Juries for National Competition

Ma Khin Lay

Founder/Director, Triangle Women Support Group Steering Committee Members of Women Organizations’ Network (WON)

2000-2011 - Volunteer teacher for English Language to youths from NLD and CSOs

2003-2009 - Volunteer teacher for the needy students at monastic education schools at HlaingTharYar, ShwePyiThar and Ma Yan Gone Townships and trainer of teachers’ education charity group organized by Japanese Organization.

Ma Nilar Thein

The 88 Generation (Peace & Open Society), Myanmar

Ko Bo Kyi

Bo Kyi is an award winning human rights advocate and joint-secretary of the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma (AAPP-B). He is also a former political prisoner, spending over 7 years behind bars for his work with the underground democracy movement in Burma

Juries for Asean Competition

Anna Har

Anna Har served as KOMAS Programme Coordinator for four years beforepursuing her postgraduate to obtain a Masters in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths College, London. She specializes in developing community-based audiovisual units and support services for grassroots. She has extensive experience in producing social documentaries about Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.

Anna was formerly the Creative Director of a Malaysian television production house and has since established her own company Big Pictures Production.

Ko Htein Lynn

Htein Lin is a Myanmar artist (painting, installation, performance) and has also been a comedian and actor. He spent almost seven years in jail (1998-2004) for political reasons where he developed his artistic practice, using items available to him like bowls and cigarette lighters in the absence of brushes to make paintings and monoprints on the cotton prison uniform.

Corinne van Egeraat

Corinne van Egeraat (1966), Netherlands. An experimental fimmaker with a background in both theatre and documentary directing, Egeraat has long focused on personal storytelling, with a particular interest in working with artists and the subject of creativity. Selected filmmaker of the year in Holland in 2004, she has made the several feature documentaries broadcast primarily in the Netherlands and shown in international film festivals: Lord of the Jungle (2000), Cowboys in Kosovo (2004), Speeding on the Virtual Highway ( 2007), Bridging the Gap (2008), and Dislocated, an online documentary project for the broadcaster HUMAN (2009/2010). She has also directed programmes on art for Dutch TV, and teaches documentary film and community based workshops within her The Self-Portrait Video Project

Juries for International Competition

Hana Kulhánková

Film Festival Director, One World Film Festival, Prague, Czech Republic

Petr Lom

Petr Lom was born in Prague in 1968, and grew up in Canada. A former academic with a Ph.D. in political philosophy from Harvard, he gave up his university career in 2003 to become a documentary director and producer. His award-winning films have been broadcast in over thirty countries and screened at the most prestigious international film festivals (Sundance, Berlinale, Locarno, Rotterdam). His filmography: Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan (2004); On a Tightrope (2007), Letters to the President (2009); and Back to the Square (2012), a film about injustice in the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution (nominated for the Prix Europa).

David Scott Mathieson

David Scott Mathieson is the senior researcher on Burma in the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch. He has worked on several reports and investigations including the 2007 crackdown on peaceful protests in Burma, child soldiers, internal displacement and refugees, political prisoners, and abuses related to Burma’s long running civil war. He has a contributed to various publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Bangkok Post, and Asia Times.

Ko Kyaw Swar Moe

Ko Kyaw Swar Moe is the editor of The Irrawaddy magazine (English Edition) and its English-language website: During the past decade, his commentaries and articles have been published in regional newspapers, including Bangkok Post and Jakarta Globe, and on Websites around the world. Many of his articles have been translated into other languages. He was a visiting scholar at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley

Bertil Lintner

Bertil Lintner is a former correspondent with the Far Eastern Economic Review and currently Asia correspondent for the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet as well as a contributor to Asia Times Online, Hong Kong, and Jane’s Information Group in the UK. He has written thirteen books on Asian politics and history, including Outrage: Burma’s Struggle for Democracy; Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgency Since 1948; Land of Jade: A Journey From India through Northern Burma to China; Bloodbrothers: Crime, Business and Politics in Asia; Merchants of Madness: the Methamphetamine Explosion in the Golden Triangle; Aung San Suu Kyi and Burma’s Struggle for Democracy; World.Wide.Web: Chinese Migration in the 21st Century; and Great Game East: India, China and the Struggle for Asia’s Most Volatile Frontier

