The 2021 Jury



President of the 2021 Jury

Of Welsh-English origin, Jill Emery began her career as a documentary filmmaker in France, in 1997, alongside Jean-Michel Carré for "Charbons Ardents", in Wales. Her first personal film "Amanda's Dreamed Life", about her autistic daughter, was selected for the Rockie Awards in 2003, received a special mention and won the CIRCOM prize of European television. Her last film as a director, "Ukraine, from Democracy to Chaos", wins awards at the FIGRA and the International Focal Awards in London in 2013. Co-produced by Al Jazeera UK, MDR Germany and 8 other countries, it is broadcast in 20 countries around the world after the Euro Maidan events. In 2001, Jill managed the international co-production of the film "Kursk a submarine in troubled waters", for Les films du Grain de Sable. The film will be co-produced by Sundance Channel USA.


Since then, all the films she directs and those she co-directs with Jean-Michel Carré are international co-productions. Previously, Jill was, co-creator of a free radio station in 1981, author and host at Radio France from 1984 to 1996, and teacher in high school and preparatory classes from 1974 to 1996.

Jury Members


She is a psychologist, certified coach and author. Specializing in sport psychology, she focused her thesis on the mental strength of people with disabilities and the understanding of stereotypes associated with disability. Based on her observations, she created an association whose aim was to promote sport for all and the pooling of experience to learn from differences. Today, she accompanies in her practice very diverse people, linked by their common desire to improve their well-being and achieve their dreams. Passionate about cinema, she is interested in the power of images and films as a vector of energy and resources to achieve these goals. Her first book, "Cinemathérapie par les dessins animés" is a collection of tips and examples to initiate parents, and more broadly the spectators, to the power of the screens to blossom in her life.

Isabelle ARLERY

After studying languages, art history and obtaining a master's degree in science and techniques of natural and cultural heritage, Isabelle became a guide lecturer in Pays d'Art et d'Histoire and a cultural mediator in schools. She loves comics, writing, cinema and especially short films and animated films. Her public at the end of her visits often tells her: "you transmit your passion very well and you tell things so well and so simply". And then more and more often he is told "but there is something else"! This other thing


It is his dream: to put into images and music the universe that is in his head and that cannot be transmitted through words. To give life to these little films that are created in his head. With always a message of love and tolerance: difference, whatever it is, is a richness... While waiting to give them life, she watches with immense pleasure the realizations, and in particular, the films, of others, all her senses in awakening. Isabelle learned a few months ago that she was the bearer of an invisible disability, which brings her a little closer to the world of people with disabilities.

Chantal LEBRAT

Chantal created the RENAISSENS publishing house in 2018 to give disabled people the chance to be published. She became interested in cinema at a very early age, mainly as an actor and screenwriter. Younger student of the famous drama teacher JEAN-LAURENT COCHET in 1978 (and until 1981), she turned to writing novels (published by Ramsay) while continuing her studies in literature, criminology, law and international relations. Upon her return from Iraq at the end of 2008, where she was working for the International Red Cross, she decided to return to her first love: cinema. In 2009, she attended a training course on screenwriting techniques at the CEFPF, where she met many professionals who had come to improve their skills. In the meantime, she participates in the master classes of Robert Mc Kee, John Truby, Yves Lavandier and Frédéric Krivine. She proposes many committed scenarios. She will never write about disability, probably to forget the multiple sclerosis she has had since the age of 26. In 2011 she will move to Cannes to be closer to the producers. She is fluent in English and Russian.

Jaqueline DICHARRY

Jaqueline is a musician, Knight of the National Order of Merit, Silver Medal of Volunteerism, Femina Award, and blind. This talented pianist, obtained a first prize from the regional conservatory at the age of 19, as well as several first prizes in harmony, counterpoint, singing and solfège. Very early on she devoted herself to teaching and trained many students at the Bordeaux Regional Conservatory, many of whom are currently pursuing their careers in France and abroad. She has directed numerous MDPHs and founded and then directed the Berlioz Institute for the Hearing Impaired in Nice. For many years she directed a music school in the South West of France before retiring to Nice where she created a choir which she directs within the Valentin Haüy association. A few years later she founded the association MOZAHRT, whose meaning is: Music Open to Z'enfants and Adults with Disabilities or Meeting a Health Disorder. Supervised by doctors and psychologists, she has been teaching piano, singing, musical training, musical braille, writing and improvisation since 2010 and organizes many concerts and shows in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region. Jacqueline has two daughters, both professional musicians.


