Giona A. Nazzaro (born in Zurich, Switzerland). General Delegate of the Venice International Film Critic’s Week. Programmer and curator for Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland). Member of the board of the SNCCI (Union of Italian film critics). He was a member of the selection committee for the Torino Film Festival, programmer for the Festival dei Popoli (Florence, Italy) and works for the Festival del Film di Locarno. Worked also in the selection committee of the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma. He curated the art exhibition Il di/segno del cinema – The De/Sign of Cinema (2015, Cagliari, Italy). Film journalist and a writer. Author of many books and essays on Hong Kong Cinema and postmodern action films, contributes regularly for the newspaper “il manifesto”. He writes also for the Italian weekly Film Tv and is part of Filmcritica’s editorial committee. His first collection of fiction short stories has been published in 2010. Critic in chief for monthly music magazine Rumore, he contributes for websites such as Filmidee, MicroMega.it and Film parlato.
Pedro Pimenta started his film career with the National Film Institute of Mozambique in 1977. Since then, he has produced, co-produced or line produced numerous short fiction, documentaries and feature films in his country as well as in other African countries such as Angola, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and South Africa. He is a co- founder of Ebano Multimedia, leading independent production company in Mozambique. Between 1997 and 2003, Pedro was the Chief Technical Adviser of the UNESCO Zimbabwe Film & Video Training Project for Southern Africa in Harare. As part of his function he conceived and managed various training programs in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia. He is one of the founders of AVEA (Audio Visual Entrepreneurs of Africa). He is the founder and Director of DOCKANEMA, a documentary film festival in Mozambique, consult with the National Audiovisual and Film Institute (INAC) and until November 2015 Director of the Durban International Film Festival. Pedro founded and is currently the Program Director of the Joburg Film Festival (JFF) which first edition took place in October 2016.
Kamal Aljafari is a film director and artist from Palestine. His filmography includes ‘Recollection’ (2015), ‘Port of Memory’ (2009) and ‘The Roof’ (2006). Jafari’s films have been screened in numerous film festivals including Locarno, Torino, Rotterdam, Fidmarseille as well as museums including Tate Modern and MoMa in NYC. He was a featured artist at the 2009 Robert Flaherty Film Seminar in New York, and in 2009/2010 was the Benjamin White Whitney Fellow at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute and Film Study Center. From 2011 to 2013 he was head of the directing program for the German Film and Television Academy (DFFB) in Berlin. In 2016 he was a jury member in the Torino Film Festival and showcases of his work took place at Lussas Film Festival in France and at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal.
After finishing a Master degree in European politics (UCL, Belgium - 2007), Amel Bouzid attends the Production Certificate courses at the IAD. In 2008, She joins force with the team of Novak prod as a production assistant and works on several international projects like OUT-O-THE-LAW by Rachid Bouchareb, THE TASTE OF BLUEBERRIES by Thomas de Their and lately DEATH BY DEATH, by Xavier Seron. She acted as an associate producer for LAGY ESO a short film by Denes Nagy (Premiere at La Quinzaine – Cannes 2013), and as executive producer for THE MAN WITH HARPOON a transmedia documentary by Isabelle Christiaens, then for AND ROMEO MARRIED JULIETTE, a short film by Hinde Boujemaa (Best Muhr Short - Dubai International Film Festival 2014). Currently, she is developing and fund raising for several feature documentaries for cinema and TV. Membre of Rotterdam Film Lab (2015) – Cannes Producers Workshop (2015) - Eurodoc (2017).