Ghevond Vardapet Hovhannisyan
Abbot of the Church of the Holy Archangels
He was born on 24 April, 1972 in Yerevan. From 1979-1989 Father Ghevond studied at secondary school N76 after Kamo. From 1989-1992 he studied in the Radio-communications College of Yerevan. From 1991-1997 he worked in his specialty in an Interurban Telephone Exchange. From 1997-2000 studied in the Theological Seminary of Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. On 6 August, 2000 he was ordained to the celibate priest by the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Torgom Manoukian. From 2001-2002 he was appointed as an assistant to abbot of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. From 2002-2003 he was as an interpreter in the Armenian Patriarchate. From 2003-2004 he studied at the Moscow Theological Academy in absentia as professorial fellow. In 2004 Father Ghevond defended his doctoral thesis on "The moral teaching of Grigor Tatevatsi, saint of Armenian Apostolic Church” and received the PhD degree of Theological sciences. From 2006-today he’s an abbot of the monastery of the Holy Archangels Church of Jerusalem. In 2010 he received the title of Vardapet (Archimandrite). He is an author of nine books.
Katia Malatesta (Italy)
“Religion Today” Film Festival
After graduating in ''Conservation of Cultural Heritage'' and a PhD in History of Visual Arts at the University of Pisa. She is a member of the Trentino Society for Studies of Historical Sciences. She represents the Autonomous Province of Trento on the Governing Council of the Center for International Cooperation in Trento and she is Vice President of the Trentino Forum for Peace and Human Rights. She teaches cinema, music and religion at the Romano Guardini Institute of Religious Studies in Trento and collaborates with the Terni Film Festival and with the Religion Today Film Festival, of which she was artistic director from 2008 to 2017; in this quality she has collaborated to the organization of annual seminars on cinema and religions at the Salesian Pontifical University and the Institute of Religious Sciences of the Bruno Kessler Foundation of Trento. She collaborates with SIGNIS, the Catholic World Communications Association, attested in over 140 countries around the world, which she represented in the Interfaith jury of Tehran's Fajr Film Festival in 2017 and in the 2018 jury of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.
Simone Semprini (Italy)
“Religion Today” Film Festival
He graduated in Computer Science and got a PhD in Software Engineering at Univesity of Pisa. He currently works for a large IT company in the role of Head of Mobile Engineering. He is involved in the Religion Today Film Festival since 2005, first as technical advisor, then as programmer, and until 2018 as President of the association that organizes the festival; he is currently Vice-President of the same association and he collaborates with the Terni Film Festival. He has given his contribution to the first international Conference of directors of Spiritual film festivals held in Barcelona with the scientific coordination of the Blanquerna Observatories and the support of the Direcció General d’Afers Religiosos of the Generalitat de Catalunya; to give continuity to this important network experience, he collaborated to the organization of the second international meeting in October 2017, held during the celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of the Religion Today Film Festival, as well as the third edition of the initiative that took place in Terni in November 2018.
Father Marek Lis (Poland)
“Sacrofilm” Film Festival
Marek Lis is catholic priest in the diocese of Opole (Poland), professor and vice-dean of the Theological Faculty of Opole University. After completing his theological studies in Nysa/Lublin and Paris, he continued his studies at the Faculty of Sciences of Social Communication (Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, PhD in 2000). Author of books and articles concerning theological meaning of the cinema: Audiowizualny przekład Biblii. 100 filmów biblijnych [100 Biblical Films] (Kraków 2005), Krzysztof Zanussi. Przewodnik teologiczny [Krzysztof Zanussi. A Theological Guide] (Opole 2015) and many others. Member of the Ecumenical Juries at several film festivals (Bratislava, Cannes, Fribourg, Warsaw, Yerevan); president of SIGNIS Polska; program director of the “Niepokalanów” International Film Festiwal in Wrocław (since 2016), cooperator of film festival Sacrofilm in Zamość (Poland) and Journées Cinéma et Réconciliation in La Salette (France, since 2010).
