As Co-Director of the Lebanese Film Festival, Jessica has devoted her time to scouting and acquiring the best of Lebanese Cinema from all corners of the globe. With a UNSW Arts degree in Film and Theatre, Jessica has had her hand in some the biggest film and television productions in Australia, starting out as a grip and a camera assistant, she is now a Sydney based emerging filmmaker, writer and actress. Her skillset also includes film acquisition, distribution, marketing and artist management. Jess also devotes her time to film research and theory and her firing passion for film, arts and culture is reflected in her role as the official Co-Director and Film Judge of the festival.
Ed Hanna is the Lebanese Film Festival's local judge. Ed has a lifetime interest, love and passion for film and theatre, having undertaken studies in film and communications. He now works in the property development and commercial real-estate sector, but his passion for film is reflected through his ongoing support of the Lebanese Film Festival, amongst other film and arts projects. Ed has held positions in local arts and media organisations, having been Director for Urban Theatre Projects and being involved with local community Radio (Bankstown BFM), as well as undertaking radio broadcast roles in Lebanon. Ed is now married and a father of one, and has been one of the Festival's greatest sponsors and supporters. We welcome Ed to the team as our local judge and film critic.
Elias is one of Lebanon’s most prominent Film Critics. The world of cinema has been a passion of his since early childhood. Elias masters his work through his role as Media and Marketing Manager of the Beirut International Film Festival, writing film reviews for some of Lebanon’s bets selling magazines (Lifestyle ME, Trait D’Union, Seulement Pour VIP, Mondanite, ROAD TRIPS AND IN TOWN) and also running and presenting his own film review show segments on Lebanon’s number one LBC channel. From Beirut to Doha, Elias has attended many film premiers, interviewed many Hollywood actors and has continued writing and reviewing films for several magazines, radio and television channels in Lebanon and across the globe. He truly symbolizes the passion and intelligence that Lebanon has when it comes to cinema. The Lebanese Film Festival Association are proud to have Elias onboard as an International Film Judge!