The jury committee for the 3rd edition of the festival has been announced now. below, you will find a short biography for each judge.
Bahram Dehghan (born November, 1954) is an Iranian film editor. He studied film editing and graduated from USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles.
He edited more than 70 movies and won four Crystal Simorgh from Fajr International Film Festival for “gharche sami”, “Asemane zarde kam omgh”, “Abado yek ruz” and “Cold Sweat”.
Mahmoud Kalari (born in Tehran), is an Iranian cinematographer, screenwriter, film director and photographer, who has worked with a number of renowned Iranian directors such as Abbas Kiarostami, Jafar Panahi, Asghar Farhadi and Mohsen Makhmalbaf.
He has completed his studies in photography courses in the United States. Was selected as a Jury Panelist for Poland Film Festival two years in-a-row; 1999-2000
And had also attended the 84th Academy Awards along with director Asghar Farhadi and actors Peyman Moadi, Leila Hatami, and Sarina Farhadi for their Best Foreign Language nominated film, “A Separation.”
Kambuzia Partovi is an Iranian film director and scriptwriter.
He was born in Rasht, Iran. After studying theater arts in school he wrote mainly scripts for TV series.
In 1988 he made his feature film debut with Golnar. His 2007 film Café Transit, which received the special mention at Mar del Plata film festival, was selected by Iran as its candidate for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
He has written screenplays for other directors, most notably Jafar Panahi’s The Circle. In 2013 he acted in and co-directed Closed Curtain with Panahi.
Partovi has also trained and supported many Iranian artists and film makers, most notably Bahman Ghobadi.
Ann Marie Fleming is an independent Asian-Canadian filmmaker, writer, and visual artist. She was born in Okinawa, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan, in 1962 and is of Chinese and Australian descent. She is also the great-granddaughter of the Chinese magician, acrobat and vaudeville performer Long Tack Sam, and is perhaps best known for the animated biographical film, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam (2003), which won Best Documentary at the San Diego Asian Film Festival and the Victoria Independent Film Festival. She has her own animation company, Sleepy Dog Films, which had produced the animated feature film which was internationally appreciated, Window Horses (2016).
Bahram Tavakoli is an Iranian film director. Winning numerous awards, he is a well-established filmmaker of the new generation of Iranian cinema. One of his most successful works is Here without Me (2011) . It is a breathtaking adaptation of Tennessee Williams ‘The Glass Menagerie’ which was not only directed, but also written by Tavakoli.
He has also won Crystal Simorgh for Audience Favorite Film for “the lost strait” and Crystal Simorgh for Best Screenplay for “i am diego maradona”.
Houman Seyyedi (born 1980 in Rasht) is an Iranian theater, television and cinema actor & Director. He attended some courses at Iranian Youth Cinema Society of Rasht and then directed several short movies.
He directed his first long movie ‘Africa’ in 2010.
He had directed many films such as “Thirteen”, “Khashm-o-hayahoo”, “Eterafate zehne khatarnake man” and “Maghzhaaye koochake zang zade” which had been appreciated in many international festivals such as Fajr Film Festival, Warsaw Film Festival, Busan Film Festival and so on.
Hamidreza Nassiri started filmmaking when he was 19 with a short film called, “White Black.” He entered the University of Tehran’s master’s program in Cinema and made several short films, including his master’s thesis film, “Daylight News,” which premiered in the US in May 2014. He then left Iran to continue his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he has also taught film production. The winner of several scholarship and teaching awards, he’s currently a PhD candidate in Film Studies. He has presented several papers at prestigious conferences such as SCMS and SCSMI and has been invited to several events to give lectures and Q&As. He has just finished the post-production of his new short film, “Immortal.” Hamidreza founded the Wisconsin Iranian Film Festival in 2017 and has directed and programmed the festival for the past two years.
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