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Special Guests from the Film Industry

Screenwriter
Mexico

Paz Alicia Garciadiego was born in Mexico. She has worked as a screenwriter and screenwriting consultant in multiple international productions. Her trademark use of language and the complex creation of characters, specially female characters, has brought her international acclaim. She has taught this skill in numerous workshops. Her features include La mujer del puerto (1991), Deep Crimson (1996), awarded the Golden Osella for Best Screenplay at Venice, No One Writes to the Coronel (1999), and The Ruination of Men (2000), winner of the Golden Seashell at San Sebastian.

Anna Serner is the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute since October 2011. She was also Managing Director of the Swedish Media Publishers' Association (Tidningsutgivarna) and CEO of the Advertising Association of Sweden (Reklamförbundet) from 1998-2006, where she was active in public debate on freedom of speech and the media's role in society. With a degree in law, Anna has a wide experience on various Swedish government commissions, including one on copyright law. The gender equality work carried out by the Swedish Film Institute has received considerable international attention and inspired similar organizations, such as the film institutes in Austria and Ireland, Telefilm Canada and the co-financing fund Eurimages, and generated significant press coverage.

Roundtable: Women’s role in a global world

An accomplished producer and media executive, Laura Michalchyshyn’s career in film and television spans over 25 years. Laura has just completed a half-hour comedy series, Crawford from director Mike Clattenburg as well as a Netflix documentary series, Bobby Kennedy for President, from director Dawn Porter. Both are set to air in 2018. In 2012 Michalchyshyn co-founded Sundance Productions with Robert Redford. Prior to forming Sundance Productions, Michalchyshyn led cable channels including Sundance Channel, Discovery’s Planet Green, Showcase and IFC Canada. She recently produced The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem, a digital series with Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions and a one hour documentary special, Isabella Rossellini’s Green Porno Live. Her awards include two Emmys, a GLAAD and a Peabody.

Films

Laura Mora Ortega
Directora
Colombia

Laura Mora Ortega was born in Medellin, Colombia. She studied filmmaking in Melbourne, Australia. Her films include Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012), Antes del Fuego (2015), and Killing Jesus (2017), winner of the Roger Ebert Prize at the International Film Festival of Chicago.

Enrique Castro
Director, screenwriter, editor
Panama

He will participate in IFF Panama 2018 with the world premiere of his most recent film, Decembers, the 2016 Primera Mirada finalist. Enrique Castro Ríos graduated from Brown University in the United States and obtained his master's degree in screenwriting from the University of Bergen in Norway. His filmography includes Familia (2007), and the short film Wata (2010), winner of the Best Short of the Hayah Short Film Festival.

Gustavo Rondón Córdova
Director
Venezuela

Creator of shorts and feature films, Róndon Córdova lives in Venezuela and has made film projects showing the reality of his country. His short film Nostalgia was part of the official Berlinale selection. His debut opera Family (2017), premiered at the Semaine de la Critique de Cannes and has been accepted in more than 35 international festivals. It also won best film at the Festivals of Biarritz, Santiago, Lima and Skopje, Macedonia.

Pierre Filmon
Director, productor, guionista
France

Writer, director and producer, Pierre filmed his trip to China on the Trans-Siberia metro with a 16mm camera; images that some part of his first short film Bleus de Chine (1996). His filmography includes The Nuptials (1999), First came the Silence (2003), and Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond (2016).

Actor
Dominican Republic

He was discovered playing a casual game of baseball and chosen among 500 actors to star in his first acting role, Sugar, a film about a baseball player. His filmography includes Sambá (2017), Isolated Victim (2017), La Isla Rota (2018) and Captain Marvel to be release in 2019.

Benjamin Domenech
Producer
Argentina

Creator of REI productions of Argentina. He has produced films such as Carmina (2013), Sand Dollars (2014), History of Fear (2014), Hunting Season (2017), The Theater of Disappearance (2017) and Zama (2017).

