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    47th KYIV IFF "MOLODIST" - OCTOBER 21-29, 2017

International Jury

Denis Côté

Denis Côté

Denis Côté has produced and directed 15 independent short films while working as a journalist and film critic. His first feature film Les états nordiques was awarded at the Locarno IFF. Since, Denis Côté’s award-winning work has been featured at numerous film festivals and in various retrospectives around the world. Vic+Flo ont vu un ours was awarded the Alfred Bauer Prize at the 2013 Berlin IFF. 

Grímur Hákonarson

Grímur Hákonarson

Born in 1977. Grímur graduated from Film Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in 2004. His graduate film, Slavek the Shit, was the first one that got international attention. It was selected to the Cinefoundation section of 2005 Cannes Film Festival and won 12 festival prizes. His short film Wrestling was premiered at the 2007 Locarno IFF and became one of the most successful Icelandic films by winning 25 festival prizes around the world. His recent film, rams, was screened at Molodist last year as a part of Scandinavian Panorama program.

Mohammad Atebbai

Mohammad Atebbai

Born in 1962 in Tehran. He started his film career at Farabi Cinema Foundation in 1989 where he was in charge of the screening of Iranian films at international film festivals for eight years. Mohammad has been active in different fields in the Iranian film industry for the past 30 years as international promoter of Iranian cinema, sales agent, writer, researcher and journalist. As a journalist and writer on the Iranian media since 1987, he ran Film International, the only English film periodical in Iran, for three years and is now a member of Iranian Society of Film Critics & Writers. Mohammad has been on the jury of numerous film festivals, has lectured on Iranian cinema in English in India, Japan, Spain, Armenia and USA and has held workshops on international film marketing and film festival strategies on different occasions in Iran as well.

Ben Sharrock

Ben Sharrock

Ben graduated from The University of Edinburgh with a degree in Arabic and Politics before attending Screen Academy Scotland where he graduated with an MA with Distinction in Film Directing. After working in the advertising industry in Dubai, Ben completed an MFA in Advanced Film Practice, for which he was awarded the Rafford Scholarship and the university medal for outstanding achievement.

His short film work garnered four BAFTA New Talents, including “Best Drama” and “Best Writer” for Patata Tortilla in 2015. At the age of 26, he shot his debut feature film, Pikadero, which premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September 2015. Pikadero picked many awards at international film festivals including two ones (FIPRESCI Award and Best International Feature Film) at Molodist last year. 

Alik Shpilyuk

Alik Shpilyuk

Born in 1958. He graduated from Moscow Institute of Economics and Statistics in computer programming, but his real passion from his earliest years was cinema. Since 2009, he is the board member of the National Union of Filmmakers of Ukraine. Also he is the deputy head of Expert Commission of the Ukrainian State Film Agency, head of the Ukrainian Oscar Committee. Alik has been a member of selection committees and jury member of many Ukrainian and international film festivals, member and expert of the European Film Academy. He is a member of FIPRESCI and independent film critic

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