Adrián García Prado studied Audiovisual Communication at Rey Juan Carlos University, completing his end-of-degree assignment on the work of the Basque filmmaker Javier Aguirre. Since 2015, he has helped with the organisation and programming of several film clubs in Madrid, including La Morada, Inducine and Cineclub Chantal. An assiduous user of the Spanish Film Library, he is a self-taught student of film theory and history and is particularly interested in filmmakers such as Henri Langlois, Luciano Berriatúa, Jean Louis Comolli and Noel Bürch, whose work has prompted him to research the technical and formal innovations that have emerged throughout the history of cinema. He has made several experimental short films and has collaborated with Capricci Cine in the coordination and presentation of films in different venues in Madrid. In 2019 he finished his first feature film, Actos de primavera', which was premièred in the Latexos section of the Novos Cinemas Festival in Pontevedra.
Montevideo, 1991. Alejandra Frechero has a Bachelor's degree in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Uruguay. She has worked as a photographer and copywriter in several media and press outlets and since 2015 has collaborated with the Cine fac (Contemporary Art Foundation) Laboratory. She is currently a member of the programming team at Cinemateca Uruguaya and the Uruguay International Film Festival. She teaches analogue photography and works also as an independent photographer.
Alejandro Pérez was born in Madrid in 1998 and studied Documentary Film at the Madrid Film School (ECAM). His end-of-course project, 'Salir de aquí', was selected by the Málaga 2020 festival and premièred as part of the official documentary feature film section. He is a member-filmmaker of the Madrid-based audiovisual group Espíritu escalera, which brings together different artists united by their interest in creating free audiovisual content with no institutional ties. Their work is generally daring with a distinctly generational outlook and the group focuses on film, videoart and music videos. In 2017, Alejandro co-founded Espacio Carnicería, a transdisciplinary space dedicated to digital art, film, architecture and music, which serves as a meeting ground for different artists and audiovisual groups, such as Espíritu escalera, BRBR and Nuberubagu.
After studying Advertising and Public Relations (2006-2010), Amaia Badiola transferred to the EFTI School in Madrid to train as a professional photographer. In 2012 she studied Audiovisual Communications at Mondragon University and in 2017 attended a course organised by La Plantación and taught by Victor Erice. Since then she has worked as an editor in television shows.
Amaranta Díaz is a documentary maker and independent producer. She has a Master's in Documentary Film from the CUEC-UNAM, graduating with a dissertation entitled 'Transferencia de medios en México. Promedios de comunicación comunitaria en Chiapas - el cine documental del EZLN' (Media transfer in Mexico. Means of community communication in Chiapas – documentary films of the EZLN). She is Director of Industry and Training at MICGénero; and a member of the selection committee at the FEMME FILM REVOLUTION FESTIVAL. She is also the Executive Producer of DocsDF (now DocsMX) and has coordinated the 'Cine Entreculturas' section for several years now. She is Executive Producer of the Latin American Meeting of Film Writers (El Garfio) and a member of the Flaherty Seminar in Mexico. At IMCINE she was in charge of the Gabriel García Márquez Stimulus for Mexico and Central America-EMCDOCS, as well as the 'Cine en tu Comunidad en el Estado de Michoacán' project. She also formed part of the working team at the Filminlatino Platform. She was documentary coordinator at FICG and formed part of the Doculab team. She has taught several film and documentary creation workshops in indigenous communities, working also with migrant populations and those displaced by conflicts and situations of violence, thinking always about documentary production as a tool for collective, therapeutic and community transformation. She coordinates the Chair on Documentaries and the Master's in documentary creation at the EICTV.
Ana Cristina Barragán is an Ecuadorian scriptwriter and director (1987). Her first work, 'Alba' was premièred at the Rotterdam International Film Festival and formed part of the Horizontes Latinos selection at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, where it received a Special Mention from the Jury. The film has since won over 33 international awards during its tour of the world's festivals, including the Fipresci Award at the Toulouse Latin Festival and various prizes for Best Film. It also represented Ecuador in the 2018 Oscars and formed part of the ‘Latin America: The State of Art’ exhibition at the MOMA in New York. Ana has made three short films: 'Despierta', 'Ánima' and 'Domingo Violeta', which premièred as part of the official competition in Locarno. She is currently shooting her second film, 'La Piel Pulpo', in the Galapagos Islands, after receiving production grants from the World Cinema Fund and the Hubert Bals Europe Fund, among others. She is also writing two feature films, 'La Hiedra' and 'La costra y la miel' and developing her photography project entitled 'Espacio - Infancia'.
