India-born actress Freida Pinto is
part of the international jury at the upcoming Dubai
International Film Festival.
The Slumdog Millionaire star will join world famous
names like Michael Apted, Kerry Fox, Bruno Barreto, Chang Dong
Lee, Fatemeh Motamed-Arya and Nayla Al Khaja at the festival
where 80 films will compete for over USD 575,000 in prize
money across three categories - Muhr Emirati, Muhr Arab and
Pinto will be part of the judging panel for the short
film competitions in the Muhr Arab, Muhr AsiaAfrica and Muhr
Emirati categories, which is headed by film critic Mark Adams.
Emirati filmmaker Nayla Al Khaja is also part of this jury.
The Muhr Arab Documentary Jury will be led by British
filmmaker Michael Apted. He will be joined by Jordanian
documentarian Azza El Hassan and Chris Fujiwara, artistic
director of the Edinburgh international film festival (EIFF).
The filmmakers competing in the Muhr Arab Feature
competition will be assessed by Brazilian director Bruno
Barreto, who is also President of the Jury.
Assisting him will be Egyptian actor Asser Yassin,
Tunisian film director Moufida Tlatli, Martin Schweighofer,
CEO of the Austrian Film Commission and acclaimed author Adnan
The Muhr AsiaAfrica Awards jury will be headed by South
Korean film director Lee Chang-dong. Istanbul International
Film Festival Director Azize Tan, Iranian actress Fatemah
Motamed-Aria, New Zealand actress Kerry Fox and Nigerian
director and cinematographer Tunde Kelani will join him.
The Muhr AsiaAfrica Documentary Jury will be led by
award-winning Palestinian documentarian Mai Masri at the helm
and joined by South Korean documentarian Kim Dong-won and
German filmmaker Bettina Blumner.
"It is a testament to the success of our programme that
we have been able to draw the sheer amount of talent from
around the world for our juries this year, and we wish them
luck with their difficult task," said Abdulhamid Juma, DIFF