RITA AZEVEDO Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1952. She started studying Fine Arts in Lisbon before switching over to film and theatre. Besides working as a filmmaker, Rita Azevedo Gomes also works as exhibition curator at the Cinemateca Portuguesa. Her films have been screened and acclaimed in international film festivals – Venice, Locarno, Montreal, Bafici, Rotterdam.
Jose Luis Torres Leiva Director, screenwriter and editor. In 2003 he received the Andes Foundation scholarship for the production of the documentary “Ningún lugar en ninguna parte” (No Place Nowhere) that was shown in 25 international festivals. His short film “Obreras saliendo de la fábrica” (Women Workers Leaving the Factory) has been selected in more than 50 festivals and has received, among others, the award for best short film at ZINEBI Bilbao and at the Drama Short Film Festival. “El tiempo que se queda” (The Time That Rests), where in addition to directing, he worked in production, camera, sound and editing, was premiered at the 2007 International Film Festival Rotterdam, and won the Award for Best Film, Cinema of the Future at BAFICI, in Buenos Aires 2007. “El Cielo, la Tierra y la Lluvia” (The Sky, the Earth and the Rain) is his first fiction feature film that premiered at the 2008 IFF Rotterdam where it was acclaimed, as well as at festivals in Mexico and Korea. His second feature film, “Verano” (Summertime) (2011) premiered at the Venice Film Festival in the “Orizzonti” section. In 2013 he released the documentaries “Qué historia es ésta y cuál es su final” (What Story Is This and What Is the End) (Mention by the Jury in Fidocs) and “Ver y escuchar” (Listen to It) (Best Director of Chilean Competition, Sanfic). In 2016 he premiered the feature film “El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa” (The Wind Knows I’m Coming Home) at various festivals for which he received numerous awards. His latest works are the short film “Sobre cosas que me han pasado” (On Things Which Happened to Me) (Audiovisual Fund 2017) and the fiction feature film “Vendrá la muerte y tendrá tus ojos” (Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes) (Audiovisual Fund 2016, World Cinema Fund Festival of Berlin, Visions Sud Este Fund in Switzerland, Ibermedia and Hubert Bals Fund of the Rotterdam IFF) which premiered in the official competition at the San Sebastián Film Festival in Spain. He is currently writing the script for the fiction feature film “Querida Vera” (Dear Vera) (Audiovisual Fund for script writing 2017). He has taught fiction and documentary film at the Universidad de Valparaíso, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Andrés Bello, Universidad del Desarrollo, Universidad Católica de Chile and the Universidad Mayor.
Carlos Bonfil, a film critic, studied French literature at the University of Paris (Paris-Sorbonne) and translation at the University of Paris-Dauphine. He was a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and later on became involved in cultural journalism. Bonfil’s articles about film have been published regularly for the past 30 years in the Mexican newspaper La Jornada. His collaborations also include local and international specialized publications, such as La tempestad and Cinémas d’Amérique latine (Presses Universitaires du Mirail Toulouse, France); Catalogues: Méxique-Europe (Allers-retours 1910-1960) exhibition, Musée d’art moderne, Lille Métropole, Villeneuve d’Ascq, 2004; México en Cine, Autori e tendenze del cinema indipendente, Bologna Italia, abril 2007.
He is the author of Cantinflas, Águila o sol (IMCINE, 1993), A través del espejo: el cine mexicano y su público (in co-authorship with Carlos Monsiváis, Ediciones El milagro/IMCINE, 1994), coordinator of Hoy grandioso estreno, el cartel cinematográfico en México (CONACULTA, 2011), and author of Al filo del abismo, Roberto Gavaldón y el melodrama negro (Secretaría de Cultura, 2016).
Bonfil served on the jury at the 2002 Guadalajara International Film Festival, at the 2006 Mexico City’s International Contemporary Film Festival, at the 2006 Morelia International Film Festival (2006) the PUCP Lima Film Festival (2017), and in Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire (Montréal, 2018).