Laura Gómez
Actriz
Dominican Republic

Laura Gómez is best known for transforming herself into “Blanca Flores” on the award-winning NETFLIX series Orange is the New Black. She’s also appeared on Law & Order: SVU and David Simon’s HBO miniseries Show Me A Hero (2015). Film roles include the independent film, Samba (2017), directed by award-winning filmmakers Laura Amelia Guzmán and Israel Cardenas which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival. Gómez is the Spanish announcer for the brand CoverGirl and has lent her voice to numerous audiobooks. Gómez started her journey in her native country, Dominican Republic, moving to New York City at 21-years-old to pursue acting.

Actor
Spain

Joserra Cadiñanos is an actor and talent agent, known for Open Your Eyes (1997), Talk to Her (2002) and Thesis (1996).

Natasha Jaramillo
Actriz
Colombia

Colombian actress. She is the protagonist of Killing Jesus (2017), her debut as an actress.

Mariel Brown
Directora, productora, escritora
Trinidad & Tobago

His films have been exhibited at the Victoria Museum & Albert in London, and the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. His filmography includes The Insatiable Season (2007), The Solitary Alchemist (2010), winner of the Jury Prize of the Toronto International Film Festival; the documentary series Inward Hunger: The Story of Eric Williams (2012), also winner of the Toronto International Film Festival Jury Prize and Unfinished Phrases (2018), selected in the First Look contest of IFF Panama 2017.

Everardo González
Director
Mexico

One of the leading voices of the Latin American documentary, Everardo González received the Amnesty International Award at the Berlin Festival, and the FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Critics) for Devil´s Freedom, which presents stories of the violence victims in Mexico. He has participated in more than 30 International Film Festivals and Exhibitions.

Susan Roether Zsigmond
Poeta, guionista, viuda de Vilmos Zsigmond
United States of America

Among her most interesting works is her participation in the film Close Encounters with Vilmos Zsigmond (2016) by Pierre Filmon, where she played the role of herself.

Director
Puerto Rico

He began his career producing theatrical and cultural programs for Puerto Rico’s public television, and working as a producer and presenter for New York’s VME. His filmography includes Under My Nails (2012), Antes que cante el gallo (2016), and Who Are You? (2017).

Director, screenwriter and actress
Italy

Giada Colagrande was born in Pescara, Italy. She studied in Italy, Switzerland and Australia, and began her career making video art, documentaries on contemporary art and short fiction films. Her filmography includes Before It Had a Name (2005), distributed as Black Widow (2005); A Woman (2010); The Woman Dress (2012); Bob Wilson's Life and Death of Marina Abramovic (2012); The Abramovic Method (2013) and Father (2016)

Andrew Hevia
Producer
United States of America

He has produced for some of the most exciting directors working today, including Phil Lord, Hannah Fidell and Amy Seimetz. He co-produced the three time Academy Award winning film Moonlight for director Barry Jenkins, and with Irina Caballero, Ashes. He is also a co-founder of Borscht Corp, the non-profit film collective behind the Borscht Film Festival.

Christian Escobar
Director
Colombia

He studied at Taller Cinco University in Bogotá. He began his career working for television as a camera assistant. T'ach (2017) is his first documentary feature film.

Director
Paraguay

Juan Carlos Maneglia was born in Asunción, Paraguay. He has participated at film workshops at the EICTV Film School, Cuba. He taught Audiovisual Art at the Catholic University of Asunción. He is the co-founder of Maneglia- Schembori Realizadores. His films include 7 Boxes (2012), winner of the Youth Jury Award at The International Film Festival of San Sebastian. Gold Seekers (2017) is his latest feature.

Director
Spain

Actor and director. His filmography includes the short Desaliñada, winner of the Best Short Film Award at both,  Los Angeles Film Festival and the Goya Awards (Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences); and with his first documentary, Many Children, a Monkey and a Castle was winner of the Goya Award for the best documentary 2018.

Alexandra Latishev
Director, producer
Costa Rica

Her filmography includes Los volatiles (2014), winner of the Best Documentary prize at the Costa Rican Film Festival, and Medea (2017), her first fiction feature film, which was selected by BAFICI, San Sebastian.

Antonio Méndez Esparza
Director
Spain

Specialist in family dramas, this Spaniard based in Florida was the winner of the Semaine de la Critique de Cannes award, and winner of festivals such as Jerusalem, Montreal and Mumbai, with his film Here and there (2012) ; and the FIPRESCI Award (International Federation of Film Critics) of the San Sebastian Film Festival with Life and Nothing More (2017).

