ASIAN & ARAB COMPETITION
He is currently the Artistic Director of the Rome Film Festival and teaches Production Design at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture (USI). Marco Mueller has been Director of several major film festivals: Turin-Electric Shadows (1981), Pesaro (1982-1989), Rotterdam (1990- 1991), Locarno (1992-2000) & Venice (2004-2011). He has produced over twenty award- winning films. Originally an anthropologist and ethnomusicologist, he has now writtenand edited monographic volumes of criticism and history of cinema. He is a significant contributor for academic publications and a film critic for magazines and daily newspapers.
Essentially a painter and filmmaker deeply inspired by Sufism, Muzaffar Ali is known the world over for his film Umrao Jaan, and his name spells a quest for beauty and excellence, humanity and aesthetics. Born on 21st October 1946, Muzaffar Ali is the present Raja of Kotwara, one of the oldest living civilizations in the largest district of Awadh. His first feature film Gaman was made in 1978 which received the special award of the Jury, a Silver Peacock at the 7th International Film Festival, New Delhi. He follows his creative pursuits in the fields of film making, music, fashion, crafts and design without compromise. His films have been invited to International Film Festivals in Vancouver, Teheran, Cairo and Mauritius among others.
Born in 1966 in Teheran, Ali Mosaffa is a graduate of Civil Engineering from Tehran University and started his film career as an actor in the early 90s, earning praise for his work in a loose adaptation of J. D. Salingerís Franny and Zooey entitled Pari (1994, dir. Dariush Mehrjui).He won the Best Supporting Actor at the 13th Fajr International Film Festival for this performance. In 1991 he began making short films, including Incubus (1991), Rush (1993), The Deceit of Poesy (1996) and The Neighbour (1999) (Best Experimental
Film at the Iranian short film fest). Portrait of a Lady Far Away (2005) was Mosaffaís debut feature film, which premiered at Karlovy Vary and then toured some of the prestigious world festivals like Montreal, London and Istanbul. The Last Step is his second feature film, screened at Tehranís Fajr Film Festival in February 2012 and received the Best Script Award. Leila Hatami has just won the Best Actress Award for this film at the 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July 2012. This fil will be screened at the 12th OCFF. The international premiere of this film took place at the 47th Karlovy Vary Film Festival in July 2012.
Magdi Ahmed Ali
Magdi Ahmed Ali is a film director from Egypt, and the current President of the Egyptian Film Center. His work in the 80s is said to have started at a crucial time in the history of Egyptian Cinema, a period termed by film critics as ìThe Wave of Realismî. His first feature film, Life, My Passion, won the Best Film at the Cairo Film Festival, picked up three prizes at the Montreal Film Festival and also won the Best Feature Film at the Beirut Film Festival. In 2001, his film Girlsí Secrets shocked Egypt with its bold theme of a young middle class girl, who becomes pregnant while still in high school. It won the Silver Award at the Cairo Film Festival, the Bronze Award at Milano and at the Valencia Film Festival and was also screened at Osianís Cinefan. His film Fawzeyaís Recipe (2008) won Best Film Award at the Wahran Film Festival in Algeria, and the Silver Award at the Rotterdam Arabic Film Festival. Magdi Ahmed Ali is presently the President of Ismailia International Film Festival for Documentary and Short films.
James V Hart
Born in Louisiana, Hart began producing low-budget ìdrive-inî movies in the 1970s, including Summer Run. In 1977, he attempted a screenplay adaptation of Dracula. The screenplay would eventually become Francis Ford Coppolaís 1992 film Dracula. Hart also wrote the screenplay to Steven Spielbergís Hook (with Robin Williams), and served as a producer on both films. Thereafter, he was catapulted to the A-list of Hollywood screenwriters. His other writing credits include adapting Carl Saganís Contact (starring Jodie Foster), Tuck Everlasting, Sahara, and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. In 2005, Hart published his first childrenís novel, Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth, yet another take on the Peter Pan character. James V. Hart is a screenwriter, producer, and novelist of repute today.
