The Jury

2016

Dona Smith | Productrice

Dona Smith | Productrice

A respected film producer, former Universal Pictures President of Production and completion bond executive, Donna Smith served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Cinema Completions International. Based in Los Angeles with offices in London and Sydney, CCI underwrote completion bonds for movies. Smith greenlit new business and spearheaded strategic planning, managerial insight, guided by an extensive network of relationships with Hollywood studio executives, producers, filmmakers and creative talent.

Donna Smith taps a deep understanding of the entertainment industry, overseeing a company that guaranteed such Academy Award winning films as THE HOURS, CROUCHING TIGER/HIDDEN DRAGON, TRAFFIC, THE ENGLISH PATIENT, THE THIN RED LINE and HERO.

Prior to CCI, Donna served as President of Production and Post-Production for Universal Pictures. The first woman ever to serve as head of physical production for a major movie studio, Donna supervised every picture made at Universal during her 7 year tenure. More than 150 titles were released including SCHINDLER’S LIST, JURASSIC PARK, BABE, CASINO, 12 MONKEYS, SCENT OF A WOMAN, BACKDRAFT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, WATERWORLD, CASPER, and APOLLO 13.

Smith was offered the Universal Pictures position following her work as Executive Producer of the Universal film K-9, starring John Belushi. Her work on the comedy represented her first project with Universal, yet immediately caught the attention of studio brass, recognizing her potential as a Senior Executive.

Prior to her association with Universal, Smith served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Entertainment Completions International, a motion picture completion bond company. Eager to explore an area of entertainment not familiar to her, she first learned the world of international banking and completion bonds overseeing the bonding of more than 40 films. Smith entered the world of completion bonds after having established a sterling reputation as a “highly bondable” producer. At the beginning of her film career, Donna worked in a producing capacity on more than a dozen feature films including RAGING BULL, TRUE CONFESSIONS, SOUL MAN, RECKLESS and TERMINATOR.

Following Universal, Donna served as CEO/President for the Entertainment Coalition, a management entity formed to coordinate full-service completion bond and insurance services for the entertainment industry worldwide. Under Donna’s leadership the company handled such titles as STAR WARS: THE PHANTOM MENANCE, THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, BATMAN & ROBIN, LA CONFIDENTIAL, ARMAGEDDON, LETHAL WEAPON and THE MATRIX.

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Wenli Jiang | Actress, Director

Wenli Jiang | Actress, Director

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Ms. Jiang Wenli graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 1988 with a B.A in Performing Arts. Jiang Wenli has starred in many TV series like Hold Your Hands, The Grand Mansion Gate, Son of Earth, Golden Wedding in addition to dozens of excellent films including Farewell My Concubine, Female Coach & Male Player, Gua Sha, Taiwan Wang Shi, and And the Spring Comes.

Films starred by Jiang Wenli has won best awards in top-class film festivals in China for many times, and in 2007, Jiang Wenli was awarded the best actress of the 2nd Rome International Film Festival for her acting in the film And the Spring Comes. In 2009, Jiang Wenli directed her first film “LAN”, which was also written by her.

AWARD

Ms. JIANG WENLI has got title of the Best Actressfor many timesboth for movie and TV series, including the Best Actress of the China Film Huabiao Award, the most important film award in China.She was also awarded the best actress in Festival International Di Romain 2007 for the movie “Li Chun”.

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2015

Orlando von Einsiedel | Director

Orlando von Einsiedel | Director

 

Having previously directed award-winning films spanning Africa, Asia, the Americas and the Arctic, and covering all manner of stories from a skateboard school in Afghanistan through to the tracking and arrest of pirates in West Africa, it’s no exaggeration to say that Orlando has a bright future ahead of him. 

VIRUNGA is Orlando’s debut feature length documentary and an apt showcase of his ability as a compelling storyteller with an cinematic eye for striking images and a nose for far reaching investigations. He has been particularly lauded for his ability to draw out intimate personal stories and combine them with an eye for powerful visual aesthetics. For VIRUNGA he has been nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA and a Director’s Guild of America Award. He co-runs London based film production company Grain Media.

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Wenli Jiang | Actress, Director

Wenli Jiang | Actress, Director

 

PERSONAL BACKGROUND

Ms. Jiang Wenli graduated from Beijing Film Academy in 1988 with a B.A in Performing Arts. Jiang Wenli has starred in many TV series like Hold Your Hands, The Grand Mansion Gate, Son of Earth, Golden Wedding in addition to dozens of excellent films including Farewell My Concubine, Female Coach & Male Player, Gua Sha, Taiwan Wang Shi, and And the Spring Comes.

Films starred by Jiang Wenli has won best awards in top-class film festivals in China for many times, and in 2007, Jiang Wenli was awarded the best actress of the 2nd Rome International Film Festival for her acting in the film And the Spring Comes. In 2009, Jiang Wenli directed her first film “LAN”, which was also written by her.

AWARD

Ms. JIANG WENLI has got title of the Best Actressfor many timesboth for movie and TV series, including the Best Actress of the China Film Huabiao Award, the most important film award in China.She was also awarded the best actress in Festival International Di Romain 2007 for the movie “Li Chun”.

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