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Jury: International Competition Feature Film

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Ms. Marketa Pasmova - CZECH REPUBLIC

Artistic Director, 62-year-old, Zlin Film Fest.

Mrs. Markéta Pášmová (1975), She graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno. In 1999, she began working as a program organizer at Zlín Film Festival. In 2004, she began working at Zlín Film Festival as head of the program department.

Since January 2013 she has been the artistic director. She is focused on European cinema and is active in the field of educational programs for children and youth. She sits regularly in professional juries of similarly oriented festivals. She is a board member of the foundation FILMTALENT ZLÍN, which supports talented young filmmakers. Markéta Pášmová is the head film programme organizer of the festival, comprehensively covering its dramaturgical composition and line. She develops and maintains domestic and international relations in the realm of film professionals.

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Mr Giancarlo Zappoli - ITALY

A film critic.

He is the managing director of “Mymovies.it” and  the artistic director of Castellinaria – Bellinzona Youth Film Festival. He is also the National President of the Centro Studi Cinematografici (Italy)

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Mr. Michael Harbauer - GERMANY

Founder, Director of 26-year-old Schlingel Int’l Film Festival.

Chairman of Saxon Children’s and Youth Film Service, Germany.

In 1996, Michael Harbauer initiated the SCHLiNGEL International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences. What originally started as a film week with no more than twelve films is now one of the most comprehensive platforms for international and national children’s and youth film in Europe and

also worldwide. As director of the SCHLiNGEL Festival, Michael Harbauer also organizes support measures for the participation of German films in international film festivals, especially outside Europe, with the

SCHLiNGEL International program, as well as independent tours (e.g. Russia, China, Canada, Israel, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Vietnam) regularly in cooperation with the local Goethe-Institutes. In addition to directing the SCHLiNGEL film festival, Michael Harbauer is chairman of the non-profit association

Sächsischer Kinder- und Jugendfilmdienst e.V. (Saxon Children’s and Youth Film Service), which is committed to the theoretical and practical film education of children and young people. Successful international SCHLiNGEL films are integrated into this educational work. By distributing some of

these films, the association even paves their way to the big screen.

In addition, Michael Harbauer is and has been a film commissioner for the important regulatory institutions and advisory boards for film, cinema and television in Germany. Regular participation in international film festival juries and conferences (e.g. in Busan, Guangzhou, Montreal, Cairo, New

Delhi or Tokyo) also contributes to the intensive intercultural dialogue. Since the end of November 2020 Michael Harbauer is a member of the Board of Directors of CIFEJ (International Centre of Films for Children and Young People).

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Ms. Rima Das - INDIA

Multiple National and international winning writer, director, editor & cinematographer.

Her film Village Rockstar was India’s official entry to OSCARS in 2018 that won over 70 different int’l awards. GQ India named Rima Das as one of the Most Influential Young Indians of 2018.

Indian filmmaker, Rima Das is known for making indigenous and realistic stories that explore complicated relationships, finding purpose, coming of age and life amidst nature. Her films ‘Village Rockstars’ and ‘Bulbul Can Sing’ premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, and were screened at over 120 prestigious film festivals around the world winning over 70 Awards including the National Film Awards in India, Village Rockstars was also India’s Official Entry to the Academy Awards ‘Oscars’ 2019. She has donned multiple hats of writer, director, producer, cinematographer, editor for her projects.


GQ India named Rima Das as one of the Most Influential Young Indians of 2018. She is also one of the Brand Ambassadors of Toronto International Film Festivals ‘Share Her Journey’ campaign that champions the cause of gender equality in cinema. She has been on the jury of Berlin International Film Festival Generation 14plus, Mumbai International Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and Zlin Film Festival for Children & Youth.

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Ms. Jo-Anne Blouin - CANADA

Founder, Director of Montreal International Children’s Film Festival.

Life time achievement award winner at Schlingel, Germany

Jo-Anne Blouin has worked in the arts with and on behalf of children for all of her professional career. At the age of 16, in her native Quebec, she began working in theatre for children, and embarked in the heady world of creating collective works for children’s theatre. From theatre, she moved to film for children and created the Montreal International Children’s Film Festival, better known under its French acronym FIFEM. She still acts as CEO and artistic director of the festival that will hold its 25th edition in March 2022.


From 1998 to 2008, she was CIFEJ’s Executive director, where she created the Kids For Kids Festival. She is very familiar with those who produce for children and the wide range of their work. She programs her festival and attends several other international events each year. She believes children should have access to films from many cultures. ‘If we can give children a taste for different films, they will develop a critical capacity. And as adults they will want access to films from all over the world’. In 2017, she was nominated Honorary Member of the European Children Film Association (ECFA), and in 2018 received an Honorary Award from Schlingel festival (Germany). 