Born in Szeged, Hungary in 1996, Anna completed her Liberal Arts degree in 2019 specialising in film theory and film history. She has worked as an assistant and script supervisor on Hungarian short films since 2013. Currently she is working for the Hungarian National Film Archive and as part of the institution’s team, participated in organising the Budapest Classics Film Marathon and contributed to its catalogue. She has worked for different Hungarian film festivals, including the Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival and the Budapest Short Film Festival. She has published essays about contemporary Hungarian film culture and the restoration process of Hungarian films. She founded, organised and moderated screenings and the literature circle in the Három Hét Art Gallery in Budapest.
Born in Girona in 1991, Artur-Pol Camprubí graduated in 2015 from the ESCAC (Catalonia Advanced Film and Audiovisual School), having specialised in photographic direction. His graduation project, entitled 'Naturaleza Muerta' and directed by Gala Hernández, was premièred in the official section of the 45th Huesca International Festival. He has been director of photography with fiction, documentary and advertising projects, working with different formats and materials, both digital and analogue (35mm, 16mm, Mini-DV). He has also taught at the ESCAC, running a cinematographic workshop for first and second-year students in 2017 and 2018. He worked as director of photography on 'The Miracle of Almería', the début work of director Moon Blaisse (winner of the jury prize at the Union de la Critique de Cinéma de Belgique in 2015), which was produced by Cassette for Timescapes and Baldr Films. He was also responsible for photography in other début works, including 'The Settlement', directed by Àlex Sardà and produced by 15L films, and 'Tolyatti Adrift', directed by Laura Sisteró and produced by France ICI and Bogaloo Films, both scheduled to be premièred mid 2021. He co-directed the film 'Grand Livre', which is also currently in post-production.
Blanca Velasco is an interdisciplinary audiovisual creator born in Zaragoza. She currently works in advertising, as a photographer and graphic designer. She also works with the music group EL HIJO, where she is responsible for the visual design and execution of live events. In 2013 she founded the digital film magazine Relato Enmarcado.
Carlota González-Adrio was born in 1996 in Barcelona. She graduated from the Catalonia Advanced Film and Audiovisual School and although she specialises in art direction, she has also worked as both scriptwriter and director on her own projects. In 2019, she completed her degree with a short film entitled 'Solsticio de Verano'. The film premiered at the Valladolid International Signature Film Festival in 2019, where it won the prize for Best Spanish Short. Carlota also has a degree in History, History of Art and Geography from the Catalonia Open University. She is interested in experimenting with narrative through photography, and held her first exhibition at the H2O Gallery in Barcelona. She has also published a photo book entitled 'La capital del Este' (2019).
Claudia Gracia trained at ECAM, specialising in Documentary Cinema. In 2015 she was awarded an Eras-mus Plus grant to attend the LUCA School of Arts (Hogeschool Sint-Lukas Brussel) to represent Spain at the 'Young European Film Forum' in Brussels. She studied photography at the EFTI (International Centre for Photography and Film), receiving a Special Mention, and completed her project in Ricardo Bofill's Walden 7. In 2016 she co-directed the medium-length film 'Lenda Negra', which premièred at the International Play-Doc Festival in 2017. She has worked at DOCMA (Documentary Film Association) and has sat on the Youth Jury at the 3XDOC Festival and Punto de Vista (Navarra International Documentary Film Festival). In 2018 she directed the short film 'Corazón de Poeta', which premièred at the MECAL International Festival in Barcelona in 2019, and during which she developed a growing interest in exploring utopian societies. In 2020, she participated in the St. Petersburg Art Residency (Russia), staying at the Pushkinskaya-10 art centre. She is currently in pre-production with her feature film 'Los Paraísos'.
