Shekhar Kapur Jury Chairman
Shekhar Kapur describes himself as someone caught in the adventure of life. And never sees himself as a filmmaker, but someone caught in the adventure of film making.
He is known for films made both in India and in the West. In India, he has had box office hits like Masoom, Mr India, and the controversial Bandit Queen. His Elizabeth and its sequel Golden Age garnered several Oscar nominations and two wins between them in the West. Kapur’s films tend to move across genres.
He also makes documentaries, short films and commercials and has of late turned to social media to tell stories. He lectures
and teaches worldwide on communication, media and technology, and the impact of new media on storytelling. He feels that New Media allows the democratisation of film as a medium of expression, taking away the control that a few hold over the art of storytelling.
Kapur is an active environmentalist and water is a major issue that concerns him. He is set to make Paani, a feature film around future water wars in Mumbai. The film is seeking what he calls “a team as passionate about the issue as I am”.
Currently he is working on virtual reality as a means of storytelling and is designing a VR film on Buddha’s enlightenment. He is also working a lot on television in the West now where he claims “the best
stories are being told”. He is currently preparing for a major TV series on the life of William Shakespeare, and is writing another on Cleopatra.
Kapur started life as a chartered accountant and a management consultant in the UK before breaking away and devoting his life to creative and artistic expression. He also designs art
installations worldwide often in collaboration with the famous architect David Adjaye.
Julia Jentsch Actress, Germany
German actress Julia Jentsch was born in Berlin in 1978. There she studied acting at Ernst Busch Academy of Dramatic Art. Jentsch began her acting career at Münchner Kammerspiele where she played Desdemona in Shakespeare’s Othello and Sophocles’ Antigone. In 2004, she had her breakthrough with the movie The Edukators by Hans Weingartner. One year later Jentsch played the title role in Marc Rothemund’s Sophie Scholl – The Final Days, which was nominated for an Academy Award. For her role as Sophie Scholl she won an award as Best European Actress, best actress at Deutscher Filmpreis and the Silver Bear at Berlinale Film Festival. Moreover, Julia Jentsch played in Effie Briest (2009, Hermine Huntgeburth), The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012, Antonin Svoboda), Hannah Arendt (2012, Margarethe von Trotta) and The
Have-Nots (2015, Florian Hofmeister). Julia Jentsch lives in
Zürich , Switzerland, with her husband and daughter.
JEON Kyu-hwan Director, Korea
JEON Kyu-hwan had a unique career path in becoming an influential film director. He made his directorial debut without having any formal educational background. Starting with Mozart Town, his debut feature in 2008, he made the Town trilogy, including Animal Town (2009) and Dance Town (2010) by employing an arthouse film production method. Town trilogy shed light on the shady and lonesomeness from the hidden sides of brilliant modern day metropolitan city by employing different approaches in all three films. A number of his films have won awards and accolades around the world. His Town trilogy has been invited for the special screenings. JEON Kyu-hwan’s films have been showcased in Geneva, New York, Denver and London. His 2011 film From Seoul to Varanasi shifted direction and was set in India, to present a torrid love affair between a man and a woman. This film has been officially invited for a second straight year since 2011’s Dance Town to the Panorama section of the Berlin Film Festival in 2012.
Michael Radford Director/Screenwriter, UK
Michael Radford was born in India of a British father and an Austrian mother, brought up in the Middle East, and educated at Oxford University and the National Film and Television school. He 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 (Director’s Fortnight), selected as best movie of the year by Cahiers du Cinema and winner of the Prix Henry Langlois, the Bafta Award for best newcomer, and 15 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.
He then directed White Mischief, his third film with producer Simon Perry and cinematographer Roger Deakins, starring Greta Scacchi, followed by his most famous film: Il Postino, for which he won five Academy Award
nominations (including best director, best screenwriter and best picture), two BAFTA awards for Best Director and Best Foreign Movie, and more than 20 other awards worldwide.
Suha Arraf Director, Screenwriter and Producer
Suha Arraf was born in the Palestinian village of Melyia, near Lebanon. She began her film career as a documentary film-maker. Her docu-film Women of Hamas (2010) received 13 awards at international film festivals.
Suha’s first two screenplays, The Syrian Bride and Lemon Tree both directed by well-known director Eran Riklis, received international acclaim, with the latter winning the Best Screenplay Award at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Her first feature 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 “Top 10 Screenwriters to Watch”.
2004: Good Morning Jerusalem, Documentary
2007: Hard Ball, Documentary
2010: Women of Hamas, Documentary
2014: Villa Touma, Feature
2004: The Syrian Bride
2008: Lemon Tree
2014: Villa Touma