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Ms. Mariella Harpelunde Jensen - DENMARK

Director, Scriptwriter, Author and Head of Festival, BUSTER Film festival, Copenhagen.

Mariella Harpelunde Jensen is an autodidact director, scriptwriter, and author from Denmark. She has directed and scripted several TV-series, documentaries, and short films. Mariella is especially known for her work on Nordic TV series and programs for children, including series and films for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation’s channels Ramasjang and Ultra. She has created TV-shows as ‘Barda’, ‘Dansk hulebyg’, and ‘Isas stepz’. Mariella has also written the children’s book: ‘Hulebyggerne’. Today, she works as the head of program at the Danish children’s film festival ‘Buster’.


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Ms. Berit Andersen - NORWAY

Norwegian Film Institute, Head of Children and film education.

Former Film expert at the Norwegian Media Authority.

Berit Andersen is a trained teacher and has a Master’s Degree in Media from the University of Oslo, specializing in film and reception studies. Berit works at the Norwegian Film Institute where she manages the work on children and film education. Berit has many years of experience as a film expert from her previous job at the Norwegian Media Authority, where she worked with classification and ratings of cinema films.

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Mr. Jerzy Moszkowicz - POLAND

Director of Ale Kino! and Children Art’s Centre in Poznań, Poland.

Arts manager and stage director, author of theatre performances, TV films and programmes.

Jerzy Moszkowicz, the director of International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino! and Children Art’s Centre in Poznań, Poland. Arts manager and stage director, author of theatre performances, TV films and programmes for children and young adults. In the past the president of International Centre of Films for Children and Young People – CIFEJ and board member of ECFA – European Children’s Film Association. Jury member of a number of film festivals for children and young people all around the world.

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Mr. Mitsuo Tahira - JAPAN

Director, Producer and founder of Japan’s largest children film festival KINEKO, Tokyo

He has also been member of several international festival juries and curated German film programmes abroad.


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Dr. Madhu Chopra - INDIA

Renowned Film Producer

She has co-founded Purple Pebble Pictures with her daughter Priyanka Chopra and already produced several films including Oscar nominated film The White Tiger & critically acclaimed film Pahuna .

Dr. Madhu Chopra is a powerhouse in her own right… a family physician and an ENT surgeon, she is now a renowned cosmetic aesthetician with a private clinic in Juhu, Mumbai. Dr. Chopra has travelled across the globe to learn and master the many procedures of cosmetic surgery and its ever-changing technology. She excelled scholastically and has a string of illustrious academic achievements. She was a medical practitioner in the Armed Forces for a major part of her professional career. When Priyanka was crowned Miss India, and then Miss World, Dr. Chopra gave up a thriving practice and moved to Mumbai to allow her daughter every opportunity to pursue her dreams. This also led to her managing the formative years of her career, while also being an advisor, directly handling all the financial aspects of her life. This experience has equipped her with the skills necessary to successfully run a production house. While Ms. Priyanka Chopra Jonas makes the creative calls at Purple Pebble Pictures, Dr. Chopra is the financial whiz and handles the business side of things. Together, they are a force to reckon with!
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Ms. Christine L. Medoza - USA

Executive Director of the Urbanworld Foundation NY.

Former Director of Education at Film at Lincoln Center. Author, Educationalist.

Christine L. Mendoza has over two decades of experience in Education and Film. While still a teenager in New York City, Christine produced two award-winning films with the Educational Video Center. Since then, she has published multiple articles and book chapters in her field and has worked teaching film at local institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, The Educational Video Center, NYU and Columbia University. She has also worked internationally using film as an educational tool in Finland, India, Iran, Northern Ireland, South Africa, Spain, Bolivia and Peru. Christine is devoted to her community and has worked with multiple social justice organizations including The Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights, working on civics campaigns for and with latinos to become U.S. Citizens, understand the dynamics of Domestic Violence and Smoking Cessation initiatives. Christine L. Mendoza received her Masters Degree from the Comparative Ethnic Conflict Program at Queens University in Belfast and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Media Studies from Hunter College in NYC. She is currently authoring her first book on “Growing up in Youth Media”, is on the Board of Directors of the International Center of Films for Children and Young People, the Educational Video Center and is a Contemporary Collectors Committee Member for the Museo de Barrio in Harlem, New York. Christine is the former Director of Education at Film at Lincoln Center and the former Director of Development and Programs for the Northern Manhattan Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the inaugural Executive Director of the Urbanworld Foundation. She is also the founder of Christine L Mendoza INC which runs CL Mendoza Education.

