Iruñea, 1998. Arte graduduna UPV/EHUn. Zinema_Ilegala-ren XI. edizioaren koordinatzailea, Akane Saraivarekin batera, Bulegoa Z/B-n. 2019an, Eusko Ikaskuntza-Laboral Kutxa Gazte Saria jaso zuen INpostuRA izeneko bere proiektuagatik.
Born in 1991, in Brasília. After earning a degree in Audiovisual Studies, she completed an MA in Contemporary Artistic Processes at the Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro with the support of a FAPERJ Nota 10 scholarship. For the past few years, her practice and research have centred around experimental processes, old and new archives, self-portraiture and politics in image production, especially in the Brazilian contemporary cinema context. Her most recent films were selected by the 30th Cinélatino Rencontres in Toulouse, the 21st Luso-Brasileiro Film Festival and the 51th Festival de Brasília do Cinema Brasileiro, among others. Her video art project 'it's been a really sad day' (2018) formed part of the Besides the Screen Conference programme. Her first feature-length film in development was selected for ARCHÉ at Porto/Post/Doc in 2020. As a film editor and screenwriter working in collaboration with other artists, some of the works in which she has been involved have won awards from ABRACCINE (the Brazilian Association of Film Critics) and have been screened as part of the main competition at Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes and the Museu de Arte do Rio - MAR. She has also been coeditor of the film journal Verberenas since 2015 and has worked as a curator for related screening projects.
Environmentalist, videographer and feminist hacker. Filmmaker and researcher working always from a gender perspective, her work includes national and regional campaigns against femicide, in favour of sexual and reproduction rights and against gender-based violence. She is working to build a feminist Internet based on digital rights. She is the visual director and creator of LÚBRICAS, a post-porn short film included in the official selection of La Muestra Marrana (Quito, 2016), the Hack Porn Festival (Rome, 2018) and El Lugar Sin Límites LGBTIQ Film Festival (Ecuador, 2019). She has worked as a filmmaker and director of the music videos by Lucha Eterna and Circo de Amor, collaborating with many feminist hip-hop artists. During the lockdown triggered by the health crisis in Ecuador, she made the web series #LaOtraPandemia (2020) and is the programmer for the Equis Feminist Film Festival.
Documentary filmmaker, film programmer, cultural manager, art educator, writer and anthropologist by training, in recent years, his work has dealt with issues and practices related to cinema and education, documentary, cultural policies and the imaginary of the future. From January 2019 to March 2021, he was cabinet advisor to the Municipal Secretary of Culture in Belo Horizonte / Brazil, and was responsible for conceptualising and coordinating the Municipal Audiovisual Development Programme, BH nas Telas. He is the founder of the cinefronteira collective, for which he organised and programmed 4 film festivals, in addition to several other film club sessions, having also participated in curatorships for other initiatives. In 2017, he sat on the Youth Jury of the Tiradentes Festival (Brazil) and the Critics Jury of the Ver e Fazer Filmes Festival (Brazil). In 2018, he published the booklet Commons: do it yourself in film club (Editora AIC). Also, the films made in his workshops, mostly with young people in situations of social vulnerability, have been shown at important festivals in Brazil, such as the Rio Festival and the Belo Horizonte Documentary and Ethnographic Film Festival (forumdoc.bh). He has published texts and plays in leading collections, such as Iberoamerican confinement-confinement (Editora CBP Galpão). He is also a documentary filmmaker and is currently in the midst of producing his first feature film, which won the best screenplay prize awarded by the Aldir Blanc MG Fund.
Avery Duncan is a director currently based out of New York City. He studied Film at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2018. He has written and directed two short films: 'A Boy in Men’s Clothing' (2018), and his most recent work, 'Gabriel, No' (2021), which is currently in post-production. Avery is one-third of the filmmaking collective Larua Group, consisting of directors united in the pursuit of alternative, self-sustaining production models for narrative cinema. The collective features a rotating means of independent productions, often utilising the same core actors and crew members from film to film.
Born in Santiago in 1989, she studied Film at the Chile Film School, specialising in Art Direction (2012). She was awarded a grant for a Documentary Film Stage at La Fémis-France, where she made her first short documentary, 'Collage' (2011) and earned a Bachelor's degree in Film from the University-Academy of Christian Humanism (2014). After graduating, she worked as an independent art director in different video clips and films, including a short science fiction film called 'VIDA'. Since 2016, she has worked as a producer, director and editor at her own independent production firm, Caudal Films, where she has made documentaries about music, including 'Sesiones Cima' about the history of electronic music, which was selected by the Work in Progress section of the In Edit Festival in Santiago de Chile, and 'Sesiones Thelonious', a television series about jazz. She is currently involved in an audiovisual digital archive project about Chilean jazz.