Alberto Serra
Director and producer of film and television
Panama

He is the founder of Windmill Productions. His filmography includes La Isla del Diablo (2008), Sin Voz (2017) and La Fuerza del Balón (2017) with which he won nine nominations at the Italian Sports Film Festival. He has participated in the Festival of San Sebastian and Singapore.

Productor
Chile

He was selected by Variety as one of latin america’s most prominent film producers in 2014. He is partner and director of Jirafa Productions. His filmography includes The Summer of Flying Fish (2013), Much Ado About Nothing (2016), Prueba de Actitud (2016), and Los Perros (2017).

Productora
Costa Rica

Her first short Temporal (2006), was awarded the Grand Prix at the Biarritz Festival. She participated at the Mauritz Binger Institute for the development of her feature debut Cold Water of the Sea (2010). This project also participated in the BAL, where she won the ARTE prize; and received support from funds such as Hubert Bals, Cinergia, Torino Film Fund, Ibermedia, Fondation GAN and the regional fund Ile-de France. She was a finalist for the Sundance NHK award and participated in the Films in Progress section at San Sebastian. Cold Water of the Sea premiered at the Rotterdam International Festival and was awarded the Tiger VPRO Award. Her short film Cuilos (2008), received four awards at the Icaro Film Festival in Guatemala. Paz Fábrega is currently developing her next feature All of Us, selected to participate in the Residence Cinéfondation at Cannes.

Manuel Francisco Viveros
Actor
Colombia

Actor and theater director. He is known for his role in Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012), Manos sucias (2014), Candelaria (2017) and Antofagasta, New York (2017)

Vania Catani
Productora
Brazil

Vania Catani began her career working with video art. She has been the director of Bananeira Filmes for 15 years, one of the most prestigious production companies in Brazil, dedicated to producing movies of great artistic quality. It has produced 21 features and five short films. Connected to the international independent cinema market, she has attended screenings and festivals in Brazil and abroad and taken part in juries, project selection committees, as well as lab, workshop, and panel meetings in countries such as Italy, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Colombia, Russia, among others. The company's movies have screened at over 250 festivals in approximately 40 countries and have been recognized with more than 140 awards. Including La Playa (2012), coproductora de Billi Pig (2011), produtora de No Lugar Errado (2011), productora ejecutiva de O Palhaço (2011), produtora executiva de País do Desejo (2011) y O Último Romance de Balzac (2010).

Fernando Muñoz
Director, screenwriter
Argentina

He began his career in direction, art, illustration and animation working for institutions such as the United Nations, and independent productions for television and advertising in Panama and Argentina. Una Noche de Calypso (2017) is his first long documentary.

Actor
Argentina

Known for working in French and Argentine films, and for appearing in numerous television series. He started his career at 17 years old. He is one of the most important actors in Argentine cinema, excelling in television and theater.
Winner of the Cóndor de Plata Prize (2005) for Best Male Revelation for the film Tatuado. Nominated for Best Actor for the movie Lulú (2014). For his role as Lucas in the French film Je suis à toi earned him awards at international film festivals. He won the Best Actor award at the César Awards of the French academy, Lumières Awards and Crystal Globes, for 120 Battements par Minute. He was the first Argentine actor to be nominated for the European Film Awards.

Eduardo Noriega
Actor
Spain

Actor known for his roles in Alejandro Amenábar's films, Thesis (1996) and Open your eyes (1997). He was also in Wolf (2004), Vantage Point (2008), The Last Stand with Arnold Schwarzenegger (2013), the German French production Beauty and the Beast  (2014), Our Lovers (2016), and Perfect Strangers (2017).

Emilie Upczak
Director, producer, screenwriter

She was the creative director of the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival for ten years, and has worked on a number of short documentaries and experimental work exploring bodies in movement, color, and the feminine look. Her filmography includes the short film Knockabout (2013), and Moving Parts (2017) his first feature film. Her shorts have participated in various international festivals.

