Jury Panel

SHORTS Grand Jury – João Francisco Pinto

– President of the Grand Jury
– Member of the Organizing Committee
– TDM (Teledifusão de Macau, S.A.) Portuguese News and Program Controller

João Francisco Pinto was born in Portugal, where he studied and graduated in economics. He embraced the media industry at an early age, starting his career as a journalist in a financial newspaper in Lisbon. In 1994, he moved to Macau, where he started managing a television and radio station.

Currently, he is responsible for supervising the production of Portuguese and English language content for TDM, Macau’s public broadcaster.

VOLUME Grand Jury – Lok Kong

– President of the Grand Jury
– Member of the Organizing Committee
– TDM (Teledifusão de Macau, S.A.) Director of the Programmes and Production Division

Director of the Programmes and Production Division of TDM – Teledifusão de Macau, joined the company in 1984 and has been in TDM till now. For the past 30 years, he worked as Production Assistant, Director, Producer and Department Head, mainly engaging himself in TV Production. He is also the Organising Committee Member 

SHORTS Grand Jury – Detsky Graffam

– Film Director, Editor

Detsky is an Anglo-German Filmmaker and Member of the European Film Academy. He was born in Ethiopia, has an American passport, a German mother and an English stepdad – endless fun at passport control! After studying German and Drama at Exeter University, Detsky took a pathway course in Film and was selected to work at Take Five casting studio and production company (Soho, London) as a cameraman. After casually insisting he could edit, he locked himself in an editing suite for 48 hours to learn. Within a few years, Detsky built up a successful showreel business whose clients included Andy Serkis and Damian Lewis. In 2006 he moved to Germany and worked in Berlin and London as a director and editor for the BBC, Channel 4, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and RTL.

His short films have won numerous prizes and earned Detsky international attention. “90 Degrees North” has received over 30 international prizes on four continents and was nominated for the European Film Awards. Detsky co-founded K17 Films in 2015. Currently, he is developing his feature film debut and two streaming series.

SHORTS Grand Jury – Julien Dykmans

– Graphic Designer, Animator

Julien Dykmans is a 38-year-old Belgian Graphic Designer. He has been working in the field of advertising and in the movie industry for the last 16 years. In 2006 he completed his first short film, The Way of Hope, which he wrote, directed and animated. Wanting to pursue this creative avenue further, he decided to embark upon a second journey in an animated film by directing The Mechanical Waltz.

VOLUME Grand Jury – Ray Granlund

– Editor and Musicologist
– Co-founder of Sound & Image Challenge

Ray Granlund holds Bachelor’s and Master of Music degrees from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in his native Houston (USA). After a 15-year career as a classical and electronic musician and composer, music and food journalist and cultural entrepreneur, he returned to academia, earning a Master of Arts with distinction in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy from Goldsmiths, the University of London, for his research into international aspects of popular music and arts funding, and the phenomenon of gastro diplomacy in food and cooking shows. He now resides in London and works as an editor and musicologist at White Label Productions, serving the classical music and original soundtrack recording industry.

VOLUME Grand Jury – Miguel Khan

Multimedia Director
– Co-founder of Sound & Image Challenge

Miguel Khan graduated in Moving Image Design at Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication in the United Kingdom. Worked in broadcast graphics, branding and advertising projects in the United Kingdom and Portugal. Since 2006, as a motion graphics designer and contributor to Macau’s visual communication scene, he has been working in the fields of marketing and corporate communication, designing multimedia content and leading multimedia teams to produce a broad variety of video content, and also the employment process of Digital Signage Display Systems in the gaming industry. He is currently a multimedia director of a local operator. He has also been creating and collaborating with young local creatives, artists and with other industries, in a broad application of moving image design, from TV broadcast graphic content and video advertising production to live VJ performances.

SHORTS Jury – Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk

– Film Director, Writer

Dmytro is a Ukrainian author and filmmaker, graduated from the Kyiv National I.K. Karpenko-Kary Theatre, Cinema and Television University. Participant of the Berlinale Talents, Locarno Film Academy, he is the founder of the script platform Terrarium. He was first noticed with his short film «Weightlifter», a EFA contender, winner of the Best Short Film Award in Angers and Macau International Short Film Festival and, Grand Prix of the Warsaw IFF. His first feature, «PAMFIR», was developed by TorinoFilmLab, Midpoint and Cannes’ Cinefondation and achieve a selection at Cannes Film Festival Directors’ Fortnight in 2022. He was a jury member of the Fiction panel for the Macau International Short Film Festival 2020 and 2022.

2022 – LITURGY OF ANTI-TANK OBSTACLES (documentary, 12 min.) 2022 – PAMFIR (feature debut film, 106 min)
2018 – WEIGHTLIFTER (short, fiction, 30 min)
2015 – INTERSECTION (documentary, 20 min.)
2013 – KRASNA MALANKA (documentary, 52min.)
2012 – THE BEARD (short fiction, 25min.)

