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Thursday, 07.11.2013

Back again

27 years later, director Suri Krishnamma returns to the MUNICH INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF FILM SCHOOLS as its jury president

In 1986, the British filmmaker, then a student at the Arts Institute of Bournemouth, presented his first short film at the (also still young) festival in Munich. This year, the award winning director is returning to head this year's festival jury. From November 17 to 23, 46 films by young and upcoming directors from around the world will be competing for prizes totaling roughly € 50,000.

The other members of the international jury are Berlin actress Alice Dwyer ("Heute bin ich blond", "3 Zimmer/Küche/Bad"), Munich film journalist and director of the Underdox-Festival Dunja Bialas, film expert Theo Tsappos from the Swedish Film Institute and producer Tia Kalenius from Finland, whose film "So it goes" won the VFF Young Talent Award at last year's festival.

"Suri Krishnamma is an internationally successful filmmaker and the perfect jury president for this festival", raved Festival Director Diana Iljine. "And it illustrates the fact that film careers get their start here. If directors like Suri come back decades later, that too shows that we must be doing something right."

Born on the Isle of Wight in 1961, Suri's father was Indian and his mother English. He studied film in Bournemouth and Beaconsfield and has worked in both the film and television industries with such stars as Albert Finney, Melanie Griffith and Ray Liotta. He has won numerous awards for his work at festivals and has been nominated for a BAFTA Award three times. Last year, his thriller "Dark Tourist" had its world premiere at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. Suri Krishnamma lives in London in London, teaches at the Norwich University of the Arts and his varied interests include a passion for the natural sciences.

"Munich was like a gateway to another world for me. It was the first time I'd presented a film at a festival. It was the first time I seriously thought I might just be able to make a career out of this", said Suri Krishnamma. "I'm looking forward to sitting in the dark to watch all the student films with the same excitement and anticipation I felt when I was a student."

Together with his jury colleagues, Suri Krishnamma will view 46 films from 32 film schools. The jury selects the Best Film (VFF Young Talent Award), the awards for Best Documentary (ARRI Award), Best Screenplay (Luggi Waldleitner Award), Best Cinematography (Student Camera Award) as well as the ARTE Short Film Prize.

Both festival participants and the public will have the opportunity to get to know the jury president. On Thursday, November 21th, at 11am in the Munich University for Television and Film, Suri Krishnamma will talk in a masterclass about "The Outsider", characters and topics that have influenced his work. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

On Saturday, November 23rd, the festival will be honoring the jury president with the "President's Screening" (4pm, Filmmuseum München). Krishnamma will be on hand to present two of his films to the audience: "Mohammed's Daughter", which had its world premiere at the festival in 1986 and his first feature film, "A Man of No Importance" (1994) starring Albert Finney. Tickets are available at the festival box office and online.

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