Independent filmmaker, professor, and programmer at the Aswan International Women Film Festival

Mariam Hamdy

Mariam Hamdy is a Ph.D. candidate at Philipps-Universität Marburg in Germany. Her Ph.D. project is an academic attempt at “Deconstructing the Myth of Arab Identity in Film Festivals.” She is a Film Professor at the American University in Cairo and a Film programmer at Aswan International Women Film Festival. Ms. Hamdy is an active member in various film festivals as well as film conferences worldwide. She received her BA and MA from the American University in Cairo in English and Comparative Literature and Theatre as well as in Arabic Literature. Ms.  Hamdy has also given several independent directing and screenwriting workshops and, above all, she is an independent filmmaker.

Film critic, and Vice-President, Federation of Film Societies of India

Premendra Mazumder

Premendra Mazumder has been writing about cinema for over four decades and he has been active within the Film Society since 1977. He is currently Vice‑President of the Federation of Film Societies of India and Asia‑Pacific Secretary of the International Federation of Film Societies (IFFS). He holds the office of the Secretary for the India chapter of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI). He works as an advisor with many international film festivals and runs a few festivals as well, as program director, coordinator and consultant. He has served as a jury member on about 30 film festivals around the world.

Filmmaker and producer, founder of Produtora Megalito Media

Carlos Coelho Costa

A professor at the Universidade da Maia, a researcher at CITEI (Center for Research in Technologies and Intermediate Studies) and a collaborator at eHeritageLab, New Media Laboratory for the Heritage of the University of Porto, Carlos Coelho Costa has a PhD in Art and Design. He is also an acclaimed film and television director and producer, founder of Produtora Megalito Media, having so far won over 300 international film awards. He is also the Artistic Director for the Festival International de Cinéma et de Mémoire Commune (Nador, Morocco).