Anne Houssay, "musical instrument conservator, and research historian, at Laboratoire de recherche et de restauration du musée de la musique, Cité de la musique, Paris, France.
Anne Murstad, Ethnomusicologist, singer and musician, University of Agder, Norway.
Basanta Thapa, Coordinator, Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival, (Kimff) Nepal.
Charan Pradhan, Dance therapist and traditional Nepalese dancer, Scotland, UK.
Mandana Cont, Architect and Poet, Iran.
Meghnath, Alternative Filmmaker, Activist and teacher of filmmaking, India.
Narayan Rayamajhi, Filmmaker and Musician, Nepal.
Norma Blackstock, Music Museum of Nepal, Wales, UK.
Pete Telfer: Documentary Filmmaker, Wales, UK
Pirkko Moisala, Professor of Ethnomusicology, University of Helsinki, Finland.
Prakash Jung Karki, Director Nepal Television, Nepal
Rolf Killius, South Asian music and dance curator and filmmaker, UK.
Steev Brown, Musician, Technical Adviser, Wales, UK.
Valentine Harding, Ethnomusicologist and social worker, UK.
Yoshitaka Terada, Ethnomusicologist, Professor, Department of Cultural Research, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan.
Selection Committee/ Judges 2017
independent filmmaker, director, script writer, producer, actor, musician, lawyer and journalist. He was born in Piacenta, Italy and graduated in law from the University of Parma.
In the 1980's and 90's he was a percussionist with the New Wave band Atrox whose cd's were sold worldwide and also the experimental music group Doubling Riders.
He has been making, subject movies, videos and documentary films for over 25 years, all self produced, and has won numerous prestigious awards throughout. Paladino has participated more than once in the Cannes Film Festival (Short Corner) and he has won the Houston’s World Film Festival and the New York Independent Film Festival. He has supported International Folk Music Film Festival since its inauguration in 2011.
Rajesh Thapa, General Manager of Sanskritik Sansthan, Cultural Corporation – National Theatre of Nepal has 20 years experience as a filmmaker, cinematographer and film director working on feature films, short films and documentaries. He has also worked as a television production manager and has directed weekly television series for Nepal television and Sagarmatha Television. To date he has directed about four dozen music videos of patriotic song for Nepal Television and one dozen other music videos. He has attended many different media associated programmes and also been an instructor in Documentary Making Training Programmes. Rajesh is a former member of the Nepal Film Censor Board and is also a musician and dancer who has participated in numerous cultural programmes at home and in several eastern and European countries.
Enrique Cámara de Landa was born in 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and has studied ethnomusicology in Argentina, Italy, France and Spain gaining a PhD from the University of Valladolid where he is now a professor in ethnomusicology. He has lectured in Universities in Argentina, Spain, Austria, Italy, France, Taiwan, and India and his research interests include Music of oral and mixed tradition in Spain, Latin America, Italy and India. He has researched and published on music from the northwest and northeast of Argentina, Italian tango, Indian music, preservation of folklore and history and methodology of ethnomusicology. His publication list is admirable and extensive running to 9 books on music and education, and more than 75 articles on musical subjects such as the traditional musics of Argentina, Spain, India, and Costa Rica, analysis of traditional music and music of migrants. Enrique became involved in film making mainly for didactic purposes and has published 2 DVD collections including the series Música y Artes Escénicas de la India which he uses as a teaching tools. He has also graduated in piano.
Selection Committee/ Judges 2016
Karen Boswall is a part-time lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the University of Kent, U.K. and an award-winning independent documentary filmmaker with over 30 years of experience. She made films in Mozambique for 17 years before returning to the UK where she makes films for charities and local authorities and works with young people.
Karen is also a musician, a saxaphonist, composer and cultural promoter.
Jacques Sarasin is an award winning film director, executive producer, screenwriter, Producer, and Sales Agent born in Geneva. After starting the production company 'Les Productions Faire Bleu' he produced a number of films before directing his own documentary feature films.
Jacques currently lives in Paris and works as an independent producer and director.
Pradeep Kumar Upadhyay from Kalaiya, Bara District, Nepal, studied electronics & sound engineering at FTII, Pune, India and has worked at the Royal Nepal Film Cooporation. He currently lectures at Oscar International Film College, Kathmandu and is also self employed, providing an Acoustics & Sound Consultancy and training facility.
Gerard KilBride, Wales, U.K. Gerard KilBride is a Violinmaker, Instrument Restorer, Researcher, Film maker, Recorder, Musician, Producer and Composer to name just a few of his many skills and talents.
K.P. Pathak, Kathmandu Nepal, Film maker and President of Nepalese Film Societies Federation, Managing Director of Cine Makers PVT LTD and tourism entrepeneur.
Jake Penchansky & Tara Linhardt, USA, of the Mountain Music Project, Both are musicians and film makers. Jake has travelled around the world recording music and Tara also teaches music and facilitates traditional music events in many countries.
International Panel of Judges 2014