Les Jurys

Jury long Métrage : 7 membres

Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritanie) : Président du jury

Filmmaker and producer, President of the jury for the official competition feature films.
His feature film Timbukutu selected at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival official competition won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 2015 as well as seven French César the same year.

Abderrahmane Sissako


Abdelhalim Massoudi (Tunisie)

Born in 1965 in Jerissa, Le Kef.
Tunisian Writer, critic and academic. Professor of aesthetic and literature. Former member of the Tunisian Association of Film Critics. He published many articles and publications in the cultural field both nationally and internationally.

Abdelhalim Massoudi


Dyana Gayé (Senegal)

French Senegalese film maker, she was born in Paris in 1975.A graduate in film studies from the University of Paris VIII. Her first film, "A woman for Souleymane" (Short 2000) won many prizes.
"Deweneti" (Short) received the Jury Prize at the 2007 Clermont-Ferrand Festival and is one of five films nominated for a French César in 2008,"Un transport en commun", a Short musical is one of five films nominated for a French César in 2011.Her first feature film "Stars" received the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at the Festival Premiers Plans Angers 2014.

Dyana Gayé


Giovanna Taviani (Italy)

Essayist and university professor in Contemporary Literature, she has written several texts on Luigi Pirandello and Pasolini. Since 1997, she heads the magazine "Allegory" and she writes for magazines like "Cinecritica" and "Eidos".
She started as a documentary maker in 2004 with the film I nostri 30 anni: Generazioni a confronto presented as part of the Torino Film Festival.
In 2007, she created and directed the "Salinadocfest", an international festival of narrative documentary in connection with the Mediterranean.

Giovanna Taviani


Khaled Youssef (Egypte)

Is a film maker and a script writer.
In his films, he uses improvisation and realistic-cinema genre as well as Cinema-vérité.
He is not afraid to address controversial issues, such as rape, political corruption and homosexuality. Despite the attacks against him for immorality, he keeps on fighting against all factors he considers responsible for the regression in Egyptian society.

Khaled Youssef


Marc Irmer (France)

is a producer who’s been active for the last 15 years in both French cinema and internationally.
From India to Lebanon, from Chile to Hungary, he covers, with his company Dolce Vita Films, a wide range of fiction and documentary films, all released in theaters in France and presented in the most prestigious festivals worldwide.

Marc Irmer


Yamina Bachir-Chouikh (Algeria)

was born in Algiers in 1954. In 1973, she joins the Algeria Cinema National Center where she works as a script and an editor on many films, both documentary and feature.
She has collaborated, among others, with Abdelkader Lagda, Noureddine Mefti, Ahmed Rachedi and Mohamed Chouikh on "The Citadel" (1989) and "The Ark of the Desert" (1997), as well as Okasha Touita "The scream of Men (1991).
In 2002, her feature film "Rachida" was selected in Un Certain Regard section at the Cannes Film Festival.

Yamina Bachir-Chouikh


Jury Première Œuvre : 5 membres

Sofian Al Fani : Président du jury

Director of photography and camera operator born in 1974, he’s got both Tunisian and French nationality.
After graduated in1997 from the Maghrebian Institute of Cinema in Tunisia in lighting and camera operating, Sofian El Fani makes several training courses in particular on the film «THE ENGLISH PATIENT» of A. Minghella. He did then numerous productions as camera assistant before starting as camera operator in 2001.
He shot the last Abdellatif Kechiche movies (VENUS NOIRE on 2009, LA GRAINE ET LE MULET in 2006 and L’ESQUIVE in 2002) and Nouri Bouzid film,POUPEES D’ARGILE , on 2001.
Sofian El Fani signs afterward several films as director of photography which LE FIL( 2008 ) of Mehdi ben Attia, SHEHRAZADE (2008) of Moez Kammoun, BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR (2012) of Abdellatif KECHICHE AND TIMBUKTU (2014) of Abderrahmane SISSAKO.

