Alexe Landgren is a writer/director living in the south of Sweden. She has studied scriptwriting and worked as an assistant director for several years, whilst making her own shorts. Since 2002 her filmography consists of nine shorts, some of them award winners, nationally as well as internationally. Now she’s in financing with her first feature, about a woman who abandons her kids after being struck by postpartum depression. Alexe usually works with drama, telling close stories about real people. She likes to take the female perspective and strives at touching her audience emotionally as well as intellectually. Her short films Till the Sun Comes in the Sky and Lust were in the Official Selection film lists for the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Alexe was invited in 2020 to be jury to the panel of Fiction for the Macau International Short Film Festival.
Amanda Lei Meng Lou is a visual artist from Macau. She graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Communication (Sun Yat-sen University). Her main work, Time Together (2019), has been selected and screened on several international festivals such as: The 4th New Era Film Festival; The 18th International Student Film and Video of Beijing Film Academy; The Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2019; The Macao Films Panorama 2020-Local Indies Force Screening. Amanda was invited in 2020 to be part of the jury in the Fiction panel for the Macau International Short Film Festival.
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.
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 performs 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.
Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk graduated in 2013 from Kyiv National Karpenko-Kary University of Theatre, Cinema and Television. During his studies at the university, he made several short films, which were selected and awarded at different international festivals. He participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. Owned a scholarship for the program of the Minister of Culture of Poland Gaude Polonia 2015, 2017 and participated in the Locarno Film Academy in 2019. Since 2018 he is a member of the Ukrainian Film Academy, EFA (European Film Academy) and for the Ukrainian Oscar Committee since 2019. He founded the Ukrainian Script Platform Terrarium. His debut short film Weightlifter (Ukrainian-Polish co-production) was premier at the Drama Short Film Festival Candidate for the European Film Awards in 2019. Weightlifter received 20 prizes and more than 60 official selections in different film festivals and was bought by ARTE. It was awarded Best Fiction for the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival in 2019. His project of debut feature film was PAMFIR, selected to Cinéfondation – The Résidence 2019, also the project was developed by TorinoFilmLab (Script&Pitch) and Midpoint Intencive. In 2020 he was invited to be part of the jury of the Fiction panel for the Macau International Short Film Festival.
Hong Heng Fai is a film director born in Macau. After founding the Day Day Studio in 2014, he directed and produced 4 films: Before Dawn, which won the “Rush 48 Hours Competition”, In her memory, Caged and Crash. The short Crash was awarded as Best Narrative Film of the 16th South Taiwan Film Festival, Best Narrative Short Film of the 13th China Independent Festival and won the Macao Cultural Identity and Best Local Entrance Awards, of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2016. In the following year, he was part of the jury for the Fiction panel, returning as juror in 2020, under the new name of Macau International Short Film Festival.
Ellison Lau Chi Keong is a local Soundtrack Composer and Audio Engineer. Holds Bachelor of Arts with honours in Audio Production from Middlesex University, United Kingdom. Since his high school ages, Ellison has been performing with WhyOceans as a drummer at festivals in Macao, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China. After returning to Macao, Ellison works mainly at sound design for films and soundtrack production. He has involved in various soundtrack productions including “Sisterhood” (2016), “Blue Amber” (2018), “The Lighthouse” (2019), and “Year of Macau – The Last Screening” (2019). His work has been screened at different film festivals including Taiwan Golden Horse Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival, and Busan International Film Festival.
Jay Lei Pui Weng is an animation director and multidisciplinary artist. He graduated from University of the Arts Utrecht in The Netherlands with a Master Degree in Animation. He specialises in visual storytelling with an emphasis on creativity, emotion and aesthetic of the works, through a variety of media such as illustration, animation and projection art. For many years, Jay has been working for international agencies and clients from Asia to Europe. His film The Lighthouse has been selected to film and animation festivals overseas such as Fantoche International Animation Film Festival (Switzerland), ifva Festival (Hong Kong), and Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival. Jay’s different animated shorts were awarded at the Sound & Image Challenge in 2010, 2013 and, at the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2019. He was invited in 2020 to join the jury of the Animation panel for the Macau International Short Film Festival.
João Nuno Brochado was born in Porto, Portugal, within a family strongly related to the arts. In 2001 he enrols in the School of Arts of the Catholic University of Portugal, where he graduates in Sound and Image and later got a Master Degree specialising 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 a teacher assistant there. He completed an internship at Utopia Filmes studios, in Lisbon. He founded with his 3 colleagues the Cimbalino Filmes studios in Porto where he has been directing and producing projects such as 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 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 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 University of Saint Joseph, in Macau. He is now the coordinator of Cinema programs of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
Kaveh Jahed was born in Kurdistan, Iran in 1986. He graduated at IYCS film school and has made several films including: A share of share, Samar, Zhwan. His latest film was nominated for the Official Selection list for the Macau Short Film Festival in 2019. His films have been selected in many national and international festivals and have won many awards such as best film, best screenplay, best director, etc. He was a jury for the Filminute 2018 a short film festival. Kaveh was invited in 2020 to be jury to the panel of Fiction for the Macau International Short Film Festival and also, to curate few Iranian films to showcase the Modern Cinema of Iran at the Festival.
Luca Deravignone is an Italian freelance photographer, director and videomaker. Since 2008 he works on commissioned and personal projects in Italy and abroad, from music videos to multimedia projects for privates and public administrations, with a particular focus on cultural promotion. In 2018 he directed his first short film OMA, a dark dystopian tale about our fears, despair and hope of those who, at least once in their life, really wanted to give it a try. The project won various awards in Italy and abroad. The film won the Best short film at PiGrecoZen International Film Festival and also was finalist at Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2019 in Macau. His interests are various and interdisciplinary. With a degree in Geography and a PhD in Archeology, he was involved in the research field for several years, with a particular interest on the use of Artificial Intelligence for spatial analysis. Luca was invited in 2020 to be jury to the panel of Fiction for the Macau International Short Film Festival. Besides commissioned projects, he is working on a documentary film to be released in 2021.