Camila completed the Cinema/Imagine in Motion Course (2015) and the Advanced Course in Visual Arts (2017) at Ar.Co. In 2018, she was invited to teach the Super 8 lab at Ar.Co, an invitation that led her to train at the independent lab L'Abominable, in Paris. That same year, she started a post-graduate degree in Fiction Writing at Universidade Lusófona e Lisboa. She directs, produces and acts in films, some of which have featured in national film festivals ('Cacti and Other Plants', Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival, 2018; 'Spring', FEST in 2018; 'Selvajaria', Indie Lisboa International Film Festival, 2020 and Caminhos do Cinema Português National Film Festival, 2020). In 2020 she was one of the winners of the OUT.RA Creation Grant with the film project 'Infertile Ground', a narrative about the industrial past of the south bank of the Tagus River. That same year she was invited to be part of the jury at the Entre - Olhares Film Festival. She lives in Barreiro, where, together with Margarida Albino, she runs an analogue lab, 'Lab Espiral', at ADAO-Associação Desenvolvimento Artes e Ofícios.
Catalina Altuna began her studies in the field of Fine Art and Photography. She discovered the world of the moving image while working as a film projectionist, thanks to her daily activities with 35mm films. She went on to study Film at the CIEVYC school in Buenos Aires, specialising in Cinematography. At the same time, she attended the yearly course in Cinematography run by the SICA (Argentinian Film Industry Union). She has worked in the production and management departments of the Buenos Aires International Festival of Human Rights and the Buenos Aires International Festival of Environmental Cinema, both of which are organised by the DerHumALC Multimedia Institute, where she also worked as a programmer for different national and international shows and travelling exhibitions. Her graduation project, the short film 'Las Cartas de mi Padre', won the audience award for best short film in the Shorts & Shots section of the 28th FCM-PNR International Film Festival in Madrid. The film was also short-listed for the Lens Grants in 2019, enabling Altuna to complete a Master's degree in Film Editing (FRAME). This led to her latest short film, 'Unheimlich', shot in 16 mm.
Madrid, 1999. I am a 4th year undergraduate studying Audiovisual Communication at Carlos III University in Madrid, where my focus in the world of film has shifted more and more towards less conventional viewpoints and perspectives. I am currently working as a production intern at Isla Audiovisual and my graduation project focuses on a documentary on Saharan refugee camps using archive material, with the aim of creating a political discourse through the act of 'giving voice'.
Claudia Zegarra was born in Lima, Peru. She has a Master's in Creative Documentary Making from the UAB, a Master's in Cultural Management from the International University of Catalonia and a Bachelor's in Communication from the University of Lima. She also studied History and Film Analysis at La Casa del Cine in Barcelona. Her short film 'Cabeza de Orquídea', a video diary that explores obstacles and expectations linked to female sexuality, was screened at several international festivals. She has collaborated in the assessment of audiovisual projects for mentoring programmes and has worked for the communications department at L’Alternativa Independent Film Festival in Barcelona. She is currently co-producing 'The Return of the Tusan', a documentary feature film about memory and identity.
Barcelona, 1997. Cristina Neira graduated from the ESCAC in 2019 with a degree in Film and Audiovisual Media, specialising in cinematography. Since then, she has worked as a lighting designer in fiction, videoart, advertising and editorial productions and helped establish the contemporary art gallery Art Enllà. At the same time, she has indulged her passion for studying and exploring the many possibilities of film vision and experimentation. Her attention is currently focused on ideas of plurality, how we can reinterpret notions of memory-oblivion and how this binomial interferes with the construction of our personal identity.
Born in Santander in 1995, Cristina Somavilla has a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Navarre. She also has a Master's in Museum Curating Studies from the same university. She has a diploma in Editorial Art Direction from the Carlos III University in Madrid. She is currently an intern curator at the Fluent Cultural Institution, which focuses on film research as ecology and as a field that studies the relationships between creator/spectator and the world which surrounds them. She has worked as an assistant curator in exhibitions such as 'Contactos' by the filmmaker Paulino Viota, and 'Sow ideals and harvest hybrids' with the Czech artist Anna Hulacova. She is interested in exploring discourses and analysing narratives as living organisms.
