She will be judging the films competing in the International Competition section along with Sandra den Hamer, the director of Eye Film Museum in the Netherlands, Romanian filmmaker Radu Jude, Spanish composer Alfonso de Vilallonga and Syrago Tsiara, director of the Thessaloniki Centre of Contemporary Art.
The juries will be awarding the Golden and Silver Alexanders plus a number of additional awards at the festival running until November 11.
Motamed-Arya was a jury member of the 75th Venice International Film Festival in summer.
In addition, Villalonga, who is also a member of the international jury this year, will present a special concert with songs he wrote for films such as Isabel Coixet’s “The Bookshop”.
He will be accompanied by Spanish guitarist Pau Figueras, singer and trombonist Rita Payés and a string quartet of Greek musicians led by Andonis Sousamoglou of the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra.
The concert named “Music for Films & Cabaret” will take place at the Duende jazz bar on November 8.