Aboozar Amini, Marcel Beltrán and Margarida Moz make up the jury of World Cinema Amsterdam 2018. The three jurors will attend the festival to view all competition films and pick the one that will win the 2018 Jury Award (€ 5,000).
World Cinema Amsterdam has chosen a distinctive jury this year. Both Aboozar Amini and the Netherlands-based Marcel Beltrán are autonomous, talented filmmakers, who hail from Cuba (this year’s focus country) and Afghanistan respectively. Several of their short films have been shown at previous editions of WCA. Margarida Moz, the third jury member, lives in Portugal, but she was born in Angola and partially raised in Macau. Her background as a programmer at festivals with a focus on independent filmmakers, such as IndieLisboa and Queer Lisboa, make her the perfect addition to the team.
This year, World Cinema Amsterdam has chosen a quirky jury. Aboozar Amini and Marcel Beltrán are two fully autonomous talented filmmakers from Cuba (the focus country this year) and Afghanistan (living in the Netherlands) respectively. Several short films made by them have been shown at previous editions of WCA. Margarida Moz, the third member of the jury is from Portugal, but was born in Angola and partially raised in Macau. She completes the team as she is a programmer at festivals that focus on independent filmmakers, such as Indielisboa and Queerlisboa.
The jury members
Aboozar Amini (Afghanistan, 1985) is no stranger to WCA: he was invited to present his short film Angelus Novus to the audience in 2015; his next short film, Where is Kurdistan?, was screened at the festival in 2016; and in 2017 he was one of the faces on the WCA campaign posters. Amini left Afghanistan at 14 years old and moved to the Netherlands. He graduated from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in 2010 and five years later received his Master’s at London Film School. His latest short film, Best Day Ever, opened this year’s shorts programme of Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes. He is currently working on his first feature film.
Marcel Beltrán (Cuba, 1985) graduated with a Golden Diploma (with honours) at Instituto Superior de Arte in 2008, and in 2011 completed his education at the famous film school EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños. He has followed several workshops and shorter courses since in Guadalajara, Berlin, Rotterdam, etc. to further familiarize himself with various aspects of filmmaking. His films have been screened at many festivals and have won their share of awards. Beltrán also gives workshops for children at Cinemátheque Française in Paris and he teaches at EICTV. Two films by Beltrán are shown during the festival: El desaparecido (work in progress) and La música de las esferas.
Margarida Moz (Luanda, Angola) studied Social Anthropology at Lisbon University, where she earned her PhD with a study of family relationships in same-sex families. In the past twenty years she has been working in film, among other things in documentary research and production. She is also involved with several Portuguese film festivals, e.g. as the short film programmer at Festival Internacional de Cinema Independente de Lisboa, better known as IndieLisboa, and as head of Portugal Film – Portuguese Film Agency, an organization that accompanies young Portuguese filmmakers on their way to the major international festivals, such as Berlin, Cannes and Locarno.