Jury

International feature film competition New Horizon

KIVA REARDON – JURY

Kiva Reardon is the Lead Programmer of Contemporary World Cinema at the Toronto International Film Festival. She also programmes at the Miami Film Festival and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. She has programmed the film series “Here and Now: Contemporary Arab Women Filmmakers” (2019), “Radical Empathy: The Films of Agnès Varda” (2018) and “Beyond Badass: Female Action Heroes” (2015) for the TIFF Cinematheque. In 2013 Kiva founded cléo, an online publication dedicated to creating space for intersectional feminist voices in film criticism with the aim of shifting whose voices are counted in film culture and changing the film canon.

DANIELA PERSICO – JURY

Daniela Persico (Treviso, 1981) is film critic and programmer, based in Milan. She is part of the selection committee of the Locarno Film Festival and she is the curator for L’immagine e la parola, spin-off of the Locarno Festival. She is founder and editor in chief of the online quarterly Filmidee (www.filmidee.it) and she manages the Filmidee Summer School, summer campus about critique with guests like Miguel Gomes, Gianfranco Rosi, and Alice Rohrwacher. She is in the selection committee of Woche der Kritik – Berlin Critics Week and Israel – Festival di cinema del reale di Nuoro. She wrote essays for various collective books and edited books on the work of Claire Simon (2008), Wang Bing (2010), Ross McElwee (2013) and Emmanuel Carrère (2014). In 2009 she directed the medium-length film “Et mondana ordinare”; in 2012 she worked as assistant director on Tutto parla di te by Alina Marazzi and she has helped various young filmmakers in developing their films.

THOMAS IMBACH – DIRECTOR / JURY

As one of Switzerland’s most innovative and internationally renowned filmmakers, Thomas Imbach moves with virtuous mastery between the genres of documentary and feature films. He has acquired a reputation for courageous experimentation both formally and as a storyteller.

His early successes include WELL DONE (94) and GHETTO (97). The feature films HAPPINESS IS A WARM GUN (01), LENZ (06) and I WAS A SWISS BANKER (07) as well as the autofiction DAY IS DONE (11) premiered at the Berlinale. His most recent feature films MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS (13) and MY BROTHER, MY LOVE (18) premiered in Toronto and Locarno.  

 

MARCELO ALDERETE – JURADO

Marcelo has been part of the team of artistic programmers at Mar del Plata International Film Festival (Argentina) since 2009. He studied cinema. In 1999 he started working for the Buenos Aires Independent Film Festival (BAFICI) developing a career in different areas until 2009. He has collaborated as programmer for the Latin American Museum of Buenos Aires Museum (MALBA), the Contemporary Art Museum of Buenos Aires (MACBA), the General San Martín Theatre, the Uruguay International Film Festival and currently for the Antofagasta International Film Festival, Chile (ANTOFACINE). He has been juror in international film festivals, he has moderated round tables on different topics related to filmmaking and has imparted a series of Masterclasses. He writes for the print magazine Haciendo Cine (Making Cinema) and on the website Encerrados Afuera (Locked-In Outside).

ANDREI UJICA — JURY

Born in 1951 in Timisoara, Romania.
With a background in literature, Ujica decides in 1990 to devote himself to cinema and creates Videograms of a Revolution (1992), co-directed with Harun Farocki, which becomes a landmark film on the relationship between political power and the media in Europe at the end of the Cold War. His second film, Out of the Present (1995), tells the story of cosmonaut
Sergei Krikalev, who spent ten months aboard the space station Mir, while on earth, the Soviet Union ceased to exist. Out of the Present has been compared to such emblematic titles in film history as 2001: A Space Odyssey or Solaris, and is famous for being one of the most recognized non-fictional films of the 90’s. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceaușescu (2010), widely regarded as a monumental achievement, concludes his trilogy dedicated to the end of communism.
Andrei Ujica also made two commissioned works for Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain: 2 Pasolini (short, 2000) and Unknown Quantity, with Paul Virilio and Svetlana Alexievitch (installation 2002, screen version 2005).

