Klaus Eder (Germany) – Chairperson

Klaus Eder


Klaus Eder was born in 1939 in the German city of Augsburg. He studied German literature at Stuttgart University in 1959 and later became the editor of the monthly film magazine “Film”. From 1968, he served as a film critic of the national public radio “Bayerischer Rundfunk”. He was the author of several books including his works on Andrzej Wajda, Luis Bunuel, Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovski; he is also the co-author of A History of Bulgarian Cinema. Klaus Eder is the curator of a series of 30 films on the 50s of the Germany, titled “After the War, Before the Wall” and of a series of films by the German director Helmut Käutner, accompanied by a book published by the Goethe Institute in 2007. He was the programmer of the Munich International Film Festival from the 1986 to 2007 as well as the advisor of a variety of festivals. He is a prestigious member of the international juries in many festivals such as Venice, Montreal, Istanbul and Moscow to mention a few. As the General Secretary of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), a position which he holds since 1987, he currently resides and works in Munich, Germany.


Jeffrey Jeturian (Philippines)

Jeffrey Jeturian

Jeffrey Jeturian is a renowned director studied Broadcast Communication at the University of the Philippines. He has worked as a production assistant, script continuity supervisor, art director, production designer, director for television and assistant director before making his debut as a film director. The Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino, the most prestigious organization of film critics in the Philippines, added three of his films Pila-Balde, Tuhog and Kubrador to its list of twenty important Filipino films produced during the past twenty years. Amongst these, Pila-Balde has received numerous awards and citations, including a Gold Prize at the 2000 Houston-Worldfest International Film Festival, NETPAC Jury Prize at the 1999 Cinemanila International Film Festival, a US premiere at the Lincoln Center (New York) as well as exhibitions in several other countries; Kubrador, widely perceived as Jeturian’s most accomplished film, was exhibited in more than a hundred international film festivals, including a US premiere at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), winning over forty national and international awards including NETPAC and FIPRESCI prizes. He is currently at work on his tenth film, “Lakambini” (Woman Leader), a historical film about the widow of one of the Philippines’ revolutionary heroes.



The Bit Player (Ekstra) 2013
Christmas Eve (Bisperas) 2010
The Bet Collector (Kubrador) 2006
Bikini Open 2005
One Moment More (Minsan Apa) 2004
Bridal Shower 2004
Larger than Life(Tuhog) 2001
Fetch a Pail of Water (Pila Balde) 2000
Wish It Were Love (Sana Pag-Lbig Na) 1998


Na Renhua (China)

Na Rehuna


Largely known as a brilliant actress, she has dedicated her cinematic artistry of acting and film making to the cause of creating intense movies reflecting the state of China. She has achieved large feats in her 35 years as an actress in the industry. Born in Mongolia in 1962, she worked specifically to bring to light the Asian culture for which she has received various national and international accolades as an actress. A graduate from Beijing Film Academy, China and the prestigious National Film and Television School, UK, she started young in her career with Ru Yan Fei being her first film. Na Renhua won the Golden Rooster Award for the Best Actress, the highest honour in Chinese Cinema in 2011 for My Mongolian Mother. She was the producer and the lead actress in The Season of the Horse (2004) which has won awards at several international film festivals. Na Renhua has served in international film festival juries including Moscow, Kolkata, Siberia, Kerala international film festivals etc. and she is on a permanent contract with the China National Theatre.


Max Tessier (France)

Max Tessier

Born in France in 1944, Max Tessier attended Sorbonne (Paris) during 1963-65 and also studied Japanese language and Civilization at the INALCO (Paris). Since 1965, he was a film critic for various newspapers and magazines and foreign publications such as CINEMAYA (New Delhi), Les Voix (Kyoto/Paris) and now for Positiff and OVNI.
Specialized in Japanese and Asian cinemas, he has published numerous articles in the above mentioned magazines, and some books on Japanese cinema. He has programmed 220 Japanese films at the Centre Pompidou, on the occasion of the Japan Year in France, in 1997. Collaborator to the Dictionnaire du Cinema Asiatique (for Japan and the Philippines), published by Editions du Nouveau Monde in 2008. Max Tessier was also an artistic consultant for several festivals, mainly for the Cannes Festival (1983-2000), and a member of several juries in European and Asian festivals (San Sebastian, Vesoul, Cairo, Tokyo, Pusan, Gwanju, Hong Kong, Singapore, Cinemanila, Cinemalaya, etc).


Fatemeh (Simin) Motamedarya (Iran)

Fatemeh (Simin) Motamedarya


Fatemeh (Simin) Motamedarya ( 1961) began her career in theater as a teenager and has become the most celebrated actress in the history of Iranian cinema. She has performed in more than 50 films, stage plays and television series and has made documentaries about ex- Iranian President Mohammad Khatami and women who love cinema. She is also a professor of cinema and theater in Isfahan and has been chosen as the Ambassador of charity organizations. A multi – award- winning actress, she won her most recent prizes at the 2011 world film festival in Montreal for Here without Me, and the Henri Langlois prize in France in 2012.