International jury

Paolo Benvenuti (president) initially pursued a career as a painter, but, starting from ’68, he gradually shifted his focus to cinema. He worked as an assistant to Roberto Rossellini and as an assistant director to Jean Marie Straub. His films have competed in the most important national and international festivals, including Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Tokyo, winning several awards. In 2008, the International Film Festival of Rotterdam dedicated a personal retrospective to him.

Frances Stonor Saunders is a prize-winning writer, a cultural critic and broadcaster, and the former Arts Editor of the New Statesman. With a background in film documentaries for BBC television and Channel 4, she now makes radio documentaries for the BBC. She is also the founder of the multi-media project ‘What Would You Take?’ which explores the themes of displacement and identity through personal stories of memories, language and imagination. Frances was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 2018.

Benjamin Stiénon is a Belgian film producer. He began his career in theatrical production before moving into the cinema. He founded Popìul, through which he produced films for both the cinema and television. The films he produced have participated in and won numerous international festivals and have been broadcast in many countries.