Jury

Jury of the AFA Online Film Competition

By alphabetical order

Better known as (Tariq Akreyi) was born in May 1st 1962 in Aqre Town. He accomplished highs-school in Kirkuk 1977, and acquired Diploma in Theatre-Directing from the Fine Arts Institute of Mosul 1984. He worked as teacher of the artical arts from 1987 up to 2015. Currently, he works in the department of Public Relations in the Ministry of Culture, KRG. Tariq Akreii wrote his first scenario back in 1983. And his first experiment in film directing was in 1998, the last one was in 2019. Further, he experienced most of the works related to film-making in cinema and TV such as a technician, actor, producer scenarist etc

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Habib Bavisajed is an independent filmmaker from the south of Iran. He has been producing short films and documentaries for years. He has participated in some International festivals and has won prizes. Hewas also a member of the jury in a number of national and international festivals (Oman 10th Film Festival).
Last year, he decided to produce his first cinematic feature film entitled “Sami”.
He finished “Sami” after sixty sessions of shooting in Ahvaz, the hottest and most polluted city in the world (53 degrees) and the south border areas which have been mine fields during the war. Bavi Sajed has used real people playing themselves in order to enhance realism in his film.

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Dalil Belkhoudir is a contemporary Italian-Algerian artist.
Originally from the city of Annaba in northeastern Algeria.
He moved to the Italian capital at the end of the eighties where he joined the cultural association “Politecnico XX Arte”. He organizes and participates in numerous personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and in several other countries.
Multidisciplinary he is at the same time sculptor, painter, photographer, director.
Known in particular for his gigantic artistic installations in many European capitals and his numerous theatrical scenographies, he is also the founder of the artistic movement Art Act. In Italy in the early 1990s
Back in Algeria, he devoted his last years to the initiation of young Algerians to visual arts.
In 2019 he realizes within the framework of his artistic workshops dedicated to young people the first “green” film in the history of Algerian cinema (“Backward”) a film entirely made using solar panels as the only energy source and he chooses the theme of illegal emigration which is a topical issue in this part of the Mediterranean.
At the beginning of 2020 he founded the first virtual international short film festival in Algeria (Domum festival) which was a great success.
Rich of this extraordinary experience and with an exceptional health situation marked by the almost total cessation of all cultural activities he decided to create the first monthly international virtual festival of short film in Algeria and the Arab world (the Digital Gate international film festival) which is confirmed from edition to edition as one of the major cultural events in times of pandemic.

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Dr Bouchaib El Messaoudi is a rheumatologist. Member and founder of numerous scientific and civil societies.

Director, filmmaker. Technical diploma in audiovisual (production). Director of the Khouribga International Documentary Film Festival, Morocco (2008-2018).

Author of the book “The Documentary The Origin of Cinema” (2012), and of a collection of short stories “Fragments of My Life, Something from Reality and Something from Fiction” (2017), and “Medical Culture in Cinema, Through a Sample of Films “(2018), the short story collection: Labyrinth … in the world of medicine” (2019). The short story collection: “Longing and Cheers … their Fragments” (2020), “Cinema and Epidemics” ( 2020). He has participated in collective books: “Chefchaouen in their Eyes” (2012), “Human Rights in the Documentary Film, Manifestations” (2015), “The City and Arts in Cinema” (2016), “Silence in Cinema ”(2018),“ Just like Fingers ”(2018),“ The legend of Moroccan cinema ”(2019), participating in the end of studies project:“ Semiotics of the body in African art ”in Marrakech (2017) and author of the play “Harga” which won the prize for best text in the exclusions of the Beni Mellal Khenifra region of the Society of Friends of the Theater School and third prize for school theater in Khouribga province (2018).President and member of several national and international cinematographic jury.

Director of the award-winning short documentary “Prisoner of Pain”, the documentary “Amghar”, the documentary “Hope” and several short films.

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Grace Brown have worked in film security on many high budget films like Coming to america 2, cobra kai, little and Queen amercia. Mrs. Grace Brown volunteered for the jewish film festival, altlanta film festival hired as a film captain, and 48hr film festival as an actress and director’s assistant and voiceover.

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Luca Coassin was born in Udine, (Friuli) in 1967 and grew up in Budoia, a beautiful small town of 900 inhabitants, located near the mountain areas in the North-Eastern part of Italy.
Surrounded only by the countryside and the paintings of his father, Luca started being a painter since he was a child and a photographer even before he learnt to write his name, so that the world of images turned out to be his job. After getting his high school diploma with a major in science, he moved to Milan to study still life and fashion photography, and then secured a scholarship in Rome at the National film school. As a very lucky student , at the age of 20 he benefitted from training under the leadership of master Giuseppe Rotunno (AIC – ASC ) for 2 years. Always being present on movie sets, and being totally addicted to the shooting of movies, (144 credtits on IMDB) Coassin always had an eye behind the camera. He is the cinematographer of about 30 feature films and 30 documentaries and more than one hundred short films, many of which were selected and won awards at many European and international film festivals Among other rewards, Luca got in 2008 the award for the best cinematography at the Dubai film festival for the movie “CASANEGRA”, a multi-awarded film which represents a milestone for the Moroccan movie industry, but not only for that country.

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Kiandra Tyus earned a Bachelors of Fine Art in Mass Media with emphasis in Broadcast Journalism from Valdosta State University in 2010. While in college, She studied and produced film; however, it was not until she began her career as an educator that she truly developed a passion for film as an art form. In 2015, Kiandra Jones became a certified International Baccalaureate Film Educator, and began teaching Film to high school juniors and seniors. This course focuses on the exploration, analysis and production of film text, techniques, culture, history, as well as international film. Her students have produced various short films, incorporating a plethora of film genres. Under her leadership these students have exceeded global assessment averages; while also earning college credit.

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President of the jury

Sally Shafto is a widely published interdisciplinary film scholar and specialist of the French New Wave, Maghrebi cinema, and international art cinema. She is Guest Faculty at Sarah Lawrence College, where this fall she is teaching a seminar on Maghrebi Cinema and a lecture on Film Noir. During a five-year stay in Morocco (2010–2015), she taught at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Ouarzazate and covered developments in Moroccan and African cinema for two online film journals, Senses of Cinema and Framework. Her book publications include a bilingual study, The Zanzibar Films and the Dandies of May 1968 (Paris Expérimental, 2007), and a translation and editing of the writings of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet (Sequence Press, 2016). Her translation of Jean-Michel Frodon’s monograph on Jia Zhang-ke is forthcoming.