Efraín Bedoya was born in Lima, Peru. He is a member of the South Peruvian Film Archive Network, a project established in 2018 to recover film archives and collections from the southern part of Peru. He also directs the MUTA International Festival of Audiovisual Appropriation, an exhibition space and audiovisual training programme focusing on avant-garde film based on appropriation. At the same time, he manages Diable Fuerte, an engraving workshop which makes products using traditional fabric and paper printing and stamping techniques, as well as wooden objects.
Ekhiñe Etxeberria is a documentary maker born in 1991 in Iruña/Pamplona, although she currently lives in Barcelona. She has a degree from ESCAC (Catalonia Advanced School of Film and Audiovisual Studies), specialising in documentary directing. Her medium-length documentary film 'Mikele', which was premièred at DocumentaMadrid, has been screened at both national and international festivals, winning awards at DocumentaMadrid, Alcances, the Barcelona Human Rights Festival, and the Pamplona Film and Women Exhibition, among others. Previously, she graduated in Filmmaking from the School of Film and Video (ESCIVI), engaging in work experience at a production company in Cracow (Poland). While working as a filmmaker, she has also taught classes in documentary making at the ESCAC, as well as in various institutes in the Barcelona province. She is particularly interested in documentaries, is a member of DOCMA (Spanish Association of Documentary Film) and is currently in the process of producing her next work.
Florencia de Múgica is an audiovisual producer and filmmaker. She studied at the UNA (National Arts University), earning a Bachelor's degree in Performance, before specialising in Film Production. She later studied under Marcos Pimentel at the EICTV (San Antonio de los Baños - Cuba), in a specialist workshop focusing on approaches to and the aesthetics of documentary film. She is also a graduate of the Film Programme run by the Torcuato Di Tella University. She was selected by the BIENAL DE ARTE JOVEN for her production of the short film ‘Película + Lava’ by Alejo Maglio; and also participated in the Berlinale TALENTS Buenos Aires, within the framework of the BAFICI, and was selected with her project ‘Irán’ for the development workshop run by the Talents Campus. At the end of 2014 she founded her own production company called Bomba Cine. As a producer, she has presented films at major festivals, including the Berlinale, the San Sebastián International Film Festival, Mar del Plata, Bafici, BFI London, the Valdivia Film Festival and Doc Lisboa, among others. She is currently developing a project with the director Pablo Agüero, and is involved in the feature-length documentary 'Una Sombra Oscilante’ by Celeste Rojas Mugica.
Goiznabar Monclús has a technical diploma in Audiovisual Production and Performances and a degree in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country. He has extensive experience in the audiovisual world, having worked in the fields of television, documentary production and videoart, completing a number of professional projects and working in production, recording and editing. In 2013 he created the project 'Biziklautak', through which he founded a cultural association to visually transfer the experience of a bicycle trip around the world. The project won the Students' Prize for Best Image Dissemination during the 4th round of awards conferred by the University of the Basque Country, and was screened in Bilbao Series Land (2016) within the category 'Euskal Screenings'. It was also screened at the Rio Web Fest (Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, 2017) and was shortlisted at Die Seriale (Giessen-Germany, 2017), within the category 'Best Series'. Goiznabar worked for 4 years at Radio Televisión Española (RTVE) as a video editor and graphic reporter.
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Architect by training, filmmaker by vocation. While passionate about architecture, Jesús Hector Martínez has always had a predilection also for visual arts, which is why, after completing his architecture degree and living on three different continents in cities such as Monterrey, Lisbon and Shanghai, he decided the time had come to return home to develop his great passion: film. He has run LACØRTE films since 2016, directing works such as the documentary 'Athanatos' (2018) for the Tenerife Island Council and the fictional short 'El nuevo vecino' (2018) starring Itziar Aizpuru, which won the Etxean Shortuak prize at the San Sebastián Short Film Festival. His latest film projects include the short 'Ojo por ojo' (2019), starring Amaia Lizarralde, which has been selected by several international festivals.
