SFF Announces Main Program Jury

Sarajevo Film Festival announced the jury of the festival’s flagship program, the feature competition. The festival will run August 11-18. This year the competition feature jury will have five members, all established names in the cinema world. They will be judging a selection of films yet to be unveiled.


Mark Adams is the art director of the Edinburgh International Film Festival since 2015. Previously, he was the head critic for the Screen International and also a film critic for The Sunday Mirror in the UK. A film journalist and reviewer for more than 25 years, he has written for Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Moving Pictures International, as well as for many national newspapers in the UK. Adams has also worked extensively in the film industry: he was head of programming at the National Film Theatre in London for six years; a director of cinema at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London; and has programmed for film festivals around the world.


Michel Franco will preside the competition feature jury this year. He was born in Mexico City in 1979. He has won critical acclaim for the films he has written, directed and produced, among them After Lucia, which won the award for Best Film in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival in 2012, and Chronic, which took the Best Screenplay award at Cannes in 2015.


Fatma Al Remaihi, born and raised in Doha, graduated from Qatar University with a degree in English Literature. She was appointed CEO of the Doha Film Institute in December, 2014, and also serves as Director of the Institute’s annual film events, Qumra and the Ajyal Youth Film Festival. After fulfilling the role of Cultural Adviser to the first edition of the Doha Tribeca Film Festival, Al Remaihi joined the Institute at its inception in 2009 to lead a Community Outreach team.


Melisa Sözen was born in Istanbul. She graduated from a fine arts high school, and started her career in a musical at the age of fourteen. As an actor, she is well-known for roles in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Palme d’Or-winning Winter Sleep, Derviş Zaim’s Waiting for Heaven and Hunting Season by Yavuz Turgul. Sözen is also an award-winning theater and television actor.

Goran Bogdan was born in 1980 in Široki Brijeg, Bosnia. He studied at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb from 2005 to 2012. Bogdan has been a permanent member of the Zagreb Youth Theater company since 2010, and has appeared in a number of plays staged internationally by prominent theater directors.

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