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09 - 19 Nov. 2017



International Feature Competition Jury

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Inti Cordera

Documentary director and producer Inti Cordera founded La Maroma Producciones in 1995 and the DocsDF film festival in 2006. As a director and producer, he has developed a wide range of features, series and TV shows. He has also served as a jury member at festivals and participated in project evaluation committees, as well as discussion forums and workshops in Mexico, Latin America and Europe.

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Penny Lane

Penny Lane’s most recent film, NUTS!, premiered at Sundance 2016, where it won a Special Jury Prize for Editing. Her debut feature documentary, Our Nixon, premiered at Rotterdam, had its North American premiere at SXSW, won the Ken Burns Award for “Best of the Festival” at Ann Arbor, and was selected as the Closing Night Film at New Directors/New Films. Lane was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” in 2012.

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Khoa Lê

Vietnam-born Khoa Lê lives and works in Montreal. A filmmaker and multidisciplinary artist, and the author of works of fiction, non-fiction and essays, he is interested in issues of identity, cultural hybrids and memory. His most recent film, Bà nôi (RIDM 2013), won awards including the Inspirit Foundation Pluralism Prize at Hot Docs and Best New Talent from Quebec/Canada at the RIDM. Khoa Lê is also president of the PRIM artists’ centre.

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Rachael Rakes

Rachael Rakes is Programmer at Large for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and co-founder of the Art of the Real festival; co-editor of the Brooklyn Rail film section; and Editor at Large for Verso Books. Rakes has written criticism recently for Art Agenda and Artforum, and, with Leo Goldsmith, is writing a book on Peter Watkins. From 2010-2013, she was Assistant Curator at the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Ingrid Veninger

Born in Bratislava, Ingrid formed pUNK Films in 2003 with a “nothing is impossible” manifesto. Since 2008, she has directed five feature films: Only, Modra, i am a good person/i am a bad person, The Animal Project and He Hated Pigeons. In 2014, she initiated the pUNK Films FEMMES LAB to foster features written and directed by Canadian women, sponsored by Academy Award winner Melissa Leo.

Canadian Feature Competition Jury

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Miriam Fahmy

Miriam Fahmy is intensely interested in public affairs, particularly questions of social justice and democracy, to which she devotes her talents as an analyst and writer. For more than ten years she worked at the Institut du Nouveau Monde. She has edited more than 20 collective works and moderated dozens of public debates. She currently writes a column for Métro newspaper and contributes to Nouveau Projet magazine.

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Jean-François Lesage

Jean-François Lesage lived in China for six years, where the courage of the independent filmmakers he met (Wang Bing, Zhao Liang and Yang Lina) inspired him to make his first creative documentary, Une nuit en Chine, shown at the RIDM in 2004. Since returning to Montreal he has made Conte du Mile End, the closing film at the Visions du Réel festival in 2014, and Un amour d’été, Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the RIDM in 2015.

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Jean-François Ruel

Jean-François Ruel, also known as Yes Mccan, is a member of the Québécois hip-hop group Dead Obies, which has been hugely popular throughout the province and beyond for several years (a finalist at the Francouvertes de Montréal on 2013, the group released a new album this year, Gesamtkunstwerk). As a serious cinephile, he is delighted to join the jury for the Canadian Feature competition at this year’s RIDM.

International Short and Medium Length Competition Jury

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Gustavo Beck

Gustavo Beck is a member of the selection committees for Cinéma du réel, IndieLisboa and Olhar de Cinema. He also consults on Latin American films for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and is a regular contributor to film publications such as Desistfilm, Cinética and Mubi. As a filmmaker, he directed The Archipelago (2014), Winter/ Miracle (2012), Chantal Akerman, from Here (2010), Sandro’s House (2009) and Ismar (2007).

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Nadine Gomez

Fascinated by urban and social issues, Nadine Gomez tackled the transformation of urban space in her first documentary, Horse Palace (RIDM 2012). With Métro (RIDM 2015), she took a novel look at Montreal’s underground public transportation system. While developing new projects, Nadine is also a member of the film committee of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, the executive committee of DOC Québec and the board of directors of the Funambules Médias collective.

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Xavier De La Vega

Xavier De La Vega is a franco-mexican journalist an interactive work conceptor. Documentary filmmaker and newsgames creator (journalistic and documentary games). He also writes on subjects like new medias in french publications like the blog documentaire and the Inrocks.


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