JURY

John Badalu John Badalu came across the film industry by accident. He studied Economics majoring Marketing Management before taking New Media Studies for the post-graduate study at DAMS University in Bologna, Italy.  He is one of the founders of the controversial Q! Film Festival, the LGBT-themed festival in the biggest predominantly muslim country of Indonesia. His previous works include Theatre Manager for Goethe-Institut Jakarta and Cultural Assistant for Istituto Italiano Di Cultura, and in Account Service Department of Ogilvy Advertising Agency. Badalu now works as a Festival Delegate and Programmer for Berlin International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and QCinema Film Festival (Philippines). He also started to become an independent producer with 4 short films and 6 feature films under his belt.

John Badalu

John Badalu came across the film industry by accident. He studied Economics majoring Marketing Management before taking New Media Studies for the post-graduate study at DAMS University in Bologna, Italy.  He is one of the founders of the controversial Q! Film Festival, the LGBT-themed festival in the biggest predominantly muslim country of Indonesia. His previous works include Theatre Manager for Goethe-Institut Jakarta and Cultural Assistant for Istituto Italiano Di Cultura, and in Account Service Department of Ogilvy Advertising Agency. Badalu now works as a Festival Delegate and Programmer for Berlin International Film Festival, Shanghai International Film Festival and QCinema Film Festival (Philippines). He also started to become an independent producer with 4 short films and 6 feature films under his belt.

Gizem Bayıksel Gizem Bayıksel was born in Ankara in 1989. She has been working as a photographer, cinematographer and director in the film industry for over 6 years. Since 2012 she has also worked as a coordinator, programmer and film curator for numerous events and film festivals. She has been involved in Pink Life QueerFest since the beginning of the festival, which is the first and only queer film festival in Turkey. She was the festival's coordinator between the years of 2012-2017, now she continues as a programmer. Currently she is working at Pera Film / Pera Müzesi-Museum in Istanbul. In addition to serving on juries including Berlinale's Teddy Award, Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival and Faroe Islands' International Minority Film Festival, she has been curating film programs with Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima and xart splitta berlin. Bayiksel's personal interest in film and photography focuses on the female gaze and queer theory. She is currently living in Istanbul and working on her first feature film project, a sequel for her short, Child's Play,  a lesbian couple's story with Turkish politics on the background.

Gizem Bayıksel

Gizem Bayıksel was born in Ankara in 1989. She has been working as a photographer, cinematographer and director in the film industry for over 6 years. Since 2012 she has also worked as a coordinator, programmer and film curator for numerous events and film festivals. She has been involved in Pink Life QueerFest since the beginning of the festival, which is the first and only queer film festival in Turkey. She was the festival's coordinator between the years of 2012-2017, now she continues as a programmer. Currently she is working at Pera Film / Pera Müzesi-Museum in Istanbul.

In addition to serving on juries including Berlinale's Teddy Award, Oslo/Fusion International Film Festival and Faroe Islands' International Minority Film Festival, she has been curating film programs with Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, International Film Festival Etiuda&Anima and xart splitta berlin. Bayiksel's personal interest in film and photography focuses on the female gaze and queer theory. She is currently living in Istanbul and working on her first feature film project, a sequel for her short, Child's Play,  a lesbian couple's story with Turkish politics on the background.

Marthe Djilo Kamga Marthe Djilo Kamga is founder and current coordinator of the Massimadi festival. Her professional and personal paths have revolved around her interest in questions of vulnerability, identity, and equal opportunity. Her interest in art and cultural production (film, performance, photography, etc.) empowers her to re-appropriate images and public spaces for people in positions of invisibility. Reoccurring themes in her work are the coexistence of multiple identities and diverse modes of artistic and cultural expression. She does a little of everything and is constantly asking herself if one lifetime will be enough to satisfy all her interests. Marthe calls herself neither a militant nor a researcher (in connection with her work: “When Women Love other Women: A Consideration of Female Homo- sexuality in Cameroon”). Having benefited from academic training in the sciences, she defines herself as “a thwarted artist in self-analysis”.

Marthe Djilo Kamga

Marthe Djilo Kamga is founder and current coordinator of the Massimadi festival. Her professional and personal paths have revolved around her interest in questions of vulnerability, identity, and equal opportunity. Her interest in art and cultural production (film, performance, photography, etc.) empowers her to re-appropriate images and public spaces for people in positions of invisibility. Reoccurring themes in her work are the coexistence of multiple identities and diverse modes of artistic and cultural expression. She does a little of everything and is constantly asking herself if one lifetime will be enough to satisfy all her interests.

Marthe calls herself neither a militant nor a researcher (in connection with her work: “When Women Love other Women: A Consideration of Female Homo- sexuality in Cameroon”). Having benefited from academic training in the sciences, she defines herself as “a thwarted artist in self-analysis”.