SHORTS Jury – Andra Tévy
Andra Tévy is native from Romania, lives and works in France since she was 18. She studied twice at the national French school, la FEMIS, first cinematography then script writing. She has been working on feature films during 15 years in the camera department while teaching and writing scripts that she begun to direct in 2013. Her short film THE WALL was presented in more than 50 international festivals, won more than 15 prizes among which are the Best Short Fiction and the Public Favourite Award at Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2015. It was also pre-nominated in 2016 at the French greatest cinema reward – César. Nowadays Andra works on her first feature film script, a black comedy about social pressure regarding our body shape : IF CINDERELLA KNEW…
SHORTS Jury – Benjamin Hodges
Benjamin Hodges is an artist and academic originally from Virginia in the U.S. He studied in Florida and Texas which involved a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. His research, teaching, and artwork span emergent and historical practices in visual culture and digital media. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Macau.
SHORTS Jury – Carlos Caires
Carlos Sena Caires was born in Funchal, Portugal. He is Dean of the Faculty of Creative Industries of the University of Saint Joseph (Macao, China), Associate Professor in Design for the University of Saint Joseph and Assistant Professor for the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal (Porto, Portugal). From 2011 to 2016 he was the coordinator of the master in Sound and Image and the Post-graduation in Digital Design. He was also the chief editor of the Journal of Science and Technology of the Arts – CITARJournal – of the School of Arts (2010 – 2013). As a senior researcher, was the coordinator of a Research Group of Digital Creativity at the CITAR Research Centre (2010 – 2016). Holding a PhD in Aesthetics, Science and Technology of the Arts from the University of Paris 8, France (2010) and a graduate degree in Graphic Design from the University of Madeira in Portugal (1994). His art projects focus on interactive-video installations, interactive cinema, and digital art installations were exhibited in Portugal, Spain, France, Brazil, Canada, and Macao.
SHORTS Jury – Cristiano Pereira
Cristiano Costa Pereira
Born in Porto, Portugal.
Graduated in Cinema and Theater by the Superior Artistic School of Porto (ESAP).
Teacher and filmmaker.
Director at OPPIA – oPorto Picture Academy.
Director of the Douro Filme Festival – Super 8mm International Film Festival. The seventh edition, which will debut in November 2018, is currently in production.
On December 15, 2016, the films of the V Douro Film Festival were screened at an Extension in Macau, at the Dr. Stanley Ho Auditorium, at the Consulate General of Portugal in Macau and Hong Kong. This projection was reported in TDM, in a play by Rita Tavares-Teles.
SHORTS Jury – David Rouault
David Rouault is a professional classical musician, trumpeter who studied in Paris Superior Conservatory and played with the most notorious French and Asian symphonic orchestras. He participated in numerous recording in different styles and perform regularly as a soloist, in chamber music and within orchestras. He also gives classes and masterclasses in Europe and Asia. David is also a wine professional, columnist, giving oenological presentations and consulting.
SHORTS Jury – João Brochado
João Nuno Brochado was born in 1983 in Porto, Portugal, within a family strongly related to the arts. He quickly gets interested in photography and cinema and at age 9, while visiting the Moving Image Museum in London, decides what he wants to proceed when he grows up. At the age of 15 João creates his first documentary about the S. João National Theatre, for a school project. In 2001 he enrolls in the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal, where he graduates in Sound and Image and later got a Master Degree specializing in Cinema and Audiovisual. During those years he works in documentaries, commercials, live events and cinema, and his final project “TAX FREE” was selected for more than 20 festivals and won several awards. In 2006 he did a New York Film Academy’s workshop, and later was an teacher assistant there. He also did an internship at Utopia Filmes studios, in Lisbon.
In 2007, his entrepreneurial spirit led him with 3 colleagues to create Cimbalino Filmes studios in Porto. There he has been directing and producing projects: promotional films for brands like Vodafone, SuperBock, McDonalds, Renault, Salsa, Port Wine but also television shows, music videos and short-films like the awarded “Tokyo Porto 9 hours” and “Down to the Sea”. He also participated in the creation of multiple virtual scenarios in video mapping technique, for theatre plays, concerts and events. In 2014 João releases his first feature documentary “A Man Sized Mountain” which was nº1 top sales and sold out after only 3 weeks.
At the same time João started his academic career as a visiting professor in 2008 at the School of Arts of Catholic University of Portugal, and then in 2016 at the Faculty of Creative Industries of the University of Saint Joseph, in Macau.