Ms. Firdoze Bulbulia - South Africa

Chairperson of The Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa.

Festival Director of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival

Firdoze Bulbulia (MA) African Studies; Ohio University, USA and a BA (Dramatic Arts Honours, WITS University, South Africa); Teacher’s Diploma in English and Afrikaans and a Licentiate (ATCL-LTCL) in Drama from Trinity College, UK. Currently pursuing a PhD (Art, Design & Architecture)
Award-winning feature film documentaries, animations and theatre producer, director and trainer; host of the FShow an online chat through which we discuss contemporary and political topics with high-profile guests from all over the world.
Chairperson of The Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA) hosted the 5th World Summit on Media for Children in 2007 and produced several multi-media productions for radio and television. Firdoze is an international trainer, producer, creating media solutions especially for women and children. She served two mandates as President of the International Centre of Films for Children and Young People -CIFEJ (www.cifej.com). And Co-founder of ABC (Africa’ Best Channel- a children and youth television channel in Nigeria). And the African Animation Studio focusing on Pan-African Animations. She has produced 6-feature films and is currently producing a Legacy Project on Former President Nelson Mandela “Mandela’s Africa”. She is the Festival Director of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival and former Festival Director of Zanzibar International Film Festival (2019)

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Mr. Vassilis Karamistanis - GREECE

President of of ASIFA HELLAS – Hellenic Animation Association , Greece and Animasyros International Animation Fest.

An attorney-at-Law licensed by the Athens Bar, he was the adviser to the culture ministry in Greece.

Born in Athens, in 1976. After finishing school at the Athens College, he studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (GR). Holding postgraduate degrees from the Universities of Rotterdam (NL), Hamburg (D) and Aix-Marseille III (F), he is an attorney-at-Law licensed by the Athens Bar since 2001. Since 2008 he is president of Animasyros International Animation Festival and since 2015 president of ASIFA HELLAS – Hellenic Animation Association. In 2018 he received the title of the Knight in the Order of Letters & Arts of France, while during 2018-2019 he chaired the board of the Greek National Opera. He is vice-president of CIFEJ – International Center of Films for. Children & Young People.
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Mr. Hamed Soleimanzadeh - IRAN

International Film Critic, Researcher, Filmmaker, Actor, Author.

Member of FIPRESCI, 74th Cannes & 72th Berlin Film Festival Jury.

Hamed Soleimanzadeh is an International Film Critic, Researcher, Filmmaker, Actor, Author, Translator, and a University Professor. He is an official member of The International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). He Is holding a Ph.D. degree in Film Studies and he is currently working with the UDK University in Berlin as a researcher in the field of Film and Philosophy. So far he has been among the jury members of many international film festivals like the 72nd Berlin Film Festival in Germany, 74th Cannes Film Festival in France, 44th Göteborg International Film Festival in Sweden, 25th Schlingel International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences in Germany, etc.
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Ms. Liset Cotera - MEXICO

Film educator & producer, Founder and director of the children’s film festival LaMatattena, Mexico

Degree in Social Communication. Founder and Director of the International Film Festival for Children (…and not so Children) in Mexico for 27 years and also of La Matatena, Association of Film for Girls and Boys, A.C.

Film producer made by children, specialist in the production, design and creation of methodologies to teach and introduce kids to the world of moving images to impulse them to make their own short films.

In 2021, La Matatena, AC, received the Medal of Arts from the local Chamber of Deputies of Mexico City, in recognition of the entire team of the association, for our work in favor of cultural rights. of girls, boys and youth in our City. I also consider myself a defender of the children rights. 

Jury: International Competition Shorts

Ms. Alejandra Fritis - CHILE

Documentary film director, producer, and founder.

Director of the Valparaíso International Film Festival for Children and Youth “Ojo de Pescado”

Alejandra Fritis Zapata, film producer and documentary filmmaker, especialist in cinema contents to children and young audiences, trainer in teaching-learning process on audiovisual literacy and filmmaking with children, youth and diverse communities. Foundress and director of “Ojo de Pescado” International Film Festival of Children and Youth (Chile) and International Seminar “The chilhood wants cinema” (Latin America), events will have their 11th and 4th edition in 2022. Also, she is the director of “My rural school” (2023), documentary television serie about children, teachers,  schools and rural education in Chile

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Ms. Jaroslava Hynštová - CZECH REPUBLIC

Acclaimed film programmer, founder of theatre group in Luhačovice

She is the screenwriter and director of more than 10 comedy plays based on different film genres.

