Julio Bressane , Chairman International Jury
Júlio Bressane Eduardo is a Brazilian filmmaker and writer. He is a representative of Brazilian Cinema Marginal. In 1967 Bressane debuted as director with ‘Face to Face’, then selected for the Festival of Brasilia. In 1970 he founded Belair Movies with fellow filmmaker Rogerio Sganzerla. His film Cleopatra was screened at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, in the catagory of Mostra Venezia Maestri (Venice Masters Exhibition), as well as being named best film of the 40th Festival de Brasília Film in November 2007.
Nadia Dresti, International Jury
Artistic Direction Delegate, Locarno Film Festival, Switzerland
Nadia Dresti began her career in the movie business in 1984, with the Festival del film Locarno. In 1988 she joined the 20th Century Fox-Columbia TriStar Office in Geneva as Marketing Director for Switzerland. In 1990 she founded her own company, Zero Problem, specialized in film promotion, public and press relations. For 8 years she was also an active member of the Commission in charge of film culture, promotion and marketing of the Federal Office of Culture (Swiss Ministry of Culture).
In 1998 she began working with the Marché du Film de Cannes and the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. At both festivals she was in charge of buyers for a number of years. Meanwhile, in 1999, she became a member of the Locarno Festival Selection Committee and was nominated Head of the Locarno Industry Office. Since then she has played an important role in the growth of this department. In 2006 Nadia Dresti was nominated Delegate of the Artistic Direction of the Festival del film Locarno. In 2010 she launched the Industry Days and became Head of International in 2013.Since 2012 she is a member of the Federal Commission for Cinema (CFC).
Jahnu Barua, International Jury
Jahnu Barua is an internationally acclaimed Indian film director from Assam He has directed a number of Assamese and Hindi films. He is considered as one of the pioneers in Assamese parallel cinema. He is best known outside Assam for his Hindi film ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara’, a drama which uses the principles of Gandhism for its thematic backstory. His films have been recognized nationally and Internationally.
Maxine Williamson, International Jury
Head of Asia Pacific Screen Awards, Brisbane, Australia
A specialist in independent and foreign language film with over two decades in the industry, Maxine Williamson joined the Asia Pacific Screen Awards (APSA) in 2007, its inaugural year, to establish the brand, awards competition and filmmaker network.
Along with directing the awards competition, Maxine sits on the APSA International Nominations Council and short listing panels each year and manages the APSA Academy and the exclusive film development funds available for its members, a 700-strong academy of elite film practitioners’ from Asia Pacific.
During 2007 – 2009 she was creative content producer on the APSA documentary series Scene by Scene promoting the films and filmmakers of Asia Pacific, broadcast yearly on CNN International and on ABC network during 2010 – 2011.
In 2014, Maxine was also appointed Film Director of the Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival (BAPFF), Queensland’s premier screen culture event. She is a member of NETPAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and APN (Asia Pacific Producer’s Network) and has served on Juries for the Berlin, Fajr, Ladakh, Eurasia and Göteborg International Film Festivals. Maxine has a Bachelor Degree in Film and Television Production majoring in writing/directing.
Newton Aduaka, International Jury
Film Maker UK / Nigeria
Newton Aduaka is an internationally acclaimed film director, who hails from Nigeria. He has achieved a handful of accolades and appreciations from around the globe. Aduaka left for England to study Engineering but discovered Cinema and attended the London International Film School, graduating in 1990. In 1997 he established Granite Film Works. In 2001 Newton’s debut feature film Rage, released in Britain, which got international acclamation. Between 2005 and 2007 he co-wrote, directed and executive produced Ezra, his first non-independently funded film, for Arte France. In 2001-2002 he was Filmmaker in Residence at Festival de Cannes’ Cinéfondation in Paris.