Juries of the 2020 edition

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY JURY

  • FLORIAN CASCHERA
    Florian Caschera, aka Sing Sing, authored five records of heretic and beaten-up songs with Éloïse Decazes, the other half of the duet Arlt, which has been active for more than 10 years. Their latest album, Soleil Enculé, came out just before winter 2019. Caschera is also the founder of the literary festival Tremble Parlure, and he hosts discussions with writers on a regular basis. He’s currently finishing his first novel. The rest of the time, he goes to the movies.
  • STÉPHANE MERCURIO
    In her documentary films, Stéphane gives voice to those who are invisible: the homeless with Cherche avenir avec toit; Quand la caravane reste portrays daily life in a small camp site. À côté (2008) about detainees’ families is her first film for cinema and won many awards. She continued her work on prisons with A l’ombre de la république and Après l’ombre. With Christophe Otzenberger, she made Petits arrangements avec la vie, Christophe’s last film. Her film Mourir ? Plutôt crever !, a portrait of the cartoonist Siné also was on theatrical release. In August 2016/17, she filmed a “documentary ballad” published on Facebook: Les Parisiens d’août. She often uses photography, and works with the theatre director, Didier Ruiz. Her latest film L’un vers l’autre is the result of this collaboration.
  • HANIA MROUÉ
    Hania Mroué is the founder and director of Metropolis Cinema, the only art house movie theatre in Lebanon, opened in 2006. She started in 2010 MC Distribution, a company dedicated to selling and distributing Arab and International independent titles in the MENA region. She is a founding member of the association Beirut DC (created in 1998), to promotes and support independent Arab films. For 10 years she was the Managing Director of Beirut DC’s Arab film Festival Ayam Beirut al Cinema’iya. From 2010 to 2012, she was Chief Arab Programmer at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival. She served as jury member at several prestigious film festivals around the world such as Cannes (Semaine de la Critique in 2017) and Berlin (First Feature Competition in 2012). She just joined the team of the Marrakesh International Film Festival as consultant for Arab film programming and industry events.
  • TERUTARÔ OSANAÏ
    Producer, programmer, translator and Kyoto University creative arts graduate. Since his arrival in Paris in 2003, he has collaborated on numerous projects involving Japanese cinema in Europe, such as: consultant on Japan for the 3 Continents Festival, Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Shinji Somai retrospectives at the Cinémathèque Française, and an international coproduction workshop, Gateway for Directors Japan. He is particularly involved in driving the emergence of the new generation of independent Japanese filmmakers, such as Koji Fukada, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Leo Sato and Katsuya Tomita, whose films Bangkok Nites (2016) and Tenzo (2019) he produced. He is also developing a project for image education in disadvantaged rural areas in Japan.
  • CRISTINA PICCINO
    Journalist and critic, she lives and works between Rome and Milan. She soon began writing film reviews for the national daily Il manifesto, where she joined the editorial team in the 1990s and eventually became head of staff. She also contributed to specialized journals (Filmcritica), other magazines and newspapers (Amica, Grazia, local dailies) and radio and television programs (Telepiù). She was a selection consultant for the Bellaria Film Festival between 2007 and 2011 and is currently on the selection committee for Milan’s Filmmaker Festival. She was co-editor of the books Peter Whitehead. Cinema, musica, rivoluzione and Eyal Sivan. Il cinema di un’altra Israele, and contributed to various collective monographs and publications. She also teaches classes in journalism and training courses for film critics.

SHORT FILM AND FIRST FILM JURY

  • FRANÇOIS BONENFANT
    Born in Brussels. Since September 2010 he’s in charge of the pedagogical fields of cinema and visual arts of Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains. Between 2005 an 2010 he was also responsible for the programme Fenêtre sur le court métrage contemporain at the Cinémathèque française. He worked with film festivals both in France and abroad (Cinéma du réel, Côté Court, IndieLisboa…). As a film critic, he collaborated with the Bref magazine. In 2013, he made his first film (Ce que mon amour doit voir) and a second one, as a variation, in 2017 (CQMDV).
  • MIGUEL DIAS
    In 1993 founded Curtas Vila do Conde – International Film Festival, where is currently director and programmer. Director of Agência – Portuguese Short Film Agency, for the promotion, sales and international distribution of Portuguese short films. Producer of several short films. Curator of short films and Portuguese contemporary cinema retrospectives and film events. Programmer for the Short Film Day in Portugal. Producer in the film department of Porto 2001 – European Capital of Culture, including production of films and the launching of the international documentary and new media festival Odisseia Nas Imagens.
  • ELENA LÓPEZ RIERA
    Elena López Riera, born in Orihuela (Spain), is a PhD graduate in audiovisual communication, visual artist and filmmaker. In 2008, she settled in Switzerland, where she teaches film and comparative literature at Geneva university and the HEAD. In 2015, she directed her first short, Pueblo, screened at the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2016, her short, The Entrails, was selected by Locarno Festival. Her latest short, Those Who Lust, was part of the international selection at Cinema du reel in 2019. She also co-founded the Lacasinegra collective, which researches and experiments with new audiovisual devices and with whom she co-directed the feature, Pas à Genève, as well as many workshops and installations. She has worked as programmer for Entrevues Belfort festival, Sevilla European Film Festival and Visions du réel, where she has sat on the selection committee since 2017. She is currently preparing her first feature film, El agua.

LIBRARY JURY

  • THIERRY BARRIAUX (Bibliothèque Oscar Niemeyer du Havre)
  • CATHERINE GEOFFROY (Bibliothèque municipale de la Goutte d’Or, Paris 18e)
  • ALEXIA PECOLT (Médiathèque Boris Vian de Tremblay)
  • MARIE-CLÉMENCE PAES
    Born in Madagascar She has a master degree in Sociology and a Marketing CELSA Diploma Sorbonne. Since 1988, she runs Laterit productions, a Paris based independent company that highlight oral cultures through films, books and music. Previous films made with Cesar Paes such as Angano… Angano… tales from Madagascar or Aux guerriers du silence, have been awarded at Cinema du reel. Fahavalo Madagascar 1947, her first documentary as director, has been released in France in January 2019.

YOUNG JURY

  • EMERIC GALLEGO (Université Paris 8)
  • SAVANNAH GARCIA (EHESS)
  • VINCENT JONDEAU (Université Paris 8)
  • MARVIN JOULIGNEU (Collectif Tribudom)
  • JULIE MARÉCHAL (EHESS)
  • ANGÈLE MESCHIN (Université Paris 10)
  • CATALINA VILLAR
    Colombian director, installed in France since 1984 where she studied at EHESS, then at Ateliers Varan and at FEMIS. She joined the Varan Workshops where she creates workshops in Colombia, Venezuela, Albania. Teacher at La Femis, at Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona), EICTV (Cuba), at the University of Valle (Colombia). Some of her films : Medellin notebooks, Toto la Momposina, a voice for Colombia, Patricio Guzman a Chilean story, Welcome to Colombia, Invent a country for me, La Nueva Medellin, Children’s ills, adults words, Camino.

OTHER JURIES

  • THE BOIS-D’ARCY REMAND CENTRE PRISONERS’ JURY
    Will award the Bois-d’Arcy Remand Centre Prisoners’ Award to a competing short film.
  • IMAGES EN BIBLIOTHÈQUES NATIONAL COMMISSION
    Composed of librarians, the commission selects recent documentaries for distribution in libraries.