Born on 15 June 1951 into a working class family in the south-western city of Ahvaz in the Khuzestan province of Iran, Hamid Dabashi received his early education in his hometown and his college education in Tehran. He then moved to the United States, where he received a dual Ph.D. in Sociology of Culture and Islamic Studies from the University of Pennsylvania
in 1984, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Hamid Dabashi is the Hagop Kevorkian Professor of Iranian Studies and Comparative Literature at Columbia University in New York, the oldest and most prestigious Chair in this field. He has taught and delivered lectures in many North and Latin American, European, Arab, and Iranian Universities. He is a founding member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society, as well as a founding member of the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. An internationally renowned cultural critic and award-winning author, his books and articles have been translated into numerous languages.
Khalid Mohamed started his career as reviewer and co-editor, for Close-Up, a film society quarterly magazine. He was editor of Filmfare magazine and also reviewed television for The Economic Times besides contributing articles to The Illustrated Weekly of India and Femina. His writing has also featured in India Today, The Indian Express, The Telegraph, the international film weekly Variety and in Sunday Observer, London. Currently, he is Consulting Editor to the Deccan Chronicle-Asian Age media group. He has written the original stories and screenplays for three Shyam Benegal’s films: Mammo, Sardari Begum and Zubeidaa. He also wrote the original stories and screenplays and also directed the films Fiza, Tehzeeb and Silsilaay. Last year, he debuted as a playwright and director of the stage play Kennedy Bridge. His documentary The Last Irani Chai has been screened widely. His second documentary Little Big People, on Mumbai’s street children, is under post-production. Presently, he is writing his second stage play and his first novel. His book, Two Mothers and Other Stories, was released recently.
Lillete Dubey is a well known theatre director and a stage, television and film actor. She owns and manages the Primetime Theatre Company in Mumbai. Over the last 35 years, she has played the lead role in over 50 productions on stage, from plays as diverse as Greek tragedies to absurd drama, farces, Shakespeare, Brecht and a gamut of Indian playwrights. She has received several awards in theatre both as a director and actress including, most recently the Best Actress Award for her role in the play Adhe Adhure at the National Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards META 2012. Not only has she been a part of 15 television series, she has also hosted 26 episodes of her own talk show By Invitation Only. She also acted in the BBC series Mumbai Calling and has played a role in nearly 40 films of mainstream and independent cinema.
Annemarie Jacir is an internationally acclaimed filmmaker and screenwriter living in Jordan. Listed as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, two of her films have premiered as official selections at the Cannes Film Festival, one as an Academy Award qualifier, and one in Venice. Her first feature film, Salt of this Sea, was Palestine’s official Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film and won numerous awards including the FIPRESCI and the Special Jury Prizes at the Osian’s Cinefan Film Festival. Jacir co-founded Philistine Films, an independent production company, focusing on productions related to the Arab world. Annemarie teaches screenwriting and works as an editor and film curator, actively promoting independent cinema. In 2011, renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou selected her to be his first protégée as part of the Rolex Arts Initiative. She is currently in post-production on her new film When I Saw You.
Atiq Rahimi was born in Kabul in 1962. Following the Soviet invasion, Rahimi fled Afghanistan, taking refuge in Pakistan for a year and then relocating to France after receiving political asylum. In the late 1990s, Rahimi embarked on his first writing project. His 2000 Dari/Persian book, Earth and Ashes, was an instant bestseller in Europe and South America. A movie based on this book, directed by Rahimi, was awarded the Prix du Regard Prix du Regard Prix du Regard vers l’Avenir at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004. The film featured in 50 festivals, winning a total of 25 awards including the one at Cannes and a Golden Dhow award for Best Feature Film at the Zanzibar International Film Festival. It also won the Best Film (ex-aequo) at the 6th Osian’s Cinefan. In November 2008, Rahimi won France’s most prestigious literary prize, the 105-yearold Prix Goncourt, for Syngue Sabour, his first book in French. This book was translated into English as The Patience Stone.
