With the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Moscow Government and the Department of Culture of the city of Moscow


Main Competition Jury

director, producer
Russia’s top grossing filmmaker, Bekmambetov broke out with Russian fantasy epics Night Watch (2004) and Day Watch (2005).   Among Bekmambetov’s other successful Russian projects are the comedy Irony of Fate: Continuation (2007) and the film anthology Yolki (New Year Trees) (2010—2018). Bekmambetov is the only Russian filmmaker who has gained recognition in Hollywood as both a director and producer. His directorial debut in Hollywood was the blockbuster Wanted (2008) starring Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. He also directed Abraham Lincoln: The Vampire Hunter (2012) and Ben-Hur (2016). Bekmambetov has made his name in recent years by staking on digital filmmaking and technological innovations. He is the pioneer of the screenlife films, in which the action takes place on the screens of computers or smartphones. The first film in this format, Unfriended grossed about $65 million worldwide in 2015 and was one of the year’s top ten most profitable film projects by rate of return. Searching (2018), starring John Cho, raked in $75 million. In 2018, the Berlinale and SXSW audience awards went to his political thriller Profile. In 2016, Bekmambetov founded the tech startup Screenlife Limited developing products based on AI and deep learning for the mass production of Screenlife content. As part of the 42nd MIFF, films will be shown in the Screenlifer program: they are shot by directors from different countries, but in the same format - the film language invented by Bekmambetov, when the action unfolds on the screen of smartphones and computers.
producer and director
Switzerland, Romania
Alexander Iordachescu has been producing films for cinema, TV and multimedia projects for 20 years. After obtaining his master's degree in visual arts and cinema at HEAD Geneva in 1998, he worked for five years in a large company mixing innovation and new media in Geneva and Brussels (Blue Infinity), as creative director. As a producer, he cofounded Elefant Films in 2004 with Ruxandra Zenide, as well as the distribution company Ultraviolet Media, active notably in Eastern Europe and digital distribution. For the cinema he has produced 12 films, all international co-productions. He has produced films by Ruxandra Zenide, THE MIRACLE OF TEKIR (awarded in Zurich and NY) and RYNA (17 international prizes), and co-produced films such as SETTE OPERE DE MISERICORDIA by Gianluca and Massimilio de Seria (Locarno IFF), LULLABY TO MY FATHER by Amos Gitai , THE CHILDHOOD OF ICARUS , which he also directed (Montreal IFF), AGON by Robert Budina, an ambitious co-production with Albania and Greece and recently MISTER DELIGNY – THE HELPFUL WANDERER by Richard Copans. He has produced both first director films such as 6999 Doors by Yamina Zoutat (Visions du Réel  IFF,  Sao Paolo IFF), as well as "veterans" such as Daniele Incalacaterra and Fausta Quattrini, with their film CHACO (Visions du Réel IFF , Mar del Plata IFF ).  He is currently writing and producing an international fiction series, THE SIGNAL, in co-production with RTS, WILD BUNCH TV and BELLOTA FILMS and is also producing a new fiction by Ruxandra Zenide, " 11 YEARS, ABOUT A GIRL ". Alexander is also a mediator and an expert appointed for audiovisual, cinema and new media by the Europe Creative program and has been an expert on several occasions for the Fondation Romande pour le Cinéma / Cineforom.
film critic, writer
He was born in October 1961 and grew up in the north of England. Brian has an MA in Modern History from the University of St Andrews, and spent a postgraduate year at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia on a Robert T Jones Scholarship. In 1986 he worked for CNN in Atlanta, covering the Challenger space shuttle disaster among other stories.    During more than 30 years as a journalist he has written extensively - mostly about cinema, television, sport and travel - for many national newspapers in the UK, including The Independent, the Sunday Times, The Guardian, the Sunday Telegraph and the Financial Times, as well as the Mail and the Mail on Sunday. He is also a well-known interviewer. The Brian Viner Interview, which ran for 12 years in The Independent, became the longest-running weekly interview in British national newspaper journalism. His byline has appeared in numerous magazines, including Tatler, Conde Nast Traveller, Radio Times and High Life, and he is a former winner of a What The Papers Say award for excellence in journalism. Brian is the author of seven books, all non-fiction. His book about the British on holiday was 2011 Book of the Year in the British Travel Press Awards. His other works cover subjects as varied as sport, television, fatherhood and life in the English countryside. His 2004 book Tales of the Country was adapted for the stage by Pentabus Theatre Company. He is currently writing the life story of boxing promoter Frank Warren, to be published later this year by Little Brown. Brian Viner has been the Daily Mail’s film critic since 2013. He also works for MailOnline
Brian is also an aspiring screenwriter. With crime novelist Martin Chatterton he has written a dark comedy, Dotty, envisaged as a six-part TV drama and currently in development with a London production company, Bill Kenwright Ltd.
writer, journalist, director, producer
Graduated from the higher Cinema Institute in Cairo 1997.  Published several social, political & opinion assays in Egyptian &Arab newspapers. Published three short stories collection.  Awarded many Prizes in Literature. After graduation Mahmood Soliman wrote, directed and produced several  short fictions and documentaries that were selected in more than 200 international film festivals and awarded more than 65 prizes including Locarno International film festival. We Have Never Been Kids is his first feature Documentary, it has been awarded 16 prizes and nominations. He has also participated among the jury committees of some international film festivals. Soliman has held several workshops and seminars on documentary film making, most recently in February 2019, in cooperation with Aswan International Women’s Film Festival , Egypt. Mahmood Soliman is currently working on his first narrative feature film.
Russian stage and cinema actress. A graduate of the Schukin College of Theatre. In 2006-2011 was an actress at the Moscow theatre “Sovremennik”. She has appeared in many movies and series, most notably “Aurora Lights”, “Azazel’, “Poor Nastia”, “Star of the Epoch”, “The Last Armoured Train”, “Street Racers”, “Vysotsky. Thank You for Being Alive”, “Ekaterina”, “House Arrest” and others. She participated in the reality show “The Last Hero-3: Staying Alive”. Winner of the youth award “Triumph” (2007), prize for the best debut at the International Festival of Feature TV Films in Saint-Tropez (“Melting of Snow”), of the TV award “MTV-Russia” (2009), was nominated for the Golden Eagle Award for the best female TV part (2016) and the Russian National Andrei Mironov “Figaro” acting award (2016).

