2024 Jury

Amos Geva

Amos Geva grew up between Israel & the UK before spending several years in New York, USA, where he worked as part of the educational team of the pluralist Jewish youth movement Young Judeah. In 2013 he graduated magna cum laude with a BFA degree in Film & Television at Tel Aviv University. Since 2015 he has been a Berlin-based producer. In 2017 he co-founded and served as Head of Industry & Strategic Partnerships for the Creative Europe (MEDIA) supported online platform tportmarket.com.

He is a member of several selection committees at film festivals, development platforms, and funding institutions. Through his work as a filmmaker and independent producer, he gained valuable experience, which he utilizes as a mediator between the film industry and emerging filmmakers. He is an Alumnus of prestigious programs such as the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris & Berlinale Talents and has been recognized and awarded by renowned film festivals both as producer and director.

In 2019, he produced the German-French theatrical documentary CHICHINETTE – THE ACCIDENTAL SPY by Nicola Alice Hens. Experienced on film sets since 2004, Amos Geva champions storytelling and project development. He is a member of the European Film Academy. Geva regularly gives workshops and talks at industry events throughout major film festivals & markets including; Cannes, Berlinale, Clermont, Torino, Tallinn, Les Arcs & more.

Nur Hadas

Nur Hadas is the Head of International Sales at Go2Films, a Jerusalem-based sales agent. She leads the company’s sales and marketing efforts and oversees acquisitions. In 2023, Nur participated in the Zurich Film Festival Summit Climbers program, a talent development initiative for emerging industry professionals. Nur holds a BA in Communications and English Literature from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Prior to Go2Films, she served as a Resource Development Coordinator at the “Shavot” organization.

Maria Drandaki

Maria Drandaki founded her production label Homemade Films in 2009. She has since produced and co-produced several feature and short films which participated in many major international film festivals and film events (Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, IDFA, EFA, BAFTA, etc.) and got distributed in movie theatres, streaming platforms and TV-channels around the world.

Maria’s slate includes works by some of the most unique and daring voices in Greek and international cinema, most notably the internationally acclaimed feature films by Syllas Tzoumerkas (Homeland; A Blast; The Miracle of the Sargasso Sea; The City and the City), Yorgos Zois (Interruption), Nikos Labôt (Her Job), Nely Reguera (The Volunteer) and Christos Passalis (Silence 6-9; The City and the City), as well as the multi-awarded shortfilms by Konstantina Kotzamani (Limbo; Electric Swan) and Mahdi Fleifel (A Drowning Man).

Her latest feature film productions are Animal by Sofia Exarchou which was awarded with the  Pardo for Best Performance at the 2023 Locarno IFF and the Golden Alexander for Best Film at the Thessaloniki IFF 2023, Arcadia by Yorgos Zois (Berlinale Encounters Competition 2024), and the co-production of To a Land Unknown by Mahdi Fleifel which had its world premiere at the Directors’ Fortnight of Cannes 2024.

Maria Drandaki contributes as a production and co-production expert in various workshops and film industry events. She is a member of the EAVE and ACE producers’ networks, as well as of the European Film Academy. She serves as a member of the board of the Hellenic Producers’ Association.

Official website: www.homemadefilms.gr

Udy Epstein

Udy Epstein is a graduate of American Film Institute’s Center for Advanced Film and TV Studies (MFA 1990), a producer of the feature film, Midnight Edition, and a writer of Tattoo (first MOW produced by Israeli TV, 1990). He established 7th Art in 1994 as an independent production and distribution outfit for specialized independent films. Seventh Art Releasing is noted for its releases of award-winning feature documentaries such as the Academy Award® winner, The Long Way Home (1997) and the Student Academy Award® winner Making Up! Other films include: the Academy Award® nominees: The Farm, Angola USA, Speaking in Strings, Long Night’s Journey Into Day and Balseros (Best Documentary feature, category). Chau Beyond the Lines, The Wildest Show in the South: The Angola Prison Rodeo, Eyewitness: The Legacy of Death Camp Art and Incident in New Bagdad were all nominated for the Best Documentary Short category by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. A Letter to a Pig was nominated in the Animated Short category (2024). Other films include: Prix Europa and IDFA winner, Photographer (Fotoamator), Coming to Light (American Masters/ PBS), the Nazi Officer’s Wife (A&E), Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (PBS), Steal a Pencil for Me (Red Envelop/ Netflix), Oswald’s Ghost (PBS), The Execution of Wanda Jean, Pleasure and Pain – (a music documentary about Ben Harper), the Hughes brothers’ American Pimp (MGM), Better Living Through Circuitry, Pop & Me, Meeting People is Easy – (a music documentary about Radiohead for EMI), 50 Children- the Rescue Mission of Mr. and Mrs. Kraus (HBO), art and Copy (PBS), Portrait of Wally, Jews and Baseball and many more.

Production credits include: Creature (HBO), the Breast Cancer Diaries, the Art of Flight, Call it Democracy, Word Wars (Discovery/ Netflix) and Wrestling Alligators. Recent films in distribution include Underfire: the Untold Story of PFC. Tony Vaccaro (HBO), Jerry Lewis: The Man Behind the Clown (Telluride), The Last Blintz, The Silenced Walls, the Art of Silence (Hot Docs), Paul Newman- behind Blue Eyes, Dream Girl – the making of Marilyn Monroe and the Muses of Bashevis Singer.

7th Art releasing is based in Los Angeles.