Diana Castro is a film producer, filmmaker and cultural manager. Her activities focus mainly on the development, production and distribution of independent fiction films, documentaries and experimental projects. She also manages training workshops, film and performing arts festivals, discussion groups and gatherings. Most of her projects have been funded by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture. Her most prominent films include: 'Círculo de tiza', 'Miss Amazonas', 'El pecado social', 'Las cautivas', 'Babosa fenomenal' and 'Variaciones de una independencia', among others. She has been head of production for over 10 feature films and has been a field producer for many international documentaries and advertising projects. She is the founder of the International Film Festival Transcinema, and co-manager of the Independent Cinema El galpón. Transcinema. She is currently engaged in the pre-production of Miradas Andinas, a Co-production Platform based in the Andes. In 2019 she ran the workshop 'Documental de creación' at EICTV (International Film and TV School, Cuba) and was selected for the Talent Campus of the Buenos Aires Film Festival.
Elena Gosálbez Tomé (Málaga, 1997) graduated in Cultural Management from the University of Cordoba (2020), specialising in the creation and facilitation of cultural programmes. Throughout her academic career she has been involved in a number of different cultural projects, and during the course of her studies, her interest in film has gradually focused in on cultural film management. Her graduation project explored the life and work of the director Edgar Neville: 'Edgar Neville, una vida en un hilo'. She participated as a production and communications aid in the 10th Festikale Arts Fair in the Rural World. She is interested in the audiovisual world, specifically in the programming and screening of film events.
Eloísa Suárez López-Zuriaga began working in the field of programming and cultural management, organising the screening of German short films at SHORT SHOTS in Madrid while studying Politics at the Complutense University. She later moved to Berlin where she worked in the credentials department of the Berlinale, while attending a course in curating at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). She also managed the F40 art time space and programmed the sections dedicated to Argentina and Mexico at the Berlin Spanish Film Festival. From there, she moved to Mexico to work at the Goethe-Institut in Mexico City, where she managed the film and music projects of the Año Dual Alemania-México 2016- 17. While there, she also designed an introductory seminar to avant-garde German film, which she ran at different festivals, film club networks and cultural centres all over the country, as well as at La Casa del Cine in Costa Rica. During the Año Dual she collaborated with some of the most prominent Mexican festivals, organising film seasons such as the Berlinale Spotlight at the Morelia Festival, an exhaustive retrospective focusing on Angela Schanelec at FICUNAM, the animaentary programme at DOKLeipzig with Animasivo and Germany as the spotlight country at FICG, among others. She also programmed weekly film club meetings at the headquarters of the Goethe-Institut and compiled a season of 50 films to commemorate the 50th anniversary of that same institute in Mexico. She was responsible for managing the film archives and nurturing the network of film clubs, universities and cultural centres that regularly screen German films. She also programmed and produced the German Film Week from 2014 to 2017, organising collaborative initiatives with groups such as Sonido Gallo Negro, Cinema Domingo Orchestra and Cabezas de Cera to set several classic German films to music. She later became the Director of the Alternative Exhibition Network (cultural centres and Lighthouses) at PROCINE, designing Mexican film seasons and coordinating several premières. Since April 2018, she has been working at the film and music programming department of the Goethe-Institut in Madrid, collaborating with film festivals such as Punto de Vista, Filmadrid, Play-Doc, SEFF, FCAT and RIZOMA, and cultural centres such as La Casa Encendida, CBA and Tabakalera. She is also involved in the Campus Latino project, which runs year-long workshops for developing documentary projects from Latin America and Spain. She also contributed to the following publications: 'The New American Cinema Group' by Filmadrid, 'Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Amor y Rabia' in the Nosferatu Collection and 'Ute Aurand, Helga Fanderl, Jeannette Muñoz, Renate Sami' by Punto de Vista.
Uruapan, Mexico, 1983. Ernesto Martínez Bucio has degrees in Communication and Cinematography from (respectively) ITESO, the Jesuit University of Guadalajara and the Cinematographic Training Centre. He has worked as an editor for Netflix and Fox Latam. He recently edited the film 'Blanco de Verano' by Rodrigo Ruiz Patterson, which premièred in the Official Selection at Sundance 2020. As a filmmaker, his short and medium-length films have been screened at major international festivals, including the Cannes, Rotterdam, San Sebastián (International Film Students Gathering), Huesca, Morelia and Cairo Festivals. He has twice been awarded a grant by the National Fund for Culture and the Arts and is an alumni of Berlinale Talents.
