Meet The Jury
Actor | Bangladesh
Azmeri Haque Badhon
Azmeri Haque Badhon, is a Bangladeshi actress and model. Her career took off when she became the 2nd runner-up of the renowned beauty pageant show- “LUX Channel I Superstar (2006)”. She immediately started working in television dramas with eminent writer-director Humayun Ahmed. Meanwhile, she continues her modeling career, representing prominent local and global brands. After working in numerous TV dramas, Badhon played the lead role in the film "Rehana Maryam Noor" in 2021 which became the first Bangladeshi film ever to be in the prestigious Cannes Film Festival's official selection. She received much praise and appreciation for her brilliant performance in the film and went on to win multiple awards in the international film festivals around the world such as the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in the Best Actress Category, Best Performance in the Cinemajove Valencia International Film Festival, Mosaic International South Asian Film festival, and the Best Film Actress award in the critics' choice category in Meril Prothom Alo Award 2021. Badhon also won the national award in 2021 for the film. In 2020, she played the lead role in famed Indian filmmaker Srijit Mukherji’s thriller web series “Robindronath Ekhane Kawkhono Khete Aashenni” and won Hoichoi Award 2021 in the category “Outstanding First Appearance on Hoichoi (Female)”.
Formerly trained as a dental surgeon, Badhon lives with her 12-year-old daughter in Dhaka. She is a fierce supporter of women's empowerment and gender equality.
Head of Marketing & Sales | Italy
Beatrice Moia is the head of marketing and sales at WANTED CINEMA, an independent distribution company based in Milan. She has been collaborating for IULM University in Milan as assistant professor of "Languages of cinema" heading a seminar on film distribution (IULM). She collaborates as an editor with some magazines and websites in the field of cinema.
Director & Producer | U.S.A & Greece
Daphne is an award-winning Greek-American director and co-founder of BREAKING THROUGH THE LENS. Her feature documentaries and short films have won 11 International Awards including “Best Emerging Filmmaker” and “Best Documentary” at X-Dance for CHILDREN OF THE WIND. Her work has been featured on CNN, SBS, Amazon Prime and broadcast in over 30 countries. Most recently, Daphne was selected for the Directors UK Trinity Challenge with EXIT TO STAGE (2019) a short film that won ‘Best Director’ at London Independent Film Awards. Daphne is founder of Seek Films and currently in pre-production for her debut narrative feature THE EYE set in 1980’s Greece with Argonoauts Productions and Fingerprint Content.
Actor & Screenwriter| Romania
Lara Roxana Popa
Lara is an entrepreneur, actor and screenwriter. After finishing the Faculty of Arts in Bucharest, she played the lead in LUV by Murray Schisgal at an independent theater and later on she toured Romania with a beautiful children’s play. Lara eventually teamed up with Olimpia S. Mustata and made her first feature film as a leading lady and as a screenwriter, Innocent Temptations, produced by Columna Cinema in 2016.
Producer | China & Hong Kong
Rainbow Fong is the Artistic Director of China Golden Rooster Awards/Film Festival in foreign films and was festival consultant to the Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival and Academy of Film, Baptist University of Hong Kong. She is a memberof NETPAC, China Film Association and served as consultant and jury member to various international film festivals including Hawaii Int’l Festival, Guanajuato Int’l Film Festival, Film Critic Awards for Arab Films etc. As a writer, Rainbowpublishes works on culture/film in both lifestyle magazines and trade journals from Esquire to fipresci’s. She is also Associate Producer to 100 YARDS by Xu Haofeng that is officially invited to Toronto International Film Festival in 2023.
Actor | Portugal
Madalena Brandão is a versatile Portuguese actress with extensive experience in theatre, television, cinema and dubbing. She has collaborated with renowned directors, worked on various notable projects, and won Best Actress at the European Film Festival UK in 2021 for her role in "Night Walk." Madalena is also is set to release a short film soon.
Head of Programming & Film Acquisition www.Sooner.be | Belgium
Sarah Semana is head of programming and film acquisition for the Sooner platform, which is available in the Benelux and specialized in arthouse films. Highly sensitive to gender issues, she has produced a podcast named "Les Glaneuses" profiling women filmmakers in Belgium, for which she won the Audience Award 2022 at the Brussels Podcast Festival
Filmmaker & Producer | Belgium & Romania
Ilinca Neagu is a Belgian-Romanian filmmaker and producer. She graduated in 2009, from the National Academy of Theater Arts and Cinema U.N.A.T.C. “I.L. Caragiale” Bucharest, with the short film Desert Rain, winner of the Best Sound Award at the 13th CinemaIubit Student Film Festival. She is also a 2010 Berlin Talents Campus Alumni.
In 2012, she established her own production company, IN Visuals, specialised in production servicing for international crews and multi-country shoots in Europe and Asia.
Amongst the different projects her company has worked on, one can count the Emmy-nominated series Rotten and Broken for Netflix, BBC’s Great Continental Railway Journeys, several episodes of National Geographic Explorer, the documentary Tabous et Interdits for TV5 Monde and many more.
Her short film Boxed In, an independent co-production between Belgium and Romania, was a success on the international festival circuit and on the small screens, being a constant presence on Shorts TV in Europe and its sister channel in the US, Shorts HD.
Her latest films, centred around the world of sports are considered some of the most successful documentaries on the GCN+ platform.
A passionate author and activist, Ilinca has also published several articles revolving around human rights issues. Some of them have been, most notably, released in the anthology EA – Perspective Feministe Asupra Societatii Romanesti by Oana Zamfirache at Curtea Veche Publishing, in 2019.