SUNG MOON began her career in 2004 and has worked for the Busan IFF, Jeonju Project Market, Docs Port Incheon, contributed texts for DOCKING Magazine, where she also served as editor. In 2013 he began working as a representative of the Korean Film Council for Latin America. In 2014 she founded HANCINE, the Korean Film Festival in Argentina, a collaboration with the Korean Cultural Center. In 2019, she was appointed JEONJU IFF programmer, a job she continues to do today.
Beyond the canvas
JOHAN LURF (born in 1982) was educated as a film director at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. He is known as an experimental filmmaker who cannot easily be subsumed under one style or category. His films examine various modes of (both human and technologically-aided) vision and motion, but his more formally-oriented filmic experiments are always accompanied by strong narratives that, however subtly, examine society, codes, norms, perception, and the history and development of cinema itself. Dabbling in short and feature-length films, analog and digital film, found-footage and his own shots, Lurf has made a wide variety of cinematic works, many of which have been featured in international film festivals and cultural institutions, notably the Sundance Film Festival and the Austrian Film Museum.
Austrian Cultural Forum New York, August 2018
ALEJO MOGUILLANSKY is a film director. His films have been screened in festivals such as Locarno, Berlin, Viennale and London, among others, and they have been highlighted in numerous retrospectives. He has won the Best Argentine Film Award at BAFICI on three occasions with Castro (2009), El escarabajo de oro (2014) and La vendedora de fósforos (2017). He has edited films by Mariano Llinás, Albertina Carri, Matías Piñeiro, Hugo Santiago, Laura Citarella, among others. In theatre, he works with Luciana Acuña; with whom he regularly collaborates solely, or along with her ensemble Grupo Krapp. He is a tenured Professor at Universidad del Cine (Buenos Aires). He is co-founder of the production company El Pampero Cine. He is part of the Sociedad de Exhibidores Trashumantes, a “parakultural” organization for film exhibitions, located in Buenos Aires.
Shevaun Mizrahi received her bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience and English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by her Master of Fine Arts from the New York University Film Graduate Program. She started her career working as an assistant to cinematographer Ed Lachman for several years while holding a fellowship with Marcie Bloom via Sony Pictures Classics. Her first documentary feature “Distant Constellation” received an Independent Spirit Award nomination, an IDA Award (Best Cinematography) and a Cinema Eye Honors nomination (Best Cinematography, Best Debut). Her work has been shown at the Viennale (FIPRESCI Critics Prize), BFI London Film Festival, IDFA, Jeonju International Film Festival (Best Picture Prize), Seville Film Festival (Best Film Award), Göteborg Film Festival, Black Canvas Film Festival, DokuFest International Film Festival (Best Film Award), BAMcinemaFest, among others. It was theatrically distributed by Grasshopper Films in the US, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) in London, and by La Ola Cine in Mexico City, where it opened at the Cineteca Nacional. Before shifting to film, Shevaun was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for photography. Her images have been exhibited at the Smithsonian of American Art, along with being in their permanent collection. She was awarded a 2018 Guggenheim Fellowship and featured in Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film.” Shevaun is currently preparing the production of her next documentary film.
Internacional Short Film Competition
Joel Potrykus American writer/director Joel Potrykus won Best Emerging Director at the Locarno Film Festival in 2012 for his feature film, Ape. His following three feature films, Buzzard, The Alchemist Cookbook, and Relaxer have premiered at SXSW, distributed by Oscilloscope Laboratories. Outside of production, he teaches filmmaking at Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
SAMUEL ISAMU KISHI LEOPO is a graduate of the Bachelor of Audiovisual Arts from the University of Guadalajara. His creations have participated in more than 100 national and international exhibitions and festivals such as: La Berlinale, Clermont Ferrand in France and Critics’ Week in Cannes. In 2011 his short film Mari Pepa won the award for best short film at the Guadalajara International Film Festival and at the Morelia International Film Festival. In 2012 he received the Ariel award from the AMACC for said short film and received the Jalisco state youth award. His debut feature “Somos Mari Pepa” premiered in 2014 at the 64th Berlinale in the Generation 14Plus section and obtained 3 Ariel nominations for original music, actress and revelation actor as well as the CCAS award at the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival. He is a founding partner of the Cebolla films production company and the Platypus animation studio with which he has produced and directed advertising and audiovisual projects for Turner, Bimbo, C&A, Pepsico, the Guadalajara International Film Festival and Disney plus. In 2019, she premiered her second film “Los Lobos” at the Busan International Film Festival and was selected at the Berlinale in the Generation Kplus 2020 section, where she won the grand prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury and the Cinema for La Paz Award. He is currently writing the feature film “Alondra Left the Nest” with Carlos Espinoza, which was selected at the Morelia Sundance Lab 2019.
