Feature and Short Narrative Films Competition Jury 2018
Diamand Bou Abboud
Jury 2018 Feature and Short Documentary Competition
Giona A. NAZZARO
Kaouther Ben Hania
Thierno Ibrahima DIA
Jury 2018 Debut Film Competition « Taher Cheriaa Award »
President of the Jury of the Official Feature Fiction and Short Fiction
Deborah Young is International Film Editor for the Hollywood Reporter and a
well-known film critic. She has been a consultant for several film festivals
including Venice, Tribeca and New Italian Cinema Events. From 2007-2011 she
was artistic director of the Taormina Film Festival.
Licínio Azevedo is a Brazilian film-maker and scriptwriter; he
moved around Africa during the wars of liberation. Now based
in Mozambique, he took part in training workshops organized
by Ruy Guerra and Jean-Luc Godard at the National Film In
stitute of Mozambique. His films include Le train de sel et de
sucre, which won the 2017 JCC Golden Tanit.
Diamand Bou Abboud
Diamand Bou Abboud is a Lebanese actress and director. She has a DEA from the Lebanese
University's Institute of Fine Arts, where she now teaches acting and directing.
She co-wrote the film Void, which has received several prizes (Golden Murex for the Best
Actress, Jury's Special Prize at the Alexandria Festival, best scenario at the Malmo Arab Film
Festival in Sweden.
Her short film Semicolon won the Jury's Special Prize at the Beirut European Film Festival.
She has acted in many other films such as Stable Unstable (2013), A Syrian Family (2017) and
The Insult (2017). She was also a member of the jury of the Namur Film Festival 2018.
Ridha Behi is a Tunisian film director and producer. His first two feature films, Sun of the Hyenas (1977) and Angels (1984), were selected for La Quinzaine des Réalisateurs in Cannes. Swallows Do Not Die in Jerusalem won the 1994 JCC International Critics Prize. The Magic Box (2002) was selected at the Venice Mostra and won the Special Jury Prize at the JCC. Always Brando was selected at the Toronto Festival. His film Fleur d’Alep was Opening Film at the 50th Carthage Film Festival in 2016.
Maïmouna N’Diaye is a theatre and cinema actress as well as a director of the documentary
films. Warbassanga (1998), Balan (2004), Recréatrales (2003), Amando (2003) and Tranches de
As an actress, she has worked in Senegal, in Guinea and in Burkina Faso. She was awarded the
Best Actress Award for her role in L’œil du cyclone (JCC 2015).
Réalisatrice palestinienne, elle a réalisé plusieurs films, largement récompensés : 33 jours
(2007), Chroniques de Beyrouth (2006), Rêves d’Exil (2001), Les Enfants de Chatila (1998),
Femme de Son Epoque (1995), Les Enfants du Feu (1990),Génération de Guerre – Beyrouth
Beti Ellerson is founder-director of the Centre for the Study and Research of African
Women in Cinema, she has written and spoken widely on African women in cinema, notably
as keynote speaker at the Colloquy on Francophone African Women Film makers held in
Paris in 2012.
She was producer/host of Reels of Colour, a series showcasing independent film making by
people of colour, which aired on Washington DC-area community television from 1997 to
2000. She is author of the book Sisters of the Screen: Women of Africa on Film, Video and
Television (Africa World Press, 2000), and producer of the documentary, Sisters of the
Screen: African Women in Cinema/Cinéma d’Afrique au féminin (2002). Since 1995 she has
taught courses in African Cinema, African Studies, Women Studies and Visual Culture.
Raed Andoni is a Palestinian director and producer born in 1967. A selftaught
director and producer, he started his career in the film industry in
1997. He set up the Dar Films company in Ramallah and in 2008 cofounded
Les Films de Zayna in Paris. He has made several documentaries,
including Improvisation (2005), Fix Me (2009), and Ghost Hunting (2017).
He has won several international prizes, for example at the 2017 Berlinale
and the 2011 Buenos Aires Festivals.
Laza is a Malagasy director and producer. In 2006, he set up the Short Film Meetings
Festival with the backing of the Institut Francais de Madagascar and he is President of
the Madagascar Short Film Meetings Association. He directs his own production structure,
Giona A. NAZZARO :
Giona A. Nazzaro (born in Zurich, Switzerland), has been General Delegate of the Venice
International Film Critic’s Week, programmer and curator for Visions du Réel (Nyon, Switzerland),
and on the board of the SNCCI (Union of Italian film critics). He was a member of the selection
committee for the Torino Film Festival and programmer for the Festival dei Popoli (Florence, Italy)
and works for the Festival del Film di Locarno. He also Worked on 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).
Kaouther Ben Hania
Kaouther Ben Hania has directed several short films which have been successful on the international
festival circuit. Challat of Tunis was her first feature film (ACID, 2014 Cannes Film Festival); Beauty
and the Dogs, her second feature film, was in the 2017 Cannes Official Selection (Un Certain Regard).
She was a member of the Jury at the 2018 Venice Film Festival.
Thierno Ibrahima DIA
Thierno Ibrahima DIA. Senegalese researcher in Arts and
Film Critic. He is Lecturer in Comparative Film at Bordeaux
Montaigne and Niamey Universities. He is the Editor at Africiné,
dedicated to Africa & Diaspora Films (Dakar, www.africine.org)
and he runs Images Francophones (La Francophonie, Paris). He
authored several books, articles and media trainings (Milan,
Dakar, Luxor...). Member of the National Committee on Secularity
(Ligue de l'Enseignement, Paris).
was born in 1957 in Kinshasa. He studied sociology, history and philosophy in
Brussels, Belgium. He took courses in film making in France, the United Kingdom
and the United States. In 1991 he made his first documentary, Dix mille ans de
cinéma, and in 1993 released a second documentary on Thomas Sankara. His first
fiction film was Le Damier – Papa National Oyé! made in 1996. He was a member of
the board of short films at CNC in France from 1999 to 2001. Balufu is a founding
member of the Guild of African Filmmakers and Producers.
Nadia Kaci is an actress; born in Algiers, she lived there until 1993, when she left for Paris.
That year she was noticed in Merzak Allouache's Bab-el Oued City. In 1997 she played an
expatriate Algerian woman in Nouri Bouzid's film Tunisiennes. In 1999 she gave a highly-
coloured performance in Nadir Mokneche's The Harem de Madame Osmane and then had
the lead role in the very much noticed Nationale 7 by Jean-Pierre Sinapi.
As a stage actress, she has appeared in plays like Ziani-Cherif Ayad's La Patio du pays eperdu
and Femmes en quete de terres, a play she wrote and acted in.
Hisham Zaman is a Norwegian film director with kurdish decent. Arguably his breakthrough
film, Bawke (2005) became a hit on the international festival circuit, and has received more
than 40 national and international awards including a nomination for best European short in
2005. In 2007 he directed another noteworthy mid-length film; the comedic drama
"Winterland". In 2013 Zaman made his debut feature "Before Snowfall" - A road movie that
becomes an odyssey from East to west. Zaman won Dragon award for Best Nordic film for
"Before Snowfall” at Gothenburg film festival. The film won also best cinematography at
Tribeca . Just a year after Zaman was ready with his next feature film "Letter to the
King"(2014) and once again was awarded the prestige Dragon award for Best Nordic film and
received also FIPRESCI award at European cinema festival of Lecce.