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Special Guests from the Film Industry
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.
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.
Paz Alicia Garciadiego
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.
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.
Among these are Os Nomes do Rosa, which was nominated for the Emmys in 1998 in the best documentary category and O Palhaço, directed by Selton Mello and nominated for the Oscars in the best foreign language film category. Among her filmography is La Playa (2012), co-producer of Billi Pig (2011), producer of No Lugar Errado (2011), executive producer of O Palhaço (2011), executive producer of País do Desejo (2011) and O Last Romance of Balzac (2010).
Stories from Central America and the Caribean
Director, Producer, Writer
He is known by his shorts and documentaries such as Chance (2005), The Eleutheran Adventure (2006), Float (2007), I Am Not A Dummy (2009), Children of God. (2010), Wind Jammers (2010) and Passage (2013).
His debut feature, Children of God (2010), is the first narrative feature from the Caribbean with LGBT themes. Wind Jammers (2010), which he co-directed with Richard von Maur, is a children's film that deals with racism. Children of God was shown on the television channel Showtime as well as distributed in over twenty-four countries around the world. In 2014, Passage was awarded an African Movie Academy Award for Best Short Film from the Diaspora.
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.
ARI DANIEL CRUZ
Quién eres tu?
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).
Elegido en 2014 por la revista Variety como uno de los 10 productores latinoamericanos con más proyección en el mercado cinematográfico. Es el director y socio mayoritario de la productora Jirafa, y estuvo a la cabeza de dos largometrajes como Aquí No Ha Pasado Nada, Prueba de Actitud, El verano de los peces voladores y participa en IFF Panamá con Los Perros.
The Open Reel
Agente de Ventas
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.
Una especie de Familia
Diego Lerman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He is a film director, scriptwriter and producer. He studied Sound and Design at the University of Buenos Aires, and Drama at the Municipal School of Dramatic Arts. His films include Refugiado (2014), Suddenly (2002), and A Sort of Family (2017).
ELOISA LOPEZ GOMEZ
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.
FERNANDO SANTOS DIAZ
Productor de cortos y documentales, Santos Diez ha producido Hermafrodita (2009), Jean Gentil (2010) y Cocote (2017) que participa en la séptima edición de IFF Panamá 2018, y fue ganadora de la sección Primera Mirada en la quinta edición de IFF Panamá en el 2016.
ACADEMY OF CANADIAN CINEMA AND TELEVISION
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 in 1986 as interim director of the Festival of Festivals, and short after as permanent director. 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.
FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE NUEVO CINE LATINOAMERICANO
Director for Latin of the Dictionary of Ibero-American Cinema (Spain, Portugal, America). He has been an advisor to the presidency of the Cuban Institute of Art and Film Industry (ICAIC) and has participated as a jury in numerous film festivals. He is currently the Director of the New Latin American International Film Festival of Havana.
Is an actor and talent agent, known for Open Your Eyes (1997), Talk to Her (2002) and Thesis (1996).
JUAN CARLOS MANEGLIA
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.
His films have been shown in Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, and South Korea, among other countries. His film "Black Necked Swan, White Collar" participated in the 2013 Documentary Fortnight Show 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.
Nielhausen is an American filmmaker and producer. Together with husband Thom Powers, she founded DOC NYC, America's largest documentary festival. Her documentaries Miss Gulag (2007), Joe's Violin (2016) earned her critical acclaim including an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short Subject at 89th Academy Awards, with director Kahane Cooperman.
Director of Cinema23 and of Fénix Awards. He has been director and associate programmer of Ambulante Gira de Documentales (2011 -2012), director of the Film and Human Rights section of the International Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City (FICCO) (2005-2008) and jury of recognized International festivals such as International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) and the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias (FICCI). He has also been composer in residence of 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 has also been co-designer of the museography of the Memory and Tolerance Museum in Mexico City.
Williams works within an avant-garde/experimental tradition, and has made the feature film The Human Surge, in addition to a number of short films. His works have been presented 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 first feature “Por las Plumas” has been in several film festivals and won Best Central American Film and Best Director in Guatemala and Best Script in Colombia.
"El Gran Líbano”, was part of The Factory, opening the Director's Fortnight at the 70th Cannes Film Festival. He work on Jamón, an experimental documentary supported by Tribeca Film Institute, and Cascos Indomables, his 2nd feature film that was part of Cannes Cinéfondation Residence, 3 Puertos, Paris Coproduction Village, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, Produire au Sud and Toulouse, where it won the Cinema Development – BrLab Award.
POLVORA EN EL CORAZON
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.
FUNDACION RICKY MARTIN
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, an award-winning journalist, has participated in the first and second human trafficking investigation in Puerto Rico and is currently providing support with their third pioneer study to be published in February 2017. 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.
FUNDACION RICKY MARTIN
COORDINADORA DE INICIATIVAS EDUCATIVAS Y ALCANCE COMUNITARIO
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. He has been in Sambá (2017), Isolated Victim (2017), La Isla Rota (2018) and Captain Marvel to be release in 2019.
LA PELICULA DE MI VIDA
He is an actor and producer, known for Young Hearts (1995), Todas As Razões Para Esquecer (2018) and In Therapy (2009) and is participating in IFF Panama with A Movie Life
Her first short Temporal, received the Grand Prix of the Biarritz Festival. She participated at the Mauritz Binger Institute for the development of her first film Agua Fría de Mar. This project participated in the BAL, where she won the ARTE prize. She also 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 Films in Progress, at the San Sebastian festival. Agua Fría de Mar was premiered at the Rotterdam International Festival and was awarded the Tiger VPRO Award. Her short film Cuilos, received four awards at the Icaro Festival in Guatemala. Paz Fábrega is currently developing her next film All of Us, selected to participate in the Residence Cinéfondation of the Cannes Film Festival.
QUIEN ERES TU
TRIBECA FILM INSTITUTE
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.
Sound Design Workshop
Francisco Lombardi is a Peruvian film director, producer and screenwriter. He has directed 17 films since 1977. He received the prestigious Silver Shell for Best Director award at the San Sebastián Film Festival in 1985 for his film The City and the Dogs based on the novel La ciudad y los Perros by Mario Vargas Llosa, and again in 1996 for the film Under the Skin. His film Without Compassion was screened at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival.
Laura Imperiale is a Mexican producer of more than 30 films, including such classics as El Crimen del Padre Amaro, Cinco dias sin Nora, Del amor y otros demonios and El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba, the last two based on novels by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Her films have been exhibited in multiple acclaimed film festivals and have won several awards, including best movie at the Mar del Plata Festival for Cinco Días Sin Nora. Two of her films, Así es la Vida and El Coronel no tiene quien le escriba were exhibited at the Cannes Film Festival, while El crimen del Padre Amaro was nominated for the Oscar as best foreign film.
Julio López Fernandez