Born in 1998 in Lisbon, Portugal, Francisco Borges completed his degree in Cinema, specialising in Cinematography at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema, Amadora, Portugal. He has worked in the field of Cinematography and is currently working on a project in 16mm - from development to projecting – exploring the essence of celluloid.
Francisco Chiapparo (1986, Argentina) holds a degree in Image and Sound Design from the University of Buenos Aires. In 2018, he attended the Film Programme of the Torcuato Di Tella University, participating in workshops and seminars with Pedro Costa, Marta Andreu, Jonás Trueba, Santiago Loza and Gabriel Medina, among others. In 2021 he was selected to participate in Berlinale Talents Buenos Aires. He directed the short films 'De día la noche' (17th BAFICI, 2015), 'Motocross' (32nd Mar del Plata International Film Festival, 2017), 'Irreconciliable' (34th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, 2019) and 'Son ellas' (Radar Cine, Recoleta Cultural Centre, 2017). He currently lectures at the University of Buenos Aires and works as a director, scriptwriter and animator in film, television and theatre projects, as well as those based on other platforms.
Hikaru Ugawaga was born in 1996 in Hiroshima, Japan. He graduated in Foreign Studies from Sophia University in Tokyo, specialising in Western Art History. He later studied for a year at the University of Jaén. His graduation project was a theoretical essay based on the book '¿Qué es el cine?' by André Bazin. His short film 'A Portrait of the Young Man as a Young Man' was chosen for a grant from among over 430 applicants, allowing Ugawaga to move to Madrid to study a Master's in Digital Film Directing and Production at EFTI.
Inés Calero was born in Alcoi, in 1993. She trained as a journalist and later earned a Master's in Documentary Making and Transmedia Reporting from Carlos III University in Madrid. She is the co-director, scriptwriter and editor of 'Mi piel arena' (2018), which was screened at several festivals, including the British Film Institute Future Film Festival and the Inshort Film Festival. She has worked as an editor, script assistant and camera operator and has made several videos for exhibitions, the most recent at IVAM with the Cineporvenir group. She co-directs, writes and hosts Docs&Talks, a podcast specialising in non-fiction cinema.
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Barcelona 1995. Joan Pàmies Lluís graduated in documentary directing from the ESCAC in 2017, and in 2019 attended a workshop with Lav Diaz at EICTV, where he made a short film called 'Blockbuster where a giant Monster destroys a town' that was later screened at l’Alternativa Festival in Barcelona, among others. After collaborating as a scriptwriter on the short film 'Adalamadrina' (which was screened at the Sundance Film Festival in 2019, among others), he is currently a scriptwriter on a feature film for the production company LaZona, while at the same time working on his own projects.
Karla Crnčević nació en 1989. Es dramaturga y trabajadora cinematográfica explorando la política de imágenes y sonido a través de diversos formatos y condiciones de trabajo. Sus obras de vídeo han sido exhibidas en Croacia, Serbia, Eslovenia, Lituania, Malta y los Países Bajos. Es miembro de Un-war Space Lab, fundado por la arquitecta Armina Pilav. Sus ensayos sobre el cine y las condiciones de trabajo en la industria cinematográfica se han publicado en diferentes portales web y revistas. Terminado el taller, trabajó con la asociación Klubvizija en una película de 16 mm sobre el agua. En colaboración con Kinoklub Zagreb está trabajando en una película con material de archivo. Ella es parte del equipo de Film mutations: Festival of invisible cinema de Zagreb y una de las fundadoras del festival Unseen, que se ocupa de la revitalización del cine y otros espacios públicos en la región sur de Croacia, cerca de la frontera con Montenegro. Es miembro de la iniciativa ZA KRUH que se dedica a la cuestión de los derechos de los trabajadores y de la plataforma SLOGA que ayuda a la región destruida por el terremoto en Banija (Croacia) en 2020. Actualmente está trabajando en su primer documental largo Lines of retreat, explorando la vida de la comunidad femenina Witches of Brač (Brujas de Brač) en la isla de Brač, Croacia.
Interested in drawing and painting from an early age, Laura Ibañez began studying at the Artestudio academy, before starting a degree course in Fine Art at the University of the Basque Country (EHU/UPV) in 2010. After graduating, she decided to explore the world of engraving and silkscreen printing, completing internships in several studios in Madrid. During this time, she also developed a keen interest in animation. Self-taught in this field, in 2015 she moved to Belgium to study a Master's in Animation Film at the Ghent School of Art (KASK). Soon after graduating, she launched her career in this new world with a project called LOVE STORY, which was screened at several different festivals (Athens Animfest, Animocje, Fete de l’anim and Reanima). She currently lives in the north of Burgos, working on a new animation project and constantly on the lookout for new initiatives and collaborations. Her work has always been based on her observation of the world around her, along with her keen interest in spaces, how we inhabit them, intimacy, time and memory.
