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Meet the Jury for IFFI 2016

Larry Smith

Member (UK)

Internationally acclaimed cinematographer and director, he is best known for his collaborations with director Nicolas Winding Refn, Tom Hooper and Stanley Kubrick. Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC), he is known for his work on ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ (1999), ‘The Guard’ (2011) and ‘Bronson’ (2008).


Ivan Passer

Chairperson (Czech Republic, USA)

An internationally acclaimed writer and director, he is a significant figure in the Czech New Wave cinema of the mid-1960s who collaborated as a writer with legendary filmmaker Milos Forman in Oscar nominated films, ‘Loves of a Blonde’ (1965) and ‘Fireman’s Blonde’ (1967). He has received a special prize for outstanding contribution to World Cinema at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.


Leila Kilani

Member (Morocco)

Leila Kilani is a director, screenwriter, and producer. Kilani has worked on films such as ‘Nos Lieux Interdits’ (2008), ‘Zad Moultaka’ (2003), and directed the feature film ‘Sur La Planche’ (2011). During the late 1990s to the early 2000s, Kilani became a freelance journalist and had made her documentary named ‘Tanger, La Reve De Bruleurs’ (2002). One of her most well known documentary works is the film ‘Nos Lieux Interdits’ (2008)


Lordan Zafranovic

Member (Croatia)

Internationally acclaimed writer and director, his most important work is the cult film ‘Occupation in 26 Pictures’ (1978). Zafranovic has been praised as ‘one of the great masters of modernism’. He started his feature film career by directing the film, ‘Sunday’ (1969). His documentaries ‘Eyes of Beijing’ (2003) and ‘China’s Terracotta Warriors’ (2003) won awards for best director at the Belgrade Documentary and Short Film Festival. His documentary and experimental film ‘Symphony of the Heaven City’ (2004) won the UNESCO Prize for the best documentary in 2004.


Nagesh Kukunoor

Member (India)

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker from India, Kukunoor is known for his narrative style and distinct scripts. ‘Hyderabad Blues 1 & 2’, ‘Rockford’, ‘Iqbal’ and ‘Dor’ are some of his most acclaimed films. Kukunoor has received seven International Awards, and the National Film Award for his works.

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