The jury of FIFO 2015
PRESIDENT OF THE JURY
Director, Producer and Writer - France
After studying at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Nice, Jan Kounen's career kicked off as a camera assistant and director of video clips and documentaries. In 1989, he produced the short film "Gisèle Kérozène", granted the Grand Prix of the category at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Festival.
In 1996, he directed his first feature length film, the eccentric "Dobermann", starring Vincent Cassel.
In 2004, Jan Kounen filmed "Blueberry", a fantasy western, adapted from the famous comic strip. By filming a Peruvian population, the director became immersed in the very essence of the mystical experience.
Jan Kounen continues an exploration of the shamanist world with "D'autres mondes" (Other Worlds) revealing the world of the Shipibo-Conibo, an Indian tribe whose religion is characterised by the worship of nature, a belief in spirits and the practice of trance and ecstasy.
Continuing in the mystical vein, "Darshan : L'étreinte" (Darshan : The Embrace) was released in 2006, a new documentary, this time about Amma, an Indian, an Indian woman considered a saint in her country and for whom people are ready to go miles out of their way to embrace her.
In 2007, Jan Kounen changed genre with his comedy "99 Francs", a brutal satire of the advertising world adapted from the best-seller by Frédéric Beigbeder and starring Jean Dujardin.
In 2009, he produced "Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky" in which he depicts the passionate affair between the famous couturier and the Russian composer.
He is currently preparing the documentary "Vape Wave", a film about the global phenomenon of electronic cigarettes. Jan Kounen becomes immersed in the sprawling world of vape and introduces us to this cultural revolution.
MEMBERS OF THE JURY
Head of School, Griffith Film School - Australia
From a scenario writing formation, director and producer, Herman Van Eyken is nowadays director of the Griffith Film School. He did more than 190 movies. Competing in the international contests from the biggests movie festivals such as Cannes, New York, Montréal and Vienne. Most of his films received first prizes in their own categories. Many of his full-length movies have been broadcasted in more than 10 countries including Australia, Canada, France, Italia and Taiwan.
Executive Director of the "Australian Directors Guild" - Australia
Documentary Edge Festival Director - New Zealand
Director of the Agency for the Development of Kanak Culture, Centre Culturel Tjibaou - New Caledonia
Born the March 17th 1976 in New Caledonia - Nouméa
Native from the Tiendanite tribe at Hiengène, in the north of New Caledonia. His father was Jean-Marie Tjibaou, political figure of the Kanak nationalism assassinated the May 4th 1989. His mother is Marie-Claude Wetta, native from Ponérihouen, engaged woman in the political and social life of the country. After legal studies' beginning, he becomes touristical guide at the New Caledonia's museum in 1998. Then he takes back his studies in 2000 with a master's degree and an Oceanic Languages DEA.In 2005, he finishes his 2nd year of Ph.D at the INALCO (Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales) with a thesis around the notion of speech then is called at the head of the department "Patrimonial Cultural Development"and "Kanak Culture Development Research Agency". In 2012, he is promoted as director of the same agency. He is also Oceanical Oral Literature teacher at the New Caledonia University and chairs the administration committee of the bill of the country on the traditional knowledge protection and the cultural kanak expression under the New Caledonia Government.
Director and producer - French Polynesia
Born in 1950, he is graduated at the ESSEC in 1973, creation date of his paris production society "Les Films du Sabré" which is co-leading until 1993, date of entry of the Expand group in the "Groupe Sabre"
He settled in Tahiti in 1995, country he knew by accomplishing an inception mission at the ICA (Institution de la Communication Audiovisuelle) in 1984 and fastly positionning as producer and director of the programs near local broadcasters (Polynésie 1ère and TNTV) through "BEAU GESTE", his production structure.
Founding member and ex director of ATPA (Association Tahitienne des Professionnels de l'Audiovisuel), he specialized himself into production and documentary direction since 2006
He is nowadays part of the confirmed documentalists of the Polynesian Audiovisual Landscape
Il fait partie aujourd’hui des documentaristes confirmés du Paysage Audiovisuel Polynésien.
Great reporter and journalist for Polynésie 1ère - French Polynesia
Back at RFO Polynésie in 1985 as a radio animator and bilingual freelancer (French - Re'o Maohi). The same year, he was asked by the direction to present a special broadcast in TV dedicated on the 4th Pacifical Arts Festival, which was gathering all oceanic-centered countries and states. Micro, camera and soul decidedly turned to this continent, Thomas Teriiteporouarai becomes journalist and TV announcer, job which he can defend and develop bilingual values. If he spent most of his career in Polynesia, he has also known to put his skills at others french stations service.
Televisions : from 1992 to 2000, he is associate editor at Saint-Pierre and Miquelon before settling from 2000 to 2007 at Paris, where he'll present "L'hebdo RFO" on France 3. Coming back at Polynesie 1ère, the great tahitian reporter presents TV news in french and re'o maohi (tahitian language) also the "Atu Dire" broadcast, while continuing to achieve many interviews and magazines in both languages.