Adrian Silișteanu, DOP, Director- Jury President
Adrian Silișteanu graduated Cinematography in Bucharest, while also studying Digital Cinematography at The National Audiovisual Institute in Paris. Romanian director Adrian Sitaru’s film debut "Hooked" was also Silișteanu’s first film as Director of Photography. He shot the next four feature films of Sitaru- "Best Intentions", "Domestic", "Illegitimate" and "The Fixer" and the short films "Waves", "The Cage", "Lord", "House Party", "Excursion" and "Art". He worked as cinematographer with the well-known Romanian theater director Silviu Purcărete for his first motion picture "Somewhere in Palilula" and he was cinematographer for the two seasons of the Romanian version of HBO TV show "In treatment", and also for the latest feature of director Ali Mostafa, The Worthy, which premiered in 2016, an Image Nation Abu Dhabi production.
In 2012, he directs his first short film, "The Ditch". "Written/Unwritten" (2016) is the second short film directed by Adrian Silișteanu.
Asja Krsmanović, Sarajevo Film Festival Programmer
Born in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1988, Asja Krsmanović studied Dramaturgy at the Academy of Performing Arts in Sarajevo, Dramaturgy department. She is a freelance scriptwriter. Her first professional short film that she wrote a script for "Damaged Goods” directed by Nermin Hamzagić was screened at numerous film festivals and has won several awards including Golden Apple for the Best Short Film at BH Film Festival New York and Special Jury Prize at Sarajevo Film Festival.
Since 2011, she is a member of the Sarajevo Film Festival team, first as a Competition Programme Coordinator and pre-selecting for the Competition Programme- Short Film section. Starting 2017, she also works as a programmer of Competition Programme- Student Film, newly formed programme for regional film schools and academies.
Gabriela Albu, Coordinator of Cinema Muzeul Țăranului
Coordinator of Cinema Muzeul Țăranului within the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest, Gabriela Albu has a broad experience in advertising and in international film productions. She has worked as Production Director for "Kino", directed by Masato Masamichi (Japan), "Torniamo acasa", directed by Valerio Jalongo (Italy), "3A & 3B seats", directed by Thom Fitzgerald (Canada) among many others, and also as a Kodak Cinelabs Romania Production Director for Franco Zeffirelli’s "Callas Forever" and Costa Gavras’ "Amen”.
Alec Secăreanu, Actor
A graduate of the Romanian University for Theatre and Film, Alexandru ("Alec") Secăreanu made his first acting appearance in a series of shorts in 2007. While he continued to also play in independent theatre, he debuted in 2008 in a successful TV series and in 2011 in his first feature film. In 2015, after various parts in TV and several further features, and following a long casting process, he was selected as a co-lead in his first English language role in the British multi award-winning film “God’s Own Country” directed by Francis Lee, which brought him a nomination for Best Actor at the 2017 British Independent Film Awards.
Ali Asgari, Director
Ali Asgari was born in Tehran, Iran. He is a graduate of cinema in Italy, and an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. Two of his short films- "More Than Two Hours" (2013) and "The Silence"- co-directed by Farnoosh Samadi (2016)- were in Short Film Competition at Festival de Cannes. His short film "The Baby" was premiered in the Competition of Venice Film Festival 2014. His short films were screened in more than 600 film festivals around the world including Sundance, BFI, Melbourne, and won more than 150 international awards.
His first feature film, "Disappearance" was developed at Cinéfondation La Residence of Festival de Cannes.
At the Gala which will take place Sunday, April 22nd, the DaKINO 2018 Jury will award the following: the DaKINO Trophy for Best Short Film, the Best Director Award, the Best Screenplay Award, and also Special Jury Prizes.
The Audience Award will be granted at this same event.