Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Brazil)

Carlos Helí De Almeida is a film reporter and critic from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, collaborating with media outlets specializing in cultural issues. He was a staff member of such newspapers as Tribuna da Imprensa, Jornal do Brasil and O Globo. Carlos is a member of the Brazilian Association of Film Critics (Abraccine), and regularly covers Brazilian and foreign film festivals, such as Cannes, Venice and Berlin. He regularly participates in film selection commissions for film festivals and served as a juror at the 42nd Festival de Brasília. Carlos is the author of «Walter Salles — An Interview», a book published by the Luso-Brazilian Film Festival of Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal), and contributed to «Top 100 Brazilians Films» and «Brazilian Documentary — 100 Essential Movies», both released by Letramento publishing house.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Sweden)

Jon Asp is a film critic, journalist and author. He earned his master’s degree in Film Studies from Stockholm University and Sorbonne III, Paris. He was an editor of the Ingmar Bergman Foundation in Stockholm and is currently editing the Swedish film magazine Point of View (POV). He also writes for Svenska Dagbladet and Aftonbladet. In 2016, he received «Guldpennan», a distinction awarded to Swedish film critics.


Film researcher, FIPRESCI member (UK)

Birgit Beumers is Professor of Film Studies at the University of Aberystwyth, Wales (UK). She specializes in Russian culture, especially in cinema and theatre, and the cinemas of the former Soviet territories. Her publications include «A History of Russian Cinema» (2009) and «Aleksandr Sokurov: Russian Ark» (KinoSputnik 3, 2016). She has also edited «Directory of World Cinema: Russia» (2010; 2014), «A Companion to Russian Cinema» (2016), and «Cinema in Central Asia: Rewriting Cultural Histories» (2013) (with M. Rouland and G. Abikeyeva). She is editor of KinoKultura and of Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (USA)

Godfrey Cheshire is an award-winning critic and filmmaker based in New York City. His writings on film have appeared in the New York Times, Variety, The Village Voice, Cineaste, Film Comment and Sight & Sound, and currently appear on He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics (US).


Film researcher, Professor at University of Pittsburgh (USA)

Nancy Condee is Professor of Slavic and Film Studies and also director of the Global Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh. Her publications include Soviet Hieroglyphics: «Visual Culture in Late 20th-Century Russia» (Indiana UP 1995), «The Cinema of Alexander Sokurov», ed. with Birgit Beumers (I.B. Tauris, 2011); «Imperial Trace: Recent Russian Cinema» (Oxford 2009); and «Antinomies of Art and Culture: Modernity, Postmodernity, Contemporaneity», ed. with Terry Smith and Okwui Enwezor (Duke University Press, 2008). Her articles have appeared The Nation, The Washington Post, October, New Left Review, Sight and Sound, New Formations, PMLA, Wide Angle, Framework, boundary 2, as well as the Russian journals NLO, Seance, Znamia, Voprosy literatury, Iskusstvo kino. She is a co-editor of the journal Studies in Russian and Soviet Cinema (Intellect Books), member of the advisory board of the online cinema journal KinoKultura, the advisory board of boundary 2, and on the editorial board of Critical Quarterly. She has worked as a consultant for the Edinburgh Film Festival, the Library of Congress, and Public Broadcasting for several Frontline documentaries and was Executive Producer for a CD-Rom database on Russian cinema «Kino Ottepeli» (2002).


Film critic, curator, European Film Academy member (Netherlands)

Ludmila Cvikova holds a MA from the University of Amsterdam and Comenius University in Bratislava, as well as European Diploma in Cultural Project Management. From 1997 to 2011, Ludmila was a programmer for the IFF Rotterdam. She has served as an advisor for international festivals, including Karlovy Vary, Locarno, Sarajevo, Yerevan and Bratislava. In 2007-2008, she was the artistic director of Artfilm Festival in her native Slovakia. From 2011 to 2014, she worked at the Doha Film Institute in Qatar as Head of Film Programming, and in the function of Deputy Director of project «Qumra». She was a Reader for the Doha Film Institute «Grants» program, Hubert Bals Fund and Cinemart (both IFFR). Current activities within her own company «Consultancy & Production Ludmila Cvikova» include: associate producing and consulting, curating/advising (EYE Filmmuseum Amsterdam, IFF Rotterdam), reading for HBF, Biennale College Cinema, Torino Film Lab and selecting for Anonimul IFF. As independent curator, Ludmila has organized and curated diverse cultural events in the Netherlands and internationally (collaborated with MoMA in New York). European Film Academy member.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Netherlands)