I graduated in Art History from the University of Barcelona and hold a degree in the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Assets from the ESCRBC in Catalonia, specialising in graphic documents. Early on, I developed a strong passion for research in the field of conservation, which prompted me to focus my graduation project on the processes and causes of the degradation of photographic copies attacked by micro-organisms, and their recovery and restoration through different treatments. I have worked for several different public institutions and private workshops, completing assignments linked to the digitisation, research, cataloguing and preventive conservation of photographic heritage. I have also worked as a guide in several exhibitions focusing on photography and film directors such as Albert Serra, Alexander Kluge and Robert Cahen. As a conservator-restorer I have worked in both Spain and Italy restoring papyrus, books, graphic works and archive documents, and am currently collaborating with the Zinemaldia 70: all possible histories project.
Luis Gisbert (Cartagena, 2000). In 2018, Luis Gisbert enrolled in the ECAM (Film and Audiovisual School in the Autonomous Community of Madrid) and later specialised in Documentary Film. His initial works focused mainly on ethnographic and experimental film. Over recent years, he has become interested in digital collage, working and learning autonomously in this field. He has sat on the youth jury of festivals such as Punto de Vista.
Ispaster, 1994. Malen Nicholson graduated in Social Anthropology from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2017. Her graduation project was a piece of visual research based on fieldwork carried out in Cape Verde. During the 2018-2019 academic year, she earned a Master's in Visual Anthropology from Goldsmiths University in London. While there, she made the short film 'Don’t Film Me, Film The Goats'. Throughout the course of her career, she has completed several courses linked to the theatre, such as the theatre of the oppressed, clown theatre and physical theatre. Her latest experience with film was when she worked as a recording assistant on the documentary 'Amores Transhumantes', by the filmmaker Iban Ayesta Aldanondo.
Margaux Chalançon (born in Paris) obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Film (with an emphasis on film studies and visual anthropology) from Boston University. She moved to Lebanon in 2016, where she worked as a post-producer at Lucid Post. In this position, she helped bring to life a series of internationally-acclaimed projects and digitised visual archives by renowned Lebanese filmmakers and photographers, including Mai Masri, Jocelyne Saab and Fouad El Khoury. Her work on archives fostered a strong interest in audiovisual preservation and film restoration. She is also an audiovisual artist. Of Mediterranean descent, she has placed the region at the heart of her work, using analogue photography and video. Her project 'Zoubeyda’s World' was exhibited at the P21 Gallery in London in 2018.
Artist and film director, Maria Corriàs studied interior design at the Massana School, where she developed a personal interest and a unique approach to staging and set design. In 2017, she completed her graduation project, entitled 'Jesús de Nazaret: espacios de un proyecto fílmico', in which she studied the never made feature film proposed by C.T. Dreyer and suggested a series of spaces for its theoretical completion. In 2019, she earned a Master's in Art Direction at ESCAC, collaborating as art director in several short films, some of which have been screened at festivals. Her interest in filmmaking prompted her to begin writing her own stories and her short film script 'Quan soparem ja s’haurà fet tard' was short-listed (from among over 60 candidates) for the third edition of Acció Curts, an advice, training and pitching initiative which aims to give voice to new filmmakers. Since then, she has collaborated with the Dones Visuals Association, a group of over 400 professional women from all areas of the film industry which aims to redress the existing situation of gender inequality in the audiovisual field. Since the end of 2020, she has been a member of the Acció Estudi Commission, where she works to promote the ongoing study of women's situation in the audiovisual industry in order to establish strategies for change. In September 2020, she was awarded a scholarship to study a Master's in Film Directing at ESCAC, where she is currently continuing her training as a filmmaker.
Maria Patrão was born in Lisbon (1998) and studied Photography at the António Arroio Art School. She later graduated in Cinema, specialising in editing, from the Lisbon Theatre and Film School, and over the last three years has signed films as an editor and director, beginning to develop work on memory and archives. Over this last year, she has been engaged in a research project based on slides that were found in the Film School Archives – the remains of 'Jaime' (1974), by António Reis, which were projected in his classes. She also participated in the book 'Descasco as Imagens e Entrego-as na Boca – Lições António Reis', writing the chapter 'Continuação', and has directed a film essay entitled 'Meia-Luz' (2020). Her interest in archive and film prompted her to complete an internship at the Identification Department of ANIM – the National Archive of Moving Images, where she worked with 16mm and 35mm copies of Czechoslovakian propaganda films from the 70s and 80s. She is currently working with the Centro de Arte Oliva on an exhibition about Jaime Fernandes - 'Vi uma cadela minha com lobos' - scheduled to open in May 2021.