Joseba López Aguirre (Zarautz, 1997). Graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the University Rey Juan Carlos. She has worked in the music industry for the record company Avispa. He has participated in the recording of different video clips, as well as in the short film "Un ramito de violetas" (2019).
Julia Cortegana de la Fuente has a Bachelor's degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Seville and a Master's in Cinematography from the University of Córdoba, and has engaged in work experience at the Andalusia Film Library, working on the restoration, conservation and archiving of Andalusian home movies in 9.5mm, 8mm and Super 8. She is a self-taught student of photochemical processes for developing analogue photographs, an activity she still engages in today and in which she has even taught some courses for the university. She is also very interested in film criticism and contemporary film research linked to political philosophy, earning top marks for her Master's graduation assignment on educational materialism and literature in the films of Vittorini de Straub-Huillet. She has sat on several youth juries (Punto de Vista, SEFF, Gijón), has collaborated with the magazine Lumiére and has taught several courses and seminars on feminist film, always adopting a participatory and self-managed approach. She is currently collaborating in a project aimed at setting up an online film archives for the non-industrial film sector.
Laida Mendia graduated with honours in Art History from the Public University of the Basque Country and also has a Master's degree in History of Contemporary Art and Visual Culture from the Autonomous and Complutense Universities of Madrid, in collaboration with the Reina Sofía Museum. She is particularly interested in audiovisual arts, principally film. In 2019, she published and curated the collective project 'ACTA 4: Rutas disidentes, resistencias comunes' and the exhibition held in Room D of the Reina Sofía Museum entitled 'Resistencias Lúdico-Políticas en el Madrid de los 90'.
Lorena Barrera is an interdisciplinary Mexican artist. She grew up in Mexico and Switzerland and immigrated to the United States at the age of 18. She has a degree in Plastic Art, specialising in Film and Video, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). In 2019 she completed an artistic residency at Pioneer Works, NY. Her work has been exhibited at Chicago Filmmakers, the Onion City Film Festival, the Gene Siskel Film Center and L’Alternativa Barcelona Independent Film Festival. As well as exhibiting at institutions and festivals, Lorena also seeks to experiment with different formats and places, such as micro cinemas.
Lucas Larriera has a Bachelor's degree in Cinematography from the University of Film (FUC). In 2008 he joined the Dept. of Sound as an assistant and participated in the sound postproduction of many of the shorts produced by the university. Since 2009 he has worked as a sound director, boom operator and editor on film, television and web productions, travelling around both his native Argentina and Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Ecuador, the United States and the Philippines. The projects on which he has worked include 'Muere Monstruo Muere', 'Por el Dinero', 'Las Hijas del Fuego', 'No Llores por mí Inglaterra', 'El Estudiante', 'Los Salvajes', 'La Princesa de Francia', 'La Omisión', 'Guaraní', 'La Patota', 'Lua em Sagitario', 'Chaco' and 'La Cordillera'.
Lucia Montero Sanchez de las Matas (Salamanca, 1988) is a visual artist based in London. After graduating in Fine Arts and studying a Master's in Visual Arts and Multimedia, in 2013 she began working with Nomad Projects, collaborating with artists such as Marcus Coates, Nathaniel Mellors and Lundhal & Seitl, acquiring extensive experience in site-specific installations and collaborative projects. At the same time, she has developed her individual artistic work, focusing mainly on video and photography. She has participated in many festivals and exhibitions, including Visions in the Nunnery (London), the Working Title Festival (Brussels), The land we live in – The land we left behind (Hauser & Wirth Gallery, Somerset), 'Cineminutos (Cordoba, Argentina), #TRIBE16 at La Juan Gallery (London), Jornadas de Reapropiacion (Mexico City), ArtNit Campos (Balearic Islands), En los límites, el tiempo del cinematografo at La Fundacion La Posta (Valencia) and The Day of the Dead Festival (London).
