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Sheila Johnston (UK)
Completing her doctoral thesis on German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College, London, Sheila Johnston became the founder-journalist for The Independent, where she contributed as a cinema reporter for ten years. She now writes on the arts for the Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Scotsman, Sight and Sound and other publications. Johnston has lectured on cinema and popular culture for institutions including the British Council, the British Film Institute and the Open University and divides her time equally between London and France.
Alin Tasciyan (Turkey)
Born in Istanbul in 1969. After she was graduated from the University of Istanbul, Faculty of Communications with a BA in Journalism and Public Relations in 1991, she began working in Milliyet.
She is currently the film critic of Milliyet (daily) and an editor in Milliyet Art Review (monthly). She has worked for Turkish state television TRT 2 as a film critic between 1994 - 2006 (March).
Siranuysh Galstyan (Armenia)
Cinema historian, Film critic, Doctor of Fine Arts.
Graduating from the School of Technical Cybernetics of the Yerevan State Engineering University (then the Yerevan State Polytechnic Institute) in 1991, Galstyan is also a 1999 graduate of the School of Cinematology, Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinema.
Galstyan has been contributing critical articles to various newspapers and magazines of Armenia beginning 1995. She also has publications abroad. Beginning 1999 Galstyan is a lecturer of the History of Cinema at the Yerevan State Institute of Theater and Cinema and the Yerevan State University since 2002.
She is a member of the Association of Cinematologists and Cinema Journalists of Armenia since 1998, the FIPRESCI since 2000 and the Union of Cinematographers of Armenia since 2007.
In 2001 Galstyan participated to the International Conference in Expressions of Identity Modification in Visual Arts at the Leipzig University with a report on Armenian cinema in the post-Soviet period called The 90s: Worries and Hopes of the Future.
In 2003 Galstyan was included in the FIPRESCI Jury of the Kinotavr International Film Festival in Sochi.
She has been a screenwriter for documentary films Paths (Ughiner, director A. Shahbazyan, 2000); Abortion (Hghiutyan arhestakan yndhatum, Director L. Gevorgyan, 2001); The Secret of Eternal Color: Vordan Karmir (Haverzhakan guyni gaghtniky: vordan karmir, Director A. Shahbazyan, 2002). In 2007 Galstyan wrote the scenario for a documentary about Aram Khachaturian for the More Than Love (Bol’she chem lyubov’) series on the Russian Kultura TV (Director A. Yeritsyan). Galstyan has also hosted programs on cinema on TV – Cinematograph and Belated Premiere (Ushatsats premiera).
In 2002 she published the selection of her short stories Pages from Someone Else’s Diary (Ejer urishi oragrits). Some of her short stories were included in the Contemporary Armenian Women Literature (Sovremennaya armyanskaya zhenskaya literatura, in Russian) published in 2003.