President of The Jury - Svetlana Proskurina

Russian film director, actress, screenwriter and producer.

Svetlana Proskurina debuted in the short film "Parent's Day" in 1982 , and in 1987 made her first big adventure film "Playground". In 1989, she had a breakthrough in the role of a director when her film "Chance Waltz" won in the main competition at the Locarno International Film Festival. At VOICES Festival, Svetlana Proskurina will present her new film "Goodbye Mum".

Members of The Jury:

Serge Avedikian

Armenian-French film and theatre actor, director, writer and producer, winner of Cannes Festival prize.

Serge Avedikian is a French actor and filmmaker of Armenian birth. Winner of the Palme d'Or for the best short at the Cannes Film Festival. Born in Yerevan in 1955. At the age of 15, emigrated to France with his family. Studied at the Medon Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. He has played a number of roles in а theater, film and television. As director he made a number of documentaries, shorts and animations. Paradjanov is a S. Avedikian director's debut in a feature film. At the Fifth VOICES Festival, Serge Avedikian will present his film “Paradjanov” and also his short movie "Barking Island" (animation) - the winner of Cannes Palm 2010. 

Justine Waddell

British actress who learned Russian by taking part in the film “Target.”

Waddell was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. At the age of 15 she moved to London to start her filming career. Waddell has divided her work between stage and screen. Amongst her roles to date have been her performance as Sasha opposite Ralph Fiennes and Bill Paterson in the Almeida Theatre's London production of Ivanov (1997), Countess Nordston in Anna Karenina (1997), Tess in Tess of the d'Urbervilles (1998), Julia Bertram in Mansfield Park (1999), Estella in Great Expectations, Nina in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Seagull by Anton Chekhov (2000), for which she was nominated for an Ian Charleson award and Molly Gibson in the television mini series Wives and Daughters for which she won a Broadcasting Press Guild Best Actress award. She played Mary Heller in the American film, Dracula 2000.

In 2002 she starred in The One and Only.She won a Prism Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Natalie Wood in The Mystery of Natalie Wood, a 2004 TV movie directed by Peter Bogdanovich.In 2006 Waddell starred alongside Jason Statham and Ryan Phillipe in Chaos. During the same year, she co-starred with Lee Pace in Tarsem Singh’s The Fall. In 2011 Waddell had a starring role in Mishen  (Target), which is a Russian science fiction film directed by Alexander Zeldovich and written by Vladimir Sorokin. For her role in the film, she learned the Russian language from scratch. 

Kiril Razlogov

Kirill Razlogov is a film critic and one of the main Russian experts in regard with the history of a cinema. He began his career as a lecturer on the courses of screenwriters and film directors, while finding time for translating French movies released in USSR. From 1989 he is a Chair of Russian Institute of Cultural Studies. Since 1999 he remains to be a program leader of MIFF. 

More than this he is an author and a host for the TV show «Cult Movies» on the national channel Culture. Finally, he wrote an innumerable number of books and articles on the history of arts and filmmaking.

Olga Sutulova

Russian actress.

Olga Sutulova was born in Leningrad. She graduated from the Acting Department of VGIK (Joseph Raihelgauz). Later Olga worked a lot on television projects, in TV series: "Ambulance", "Formula", "Seventh Heaven" and in the movies: "Contract with Death", "Give me the Moonlight", "Movies about the Movies," "Moscow Elegy" and "Atlantis."