Official Jury

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Jihan el Tahri

Born in Beirut, Jihan El-Tahri is an Egyptian and French filmmaker, author and visual artist. She started her career as a Photographer and later become an International news correspondent for prestigious news outfits including Reuters, The Sunday Times and The Washington Post. She became a fulltime film director in 1990 and has since directed more than a dozen films including the Emmy nominated The House of Saud, which won several international prizes including BANFF, and The Price of Aid, which won the European Media Prize. Cuba: An African Odyssey, has received multiple International awards and Behind the Rainbow won the prestigious prize at Fespaco in 2009. She has written two books published with Penguin and Grasset. El-Tahri’s debut in Visual Arts was with an exhibition titled: After the Year Zero at HKW in Berlin and later reproduced in Warsaw. She has since participated in shows like Talking Liberty in Norway or 100 Years of Now, in Berlin. El-Tahri has also engaged in various associations and institutions working with African Cinema. She has served as treasurer of the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora and Regional Secretary of the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI).

Ikbal Zalila

Ikbal Zalila is Phd in film studies from the Paris-Sorbonne University. He teaches film aesthetics, film analysis, documentary at ISAMM University, Manouba (Tunisia) since 2001. His academic researches are focused on two main topics: formalism in Arab cinema and documentary praxis and didactics. He presided the Tunisian Association for Film Critics and Promotion from 2008 to 2010. In 2014, he was appointed as artistic director of the Carthage Film Festival after being a senior programmer for this festival in 2008 and 2010. Film critic Ikbal Zalila was a member of several critics’ juries in Venice, Istanbul and Rotterdam. He was also a jury member for Afac and Dox-box International Film Festival in Syria in 2015. He is involved as a trainer in documentary workshops organized by the Documentary film festival of Agadir.

Faouzi Bensaïdi

Born in Meknes in 1967, Faouzi Bensaïdi’s early passion was the theatre prior to shooting his first short film in 1997, La Falaise (The Clif), which won 23 awards in various international film festivals. In 1999 he co-wrote and acted in André Téchiné’s film, Loin (Far Away). He then made two award-winning short films – Le Mur (The Wall) winning in Cannes and Trajets (Journeys) in Venice. He went on to direct his first full-length film Mille Mois (A Thousand Months); a film that looks at childhood and injustice in a town in the Atlas in the 80’s. The film won the First Outlook Award and the Youth Award in Cannes. Faouzi Bensaïdi directed WWW – What A Wonderful World in 2006, and after returning to theatre for a while, he signed Mort à vendre (Death For Sale); winner of the CICAE Prize in the Panorama section at Berlin, playing with the canons of genre cinema. His latest film, Volubilis, is in post-production stage. As an actor he has collaborated with Nabil Ayouch, André Téchiné, Jilali Ferhati, Nadir Mocknèche, Jacques Audiard, Bertrand Bonello and again with Daoud Aoulad-Syad.


The Official Jury grants the following awards:

  • Best Fiction Feature Film of Long-Sightedness section
  • Best Documentary of Long-Sightedness section
  • Best Actress of Long-Sightedness section (sponsored by Mujeres por África Foundation)

A Young Jury grants the award:

  • Best Short Film of Shortly section (sponsored by The Riad Hotel)

FCAT audience votes the award:

  • Best Fiction Feature Film of Long-Sightedness section