JURY 2012

Melissa Mars, Actress, Singer

Singer-songwriter and international actress, Melissa Mars was revealed in 2003 by her first single “Papa m’aime pas”, followed by a trilogy of albums in the dark n’rose universe – acid pop – on Polydor-Universal Music.

On the music side, she participated in duets with great artists of the French scene, Louis Bertignac, Lara Fabian, and Pascal Obispo in a hit song “1980” which reached number 5 on the charts.
She is one of the headliners of the musical show “Mozart L’Opéra Rock” directed by Olivier Dahan, (multi-awarded with his film “La Môme”). A triumph during 346 performances, in front of more than 1,500,000 spectators. She leaves with the troupe and 60 musicians for a series of symphonic concerts on tour in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia and Ukraine. In 2014, Coca-Cola chose her song “Beautiful” that she created in a bossa-nova style for their compilation “52 songs of happiness”. And she released a new single “Tweet n’ Roll”, a pop-electro song in a happy mood, taken from her upcoming opus.

On the movie side, she is noticed alongside John Travolta in the film “From Paris With Love”. In 2013, she turns in 5 American films alongside imposing actors such as Tom Sizemore (“Saving Private Ryan”), Vivica A. Fox (“Kill Bill”), Vinnie Jones (“Snatch”, “X-men”)…

In 2014 she participates in a French-Algerian series “Khamsa”, she begins shooting “Curse of Mesopotamia”, the first international film made in Kurdistan in Iraq and gets the award for best supporting actor in “The Cabining”, at the FANtastic Horror Film Festival in San Diego, CA.

Sylvie Dimet

After studying applied arts, participates in several artistic events by exhibiting her works (oil painting, acrylic and ink)

  • Salon des Artistes Indépendants at the Grand Palais, Paris
  • Les Peintres dans la rue, and Galerie de l’UDAC, Paris (received several times the public prize)
  • Salon des Artistes du 20ème at the Town Hall of the 20th
  • Open House of the Artists’ Workshops of Ménilmontant, Paris

Passionate about graphic and plastic arts, clay, painting on silk and having a taste for relationships, has for project to open a place in order to share her passions with the inhabitants of her neighborhood and the district.

At first she created the association Graine d’Art which opened its doors in 1997. Different activities are offered to children, teenagers and adults. Plastic arts, silk painting, drawing, clay, painting, Japanese calligraphy, Latin calligraphy…

Then the inevitable happened…

In 2007, Sylvie, with the help of Delphine, set up animation workshops for children and teenagers. The association Croq’Anime was born… June 2008, the first “Croq’Anime Festival” dedicated to 2D and 3D animation films.

Jennifer Moret, Comedian

She started out as an actress. During her theatrical career, she had the pleasure of performing in several plays such as “Jean et Béatrice” by C. Fréchette and “Le plaisir de rompre” by J. Renard, which were well received by critics. She also had the opportunity to play some small roles in various films, TV series, commercials and short films (“Monsieur Ibrahim et les fleurs du coran”, “Papa ou maman”; “Suspect n°1”, “Camping Paradis”, “Siemens”, “Fuck Sida”, “Marlène”, “Et pour quelques kilomètres de plus”,…). She has also been practicing singing for the past 5 years (Mezzo-Soprano); which allows her to take on roles where singing is necessary.
Then author. She has to her credit the writing of 5 plays (two of which have been performed ” Femmes Fatales “, ” Ma rencontre avec John A ” and a published one ” Gourmandises “), three short films (two of which have been shot ” La faille ” and ” Spirit “), two web-series (Blondes… Et Alors ” and ” Les copros “).

Finally, she is a radio host. She has to her credit hours and hours spent studying books for her radio show “La voix de la nuit” that she hosts on radio Enghien 98FM on Fridays from midnight to 5am.

Her projects? Currently, she has in preparation a play: a comedy, a parody of an English TV series, a short film “Blue Lagoon” and a TV series project.

Jicey Carina, Actor

Jicey CARINA is a French actor and author, born in ARDÈCHE, in 1966. Prize for Best Actor at the 7th Digital Off of CANNES 2012. His website : https://www.facebook.com/JiceyC. He is represented in FRANCE by his agent Gwenaëlle BAÏD

Zachary James Miller, Director – Producer

Zachary James Miller: Award-winning Producer of “After Fall, Winter”; Director/Producer of “A Cry From Within” Zachary originally trained as a Psychologist at the University of Akron, (Akron, Ohio) and Antioch College (Yellow Springs, Ohio) and Antioch College West (San Francisco, CA) and ran a private practice and a residential treatment facility in the USA before moving to Paris in 1990. After moving to Europe he became actively involved in the indie film movement in London. In his more than 20 years in the City of Light, he has written, directed, and produced several feature-length documentaries and TV series including the FADE TO BLACK film series hosted by Clarke Peters (THE WIRE, TREME), JAZZ LIFE: AMERICAN JAZZ MUSICIANS IN EUROPE (aka, NEVER THE SAME) for ARTE/ZDF featuring Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron. He also produced the award-winning feature AFTER FALL, WINTER. In 2013 Zachary Miller, Directed and Produced the feature film, “A CRY FROM WITHIN” Starring Eric Roberts, (Dark Knight, The Expendables, Star 80), Cathy Moriarty, (Raging Bull), Robert Vaughn (The Man from Uncle), Tom Pelphrey (The Guiding Light), and Deb Twiss (Kickass). This Psychological Thriller premiered at the Cannes Film Market, in May 2014 and was distributed by Breaking Glass films.

Zachary is C.E.O of the American owned and run French Production company “2 Bulls On the Hill Productions”. His company acts as an international co-productions partner as well as a French Services and Line Producer for Foreign companies shooting in France or Europe. He is also a Producers’ Representative and travels to the main film markets with his and other producer’s films. Some of his sales have been for example the award-winning romantic comedy, MOLLY’S GIRL, and the feature-length documentary, “ON TENDER HOOKS”. He regularly lectures on Film and TV in Paris and has spoken on panel discussions at Film Festivals and Markets. Miller has also been a featured subject in various media including the TV documentary series ‘Paris, Living the Dream’ hosted by Sheryl Lee Ralph and books, “Beat of a Different Drum: The untold story of African Americans Forging Their Own Paths in Work and Life” by Dax Devlon-Ross and “Black Paris Profiles” by Monique Wells.

Deep interest in politics led Miller to begin again his political activism in France, joining Democrats Abroad France in 1992. He has been elected and served four terms as Executive Vice-Chair of Democrats Abroad France, and Chairman of The Minority Caucus of Democrats Abroad, as well as having been twice elected delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He has been working extensively in politics since then having organized both primary and general election campaigns for President Barack Obama in France and serving as the party and the candidates’ spokesperson to the media both in France and internationally. He served in the same capacity previously for Governor Howard Dean in his quest for the Presidency and most recently for Senator Bernie Sander’s campaign. Due to his interest and involvement in politics, several of his past and future documentaries are political in nature. Including the upcoming feature-length documentary “Counter Measures: Unveiling The Global Surveillance State”. Because of his extensive work and relationships in this area, his access to interviews with well known political figures is much greater. In recognition of Miller’s extensive appearances on TV, radio, and in print speaking for the Democratic Party and in support of President Obama, he was dubbed “The Obama of Paris” by the renowned weekly, Le Novel Observateur in an article lauding his successful leadership of the Obama campaigns in France.