Claire Denis (President)
Born in 1948, in Paris. She grew up in Africa. She studied at the Institut des hautes études cinématographiques (now FEMIS) and was assistant director to Dusan Makaveyev, Jacques Rivette, Costa Gavras, and Wim Wenders. She is regarded as one of France's most important auteurs. She is also known with her collaboration with the British rock band Tindersticks. With her feature debut Chocolate (1988) she competed for the Palm d'or at Cannes. In 1996, she won the Golden Leopard at Locarno with Nenette and Boni. She gathered herself a loyal mass of admirers with her later films Good Work (1999), Trouble Every Day (2001), Friday Night (2002), The Intruder (2004), 35 Shots of Rum (2008) and the latest White Material (2009). She received the prestigious Berliner Kunstrpreis in 2011.

Anna Bonaiuto
Born in 1950 in Italy. She received her degree from the National Dramatic Arts Academy S.D'Amico in Rome. She has appeared as actress in 48 films and TV shows since 1973. In 1993, she won the Volpi Cup for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Dove Siete? Io Sono Qui / Where Are You? I'm Here. She starred in L'amore molesto / Nasty Love (1995) with which she won the David di Donatello Best Actress Award, De Sica Award, the Silver Ribbon for Best Actress from the Italian Syndicate of Film Journalists and from Chicago Film Festival, Fratelli e sorelle / Brothers and Sisters by Pupi Avati (1991) with which she won a Golden Grail from St. Vincent. Her acting credits include Storia di ragazzi e di ragazze / The Story of Boys and Girls by Pupi Avati (1989), Il Postino / The Postman by Michael Radford (1994), Il Caimano / The Caiman by Nanni Moretti (2006), Mio fratello e' figlio unico / My Brother is an Only Child by Daniele Luchetti (2007), and Il Divo by Paolo Sorrentino (2008).

Piers Handling
He is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Toronto International Film Festival since 1994, where he joined in 1982. He began his career at the Canadian Film Institute (CFI), ultimately becoming Deputy Director. After leaving the CFI, he taught Canadian cinema at Carleton University in Ottawa and Queen's University in Kingston. He has published extensively on Canadian cinema. He is currently Chair of the Canadian Festivals Coalition, on the Board of the Canadian Film Centre, and is a member of the Minister of Culture's Advisory Council for Arts and Culture. He has been honoured with the "Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres", France's highest cultural insignia. In 2003, Handling was named CEO of the Year by the Canadian Public Relations Society (Toronto), recognizing for the first time, a CEO from the cultural not-for-profit sector. In 2006 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from Ryerson University.

Perihan Mağden
Born in Istanbul in 1960. She graduated in psychology from Bosphorous University. She has written novels, poetry, short stories and worked as a columnist. She is the author of the novels Messenger Boy Murders, The Companion, Two Girls, Whom were We Running From? and lately Ali and Ramazan. Her novel, 2 Girls (2005) was a bestseller in Turkey and achieved high acclaim in English. It was adapted to film by Kutluğ Ataman and premiered in London Film Festival. Her latest novel Ali and Ramazan is published in 2010 and will be published in German in 2011. She is the honorary member of English PEN and recipient of Freedom of Speech Grand Award given by Turkish Publishers Association. Her novels have been translated into 17 languages including English, German, Italian, Spanish, French, Korean, Portuguese and Dutch.

Jim Stark
His first involvement with film came when he helped Jim Jarmusch finance, produce and sell the low budget independent hit Stranger than Paradise. He went on to work on three more feature films for Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law, Mystery Train, Night on Earth ), as well as producing two short Coffee and Cigarettes films. His other producing credits include such critically acclaimed and prize winning films as Alex Rockwell's In the Soup, and Gregg Araki's The Living End. In 2009 he co-produced Here & There, a first feature by Serbian director Darko Lungalov that won the Best Narrative Award at Tribeca. In addition to his producing activities, he co-wrote and produced Fridrik Thor Fridriksson's Cold Fever (which won the top prizes at Edinburgh and Troia film festivals) and Factotum, which he adapted as co-screenwriter with director Bent Hamer from the Charles Bukowski novel. In 2010, he executive produced Gerard Hurley's film The Pier and is developing the script The Package for a new film to be directed by Vladan Nikolic in 2011.