FILMOGRAPHY: Los Lobos (fiction feature film, 2019). Juglares del Gol (documentary series, 2016). Somos Mari Pepa (fiction feature film, 2014). Mari Pepa (short film, 2011) Acerca del drama de los calcetines (short film, 2010). Luces negras (short film, 2009).
DAN SALLIT Dan Sallitt’s previous films are Fourteen (2019), The Unspeakable Act (2012), All the Ships at Sea (2004), Honeymoon (1998), and Polly Perverse Strikes Again! (1986). Fourteen premiered at the 2019 Berlinale and is currently on the international festival circuit. The Unspeakable Act won Best Film in the Independent Visions Competition at 2012 Sarasota Film Festival, played several major festivals (including Rotterdam, Vienna, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Melbourne, and BAMcinemaFest), and is distributed by Cinema Guild. Sallitt was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and attended Harvard College and UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television. He was the head film critic for the Los Angeles Reader, and writes film criticism for MUBI and his own blog Thanks for the Use of the Hall. His monograph on Japanese director Mikio Naruse is online at https://mikionaruse.wordpress.com.
National Short Film Competition
CLEMENTINE MOREAU – FERREIRA
Graduated in Literature and Film Studies at the Sorbonne. She has been executive producer and served as finance manager, in Paris- and Lisbon-based production companies. In 2015 she was appointed Head of Film Department at the French Embassy in Mexico. She worked as a programmer at Indielisboa festival and participated in the selection of projects to be supported by funding agencies in France, Mexico and Bolivia. She serves as Head of Development at Barraca Producciones, Monterrey-based Mexican company. She is a producer at Gatuno Films, with Guillermo Vejar. In 2020 she founded Bordeaux-based SO-CLE, specializing in producing features by Ibero-American and French directors.
Jean-Christophe BERJON In France, he was a regular critic of the television program Le cercle (Canal +), as well as director of the weekly magazine Les fiches du cinema and the encyclopedia L’annuel du cinéma. He directed the Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival (2004-2011) and was artistic director of the Biarritz festival (2008-2011). He continues to program Viva México in Paris. In Mexico, he was audiovisual attaché of the French Embassy, member of the Academic Council of the Ingmar Bergman Chair of UNAM, he has been a correspondent for the newspaper
Reforma and Cine-Premiere magazine, co-coordinated several editions of the National Young Critics Competition of the National Cinematheque, programmed the two editions of the FIC San Cristóbal de las Casas, and has participated in the Morelia Festival since 2006. He created and hosted the television program Contra Campo (2012-2015, Foro TV). Between 2016 and 2019, he hosted and produced Mi cine, tu cine on Canal Once. Since March 2020, he is responsible for the content of the weekly program MExTranjeros that he produces for TV-UNAM. His texts were recently published in the collective books Ces années-là (ed. Stock, Cannes Festival coordination), and Script, adaptation and new ways of telling stories in cinema (Morelia Film Festival Editions).
Raquel Schefer is a researcher, a filmmaker, a film curator, and a lecturer at Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University. She holds a PhD. in Film and Audiovisual Studies from Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3 University, a Master in Documentary Cinema from the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires, and a degree in Communication Sciences from the New University of Lisbon. She published the book Self-Portrait in Documentary in 2008, in Argentina, as well as several book chapters and articles. She has taught at Grenoble Alpes University, Paris Est University, Rennes 2 University, the University of Cinema of Buenos Aires, and the University of Communication in Mexico City. She was a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a post-doctoral FCT fellow at the CEC/University of Lisbon and the University of the Western Cape, and a co-editor of the quarterly of theory and history of cinema La Furia Umana.