Hugo Emmerzael is a Dutch film and music critic and a Berlinale Talent Press Alumni. As an editor of De Filmkrant and regular contributor of Gonzo (circus) he examines through writing emerging aesthetics, scenes and sensibilities throughout the world from a critical, sociological perspective. He collaborates with esteemed film festivals like IFFR (Rotterdam), IDFA (Amsterdam), CinemAsia (Amsterdam), NFF (Utrecht) and GAIFF (Yerevan, Armenia).His academic and artistic research is currently focused on the vast and varied film and music culture of Eastern Europe and Eurasia. Most notably, he specializes in the way emerging Russian and Armenian cinema relates to their respective pasts.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Turkey)

An independent journalist working on cinema and a film programmer. She started her career as a reporter and went on as an editor in Sinema, the best-selling film magazine in Turkey from 1994 to 2013. She worked as the editor-in-chief of the same magazine from 2007 until 2013. In 2016, she started film programming for the film events and festivals organized by TURSAK Foundation (Turkish Cinema and Audiovisual Culture Foundation). After serving as the director of Randevu Istanbul International Film Festival for the 19th, 20th and 21st editions, she joined the founding team of Sinematek/Cinema House Istanbul in January, 2019, a project greenlighted by the local government and established in 2018 as a film institution which had long been awaited and missed by filmlovers in Turkey, since the first cinematheque established in 1965 had been closed in 1980 during the military coup d'état. Based in Istanbul, Senem Erdine is a member of FIPRESCI who served in many international juries in film festivals.


Film critic, publisher, member of the European Film Academy (UK)

European culture professional with a long track-record as an international film critic and culture strategist. Publisher of the Creative Europe MEDIA supported Film New Europe one of Europe’s leading newswires for film professionals. FNE is one of the most important international cultural communications projects in the EU and the only one based in Poland. Anna Franklin is also a member of the European Film Academy.

Her numerous film reviews have been published in Film New Europe, Screen International and other publications. She is frequently interviewed and quoted as an expert in film and culture for international media including the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times.

Anna Franklin also has worked as an Arts Officer in London organising community cultural events, has previously served on the advisory committees as an advisor of many famous international cultural events including Cannes Critics Week section of the Cannes Film Festival, head of International Relations Moscow Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival and programming advisor Denver Film Festival. 

Her work as a journalist included work for the BBC, The Times of London, The Guardian, SKY TV, Sundance Channel and Channel Four. She has interviewed heads of state including Margaret Thatcher and Vaclav Klaus. For a number of years she ran her own television production company based in Prague producing programmes and reports about culture and current affairs.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Australia)

A New Zealand-born co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque who co-founded the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia and was its Artistic Director from 2013-2018. A co-founder also of tilde: Melbourne's Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival, Cerise leads a studio at Melbourne's RMIT University on producing film festivals. She co-hosts the film criticism show "Plato’s Cave", broadcast live and podcast weekly by Melbourne radio station 3RRR, has participated in juries and forums for FIPRESCI in the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Russia and Ukraine, and is a regular commentator on intersections of film, gender, sexuality and other matters. Outside of film she plays bass with Queen Kong and the HOMOsapiens.


Film researcher, Professor at the University of Oxford (UK)

Professor Catriona Kelly is a leading world expert in Russian literature and cultural history, with an emphasis on Russian modernism, gender history, the history of childhood, national identity, and the recent history of Leningrad/St. Petersburg. She has published a large number of books on these subjects. In 2013, she was pre-elected President of the Association of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, USA (ASEEES) for the year 2015 — the first person not working at a US university to hold this position. She is currently working on the history of Lenfilm in the post-Stalin era.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Japan)

Film and dance critic, journalist and author. Specialty territory is a Japanese movie including animation movies. Author of several books on film, including "Paris, Deux grandes passions le cinema et la ballet" (1998). Contributing to Fuji Evening News (Yukan Fuji), a leading Japanese daily evening newspaper since 1989, several print, online and broadcast media. Jury member of Japan Film Professional Awards. She has participated in juries for FIPRESCI in Cannes, the Montreal, Busan and jury member of Cannes Critics’ Week 2012. International PEN Japan Center Digital Library Committee Member.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (France)

