Ahmad Alasti

Born on 1948 in Mashhad. After graduating from dramatic arts collage of Tehran in cinema major, he got his master of aesthetics and doctrine of cinema aesthetics from Texas University, Dallas.
Teaching at Art and Tehran University, provincial universities at Dallas, Soure University, broadcasting organization university, and the Islamic center of film making training. Holding cinema festivals of Shakespeare, women on frame, and Glasson west at provincial universities in 1988, 1989, and1990. Alongside with professor Klaus shtanic, German film maker and teacher, he has managed the common project of Soure institute and German film and Television University named (bridge1) and (bridge2).
He was a jury member of foreign festivals such as film festival of America at Dallas 1988-1989. He was the jury member of national festivals such as Tehran short film festival, Roshd, Haghighat Cinema, mirror and the sun, Kish documentary, Parvin Etesami, jury member of the first Ebdaa festival Dubai 2010, and jury member of the first Tehran university film festival 2008.
He was Jean Roach’s student in 1982 and got the appreciation letter of membering Jean Rouch foundation in cinema museum. He has also studied with Charles Harpol, Robert Courigan, kazuyo Sakai, and Paul Monaco, Emily de brigard, and Pitter Lou.
One of his important artwork is translating the book of “the documentary of the grass, three narrative and one introduction” written by Marian Caldwell Cooper, Margaret Elton Harrison, and Ernest Beaumont Schoedsack, Aavande Danesh publication 20015. Writing “the art of care, speech and picture in ethnography”, Michael Opitzn Ahmad Alasti, translated by Mohammad Hemmati, Bongahe Tarjome and Parse publication, 2014.

Gina Dellabarca

Gina Dellabarca is the Festival Director for Show Me Shorts Film Festival, Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading international short film festival. The festival has been running since 2006, and Ms Dellabarca is one of the co-founders. Show Me Shorts is a highly respected Oscar-qualifying event that receives thousands of entries from filmmakers globally each year.

Ms Dellabarca was recently honoured by the Queen and welcomed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM), in acknowledgement of her services to the New Zealand film industry. In addition to her work with Show Me Shorts, she is a Board member for the world-wide Short Film Conference organization, working to promote the status of the short film and unite the global short film community.

Prior to starting Show Me Shorts, Ms Dellabarca worked in marketing and publicity for the film industry. She has been a co-owner and manager of an important art-house cinema in Auckland. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Film, and a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing and Management, from Victoria University of Wellington.

Joao Garcao Borges

João Garção Borges
Cinema and TV director, producer, screenwriter, editor and film critic.
Graduated by the Film School of the National Conservatory of Lisbon.
He began his career as a filmmaker in 1976 and in 1979 joined the ranks of RTP (Rádio e Televisão de Portugal) where he developed several fiction and documentary projects and was responsible for all fiction production, co-production and programming. In 1996, he created for RTP2 and for the first time in Portugal a special format for short films selected from all over the world, ONDA CURTA, now integrated in a new media project called SHORTSPLANET.
He has been a member of many juries in the major international film festivals.
Nowadays he is developing a documentary project in South America about an old Guarani trail that linked the Atlantic coast of Brazil to the mountains of the Inca Empire in Peru.

Salvatore Finocchia (Turi)

Turi Finocchiaro after completing film studies on the artistic level (France) and technical level (Belgium) and becoming familiar with the landscape in several European countries, heI decided to go into the field of audiovisual production with an initial foray into fiction films (Italy), followed by documentaries (Belgium).  From 1993 onwards, he worked for a number of production companies in the field of project development and financing applications for European programmes (Media, Eurimages). This led him to found E.F.C. in Rome in 1996 devoted exclusively to project development.  In 1998, he went on to create Impronte Digitali in Rome, an independent production company devoted to short films and creative documentaries. After returning to Belgium in 2004, he has directed several films with Nathalie Rossetti and together, along with Amel Bouzid, they have founded Borak Films in 2009.

This company produced/coproduced 20 creative documentaries in these 10 past years – maon of them worldwide released.

Shubhra Gupta

Shubhra Gupta is a senior columnist and film critic at The Indian Express.

She has written a widely-read weekly review column for over 20 years, and is one of India’s most well-known and respected film critics.

She is a frequent traveller to film festivals around the world ( Berlin, Cannes, Toronto, Doha,Macao,Teheran, Bangkok), and has served on national and international juries.

She curates and conducts the hugely popular platform, The Indian Express Film Club, in Delhi and Mumbai. The screening is followed by animated discussion, which she moderates.

One of the most rewarding aspects of her work is the creation and running of modules on `Understanding Cinema’ for students at media and technology institutes.

She served as a member of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) between 2012-2015.

Shubhra received the prestigious Ramnath Goenka award for the best writing on film in 2012.

Her first book, ‘50 Films That Changed Bollywood 1995-2015’, published by HarperCollins, is a unique account of the growth of the largest film industry in the world, in post-liberalised India.