Pedro Hernández Santos
Productor
Spain

Pedro Hernández Santos began his career as a producer with the film Here and There (2012) directed by Antonio Méndez Esparza, and awarded the Critics’ Week Grand Prize at Cannes. He is the founder of Aquí y Allí Films. The production company has released a number of critically acclaimed feature films, including Carlos Vermut’s Magical Girl (2014), winner of the Golden Seashell at San Sebastián, Hablar (2015), and The Furies (2016).

Carlos Aguilar Navarro
Director
Panama

Studied economics at the University of Panama, and film at the International Film and Television School, Cuba. His filmography includes Tiempo Perdido (2009), Buscando al General (2011), and Panama Al Brown (2017).

Asistente de producción
Costa Rica
Director
Ecuador

His filmography includes Camión de Carga em> (2007) and Ruta de la Luna em> (2012), which premiered at IFF Panama 2012, and was awarded the best film award at the Oaxaca Film Festival. p>

Bruna Linzmeyer
Actress
Brazil

She has acted since 2013 in Brazilian film and television productions. Among her filmography is Rio, Eu te amo (2013); Seewatchlook (2014); Or Amulet (2015); Frente Friaque a Chuva Traz (2016); O Banquet (2017); O Filme da Minha Vida (2017), Bajo Nessa (2017). She has been nominated for different festival awards and has won best new actress of the Brazilian Qualidade Award and best actress of the Trofeu Vivier SC in Brazil.

Hilda Hidalgo
Directora
Costa Rica

Graduated from the International Film and TV School of Havana. He has written and directed fiction shorts and documentaries in Costa Rica, Italy, France, Bhutan, Benin and the Netherlands. His filmography includes La Pasión de Nuestra Señora (1998), winner of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival award; Powder of Stars (2001), winner of the best documentary at the International Film Festival of Bogotá; Violent Station (2013), Del amor y otros demonios em> (2009), and Violeta al fin (2017).

Director, Photographer
Kurdish/Norwegian

He was born and raised in Northern Iraq. His previous work includes the award-winning Road to Diyarbakir and Fata Morgana. His latest documentary Nowhere to Hide has won several prestigious international prizes including Best Feature Length Documentary at IDFA (2016), Best Documentary at the One World Human Rights Festival (2017), the Audience Award at Thessaloniki Film Festival (2017), the Nestor Almendros Prize for courage in filmmaking at the Human Rights Watch FF (New York 2017), the Citizen Journalists prize from Traverse City FF (2017), and the Norwegian AMANDA for Best Documentary (2017). Zaradasht has many years of experience working with documentary filmmaking in the Middle East, North-Africa, and Asian regions, as well as experience training locals in documentation.

Geraldine Chaplin
Actress
United States of America

Actress of wide trajectory. Her first film was directed by his father Charlie Chaplin in 1952. She was the muse of director Carlos Saura in eight of his films and has been directed by master directors such as John Huston, Robert Altman, Claude Lelouch, Richard Attenborough, Martin Scorsese , Franco Zeffirelli, Pedro Almodóvar and others. She has won several awards of film academies and international festivals.

Israel Cárdenas
Director, productor, writer
Mexico

He co-directs his films with his wife Laura Amelia Guzmán. His filmography includes Cochochi em> (2007), Jean Gentil em> (2010), Carmita em> (2013), Arena Dollars em> (2014), and Sambá em> (2017). They have participated in several international festivals and have won several awards such as & nbsp; Discovery Ward, (2007); the Human Rights Prize, (2008), and the SIGNIS (2011) of the International Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires; the First Prize for Feature Film and Grand Prize of the Latin American Film Festival of Toulouse (2008); and the nomination of the best feature film at the Venice Film Festival. p>

Michel Franco
Director
Mexico

Born in Mexico City, Michel Franco started making short films after completing his media studies. His features include Daniel and Ana (2009), After Lucia (2012), which won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes, Chronic (2015), and April's Daughter (2017) winner of Un Certain Regard - Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Director
Dominican Republic

Participates in IFF Panama with Cocote, winning film of First Look 2016, with which he won the Special Jury Prize in Estoril, Lisbon; awarded in the Signs of Life section at the Locarno International Film Festival. His filmography includes Santa Teresa and Other Stories (2015), winner of the award for best Latin American film at the Mar del Plata Film Festival.

