Director of the Doctoral School at the University of the Creative Arts in Canterbury | President of the jury
Professor Jonathan has taught at Leeds Polytechnic (1989-94), Keele University (1994-99), University of Liverpool (1999-2011), Winchester School of Art University of Southampton (2011-2015) and Birmingham City University (2015-2020), where he was Head of Birmingham School of Art. Jonathan researches and writes on modern and contemporary art, specializing in the globalization of contemporary art and its social and political contexts.
Photographer and Author behind the face of AFFBCN
Self-taught photographer Pierre Gonnord was born in France in 1963. The most decisive work of his career shows a series of portraits of people from different parts of the world. Some of these portrait series are Interiors (made in Madrid in 1999), City (in New York, in 2001) or Far East (in Japan, 2003). Utopians, for example, photographs characters marginalized by society. His work has reached several cities in Spain, France, Portugal and the United States.
Painter, Voice-over artist, Director of A New Day
Kianfar was born in Tehran, Iran, in 1969. She is a film director, painter and voice actress. She has directed films such as the documentary The Birthday (in 2016), Eve & Adam (2009) and A New Day, in 2021. She has dubbed actresses such as Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron.
Literary Director at Alfaguara, Lumen and Reservoir Books Madrid
María Fasce was born in Buenos Aires in 1969. She is a writer, translator and cultural journalist, as well as a graduate in Literature and literary director of Editorial Alfaguara. She has edited El Oficio de Mentir (1997), and has written La Felicidad de las Mujeres (published in 1999 and for which she won the Fondo Nacional de las Artes Award), La Verdad Según Virginia (1997) and La Mujer de Isla Negra (2015).
Filmmaker and Founder of Afghanistan Documentary House
Sahra Mosawi-Mani is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, university lecturer, and founder of Afghanistan Documentary House. She began working in media in 2001 with the goal of using media as a catalyst for good. She received a Masters degree in documentary filmmaking from University of the Arts London and has since focused on creating documentaries about her own country Afghanistan. Her films include Kaloo School (2013), Beyond the Burka (2014), and A Thousand Girls Like Me (2018).