Judges

An esteemed panel dedicated to rigorously evaluating creative excellence across six core criteria – Originality, Impact, Relevance, Storytelling, Technical Excellence, and Overall Presentation – ensuring fairness, consistency, and the celebration of standout achievements at the Negarit Awards.

Aida Muluneh, a globally renowned photographer and cultural visionary, is the founder of Aida Muluneh Studio, an enterprise dedicated to image production, cultural event planning, and photography printing. With studios in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and Dubai, UAE, Aida’s artistic work has achieved international acclaim and is featured in prestigious collections...

Berhanu Shiberu, an Ethiopian Film Director with a storied career that has earned him the coveted National Decoration Medal for his extraordinary contributions to cinema. Born in Holleta-Genet on February 23, 1956, Berhanu’s journey is one of passion, artistry, and enduring impact. His foray into the world of filmmaking began...

Dr. Mehret Mandefro is an Emmy-nominated producer, writer, and entrepreneur recognized for her outstanding contributions to the creative arts. With a passion for using storytelling to transform culture and amplify social impact, she has earned a place on Variety’s list of the most influential women in global entertainment. Mehret’s unique...

A distinguished figure in the world of visual arts and an accomplished Associate Professor at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). With over 27 years of dedication as a freelance graphic designer from her personal studio, her portfolio is a testament to unwavering commitment and profound artistic excellence. Guenet’s...

Hannah Mariam Meherete-Selassie Dereje has a BA in Law/History from the University of Westminster, London UK and an MA in Communication from Bethel University, St. Paul Minnesota USA. She also has a diploma in Journalism from the London School of Journalism.  As a professional she has over 19 years experience...

Pascal Schmitz is a highly experienced film and television producer and distributor, boasting an impressive career spanning over 25 years in the entertainment industry. As the visionary founder of FindFlix, a pioneering tech startup, Pascal is revolutionizing film distribution by connecting audiences to various VOD platforms, with a particular focus...

Rachel Berhane Araya is a distinguished professional known for her exemplary expertise in media management and marketing. Currently serving as the Managing Director at What’s Out OmniMedia, Rahel spearheads marketing and programming across an array of platforms, including radio, TV, online, and print. Under her astute leadership, What’s Out OmniMedia...

Salem Mekuria, renowned as a Director and Producer, has left an indelible mark on the world of film and academia. With over three decades of experience, Salem founded Mekuria Productions in 1987, showcasing her exceptional storytelling prowess. Her works have garnered acclaim for their exploration of cultural, social, and political...

Seminas Hadera, a dynamic Brand and Communication Strategist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brings a wealth of experience and creativity to the field. As the Founder and Hub Manager of Gerar – The Creative Hub since January 2017, Seminas has been at the forefront of fostering creativity and innovation within...

Tamara Mariam Dawit, an accomplished Ethiopia-Canadian filmmaker and dynamic creative industries executive, brings a wealth of experience in program management and organizational strategy. For a decade, she served as the Executive Director of the charity The 411 Initiative For Change, where her focus on equity, human rights, and youth engagement...

Theo Eshetu, an eminent Video Artist and Director, possesses a rich and diverse background that transcends from the financial services industry to the world of media and art. With over three decades of experience, he has honed his skills in media production, film editing, and entertainment, marking an extraordinary journey....

Thomas Getachew, a trailblazing figure in Ethiopian cinema who has left an indelible mark on the industry. As the founder of Tom Academy, established in 1998, he has been instrumental in shaping the next generation of filmmakers. His commitment to nurturing talent and sharing his expertise has made a significant...

Yasser Bagersh is an influential figure in Ethiopia, renowned for his multifaceted role as an Advisor, Strategist, Philanthropist, and Art Collector/Curator. With a commitment to excellence and an unwavering dedication to his homeland, Yasser’s mission is clear: no compromises. He continually strives to raise the bar and elevate the standards...