Jay Weissberg

New York-born Jay Weissberg lives in Rome and has worked as a film critic for Variety, travelling to festivals throughout Europe, the MENA region and Latin America. His work on contemporary cinema has appeared in numerous international publications, and he’s contributed essays for a host of festival and retrospective catalogues, with a particular focus on current Arab productions. As a film historian he’s written widely about aspects of silent cinema, is a co-curator of the Ottoman Film Project, and since 2015 has been director of the Giornate del Cinema Muto/Pordenone Silent Film Festival. A frequent participant of festival juries, he often takes part in panel discussions on the current state of cinema and film criticism, regularly moderates Masterclasses with filmmakers including Ethan Hawke, Ali Suliman, Sally Potter and Yousra, and has mentored programs for young film critics in Cairo, Abu Dhabi, Rotterdam, Berlin, Locarno and Melbourne. In 2018 he moderated the panel “Producing Audiences for Gulf Media” at the Film and Visual Media in the Gulf conference at NYU Abu Dhabi, and the following year was a guest of the Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar for a discussion on film criticism and its impact for the region.