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Our Host of the RIYFF 2017!

We are proud to have Mark back as our host of the RIYFF 2017. Mark is a Writer/Director/Producer with over 15 years experience, having worked with major broadcasters in the UK and overseas. His award-winning short films have been screened at Cannes and Edinburgh, most recently his multi-award-winning rom com Titanic Love, which follows his trademark ‘off the wall’ comedy style has been a major success in film festivals worldwide. Titanic Love has won over 41 Awards to date. His latest comedy film recently released entitled, The Final  Scene has already been screened globally recently collecting its first award.

Mark delivers specialist workshops in Filmmaking for Birmingham City University, Birmingham Theatre School, University of Birmingham and University of Liverpool. He also has a passion for filmmaking and working with young people in education, having recently worked on a series of short award-winning comedies for the British Film Institute. Marks other passion is comedy, he performs around the UK with a comedy band performing at comedy venues and Glastonbury Music Festival. He often compares and hosts at events and specializes for film nights. At the RIYFF 2017 Mark is a Jury-Member and the host of the film festival.



Dr. Adama Ulrich, born in Berlin, Germany, studied culture theory at the Humboldt-University in Berlin and received her PhD in dramatics in 1993. Until 1995 she learned her journalistic skills at the East German Broadcaster Brandenburg. Adama works as a freelancer for TV and Radio, particularly for the French-German broadcaster ARTE. She lectures film skills including directing at several institutions, e.g. the FU Berlin University. Adama is a Jury-Member of the RIYFF 2017. In her popular workshop “The Art of Directing” she will lecture about the creative relationship between director and protagonists/actors.



Sergey V. Aprelev is based in St. Petersburg, Russia where he founded the annual “The Sea Calls!” Maritime Film Festival. He is a freelance journalist and film producer, author and producer of several documentary (naval) films – winners and nominates of international festivals.  The Russian Navy Commander worked with the Hollywood movie “K-19 The Widowmaker”. He brought understanding of the submariners’ everyday life and duties and helped to generate a realistic atmosphere. He worked with leading Hollywood movie makers like Kathryn Bigelow, and prominent actors (Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson etc). Sergey is a Member and the Chairman of the Jury RIYFF 2017.


Karan Choudhary

Karan Choudhary is a New York based actor and filmmaker. He was born in Faridabad, India. After studying theatre and working with professionals in Bollywood, he came to New York in 2013 to study further and to learn specific techniques about acting and filmmaking. He studied at one of the most renowned acting and theatre schools in America, The Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre. He has also worked as an actor in many great theatre productions and in Hollywood Motion Pictures too. He played in “Daredevil (2015) and recently along with Tom Hanks in “Sully” (2016), directed by Clint Eastwood.

Recently Karan directed his first documentary film “Dedication” (2017). It won “Best Documentary Short and Best message” at the Top Indie Film Awards in USA 2017 and also got nominated for Best Short Documentary at Alternative Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. The film has been officially selected in many other film festivals throughout the world. “Dedication” is the story of Karan’s inspiring life experience - the story of one man's journey from humble beginnings in India to the bright lights of New York City to fulfill his dream of becoming a working actor. An emotional drama of the realities that immigrants have to face every day in America that seems to be getting more conservative in the new administration. It will be screened at the “Guest Film and Directors Talk”-  Event” at the RIYFF. It is its European Premiere.


Egil Granum

Egil Granum is a multi-talented journalist, cinematographer, editor, producer and media teacher in the Ringerike municipality. He has been working more than 17 years in several editorial departments of NRK, the public Norwegian radio and tv broadcaster. Egil was part of a team to build up the popular TV channel for children and youth “NRK SUPER” in 2007. Among several new TV programs, he developed with his co-producers the news program for children and youth “Supernytt” in NRK. In 2011 Egil started to work as a multi-camera-producer in the news department of NRK. As a very talented video journalist Egil contributed to several awarded TV and film productions. In 2015 Egil decided to share as a media teacher his rich knowledge about TV production and video journalism with young media students at the high school of Hønefoss. In his lectures he focuses on film and TV production. Egil is the first time a Jury-Member at the RIYFF.