Producer
Panama

Film producer, her filmography includes La Ruta de la Luna (2012), Feriado (2014) y Cenizas (2018).

Zackary Rago
Científico
United States of America

Zack's passion for coral reefs began in the Hawaiian Islands where he spent the summers of his childhood under the waves of the Pacific. His fascination with coral led him to take a position in the marine aquarium industry for 4 years before taking his passion to Teens4Oceans and View Into The Blue. He received a degree in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a talented reef aquarist and long-time diver, he is dedicated to communicating the history of coral through science and art.

Abner Benaim
Director, producer, screenwriter
Panama

Benaim is again at IFF Panama with his documentary I do not call myself Ruben Blades (2017), his most recent film, winner of the SXSW Audience Award. His films include Chance (2009), Empleados y Patrones (2010), Invasion (2014), winner of the Audience Award at IFF Panama 2014, Best Director Award at MIFF, Best Documentary at the FIQBAC International Festival of Barranquilla, Colombia, and the Audience Award at the Malaga Film Festival. He was one of the directors of Panama Canal Stories (2015), which was screened in the fourth edition of IFF Panama.

Director - Researcher and film consultant
Belgium

Grace Winter was born in Belgium. She is a film consultant and researcher. She studied Art History and Social Anthropology at the Université libre de Bruxelles, and was director of the distribution company Progrès Films for 18 years. She has been active as a researcher and film consultant and is affiliated with CINEMATEK in Brussels, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and MOOOV Film Festival Brussels. Wavrin’s Marquis - From the mansion to the jungle (2017) is her first documentary feature.

Daniela Vega
Actress
Chile

Chilean actress and lyrical singer. She was born in San Miguel, Santiago, Chile. One her first plays was The Butterfly Woman, where she starred. In 2014 she made her filming debut in The Guest (2014). She also played the leading role in the Chilean film A Fantastic Woman (2017), which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Laura Amelia Guzmán
Directora, productora, escritora
Dominican Republic

She co-directs her films with her husband Israel Cárdenas. His filmography includes Cochochi (2007), Jean Gentil (2010), Carmita (2013), Arena Dollars (2014), and Sambá (2017). They have participated in several international festivals and have won several awards such as Discovery Award, (2007); the Human Rights Prize, (2008), and the SIGNIS (2011) of the International Independent Film Festival of Buenos Aires; the First Prize for Feature Film and Grand Prize of the Latin American Film Festival of Toulouse (2008); and the nomination of the best feature film at the Venice Film Festival.

More guests

Cuba

Sergio Benvenuto is the director and cofounder of Humberto Solás’s Cine Pobre, and president of Cine Pobre International Film Festival.

Tallerista
United States of America

Eloisa López-Gómez has more than 12 years of experience working in the entertainment industry for high-profile and internationally recognized institutions. She worked at the Miami Film Festival for almost ten years. As an international consultant, she was part of the team at IFF Panamá's inaugural edition. Her background includes sourcing content, providing program recommendations, inviting films and negotiating terms with right holders and hospitality. At Sofá Digital she focuses on their International Business Development, and as part of the programming team she works on weekly content releases, and manages client relationships throughout Latin America.

TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE
United States of America

Rodríguez manages the Department of Documentary Programming at the Tribeca Film Institute, which includes: the Tribeca All Access Program, the TFI Documentary Fund, the Gucci Tribeca Documentary Fund and the TFI Latin America Media Arts Fund.

Distribuidor, Habanero Films
Brazil

Alfredo Calvino is a sales agent, known for the promotion of some of the most successful latin american films, some of them include Humberto Solás’s Cecilia (1982), Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Strawberry and chocolate (1993), Juan Carlos Tabío’s Plaff (1988), Jose Padilla’s Bus 174 (2002), Camila Guzman’s internationally acclaimed documentary The Sugar Curtain (2005), Santa & Andrés (2016) by Carlos Lechuga, among others. He has also worked for the Cuban Institute of Art and Cinematography - ICAIC, Novo de Cinema e TV (Brasil), Latinofusion (México). In 2011 he founded Habanero Films.

