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International Competition Jury

Arik Lahav Leibovitch

A feature and documentary film editor, his work includes: "Lebanon" (Golden Lion award, Venice Film Festival, and European Film Award nomination for best editing); "The Band's Visit", "Loving Sophia" (DocAviv Editing Award); "Teacher Irena" (DocAviv Editing Award); "The Worst Company in the World", "No.17" (Jerusalem Int'l Film Festival, Editing Award).

Ibtisam Mara'ana

Independent director and producer for cinema and television. Her documentaries have been broadcast on television in Israel and abroad and won her many awards andinternational recognition. Her films include: "Paradise Lost", "Badal" (winner of HOTDOCS 2006), "Three Times Divorced" (Best Documentary - DocAviv 2007), "Lady Kul el-Arab" (IDFA Special Jury Award, 2008) and "77 Steps". She is also a lecturer atBezalel Academy in Jerusalem.

Chris McDonald

Executive Director of Hot DocsFestival in Toronto. Hot Docs isrecognized as North America’s largestdocumentary festival, and its flagshipHot Docs Forum is North America’slargest documentary marketplace.The festival attracted an audienceof 136,000 in 2010. Hot Docs alsoadministers a $4 million fund forCanadian documentaries, organizesa cross-Canada screening program(Doc Soup), and screens films to over50,000 students each year.

Hila Medalia

Director/producer, won variousinternational awards, including aPeabody Award and Jury Award atthe Human Rights InternationalFilm Festival of Paris. Her filmsinclude: "After the Storm" (CrystalHeart Award), "To Die in Jerusalem",and "Happy You're Alive". She wasalso senior producer of "39 Poundsof Love" (HBO Cinemax, winner ofthe Ophir Award). She is currentlyworking on a number of new projects,including a film about the journey ofinternationally renowned ballroomdancer Pierre Dulaine.

Brian Newman

Founder of Sub-Genre Consulting,helping filmmakers and organizationsdistribute content, connect withaudiences, and achieve greaterimpact through innovative uses ofnew technology. Recently he was CEOof the Tribeca Film Institute (TFI),and the executive director of RenewMedia and IMAGE Film & Video Center.He speaks regularly on new media,audience development and the futureof the industry, and contributesto a blog on these subjects atSpringboardmedia.


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