Sonia Herman Dolz
Dutch documentary film director Sonia Herman Dolz has been invited as a jury member at several International Film Festivals. A Retrospective of her work was held in 2005 at the International Film Festival of Seville, in 2007 at Documenta Madrid, and in 2008 at l’Alternativa, Independent Film Festival Barcelona. Her film Romance de Valentía (Only the Brave) (1993) about the art of bullfighting, was internationally awarded. In 1997, Yo Soy Así (This Is Me), about the senior artists of a café chantant in Barcelona called ‘La Bodega Bohemia’ won international acclaim and was a hit especially at Gay & Lesbian film festivals. In 2003 her documentary film The Master and His Pupil won First prize at the Golden Prague Festival 2003, Grand Prizefor Best Documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York 2004, the Best Documentary Award 2004 at the Bergen International Film Festival in Norway and AQCC Award at the Festival du Nouveau Cinéma in Montréal 2004.
FIRST FEATURES COMPETITION
Born in 1970, Hüseyin Karabey has been making films since 1996. He graduated from the Cinema-TV department of Marmara University in 2001. His involvement in the democracy
movement in the 90s and his background as a documentarian determined the style and the content of his subsequent film work.Despite the challenging subject matter of many of his previous documentaries and short films, Karabey’s work has been shown through a number of alternative channels. Gitmek – My Marlon and Brando, his first feature film was selected for 37th Rotterdam International Film Festival and did its North American premiere at the 6th New York Tribeca International Film Festival where it won Hüseyin Karabey the Best Director Award. To this date, the film
has been screened in 36 international film festivals and has won numerous awards. Come to My Voice will be Hüseyin Karabey’s second feature film.
Jeon Kyu-hwan, is an influential film director despite having had no formal educational training. His debut feature was Mozart Town in 2008 that had its world premiere at Osian’s Cinefan, following which he made Town Trilogy & Animal Town in 2009 and then Dance Town in 2010. His films won him numerous awards and accolades. His film From Seoul to Varanasi (2011) set in Varanasi will be screened at the 12th OCFF. This film was officially invited to the Panorama section of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in 2012. In 2011 his film Dance Town was also invited to the Panorama section of the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival. Currently, he is in post-production for his fifth film The Weight.
Gurvinder Singh was born in New Delhi. After graduating from Delhi University, he worked as a graphic artist in advertising before studying film direction at the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and graduating in 2001. He spent the next four years documenting folk music in Punjab, and then moved on to making documentaries on the arts. Alms for a Blind Horse is his first feature film. Gurvinder Singh won the National Award in 2012.
Panah Panahi was born in 1984. While he had enrolled for the filmmaking course at the Art University of Tehran, he never quite finished the course. Panahi’s short film The First Film won a lot of prizes in various festivals in his country and around the world. The film also won the Best Short Film Prize at Osian’s-Cinefan Film Festival. Other than short films, he has also made several clips and teasers for TV and festivals and held numerous photographic exhibitions of his work. He has also worked as a photographer.
An independent Indian film maker who has produced and directed several films and documentaries such as Inshallah, Kashmir (2012) Inshallah, Football (2010), Dazed in
Doon (2010), The Forest (2008), Little Terrorist (2005) and Road to Ladakh (2003). He was born in Kolkata and educated at La Martiniere Calcutta, Modern School and Doon School. Kumar is presently working on Hype a fIctional feature film. The youngest Indian writer and director with an Academy Award Oscar nomination, is also the first Indian to be nominated at the European Film Academy with his film Little Terrorist, which has been part of official selections in over 130 film festivals, winning awards in 25 of them, including the British Academy of Film and Television (BAFTA), LA.
Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni was born in Pune on 6th December 1976. After finishing his graduation in commerce he went ahead and did a masters degree in Law. He worked as
an assistant director with noted filmmakers Sumitra Bhave and Sunil Sukthankar for their feature films and documentaries. He was selected as the only Indian Student for the Summer University course in LA Femis, Paris, in 2000 following which he joined the Film and Television Institute of India, where he specialized in Direction. His Diploma film Girni (The Grinding Machine) won the President gold medal for best short film and best direction in the year 2005. His short documentary Three of Us premiered in Berlinale 2008 and has been the recipient of several international awards. His first feature film Valu (The Wild Bull) along with two other films, Vihir (the well) and Deool (A Temple) premiered in Rotterdam in 2008, 2010 and 2012 respectively. He is currently busy with the production of his new venture Pune 52 (directed by Nikhil Mahajan).