SHORTS Jury – Emanuele Daga

– Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer

Born and raised in Rome, Emanuele Daga is a Los Angeles-based writer-director and an alum of the prestigious American Film Institute. His filmography has received international recognition through various film festivals and is currently being broadcast on the Italian National TV Channel, “Rai”, and on the YouTube Channel, “Omeleto”, where his shorts have accrued more than 200,000 views. Daga’s work stands out for its oddball characters, absurd situations, dark humor, and bittersweet endings. As a screenwriter, he has developed Film and TV projects for various producers, including Oak Street Pictures (“Nine Days”). His fiction “Florence” was included at the “Official Selection“ of the Macau International Short Film Festival 2020.

SHORTS Jury – Jan-David Bolt

– Film Director, Writer

Born and raised in a small village in the Swiss-German-speaking part of Switzerland. Dropped out of his German and English literature studies for films. Has a fondness for grotesque and absurd stories. His short film “Phlegm” was awarded Best Fiction and Best Editing in the Macau International Short Film Festival 2021.

SHORTS Jury – Marcus Hanisch

– Film Director, Writer, Producer

Marcus was born 1984 in Hoyerswerda, on the backseat of a Trabi (former East Germany car) and grew up half in a prefabricated building in Dresden, half on his grandparents’ farm. He learned chopping wood, riding sheep, shooting the air rifle and helping give birth to calves. Today he usually takes care of Schrödinger’s cat at the weekends and believes in miracles.

He did his A-levels in Dresden, trained as a digital media designer, took part in the top qualification program TP2 Talent Pool, studied directing at the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin and directed music videos, commercials, and short films. Additionally, Marcus worked as a unit manager and 1st AD on more than 50 commercials, music videos and short films as well as 5 feature films. Marcus’ core interest in filmmaking aims for the intersection of love & death & artificial intelligence & psytrance. Some of his sponsored and multi-award-winning short films‚ Breath dodging‘, ‚Flying‘, ‚Love note‘ and ‘Q: Ghostly remote effect’ were shown at over 100 festivals.

From 2015 to 2020 Marcus participated in and co-created Acting-Directing-Workshops in collaboration with Berlin Acting Studio. Since 2016 he is working for the European Film Market as a production manager. In 2020 and 2021 he has been a member of the international jury at the SciFi Film Festival Berlin. His short fiction “Let Us Forget” was included in the “Official Selection” of the Macau International Short Film Festival 2021. In 2022 he co-teached directing at the SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences.

SHORTS Jury – Ryan William Harris

– Film Director, Writer

Class of ’95, Ryan William Harris is an Irish Writer & Director based in Milan, Italy. After moving to Italy at the age of 14, Ryan studied Cinema at the Paolo Toschi High School of Arts in Parma Italy before attending and graduating in Photography, Cinema & TV at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna.During his academic career, he started working under the wing of Italian Director of Photography Fabrizio La Palombara and spent 3 years working in his department. Throughout this period, Ryan also worked with the likes of Director of Photography Michele D’Attanasio and Directors Mario Piredda and Piero Messina. Over the years Ryan has shot music videos for Sony Music Italy, Universal Music and Sugar music and branded content for Levi’s Europe. In 2020 Ryan made his cinematic debut with his short film “Eggshell” which has been featured in 65 film festivals worldwide and has won over 20 awards and, was in the “Official Selection” of the Macau International Short Film Festival 2021. In  2020/2021, Ryan collaborated with Tuorlo Magazine, directing their short documentaries about very important and influential figures in the world of food and beverage. He also directed Tuorlo’s debut feature length documentary “Still Hungry”, written by Federico G. Durante which is currently available to stream on the Italian platform Infinity Plus.

SHORTS Jury – Simon Panay

– Film Director

Laureate from the Jean-Luc Lagardère Foundation Documentary Grant and the Author’s Career Grant from the CNC (French Film Institute), Simon Panay is making documentaries in West Africa since ten years. After his short documentary “Nobody Dies Here”, that has won 134 Awards worldwide, he just completed his first documentary feature “If You Are a Man”, filmed for two years in an artisanal gold mine in Burkina Faso. Simon has been given professional support as a jury to the Macau International Short Film Festival in the previous editions.

SHORTS Jury – Suki

– Animation Film Director

Born in 1977, Suki self-produced from the end of 90’s of several animated shorts including “Reflets” selected in Dresdein 2006. In 2013, supported by the CNC and Pictanovo, N’Djekoh will be selected in Annecy then included in the program “Les nouveaux visages de l’animation française” screened in Canada. In 2017 he co-founded Utopi and directed an animated fable that will be selected in fifty festivals, included in the L’Extra Court catalog and will participate in the short film festival. After directing a music video and animated sequences for the theater, Suki releases in 2021 “Mondo Domino”, co-produced by Utopi, Arte and Pictanovo, with the support of the CNC, which is selected nowaday in more 125 festival all around the world and has won 26 awards. This short was awarded Best Animation Film at the MACAU INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2021. Actually he is producing with Utopi a new animated short movie titled “A grain of sand in the universe”, with again the support of Pictanovo and Arte, and which should be released in 2023.

SHORTS Jury – Vincent Hoi

– Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer

Vincent Hoi, aka “Little Bird”, currently works as a Film Director, Production Director of Celestial Bird Productions, Part-Time Teacher of Film Production Course in iCentre. In 2002, he made a feature film called <Aim vs Peep> which is the first-ever local feature film made totally by people from Macau. The latest works include <Before Dawn Cracks>, <Macau Stories 1 – Paper Plane> and short film <Just One Dollar>.