SHORTS Jury – João Cordeiro
João Cordeiro has been developing his artistic, scientific and professional work around the subject of sound, mostly as a researcher, educator, sound designer and musician. He has participated in several film productions as director, sound designer and animator.
Additionally, he has been jury member, executive producer and board member in two film festivals in Europe and Asia (B&W and SIC). His career has developed further in academia teaching sound design (UCP and USJ) and doing research in the fields of soundscapes studies and sonic interaction design.
João Cordeiro holds a Master degree in Sound Design and a PhD in Science and Technology of the Arts.
SHORTS Jury – Lanka Bandaranayake
Lanka Bandaranayake is a producer, director and an actress from Sri Lanka. She started her stage drama career in 1998, which she earned several acting and costume designing national awards. She also produced and directed national award-winning short dramas.
Lanka directed and produced her first short film “Tradition” in 2016, which was officially selected in Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2017, an international short film festival in Macau. The film was screened in over 40 film festivals winning international and national awards. She has directed several short films since then.
Lanka is one of the juries for Fiction in Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2018 and 2019, and was invited to curate a film screening session featuring short films by Sri Lankan female directors in the Festival of 2019.
SHORTS Jury – Lorence Chan Ka Keong
Passionate about film making and art, Chan works as a an artist in creative areas such as graphic design and visual art. In 2017 Chan’s feature film “Passing Rain” was released. As a core member of local film group “Associacão de Audio-visual CUT” since 2003, Chan is a dedicated professional devoted to the promotion of film industry and culture. Chan published his edition of graphic anecdotes “Scenario” in 2012.
SHORTS Jury – Malte Stein
Malte Stein is an animation filmmaker and writer based in Berlin. In 2013, he graduated from the University of Film and Television “Konrad Wolf” in Potsdam Babelsberg with his film “Blauer Traum”. Before that, he studied dramaturgy and since his youth, he is active in comics, writing and music. His main focus is on independent animation film projects. His last film “Flood” (Flut) from 2018 was screened at more than 70 festivals and won 10 Awards. This film won the Best Animation award for the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2018 in Macau. He is one of the juries for Animation films for the edition of 2019 of the said Festival.
SHORTS Jury – Maxim Bessmertny
Russian born Macau/Hong Kong based director. He is a graduate of NYU Tisch School of The Arts with an MFA in Film Production. Maxim’s latest narrative short film ‘Tricycle Thief’ World Premiered at Toronto International Film Festival, won the 2015 Kodak Gold Award for best short film and has played at numerous festivals worldwide. He’s now finishing his thesis film ‘Sampan’ and preparing for a feature set to begin in 2017.
SHORTS Jury – Ricardo Mata
Ricardo Mata is a filmmaker and freelance editor in Macau. He was camera assistant for numerous short films in LA, edited a recent short film which was selected for The Short Film Corner of the Cannes Film Festival, and recorded sound for a feature film now in post production called Bloody Eyes. He has worked and studied in Los Angeles up until last year, being a master’s degree holder in Film and Media with experience in directing, editing, camera assistant and on set sound recording.
SHORTS Jury – Rodrigo Meireles
Rodrigo Rezende Meireles is a documentarist graduated in Cinema and Video at Centro Universitário UNA (Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil). He was cameraman in a feature-length sport documentary “Galo’s day” (directed by Cris Azzi and Luis Felipe Fernandes). Director of Photography in the fictional short “Families” (directed by Joffre Faria) and in the short documentary “Azul Escuro” (Directed by Gustavo Nolasco). “John the Baptist”, his first short film as a producer and director had a great success in festivals around the world receiving ten awards and was film finalist in Macau for the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2016. The short Documentary “Anderson” is his second work as producer and director and, also had a great acclamation and receiving seven awards and screened in big festivals as HotDocs, Telluride Film Festival, among others. This film won the prize Best Documentary of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2018. “Trindade” is his third film and it will be released in 2020. Rodrigo is one of the jury for film documentary for the edition 2019 of the said festival.