Born in Sonseca, Toleda (1992), Miguel Rojas later moved to Barcelona to study Audiovisual Communication at the Universitat de Barcelona. Over the years, he has directed several of his own films, collaborating with many other visual and plastic artists (Rafa Castells, Stanley Sunday, María Prats, Enguany and Coagul, among others). He worked as an assistant director for the company Canada in two video clips: one by Fangoria and the other by Elsa de Alfonso y Los Prestigio. His films include 'Las inquietudes de Blanca María' and 'Corte Moderno', both of which were screened at the Hangar Foundation (2013) and later at the Zumzeig Cinema (2019). Some of his latest audiovisual projects have been produced by Terranova, an artistic and visual publishing firm located in Barcelona: 'La Alegría de Vivir', screened at the D’A Film Festival Barcelona (2019); 'La Travesía', screened at the Cinespaña Festival in Toulouse and D’A (2020), and 'El Arte de Danzar Sobre el Abismo', screened during a Xcentric session. Over recent years he has directed video clips for different independent music labels such as Sonido Muchacho and Elefant Records, working with bands from both Spain and abroad.
Mikele Landa Eiguren was born in Bilbao in 1995. He studied Audiovisual Communication at the University of the Basque Country and the Film Faculty of Karlstad University in Sweden. He later specialised in creative documentary making, experimental cinema and videoart at TAI University in Madrid. His graduation project for his Master's degree, which was entitled 'Heldu', was featured in the Zinebi International Film Festival in Bilbao (2018) and won the prize for best director at Euskal Zine Bilera (2019). Since then, Mikele Landa has developed several audiovisual projects in collaboration with different associations, including the film 'Mali 10 urtetan', which he shot, produced and directed with OSAlDE in Mali. Dance and literature also play a key role in his creative process, as evident in the artistic proposals he made as a member of the literary band ITU and the video-dance and staging works carried out in collaboration with various choreographers. He currently combines his creative activities with his job as a news journalist for EITB.
Lima, 1998. After completing the first two years of a degree in Communication at the University of Lima, Milagros Valerio transferred to Carlos III University in Madrid to continue her studies there. She is currently on the verge of completing her degree in Audiovisual Communication at said university, specialising in film and communication, culture and the audiovisual industry. During her time in Madrid, she has worked as an intern at the UC3M Journalism and Audiovisual Communication Laboratory, and has collaborated at the 2019 and 2020 LESGAICINEMAD Film Festivals as a volunteer and member of the viewing committee. She has directed two short films and has recently created a cultural blog on Instagram entitled 'Espacio en off', through which she aims to engage in dialogue about artistic proposals which, despite their relevance, often go unnoticed.
Nicolás Auger Núñez was born in Barcelona in 1996. In 2019 he graduated in English Philology from the Faculty of Philology and Communication (UB), having translated William Blake's Songs of Experience into Spanish as his graduation project. A daily visitor to the Catalonia Film Archives, in 2020 he joined the institution as a translator and subtitler. He is a member of the La Perversa photographic laboratory in Nau Bòstik, where he develops and prints his work. A fervent music lover, since 2020 he has sung as a baritone with the Philology Choir at the University of Barcelona.
Nicolás Molina (1985) studied Audiovisual Directing at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. He directed the short films 'El Jabalí', 2007 (screened at the Valdivia and Viña del Mar International Film Festivals) and 'El Atleta', 2010 (screened at the Valdivia International Film Festival and SANFIC). In 2013 he directed the documentary TV show '¡Chile Suena!', which won the CNTV 2011 grant and was broadcast in Chile on TVN. In July 2014, he premièred his first documentary feature film, 'Los Castores' (winner of the Chile Audiovisual Fund in 2013), at the Sheffield Doc/Fest in the UK. That same year, the documentary also premièred in Chile, at the Valdivia Film Festival, where it won the prize for best national feature film, and at the Cine B Festival, where it won best director of photography and best director. In 2018, he premièred his second documentary feature, 'Flow', at the Official Competition of the Sheffield Doc/Fest (UK). The work won Best National Film at both SANFIC and Docs Barcelona Valparaíso and was screened at (among others) FIC Guadalajara and Docs Barcelona. His third film, 'Gaucho Americano', is due to première at the Official Competition of the 2021 Hot Docs Festival. He is currently working on the post-production of his fourth documentary, 'Pirópolis', while at the same time developing his first fiction feature, 'Harmattan'.
