DIFF | Juries | 2012
Muhr Emirati & Short
Mark Adams (President)Mark Adams is a film critic for Screen International and The Sunday Mirror in the UK. He has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International and UK newspapers. Adams was head of programme planning at the National Film Theatre in London and worked as director of cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), in addition to being involved with other film festivals. He has also authored three books on cinema.
Muhr Arab Feature
Bruno Barreto (President)Brazilian director Bruno Barreto has 18 feature films to his credit, including DONA FLOR AND HER TWO HUSBANDS (Golden Globe nomination for Best Foreign Language Film) and FOUR DAYS IN SEPTEMBER (Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film). He is currently working on THE ART OF LOSING, about the poet Elizabeth Bishop.
Muhr Arab Documentary
Michael Apted (President)Michael Apted (born 1941, England) has received several awards for his extensive body of work, including a Grammy, British Academy Awards, a DGA Award and the International Documentary Association's highest honour, the IDA Career Achievement Award. By the order of Queen Elizabeth II., Apted was recently made a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George for his work in the film and television industries. His film credits include THE WORLD IS NOT ENOUGH, CHASING MAVERICKS and his award-winning sequels based on the original 7 UP documentary. Apted is a recipient of the 2012 DIFF Lifetime Achievement Award.
Muhr AsiaAfrica Feature
Chang-dong Lee (President)Chang-dong Lee (born 1954, South Korea) has won the 2008 Special Director’s Prize at the Asian Film Awards and has been nominated for the Golden Lion and Palme d’Or. His latest film POETRY won the Best Screenplay Award at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. His credits include SECRET SUNSHINE (2007), OASIS (2002, Best Director Award at Venice Film Festival) and PEPPERMINT CANDY (2000).
Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary
Mai Masri - (President)Mai Masri is a Palestinian film-maker, whose directing credits include the multiaward-winning HANAN ASHRAWI: A WOMAN OF HER TIME (1995), CHILDREN OF SHATILA (1998) and FRONTIERS OF DREAMS AND FEARS (2001). With her husband Jean Chamoun, she founded MTC and Nour Productions and has produced films such as IN THE SHADOWS OF THE CITY (2000) and HOSTAGE OF TIME (1994).
FIPRESCI Feature & Short
Julie Rigg - (President)Julie Rigg is Radio National's specialist movie critic. She was one of a group of women broadcasters who founded the Australian Women's Broadcasting Co-operative and its weekly radio programme, The Coming Out Show. In 2003, she was awarded the prestigious Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing. Rigg has served on FIPRESCI juries at the San Sebastian Film Festival (1999), the Toronto International Film Festival (2002) and at Venice (2006).
Karsten Kastelan - (President)Karsten Kastelan (born 1970) is a Berlin-based correspondent for The Hollywood Reporter. He also writes for other non-competing outlets (Die Welt, epd Film) and serves as a corporate consultant. He started out in film journalism in 1991 and then moved to Los Angeles to work with legendary producer Roger Corman on several projects. He has worked as an assistant director, publicist, soundman and photographer among other things.