An independent journalist, film-critic and curator based in Paris. Born in former East Germany, she studied theater in Munich, social sciences in Hamburg and Paris, and holds Masters Degrees in Clinical Psychology and Sociology. Since 1987, she becomes a cultural correspondent and film journalist for various German and Swiss daily newspapers and magazines, such as Die Welt, Tageszeitung, epd Film and Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Barbara continues to contribute to several film magazines. A member of FIPRESCI, she is in charge of its Award Series and a film curator for a wide range of international film festivals and  arthouse cinemas. BLdL is the Artistic Director of the East-West Festival in Orenburg/Russia and an advisor for a variety of festivals like Visions du Réel, Switzerland or FIPA, France. She has served on numerous festival juries around the world, such as Venice, Cannes, Karlovy Vary, San Sebastian, Istanbul, Cairo and Cartagena to name a few. She’s a member of the European Film Academy.


Film critic, FIPRESCI and European Film Academy member (Germany)

Nikolaj Nikitin was born in Moscow in 1974. Founder and director SOFA — School of Film Agents. Nikolaj has been Central/Northern/Eastern Europe’s, Central Asia’s and the Caucasus’ delegate to the Berlin Film Festival since 2002. He has been working for the Goethe-Institut and numerous film festivals around Europe in a film curator’s capacity for the last two decades. He is the founder of an independent film magazine Schnitt (1995) in Germany and the film editing festival Filmplus (2001) in Cologne. Nikolaj is many times a member of various international film festival juries, and invited to teach at film schools around the world.


Film researcher, Professor at University of Pittsburgh (USA)

Professor of Slavic and Film Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. For over twenty years he has been the director of the annual Russian Film Symposium in Pittsburgh, where film scholars from Russia and Europe, Australia and the US participate. His articles on Russian cinema and culture have appeared in the US and UK (Framework, The Nation, New Formations, New Left Review, October), as well as in Russia (Iskusstvo kino, Novaya gazeta, Voprosy literatury). He has worked as a consultant for the Edinburgh Film Festival and has served on film juries in Almaty, Cleveland, Cheboksary, and St.Petersburg. He has received grants from the Social Science Research Council, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Kennan Institute for Russian Studies.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (India)

A Master of Science who worked in financial sector for over twenty-five years and is presently a prolific critic. His specific approach in his work is textual analysis with the emphasis on a political discourse. He received the National Award for Best Film Critic in 1997 and the Homi Bhabha Fellowship in 2000-01. He is the author of three volumes of academic film criticism: «Seduced by the Familiar: Narration and Meaning in Indian Popular Cinema» (Oxford, 2008), «Bipolar Identity: Region, Nation and the Kannada Language Film» (Oxford, 2011) and «The Politics of Hindi Cinema in the New Millennium: Bollywood and the Anglophone Indian Nation» (Oxford, 2014). He has also written two books on cinema for the general reader: «50 Indian Film Classics» (Collins, 2009) and «Director’s Cut: 50 Film-makers of the Modern Era» (Collins, 2013). His essays on Indian cinema find its place in several Indian and international anthologies.

He has also published extensively in Indian newspapers, periodicals and journals like The Indian Review of Books, Caravan, Economic and Political Weekly, Frontline, The Book Review and Biblio: A Review of Books. His writings are available in French and Polish and being translated into Russian. He has written actively on politics and culture at Firstpost website for the past two years. He edited an anthology of essays on South-Indian cinema, published by HarperCollins in 2017. His book «The Oxford India Short Introduction to Bollywood» was published in 2016. Oxford University Press, Sage, Routledge, have published anthologies in which his essays are included. He is the founder-editor of the online journal Phalanx dedicated to debate.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Israel)

Yair Raveh is one of Israel’s leading and best-known contemporary film critics. Since 1996 his extensive film column, «Cinemascope» has appeared in some of Israel’s most influential magazines, and he is now the owner of, Israel’s most popular film website. His weekly film podcast has hosted some of Israel’s most renowned filmmakers. Yair is a regular contributor on his favorite subject on television as well. In addition, he has directed several documentaries, and co-created «HAGIGA» — a landmark 10-part documentary series about the history of Israeli cinema. Raveh is one of the founders and board members of the Israeli Film Critics Association affiliated with FIPRESCI.