Luiza Goncalves, born in Buenos Aires (1997), is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker, writer, and photographer. In 2019, she graduated from Pratt Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film. Her work has been presented across New York at friend’s houses and at the Nyack Village Theater, Synesthesia Gallery, and Brooklyn Academy of the Arts. She has read her poetry aloud at several readings hosted by local writers and has published small pieces in independent zines. One moment she may be seated writing or sewing, the other she may be convincing herself to do a public performance, or she just might be taking photos in the dark and recording.
Macarena Fernández Puig has a degree in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Uruguay, and over the past ten years has been involved in the conservation and research of audiovisual archive material and film heritage in diverse formats. She is currently an assistant at the Prof. Dina Pintos Audiovisual Archives at the Catholic University of Uruguay. During 2017 and 2018 she formed part of the team responsible for the digitisation of the audiovisual archives of the Uruguayan singer-songwriter Alfredo Zitarrosa at the Audiovisual Conservation Laboratory belonging to the Department of Historical Research at the University of the Republic of Uruguay's General Archives. She has also been a member of the group Cine Casero since its creation in 2014. The primary aim of this group is to disseminate best practices for the conservation of home movies among the general public, with a view to ensuring that personal and family archives remain available to future generations and are used in other areas such as the recovery of historical memory and artistic creation. Currently, the group is involved in the project 'El Gran Film del Uruguay', which aims to review 45 nitrate film cans from the ANIP-SODRE Carlos Alonso Collection.
Maria Inês Gonçalves (1995, Setúbal) graduated from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School (ESTC), specialising in editing and directing. Her first short film ‘O Meu Pijama’, produced during her studies at the ESTC, premiered internationally at the Premiers Plans d’Angers Film Festival (2018) and had its national debut at the Indie Lisboa Film Festival (2017). She was also the director of an episode for the Portuguese webseries ‘Subsolo’, commissioned by RTP Lab, having produced, in the same year, the short film ‘A Barriga de Mariana’, directed by Frederico Mesquita, with the financial support of the GDA Foundation. In 2016, she engaged in an internship with the director Salomé Lamas, with whom she has worked on several projects since then, such as ‘Ubi Sunt’, ‘Fatamorgana’ and ‘O Corpo, a Sexualidade e o Erótico na Obra de Júlio Pomar’. She currently works in the film industry in Portugal, having been the production coordinator of the feature ‘A Metamorfose dos Pássaros’, by Catarina Vasconcelos; post-production coordinator of the feature ‘Patrick’, by Gonçalo Waddington, editor of the documentary series ‘País de Mulheres’, by Raquel Freire and production director of the short film ‘O Cordeiro de Deus’, by David Pinheiro Vicente.
Mariana Queen Nwabasili is a Brazilian journalist and researcher. She graduated in Journalism from the Communications and Arts School at the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP) and has a Master’s in Media and Audiovisual Processes, also from the Communications and Arts School of the University of São Paulo (ECA-USP). Her interests within the field of communication and cinema/arts research are: representation, ‘reality’ and ‘real’, translation, identity, speech, reception, blaxploitation, black woman, black bodies and black characters in cinema. Sometimes, she also expands this research perspective to analyse theatre, performance, dance and television. In 2019, she taught the course ‘Racial, Social and Gender Representations and Identities in Audiovisual’ at the Sesc Research and Training Center. As a journalist, she has experience in several roles, including reporter, copywriter, assistant editor and editor, always focusing on education-related issues.
A filmmaker and teacher, Marianela Vega has a Bachelor's degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (2003) and a Master's in Fine Arts with a mention in Film Direction from the University of Texas in Austin (2009). She has made 7 short films which have been screened at international festivals and galleries. Her work is characterised by taking an intimate look at issues such as family, identity and bonds. Her first feature film, 'Rodar contra Todo' (2016), won the Peruvian Ministry of Culture Awards for Post Production and Distribution. She is currently making her second feature film, 'El Maldito Bastardo', in which she once again adopts an autobiographical approach to explore the emotional heritage of her family and her attachment to her father, based on home movies recorded by him at the beginning of the 1990s. The film was awarded a Documentary Feature Development and Production grant by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. As a teacher, she has run courses on film production at two universities in Lima and since 2014 has run film workshops at Youth Rehabilitation Centres for minors in conflict with the law. In 2018 and 2019 she was a member of the Selection Committee at the Lima Film Festival.
