LVP Jury – IFFAM – 3rd International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

LVP Jury

Shekhar Kapur

Shekhar Kapur
Film-maker (India)

Shekhar Kapur is one of the few Indian directors who has worked extensively in Bollywood as well as in Hollywood. He started his career in India with the critically acclaimed Masoom, Mr India and Bandit Queen, which was selected for Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, and won the National Film Award in India for best feature film in Hindi.

Kapur received international recognition in 1998 for directing Elizabeth, which was nominated for seven Oscars and catapulted Cate Blanchett into global stardom. He directed Heath Ledger in The Four Feathers and returned to direct Blanchett in Elizabeth: The Golden Age, which won the Oscar for best costume design.

Shekhar produced the documentary Bollywood: The Greatest Love Story Ever Told that was invited to the official selection of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. His political TV series Pradhanmantri, that he presented, narrated and anchored turned out to be the biggest programme in the history of TV news in India. He is also the creator, executive producer and director for a 12-hour TV series on Rasputin for FX in the US and his most recent television work was Will, based on life of William Shakespeare which aired on TNT last year.

Shekhar has also enjoyed success in theatre having co-created the successful stage show Bombay Dreams with Andrew Lloyd Webber.
He is regularly invited to speak at the World Economic Forum, and is currently an environmental activist with water conservation related issues.

Michael Kutza
President/ Chicago International Film Festival (USA)

Michael Kutza founded the Chicago International Film Festival in 1964 at the age of 22 and served as its artistic director until 2016. He now acts as the president and CEO of the organisation.

He has served as a member of feature film juries for many festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Moscow, Tehran, Taormina, Guadalajara and Jerusalem. He is an award-winning graphic designer and film-maker and served as US film critic for the Italian journal Il Tempo from 1979 to 1991. He has received numerous honors for cultural achievements.

Michael Kutza

Nashen Moodley

Nashen Moodley
Artistic Director/ Sydney Film Festival (Australia)

Nashen Moodley is the Director of Sydney Film Festival, a role he has held since 2012. During his seven years at the helm, Sydney Film Festival audiences have grown to a record-breaking 170,000 in 2018.

A graduate of the University of Natal, South Africa, Nashen Moodley won the Mail & Guardian/SL Student Journalist of the Year award in 1998. Since then he has written on film and culture for The Guardian, the Mail&Guardian, The Sunday Independent, GQ, The Daily News and The Mercury, and has contributed to several other newspapers and magazines. He was the film critic for the Sunday Tribune for several years.

In 2007 and 2008 he was featured in the Mail&Guardian’s 200 Young South Africans list.

From 2001 to 2011 he worked as the manager and head programmer of the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa’s longest-running film festival, and from 2005 to 2017 served as programming consultant for the Dubai International Film Festival.

In 2008 he was appointed Director: AsiaAfrica for the Dubai International Film Festival and oversaw the Muhr AsiaAfrica competition. From 2013 to 2017 he was Director of Cinema of the World for the Dubai International Film Festival and oversaw the selection of international cinema.

He has served on juries at the Toronto, Rotterdam, Durban, Tokyo, San Sebastian and Busan film festivals.

Phillip Noyce
Film-maker (Australia)

Born in Griffith, New South Wales, Australia, Phillip Noyce began making short films at the age of 18, starting with Better To Reign In Hell for which he cast his friends in the lead roles. After graduating from Sydney University, he joined the Australian Film, Television And Radio School in 1973.

He followed his first feature, the medium length Backroads (1977) with the hugely successful Newsfront (1978) which won Australian Film Institute (AFI) awards for best film, director, actor and screenplay.

Noyce worked on two miniseries for Australian TV with George Miller – The Dismissal (1983) and The Coward Breakout (1984) – and Miller produced the film that brought Noyce to the attention of Hollywood studios Dead Calm (1988) which launched the international career of Nicole Kidman.

Moving to the US in 1991, Noyce directed five films over the following eight years including smash hits Patriot Games (1992), Clear And Present Danger (1994) and The Bone Collector (1999). He returned to Australia to make Stolen Generations film Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002) which won the AFI Award for best film and, says Noyce, is his proudest moment as a director.

Other films include The Quiet American (2002), an adaptation of the Graham Greene novel for which Michael Caine won an Oscar nomination, Catch A Fire (2006) about Apartheid in South Africa and 2010 blockbuster Salt starring Angelina Jolie which grossed nearly $300m worldwide.

His TV work includes pilots for Revenge (2011), Crisis (2013), Roots (2017) and The Resident (2017). His recent films include The Giver (2014) starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep and Above Suspicion (2018) starring Emilia Clarke and Jack Huston.

Phillip Noyce

Beki Probst

Beki Probst
Founder/ European Film Market (Switzerland)

Born in Istanbul, Beki Probst studied law and journalism before joining the daily newspaper Tercuman and the weekly newspaper Haya. In 1960, she moved to Switzerland where she ran cultural projects and became manager of the Probst-Kinobetriebe (now Quinnie Cinemas) in Berne.

Her association with the Berlinale began in 1981 when she became delegate for Turkey and Greece. In 1985 she organized a trade show for the Locarno International Film Festival and would serve on its selection board until 1995. She was also artistic director of the Geneva festival Stars de Demain.

In 1988, she became the director of the Berlinale “Film Fair” which she renamed European Film Market (EFM). Under her management until 2014, the EFM became one of the key trade events in the calendar. She became president of EFM in 2014 and she remained in that role until 2018 when the EFM celebrated its 30th anniversary.

In 1992 she was decorated as “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by the French Cultural Minister. In 2018, on the occasion of the EFM anniversary celebrations, Probst received a Berlinale Camera for her outstanding work from Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.