Sebastián Vásquez
Musician - Talk: Sound Design and Production
Argentina

Sebastian is a musician from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He studied classical music at the national conservatory, where he learnt to play the violin and the guitar. After completing a degree in Media and Communication studies, he went on to study film and specialized in editing. He has composed several soundtracks for film, television and advertising. He currently produces a string orchestra, a rock band, and is a freelance editor, producer and composer.

Director, Writer, Producer
Bahamas

Kareem Mortimer was born in the Bahamas. His features include I Am Not a Dummy (2008), Children of God (2010) and Cargo (2017), nominated for Best Film at the Miami Film Festival.

Director
Argentina

Williams works within an avant-garde/experimental tradition. His works have screened at film festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Toronto and New York. He frequently works with his partner and fellow countryman actor Nahuel Pérez Biscayart. His filmography includes The Human Surge (2016), in addition to a number of short films.

Isis Rivera de González
Lawyer
Panama

He studied Law and Political Science at Laureate International Universities - ULACIT. He also has a Postgraduate Degree in Pedagogy (Sigma Lambda degree). She is currently the General Director of Copyright in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. He has been a lecturer in several Seminars on Copyright and Related Rights; on the legal norms that regulate the Commercial and Industrial activities in the Territory of the Republic of Panama, both in the public and private sectors; and gave various conferences at public and private universities in Panama and autonomous and semi-autonomous entities.

Productor
Dominican Republic

Fernando Santos Díaz is a producer. His filmography includes Hermafrodita (2009), Jean Gentil (2010) and Cocote (2017), winner of the Works in Progress section at IFF Panama 2016, and part of the program at IFF Panama 2018.

Taller de Sonido
United States of America
Paula Gastaud
Talk: Challenges and opportunities for VOD in Latin America
Brazil

Paula Gastaud has been involved in the film industry since 2001. She is an executive producer for film and television. Since 2009, her focus has been the international market, developing business opportunities for Brazilian filmmakers across the globe. She manages the licensing, programming and content for distribution in VOD platforms for “Sofá Digital” since 2013. As a development consultant and speaker, she has partaken in several workshops in prestigious programs and institutions such as: the Locarno Industry Academy, EICTV Film School, Cuba; BRLAB, MICA, FIDBA, Mar Doc Lab, BAM, Malaga Screenings, Chile Docs, SANFIC and Marché du Film’s Producers Network.

Actor
Brazil

He is an actor and producer, known for Young Hearts (1995), Todas como Razões Para Esquecer (2018) e In Therapy (2009) y participa en IFF Panamá con La Película de mi Vida.

Director, CASCOS INDOMABLES, PRIMERA MIRADA
Costa Rica

Ernesto Villalobos was born in Costa Rica. He studied Sociology and Filmmaking in Barcelona, Spain. His feature debut All about the feathers (2013) premiered at Toronto and San Sebastian and was screened in over 30 festivals worldwide. He is currently working on the production of the documentary Jamón, with the support of the Tribeca Film Institute, and finishing the post production of his second fiction film Untamed Helmets (2017).

José Romero Carrillo
Crítico, periodista
Peru

He studied law and political science at Laureate International Universities - ULACIT. He also has a Postgraduate Degree in Pedagogy (Sigma Lambda degree). She is currently the General Director of Copyright in the Ministry of Commerce and Industries. He has been a lecturer in several Seminars on Copyright and Related Rights; on the legal norms that regulate the Commercial and Industrial activities in the Territory of the Republic of Panama, both in the public and private sectors; and gave various conferences at public and private universities in Panama and autonomous and semi-autonomous entities.

Chief Executive, Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television
Canada

Is a Canadian film industry executive, who served as CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television from 2011 to 2016. Following her departure from the Academy, she was made a member of the Order of Ontario. Before this, she was appointed interim director of the Festival of Festivals in 1986, later on she was named permanent director, and she remained in the role until 1994. Her term as director of the festival was widely credited with securing its contemporary reputation as one of the world's most prestigious film festivals. She stepped down shortly after the festival changed its name from Festival of Festivals to the Toronto International Film Festival.