Marieke Elzerman (Amsterdam, 1996) earned her Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Arts (specialising in film) in September 2019 from the KASK School of Arts and Conservatorium in Ghent, Belgium. Before studying film, she worked as a production assistant on various UCLA productions in Los Angeles. She also did an internship at Broken Road Productions in Venice, LA. During her filmmaking studies, she participated in the workshop ‘Filming in Peru’ with Werner Herzog in May 2018. Her film ‘Marieme, Marieke’ (2018) was screened at the Van Gelder Gallery in Amsterdam. From September to November she was an intern for Salomé Lamas in Lisbon, Portugal. In September 2020 she will graduate with her film ‘Bond’ from the Master’s degree in Film run by the KASK School of Arts and Conservatorium.
Mayra Morán (1988, Santiago de Chile) graduated in Film and Television Direction from the University of Chile with an experimental short film entitled 'APUNTE 1: del error y los fragmentos', a line of work she has since continued to pursue while simultaneously working as an editor. She has completed ten feature films to date and is currently engaged in the process of making her eleventh, among other projects. As part of her personal research work she has continued with her series 'APUNTES', in which she makes notes about audiovisual production in the form of a kind of anonymous autobiography which gradually becomes more and more similar to a video essay and a general reflection on archives. In 2017 she was awarded a grant to complete a Master's degree in Creation and Contemporary Audiovisual Practices at the LAV School in Madrid, from where she continued editing for Chile while at the same time collaborating with Spanish productions.
Miguel Ángel Pérez Blanco has a PhD in Audiovisual Communication, graduating with a research project on cinematographic space and time in the films of Brian de Palma. He lectures on the official undergraduate degree in Film Studies, as well as on various Master's degrees at TAI (Madrid University School of the Arts) and other institutions. He has directed two short films. The first, 'Carretera al atlántico' (2011), was produced by ECAM and has been screened at numerous festivals in Spain and Europe, winning many prizes in different sections (Zinebi 2012) and the Castilla y León Young Arts Award for filmmakers under 30. In 2012 he set up his own production company, Zapruder Films, with which he has produced various fictional projects which have been selected by several international festivals. His second short film, 'Los dinosaurios ya no viven aquí', won the prize for best short film at the 58th Valladolid International Film Week (SEMINCI). The film travelled to many other festivals that same year, being the only Spanish production to compete at the Moscow and Mar de Plata Film Festivals. In 2017, he premièred his first feature film, 'EUROPA', which to date has competed at the D’A Barcelona FF, Moscow, Thessaloniki, Las Palmas, IBAFF, Seminci, Márgenes and Cinespaña. He is currently working on three fictional projects which all form part of the same universe: 'Y mientas, nosotros (en la noche)', 'Los días siguientes fueron agradables' and 'Un lago sin nombre'.
Oderay Ponce de León graduated in Cultural Historic Heritage Management and Conservation from the University of Havana. She formed part of the organising committee of the 13th and 14th Imago ISA Arts Festivals (2012 and 2013), and as a producer and assistant director, sat on the organising committee of the 5th and 6th Puños Arriba Cuban Rap Awards in 2013 and 2014. She is general coordinator of the Cine Campus film debate project at the San Gerónimo University College of Havana and collaborated in the 33rd International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, as part of the foreign press corps. She worked as a producer for the Axis Visual Lab in a videomapping exhibition organised for the opening of the 34th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema. She is the founder of the local development project Akokán (2016-2020), an initiative carried out with the community living in the Los Pocitos informal settlement in the La Havana Province, and also set up the creative archaeological project entitled ARKREA 2016-2018. In 2016 and 2017 she worked as a researcher and audiovisual producer in the archaeological project Expedición, carried out in the rural Pata community in the municipality of Maisí in Gantánamo Province. In 2017 and 2018 she worked as a researcher in the Torreón de Jaruco Archaeological Project and has also collaborated as a producer with the San Antonio de los Baños International School of Film and Television (EICTV).
