Freida Pinto among top film personalities on Dubai film fest juries

Hollywood star Freida Pinto and British director Michael Apted are some of a host of acclaimed filmmakers, personalities and industry insiders who will comprise the juries at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) this year, organisers announced.

Other film personalities who will judge regional films at DIFF include Kerry Fox, Bruno Barreto, Chang Dong Lee, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya, and Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja.

The juries are comprised of film professionals from around the world, bringing years of experience to the assessment of their peers' work, said Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF Chairman.

“Each year, we strive to form our juries from multi-dimensional specialists who can bring the full weight of their knowledge and expertise to evaluating a highly competitive field,”  Juma said in a statement.

Over 80 films will compete for over US$575,000 in prize money in this year’s Muhr Awards, across three categories: Muhr Emirati, Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica.

British director Michael Apted, who will also be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award this year, wilh head the Muhr Arab Documentary Jury along with Jordanian documentarian Azza El Hassan and Chris Fujiwara artistic director of the Edinburgh international film festival (EIFF).

Popular Brazilian filmmaker, Bruno Barreto, will lead the Muhr Arab Feature jury along with Egyptian actor Asser Yassin, Tunisian film director Moufida Tlatli, Martin Schweighofer, CEO of the Austrian Film Commission and acclaimed author Adnan Madanat.

Judging the the Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards, Features category is Jury President South Korean film director, novelist, and Minister of Culture Lee Chang-dong.

Award-winning Palestinian filmmaker Mai Masri, South Korean documentarian Kim Dong-won, and German filmmaker Bettina Blumner will form the Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Jury.

Short films will be judged by Mark Adams, the chief film critic for Screen International, Freida Pinto and Nayla Al Khaja.

In addition, FIPRESCI, an international federation of film critics will also hand out the FIPRESCI International Prize of the Critics Award at the ceremony on December 16th, 2012. 

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