The jury of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique / International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI), consisting of three members, chooses the winner of the FIPRESCI Award in the international competition.

The FIPRESCI has been present in Mannheim (today Mannheim-Heidelberg) since 1960, which makes the IFFMH one of the first film festivals in the world where a jury of film critics was established.

The FIPRESCI Award for an outstanding film in the competition aims to support film-art and to encourage new and young cinema.

Nirmal Dhar

Nirmal Dhar is the most senior film critic from Kolkata. He has worked for various Bengalu dailies and weeklies for fifty-five years. As the only “festival trotter” from Kolkata he has been a member of the FIPRESCI jury in Armenia, Busan, Taipei or Vladivostok. He also has been on the jury of the Indian National Film Awards. Currently, he is the secretary of the West Bengal Film Journalists' Association and a member of the selection committee of the Kolkata International Film Festival. Nirmal Dhar writes mainly in Bengali and has published more than a dozen books on national and international cinema. He has edited and translated a number of screenplays including some by Thomas Alea (Cuba), Akira Kurosawa (Japan), Jean-Luc Godard (France) and Stanley Kubrick (UK).

Nirmal Dhar
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Pélagie Ng’onana

Pélagie Ng’onana is a Camerounian Journalist, Film Critic and Community Manager. She is currently the General Treasurer of the African Federation of Film Critics (FACC) and member of the FIPRESCI. She previously chaired the Cameroonian Association of Film Critics (CINEPRESS). She also works for websites and specialized journals like, Awotele and develops a personal blog ( She worked in selection teams for several festivals like Ecrans noirs and Les Trophées Francophones du cinéma. She leads conferences on cinema and takes part in several juries. She also participates as a mentor in trainings on film criticism.

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Valentina Giraldo Sánchez

Valentina Giraldo Sánchez is a Colombian curator and film critic. She is currently involved in various research projects on visual and feminist studies within audiovisual production in Latin America. She is assistant curator of the Cine en Femenino Film Festival and the Bogotá International Documentary Exhibition MIDBO. She is a member of the International Federation of Film Critics FIPRESCI and is part of the research group about cinema and gender studies of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She also takes part in the visual studies research group of the Universidad de Chile and is developing as a co-researcher the project “Counter-Mapping the Margins: Feminist Audiovisual Methodologies in Bogotá”.

Valentina Giraldo Sánchez
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Yun-hua Chen

Yun-hua Chen, holding a PhD in Film Studies from the University of St Andrews (Scotland), is an independent film scholar, critic, and curator. She writes academic articles and film reviews in English, Chinese and German. Her articles can be found in Directory of World Cinema, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Film International, Cinephilia and several edited volumes. Her monograph Mosaic Space and Mosaic Auteurs: Alejandro González Iñárritu, Atom Egoyan, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Michael Haneke, funded by Geschwister Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung, has been published by Neofelis Verlag in Berlin in 2017.
She worked as the festival director of dokumentART and as a jury member at DOK Leipzig, Filmfest Hamburg and efp European Shooting Stars, among others.

Yun-hua Chen
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