

jury mexico feature film

Born in Mexico City, he studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and London International Film School. His English-language debut Gaby: A True Story (1987) was nominated to the Golden Globe Awards and the Oscar. His standout films include: White Palace (1990), When a Man Loves a Woman (1990), Message in a Bottle (1999), Angel Eyes (2001), and Trapped (2002), all English-language; as well as Innocent Voices (2004), which won three Ariel awards and the Stanley Kramer Award from the Producer’s Guild of America. His documentary Fraude broke box-office records in Mexico. In 2012, La Vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas received worldwide theatrical distribution.

One of those most renowned actresses in Mexico with a career in theater, film and television. She completed her professional acting studies at Centro Universitario de Teatro (Theater University Center) at UNAM. She won the Best Actress award at the Valencia Film Festival for her performance in La mujer de Benjamín (1991). With Cilantro y perejil and El viaje de Teo, she won Diosa de Plata awards for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress respectively. She also received Ariel nominations for ¿De qué lado estás? (2000) and Perfume de violetas (2001). She won Best Actress at the Lleida Festival for her performance in Así es la vida, directed by Arturo Ripstein. She’s a spokesperson for Proyecto Emergente in search of new filmmakers.

Sanchis studied audiovisual communication at the Universidad de Valencia. She works in film and advertising as a director, producer, editor, and costume designer, but most importantly as an artistic director. She has directed four short films, four video-art pieces, two music videos and the feature film They Are All Dead. She has won over 40 national and international awards and her short films have participated in film festivals around the world. Her film The Class, won a Goya Award for Best Short Documentary.

documentary jury

A documentary filmmaker from Berlin with a quirky interest in found footage, Cem Kaya was educated in cultural studies and trained as an editor. His films combine tense and often humorous storytelling with extensive background knowledge of the issues he deals with.

Croatian-born festival programmer, started out working at the Motovun Film Festival in Croatia and the Slovenian Cinematheque, followed by the Human Rights Film Festival, the ZagrebDox Pro workshop, and Animafest. After moving to Paris, she was in charge of acquisitions at Coproduction Office from 2008 to 2010. She managed Paris Project for two years following the Paris Cinema FF, while in 2012 she joined Les Arcs European Film Festival as Head of Industry. She has also been working for HAF Film and Financing Market in Hong Kong, CPH:DOX, and the Sarajevo Film Festival.

She has worked in film since 1989. She recently completed The Fire Next Time with director Kevin White, and is currently editing Kè Kontan with director Owsley Brown. With Les Blank, she co-produced, co-directed, and edited All In This Tea, which premiered at the 2007 Berlinale and was screened in over 40 festivals worldwide. How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy had its debut at Telluride Film Festival and has gone on to screen in film festivals around the world. Gina is currently collaborating with Harrod Blank on a documentary film about his father.

fiction jury

Born in 1977 and studied film at the CCC, specializing in directing. Her debut feature, Nora’s Will (2008), had a successful festival run and garnered more than 20 awards, including Best Director at the Moscow International Film Festival, the El Abrazo award for Best Film at the Biarritz International Festival of Latin American Cinema, and the Astor de Oro award for Best Film at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina, as well as seven Ariel awards from the Mexican Film Academy. Beginning in 2010, she directed several episodes of the series Soy tu fan. Her feature Paradise (2013) premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival in 2013.

Born in Veracruz, he is a graduate of the CUEC film school. His directorial debut, Bajo California: el límite del tiempo (1999) won seven Ariel awards and screened in Sundance and Toronto. He made the documentaries Promises and River of Renewal, followed by Only God Knows, a Mexico–Brasil coproduction that premiered in Sundance. In 2008, he directed the documentary 1968 and later the feature Tlatelolco (2013). He released Colosio, which went on to become the biggest box-office success of 2012, winning three Ariel and the Canacine awards for best picture and best director. He has received fellowship awards from Conaculta, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation.

