Roma Short Film Festival
Majid Movasseghi, director, critic and lecturer based in Zürich. He studied in the Drama Department of Art & Architecture institute in Tehran and worked both as a theater Director and assistant of directors in Iranian cinema and television. From 2003-2009 he was studying Film Directing at VGIK (All-Russian State Film academy) under the guidance Vadim Abdrashitov. He also attended many workshops and Master Classes. His short and documentary films have been selected by a number of local and international film festivals. Majid Movasseghi has been teaching various courses about Directing and Acting in various Universities and held also many workshops with a subject of Cinema and Theater ,He already seated in many festivals jurys, including the jury in Nyon 2018, DOKLeipzig 2019, the jury SVFJ at the Zürich Filmfestival 2020٫ Videoex 2020 ,and "Vision de Reel" 2021.
Having studied arts and film from 1991/94 at Parsons School of Design and NYU, I started working as lighting director in a variety of projects including short films with Spanish directors. I worked for Daniel Calparsoro as production designer for the feature film “Jump into the Void”, which made the world premiere at Berlin International Film Festival, and won the best film award at Bogota Film Festival, and jury award at Angers European First Film Festival. I am founder of Escuder Cinema, a small and independent film company located in Spain with deeply concern for creating social impact and spiritual content. I directed the short fiction documentary “Palabra” (Word) 2017 with premiere at Religion Today Film Festival and winning award as best love film at Fresco Film Festival 2018. Right now I am currently in the final stages of post production of a feature film which I directed: Sleepwalking Times, in 2020, in Colombia. In addition to my film work I have had solo art exhibitions in Spain (Galería Lumbreras and BD Madrid), and Editorial Vitruvio has published my poetry work Hielos (Ices) 2017.
Yuri Mechitov, photographer, lives in Georgia, Tbilisi
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia May 10, 1950
Graduated from Georgian Polytechnic Institute in 1972, mining engineer. Takes photographs from childhood.
Author of several film documentaries, also performed roles in several feature films.
First photo exhibition – April 1979 cinema House Tbilisi
Author of more than 90 photo exhibition worldwide
Worked for many years as a stills photographer for “Georgia Film Studio”
Worked with famous film director Sergei Parajanov - 1978 – 1990
Worked as a photo editor for “Mtavari Gazeti” newspaper, 2002 – 2004
Participated in the World Bank photo projects 2003 - 2005
Works for cinema, theatre, advertising, magazines, books
But believes that he is mainly a portrait photographer
Delivered lectures on photography in different institutions in Tbilisi
Co-founder and lecturer of photo school at “Mechitov – Deisadze workshop”
Author of book “Sergei Parajanov-Chronicles of a Dialogue” published 2009
Author of album “101 portraits by Yuri Mechitov” published 2010
Co-author of album “The History of Georgian Photography” published 2013
Author of book “Sergei Parajanov” on Russian, English, French languages published 2014
Author of the book “Georgia Double Pages” published in 2018
Author of erotic book “Under Wraps” not published yet
Author of several literary works
Working languages –Georgian, English, Russian
Hobbies - politics, music, philosophy, ethno psychology.