International Jury
Alisa Khazanova
Theater and film actress, director. She graduated from the Moscow Dance Academy as dance performer and choreographer and also from Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance. Alisa interned in The Julliard School in New York in the United States. She was awarded with Young Choreographers Prize at Vaganova Ballet Academy's competition. From 1993—1999 she performed solo in Quixote, Swan Lake, Spartacus, The Golden Age, Capriccio, and other shows. As a choreographer she was involved in the Variety Theater's shows Birds and Goodbye Marlene Hello. She has contributed to various art projects: 6th Layer by Elena Ulantseva, an exhibition at the New York Art Gallery, and the Moscow Architecture Museum. As an actress, Alisa has performed on stage at Praktika, Polytheater and Stanislavsky Electrotheater; participated in Texture International Festival's projects, as well as those by the Dyagilev Festival and International Festival - Contemporary Art School TERRITORIЯ. In 2016, she made the feature film Middleground as director, writer and actress. The film had its Moscow premiere in November 2017, and its New York premiere in May 2018. Alisa was jury president at the Moscow International Film Festival in 2019. Among her latest film works are roles in The Land of Oz (directed by Vasily Sigarev), About Love (produced by Anna Melikyan, directed by Nina Merkulova), The Humorist (directed by Mikhail Idov), Feya (directed by Anna Melikyan), Groza (directed by Grigory Konstantinopolsky).
Darya Zhuk
Darya Zhuk is a director sharing her time between Minsk and Brooklyn. Since 2019, she teaches directing at Montclair State University in New Jersey. A Harvard graduate, Darya also has a Masters degree in directing from Columbia University. In 2018, Darya completed her feature film debut Crystal Swan, which went on to become the first film in 22 years to be submitted for Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language by Belarus, the director's home country. Crystal Swan had its world premiere at Karlovy Vary Film Festival, after which the film thrived on the festival circuit at fifty international festivals. It won top awards at film festivals in Odessa, Tbilisi and Almaty, the best film award in "Co-production" competition in Vyborg, Programmers Award in Atlanta, audience awards at Pacific Meridian Film Festival in Vladivostok, as well as Russian film festivals in Paris and Rostov-on-Don (Bridge of Arts), FIPRESCI award in Bratislava, and more. In 2019, the film won a Russian Film Academy Award "Nika" as Best Picture of CIS and Baltic countries. The film has been theatrically released in Belarus, Ukraine and Russia, and scheduled for release in Canada, China, and the US.
Joe Bini
Joe Bini is an editor, writer and director best known for his long-time collaboration with Werner Herzog, on such notable documentaries as, "Little Dieter Needs to Fly," "Grizzly Man," "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," and "Into the Abyss," and narrative films such as "Rescue Dawn," and "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans." He has worked with Lynne Ramsay on "We Need To Talk About Kevin" and "You Were Never Really Here," and Andrea Arnold on "American Honey." He directed a live theater/film piece about the Kronos Quartet called "A Thousand Thoughts," which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and has a second live narration film piece in circulation called "Little Ethiopia," which he performs with his partner, Maya Hawke.
Emir Baigazin
Born in 1984 in Alga Province in Kazakhstan, Emir Baigazin studied at the Kazakh National Academy of Arts in Almaty, majoring in film direction and cinema. In September 2007, he studied in the Asian Film Academy (AFA) at the Busan International Film Festival, and in February 2008, at the Berlinale Talents Campus of the 58th Berlin International Film Festival. Since 2013, he is a member of the Asian Pacific Screen Awards (Australia).
His debut feature Harmony Lessons (written, directed and edited by) celebrated its premiere in the Berlinale Competition 2013, making Baigazin the first ever filmmaker from Kazakhstan to take part in the contest. The film won a Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution and the Morgenpost Readers' Award among other recognitions.
Emir's next full-length feature, The Wounded Angel (written, directed and edited by) premiered in the official selection of the Berlin international Film Festival in February 2016. The Wounded Angel was selected for a number of international festival and received the grand prix of Funf Seen Filmfestival Special Jury Prize at the Jeonju festival in may 2016 and the Blue Angel for Best Director at the Kosice Art Film Fest in June 2016. Emir Baigazin's next feature, Would You Like to Stargaze?, received the Hubert Bals Foundation's grant for script development in 2015. The film premiered at the Anomimul Film Festival in Romania in 2018, and Baigazin won an award for "contribution to world cinema's beauty." In 2018, the director released The River: the third part of the "Aslan Trilogy," initiated by Harmony Lessons and The Wounded Angel. The film won the directing award of the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival, and the Holywood Foreign Press Association's residence award.
Maurizio Braucci
Born in Naples, Italy, in 1966, is an italian novelist and screenwriter. As a screenwriter he co-wrote for: Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, 2008, Reality, 2012), Abel Ferrara (Napoli Napoli Napoli, 2009, Pasolini, 2014), Leonardo di Costanzo (The interval 2012, The intruder 2016), Giuseppe Gagliardi (Tatanka 2010), Francesco Munzi (Black souls, 2014), Claudio Giovannesi (Piranhas, 2019), Pietro Marcello (Lost and beautiful, 2015, Martin Eden 2019). With Piranhas he won the Silver Bear for Best Screenplay at Berlin International Film festival 2019. With Gomorrah he won the EFA 2008, the Chicago International Film Festival 2008, and the David di Donatello 2009 as best screenwriter. With Black Souls won the David di Donatello and the Nastri d'argento 2015 as best screenwriter. He directed the short film Room 52 in competition at 2016 Venice Festival and the short A Boy Is First and Foremost a Boy, 2019. He lives in Naples where beside his very accomplished film writings he also is involved in many social projects for the underprivileged young people, specifically as art director of 'Arrevuoto - Theatre and Pedagogy.