Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
Filmmaker, teacher and film curator. Doctor of Humanities (Extraordinary Doctoral Award) from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, graduate in Communication from the University of Navarra and in Film Directing from the ECAM (the Madrid Film School). Together with Sergio Oksman, he made Goodbye, America (2007), Notes on the Other (2009), A Story for the Modlins (2012) and O futebol (2015). Visiting Scholar at the Cambridge University Department of Slavonic Studies, he edited the publications Ver sin Vertov. (1955-2005) Cincuenta años de no ficción en Rusia y la URSS; Ermanno Olmi. Siete encuentros y otros instantes; El hombre sin la cámara / The Man Without the Movie Camera. El cine de Alan Berliner / The Cinema of Alan Berliner and, more recently, Las formas de la Estalgia (cubana) and Mi abuelo murió leyendo a Pushkin (Antología de escritores cubanos post soviéticos). He founded the Punto de Vista Festival in Navarra and was its director until 2009. He is head of the documentary cinema speciality at the ECAM. Since 2017, he has been directing the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, the new study centre on film archiving, curatorship and creation in San Sebastian.
Director of the Basque Film Archive since December 2010 and member of the San Sebastian International Film Festival Management Committee since January 2011. He is a Lecturer, on leave of absence, at the University of Nantes, specialising in Contemporary History and Film History. He received his doctorate degree from the University of Zaragoza and the University of Nantes with a jointly-supervised doctoral thesis entitled Film and Civil War in the Basque Country (1936-2006). Since 2001, he has been a member of the Management Committee of the Festival du Cinéma Espagnol in Nantes. He co-directed, with Marta Horno, the documentary A las puertas de París (2008). He has written numerous articles on contemporary history in the Basque Country and film and has co-ordinated the following books: Federico Fellini (with Jesús Angulo), Cine y Guerra Civil en el País Vasco (with Santiago de Pablo), Conservación audiovisual en la era digital (with Alfonso del Amo), De Lumière a Kaurismäki. La clase obrera en el cine (with Carlos F. Heredero). He is also the editor of Cine vasco: tres generaciones de cineastas and wrote the book Euskal Zinema-Cine Vasco-Basque Cinema. He collaborated in setting the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola film school in motion and is a member of its Academic Directorate.
Festival de San Sebastián
Deputy Director of the San Sebastian Festival since 2016. Graduate in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Navarra (Pamplona) 2002-2005. Doctor in Film Theory, Analysis and Documentation (doctoral thesis Between Antonio and Antxon Eceiza. Cinema and politics) from the Public University of the Basque Country, Leioa, 2006-2010. She collaborated in setting the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola film school in motion and is a member of its Academic Directorate. She was a lecturer in communication at the HUHEZI faculty of Mondragon University. She collaborated with the electronic magazine Pausa and participated in the book Antxon Eceiza, cine existencialismo y dialéctica (Jesús Angulo, Maialen Beloki, José Luis Rebordinos, Antonio Santamarina, Filmoteca Vasca, 2010). She participated in the short film selection Kimuak, the Basque government programme for the international promotion and distribution of Basque short films (2012, 2013) and was formerly a member of the Basque Government Council on Culture.
Clara Montero is the director of the Tabakalera cultural programme. Between 2008 and 2011 she worked at the centre as activities coordinator, where she was mainly in charge of contemporary art and audiovisuals. Between 2013 and 2016, she was head of the Basque Government's Department for the Promotion of Culture, before becoming director of Development and Research at the Galerie Gmurzynska art gallery, based in Zurich and New York. She was also responsible for cultural programming at the Azkuna Zentroa in Bilbao between 2016 and 2018.