NETPAC Jury – IFFAM – 3rd International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

NETPAC Jury

Mimi Plauché

Mimi Plauché
Artistic Director / Chicago International Film Festival (USA)

Mimi Plauché is Artistic Director of the Chicago International Film Festival, the longest-running competitive film festival in North America. She has been at the Festival for 13 years and oversees the artistic direction and programming of the annual Festival as well as the organization’s year-round film series.

Before joining the Chicago International Film Festival, Plauché was working on a doctorate in Japanese literature and film at the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. She is the recipient of Fulbright-Hays, Japan Foundation, and Social Science Research Council fellowships, among others.

Plauché has previously worked in documentary and short subjects programming for Cinema/Chicago and, while living in Japan for more than eight years, she worked for the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival. She has worked as a programming advisor and has served on juries for a number of international film festivals.

Sunny Joseph
Film-maker (India) 

Sunny Joseph is a legendary Indian cinematographer from Kerala with over 60 language feature films to his credit. After graduating in motion picture photography from the Film & Television Institute of Indian in 1983, he built a track record of features including Shaji N Karun’s Malayalam classic Piravi, G Aravindan’s Vasthuhara and Adoor Gopalakrishnan’s Nizhalkuthu.

Other major works include TV Chandran’s Mangamma, PN Menon’s Postman, MT Vasudevan Nair’s Oru Cheru Punchiri, Venu’s Daya, Sthish Menon’s Bhavam, Njana Rajashekaran’s Ramanujan, Pamela Rooks’ Train To Pakistan and three films by Busshadeb Dasgupta – Ami Iyasin Aur Amar Madhubala, Janala and Woh.

He is also a director, editor and writer, with 12 short films and two television serials under his belt. He is currently in post on his debut feature Bhoomiyude Uppu (Salt Of The Earth). He won the National Award for direction for his diploma film Clown And The Dog and the Kerala State Film Award for cinemtography for Piravi.

He is a well known teacher, conducting workshops in film schools across India. He was a creative consultant and founder of the cinematography department at the LV Prasad Film & TV Academy in Chennai. He is currently director and head of the cinematography department at Revathy Kalamandir Film Academy in Thiruvananthapuram.
He is currently president of the Cinematographers Union of Malayalam Cinema and the chairman and managing trustee of the Indian Society Of Cinematographers.

Sunny Joseph

Marco Martins

Marco Martins
Film-maker (Portugal) 

Born in Lisbon, Portugal, in 1972, Marco Martins graduated from Lisbon Theatre And Film School and the Tisch School Of Arts. Early in his career he worked as assistant director to great film-makers such as Wim Wenders, Pedro Costa, Manoel de Oliveira and Betrand Tavernier.

His first feature film Alice (2005) was selected for Directors Fortnight in Cannes and won the best film prize there. It was also nominated for discovery of the year at the European Film Awards and played at many film festivals around the world.

In 2006, he directed Um Ano Mais Longo (A Longer Year), a short film which he co-directed with Tonino Guerra, and which was selected for official selection at Venice.

His second film was Como Desenhar Um Circle Perfeito (How To Draw A Perfect Circle) (2009) which starred Daniel Duvall and Beatriz Batarda.

His latest film Sao Jorge (Saint George) was also selected for Venice in the Orizzonti section and won the best actor prize for Nuno Lopes. Saint George was the Portugese submission for the Academy Award foreign language category.

Martins has made many forays into visual arts, including co-directing Twenty One – The Day The World Didn’t End with the Italian master Michelangelo Pistolletto, a multichannel video installation exhibited at the Louvre Museum.

In 2002, he founded his own advertising production company Ministerio Dos Filmes which has received multiple international awards.

In 2007, he founded the Arena Ensemble theatre company and has directed many plays since then including Baralha, a Shakespeare-inspired play developed inside a Gypsy community and Estaleiros which features shipyard workers from Viana and writings by Samuel Beckett.