The festival is excited to announce this year’s juries for The Powell & Pressburger Award for Best Feature Film, Mclaren Short Film Award and Mclaren Animation Award, as well as the curators and mentors for EIFF Cultural Commission.
EIFF Cultural Commission
The inaugural EIFF Curatorial Commission invites three mid-career curators to devise and present a programming response to a central theme. In 2022, our theme is the 50th Anniversary of the Women’s Film Festival. As part of this programme, Curators are also invited to engage in a 1:1 Mentorship with a respected industry professional.
In 2022, the following curators have been awarded the inaugural EIFF Curatorial Commission.
The EIFF Curatorial Commission is made possible through the generosity of the Scottish Government’s Festivals Expo Fund.
Invisible Women is an archive activist film collective which champions the work of female filmmakers from the history of cinema through screenings, events and editorial. Since inception in 2017, we have presented titles sourced from collections around the world at cinemas, festivals and galleries across the UK and Europe. We have delivered events and screenings for organisations such as the EYE Filmmuseum, BFI, Cinema Rediscovered, London Short Film Festival, Balkan Can Kino Athens and the Edinburgh Art Festival, as well as collaborative programmes with partners including T A P E and A Kind of Seeing.
Current members include Camilla Baier, Rachel Pronger & Lauren Clarke.
Myriam Mouflih is a film programmer, curator and occasional writer based in Glasgow, working across film and contemporary visual art. Myriam has programmed for festivals like Africa in Motion Film Festival (2017-2020) and Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival and organisations such as South London Gallery, Pavilion (Leeds) and The Mosaic Rooms. She was on the committee of Transmission Gallery in Glasgow from 2018-2020.
Xuanlin Tham is a Singaporean film curator and critic based in Edinburgh. Their writing on queerness and the paradoxes of subjectivity has been published in The Skinny, Girls on Tops, and MASSIVE Cinema. Passionate about cinema's capacity to make 'trouble' and become a site of resistance, their curation practice seeks out queer, (eco)feminist, and more-than-human worldmaking. They love erotic thrillers.
CURATORIAL COMMISSION MENTORS
Senior Director, Film Programs at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.
Bernardo Rondeau joined the Academy Museum to conceive and launch its year-round slate of film programming. He holds an MA in Cinema and Media Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles’s School of Theater, Film and Television where he co-founded The Crank – a graduate student organization that programs public screenings of archival prints – and where he has served as an adjunct professor. He also served as the Associate Curator of Film Programs for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where he curated film series and screenings such as the first-ever Los Angeles retrospectives of Lee Chang-dong, Arnaud Desplechin, Bong Joon-ho, Béla Tarr, among others.
Awards + Publicity + Marketing Strategy Consultant
Julie is currently based in London where she manages Awards campaigns in the UK for Apple Worldwide Video. Prior to her move back to the UK, where she was born, Julie was the Head of Special Projects at Obscured Pictures where she led the charge on marketing and promotional outreach campaigns, film festival launches, strategic partnerships, awards campaigns, and special events for clients such as Bleecker Street, Amazon Studios, Focus Features, Magnolia Pictures, Netflix, Apple TV+ and Roadside Attractions. Prior to working with Obscured, she was the CEO of BAFTA New York.
La’Bassiere is a film industry expert who has been at the forefront of innovative 360° entertainment strategy for over two decades and has worked with and for companies as diverse as FilmBuff, the British Council, the Los Angeles Film Festival, Tribeca Enterprises, CAA, Film Independent, the American Cinematheque, Magus Entertainment and the Writers Guild of America, west to name just a few. She has served on numerous film festival juries and is a sought-after creative strategist and lecturer with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and the strategic development of filmmaker careers working with Future of Film and We Are Parable as a mentor and advisor.
La’Bassiere was elected to the BAFTA Film Committee in 2021 and serves on various Advisory Committees such as PANO and the Northwest Film Center and is a Founding Board Member of The Future of Film is Female. She is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in Educational Anthropology.
Director Sydney Film Festival
In 2019, the festival program presented 307 features and documentaries from 55 countries. During Nashen’s elevn year tenue as Director, audiences have increased 63% from 115,000 in 2012 to a record high of 188,000 in 2019.
Moodley’s career in film programming has encompassed many leadership roles, including Manager at the Durban International Film Festival (2001–2011) and as a Programming Consultant for Dubai International Film Festival (2005–2017). During Moodley’s 11 years at Durban International Film Festival, he dramatically increased its content and reach, raising the profile of the African film industry by establishing the Durban FilmMart, a program providing African filmmakers with the opportunity to pitch film projects to financiers. Nashen has served on numerous film festival juries worldwide including San Sebastián, Busan, Toronto, Rotterdam, El Gouna, Durban and Tokyo film festivals.
Born in South Africa in 1978, Moodley studied English and Philosophy at the University of Natal and worked as a journalist before turning to film programming. His writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, GQ, The Sunday Tribune, The Sunday Independent, and Mail & Guardian.
