Two MENA personalities included on Sundance juries

Iranian-American actor Payman Maadi and Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy join the virtual-only event as jury members.
Two MENA personalities included on Sundance juries

This year's Sundance Film Festival will not take place on the ground in Utah instead inhabiting the virtual world we have all gotten way too accustomed to -- for our own good!

Yet along with this unfortunate news revealed last week, there are gems of hope. Two personalities from the Region are included on the international juries for the festival. Payman Maadi is an unmissable face and the award winning actor of Asghar Farhadi's A Separation, who these days can be seen in international productions from Night Shift to HBO's Westworld.

Mohamed Hefzy is the producer and founder of Film Clinic and the current president of the Cairo International Film Festival. Lately, he's been a co-producer on the controversial Amira by Mohamed Diab and Hany Abu Assad's latest, Huda's Salon which is slated for a US release in March of this year.

Maadi joins former Annapurna Pictures CCO Chelsea Barnard and Academy nominated filmmaker and actor Marielle Heller on the U.S. Dramatic Competition jury, while Hefzy joins UK writer/director Andrew Haigh and La Frances Hui, who is the curator of film at the The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in NYC, on the World Cinema Dramatic Competition jury. Wrapping up the lineup of juries are Garrett Bradley, Joan Churchill, and Peter Nicks for U.S. Documentary Competition; Emilie Bujès, Patrick Gaspard, and Dawn Porter for World Cinema Documentary Competition; Joey Soloway for the NEXT competition section; Penelope Bartlett, Kevin Jerome Everson; and Blackhorse Lowe jury the Short Film Program Competition.

This year's Sundance Film Festival will run from January 20-30. 2022.

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