The Grand Jury will be headed by the French Senegalese director Alain Gomis who is one of the leading French film directors having African roots.
The works of Gomis already participated in major international festivals such as Toronto, Sundance and San Francisco and his film “Félicité” earned him the Best Actress prize which went to Veronique Tshanda Beya Mputu at the Carthage Film Festival 2017. Our president of the Grand Jury, Gomis, will be surrounded by other key figures notably Mahmoud Ben Mahmoud, the winner of the golden Tanit for his film “Fatwa” during the previous session of the Carthage Film Festival, and by the Japanese filmmaker Koji Fukada whose film “Harmonium” won the Prix du Jury in the « Un Certain Regard” section of the Cannes Film Festival 2016.
Will also join the ride: Meryem Benm'barek, director of the prize-winning film "Sofia" in the Carthage Film Festival, as well as the Algerian actor having important film credits between Tunisia and Algeria Hassan Kachach, mostly known for his films “C'était la guerre” and “ Les Palmiers blesses”. The Grand Jury will also include the Zimbabwean author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga.
This great figure of African feminist cinema is much famous for her rich artistic experience as an executive director of the Women Filmmakers of Zimbabwe Organization and as the founder of the ‘International Images Film Festival for Women’ in Harare.
The Grand Jury for the Nejib AYED session will be complete with the screenwriter and Lebanese actress Yasmine Khlat, who previously played in the film "Aziza" by Tunisian director Abdellatif Ben Ammar.
As for the 5-member documentary jury, it is presided over by the director of the MENA Media Fund, Jerome Gary, whose documentary "Generation Iron" depicting the career of Arnold Schwarzenegger, was nominated for the 2013 Oscars.
At his side, the Tunisian Theater man and director of the Carthage Film Festival 2012, Mohamed Mediouni, as well as the film critic Djia Mambu, responsible for programming at the Congo International Film Festival (CIFF) and Jury Member of the Critics' Week of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival (May 2019).
The fourth member of the Documentary Jury is the Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Siam who is member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and winner of the Golden Tanit for his film "Amal" selected as the best documentary film in the Carthage Film Festival 2018.
Jean-Marie Teno, who offered the cinema more than 15 short and feature films and documentaries between Cameroon, France and the United States is also member of the documentary jury.
His film "Head in the clouds" was awarded in both Carthage Film Festival 1994 and FESPACO 1995.
The First Feature Film Jury (Taher Cheriaa awards) consists of three members and is headed by the Palestinian Swedish producer and director of the Malmö Arab Film Festival Mouhamed Keblawi.
At his side, the Tunisian actress, playwright and producer Anissa Daoud who presented her first short film "Best Day ever" at the opening of the Directors' Fortnight (Cannes 2018) as part of the "Tunisia Factory" program.
The third member of the First Feature Film Jury is Joel Karekezi, scriptwriter, director and producer from Rwanda. His films painted Rwandan reconciliation and genocide against Tutsis. His second feature film "The Mercy of the Jungle" won the highest award at the Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO2019) after being screened at the Cannes Film Factory in Cannes in 2013.