The Jury 2018

Milyausha Aytucanova (Tatarstan) 

Executive Director of the Kazan International festival of Muslim Cinema. She is associate professor of the Department of electronic media and information of the Federal University of Kazan and head of the department of film and television direction of the Kazan State Institute of Culture (Tatarkino).

Sadia Khalid (Bangladesh)

A media professional, entertainment journalist and screenwriter. She worked for the Daily Bruin in Los Angeles and The Daily Star in Bangladesh, writing about cinema. She was FIPRESCI Jury member for the 16th Dhaka International Film Festival. She published 70+ articles, including film reviews covering film festivals and awards, including the Emmys and the Writers Guild Awards; and interviews with important film personalities, like Keanu Reeves, Joaquin Phoenix, Jamie Foxx, Chris Columbus, Tyler Perry, Irvine Welsh.


Armando Lostaglio (Italy)


Journalist, film critic and founder of CineClub Vittorio De Sica (Cinit) in 1994, which has over 150 members. He promoted and organised several cinema events for schools, prisons, senior centres, social centres. He published many books on territory and personalities, poems, and more recently he has published books on cinema. Author of numerous documentaries, with the book “Conoscete quest’uomo”, of which he is co-author, he won the Pavese Award in 2012.


Gilli Mendel (Israel) 


Gilli Mendel has worked at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, Israel Film archive and The International Jerusalem Film festival. She was the Director of The Film Education Department and Director of Special projects . In the Film festival she sat on the board and was part of the programming team. Gilli initiated  film projects , film courses , workshops and international meetings. During the years she sat as an adviser to film projects and educational initiatives,was a lector to the Israel Film Fund and was a jury in international film festivals around the world.


Linda Nelson (USA)

Distributor and supporter of independent cinema, after beginning to work in finance and estate, she pivoted into the movie business, after meeting Michael Madison. finally realizing her artistic potential. As an Executive Producer on NSYNC, she quickly realized that she was interested in being more "hands on" and was the DP for her next film,Shifted.  As a Producer on Delivered, she was finally able to gain experience in all aspects of the financing, development, production and distribution phases of moviemaking. With Michael she founded distributing company IndieRights Movies.