Ahmed is an Egyptian film critic and programmer who writes constantly since 2009. He publishes weekly articles in "Al Kahera" newspaper and "Filfan" website, besides various contributions in various prints and websites.
He published five books about Egyptian cinema and he is currently the deputy artistic director of Cairo International Film Festival. He is also the secretary general of Egyptian film critics association, a board member of FIPRESCI, vice-president of the African Film Critics Federation and a programming team member of Malmo, Mumbai and Tripoli film festivals.
He acted as jury in many festivals including Locarno, Malmo, Oran, Tetouan, Luxor, and Tripoli.
Jessica is a Berlin-based film critic from Dublin who is almost never in Berlin or Dublin, writing regularly for Variety, The Playlist, Sight & Sound, BBC Culture and anyone else who'll have her.
She has served on festival juries in Zurich, Geneva, Amsterdam, Ljubljana and Vienna and recently enjoyed corrupting the minds of a new generation as a mentor at the 2018 Melbourne International Film Festival's Critics Campus.
For the last ten years, Marisella has been responsible for the Lux Film Prize, the European Parliament award which was created in 2007. Strengthening ties between the cinema world and the members of the European Parliament, she became very experienced in managing contacts and activities with international film festival, European partners, film directors as well as with international institutions and organisations.
She chairs the Lux selection panel, in charge of choosing each year the ten films of the Lux Official Selection. She also coordinates the 28 Times Cinema project, a collaboration with the Venice Days sidebar of the Venice film festival and Europa Cinemas, and she has been in several short and feature film juries.