SHORTS Jury – Saki Farzana
Saki Farzana as born on 1984 at Joypurhat, Bangladesh. On 2007, have completed a Master from Theatre Department of Rajshahi University and, completed a course on TV production making from NIMC(National Institute of Mass Communication). She is engaged with Theatre, TV, Radio and Films in acting, script writing and directing. As an independent film maker made her first film titled “Chelemanushi-The Gray Line” which was selected and screened in various international festivals (Russia, UK, America, Canada, Macau-China and 6 film festivals of India). In 2018 was awarded as best woman director in 3rd International Short Film Festival, Pune. Afterwards, she made another short film titled “The Park, the bench and the Girl” as a part of #I stand for women movement. It is now streaming on an online streaming site of Bangladesh named Bioscope.
Saki was invited to be a member of pre-selection jury of the international short film Festival of Macau “Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2019” where her short-film was official selected and exhibited at the 2018 edition of this festival.
SHORTS Jury – Yves Sonolet
Yves Etienne Sonolet is a French visual artist working with video and installation. He has settled in Macau since 2008. He has a strong interest for cultural identity and urban development that he expressed through numerous exhibitions, multimedia creations, and by adapting video on stage productions. Currently he is the supervisor of the Board of Supervisor of Art For All Society.
He was the winner of Best Sound Design 2010 for his work “Salty Humid Chicken” and winner of the Best in Event Award 2011 for “Strange Occurrences by the Waterfront” of Sound & Image Challenge.
SHORTS Grand Jury – João Francisco Pinto
Portuguese News and Program Controller TDM – Teledifusão de Macau
João Francisco Pinto is TDM’s Portuguese News and Program Controller – a position he has held since 2005. His career spans more than two decades, during which time he has worked as a journalist in newspapers, radios and TV. Currently he is also the President of the Portuguese and English Press Association of Macau. Last year, he was elected as chairman of the ABU (Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union) News Group for a 3-year term. João Francisco Pinto has a degree in economics and several courses on journalism taken in Portugal, Macau and the US.
SHORTS Grand Jury – Julien Dykmans
Graphic Designer, Producer and Director
Winner of the prize BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL and BEST ANIMATION of Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2015
Julien Dykmans is a Graphic Designer from Belgium. He has been working in the film, TV and advertising industry for the last ten years. He has worked on blockbusters such as Harry Potter, Star Trek Beyond and Assassin’s Creed. In 2006 he completed his first short film, The Way of Hope. Wanting to pursue this creative avenue, he decided to embark upon a second journey in animated film by directing The Mechanical Waltz, which he wrote, directed and animated. This film won several awards worldwide. His film The Mechanical Waltz won in Macau, the prizes “BEST FILM OF THE FESTIVAL” and “BEST ANIMATION” of the “Sound & Image Challenge Festival 2015”.
SHORTS Grand Jury – Måns Berthas
Måns Berthas was born in Sundsvall, Sweden. He started to direct short films with a borrowed VHS camera at a young age. Måns has worked within different genres and he has directed number of award-winning documentaries and shorts.
VOLUME Grand Jury – Lok Kong
President of the Grand Jury Panel of VOLUME
Member of the Festival Committee
Director of the Programmes and Production Division of TDM – Teledifusão de Macau, S.A.
Lok Kong, Director of the Programmes and Production Division of Teledifusao de Macau, S.A. (TDM), joined the company since 1984 till now. For the past 30 years, he worked as Production Assistant, Director, Producer and Department Head, mainly engaging himself in TV Production.
VOLUME Grand Jury – Miguel Khan
Miguel Khan, co-founder of the Sound & Image Challenge, graduated in Moving Image Design at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication (UK). Worked in broadcast graphics, branding and advertising projects in United Kingdom and Portugal. Since 2006, as motion graphics designer and contributor to Macau’s visual communication scene, he has been working in the fields of marketing and corporate communication, designing multimedia contents and leading multimedia teams to produce a broad variety of video contents, and also the employment process of Digital Signage Display Systems in the gaming industry. He is currently multimedia director in a local operator. He has also been creating and collaborating with young local creatives, artists and with other industries, in a broad application of moving image design, from TV broadcast graphic contents and video advertising production to live VJ performances.
VOLUME Grand Jury – Ray Granlund
Ray Granlund holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in his native Houston (USA). After a 15-year career as a classical and electronic musician and composer, music and food journalist and cultural entrepreneur, he returned to academia, earning a Master of Arts with distinction in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy from Goldsmiths, University of London, for his research into international aspects of popular music and arts funding, and the phenomenon of gastrodiplomacy in food and cooking shows.
He now resides in London and works as an editor and musicologist at White Label Productions, serving the classical music and original soundtrack recording industry.