Jean-Loup Passek

Best Documentary

Official jury

angelos rallis



Angelos Rallis studied Film, Anthropology and Photography in Sweden and the UK. He started his career in theatre and TV in Greece. His early work has been published in newspapers, press agencies and NGOs around the world. Winner of the Jean Loup Passek Award/ MDOC – Best Feature Film 2023, with the film Mighty Afrin: in the time of flood.

irina trocan



Irina Trocan is a Film Studies Lecturer at the National University of Theatre and Cinema in Bucharest (UNATC) and freelances as a film critic, having contributed to Cineaste, Sight & Sound, photogénie, desistfilm. Irina balances academic and cinephile writing, having edited an anthology of documentary theory, The reality of fiction, the fiction of the real (Hecate Press, 2018, together with Andra Petrescu) and Romanian Cinema Inside Out – Insights on Film Culture, Industry and Politics 1912-2019 (Romanian Cultural Institute Press, 2019) and completing research as Fulbright and New Europe College fellow. Her latest volume is Audiovisual opposition: critical thinking in video essays and essay cinema (Idea Design & Print, 2020). Between 2011-2016, she programmed short films for the NexT International Film Festival.

Mohammadreza Farzad

Mohammadreza Farzad


Attended the Berlinale Forum for the fourth time with his films (Into Thin Air 2011, Blames and Flames 2012, As I Lay Dying 2020, Subtotals 2022). Currently considered as one of the most acclaimed documentary filmmakers of Iranian cinema. Born September 1978, Graduated MA in theater study from the Tehran university of Fine Arts. He started his art career as a poet and translator and published half a dozen books. As a documentary filmmaker he has made some awarded films and screened in more than 70 national and international film Festivals. His new film Hollow is part of “Iran: A Sense of Place”, a collective Project initiated and supervised by Wim Wenders, premiered at CPH: DOX, shown in Beldocs, Sheffield, DMZDOcs,.. still moving on to film events across the world. Farzad has been a PhD student at the Film Factory headed by legendary Hungarian auteur Bela Tarr. He also acted as jury member in several international film festivals like CPH: DOX, Jihlava, Plzen, DokuBaku, Cinema-verite, Prague Festival of Iranian Films.... Farzad is now working on his first debut feature titled: “A Gaze Long into Abyss”, to be produced by Czech producer Radovan Sibert of Pink Production.

raquel schefer



Raquel Schefer is a researcher, director, programmer and Associate Professor at Sorbonne Nouvelle University. With a PhD in Cinematographic and Audiovisual Studies from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University, she has a master's degree in Documentary Cinema from the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires and a degree in Communication Sciences from the Universidade Nova de Lisboa. She published the work El Autorretrato en el Documental, as well as several book chapters and articles. She was an Assistant Professor at the University of Grenoble Alpes, a professor at the Universities Paris Est — Marne-la-Vallée, Rennes 2, at the Universidad del Cine de Buenos Aires, at the Universidad de la Comunicación, in Mexico City, and at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, as well as a guest researcher at the University of California, Los Angeles. She was an FCT postdoctoral fellow at CEC / University of Lisbon, IHC / Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the University of the Western Cape. She is co-editor of the film theory and history magazine La Furia Umana.

truls lie



Truls Lie has been the editor-in-chief of Modern Times Review since 2015. He has a background as newspaper and magazine editor for more than 25 years. He has an education in philosophy and information technology, from Oslo, San Francisco and New York. Lie is also the editor of NY TID, a 100 pages Norwegian quarterly book magazine. His background is philosophy & media, and he makes documentaries as filmmaker. Truls was born in Norway, but is currently living in Sicily.