Mexico City, 1995. After receiving practical film training in Nantes, Renata Arcos graduated in Arts and Humanities from Paris 7 (Paris Diderot University), before going on to earn a Master's in History and Film from l’École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, with a theoretical project about the film 'Ta’ang de Wang Bing'. While studying, she also worked as director of photography for four independent feature films: 'Salón de Belleza' (2013, Marío Bellatín); 'L’affaire Bajazet' (2017), 'Penthésilée' (2019) and 'Salomé' (2020, Simón Gaillot).
Born in Quito, Ecuador, in 1994, Ricardo Ruales graduated in Film and Performing Arts from UDLA, where he also completed internships at the EDOC (Encuentro del otro cine) International Documentary Film Festival as a venues and production assistant, and at the Quito International Film Festival (FICQ), working in the department of programming and venues, and as an assistant in the department of casting and extras. Later on, he also worked on the national première of the feature film 'Alba', Ana Cristina Barragán's début work. A documentary maker and scriptwriter, he is also a founding member of the production company Incubadora, and in 2014 made his first documentary short entitled 'El silencio del Tiempo', which participated in various international festivals (USA, Italy and Malta). In 2019, he made his first full-length documentary, 'Rotacismo' (an Ecuador- Italy -INCUBADORA/Small Boss co-production), which was screened at the ChileDoc Conecta documentary market (2019) and the REDEDOC (Ecuador, 2020), LABEX (Argentina, 2020) and SANFIC Industria (Chile, 2021) laboratories and won the Nacional Fondo award for best Film in Development in 2020.
Rocío Ortega Armijo (1997) was born in Chile and studied at the Chile Film School, where she made the documentary 'Le pendu' and the short film 'Trazos de penumbra', working as both director and editor. She also participated as editor in various other short films at the same school. In 2018, she moved to Barcelona where she studied a Master's in Film Editing at the Barcelona Film School (ECIB), working as editor on the short film 'Els Teus Ulls' and as assistant editor on the documentary 'El Segundo Baile'. She is currently working independently on different types of experimental short films, exploring different digital and analogue formats.
Rodrigo García was born in Madrid in 1997. He has a degree in Audiovisual Communication, specialising in Film, from Carlos III University in Madrid, spending his third year (2017) at the University of Calgary, where he worked at the university television station (NUTV), training in fields such as the theory of film and audiovisual essays. Upon his return, he completed a professional internship in the production department of the feature film 'El año de la furia', as well as in the cultural department of the EFE Agency. He is currently a member of the fourth edition of CineZeta, a group of young programmers working at Cineteca (Madrid).
Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil (1986). Rodrigo Sousa has a Bachelor's degree in Audiovisual Projection (UNIP), a postgraduate degree in Documentary Film (FGV) and Master's in Documentary Creation (EICTV-Cuba). He has made short films and video-poetry pieces that have been selected for several exhibitions. His first fictional feature, 'Um Salve Doutor', has been screened at several festivals, including the Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes and the Pachamama Festival - Brazil. He has participated in film festivals in Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico and Cuba. He lectures in Audiovisual Studies at the Jornalista Roberto Marinho Technical School (2011) and in Photographic Processes at the Technical School of Art (2019), and has collaborated with hundreds of short films and essays. He is a member of the APAN (Associação dos Profissionais do Audiovisual Negro), is Co-Founder of the Mundo em Foco Group (2004), Director of Super OFF – Festival Internacional de Cine Super 8 (2014), Co-Founder of the Experimental Film Lab La.birinto.Lab (2017) and Co-organiser of 1666 - Festival of 16mm (2019) and Postal - Mostra de Fotofilme, ViideoPoesia e VideoCarta (2020). He is currently making his first feature documentary 'Rastro', about the 1920s dance group 'Zumb’Boys'.
