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Edouard Waintrop (Switzerland)
Edouard Waintrop (Switzerland)
Born near Paris in 1952. His parents were film-buffs, which is why he preferred from very early on to go to the movies than to school. After having managed a film theatre in the suburb of Paris in the 70’s, he began to write critiques and reports in the French daily newspapers Liberation, where he worked for about 26 years. Since 2007 he is the one responsible for the Fribourg IFF. He also writes a weekly blog, le cinoque (cinoque.blogs.liberation.fr) on old films.
Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière (France)
Barbara Lorey de Lacharrière (France)
Paris-based freelance writer and journalist for German and Swiss newspapers and periodicals, specializing in cultural reporting and film criticism. Born in former East-Germany, studied in Munich, Hamburg and Paris, and has masters degrees in psychology and sociology. She has previously worked as a researcher, lecturer and trainer in intercultural communication. She is the founder of Alizarine Productions - Films & Events Inc, Paris, and has curated film weeks and photo exhibitions in France and the USA, conducted workshops on film appreciation and is a program consultant for various international film festivals. A member of FIPRESCI, she has been a juror at a great number of international film festivals all over Europe (incl. Cannes and Venice), as well as the USA, Australia, India and Africa. Director of FIPRESCI Awards Promotion, she is currently organizing special film programs for festivals and Arthouse cinemas.
Luciano Barisone (Italy)
Luciano Barisone (Italy)
Film-club host, journalist and film critic for professional magazines (Filmcritica, Cineforum, Duellanti) and newspapers (La Stampa, Il Manifesto) he founded and is the Director of Panoramiques magazine. He has written monographs on Catherine Breillat, Robert Guédiguian, Clint Eastwood, Naomi Kawase, Nicolas Philibert, Les Films d'Ici and Sydney Pollack. Since 1997 he has collaborated with numerous international film festivals, including the Locarno IFF and the Mostra Internazionale d'Arte Cinematografica, Venice. In 2002 he founded and until 2007 was the Artistic Director of Alba Infinity Festival. Since 2008 he is the Artistic Director of Florence Festival dei Popoli. He has been a jury member at Cannes (Caméra d'or 1997), Marseille (2000), Valladolid (2003), Buenos Aires (2004), Lisbon (2004), Pamplona (2008), Cinéma du Réel, Paris (2009).
Vladimir Alenikov (Russia)
Vladimir Alenikov (Russia)
Film director, scriptwriter, producer, writer and journalist. Born in Leningrad in 1948, he began his career as a poet and translator of French and Spanish. In 1972 he graduated from the Faculty of Film Directing of Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinema, taking courses by correspondence, and in 1975 A. Arbuzov’s and S. Aleshin’s Drama Studio. In 1973 he founded Litfilm Amateur Film Studio and took his first steps as a director. He is the author of several novels, as well as of books for children. He is a member of PEN Club International Union of Writers, and International Federation of Journalists, professor of Filmmaking at Los Angeles University, and academician of National Academy of Cinematographic Arts of Russia and of Russian Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Science. He is a laureate of Russian and international film festivals, Honoured Art Worker of Russia, and Artistic Director of Russian Central Studio of Documentary Films.
Ara Shirinyan (Armenia)
Ara Shirinyan (Armenia)
Born in Yerevan in 1957. Graduated from Armenian Pedagogique Institute, Department of Culture, earning the degree of a Drama Director (course instructor Laert Vagharshyan). In 1994 and 2004 participated in the UNESCO’s International workshops for TV Broadcasting and Documentary production in Seoul, South Korea, and took a training course on Investigative Journalism in Washington, USA, in 2000. Ara Shirinyan has been a director of educational and cultural programs in Armenian State Television from 1982 to 1996. In 1996 he was invited by Hayastan Pan -Armenian Fund to direct the National Fundraising Telethons, which are broadcast annually from Los Angeles. In 1999 together with some of his friends, Ara Shirinyan founded Versus Video Production Studio where about 20 films have been produced in the past 10 years. Some of them were presented at various international film festivals. The Outcasts was awarded an Honorable Mention at the Picture This FF in Calgary, Canada (2002). For his film Mystery of Minas Ara Shirinyan received the Best Investigative Film award from Internews Armenia in 2001. In 2006 documentary Andranik Iosifyan won the Vahan Tekeyan Prize. Since 2004 Ara Shirinyan has been working for Shoghakat TV Company as Artistic Director and Producer.
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