Jury Compétition Internationale moyens et courts métrages 2017

Reda Benjelloun

Born in 1966, Reda Benjelloun graduated in law at the Sorbonne. He began his career as a legal consultant in Paris, before moving into journalism, joining the Moroccan television channel 2M TV in 1995. In turns, he would be reporter, news presenter and a news programme producer. He is now the channel's director of news programmes and documentaries. Since 2011, he has been producing a weekly documentary slot for 2M, called Des Histoires et des Hommes, which is broadcast in prime time on Sunday evenings.

Babak Karimi

Prominent Iranian actor and film editor, Babak Karimi was born in Prague in 1960. Son of actor Nosrat and actress Alam Danei, he debuts as a ten years old child in what is widely recognized as the first Iranian neorealist film: Doroshkechi (also known as The Driver) directed by his father. In the same year, he moved to Italy where he later specialized in editing and shooting. As an editor he worked on a great number of documentaries and reportages in Italy and around the world. He was a professor at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome and at Accademia Dell'Immagine L'Aquila while also playing bit parts in commercials. As an actor, he participated in several films. Among them, Noces by Stephan Straker, Fish & Cat by Shahram Mokri, Quiet Chaos by Antonello Grimaldi, Tickets by Kiarostami, Loach, Olmi which he is also co-produced. With celebrated Iranian director Asqar Farhadi he made three films: A Separation, The Past, and The Salesman. A Separation and The Salesman both earned an Academy Award as Best Foreign Language Picture. Babak Karimi just completed Invasion, Shahram Mokri latest feature.

Elsa Kremser

Elsa Kremser was born in 1985 in Wolfsberg, Austria. After graduating in Film Studies from the University of Vienna, she started her second study at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg. As an author and producer, she has realized numerous short and documentary films that have been shown and awarded worldwide. Her diploma film Nebel received an honorable mention at the Berlinale and was shown in Locarno, at Visions du Réel and many other festivals. She worked for two years at the Navigator Film in Vienna. She teaches as a guest lecturer at the Film Academy Baden Württemberg. She founded the Vienna based production company Raumzeitfilm together with Levin Peter in 2016. Recently she received the Berlinale Kompagnon Award for the development of her new film The Green Parrot. Currently working on her feature length documentary Stray Dogs about the ghost of the dog Laika, the first living being launched in space to orbit the Earth.

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