Executive Director
United States of America

Neihausen is an American filmmaker and producer. Together with husband Thom Powers, she founded DOC NYC, America's largest documentary film festival. Her documentaries include Miss Gulag (2007), and Joe's Violin (2016) by Kahane Cooperman, which earned her critical acclaim including an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject at the 89th Academy Awards.

Director, productor, guionista
Peru

Francisco Lombardi is a Peruvian film director, producer and screenwriter. He has directed 17 films since 1977. He received the prestigious Silver Concha Award for Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 1985 for his film La Ciudad y Los Perros based on the novel of the same name from Mario Vargas Llosa, and again in 1996 for the film Bajo La Piel. His film No Compassion was selected to be screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.

Klaus Eder
Editor, Secretario general
Germany

Editor of the monthly film magazine "FILM"; 1966-1968. Since 1968 he is a film critic of German public radio "Bayerischer Rundfunk". He has written books about: Andrzej Wajda, Luis Buñuel, Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovski, Arturo Ripstein, Im Kwon-taek, Nagisa Oshima, co-author of a history of Bulgarian cinema, curator of a series of 30 films from the 1950s & "After the War, Before the Wall" at the New York Film Society of Lincoln Center (2002). Curator of a series of films by the German director Helmut Käutner, accompanied by a book published by the Goethe Institute (2007). 1986 - 2007 Programmer of the Munich International Film Festival Advisor of a variety of festivals Member of international juries at many festivals (including Venice, Montreal, Istanbul, Moscow, Karlovy Vary, Odessa, Jerusalem, Bari). General Secretary of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) since 1987.

Director, Pólvora en el Corazón, Primera Mirada
Guatemala

Camila Urrutia was born in Guatemala. She obtained a B.F.A in Film from Concordia University in Montreal. In 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from the French Embassy to study a Masters in Film Studies at the Sorbonne University of Paris. She began making short documentary films about feminist social causes and organizations that dealt with raped survivors during the war. Her filmography includes the shorts Actoras de Cambio, We are all Barrilas, Women healing life, and Gunpowder Heart (2017), her feature debut.

Daniel Dominguez Z.
Profesor, crítico literario
Panama

University professor, essayist, literary critic and film. He has been a cultural journalist for 28 years, editor of the daily section & ldquo; Vivir Más & rdquo; from the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa; and author of the blog & ldquo; Cinema and more & rdquo; in prensacom. He has written about Panamanian theater for the Diógenes Magazine of the Spanish Department of the University of California (United States), for the Latin American Theater Review of the Center for Latin American Studies of the University of Kansas and for the Cuban magazine Casa de las América. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences of Panama. He has been a jury for the José María Forqué Prize at the Huelva International Film Festival (Spain); the Hayah International Short Film Festival of Panama and the Fénix Awards for Ibero-American Cinema. He has given journalistic coverage to film festivals in Berlin, Tribeca, Huelva, among others.

Director, FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE NUEVO CINE LATINOAMERICANO
Cuba

Director of the Dictionary of Ibero-American Cinema. He has been an advisor to the presidency of the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry (ICAIC) and has participated as member of the jury at several film festivals. He is currently the Director of the New Latin American International Film Festival of Havana.

Distribuidor, FIGa FILMS
United States of America
Judith Rodríguez
Actriz, guionista
Dominican Republic

Actress and director from the Dominican Republic. Co-protagonist of the film Woodpeckers (2017), the Dominican Republic entry for the Oscar, Goya and Ariel awards in 2018. The film was awarded Best Feature Film at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, and nominated for Best Actress. Rodríguez was also supporting actress in the film Cocote (2017), winner of the Signs of Life Award at the Locarno International Film Festival. She co-directed and wrote the short film Cold (2011) shot in New York city, official selection at several festivals, including Outfest International in Santo Domingo, where it obtained the LGBT award; Court Métrage Trouville Festival, France, and the Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto.

Agente de Ventas, The Open Reel
Italy

Cosimo Santoro founded the sales agency The Open Reel in 2012, a company focused in the development, diffusion and distribution of independent cinema and arthouse productions on an international level, positioning films at festivals and securing their sale.