Short Films Jury

Marina Jigalova is a producer and investor. For more than 13 years she headed the Disney company in Russia and CIS countries. In that time Disney became one of the leading forces on the media market and in the entertainment industry, launched the production of movies and series under the Disney brand as well as TV programs and digital content. For 10 years the film distribution branch was the leader on the market and became the primary distributor of Russian cinema.
She was born in Moscow, graduated from the department of international economic relations at MGIMO, the business school with the Harvard University, the Higher Courses for Screenwriters and Directors as a feature film director. She is the producer of movies and series including “The Last Hero” (2017), “Happiness is…” (2015), “Happiness is… Part 2” (2019), “Book of Masters” (2009), “After School” (series, 2012) and several shorts. She was a jury member of the St.Petersburg International Film Forum and Chairman of the film distributors’ jury of the film festival “Kinotavr”. Member of the Academy of Russian Television and the National Academy of Film Arts and Sciences of Russia, member of the Filmmakers’ Union of Russia. Winner of state awards and the film award “Golden Eagle 2019” for the best short film.

director, writer, producer
Director, scriptwriter, producer; art director of the festival “KINO: Films from Russia and not only”. Born in Moscow, she has lived in Geneva since 1989. She trained with masters of scriptwriting and directing: Robert McKee, John Truby, Alan Tanner and Andrzej Wajda. She worked as assistant director in Switzerland and France, whilst also making seven shorts. In 2004 she released her debut feature “Love Express”. Her second film, “The Interpreter” [aka Word Play: The Interpreter of an Oligarch] participated in Kinotavr 2006 competition and in many international events. She has created television projects, including the film “Les Caprices de Marianne”, which has been recognized as best television film in Switzerland for 2008, and the serial “L’heures du Secret”, which became the most successful film on Swiss television in 2012. As director and producer she has made two full-length documentary films. Her third feature as director, “Sam” (2014), received awards at IFF New York and Sao Paolo. “Puppet Syndrome” is her fourth work as director in full-length cinema. Among her works feature films “The Puppet Syndrome” (2015), “Mistresses” (2019) and drama series “Nadezhda“ (2019), «One Breath” (2020). 

Guy Davies is a multi award winning, versatile director with a keen eye for visual storytelling. Guy’s experience as a director is diverse, from commercials for Nike and Citibank, to music promo for Kanye West, to four internationally award winning short films. Guy’s passion however really lies in the narrative realm of filmmaking and he hopes to demonstrate this with his debut feature Philophobia (2019) which is included in 42th MIFF program “Young and beautiful”.

Documentary Competition Jury