Jury 4th edition 2021
Many of the films are award-winning productions at major film festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. This year's competition for professionals is judged by a jury consisting of a number of renowned profssionals in the filmindustry.
Karim Traïdia, the Algerian-Dutch film director was educated at the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. In 1991 he graduated with "De Onmacht" (Golden Calf nomination for best short film, prize from the City of Milan, best film in Oberhausen and the Kodack prize in Munich). His first feature film "The Polish Bride" won a Golden Calf for Best Director and the Audience Award in Rotterdam, was nominated for the Golden Globe, Prix Europe in Berlin, Best European Entry in Los Angeles AFI.
Elaheh Nobakht, the young Iranian film pioneer. She is the CEO of the International Production and Distribution Film Company, ELI Image. She is an active member of the Iranian Producers Association (IPA) and a much sought-after jury member at many international film festivals. The film she produced 'Beloved' was selected by IDFA, Berlinale and won the Audience Award at HotDocs 2019. As co-producer of 'Holy Bread' she was selected for the IDFA competition for medium length films in 2020. She is the distributor of ' Finding Farideh ', a Dutch co-production, and the official Iranian entry for the Oscars in 2020.
Hammadi Gueroum, Moroccan writer, film professional and professor of film at Hassan II University in Casablanca. Gueroum is the founder and director of the Rabat International Film Festival for Film Writers. He is a much sought-after jury member at, among others, the Malmö Arab Film Festival.
Hanane Boukhelala is a novelist and media person from Algeria. She holds a master's degree in political science and a diploma from the British Media Diversity Institute. She has written on cultural matters for years. She has participated in covering many film festivals and events inside and outside Algeria.
Mohammed Lyounsi, director, screenwriter and producer, was born in Fez on December 30, 1969. His passion for cinema led him to study scriptwriting techniques. First, he wrote three short shorts, some of which were directed by Moroccan directors. in 2005 he created the production company Médian Production, then he worked as a producer with the channel 2M where he produced Five TV movies with great Moroccan director like Jillali Ferhati and Abdesalam Aklai. and in 2009, he made his first feature film "Alo 15". and in 2015, he directed the film "The Red Scarf", which was funded by the support committee of the Moroccan Cinematographic Center, and participated in several national and international festivals. In 2109, he directed his latest film, "Les Coups Du Destin", which in turn won the support of the Moroccan cinematographic center. He also remained true to the love of writing, where most of his films were written by himself, culminating in the novel writing "The Fifth Symphony," from which the last film was adapted.
That feeling of being different is what makes Eline start her own blog Find Farideh in 2013, where she writes about her quest for her origins and biological family. Her blog, without her knowledge, triggers a domino effect. "Two Iranian filmmakers - Azadeh Moussavi and Kourosh Ataee - had read a story in a national newspaper about another Dutch girl who was also looking for her biological parents. This seemed like an interesting story for a documentary. When she approached Thomas Erdbrink to ask if he knew this girl. "Erdbrink knew her, but knew she wasn't actively looking, so he forwarded them to Eline. "In January 2014, they approached me and asked if they could follow me." For Eline, this was the opportunity she had been waiting for. In 2020, Finding Farideh will be the Iranian entry for the Oscars.