A graduate of the Contemporary Theater Forum, she is one of the most outstanding actresses of her generation. She has worked for renowned Mexican directors, including Jaime Humberto Hermosillo, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Carlos Cuarón, Carlos Carrera, Felipe Cazals, Carlos Bolado, and Patricia Martínez de Velasco. Her Hollywood debut was a leading role alongside Harvey Keitel and Scott Glenn in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. After 15 years as an actress, she majored in screenwriting at the CCC and directed Ramona (2014), which won Best Short Film in Morelia and Best Fiction Short in Chile’s FEMCINE festival, as well as a nomination for the Ariel and Diosas de Plata awards.

mation / experimental jury

She completed undergraduate studies in Art History and a master’s degree in Art Studies in Universidad Iberoamericana. She is director of the magazine CURARE, Espacio Crítico para las Artes. Specialist in archival work focused on Mexican art of the 1960s and ‘70s, she is currently Curator at the University Contemporary Art Museum (MUAC) at the UNAM, where in 2014 she inaugurated the exhibit Challenging Stability: Artistic Processes in Mexico, 1952–1967. She is
active in the Latin American Intellectual Networks project.

Born in Guadalajara in 1978, she graduated in Communication Sciences from ITESO. She studies painting and illustration in the Pontevedra Facultad de Bellas Artes. She took workshops in screenwriting with Guillermo Arriaga, Paula Marcovich and Juan Carlos Rulfo, and in animation with the Quay brothers. She has created animated pieces for Canal 22, Semarnat and the Guadalajara Film Festival. Her film Jacinta (2008) won Best Animated Short in the Morelia, Guadalajara and Abu Dhabi festivals, as well as an Ariel. La noria (2012) won Best Mexican Short in GIFF 2012 and another Ariel. She has participated as a juror in many festivals and is currently producing her third short film, Jack y la muerte.

He began his career as a digital artist while living abroad in Japan. His talents allowed him to become the Creative Director at Pine Ridge Partners, a resort holdings company headquartered in Tokyo. Upon returning to the US, Mike completed a degree in film from Chapman University. While still a student, he founded Ember Lab, a VFX, animation and game-development studio whose clients include Coca-Cola, YUM and Hisense. He is responsible for the studio’s content development, art direction, and multinational team of artists.

mexico jury

After studying communication in France and USA, she collaborated on the organization of the Cannes Festival, working for the Marché du Film. She is now Head of Cannes Court Métrage, an entity dedicated to Short Films developed by the Cannes Festival. In parallel, she was the short film programmer for the Abu Dhabi Film Festival since its creation and is the international shorts programmer for Festival Tous Écrans in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also part of selection committees and has participated as a jury member in festivals all over the world.

Currently one of the most talented and highly lauded actors in Mexico and abroad. He studied with Enrique Singer, Carlos Torres Torrija, Mauricio García Lozano, and Luis Felipe Tovar. He continued his studies at a body workshop with Rubi Tagel and has since participated in films such as How I Spent My Summer Vacation (2002), produced by Mel Gibson; Nómadas, directed by Ricardo Benett, starring with Lucy Liu; Chicogrande (2010), directed by Felipe Cazals; Casi Divas (2008), by Issa Lopez; and Déficit (2007), by Gael García Bernal, among others. He portrays Emiliano Zapata in the television series El encanto del águila and starred in Cloroformo. With Días de gracia, by Everardo Gout, he won the Ariel for Best Actor in 2012.

Majored in Math at University of Istanbul and took drama courses in London. She started writing about cinema in 1997 in a weekly supplement of Hürriyet Daily. She worked as the chief editor of Sinema.com, and as a film critic for Sabah Daily for about a decade. Part of FIPRESCI juries for festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Berlin, San Sebastian, and Toronto, she currently does coverage for Radikal Daily as well as for other culture and arts publications. She is an advisor for Istanbul International Film Festival, and member of NETPAC.