Jacob Tierney
Born in 1979 in Montreal. He has worked as a professional actor since the age of six. He acted in the feature film Josh and S.A.M., and appeared in The Neon Bible. He began his directorial career in 2002 with the comedic short film Dad, which he also wrote, produced and appeared in. His feature debut Twist, a modern take on Charles Dickens' Oliver Twist, premiered at the Venice Film Festival, receiving Genie nominations. Following the comedy The Trotsky (2009), Good Neighbours (Notre Dame De Grace) (2010) is his latest feature film which premiered at Toronto Film Festival.

Hülya Uçansu
Born in 1950 in Bandırma, Turkey. She studied English Language and Literature at Istanbul University. After working with various film festivals in Turkey, and later at the Film Production Centre, a subsidiary of the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism as Screening Director, she started working as the Director of the International Istanbul Film Festival organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts in 1983, a post she held until 2006 when the festival celebrated its 25th year. She took part as a jury member or jury president at numerous film festivals, such as Venice (1996), Edinburgh (1990), Montpellier (1995), Chicago (1997), Montreal (2001), Rotterdam (2004), Taormina (2004) and San Sebastian (2004). She is currently a lecturer at the University of Kadir Has, and also appointed member of the Executive Committee of the Mithat Alam Film Center of the Bogazici University.


Reha Erdem (President)
Born in Istanbul in 1960. He graduated from the Film Department of Paris 8 University. He obtained his MA in Plastic Arts at the same university. He shot his first feature-length film Oh Moon in 1989 as a French-Turkish co-production. He scripted all of his films except for Mommy, I'm Scared, for which he was one of the co-writers. He also has short films and directed a stage play, Maids (Les Bonnes) by Jean Genet. His feature films are Run for Money (1999), Mommy, I'm Scared (2004), Times and Winds (2006) which won the Golden Tulip at Istanbul Film Festival, My Only Sunshine (2008), and Kosmos (2009) which won the Golden Orange at Antalya Film Festival.

Tülin Özen
Born in İskenderun. She first went on stage in high school. She graduated from Yeditepe University Drama Department. While she was a student, she took on some parts at the State Theatre and some private theatres. With her role in Semih Kaplanoğlu's Angel's Fall (2004) she won awards at Antalya, Ankara and Nürnberg film festivals. She later acted in Semih Kaplanoğlu's Egg (2006), Milk (2007), and Honey (2010), and Pelin Esmer's 10 to 11 (2009). She won Best Supporting Actress awards from SİYAD, Sadri Alışık and at Adana Film Festival with Erden Kıral's Vicdan / Conscience (2008). She worked with the State Theatre, private theatres and dance companies. She took part in TV series such as "Beyaz Gelincik" and "Kapalıçarşı". She is actively working in theatre and film.

Fatih Özgüven
Born in Istanbul. He graduated from the Austrian Highschool and later the English language and Literature department of the Istanbul University Faculty of Letters. His articles on film and literature were published in magazines such as Yazko, Çağdaş Eleştiri, Gösteri, Video-Sinema, Sokak, Yeni Gündem, Roll, and the dailies Cumhuriyet and Radikal. He taught film and literature at Boğaziçi and İstanbul Bilgi universities. He translated works of Borges, Nabokov, Kundera, Henry James, Karen Blixen, Thomas Mann, Thomas Bernhard, Raymond Chandler, Paul Auster, Flannery O'Connor, and Virginia Woolf into Turkish. He published three books which comprise of his short stories.

Karel Och
Born in 1974 in the Czech Republic. He studied law and received his BA in film theory and history at Prague's Charles University. Since 2001, he has worked for the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival as a member of the selection committee. He has programmed this festival's documentary competition and curated tributes and retrospectives to Sam Peckinpah, John Huston and Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, among others. In 2010, he was appointed artistic director of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He is a member of FIPRESCI and has published in numerous magazines such as Cinepur, Cinema and Iluminace.

Jay Weissberg
Born in New York. He is a is a film critic for the industry paper Variety since 2003, regularly travelling to film festivals throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. His articles on silent cinema have appeared in numerous publications, and he's curated for the Pordenone Silent Film Festival. He has served on a number of festival juries worldwide and has taken part in panel discussions on the state of contemporary cinema as well as acted as a mentor in programmes for young film critics, most recently in Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam and Berlin. In addition to film history and criticism, he has a background in art history. He lives in Rome.