POWELL & PRESSBURGER AWARD FOR BEST FILM
Jury President – Gaylene Gould
Gaylene Gould is Founder & Creative Director of The Space To Come that creates interactive experiences and products that help people reflect and connect with themselves, others and the world. Her projects have been commissioned by the Tate, V&A, Arts Catalyst, Vivid Projects, Selfridges, h club, Moderna Museet Sweden and BAM, New York. She has been a cultural leader for 25 years heading up major cultural institutions and projects - predominantly in cinema including Head of Cinemas at BFI Southbank and a programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival. She is also an arts broadcaster for the BBC, a published fiction writer and a facilitator.
Rosie is a Glasgow based film producer. Since 2016 she has been developing and producing a slate of features as one half of BFI Vision award-winning producing duo, barry crerar. Rosie is currently in post-production on feature GIRL wr/dir Adura Onashile and BFI, BBC Film, Screen Scotland. Recent productions include TIFF premiering NOBODY HAS TO KNOW wr/dir Bouli Lanners a co-pro between Belgium, Scotland & France to be released by Parkhouse Pictures in 2022, and BAFTA Scotland nominee, RUN wr/dir Scott Graham and BFI, BBC Film, Screen Scotland. Next up is THE PARROT wr/dir Rupert Jones, co-writer / producer Matthieu de Braconier, in co-production with The Bureau Films due to shoot Spring 2023. Previously Rosie was Development & Production Executive at Screen Scotland, Acting Programme Manager for BFI London Film Festival, and producer of short films including Paris/Sexy wr/dir Ruth Paxton and Nocturn wr/dir Leanne Welham.
Sarah Winman attended the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art during her previous incarnation as an actor. She went on to work in theatre, TV and film. She is the author of When God was a Rabbit, A Year of Marvellous Ways and Tin Man. Her most recent, Still Life, was published in June 2021. She has won many awards including the New Writer of the Year in the Galaxy National Book Awards and the inaugural InWords Literary Award (Australia). She lives in London.
NORMAN MCLAREN JURY FOR BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
Born in 1983, Bastien Dubois has a CGI diploma from Supinfocom in 2006. After he hitch-hiked from Lille to Istanbul, he had the idea of making an animated travelogue. His first independent film “Madagascar, a Journey Diary” was screened in more than 200 international festivals including Sundance and Hiroshima Film Festival. The film ultimately garnered an Oscar nomination in 2011. Bastien directed many films like “Faces From Places” or “Cargo Cult”. His last film "Souvenir Souvenir" is about his relationship with his grand father who was a soldier during the war of independence of Algeria. The film has got numerous awards including Annie Award, Sundance best animated.
Jennifer Zheng (She/Her) grew up in Belfast where her dad cultivated her artistic talents by making her repeatedly draw the same egg for weeks, just like Leonardo da Vinci. He then moved her to copying headshots of Hollywood A-listers including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie -unlike da Vinci. This paid off and now she is a BAFTA nominated, multi-award-winning Animation Director and Designer based in London. She is currently an Associate Creative Director at BUCK.
After graduating from Liverpool art school with a first i went to the national film and TV school to specialise in animation. I spent some time directing short films and commercials in both LA and london for which i have won awards including from Clio, Cannes lions and d&AD and Mclaren. I have taught drawing and animation at RCA, NFTS, Farnham and Leicester. I have judged at BAFTA, EIFF animation and D&AD. I have been executive producer at production companies in London for the last 15 years and am currently EP at JELLY London.
NORMAN MCLAREN JURY FOR BRITISH SHORT FILM
Jury President - Raul Niño Zambrano
Raul Niño Zambrano is the Head of Film Programmes at Sheffield DocFest. He was previously a Senior Programmer at IDFA where he started as a programmer in 2008. During his tenure at IDFA, Raul conducted a ground-breaking study on the position of women within the documentary world (The Female Gaze, 2014) and initiated the IDFA Queer Day. In addition to being a lead programmer on the overall selection, he curated such programmes as Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia and Cinema do Brasil. He has participated in many international festivals as a juror (Hot Docs, DocPoint, Guanajuato International Film Festival) and as an expert/tutor (DocMontevideo, FESPACO, If/Then Shorts Global Pitch, DocNet Southeast Asia, Guadalajara Doculab).
Raymah has worked in various arts and cinema exhibition roles since graduating the University of Edinburgh in 2013 and joined the Filmhouse Programming team in 2017. Raymah works across all aspects of the Filmhouse programme and has curated retrospectives; the most notable being the themed ‘Noirvember’ double bills which take place each November. Raymah also worked in partnership with the Goethe Institut to programme and deliver the Fokus Film Festival in 2017, and in 2018 was selected to attend Berlinale as part of their Visitors Programme, an opportunity focused around connecting with other international delegates, filmmakers, and Berlinale programmers.
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Sean attended Columbia University’s Film program in New York City, where he graduated with an MFA in Film Directing. His thesis film, BRITISH BY THE GRACE OF GOD, premiered at Locarno Film Festival and went on to win international awards. His next short film KINGDOM COME was supported by Screen Scotland and the BFI NETWORK, premiering at the Venice Film Festival in 2019. As a Producer he has worked on films that have screened internationally, including the Sundance, Chicago, and London film festivals. He is currently developing his first feature with BBC Film.