International short film competition

KOLDO ALMANDOZ – JURY

Donostia 1973. Filmmaker. He has a degree in audiovisual communication and journalism. He’s a professor at the EQZE film school. He’s director of the art and culture magazine The Balde (2003-2017). He’s a member of the selection committee at the Festival Punto de Vista (2013-2017). He has created different cultural projects and curated expositions. Koldo has been screenwriter and director of radio fictions. He has teached multiple masterclasses, workshops and conferences. He’s author of several books and founder of the Farmazia Beltza editorial.

During the last 25 yeas he has written and directed movies of diverse genres and formats. His works have been selected and awarded in multiple international film festivals such as Semaine de la Critique Cannes, Rotterdam Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Zinebi, Bafici, Festival dei Popoli, Cartagena de Indias Film Festival, Edinburgh Film Festival,…).

 

JORDAN CRONK – JURY

Jordan Cronk is a film critic and programmer based in Los Angeles. His writing has appeared in Artforum, Cinema Scope, Film Comment, frieze, Sight & Sound, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is a member of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.

GABRIEL HERRERA  DIRECTOR – JURY

Gabriel Herrera is a flmmaker born in Patzcuaro, Mexico. He graduated from the Mexican National Film School (CUEC-UNAM) and later emigrated to Poland where he got a Master’s degree from the Polish National Film school (PWSFTVIT). Along the years, he has directed several short flms and video pieces that have played in the offcial selection of flm festivals worldwide, earning as well several awards. He has been selected for the Torino Film Lab form the Torino Film Festival, the Berlinale Talents, the Berlinale’s Script Station, the Mexicannes Film Residency, and the artist in residency from he Medienboard and Guanajuato, among other programs. He has been nominated for the Ariel award and was a scholarship holder from the National Fund for Arts and Culture (FONCA). Jorge Ayala Blanco (Mexican leading flm critic), wrote about his work in the book “La Justeza del cine mexicano”, and the short flm “How to reach god through proper exercising” was included in Cineuropa’s best short flms of 2017 and Senses of Cinema critics list, as well as Mubi’s Oberhausen retrospective.

BLAKE WILLIAMS – DIRECTOR

Blake is a filmmaker, critic, and writer from Houston, Texas, currently living and working in Toronto, Canada. His video work has been presented at the Locarno Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen. He regularly contributes to Cinema Scope and Filmmaker magazines, and is currently writing his Ph.D dissertation at the University of Toronto.

FERNANDA RIO ARMESILLA

(Puebla, 1992)

Communication graduate of Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla. In 2014 she founded Mutoscopio a videoart festival in Mexico, Spain and Austria. She coordinated and programmed the independent theater Sala Nueve from 2013 to 2017. She also coordinated the Cinematographic Exhibition and Critic group in the Itinerant Audiovisual Camp in Oaxaca during 2016 and 2017. In 2018 she published “How to set up a cinema: a guide for exhibitors” (IMCINE / La Calenda Audiovisual AC). She has participated in diverse studies about film audience development, digital platforms, independent film exhibition and mexican cinema. She programmed the Arts and Trades Factory (FARO) Aragón, a community and cultural center in Mexico City, for two years. She is currently Director of Mexican Film Promotion at the Mexican Film Institute.

 

Mexican short film competition

CARLOS RAMOS – JURY

Carlos Ramos was born in 1978 in Lisbon. He holds a degree in Electrotechnical and Computer Engineering and a Post-Graduate degree in Cultural Programming and Management. He researches, through an exploratory approach, new forms of narrative and interaction, working the concepts of expanded cinema and cinema algorithm.

He is the co-director of IndieLisboa – International Film Festival since 2015 and film programmer since 2006. He has been on the jury of several international film festivals participating also in panels and round tables on organization and production of film festivals and programming of Portuguese films. He is also the founder and curator of PLUNC – International Festival of Digital Arts and New Media and has organized retrospectives of important names in media art such as Zach Lieberman, Christa Sommerer and Laurent Mignonneau.

In 2017 and 2018 he was a consultant for LIM | Less is More, an European development programme for limited budget feature films. Since 2018 he is also an evaluator for Direcção-Geral das Artes (DGARTES), the national cultural organism that supports and funds artistic creation and arts.

