The Jury

Iwo Bender, Stati Uniti

Graduate of the Catholic University of Lublin (history) and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. For the past 25 years media manager (radio and television), TV producer, print, radio and television journalist (with a brief stint in local politics as a member of the Warsaw City Council). Since 2013 - Eternal Word Television Network manager for East-Central Europe, overseeing the creation and activities of EWTN’s local national affiliates across Europe - from the Netherlands to Ukraine. Jury member of the International Film Festival Niepokalanow.

Galina Evtushenko, Russia

Prof. Galina Evtushenko is a director and producer of documentary and feature films. Born and educated in Voronezh, Russia, she graduated from Voronezh State University in philology and went on to complete her Ph.D. at the renowned All–Russian State Institute of Cinematography (VGIC) in Moscow. She also took and completed additional advanced courses for scriptwriters and directors. As a filmmaker and scholar Evtushenko has participated in a number of international film festivals – in Greece, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Hungary, Sweden, India, the USA, Canada, Brasil, and Israel, sometimes serving as a member of the jury at these festivals. She has also taken part in international forums and workshops in Munich, Ebeltoft, New York, and Jerusalem.  Evtushenko is a member of the Russian Filmmaker’s Union, the Theatrical Union, and the International ICOM. She is currently a Professor at the Russian State University for the Humanities, where she has worked for more than 20 years.  In 2014 and 2017   she was an inviting Professor at the Bologna University and La Sapienza University in Rome. In  2018   Galina was in the United States as a Fulbright Scholar in the Documentary Studies Program in the Department of History at the University at  Albany, State University of New York. Galina had made and produced more than 30 documentaries and 2 feature films. Last year she got an International Pushkin’s Prize in Rome. In January 2020 her film “Leo Tolstoy and Mahatma Gandhi was screened in Florence in cinema Odeon. Most of her films are translated in Italian.

Feride Funda G-Gencaslan, Germany

Feride Funda G.-Gençaslan is the chairwoman of  Sufi Center Rabbaniyya, European Center for Sufism and Interreligious Encounters located at Lake Constance in Germany. She is a consultant for Islam and Sufism on behalf of the Sufi Order of the Honourable Naqshbandiyya Alliyah.

She has been active in religious and interreligious projects in Berlin for 20 years as well as in the management team of the Berlin Forum of Religions. Currently she is working on the Islam exhibition of the Ethnological Museum in the Humboldt Forum.

Oscar Iarussi, Italy

Oscar Iarussi (Foggia 1959). Professional journalist, essayist, film critic (SNCCI) and literary, he is in the Chief Editor's office of the "Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno". He is a member of the Experts Committee of the Venice Biennale International Film Festival. He was president of the Apulia Film Commission Foundation, member of the Mibact Cinematography Commission, consultant of the Festival International de Films de Montréal. He created the multidisciplinary reviews "Frontiere - La prima volta" (Laterza catalog 2011) and "You don't know the South", and taught History of American cinema at the University of Bari. Among his books: Psychoanalysis and Management. The Transformation (with David Gutmann, Karnac Books 2003), Open Letter. South, north and other stories (Manni 2003), Long live Italy. Eleven stories for a country not to be divided (curator, Fandango 2004), Childhood and the dream. Fellini's cinema (Ente dello Spettacolo 2009), Once upon a time there was the future. The Italy of the Dolce Vita (il Mulino 2011), Ciak si Puglia, frontier cinema 1989-2012 (Laterza 2012), American visions. Cinema on the road from John Ford to Spike Lee (Adda 2012), Going to the places of cinema (il Mulino 2017, il Mulino-RCS 2020), Amarcord Fellini. Federico's alphabet (il Mulino 2020). Already among the authors of "Belfagor", he collaborates with numerous cultural magazines: "il Mulino", "minima & amp; moralia", "Reset.it", "La Rivista del Cinematografo" and "8 e mezzo".

Awad Sherif,  Egypt

Born in Cairo, Sherif Awad is film critic/curator who worked as a programmer and communications manager since 1990 in Cairo International Film Festival, Alexandria Film Festival for Mediterranean Countries and Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt.Between 1990 and 2000, Awad worked as Marketing Manager in the Egyptian regional offices of Fox/Warner and UIP. In the last few years, he curated Arab and foreign film/video programs in several European countries including Italy, Sweden and Ireland as well as in the Egyptian Contemporary Art Gallery Darb 1718. In addition to his contribution to several specialized publications, he was Chief Editor of both The Ticket Entertainment Magazine and the art journal Contemporary Practices. He was holding the position of the Film/Art Editor of Egypt Today Magazine, the leading English published monthly magazine in Egypt. Awad also contributed to Westchester Guardian in New York and Variety Arabia in Dubai.In broadcast media, he was also writer/producer for film/art TV shows on satellite channels broadcasting in the Middle East region including the weekly program Cinemascope airing on Dream TV. In the last few years, Awad has covered international festivals like Berlin, Cannes, Istanbul, Taormina, Rome, Dubai, Oran and Tribeca for both TV and printed media. He is member of FEPRESCI and FEDEORA associations of film critics and was jury member in Pula, Orenburg, Cinedays Macedonia, Verona, Kazan film festivals to name a few.