Sofian  Al Fani


Paul Baboudjian

Started his career as a creative and manager in the media industry (advertising, television and films).
Paul produced short films and documentary projects in various Countries of the Mediterranean area, developing an international experience and reputation. Then set up his own business in the Gulf countries, contributing to building a stronger local film production environment.
Actively contributed to the setup of Screen Institute Beirut and is strongly committed to promote and develop an Arab screen culture that reflects the views, issues and interests of audiences and communities in the Arab world and to foster international collaboration and networks.
Among others, Paul produced the award wining film “Chatti ya dini” – Director Bahij Hojeij (2010). The film won many regional and international awards starting with the Black Pearl award during the Abu Dhabi film festival 2010.
He also produced the Emirati filmmaker Ali Mostafa’s second film “From A to B” released in winter 2015 in the Arab world and dubbed into Italian for an Italian release in spring 2016 “Viaggio Da Paura”.
Paul has an extensive experience as film expert and mentor, and participated in many workshops and festivals in both the Arab world and Europe.

Paul Baboudjian


Farida Benlyazid : Filmmaker (Morocco)

Originally from Tangier, she graduated with a bachelor's in Modern Literature specialising in film from Paris 8 University in 1974. She joined ESEC school of cinematography and audiovisual techniques in Paris (1975-1976) and completed several internships in Paris from 1977 to 1978.
In 1979, she shot her first documentary Identité de femme (A woman's identity) for the French public television channel France 3. Other documentaries followed: Aminata Traoré, une femme du Sahel (Aminata Traoré, a women from the Sahel) and It's moving! Casanayda!..
She is the author of several feature-length scripts: Poupées de roseaux (Reed puppets) by Jillali Ferhati (1980), Badis by Abderrahmane Tazi (1986), A la recherche du mari de ma femme (Looking for my wife's husband) by Abderrahmane Tazi (1992)..
During her career, she has written, directed and produced feature-length films expressing women's voices: A door on heaven(1988), Feminine wiles(1999), Casablanca, Casablanca (2002) and The wretched life of Juanita Narboni (2005). .
She wrote and directed Frontieras (2012/13), which was produced by Cinéléma..
She also worked for television and directed several very successful films made for television, including Nia tagleb (2000), El Boukma (2001) and Secret de famille (Family secret, 2009).

Farida Benlyazid


Philippe Faucon

Philippe FAUCON is born 1958, Oujda, Morocco.
He has directed 12 movies, including "SAMIA" (2000), "LA TRAHISON" ("THE BETRAYAL") (2005) and "LA DESINTEGRATION" (2011).
In 2004, with Yasmina NINI-FAUCON, he established ISTIQLAL FILMS, through which his latest movie, "FATIMA", has been produced.

Philippe Faucon


Mireille Fanon-Mendesfrance

Mireille Fanon-Mendes France, of literary training, taught literature and general didactic. She worked for UNESCO and the National Assembly specifically on questions of international law. She is currently a consultant in a law firm.
She is founder and president of the Frantz Fanon Foundation. Since 2011, she is an expert within the UN Working Group on People of African Descent, in which she assumed the chair function (2014-2016).In 2009, she received the COJEP International award, Human Rights.

Mireille Fanon-Mendesfrance


Jury Court Métrage et Carthage Ciné-promesse : 5 membres

Maimouna N’DIAYE (Burkina-faso/ France ) President of the Jury

Maïmouna N’Diaye is a theatre and cinema actress as well as a director of documentary films :
«Warbassanga» 1998 «Balan» 2004, «Recréatrales» 2003, «Amando» 2003 and «Tranches de vies» 2009.
As an actress, she has worked in Senegal, in Guinea and in Burkina Faso. She was awarded the Best Actress Award fior her role in L’oeil du cyclone JCC 2015.

N’DIAYE Maimouna


Mariam NAOUM (Egypte)

Playwright and author, she is considered as one of the most important writers in Egypt. She meets success when she wrote her first film One - Nil for which she won several awards both in Egypt and internationally.
She became famous for writing television series and she won in 2013, the title of best writer for the TV Series «A girlnamed Dhat» and «A free wave.» Her latest Productionion is called «Prison of women under control»

NAOUM Mariam


Malik AMABRA (Tunisia)

Malik Amara has studied in l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière (Paris), at the Summer University of FEMIS andat the Arts and Cinema Institute of Tunis. He has worked as senior operator and director in advertisement.
He has directed L’ange de barbarie (Doc) , and four short films : La chaise, Entre temps, Le poisson noyé and Linge sale (TheTanit d’or Prize JCC 2010).