Juries for Vaclav Havel Library Award

Zin Mar Aung

Zin Mar Aung is a democracy Activist in Burma who was thrown in prison in 1998 at the age of 22 for distributing pamphlets, letters and poems critical of Burma’s reperessive military regime. She spent 11 years in prison, nineofthem in solitary confimement. In prison she was interrogated, abused and deprived of food, water sanitary products and medicalcare. For nine years she was not allowed to read books and coped by meditating, singingsongs to herself, reciting Buddhist scripture. When released, she faced a choice: to returnhome and live quitely or re-involveherself in undergoingactivities in opposition to the government and risk re-imprisonment. She chose the latter.

Ko Nay Phone Latt

Ko Nay Phone Latt (Blogger, poet, fiction writer; Burma) is the author of the City I slipped down a collection of stories written during his four-year imprisonment. A blogger and activist, he has received the Reporters Without Borders’ Cyber-dissident Award and the PEN American Freedom to Write Award; in 2010, he was listed among Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.Heis the executive director of the NGO, Myanmar ICT for Development Organization (MIDO), secretary of PEN Myanmar.

Ko Sithu Maung

Y.I. Eco Students’ Union, Myanmar.

Juries for Hantharwady U Win Tin Award

U Win Pe

U Win Pe was born in Mandalay and graduated from Mandalay University. He has served as the principal of the School of Fine Arts in Mandalay. He has also spent over 23 years as a film director. He then worked as a journalist for RFA, BBC and VOA for nearly 19 years. He still serves as an outside consulter for BBC and VOA. He is also an artist, a profession he currently associates himself with.

Dr Jane M Ferguson

Dr Jane M Ferguson is a Research Fellow in the Anthropology Department at Sydney University, and has taught courses on Southeast Asian history, culture and politics at the Australian National University. She has published research articles on issues ranging from Burmese film history, Ethnic Politics in the Shan State, to popular music production and interpretation in Thailand, Myanmar, and the Shan State.

Min Htin Ko Ko Gyi

Founder of Human Dignity Film Institute, Festival director of Human Rights Human Dignity International Film Festival, Poet, Screenwriter, and filmmaker.

Juries for Peter Wintonick Award

Mark McDowell

Mark McDowell is Canada's first resident Ambassador in Yangon. He has been posted in New York, Taipei, Bangkok, and Beijing. He has a BA in History and Philosophy from the University of Toronto, and Masters degrees from University of Toronto and Harvard. He was an Asian Research Fellow at Harvard's Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, and a Fulbright Scholar. During his diplomatic career Mark has had a continuing interest in film, organizing numerous Canadian documentary and feature film events at his various postings. In Beijing, he worked with Peter Wintonick to help him popularize his vision of "Documocracy" and assisted on the promotion of the documentaries "Last Train Home" and "China Heavyweight".

Sarah Mbodji

She has a Master degree in Comparative Literature and a Master degree in Cultural Management.She worked at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) as Communication and Marketing Assistant (13th edition - 6 months contract) and as Programming Assistant (14th edition - 6 months contract) where She was as well member of the pre-selection committee. She has been working in Montreal for the African Film Festival Vuesd'Afrique, where she was in charge of the programming (27th edition - 6 months contract). Then I worked for the International Human Rights Film

Festival of Paris (FIFDH) for 10 months as Secretary General where I was part of the selection committee. She has been invited to be a member of the Jury for the 6th Humanitarian Film Festival in Paris in 2013.

Sam Gagory

Widely known for his expertise in emerging forms of advocacy, Sam has most recently presented at Re:Publica, Silicon Valley Human Rights Conference, and SXSW Interactive. He publishes regularly in human rights, social entrepreneurship and visual media journals including most recently “Cameras Everywhere: Ubiquitous Video Documentation of Human Rights, New Forms of Video Advocacy and Concerns about Safety, Security, Dignity and Consent” in the Journal of Human Rights Practice (OUP, 2010). A graduate of the University of Oxford, he completed a Masters in Public Policy as a Kennedy Memorial Scholar at Harvard. Sam is on the Board of the U.S. Campaign for Burma, and the Advisory Board of Games for Change.