L’Atelier des artistes en exil

The mission of the Atelier des artistes en exil is to identify artists in exile from all backgrounds and in all disciplines, to support them with regard to their situation and their administrative and artistic needs, to offer them work spaces and to put them in touch with professionals in order to give them the means to test their practice and restructure themselves.
The Marseilles branch was set up in 2021 following the takeover of Kabul and now supports 70 artists from some fifteen different countries, including 9 filmmakers who are delighted to be members of this new jury.

Jury 2023

Born in 1981 in Shiraz, Iran, Ali Zare Ghanatnowi is a film producer and director. Active since the early 2000s, he has participated in more than twenty films, including animated features and documentaries. He received critical acclaim for making Red Mind (2009) and Dad’s Fragile Doll (2013), which won Best Animation at the International Open Film Festival (IOFF) and Best Animation at the Veterans Film Festival and Londan-X4. Ali’s films The Lights and Sistan Itinerary were nominated for the CINEMA VERITE International Documentary Film Festival. In 2004, he founded the Cinema School in Shiraz, where he teached screenwriting, directing, film theory and criticism. Forced to flee Iran in 2019, he became a member of the agency of artists in exile in 2021. Alongside with Judith Depaule, he took part in the Mnémonique installation project presented at the Avignon Festival in 2022.
Born in 1997 in St. Petersburg, Russia, Arsenii Mazhuga is a photographer, cameraman, film director and musician. After graduating as Director of Photography from the St Petersburg Film and Television Institute, he directed several short films. He produced also film soundtracks. Based in Marseille since 2022, he is a member of the agency of artists in exile. He currently produces sound and video for the theater piece Revenir n’est pas un verbe, presented at Théâtre Joliette in February 2023. He is also a founding member of the Russian-Ukrainian electronica duo “Verhovski X Majouga”, which has performed at Silencio in Paris and Metamorph Marseille.
Born in 1986 in Syktyvkar (Komi Republic, Russian Federation), Daria Yurishcheva is an animation film director. After a brief career as a financial journalist, she decided to devote herself entirely to drawing and animation. Today, she creates independent animated films focusing on feminism and anti-colonialism. On February 24, 2022, Daria Yurishcheva initiated the “Animators Against War” collective project, mobilizing 200 animators and sound engineers from different regions of the Russian Federation and other countries. She is interested in decolonization, the repressed discourses of the indigenous peoples of the Russian Federation and questions of identity. Daria Yurishcheva is member of the agency of artists in exile since November 2022.
Born in Moscow, Russia, in 1989, Egor Shevchenko is a director of fiction and documentary films. After studying cinema in his native country, Egor Shevchenko attended Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains. His artistic work focuses on social issues, particularly immigration, as well as contemporary methods of storytelling and the search for new approaches to the cinematic medium. He is member of the agency of artists in exile since February 2022.
Producer. Citizen of the Ukraine. Born in Bilopillya, Ukraine. Education – Philological University of Odessa (Ukraine). Worked in Odessa Film Studio. Filmography Domicile, 2023 Bilopillya comma New York, 2023 in production Bilopillya comma New York, prologue, 2022 Movie up, 2018 Yesterday, today, tomorrow, 1997 The Wind in the City, 1997 The second one, 1994 Last Saturday, 1993 Underground temple of communism, 1991
Born in 1988 in Novosibirsk, USSR, Nadya Mira is an artist, writer and director of animation films. She studied at Moscow’s oldest film school (VGIK), at the Ecole des Gobelins in Paris and at the California Institute of the Arts near Los Angeles. Today, she works with both well-known and up-and-coming directors, in particular on the development of animated films for the general public. She directed the visuals for a Christmas film for BBC One, based on Roald Dahl’s One Tale May Hide Another. In 2018 she is working on the development of an animated series The Adventures of Paddington. More recently, she drew the characters for the feature film Migration, due for release in December 2023. Some of her short films have been selected for international festivals around the world. Nadya has lived and worked in Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, London, Denmark and South Africa. She lives in Marseille since 2017 and is member of the agency of artists in exile and SudAnim since January 2022.
Born in 1985 in Novosibirsk, Russia, Pasha Mira is a computer graphics generalist, animator and filmmaker. He has worked on acclaimed animated film projects such as Love, Death and Robots and X-story. He has also contributed to animated music videos for popular Russian bands such as Leningrad, Glukoza and B-2.
From the beginning of his career, Pasha stood out by editing several successful feature films for a wide audience, including Volkodav in 2006, Paragraph 78 in 2007 and The Best Film in 2008. His contribution to the creation of animated digital comic books and video game projects, such as JAM for NARR8, allowed him to merge his animation expertise with immersive storytelling. He is member of the agency of artists in exile since August 2022.