Thiruvananthapuram: Acclaimed Chinese filmmaker and academic Xie Fei will chair the jury of the 19th edition of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) here next month.
The annual movie gala is to be held here from December 12-19.
Other members on the five-member panel are Lawrence Kardish, chief curator at the Museum of Moving Arts (MOMA) New York, Klaus Eder, general Secretary of FIPRESCI, Turkish filmmaker Reis Celik and Indian member Sumitra Bhave, Kerala Chalachitra Academy, the organiser of the event, said here.
Xie Fei is winner of the "Golden Bear Award" for his acclaimed movie 'The Women from the Lake of Scented Souls' (1993) and the "Silver Bear Award" for the film 'Black Snow' (1989) at the Berlin film festival.
His 'Girl from Hunan' (1986) got rare reviews across festivals in Europe.
Xie Fei was the first Chinese director to be invited as a jury member in festivals outside China, the organisers said adding that this would be his first visit to Kerala.