“With their vast professional experience and exceptional careers on the international stage, these ambassadors for the Festival will enrich the discourse on art and draw on their expertise and creativity to give illuminating perspectives on the films in the official competition,” says Philippe U. del Drago, Executive Director of FIFA.
Feature Film Jury
Emelie de Jong - Head of Arts Department ARTE France
Emelie de Jong started her career at ARTE France as a journalist and translator at the Press Service and rapidly joined the Performing Arts Department, where she developed emblematic programmes such as the urban culture magazine Tracks and Music Planet Tonite, while commissioning documentaries for the Musica slot and working on live transmissions of opera and pop/rock festivals. In 2003, she helped set up the then newly-created Culture Department, where she co-produced with international partners, acquired and pre-bought documentary films for cultural theme evenings about subjects as varied as the Quai Branly Museum, Japanese Animation, Franz Kafka, On the Road to American Culture, Alexandre Soljenitsyne, Cinema and Psychoanalysis or War Photographers, while updating Metropolis, ARTE’s legendary culture magazine. She is currently head of the Arts Department, that develops and proposes ambitious cultural documentaries and performing arts programmes, emblematic magazines such as Tracks (now headed for its twenty fifth year) as well as digital native documentary formats for broadcast on ARTE as well as on the channel’s digital platforms.
Phoebe Greenberg - Founder and director of Phi
A cultural entrepreneur based in Montreal for more than 20 years, Phoebe Greenberg is a pioneer in the research for new modes of art consumption. Phoebe is a graduate of the École internationale de théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris, an institution that emphasizes the body, movement and space at the heart of theatrical performance. She saw great creative potential in Old Montreal, where she established Phi when few people cared about it and tourists were scarce. In 2007, she created the Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art (originally DHC-ART), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing impactful experiences with contemporary art to the public. The Phi Centre opened in 2012, promoting art in all its forms, as well as its development, production and dissemination. To this day, Phoebe has transformed no less than five historic buildings, to which she has given a second life that does not undermine their legacy. Phoebe Greenberg is taking part in the renewal of the district by giving it new purpose and values. Initially driven by her love of the Old Port, Phoebe was also inspired by the deep conviction that everything evolves. The neighbourhood is destined to transform rather than preserve itself.
Laurent Métivier - Head of Audiovisual at Opéra de Paris
Laurent Métivier has been head of audiovisual at the Paris Opera since 2006. He is the executive producer of all the performances recorded at the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille. He also manages “3èime scène”, the Paris Opera’s free online platform, which presents original films about opera in all its forms. He is also in charge of the 30 or so documentaries filmed at the Opera every season, which he also sometimes co-produces. Between 1996 and 2006, he worked at France 2 where he was responsible for the public broadcaster’s cultural programs, magazines and special reports as well as variety and game shows, trailers and short programs. He holds a master’s in television management from Paris Dauphine University and has also worked for TF1 vidéo.
Cosimo Terlizzi - Visual artist and director of Asolo Art Film Festival
Cosimo Terlizzi is a visual artist and artistic director of Asolo Art Film Festival. He lives and works in Italy. He develops his art works through the use of different media, from photography to performance and art video. His art works have been exhibited in museums and galleries such as Centre Pompidou in Paris, Mambo in Bologna, Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw, Fondazione Merz in Turin, Galleria Civica d’Arte Contemporanea of Trento, MACRO in Rome, National Museum of Wroclaw in Poland. He also realizes documentaries screened in festivals such as Rotterdam Int. Film Festival, Festival d’Automne in Paris, Kunstenfestivaldesarts in Brussels, Dance Biennal in Venice, Turin Film Festival, Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata, London Int. Documentary Festival, Int. Film Festival of Rome. In 2018 he directed his first feature length film produced by Valeria Golino and Riccardo Scamarcio: Dei. He’s been the artistic director of Asolo Art Film Festival since 2019.
Short Film Jury
Catherine Bédard - Head of the Exhibition Program and and Deputy Director of the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris
Catherine Bédard is an art historian, exhibition curator and author. She has an M.A. in Art History from the Université de Montréal, and a Diploma for Advanced Studies (D.E.A.) in History and Civilization from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences sociales in Paris, France. For the past 25 years, she has promoted Canadian art in France, where she has developed a broad network encompassing the visual arts, music and film. As head of the Exhibition Program at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris for more than 20 years, and Deputy Director of the Centre since 2010, she has devoted herself to the showcasing of Canada abroad, through the lens of cultural diplomacy. To date, she has organized nearly 100 exhibitions in partnership with various Canadian and European art centres and museums, expanding the reach and influence of Canadian creators and thinkers on the European scene. She is the curator of more than 50 exhibitions and the author of numerous exhibition catalogues. She has taught, for several years, Geopolitics of Art at Paris 3 (Sorbonne Nouvelle). She has been a juror for the International Festival of Films on Art (2007), the Scotiabank Photography Award (2014–2016), and currently sits on the Patronage Committee for the Fondation des Artistes, in Paris. In 2019 she won the Award for Outstanding Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art of the Hnatyshyn Foundation.
Marley Hansen - Programmer NOWNESS | London
Marley Hansen is the programmer at video content site NOWNESS, acquiring and curating the best in short-form content from around the world. Recent projects include programming screenings during NY Fashion Week, Photo London and Sheffield Doc Fest. Marley was also member of the Jury at last years Fashion Film Festival Kyiv. Her current work in the online space stems from a background in film production and from her Master’s degree in International Film Business at The London Film School. From producing short films during her studies to coordinating international film shoots Marley has a well-rounded knowledge of the filmmaking process from conception and development through to distribution and exhibition.
Rad Hourani - Multidisciplinary artist | Paris + Montreal
Rad Hourani is a multidisciplinary artist. He was the first to be invited by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris to present the first unisex Haute Couture collection in the history of fashion, making him the first Canadian to be amongst the greatest creators. His work is a careful study of the human being who values neutrality. His work is an attentive observation of humanity that celebrates neutrality as a defining human trait. He sees modernity as an odyssey free of nations, gender, age, race, limits and conditioning. He has been exhibited around the world in institutions such as the Tate Modern, the Centre Pompidou, The Guggenheim Museum, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and others. For Rad Hourani art is the basis of all creation. Imperative to human existence, the expression of visual meaning is the source for our built environment. Without it, there would be no architecture, no technology, no medicine, no imagination; nothing. Humanity would be recant as a vestigial sense of self, unable to access consciousness.
Awarded PrizesSix prizes will be awarded by the jury : Grand Prize, Jury Prize, Prize for Best Essay, Prize for Best Portrait, Cineplex Odéon Quartier Latin Prize for Best Canadian Work and Prize for Best Short Film.
Selection CommitteeTo evaluate the 700 or so films submitted for FIFA’s 38th edition, Director of Programming Jacinthe Brisebois assembled a selection committee of passionate and accomplished professionals:
Francine Allaire, executive producer, consultant;
Anna Alexandre, art director and producer at DAN CIN LAB
Pablo García Conde, film programmer;
Marie-Odile Demay, Transmedia Producer and Designer at MODemay (Quebec);
Françoise Gazio, film producer, Salto et Solera Films, Idéale Audience (France);
Maxime Labrecque, Year-round activities programmer at FIFA, CEGEP professor, university lecturer, radio commentator and author (Quebec).