Ludmila CVIKOVA (Pays bas)

Ludmila Cvikova holds an MA from the University of Amsterdam and Comenius University in Bratislava, as wellas the European Diploma in Cultural Project Management.
1997 - 2011 a programmer for the IFF Rotterdam. 2011- 2014 worked at the Doha Film Institute, Qatar, as Head of Film Programming and Deputy Director of Qumra FF.
Independent curator (Where Do We Go Now: Arab Women Behind the Camera, EYE Film Institute, 2015) and advisor.



Ramzi CHOUKAIR - Syria

Ramzi Choukair is a stage and cinema actor and a director. After studying at the Higher Institute of Dramatic Art in Damascus, he made a career in Syria and in France (Avignon, Aix en Provence ...).
He played both in theater and in films, «Arwad» (official competition JCC 2014), Chawki Al Majri «Napoleon Bonaparte».
In 2016, he won the Prize «Helen Hayes Award» for Best Actor for the role of John the Baptist in Salomé.



Jury Takmil : 5 membres

Christophe Leparc - France : Président du jury

Christophe Leparc is the managing director of the Directors’ Fortnight section, held alongside the Cannes Film Festival. He has worked in the industry since 1990 and has extensive experience within film festivals, notably with the Créteil International Women Film Festival and the Cinemed, Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier.
In 1994, he joined Cinemed as programmer and retrospectives responsible.
Between 2000 and 2007, he also worked as a programme manager for the International Critics’ Week section of Cannes.
Since 2007, he is General-secretary of the Director ’s Fortnight at Cannes Film Festival.
In 2016, he is nominated Director of Cinemed, Mediterranean Film Festival of Montpellier.

Christophe Leparc


Viola Shafik - Egypte

Viola Shafik, PhD, a freelance filmmaker, film curator, and film scholar holds the position of a researcher at the Art History Dept./Ludwig Maximillian University since 2016. She authored among others Arab Cinema: History and Cultural Identity, AUC-Press, Cairo, 1998 and Popular Egyptian Cinema: Gender, Class and Nation, AUC-Press, 2007. She lectured at the American University in Cairo, the Zürich University, the Humboldt University and the Ludwig Maximilian University. She was the Head of Studies of the Documentary Campus MENA programme 2011-2013 and was appointed as a trainer for the Berlinale Talent Campus Short Film Station in 2016. Moreover she worked as a consultant for La Biennale di Venezia as well as the Dubai Film Connection. Currently she is a member of the selection committees of the al-Rawi Screenwriters Lab, the Doha Film Institute, and the World Cinema Fund (Berlinale). She directed several documentaries, most notably "Jannat `Ali-Ali im Paradies/My Name is not Ali" (2011) and "Arij - Scent of Revolution" (2014).

Viola Shafik


Khalil Benkirane - Maroc

Khalil Benkirane graduated in Film studies from SFSU. He was appointed from 1998 to 2002 Artistic Director then Executive Director of the San Francisco Arab Film Festival, Cinemayaat. He directed and produced his first feature documentary, The White Thread in 2005.
In 2008, he relocated to Qatar where he produced films for Al Jazeera Children Channel.
In early 2011 he joined Doha Film Institute where he heads the Grants Programme. Khalil is a founding member of The Cinemathèque de Tanger.

Khalil Benkirane


Angèle Diabang - Sénégal

Angèle Diabang studied in The Media Center of Dakar, in the FEMIS in Paris and in The Filmakademia in Germany.
She directed her first film in 2005 "My Beautiful Smile", screened in more than fifty festivals and followed by four other documentaries such as "Congo, a doctor to save women".
In 2006, she created Karonika, a Senegalese production company that produced a dozen of documentaries.
Actually, she is finalizing the development of her feature film, an adaptation of the Mariama Bâ novel "So long a Letter".

Angèle Diabang


Ikbal Zalila - Tunisie

Ikbal Zalila is Phd in film studies from the Sorbonne university. Since 2001, he teaches film studies at ISAMM university.
In 2014, he is appointed as artistic director of the Carthage Film Festival after being a senior programmer for this festival in 2008 and 2010.
Ikbal zalila is a film critic and a former President of the Tunisian Association for Film Critics. He was a member of several critic’s juries in Venice, istanbul and Rotterdam.
He was also a jury member for Afac and Dox-box. He is involved as a trainer in documentary workshops organized by the Documentary film festival of Agadir.

Ikbal Zalila