Born in Bahía Blanca, a city in the south of Argentina, Sofía Monardo graduated in Image and Sound Design from the National University of Buenos Aires. During her time at that institution, she directed two documentaries: 'Terrenal' (co-directed, 2017) and 'Capa Madre' (2019); the latter being an installation documentary. 'Terrenal' was awarded second prize for best short film at the 63 Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, and was chosen within the official selections of the Viennale, the Trento Film Festival and Uppsala, among others. 'Capa Madre' won first prize for best documentary at the BIENAL FADU, 2019. Monardo has worked as a producer on many audiovisual projects and publishes theoretical and critical texts about film with the Grupo Daria, an audiovisual group of which she is a member. For two years she formed part of the Chair in Analytical History of the Argentine and Latin American Media at the University of Buenos Aires. She is currently participating in two research projects at that same institution.
Valeria Alfaro was born in San José (Costa Rica) and earned a degree in Film and Television, specialising in production, from the Veritas University, with a graduation project entitled 'Cine de género, características y retos de su producción dentro del contexto costarricense' (Gendered cinema, characteristics and challenges for production in Costa Rica). While still at university, she was selected for the 'Encuentro Iberoamericano de Estudiantes de Cine', a film student encounter organised in Guatemala by the Ícaro Festival. She also participated in the production of various short films, as well as several web and television series. She has participated in many national projects, in both feature and series format, and is currently working on distributing the Nicaraguan-Costa Rican documentary feature 'Ernesto en la Tierra', which explores the life of the poet and his political and religious involvement in his Central American country. The short film she made as part of her thesis, 'Todas las Lunas', won the prize for best Costa Rican film at the Lúdico Festival in 2020, and premièred internationally at the Ícaro Festival in Guatemala that same year. Alfaro has taught creative writing workshops for adults at the Costa Rica National Library, thus supporting one of her main focuses of interest as a producer, namely that of fostering audiovisual culture in Central America. Her other main interests as a producer are linked to the creation of spaces and projects designed to involve vulnerable populations in audiovisual art.
Vilma Martins has a Master's in Film Analysis, Communication and Culture from the Federal University (UFBA) of Bahía, and is an audiovisual journalist, producer, scriptwriter and director. She is a member of APAN - the Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals. Works she has produced include: 'Sujeto objeto', 'La mujer del fin del mundo', 'Machete', the fifth episode of the web series 'Punho Negro' and the documentary 'Viva Nossa Voz' by Preta Portê Filmes and Canal Brasil. She attended the free Film Course run by the UFBA and recently completed a Self-referential Film Workshop at EICTV in Cuba. She also graduated as a scriptwriter from the Film and Thought Course run by the Afrocarioca Centre. Since 2017 she has been a member of the Sujeito Filmes and Ouriçado Produções groups, and won the video editing award for the public advert 'Mostra Audiovisual (Entre) Vivências Negras' at the Museu da Pessoa in 2020. She wrote and directed the short film '5 Fitas', which was screened at festivals both in Brazil and aboard, including the 13th Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival (LABRFF), the Mostra de Cinema de Tiradentes and the Toronto Black Film Festival. Her first feature-length script, 'Star Vídeo', was selected by Lei Aldir Blanc for development at the Jorge Portugal das Artes Award. Martins was a member of the jury at the 4th Mostra Lugar de Mulher é no cinema and was a producer at the 2nd Mostra Itinerante de Cinemas Negros Mahomed Bamba. She writes a column about Brazilian series for the website 'Serie a Serio' and has worked as a film curator for the CINEFONE Festival and as a scriptwriter at the 2021 Rota Festival.
Whitney Conti (US/UK b.1986) is a media artist and filmmaker based in London. She has an M.Sc. in Visual Anthropology from the University of Oxford (2012), where she worked on phenomenology in 3D imaging and sound, the history of ‘slutty’ type and the role of the media machine in cultural communication. Since then, she has been working on Birth of the Device & the Post Media Age, her own McLuhan styled survey of our early 21st century media context. Her creative studio, Spectacle Arts, is modelled after 1960s artist studios, such as E.A.T., Nam Jun Paik, Push Pin, Hipgnosis and the EAMES office, which work across commercial and experimental projects. She was the art director of the documentary 'Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn Copeland Story' (2020) which premièred at the Barbican (London) and MoMa PS1 (NY).
Xavier Montoriol has a degree in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Barcelona. His research focuses on representations of space in different art media and, prompted by his studies during his Master's in Comparative Studies in Literature, Art and Thinking (UPF), he explores the relationship between image and mystery in contemporary cinema. He also works to develop his ideas in the field of criticism, covering festivals such as the Berlinale and the Mostra di Venezia, and exploring the world of production by working with Lluís Miñarro and attending events such as the European Film Market. His interdisciplinary research feeds his unique style, which is rooted in literature but leans towards the audiovisual world. He is currently working on a fictional short film called 'L’arbre'.