The 30° Mar del Plata International Film Festival Competitions are made up of an eclectic selection of films from all over the world. Acclaimed and novel directors compete among each other, to show that cinema is a universal language with diverse perspectives, a living art that keeps surprising us with each new exhibition. Avant-garde and entertainment get together to offer a unique audiovisual show, which can be summed up in a handful of titles.
To choose the best of each competition, we selected the best professionals. Film lovers, technicians, academics, film critics, artists. Each one contributes with their knowledge, experience and wisdom in order to reward effort, determination and talent.
Ricardo Aronovich - One of the most prominent cinematographers in the history of Argentine cinema. His most important films include Three Times Ana (1961), The Young Old People (1962), and Invasion (1969), and he became one of the most relevant filmmakers of the 60s Generation. He moved to France, where he currently teaches. He has worked in films by Louis Malle, Alain Resnais, Ettore Scola and Raúl Ruiz.
Elvio Gandolfo - Argentine journalist and writer. He directed the literary magazine El Lagrimal Trifurca in Rosario and became one of the most prominent cultural journalists in Buenos Aires and Montevideo. He has compiled anthologies, translated foreign authors and published his own books. He also directed the TV show Los libros y el viento.
Isaki Lacuesta - Spanish filmmaker and documentalist. His first feature, Cravan vs Cravan (2002), received awards at many international festivals. Later, he directed The Legend of Time (2006), The Damned (2009), the diptych made up of The Double Steps (Golden Shell at San Sebastián), El cuaderno de barro (2011), and Murieron por encima de sus posibilidades (2014).
Fiorella Moretti - Peruvian producer and distributer. She is director of NDM, which represents the latest films of directors such as Lisandro Alonso, Sharunas Bartas, Bruno Dumont, Amat Escalante, and Jaime Rosales. Between 2007 and 2012, she was also chief of distribution at ND Mantarraya, having released more than 30 international titles in Mexico.
Marco Müller - Italian producer, film critic and historian. He directed the Pesaro, Rotterdam, Locarno, Venice and Rome film festivals. In 2005, he was in charge of the official selection of the Beijing and Silk Road film festivals in China. He is also the head of the Film Technique and Style department at the Architecture Academy of the University of Lugano.
Raúl Camargo Bórquez - Chilean academic and film programmer. In 2007, he joined the programming team of the Valdivia International Film Festival, becoming its artistic delegate in 2010 and its director in 2014. He has written articles for specialized media such as La Fuga, Fuera de Campo and Hambre Cine, among others. As a university professor, he teaches Film History at many Chilean universities.
Jang Byungwon - Korean film critic. As a researcher, he has worked at the Im Kwontaek Museum of Cinema of Dongseo University as well as the Visual Media Center of Dong-Eui University. Between the years 2000 and 2008, he served as chief editor of the film magazineFilm 2.0. Currently, he is part of the programming committee at the Seoul International Family Film Festival. Since 2013 he has been working as programmer of the Jeonju International Film Festival.
Andréa Picard - She is an independent film curator and writer based in Toronto. For 12 years, she was a member of the programming team at TIFF Cinematheque (former Cinematheque Ontario), where she curated numerous retrospectives and thematic programs. Since 2006, she is the lead curator of Wavelengths, the celebrated avant-garde section of the Toronto International Film Festival, where she oversees a selection of short films, features and installations.
Todd Brown - Canadian journalist and programmer. He founded the global independent film website TwitchFilm.com, which he still edits. He is also Director of International Programming at Austin, Texas' Fantastic Fest, the leading genre film festival in the US. He is the producer of the film The Raid (Gareth Evans, 2011) and Spring (Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, 2014).
Maximiliano Cruz - Mexican producer and distributor. He produced Nicolás Pereda's films Greatest Hits (2012), Killing Strangers and El palacio (both from 2013), as well as Artificial Paradises (Yulene Olaizola, 2011) and I Promise Your Anarchy (Julio Hernández Cordón, 2015). He was programmer and jury member at many festivals, and he currently selects films for the Riviera Maya Film Festival.
Nina Rodríguez - German programmer. She has programmed for Short Cuts Cologne and worked at the Film Archive of the German Film Museum in Frankfurt. Since 2006, Nina has been head of programming at the Guanajuato International Film Festival (GIFF) in Mexico. Since 2009, she spends part of the year in the Middle East collaborating with the Abu Dhabi Film Festival and, more recently, in the organization of the Qumra initiative of the Doha Film Institute.
Vanesa Fernández Guerra - A Doctor in Audiovisual Communication by Spain's UPV/EHU, she specializes in audiovisual and documentary writing, narrative strategies and production processes. She is also a teacher and tutor, programmer at the Zinebi Festival and coordinator of the multidisciplinary documentary film project Territorios y Fronteras (Territories and Borders).
Erick González - Chilean programmer. He has been programming director at Toulouse, France's Latin American Film Festival since 2008 and a member of the Films in Progress selection committee since 2009, both in Toulouse and the San Sebastián Film Festival. He has programed exhibitions and festivals in different Latin American countries, and has been an advisor for the implementation or development of industry platforms at many festivals.
Constanza Sanz Palacios - Argentine journalist and producer. Director of Constanza Sanz Palacios Films. She produced Edgardo Cozarinsky's trilogy of essay films made up of Apuntes para una biografía imaginaria (2010), Nocturnos (2011) and Carta a un padre (2013). While finishing Paz Encina's Ejercicios de la memoria, she is developing the upcoming films by Santiago Loza and Nelson De Los Santos Arias.