International Jury


President of the International Jury

Director, producer, and musician. She started her career at Haos Film, a pioneering company founded in Athens by director Athina Rachel Tsangari. Her credits as a producer include Attenberg (2010), Alps (2011), The Capsule (2012), Chevalier (2015) and Digger (2020).  She is part of the Cannes Film Festival’s European Film Promotion Producers on the Move initiative and has been an alumnus of the Sundance Institute. In 2021 she wrote and directed Amygdala, her first short film, through Merricat, a new production company. She recently completed her second film, 7Hz, and is in development on her third, Starflyer, as well as her first feature film, Stringa, co-written with Alexandra Matheou. She also plays drums in Someone Who Isn’t Me, a Greek all-female electronic music band.


Visual artist and filmmaker. Her feminist and transversal viewpoint goes from the personal to the political to address issues such as patriarchy, institutional violence, bureaucracy, and colonialism. She is also involved in initiatives related to activism and community projects. Through her work, she aims to challenge dominant power structures and create spaces of resistance. Her works use moving images, text, performance, and painting. In 2022 she directed the short film The Disaster Cannot Be Contained, awarded in Beirut. In 2023 she received the IFFR RTM Pitch award for producing her next film. She holds a Master degree in Fine Arts from the Piet Zwart Institute (Rotterdam) and received a one-year scholarship from Ashkal Alwan’s Homework space programme (Beirut).


Since 2019, she has been directing the Gabes Cinema Fen, a festival focusing on the promotion of Arab cinema. She grew up on film sets, where she fell in love with the creation of imaginary universes and their political aspect. Her career is characterised by the reconciliation of these two worlds. After working as a camera assistant on several films, she studied documentary filmmaking at the prestigious French La Fémis school and directed Bent Eddar/Sweet Home (2009), Y aura-t-il un printemps pour les femmes? (2011) and Tunisie, mémoire juive (2016). She is currently preparing her new work, an audiovisual diary in which she intends to explore personal memories and political and historical archives. She was also a member of the artistic committee of the Carthage Film Festival (JCC) in 2015 and of the Gabès Film Festival in 2018.


After working on various productions, in 2003, she travelled around South America for a year and shot her debut documentary, ¡Viva la Pepa! (Give us Constitution back), on the Argentinean crisis. She then made several reports on migration for RAI 2, and in 2008 she directed the non-profit documentary Sei Uno Nero in Malawi. In 2010 she wrote, directed and produced in India her first feature-length documentary, Letters from the Desert (Eulogy to Slowness), which screened at 80 international festivals. In 2018 she co-wrote and directed in Mauritania her first fiction film, Flesh Out, which had its premiere at the Berlinale and participated in a hundred festivals, receiving the Best Director Award at Mostra de València and a nomination for the Nastri d’Argento for Best Director.