President of the Jury

Elisa Ferrer (L’Alcúdia de Crespins, 1983) graduated in audiovisual communication from the University of Valencia, has a diploma degree in film and television scriptwriting by the Escuela de Cine, Madrid, and has an MA in creative writing in Spanish by the University of Iowa, where she was a member of the writing team for Iowa Literaria. She has worked as a television scriptwriter and as an analyst of feature film scripts for the Department of Fiction at RTVE. She has published poems and articles in different literary magazines and is the author of “The Royal Tenenbaums” in Wes Anderson (Plan Secreto, 2014). She won the XV Premio Tusquets de Novel and the Valencian Premio de la Crítica 2020 for her first novel, Temporada de avispas (Tusquets, 2019).


Ayten Amin was born in Alexandria, Egypt. Her first short fiction “Her Man” (2006) was screened in many international festivals such as Clermont Ferrand. Her second short film, “Spring 89” (2009), got many awards in Egypt and was screened at several international film festivals. She co-directed “Tahrir 2011”, officially selected out of competition section in Venice International Film Festival 2011 and won the CICT-IFTC award. Her feature film debut, “Villa69” (2013), won the jury prize in Abu Dhabi Film Festival. In 2017-2018 she has directed 20 episodes of the wide-spread series “7th neighbor” which became a big hit on Egyptian Television. Her second feature film “Souad” was officialy selected in Cannes 2020 and is yet to be released in 2021.


Emilie Piponnier is a french actress. After studying psychology, she trained at Cours Florent, worked for French television and appeared in many fictions. She met Robert Guédiguian for one of her very first roles in a feature film, “Les Neiges du Kilimandjaro”, before working in “Ma fille” (Naidra Ayadi), several times with the filmmaker Gabriel Julien Laferrière or in Delphine Lemoine’s “Manon”. Emilie plays the main role in the film “Alice” (Josephine Mackerras) for which she received the prize for female interpretation at the Mostra de València as well at the Eurasia film festival in 2019. The film won several prizes including the Grand Jury Award at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Currently she is performing in the theater.


Massimo Lechi (1986) is a film and theatre critic and festival correspondent from Genoa, Italy. He studied Literature at the University of Genoa and worked as assistant director and production assistant for several years. Since 2006 he has intensively written reviews, interviews and festival reports for Italian and English-language magazines. In 2012 he published his first book and became a freelance lecturer in film and theatre history. A member of the SNCCI, he served as president of the FIPRESCI Jury at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Filmfestival in 2014, at the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in 2015 and at the Istanbul Film Festival in 2018. He also served on critics’ and international juries in several international film festivals.


Soudade Kaadan is a Syrian director, born in France. She studied theater criticism in the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Syria and filmmaking in Saint Joseph University (IESAV) Lebanon. Her films have screened at several venues nationally and internationally and have received international awards. Her first feature fiction film “The Day I Lost My Shadow” was awarded THE LION OF THE FUTURE award for best debut film in Venice Film Festival 2018; the jury prize for directing at LA Festival and the Silver Palm Tree at Mostra de València-Cinema del Mediterrani. The film also has been screened in several festivals: TIFF, BFI, Busan and IFFR. Her recent short film Aziza won the Sundance Grand Jury Prize in 2019.