Pablo Adiego has a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Navarre. He later received a diploma in documentary film from the Madrid Film School (ECAM). As the director of the short film 'Camposanto', he formed part of the FilmNow distribution catalogue, from where he was selected by several national and international festivals, including the Camerimage Film Festival. He was awarded first prize for best short film at the Anyang International Film Festival and the Mediterranean Film Festival, and received a special mention at MIDEC 2019 at the University of Laguna.
Pablo Lillo was born in Albacete in 1997 and is currently completing his studies in Audiovisual Communication at Carlos III University in Madrid. He spent a semester at the Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (Tallinn), where he explored the field of photography, installation and DTP, an experience which gave rise to several exhibitions and publications (‘La mejor fruta que nunca probé’, ‘Õismäe’, ‘Candela, candelae’ and ‘Supermarket Love’). Throughout the course of his studies, his interest in film has gradually focused in on production and curation. He is particularly interested in non-fiction films, especially those featuring counter-hegemonic discourses, aesthetics and policies. He spent 9 months as an intern at Avalon PC and is currently a programmer at Cineteca Madrid, working on the ‘CineZeta: Jóvenes programadores’ project. He also coordinated Abycine Lanza 2019.
Paula González (Vigo, 1994) graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University of Madrid and has a Diploma in Documentary Film from the ECAM. During her time at university, she engaged in work experience in the fields of television production and direction, and upon entering the film school, began to direct and produce her first shorts, exploring the intimate, the everyday, and the relationship between individuals and the digital world. She is interested in audiovisual programming, has sat on Youth Juries at the San Sebastián Film Festival and collaborates with the production department of the FILMADRID and Márgenes festivals. She is a member of the second edition of CineZeta, a group of young programmers working at Cineteca (Madrid).
Ramón de Fontecha Hidalgo (Madrid, 1992) studied Audiovisual Communication and Philosophy, engaging in work experience at the Spanish Film Library and the culture department of El Confidencial. For four years he worked as an assistant at the Ivorypress artist book collection and bookshop, which he ended up managing after a period coordinating international projects at the Brizzolis press. While at these two organisations he participated in different fairs and organised several encounters, collaborating with publishing houses, magazines, photographers and creative talents of all kinds. His interest in archives prompted him to set up a collective laboratory in which he researches different processes linked to video, film and photography.
Renan Camilo has a degree in Philology and Literature from the University of São Paulo (USP). He also studied Latin American literature, poetry and theatre at the University of Córdoba, Argentina. He has a diploma in Audiovisual Ideation and Creation from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB) and trained at Casa del Cine, also in Barcelona, focusing on Film Criticism and Film Project Development. He has collaborated with l’Alternativa, an independent film festival held in Barcelona, and sat on the Youth Jury at the Amerciana Festival. As a critic, he has worked as a correspondent for the website Otros Cines Europa at the Las Palmas International Film Festival on Gran Canaria, and as a chronicler at Americana, writing about independent cinema. As a director, scriptwriter and producer, his works include 'Metamorphose', a video-dance project produced in Catalonia, and the experimental short 'Já não se trata de pintar as coisas definidas', filmed in Brazil.
Born in 1995, in Budapest, Hungary, Simon started to study film theory in 2015. With vast enthusiasm, he discovered the world of film curatorship early during his studies and moved to Vienna to learn more about this praxis in the Österreichisches Filmmuseum and at the Viennale. Having been irreversibly liberated from both the dry scholarliness and primitivism of everyday film criticism that jointly dominated Hungary, he finally found the terms and examples to put into words his approach to programming, selection and curatorship. When coming back to Budapest, he started to organize screenings and held lectures in art galleries, projecting films that have not reached Hungary before. In 2019, he organized the first ever film series of the Jewish Museum of Budapest. A year-long series, it takes a comprehensive look at stereotypes associated with Jews, through a diverse selection of films.
