Shawkat Amin Korki (Jury President)


Shawkat Amin Korki was born in 1973 in Zakho, Iraqi Kurdistan. Shortly after, in 1975, he and his family escaped to Iran fearing the repressive forces in Iraqi. He stayed there until 1999. He has worked in Theatre, TV & Cinema in both Iran and Iraqi Kurdistan and his films have participated in more than 50 film festivals.  In the  First Film Festival of Iraq Baghdad (2005), he recived best director for his short film “Passage” (2002) and took the prize for best short film for “Threat” (2003). Amongst International festivals,  he has  won the Grand Prix At ArteMare Bastia Film Festival in France (2008), Best film Award at Perspective film festival  in Antwerpen , Belgium (2007), and was nominated for one of best five Directors at Asia Pacific Screen Awards (2007). In 2002, he created the first Kurdish Short Film Festival.

Siddiq Barmak

Born in September 7, 1962 in Panjshir, Afghanistan, is a film director and producer. He received an M.A degree in cinema direction from the Moscow Film Institute (VGIK) in 1987. He has written a few screenplays and has made a few short films. His first feature film Osama, won the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film in 2004. The film was funded by Makhmalbaf, the Iranian director. 

Barmak received "UNESCO’s Fellini Silver Medal" for his drama, Osama, in 2003. He is one of the celebrated figures in Persian cinema as well as the emerging cinema of Afghanistan.


Brigitta Manthey


M.A. Degree in American Literature, Film and Theatrical Science in Berlin, Germany and the U.S. / Free Lance at the main programming department of television-drama of the Berlin TV-Broadcaster (Sender Freies Berlin) / Journalist for broadcasters and television. / Producer of documentaries. / Reader of film scripts. / Head of the Film Department at the main literary centre in Berlin (Literarisches Colloquium Berlin) Since 1995 Funding Expert at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, the film fund in Germany’s capital region - responsible for the evaluation of film projects in all stages, in specific for Eastern European Co-Productions, and the Reader’s Department. 1998-2010 Board-member of New German Film Board Foundation (Kuratorium Junger Deutscher Film). Since 2008 Expert at EAVE European Producers Workshop Lecturer for seminars. Developed a standard for reader’s reports.


Viera Langerová


Czech film  critic , film lecturer (Baltic Film and Media School, Tallinn,Estonia) and film festival consultant (IFF Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic, IFF Kazan, festival of moslim cinema, Russia, IFF Blacknights, Tallinn,Estonia, IFF Flying Broom, Ankara, Turkey).

She studied  film and theatre theory on Academy of Arts (Bratislava, Slovakia), she did her post-graduate  cultural studies on Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic) and worked as editor in Czech and Slovak periodicals. After living in Kazakhstan and Pakistan she did her disertation on Asian film. She is the author of the book Film Geography: continental China, Hongkong, Taiwan and the travelogue book Urdu, Parda,Burka. Five years in Pakistan.Currently she works on the book about Iranian cinema.

Kambuzia Partovi


Kambuzia Partovi was born 1955 in Rasht, Iran. He is an Iranian filmmaker and scriptwriter. He is well known for screenwriting and has written screenplays for many directors in Iran and also outside Iran. His most notable Screenplay is The Circle by Iranian great director Jafar Panahi.

Partovi's latest movie, Café Transit, was nominated for the Oscars 2007 to represent Iranian cinema in the competition for the best foreign language films. Partovi has also trained and supported many Iranian artists and film makers, among them Bahman Qubadi.