Jaroslav Hynštová was born in 1977. She studied at the Palacky University in Olomouc, Czech Republic, major Film studies and English philology. She has been working as a film programmer at Zlín Film Festival – International Film Festival for Children and Youth since 2005. As a Zlín Film Festival representative she participated in the juries all around the world (e.g. South Korea, Estonia, Sweden, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, India, Japan). She also works as a lecturer during Zlín Film Festival summer camps (screenwriting, guidance of TV studio making). She was also a regional cultural correspondent for the biggest Czech newspape. She translated films for Zlín Film Festival and worked as a guest manager for the small film festival Eurofilm in the spa town Luhačovice. She is a founder of an amateur theatre group in her home town Luhačovice, she is the screenwriter and director of more than 10 comedy plays based on different film genres.

Mr. Pantelis Panteloglou - GREECE

Deputy Artistic Director of the Olympia International Film Festival for Children and Young People.

Pantelis Panteloglou has studied Social Anthropology in Athens and has an MA on Social Exclusion and Minorities. He has been working in audiovisual sector, cinema and theater since 2003 in various creative and organizational positions. Since 2011, he has worked for Olympia International Film Festival’s for Children and Young People film selection, printed material, international relations and exchanges and translations. He is currently the deputy artistic director of OIFF. In February 2022 he was elected a member of the board of the European Children’s Film Association.

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Mr. Maciej Jakubczyk - POLAND

Film education, production & distribution expert, Head of Kids Kino International Film Festival and Kids Kino Industry, Warsaw.

Head of Kids Kino International Film Festival and Kids Kino Industry and Board Member of New Horizons Association – organizer of the festival. Working in the field of film festival, distribution, film education and production. Used to be an expert on film for young audiences for Polish Film Institute, Europa Cinemas and SOFA. Member of Board of European Children Film Association.

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Mr. Josep Arbiol - SPAIN

President of the MICE Network of Cinema and Education. Media professor and workshop mentor.

Founder and director of Festival “MICE. International Exhibition of Educational Cinema” in
Valencia. Director of MICE in Cuba. Coordinator MICE Argentina. Co-director MICE Sàhara.
Coordinator with MICE Madrid Cultural Manager. Independent audiovisual producer. School
teacher. Director of the Festival Pantalla Alborache. Children’s and youth film festival in rural
President of the MICE Network of Cinema and Education
He was born in Estivella (Valencia) in 1962. He has a long career in audiovisual media. His
mentoring in educational films with children has been awarded at numerous festivals. Most of the
artistic activities he has carried out are educational. Their job is to provide more channels for
young people’s creativity. He is a member of ECFA, UNIAL and the board of directors of CIFEJ.

Fundador y director durante del Festival “MICE. Muestra Internacional de Cine Educativo” en
Valencia. Director de MICE en Cuba. Coordinador MICE Argentina. Co-director MICE Sàhara.
Coordinador con MICE Madrid Gerente cultural. Productor audiovisual independiente. Maestro de
escuela. Director del Festival Pantalla Alborache. Festival de cine infantil y juvenil en áreas
Presidente de toda la Red MICE de Cine y Educación
Nació en Estivella (Valencia) en 1962. Tiene una larga trayectoria en medios audiovisuales. Su
mentorización en películas educativas con niños ha sido galardonada en numerosos festivales.
La mayoría de las actividades artísticas que ha llevado a cabo son educativas. Su trabajo es
proporcionar más canales para la creatividad de los jóvenes. Es miembro de ECFA, de UNIAL y
de la junta directiva del CIFEJ


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Namrah Sheikh

Film student at Amity University Dubai

I have limited experience working in professional settings. However, I have worked on my university assignments
and projects that have given me experience in all aspects of the film industry like directing, editing, cinematography, talent search, screenwriting, and production setup.


Amine is 13 years old and is in grade secondary 2 in high school in Quebec city. He loves Japanese movies and dreams of travelling to Japan. He enjoys good cinema and being part of a jury for a film festival. He first met Jitendra Mishra in Spain in 2019 when he was a youth jury for MICE festival. He remembers being moved by the film Halkaa which pictured children from India. He is looking forward to discovering more world cinema at SIFFCY 2022.

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Hello! My name is Nikolas, I am 12 years old, I come from Prague in Czech Republic. I live in India for 3 and half years now. I also lived in Minsk in Belarus and in Almaty in Kazakhstan. I like movies because they are entertaining and a piece of art. I like detective movies most of all. I like to build things out of Lego, I like to do scale modelling of planes and I also like sports like cycling and skiing. I like to read realistic fiction books, I like books by Jules Verne. I like to listen to classical music, I like Dvorak the most. It is a pleasure for me to watch the movies and be part of the jury. I really appreciate it. I am looking forward to it! Yours sincerely, Nikolas Kubik

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