Jim Miller (US)
Vice President, New York Film Academy
Jim Miller is responsible for many of the strategic initiatives that the New York Film Academy College of Visual & Performing Arts (NYFA) engages in both domestically and internationally. Mr. Miller manages global partnerships, key programming connected with U.S. and international governmental entities, NYFA’s Fulbright and Veterans programs, and numerous creative collaborations including NYFA’s support of film festivals. He serves on numerous non-profit board of directors, and has been a keynote presenter at numerous international academic conferences and has published numerousarticles—including in peer-reviewed journals. Mr. Miller’s early career was in the fashion industry and was Founder and CEO of three global trading companies.
Yerlan Nurmukhambetov (Kazakhstan)
Film writer and director
He is the Head of the Department of “Cinema and TV” at the Kazakh National University of Arts (Astana). The winner of the Grand Prix of the Busan International Film Festival (South Korea) in the New Currents section and the Grand Prix for the Best Asian Film at the Fajr Film Festival (Iran), and the awards of the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema and the International Film Festival Innsbruck, Austria (“The Walnut Tree”, 2016). The Award-winner for the Best Foreign Drama at the International Film Festival in Hollywood, US (“A Hunter Boy”, 2012). The owner of the Grand Prix of the VII Eurasia International Film Festival in Kazakhstan (“Before the Storm”, 2011).
Nina Romodanovskaya (Russia)
Film critic, chief editor of ProfiCinema
She teaches film marketing at the Gerasimov Institute of Cinematography (VGIK). She is an expert of the Film Fund Commission on the examination of applications received from the cinema screening organizations and the pitch of debutants in the “TV-series” category. She actively participates in public life, acts as a speaker at conferences on the development of cinematography, and makes reports at events dedicated to supporting and promoting national cinema. She is the author of regular monthly column “Index of business sentiment in the film industry”. She is a member of the Russian Guild of Film Critics.
Film critic and the editor of “BigO”, Singapore’s only independent pop culture publication. He is on the Advisory Board of the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC), and is currently program consultant for the Jogja Asian Film Festival, Hanoi International Film Festival and Shanghai International Film Festival. He co-founded the South-East Asian Film Festival and is Patron of the South-east Asia Screen Academy in Indonesia. He is co-director of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab, Australia. He is co-editor of the books, Garin Nugroho: And the Moon Dances; Noel Vera: Critic After Dark and Ngo Phuong Lan: Modernity and Nationality in Vietnamese Cinema.
Sergey Grankin (Israel)
Journalist, defence correspondent and documentary director
He was the reporter of “Associated Press”, “Reuters”, “Agence France Press”, “Berliner Zeitung”, "Vesti” (Israel). He is the author of the internationally recognized documentary films such as "Gornaya progulka v kompanii nastoyashih muzhchin/Mountain Trip With True Men” (1992), "Kitaiskaya ferma/Chinese Farm” (2001), "Stukachi/Snithes" (2002), "Camouflage" (2003), "Marijuana"
(2004), "Perelom" (2005), "New Samaritans" (2006), «Lost Temple» (2010). He is a participant and laureate of numerous international film festivals.
Michael Kananack (US)
Veteran Film International Sales and Distribution Executive with several decades of experience in the independent film marketplace. He is recognized for building relationships with International Buyers, Producers and Film Financiers to enhance sales and content acquisitions and generate revenue. Michael has been involved in sales and distribution of such films as Beyond Skyline, Skateland, St. Trinian’s, What’s Cooking, and Air Bud. He formerly held positions at “Premiere Entertainment”, “MS Media Finance”, “Gathr Films”, “The Independent Film & Television Alliance” and “NeoClassics Films". He graduated from the New York University (a film degree). He has been appointed to the Palm Springs and Seattle Film Festival Juries, and has lectured at the American Film Institute and was recently the 2017 AFI FEST’s Industry Liaison.
Evgeniy Gindilis (Russia)
Producer, member of the European Film Academy and Russia’s Oscar committee. He has been appointed to the Warsaw IFF and Odessa IFF Juries as well as to the International Film Festivals “Kinotavr” and “Molodist”. He founded the film marketplaces “Centeast-Moscow” (2009-2016), “Red Square Screenings” (2012), as well as the business area “Kinopoisk Film Market” (2016).