Director
Cuba

Cuban director and graduate of the Universidad de las Artes and the EICTV Film School, Cuba. His films have screened at several international festivals. He has collaborated with film and theatre productions for children, and since 2014 he teaches the workshop “Cinéma, cent ans de jeunesse” in collaboration with the Cinémathèque Française and EICTV. He is a member of the Film Association of Writers and Artists in Cuba. His films have been shown in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and South Korea, among other countries. Your film "Swan black collar, white collar" He participated in the Documentary Fortnight 2013 at the MoMA Museum in New York. Since 2009, his films have excelled in the Young Show organized by the ICAIC and other Cuban festivals. In Toronto, he collaborates every summer with the Independent Imaging Retreat (Film Farm) experimental film project directed by Philip Hoffman. He has participated in several international conferences on documentary filmmaking in France, Argentina and Mexico. He is a member of the Film Association of the Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba.

Executive Director , FUNDACIÓN RICKY MARTIN
Puerto Rico

As executive director of the Ricky Martin Foundation, Bibiana is in charge of leading the foundation’s socio-educational fight to abolish modern day slavery. To that end, she has traveled the world and participated in local and international coalitions, representing RMF before the United Nations forums and Congress. Bibiana has also participated in human trafficking investigations in Puerto Rico and is currently providing support with their third pioneer study. In conjunction with the RMF team, she has spearheaded advances in public policy and leads the institution vision into action by strategizing their wealth of educational and community initiatives in partnerships

Programador, BERLINALE
France

Director of the Dictionary of Ibero-American Cinema. He has been an advisor to the presidency of the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry (ICAIC) and has participated as member of the jury at several film festivals. He is currently the Director of the New Latin American International Film Festival of Havana.

Director
Mexico

Director of Cinema23 and of Fénix Awards. He was the director and associate programmer of Ambulante Documentaries from 2011 -2012, director of the Film and Human Rights section of the International Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City (2005-2008), and member of the jury at several international film festivals such as the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) and the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias (FICCI). He was composer in residence for the orchestra of The Hague from 2000 to 2005. His compositions and audiovisual works have been presented in different forums in countries such as England, Holland, Northern Ireland, Spain, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Mexico, Argentina, United States, South Africa, China, Australia among others. He was also co-designer of the museography of the Memory and Tolerance Museum in Mexico City.

Productora
Mexico

Laura Imperiale is a Mexican producer of more than 30 films, including classics such as El Crimen del Padre Amaro, Cinco Diaz without Nora, Del amor and others demons and The colonel has no one to write him, the last two based on novels by Gabriel García Márquez. His films have been shown at multiple and acclaimed film festivals and have won several awards, including the best film at the Mar del Plata Festival for Cinco Días Sin Nora. Two of his films, Así es la vida and El Coronel has no one to write to him were screened at the Cannes Film Festival, while El Crimen del Padre Amaro was nominated for the Oscar as best foreign film.

Distribuidora, Wiesner Distribution
Puerto Rico

Since 2000, Wiesner Distribution has selected and distributed the best independent films – mainly in Spanish – for exhibition in movie theaters and homes in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.

Productor
Puerto Rico

Esteban Lima is a producer. His filmography includes Under My Nails (2012) and Antes que Cante el Gallo (2016) by Ari Maniel Cruz.

United States of America
Coordinadora de iniciativas educativas y alcance comunitario, FUNDACIÓN RICKY MARTIN
Puerto Rico

Khrista Trani studied at the University of Toronto. She is the Educational Programs and Community Outreach Manager at the Ricky Martin Foundation.

Jorge Muñiz
Sonidista
Canada
2nd part “The art of direct sound recording”

Jorge Muñiz was born in Cusco, Peru. He studied at the La Salle School, where he founded and directed the La Salle Radio. He was hired as a radio anchor by Lima’s Radio Miraflores, where he produced and directed several radio programs for 8 years. He studied at the Armando Robles Godoy Film School, and screenwriting at the EICTV Film School in Cuba, where he was taught by writer Gabriel García Márquez. He went on to complete the Cinema Studies program at the University of Toronto. He was editor of the political and cultural magazine “Opinión”, and was visual director of the Mixed Company Theater. He lives in Toronto since 2000, where he works as a sound technician for film and television.