Yannick went deaf following a treatment with streptomycin, following a primary infection, from 1954 to 1957... She's been on an orthopedic device since 1974. It was in 1988 that she took the necessary steps to have her handicap taken into account. She obtained her disability card and recognition as a disabled worker. Yannick likes to watch films but she is not a cinephile. "For me a good film is a good story, well acted and well edited," she says. Having become deaf many years ago, Yannick has learned to live differently. Correspondent of the "Association de Réadaptation et de Défense des Devenus Sourds pour les Alpes Maritimes", she was responsible for the schooling of disabled students at the MDPH and founded and then directed the Berlioz Institute for the Hearing Impaired in Nice.

Claudine SMITH

As a documentary filmmaker, Claudine has mainly worked for the Sunday morning Protestant programmes on France 2. After studying English in Paris IVSorbonne, she studied editing at the Conservatoire Libre du Cinéma Français. She stays in Canada to edit a film on the engaged subject "Le Pardon". This film won the prize for best documentary at the Festival de Tours in 1992 and a nomination for best editing at the Prix Gémeaux in Quebec. Afterwards, she directs documentaries that will be broadcast on channel France 2.

Olivia CATAN

Olivia is a journalist, writer and president of SOS Autisme France. Mother of an autistic child, she campaigns for the inclusion of autistic people in society and against all forms of discrimination. After attending a bilingual school, studying piano at the Ecole Normale de Musique and at the Studio des Varieties, she became a songwriter and formed her group Olivia Becker ETC with Matthieu Chédid. She interrupted her career after a road accident. She then studied journalism and art history at the Louvre School and became a journalist. She gradually specialized in art and culture, social facts, women's rights, religions, and disability. She joins Editions Robert Laffont as press attaché, where she will lead three communication campaigns in France. Through her books and awareness campaigns, she defends the right of autistic people to be different. She has just created a biannual magazine, the Magazine of Difference, in order to fight against the prejudices and clichés linked to this syndrome. After having carried out a civil protection mission in Palestine-Israel, she directed a film about Elias Chacour, a high school principal in Galilee, an exceptional man twice nominated for the "Autism Society" award. get the Nobel Peace Prize. Claudine participates in different ecumenical juries during film events: Cannes, Montreal, Locarno, Nyon, Berlin... She has twice been president of the jury in this setting in Cannes.


Hugo is an actor, writer and lecturer. After training with Pierre Debauche, he published his first book "L'empereur c'est moi" in 2013, a best-seller read by more than 100,000 readers. This book is adapted to the theatre. The author plays his own role in an eponymous show presented for three years. In 2016, he publishes his second book "Carnet d'un imposteur", then in 2018 "Autism: I accuse! "an essay-manifesto that demonstrates the power of the "atypical intelligence" of autistic people, aiming to change our view of difference, distorted by the criteria of normality.


Claude has been a lawyer and professor emeritus of universities since 1979. Specialized in personal injury compensation and victims' rights, he participates in the fair consideration of the resulting disabilities. As part of his research activities, he is the founder of the European Research Centre for Collective Accidents and Disaster Law. He is also the founding president of France Victimes (INAVEM), which brings together 130 professional associations. He has accompanied, assisted and defended hundreds of victims of violence and accidents, particularly road accidents and medical accidents, always surrounded by a team of doctors. After defending the victims of the Mont-Sainte-Odile crash, he has intervened in other air, rail or explosion-related accidents or dramatic situations. Claude is the author of numerous reference articles, notably on the need to take into account the psychological damage, within the framework of the principle of integral reparation. In particular, he discusses the natural predispositions of a non-negligible part of these populations endowed with atypical intelligence and their link with artificial intelligence as well as the role they play and have played in the era of the digital revolution. He is called upon by many organisations to give lectures as an expert, in particular by the European institutions.