Film researcher, curator, Associate Professor at Bologna University (Italy)

Born in Moscow in 1972. Moved to Italy in 1997. Graduated from the State University of Urbino. After finishing graduate school at the University of Bologna Alena started work in the Bologna Cinematheque. Since 2002 she has been working as a programmer at various festivals (Alpe Adria in Trieste, Venice Film Festival, Rome Film Festival, Beijing IFF, Pingyao IFF), specializing in the cinemas of the former USSR and Eastern Europe countries. Alena also oversaw numerous retrospectives in Italy and abroad. Steadily cooperates with theatre festivals and groups, keeps her interpreting activity effective (Award for the translation of «Oxygen» by Vyrypayev, Yeltsin Foundation’s Prize for translation and curation of A. Sokurov’s book «In the heart of the ocean»). Associate Professor of the University of Bologna.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (USA)

Alissa Simon writes about films, filmmakers and film festivals for Variety. She is also currently Senior Programmer for the Palm Springs International Film Festival and a programmer for the Chicago International Film Festival. Alissa has been a film curator for more than 25 years and was named the «Chicagoan of the Year» in 1999 for her innovative work as an Associate Director/Programmer at the Film Center of the School of the Art Institute. She began her programming career at the Film Department of Walker Art Center, moving on to the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House. She has served on numerous festival juries.


Film researcher, curator (Germany)

Swetlana Slapke is a Doctor of Philosophy and Art Studies. She taught the cultural history of the Turkic peoples in Humboldt University. Later on, she moved to «Channel 2» of the Germany State Television as a scientific advisor, editor and director of television documentaries and the news casts about Central Asia. After that, she became a program Director of the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Berlin, a member of the Artistic Council of Cottbus Festival of East European cinema, a Board member of the German-Russian Festival in Berlin responsible for Russian program. She is currently the Director of the «Eurasia Global Connecting» Agency, which deals with scientific and cultural exchange: supports joint film projects and holds Film Days of various Eurasian countries in Germany. She is the author of publications on culture and cinema of Central Asia.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Франция)

Leo Soesanto is a French film critic. His writings have appeared in Les Inrockuptibles, Grazia and Libération, among other publications. He is a programming Director at Festival International du Film Indépendant de Bordeaux since its creation in 2012, Senior Programmer at International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2016, and short films selection coordinator at Cannes Critics’ Week since the 2017 edition.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (Canada)

Christina Stojanova is Associate Professor at the Department of Film, University of Regina. She contributes regularly to the specialized and academic print, and online media, and her writings are translated into many languages. Co-editor of the critical anthologies «Wittgenstein at the Movies» (2011) and «The Legacies of Jean-Luc Godard» (2014), she is the editor of «The New Romanian Cinema» (2019) and «The Legacy of German Expressionism» (2019). Her book on Canadian animator Caroline Leaf is to be published in 2020. Member of the Quebec Film Critics Association, Christina regularly sits on international film festival juries.


Film critic, European Film Academy member, FIPRESCI Deputy General Secretary (Turkey)

Was born in 1969 in Istanbul. She was graduated from the University of Istanbul with a BA in journalism and public relations in 1991. She began working for the Milliyet Art Review and Milliyet daily newspaper the same year. During the 16 year period in this media group she has been a journalist, film critic and the editor of the Art Review. Meanwhile she made various cinema programs for the cultural channel of the Turkish Radio and Television TRT 2 including the Magic of Cinema which screened  almost 500 classic films for 10 years. She programmed and presented the Thematic Films Ribbon for the news channel 24 between 2007–2012. She has been a critic and a columnist for the Star daily newspaper for six years. She has given several film courses in private cultural institutions. She is currently writing for the culture&art website and Tasciyan has been an advisor and programmer for all the leading international film festivals in Turkey. She has served in many national and international film festival juries. She is a member of the European Film Academy. She served as the Vice President (two terms) and the President  (two terms) of FIPRESCI - International Federation of Film Critics between 2010-2018. She was elected the Deputy General Secretary in 2018.


Film critic, FIPRESCI member (UK)

Amber Wilkinson is a journalist with more than 20 years of print, online and broadcast experience. She co-founded website Eye for Film and has helped it grow into a leading UK film publication platform respected around the world. A member of FIPRESCI and the Online Film Critics Society, she has also been involved in running FIPRESCI mentoring programs for young journalists. Her freelance byline has appeared in outlets including The Times, The Age, The Daily Telegraph, Filmmaker Magazine and The Sunday Mail.

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