María Jáimez is a Spanish actress and director. She has a wide range of theatrical and audiovisual experience. Recently, she has been internationally awarded for her performance in the short film Un Minutito by Javier Macipe. Manolo Montague and Carmela Capulet is her debut as a director. A film that couldn’t be headed by anyone else than her: a documentary about love and her grandparents. It has been selected and awarded in several national and international festivals. It was in the Official Selection film list for the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival in 2019. María is invited in 2020 to be jury of the panel of Documentary for the Macau International Short Film Festival.
Marie Fages is a filmmaker and set and stage designer. She studied Scenography at the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, then at the National School of Applied Arts in Paris (EnsAD). She did different set and stage designs as well as art installations, in Italy, in France, Germany and Portugal. She directed a movie for her high-school graduation: Electra’s walk, an adaptation of the Electra tragedy filmed in the passages of «La Défense» in Paris. Then she directed White tides shot in Berlin, and screened in many festivals like the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2016. Marie has been jury to the panel of Fiction of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2018 and also in 2020, under the new name of Macau International Short Film Festival. She is currently preparing her third film, in the Reunion Island.
Marta Teijeira was born in 1994 in The Basque Country, Spain. Born as a creative person, she finished a Degree in Audiovisual Communication with loads of enthusiasm and several projects in her mind. Fan of sensibility and humor, she found her vocation in the world of communication. Marta filmed some documentaries and fiction short films while she was studying. However, she wrote and directed her first official short film in 2018 called Love Centrifugated. This film was projected in some national and international festivals, Sound & Image Challenge International Short Film Festival 2019 is among them. Now she is writing some short film´s scripts and complementing her experience exploring other fields of communication, such as digital marketing. Marta was invited in 2020 to be part of the jury for the panel of Fiction of the Macau International Short Film Festival.
Pascal Forney discovered the art of show business through magic shows. He then became passionate about cinema and went on to study filmmaking at ECAL (Ecole Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne). In 2005, he founded Imaginastudio with Arnaud Gantenbein, a production company specialised in genre films and entertainment. For the past 14 years, Pascal directed and produced award winning short films, national and international commercials. His film Angel or Demon was awarded the Best Fiction and Audience Awarded for the Sound & Image Challenge worldwide 2014. He was invited to be jury for the panel of Fiction of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2018 also in 2020, under the new name of Macau International Short Film Festival. Pascal He is a teacher of filmmaking at ERACOM (Swiss art and communication school).
Rodrigo Rezende Meireles is a documentary artist who graduated in Cinema and Video at UNA (Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil). He was a 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/director had a good career in festivals around the world receiving ten awards. The short Anderson is his second work as producer/director and also had a great career receiving seven awards (including Best Documentary at Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2018) and was screened in big festivals as HotDocs, Telluride Film Festival, among others. Trindade is his third film and it’s currently on the festivals circuit. Rodrigo has been the jury to the panel of Documentary of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2019 and also in 2020, under the new name of Macau International Short Film Festival.
Saki Farzana was born in 1984 at Joypurhat, Bangladesh. In 2007, she completed her Master in the Theatre Department of Rajshahi University. She completed a course on TV production making from NIMC in 2007. She is engaged with Theatre, TV, Radio and Films in acting, script writing and directing. As an independent filmmaker, she made her first film titled Chelemanushi-The Gray Line which was selected and screened in various international festivals (Russia, UK, America, Canada and 6 film festivals in India). In 2018, she was awarded the 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. Now she is working on a new project in this Covid-19 time, about our country’s Socio-political situation during this pandemic period. Saki has been jury to the panel of Fiction of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2019 and also in 2020, under the new name of Macau International Short Film Festival.
Simon Panay is 27. In 2012, he went to Africa to shoot his first documentary film: Tontines – Une affaire de femmes and 2014 his second documentary Waiting for the (t)rain. His last documentary short film Nobody Dies Here, shot in an illegal gold mine in Benin, has won 133 Awards Worldwide and has been selected to 389 Film Festivals, in 71 different countries. This film was awarded for Best Documentary in the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2017. He received the prize of Most Talented Young Director of the Year from the prestigious ARP Organisation and the Documentary Grant from the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation. Since 2016, he works alongside the film producer Xavier Castano, also producer of the Academy Award winning director Jean-Jacques Annaud, with whom he develops several feature films. Simon was invited to be the jury for the Documentary panel of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2018 and also in 2020, under the new name of Macau International Short Film Festival.
Suchana Saha was born and brought up in Kolkata, the cultural capital of India. She has finished a post-graduate diploma in Animation Cinema from Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, and did her Bachelor’s in Animation from St. Xavier’s College, Kolkata. She attended Moscow International Summer School (VGIK) in July 2018 and interned at Eeksaurus in 2014 and Animagic India in 2015. Her films are Khelna (2014), Paper (2015), The Intraview (2016), Maa Tuki (2018), Poter Kotha (2019) and Whole (2020). Maa Tuki got 44 International nominations and 14 awards. Poter Kotha and Paper got national nominations. Her most recent film Find me, Mother was in the Official Selection list of the Sound & Image Challenge International Festival 2019, screened in December. Suchana has worked as a production designer in live-action films. In 2020 she was picked for jury of the Animation panel for the Macau International Short Film Festival.