Mohsen Makhmalbaf
President of the Jury   

A classic of Iranian and world cinema, a great teacher. Under his influence, not only the members of his closest family has grown to be talented film directors but students around the world as well. He is the President of the Asian Film Academy. Films of Makhmalbaf received wide recognition at international film festivals in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2001, Time magazine listed his film Kandahar among one hundred best films of all time. That same year, Makhmalbaf received the Federico Fellini Medal from UNESCO. In 2006, Makhmalbaf served as a jury member at the Venice Film Festival and also received the Sergei Parajanov award for his outstanding contribution to world cinema.

Danila Kozlovsky 
Jury Member   

A popular Russian actor. Directors in Russia and abroad alike value Danila Kozlovsky for his ability to transform into a hockey player, a womanizer, a spy, a cynic, and even a vampire. This year marked his debut as a producer of the film “Status: Single” and in May he sang from the stage of both the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow and the Aleksandrinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg under the guidance of Philipp Kirkorov accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Lav Diaz
Jury Member 

A Filipino film director, scriptwriter and producer. One of the top Filipino directors who has long gained international recognition (in 2008 his 7.5-hour “Melancholia” won the main prize of the Horizons competition in Venice, and his new 5.5-hour film “From What Is Before” won the main prize at the Locarno film festival last August). Diaz’s films are always dedicated to the history of the Philippines.

Anya Chipovskaya
Jury Member 

A Russian theater, film and TV actress. She is best known for the main part in Valery Todorovsky’s TV series “The Thaw” for which the actress was nominated for the “Golden Eagle” award. She also acted in more than 30 films and 10 theater plays.

Alexander Rodionov
Jury Member 

Rodionov is one of the most sought-after scriptwriters in contemporary Russian cinema: he wrote and co-wrote scripts for such films as “Free Floating,” “Help Gone Mad,” “Till Night Do Us Part,” and “A Long and Happy Life” by Boris Khlebnikov (the last of them was in competition at the Third “On the Edge” IFF), “Everybody Dies But Me” and “Yes and Yes” by Valeriya Gai Germanika, “977,” “Tale in the Darkness,” and “Heart’s Boomerang” by Nikolay Khomeriki. Before he started working in cinema Rodionov had gained substantial experience in theater: he translated plays by Mark Ravenhill “Shopping and Fucking” and “Some Explicit Polaroids” and wrote his own plays. The most well-known of these was “The War of the Moldavians for a Cardboard Box.” Alexander Rodionov came to Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk in 2014 to lead a special scriptwriting course as part of the “European – Asian” workshop..