Award winning and three times BAFTA nominated British film director SURI KRISHNAMMA returns to the MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS as its jury president
In 1986, the British filmmaker, then a student at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth, presented his first short film at the, then fledgling festival in Munich. This year, Suri who is currently directing ‘Megan’s Game’, a new independent feature film for release in 2014, is taking a short break from pre-production and is returning to Munich to head this year’s festival jury. Starting on November 17th through to the 23rd, 46 films by young and upcoming directors from around the world will be competing for prizes.
Alongside Suri on the international jury are Berlin actress Alice Dwyer(“Heute bin ich blond”, “3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad”), Munich film journalist and director of the Underdox-Festival Dunja Bialas, film expert Theo Tsappos from the Swedish Film Institute and producer Tia Kalenius from Finland, whose film “So it goes” won the VFF Young Talent Award at last year’s festival.
“Suri Krishnamma is an internationally successful filmmaker and the perfect jury president for this festival”, raved Festival Director Diana Iljine. “And it illustrates the fact that film careers get their start here. If directors like Suri come back decades later, that too shows that we must be doing something right.”
During the festival Suri will hold a masterclass at the Munich University for Television and Film about “The Outsider”; characters and topics that have influenced his work and on Saturday November 23rd, the festival will be honouring the jury president with the “President’s Screening” showing two of his films to the audience: “Mohammed’s Daughter”, which had its world premiere at the festival in 1986 and his first feature film, “A Man of No Importance” (1994) starring Albert Finney.
The International Festival of Film Schools was established in 1981. It is now one of the most important festivals for young filmmakers in the world. More than 3,500 films have been presented at the festival since its inception. More than 3,200 foreign students and professors have had opportunities to meet, enter into discussions and share their experiences with each other.
32 film schools from 18 nations are taking part in the festival this year.