ZIFF 2022 – Jury

FEATURE FILM JURY

SERGE-ARMAND NOUKOUE

SERGE-ARMAND NOUKOUE

Serge Armand Noukoue, a Film & Media Attaché for the French Embassy in Kenya, is determined to unleash Africa’s potential and see African stories thrive on the Global stage. He has over the years, launched a reputable film festiva, Nollywood Week Paris, run the acquisitions of films and series for a major Pan-African broadcaster and headed the Business Development Department of the content Distribution leader in Africa.

PHILIPPA AMA BENTUMA ARTHUR

PHILIPPA AMA BENTUMA ARTHUR

Philippa Ama Bentuma Arthur is the Director/Festival Producer of the Black Star International Film Festival(BSIFF), the largest international film festival in Ghana. Bentuma is also a professional singer-songwriter. With her experience as a PR specialist in the film and music industries, Bentuma is the Founding Director of Tropicana Public Relations, an entertainment (film & music) PR firm in Ghana. She is currently the Secretary of the African Film Festival Association(AFFA).

LEONARD AMANYA

LEONARD AMANYA

Born in Uganda, Leonard has an educational background in Film production, Photojournalism, Media, and Communication. He holds a degree in Mass Communication from Makerere University (Uganda), Filmmaking from Kampala Film School (Uganda), Maisha Film Lab (Uganda), Television for Development (Uganda) and CineArts University (Lebanon).

SHORT FILM JURY

EMILY CHOW-QUESADA

EMILY CHOW-QUESADA

Emily CHOW-QUESADA is an assistant professor at the Department of English Language and Literature, Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research focuses on postcolonial anglophone literature and the representations of blackness in Hong Kong. She is working on a monograph on the works of Dambudzo Marechera (Routledge), a documentary on blackfemale artists based in Hong Kong, the representations of blackness in Hong Kong media,and a podcast series documenting the voices of the marginalized in Hong Kong through digital storytelling.

MARTINA MWANZA

MARTINA MWANZA

Martina MWANZA, who holds a Master Degree in Development Studies, actively participated in the organisation of the biggest Human Rights Film Festival in Czech Republic for many years. During her employment as a lecturer at the Zambia Catholic University in Zambia, she had a desire to promote the use of film in the learning process and create a platform for college and university students to share ideas. She is co-Founder and Managing Director of the SOTAMBE Film Institute in Zambia, which offers Certificate programmes in Filmmaking and is behind organising the biggest Film festival in Zambia – SOTAMBE International Film and Arts Festival.

MOHAMED OUMA

MOHAMED OUMA

MOHAMED Saïd Ouma is a renowned filmmaker, cultural operator and executive director of DocA-Documentary Africa. Mohamed is also engaged in “The African Heritage Project”, a program which aims to restore fifty African films of historical, cultural and artistic significance. He has cut his professional teeth as a festival manager for the International Film Festival of Africa and the Islands
(FIFAI) from 2004 to 2015 where he managed to coordinate support for the festival from the Municipality of Le Port- Reunion Islands and the national film governing body (CNC) His latest film, Red Card premiered at IDFA 2020.

SEMBENE OUSMANE JURY

PAPY AMANI

PAPY AMANI

Papy Amani is the Executive Director of the Burundi Film Center. He has worked extensively with the United Nations Systems in film production. Amani is a member of the Berlinale Talent Campus and in 2012 he joined the East Africa Filmmakers through the One Fine Day Film Program. In 2014, in collaboration with Berlin Producers, Amani directed the production of “Dangerous Roads”, a docu film broadcast on ARTE HD. Amani is a member of various Film Festivals in the East African Region.

WANGECI MURAGE

WANGECI MURAGE

WANGECI MURAGE is a media professional with 23 years’ experience in content production, distribution, marketing and channel development. She has extensive knowledge on the media landscape in Africa and provides skillful and tactical leadership in content strategy development and broadcast management. She is the CEO at Media Pros Africa, a leading media resource company based in Nairobi, Kenya which provides customised media solutions to content producers and broadcast networks across Africa.

GODJE BIALLUCH

GODJE BIALLUCH

Godje Bialluch is a political scientist by profession with many years of experience in
international cooperation. She has lived and worked in Africa for over 20 years with long-term assignments in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia. Godje currently works as the GIZ Cluster Coordinator at the East African Community based in Arusha, Tanzania. She is a keen follower of the African art and culture scene.

PHILIPPA AMA BENTUMA ARTHUR

PHILIPPA AMA BENTUMA ARTHUR

Philippa Ama Bentuma Arthur is the Director/Festival Producer of the Black Star International Film Festival(BSIFF), the largest international film festival in Ghana. Bentuma is also a professional singer-songwriter. With her experience as a PR specialist in the film and music industries, Bentuma is the Founding Director of Tropicana Public Relations, an entertainment (film & music) PR firm in Ghana. She is currently the Secretary of the African Film Festival Association(AFFA).

DOCUMENTARY JURY

DARRAGH AMELIA

DARRAGH AMELIA

Darragh Amelia is an audio-visual practitioner whose work in/around cinema is collaboratively driven and imagines alternative, inclusive modes of both practice and access. She is a founding member of Ajabu Ajabu — a collective of practitioners actively working on the preservation, production, and presentation of audio-visual art forms. She has produced and presented work through partnerships with BFI, LUX Scotland, Barbican, WePresent, LeGuessWho?, and Canada Council for the Arts among others. Her first job was at Capitol 6 Cinema in her hometown of Victoria, BC, Canada.

WANGECI MURAGE

WANGECI MURAGE

WANGECI MURAGE is a media professional with 23 years’ experience in content production, distribution, marketing and channel development. She has extensive knowledge on the media landscape in Africa and provides skillful and tactical leadership in content strategy development and broadcast management. She is the CEO at Media Pros Africa, a leading media resource company based in Nairobi, Kenya which provides customised media solutions to content producers and broadcast networks across Africa.

MWALIM ALI MWALIM

MWALIM ALI MWALIM

A retired civil servant majoring in architectural conservation, he is among the founders of the Stone Town Conservation and Development Authority and a cornerstone of Stone Town’s World Heritage recognition. As the CEO, his trust in the power of the screen influenced the weekly TVZ Stone Town awareness Programme: Baraza ya Mji Mkongwe, personally acting in some of its episodes. He has a cameo appearance in Penzi Nalo, a Sinema Zetu Channel favourite. His story, What a Zanzibar!, won the 2021 Literary Award. He was also a Jury Member in the inaugural Sinema Zetu International Film Festival.