The two juries of the XXIII Tertio Millennio Film Fest have been selected, the first for the feature films in competition, the second for the short film contest.
The president of the jury that will award one of the nine unreleased films will be Fariborz Kamkari, Kurdish film director, screenwriter and writer. Besides him, Takoua Ben Mohamed, partner/founder of the film production company “Noesis Studio Srl” and author of the catalog “Woman Story” as well as of the comic books “Sotto il velo” and “La Rivoluzione dei Gelsomini”. Another member is Guglielmo Doryu Cappelli, teacher of Zen Meditation and founder of the Anshin Zen Centre associated with the Italian Buddhist Association since 2015. The jury also includes Lila Maya Devi, member of the Italian Hindu Union “Sanatana Dharma Samgha” and Secretary of the “Tavolo Interreligioso di Roma”, Sira Fatucci, responsible for the Holocaust Memory and the European Day of Jewish Culture for the Union of the Jewish Community, and Marco Fornerone, pastor of the Waldensian church of Rome, Piazza Cavour, and member of the National Council of the Italian evangelical youth federation (FGEI) as well as of the Assembly of the Federation of Evangelical Churches in Italy. Moreover, Lorenzo Sangalli, theatre author and director, lecturer and author of several studies on cinema, especially on the works by Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Zanolo Yahya Abd al-Ahad, Italian Muslim and member of CO.RE.IS. (Islamic Religious Community).
The short film contest “I am, you are – Recognise yourselves as different” has its own jury as well: eight members, eight young people who perfectly embody the dialogue and the inclusive spirit promoted by the initiative, as they all have different religious backgrounds. The president of the jury, Phaim Bhuiyan, is the young Roman director who, in his film Bangla, has ironically but effectively told about the difficult integration process experienced by a second-generation young Muslim. Muhammad Umberto Pallavicini is another young Muslim who represents the young section of the CO.RE.IS. Svamini Shuddhananda Ghiri is a sannyasin (Hindu nun) who has always loved and studied the Oriental culture, since she was very young. She is also member of the Italian Hindu Union and representative for the School and education Commission and for the interreligious dialogue. Andrea Petrosillo, who has always loved art in every form, in 2017 approached the spiritual quest and started practising the Sōtō Zen Buddhism at the Enku-ji of Turin. Brian Sbaffi, passionate of music and cinema, is member of the youth group of the Methodist community of Rome. Irene Nuzzo and Agnese Prieto, recently graduated, are part of the Youth Consultation Group of the Pontifical Council, along with Mario Edoardo Simmaco, who is also one of the four members of the Executive Board of the Youth Consultation Group. The eight jury members will choose the short film which will have developed more effectively than the others a plot based on the human and territorial boundaries, ideal and abstract, and will announce the winner in the evening of Thursday, 12 December.