VLADIMIR VALENTINOVICH MENSHOV
The Chairman of the International Jury, Russia
Is a Soviet and Russian actor of theater, cinema and television, film director, screenwriter and a producer. Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1984), People's Artist of the RSFSR (1989), winner of the USSR State Prize (1981) and Oscar in the category of the Best Foreign Language Film. In 1961 he became a student of acting faculty of the Moscow Art Theatre School. In 1965 he graduated from the School-Studio named after Nemirovich-Danchenko under Moscow Art Theater, in 1970 – had a post-graduate studies at the department of directing at VGIK (workshop of Mikhail Romm).
HIRO NARITA, ASC
Director of Photography, USA
Hiro Narita entered filmmaking after several years in graphic design and still photography, first apprenticing the craft under an independent filmmaker over three years.
His credits include everything from the classic concert film, The Last Waltz to the HD feature, Technolust. Among his other Director of Photography credits are: Never Cry Wolf, Dirty Pictures, The Arrival, Star Trek VI, James and the Giant Peach, Hocus Pocus, Honey I Shrunk the Kids, and The Rocketeer. In addition, he directed Isamu Noguchi: Stones and Paper, an hour-long documentary about the artist
Over the years, Hiro Narita has received a National Critics Award for Best Cinematography, Best Photography at Boston International Film Festival and three Emmy nominations. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
Was born on 28 November in Moscow.
Roles in Cinema:
Writer, Curator, Director, United Kingdom
Is a writer, curator and filmmaker specialising in Asian cinema. He is the co-founder, with Tom Mes, of the Japanese film website Midnight Eye.com. His book publications include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (2003), Behind the Pink Curtain (2008),The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Film (2011) and The Creeping Garden: Irrational Encounters with Plasmodial Slime Moulds (2015). He is a regular contributor to Sight and Sound magazine and has curated high profile seasons and retrospectives with, among others, the British Film Institute, Deutches Filmmuseum and the Cinematheque Quebecois. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the director of Zipangu Fest, a London-based festival dedicated to showcasing Japanese independent cinema, and between 2014-2016, the Artistic Director of the Asia House Film Festival. His first feature, The Creeping Garden, a documentary about slime moulds co-directed with Tim Grabham, was released theatrically in North America in 2015.
Director, Script writer, Producer, Kazakhstan
Is a known Kazakh script-writer, director, producer, the most popular comedian and showman. Winner of the People's Favorite 2015 prize in the nomination of The Authority of the Cinematography.
He played for the KVN national team of the Republic of Kazakhstan named Astana.kz in the Higher League in Moscow until 2006. In 2011, Nurtas opens production studio called Nurtas Production. From 2011 to 2013, he makes Escape from the Village television series consisting of three seasons, of which he is also the author of the script, the protagonist, director and producer. In 2014 he made a full-length comedy Kelinka Sabina, which has become the leader of hire in the history of independent Kazakhstan (25 years) and has a box-office on a par with James Camerons Avatar and has collected $ 2.2 million in domestic box office. In 2015, Escape from the village. Operation Mahabbat screens out a new record for attendance in theaters. In 2016, a film Kelinka Sabina 2 was creened out in the theateres and in the same year he made another movie called Taraz, the first project in the genre of drama.