Born in Porto (Portugal) in 1994, Tomás Paula Marques studied Directing in Lisbon Theatre and Film School. Their first short film SEM ARMAS (2016) premiered in IndieLisboa and their graduation film EM CASO DE FOGO (2019) has been travelling internationally, having won the Orona Prize in San Sebastián International Film Festival. Since then, they postgraduated in Sociology and worked in editing with directors like João Pedro Rodrigues, Cristiana Cruz Forte and Daniel Veloso. Paula Marques is currently finishing their last short film CABRA CEGA
Valentina Pelayo was born in 1992 in Mexico and moved to California at age nine. She trained in the visual arts, film, and philosophy. She often deals in her work with political and social issues focusing on the philosophical notions of space, language, identity, and memory. Her works mix her personal and imaginary reflections, resting on a film essay and documentary approach. She holds an MA in Cultural Theory from Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, and has been accepted on a full scholarship as a candidate for a Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree, DocNomads, in documentary filmmaking. She began her studies at the L.A. County High School for the Arts, continuing on later at Central Saint Martins College of Art, Art Center College, and the California Institute of the Arts. At CalArts she made multimedia installations and short experimental exercises leading to Puntos de Reencuentro (2016), the film essay with which she concluded her B.F.A in the film and video programme. The project received a partial grant from the institute’s film and provost funds, was selected for its showcase at the Roy and Edna Disney / CalArts Theatre (REDCAT), and was subsequently screening at the Morelia International Film Festival, U.N.A.M International Film Festival and the Institute of Mexico in Spain, was included as one of the 20 real promises of Latin American cinema in the 2018 Malaga Film Festival, and selected by the Mostra de Cinema da América Latina in Portugal.
After graduating in Political Science from the University of Colombia, Valery Rojas has worked in the research, management and development of cultural projects in both the public and private spheres. In 2010 she moved to Berlin where she worked in the production and press section of film festivals such as Lakino and the Colombian Film Festival in Berlin's Panorama Colombia. In 2014 she founded Kunstrial e.V., a platform which fosters dialogue between projects, artist initiatives, communities and non-for-profit organisations in Latin America and Europe. Since 2016 she has co-directed the KannibalFest International Short Film Festival in Berlin, a circuit of independent audiovisual and film contents which celebrated its fifth anniversary in 2020.
Vicente Del Pedregal was born in Concepción (Chile) in 1991. In 2017, he graduated in Audiovisual Film and Television Production from the University of Chile's Institute of Communication and Image, carrying out work experience at the Trento Film Festival 66° and Cinema Ritrovato 31°, where he now works. He participated as a jury member at the Santiago International Film Festival. He is interested in non-fictional and experimental film and graduated with the project 'El Cielo Está Rojo', which won the Chile Audiovisual Promotional Fund Prize awarded by the Chilean Government. Based in Turin (Italy), he currently works for the 'War of Imagination' project which focuses on the artistic occupation of a former royal stables building located in the centre of the city.
Born to an Afghan father and a French-Swiss mother, Zahra Vargas (*1980, currently resident in Vevey, Switzerland) earned a Bachelor's degree in film from the HEAD Cinéma du réel - Haute école d'art et design in Geneva and also has a diploma in Film Photography Directing from the SICA (Argentinian Film Industry Trade Union) in Buenos Aires. From 2007 to 2011 she lived in Argentina and then Chile, where she set up an audiovisual studio called Kairos Studio, which produced works in various different fields such as sustainable development, architecture and anthropology (http://kairosworks.net). In 2010 she presented a video installation entitled 'Disconformidad / Disagreement' at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Santiago de Chile, and in 2014 she participated in a workshop in Nara with Naomi Kawase and directed 'Ame no ukihashi' (Floating Bridge of Hea¬ven). Her graduation film ‘La Fin d’Homère’ (Homer, a hunter's fate) was made with the collaboration of hunters from the Valais region. In 2015 she was selected by several international festivals such as Indielisboa, Entrevues de Belfort, Kurzfilmtage in Winterthur and the Clermont-Ferrand short film festival. In 2016 she featured in the Berlin Critics Weeks and the Munich Dokfest (winning the Megaherz Film School Award). In 2019 she spent four months in Buenos Aires shooting the feature film 'Azor' (CH/FR/ARG) by her colleague Andreas Fontana. She is currently working on developing her first feature film, entitled 'La Turba'.