• Marie-Pierre, France
    Senior Programmer
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    Marie-Pierre Duhamel is a film curator, programmer, translator, and a scholar in classic and contemporary cinema. She has served as consultant, programmer and coordinator for project workshops in various film festivals, including the Venice, Rome and Locarno Film festivals. She is the former Artistic Director of Cinéma du Réel Documentary Film Festival at the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

    Duhamel has also worked for the French National Film Centre (CNC), French-German network ARTE (Documentary Unit) and Pathé Television. She teaches in various European film schools and writes about cinema for a range of media. She frequently serves as an editing consultant for film productions, and as a translator and subtitler, in particular for Chinese films.

  • Jeremy Chua, Singapore
    Programmer
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    Jeremy Chua is a Singaporean producer/writer based in Singapore and Paris. He has also worked at the Singapore IFF for three years as festival lounge coordinator.

    Since 2014, he has run his own company, Potocol, which has co-produced A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz (Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize, Berlinale Competition 2016), A Yellow Bird by K. Rajagopal (Cannes Critics Week 2016) and Brotherhood by Pepe Diokno (Karlovy Vary IFF 2016).

  • Deepti Dcunha, India
    Programmer
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    Deepti Dcunha is a Film Programmer specialising in Contemporary Indian Cinema. She is based in Mumbai, India and has been working on Indian and International Film Festivals for the past eight years. She has been the India Consultant since 2011 for the Venice IFF, Rome IFF, Beijing IFF, Silk Road (Fuzhou) IFF, Macao IFF. She sources and curates films for the Viewing Room section and Work-in-Progress Lab for the prestigious NFDC Film Bazaar which is South Asia's largest film market, since 2011.She is a programmer for Jio MAMI Mumbai Film Festival and Chicago South Asian Film Festival (CSAFF). Her past work includes programming International Children's Film Festival of India (ICFFI) as well as Osian's Cinefan film festival. She is on the Selection Committee of Locarno Film Festival's Open Doors section for South Asian cinema.

    Deepti is deeply committed to independent Indian cinema, a passion that keeps her driven to scout for new films and fresh talent from all across the country, and is expanding her expertise to include cinema from South Asia.

  • Sandra Hebron, UK
    Programmer
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    Sandra Hebron is a film curator, events host and critic currently working as Head of Screen Arts at the English NFTS – National Film and Television School. She was Artistic Director of the BFI London Film Festival from 2003-2011. She has also worked as a consultant for the Rome International Film Festival and several UK film schools, and has worked with organizations inlcuding BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts), the BBC, and distributors such as StudioCanal and Curzon.

    She has over 25 years experience in the independent film sector, with particular knowledge of film festivals and film exhibition, as well as experience in film development and funding.

  • Babak Karimi, Iran
    Programmer
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    Babak Karimi is a well-known Iranian actor, producer and film editor. He lived in Italy for many years and became one of the editors involved with the development of young cinema trends. He returned to Iran in 2004 and worked as an editor before turning to full-time acting.

    He was awarded the Silver Bear Award for Best Actor at the Berlin International Film Festival. He has received international praise for his performance in the Academy Award winning films A Separation and The Salesman. From 2004 to 2007 he was a consultant for the Venice IFF. He plays the important role of a cultural mediator between East and West.

  • Diego Lerer, Argentina
    Programmer
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    Diego Lerer is the former editor of the Cinema pages of Clarín (Argentina's largest daily newspaper), holding that position for nearly 20 years. He is the acting President of FIPRESCI Argentina, the film critic's association, and also runs a film website called Micropsia.

    As a festival programmer and consultant, he has worked for the Mar del Plata IFF, Venice IFF, Zürich IFF, Rome IFF, Beijing IFF, and Macao IFF. He was also part of the official and critics’ juries in festivals such as Berlín, Venice, San Sebastián, Toronto, Rotterdam, Chicago, Río de Janeiro, Montreal, London, Viennale, Taormina, Gijón, Miami, Cartagena, and many others.

  • Alëna Shumakova, Russia
    Programmer
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    Alëna Shumakova is active in the field of cinema since 1995. She has been the consultant for Russian film section of several main film festivals such as Venice IFF, Rome IFF, Beijing IFF, Silk Road (Fuzhou) IFF and Macao IFF. During 2002-2015, she has also curated several retrospective exhibitions of Russian and Central Asian films.

    She has written articles about Russian and Soviet cinema and is always active in the film production sector. In 2010, she has curated and translated the first book by Alexander Sokurov, receiving an award for the book from the Cultural Foundation Boris Eltsin. In 2015, she won the Brodsky Award for the Contribution to the International Promotion of Russian Culture.

  • Tomita Mikiko, Japan
    Programmer
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    Tomita Mikiko has been working as a programmer for several Japanese film festivals, including Tokyo IFF and Yamagata Documentary Festival, where she was one of the founders. She has worked as a Japanese programme consultant for international film festivals for over 25 years, starting from Rotterdam (1991) and including Locarno IFF (1996-2000), Venice IFF (2004-2011), Rome Film IFF (2012- 2014), Beijing IFF (2015) and Macao IFF (2016). She has always brought to the festival the world premieres of Japan's most acclaimed directors.

    From 2015 she has been the programming consultant for Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in Switzerland.