 

CARLOS ARMELLA

BIOFILMOGRAPHY – Writer and Director

Born in Mexico City. Studied at the Film Training Center (CCC – Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica), and at The London Film School, in the UK. His short film Tierra y Pan (Land and Bread – 2008) won over 15 international awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, where 2 other of his short films have been selected: Poem (2003) and Las Manos Limpias (The Clean Hands – 2012). He co-directed the feature-length documentary Toro Negro (Black Bull – 2005), award winner at San Sebastian, Havana and Morelia film festivals, among others. His feature film En La Estancia (The Land of Silence – 2014), premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival, and won awards and special mentions at festivals in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Italy and the U.S. He directed several episodes of the series Club de Cuervos (Club of Crows – 2015/16), and in the U.S. he directed the controversial documentary limited series Cuando Conocí Al Chapo (The Day I Met El Chapo – 2017), both projects produced by Netflix. In 2018 he concluded his feature-length documentary Banda, and he shot his second feature film, titled ¡Ánimo Juventud! (Go Youth!), to be released in 2020.

 

BARBARA SARASOLA-DAY

BARBARA SARASOLA-DAY was born in Argentina (1976), she grew up between the Province of Salta (northwest of the country) and the City of Buenos Aires. She studied Communication Sciences at the University of Buenos Aires and took scriptwriting courses while living in London and documentary studies in Barcelona. In 2015, with a grant from the CNC (Center de la Cinématographie et de l’Image Animée), she participated and graduated from EAVE Producer’s Workshop (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs).

Barbara works in the film industry since 2000, in direction and production teams. In 2005, she directed the short film EL CANAL (BAFICI ’06) that followed a route of national and international film festivals.

DESHORA, her debut as a screenwriter and director, was a co-production between Argentina, Colombia and Norway. The script won the Fundación Carolina-Casa América grant in Madrid where she received the script advice of Paz Alicia Garciadiego Alicia Luna. DESHORA also won the INCAA Opera Prima Award, the FDC-Proimágenes Production Fund in Colombia and the Sørfond support in Norway for its production. It premiered at Berlinale Panorama (2013) and participated in more than 35 international film festivals. The film won the India Catalina Award for Best Actor at the Festival of Cartagena de Indias, Special Mention of the Jury at the Latin American Film Festival of Sao Paulo (Brazil), among others. It was nominated for the Condor Awards for Best First Film, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.

SANGRE BLANCA, her second feature film as director and screenwriter, was premiered at Rome Film Festival and was part of ACID Trip in the ACID section at Cannes Film Festival 2019. The film won the Jury’s Special Prize in Macao and Best Artistic Direction in La Habana.

She worked as co-writer in the fiction EL ROCIO by Emiliano Grieco and in the documentary LA ASFIXIA by Ana Bustamante Cruz (Guatemala). LA ASFIXIA won the Jury’s Special Prize in Guadalajara Film Festival 2019 and FIPRESCI and Audience Choice Award in BAFICI 2019.

Together with Federico Eibuszyc, she owns the company Pucará Cine. Barbara is the Producer of the following films: EL MOVIMIENTO (2015, Locarno, Cineasti del Presente), CANDELARIA by Jhonny Hendrix Hinestroza (2017, Venice Days), TIGRE by Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola (2017, TIFF Discovery and San Sebastian Nuev@s Director@s) and ROJO (2018, San Sebastian Official Competition and TIFF Platform).

 

EVA VILLASEÑOR  – JURY

Eva Villaseñor is a photographer, screenwriter and director. Her first documentary feature, “Hidden Memory” (2014), premiered at the Dei Popoli Festival in Florence, and won the Best Medium-Length Film Award. She studied photography at the Cultural Center of her hometown in Aguascalientes under Brizia Hernández, as well as taking some workshops at the Centro de la Imagen in Mexico City (2001 – 2004) under Shahidul Alam and Ernesto Bazan; she earned a diploma in cinematography at the University of Guadalajara and in Plastic Arts at the Instituto Cabañas (2004 – 2006) Guadalajara. In 2011 she won the UNESCO international photo contest with the series of photographs Habitación DF (Room DF). In 2007 she studied screenwriting and cinematography with a specialization at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, graduating as “Summa cum laude” with the thesis entitled “M”.