Father Ioann (Giovanni Guaita) (Russia)
Clergyman of Russian Orthodox Church, Italian historian
Fr. Ioann (Giovanni Guaita) was born on 26th November 1962 in Sardinia, Italy. He graduated from the Rome and Geneva universities, worked on probation in Russia -Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. He came to Russia, yet USSR, for the first time in 1985 and got deeply involved in its culture and orthodox spirituality. He has written numerous translations of Russian spiritual literature. He is the originator of the extensive "Dictionary of orthodox hagiology". He has been practically living in Russia since 1985. He taught at the Linguistic University and at Russian State humanitarian university. As a historian he was particularly interested in Armenia. He has written three books about the history of Armenian Church and Armenian people: "Human life – the meet of Heaven and earth; "Conversations with Catholicos Karekin the II", "1700 years of faithfulness" and "Cry from Ararat. Armin Vegner and the Armenian Genocide".
Vladyslav Robski (Ukraine)
International Orthodox Film Festival „Pokrov”
Vladyslav Robski is 34 years old. Program Director of International Orthodox Film Festival „Pokrov” (Kyiv) with 2012 year. Wajda School graduate, Studio Prob & Script PRO – film directing, Warsaw, 2014/2015 & 2017/2018. Higher education: directing TV, Kyiv national University of the art, cinema and television named after I. K. Karpenko - Kary, the course of A. S. Odinets, 2013. First diploma: technical, engineer - machine gunner. Paramedic, instructor on tourism, candidate master of sports on track and field athletics and football. Author of many documentary films & TV programs in Ukraine. Married. Has a son.
Arnaldo Casali (Italy)
“People and Religions” Terni Film Festival
Born in Terni in 1975, journalist, author and playwright. He graduated from the University “La Sapienza” in Rome, works for ISTESS, the Institute of Theological and Social History Studies in Terni and is the artistic director of “Popoli e Religioni” (People and Religions) – Terni Film Festival. He collaborates with the Mediaeval Festival in Gubbio as well as with Pontifical Council for the Family, magazines such as BenEssere-la salute con l’anima eWorldpass.it. Among his publications there is a play entitled Il “Giullare di Assisi”, a volume of interviews entitled “Between Heaven and Earth. Cinema, artists and religion”, historical novel “Valentino. The secret of the saint in love”.
Ashot Gevorgyan (Armenia)
Ashot Gevorgyan was born in 1964 in Yerevan. In 1985 he graduated from Yerevan State Fine Arts Academy.
By profession, he is a director, shot a number of documentaries and starred in about twenty dozen films himself .
Irina Yaghubyan (Armenia)
She was born in Yerevan in 1978. Graduated from Armenian State Pedagogical University after Kh. Abovyan, the Department of Defectology (1995-2000). Since 2000 she is a Co-director of the Manner Education at Kharberd Specialized Children's Home, run by the Ministry of Labour and Social Issues.
Alisa Strukova (Russia)
“Window to Europe” Russian Film Festival
Journalist, editor, painter. In the early 90s- editor, correspondent of "Radio Russia". Since 2002-editor of the distribution film company “Paradise”. From 2006 to 2015-the chief editor of the film magazine "Rolan". From 2004 to 2008, manager of the Moscow International Film Festival for Children and Youth. Since 2003, she worked at the Russian “Window to Europe” Film Festival as a festival manager, chief editor of the festival’s daily newsletter, moderator of press conferences, and curator of film programs. Since 2013-the program director of the Russian Film Festival “Window to Europe”.
Beata Golenska (Italy)
“People and Religions” Terni Film Festival
Born in Wroclaw in 1977, philologist, translator; she holds a diploma in English and Irish Literature. She works for the European Commission and is responsible for PR for Popoli e Religioni–Terni Film Festival. She collaborates with various public institutions, cultural organizations and embassies. She has experience in diplomatic protocol, administration and communication.