Awards and Juries

International Competition Jury

PAZ ENCINA

PAZ ENCINA

(ASUNCIÓN, PARAGUAY, 1971) Her first feature, Paraguayan Hammock (2006) premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard. Her second feature, Memory Exercises (2016), was presented at the San Sebastian Film Festival as well as the 31st Festival. Her installations and audiovisual works were shown at Fundación Texo and Fondation Cartier. She is a member of the US Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

MITRA FARAHANI

MITRA FARAHANI

(TEHRAN, IRAN, 1975) She lives and works in Rome and Paris. She studied painting and video, and works between the still image and the moving image. She has directed several films which were selected by the Berlin Film Festival including award-winning documentary, Fifi Howls from Happiness (2013), Behjat Sadr: Time Suspended (2006), Tabous (Zohre & Manouchehr) (2004), and Just a Woman (2002). She has shown works in various group exhibitions, including Unedited History, Iran 1960-2014 and Peace Treaty.

AURÉLIE GODET

AURÉLIE GODET

(PARIS, FRANCE, 1978) Her film career began in 2004 at Alfonso Cuarón’s New York based production company. As the Deputy Director of UniFrance USA, she contributed to the promotion of French cinema across the US. She wrote for several publications, including Cahiers du Cinéma, and was a programmer at the Locarno Film Festival for six years. In 2019, she joined the Berlinale’s selection committee and co-founded “Parenting at Film Festivals”, a collective of film professionals aiming for a better work-life balance.

HADEN GUEST

HADEN GUEST

(NEW YORK, USA, 1971) He is a film historian, curator and director of the Harvard Film Archive. He curates and oversees the HFA cinematheque as well its motion picture and manuscript collections. He has curated programs for the Viennale, Oberhausen and the Mar del Plata Film Festivals as well as the Gulbenkian Foundation and Museum in Lisbon. He was producer of Yoo Soon-mi’s Songs from the North, winner of the 2014 Locarno Film Festival. He is a Senior Lecturer in Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University.

FEDERICO VEIROJ

FEDERICO VEIROJ

(MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY, 1976) He is a screenwriter, producer and director. His first feature, Acne (2008), premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s Directors’ Fortnight. His films A Useful Life (2010), The Apostate (2015, 30th Festival), Belmonte (2018, 33rd Festival) and The Moneychanger (2019) have been programmed at numerous festivals around the world. His shorts and films have been part of retrospectives presented at the Vienna Film Festival, the Harvard Film Archive and the Svenska Filminstitutet.

Latin American Competition Jury

SANTIAGO FILLOL

SANTIAGO FILLOL

(CÓRDOBA, ARGENTINA, 1977) He got a PhD at Barcelona’s Pompeu Fabra University. He presented his feature Ich bin Enric Marco (2009) at the Locarno and San Sebastian Film Festivals, among others. He is the author of the book Historias de la desaparición, investigación sobre la desaparición y el fuera de campo en la historia del cine (Shangrila Ediciones), and screenwriter of Oliver Laxe’s works Mimosas (first prize at the Critics’ Week, Cannes 2016) and Fire Will Come (Un Certain Regard Jury Prize, Cannes 2019;
34th Festival).

CARLOS A. GUTIÉRREZ

CARLOS A. GUTIÉRREZ

(MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, 1972) He is co-founder and executive director at Cinema Tropical, the leading non-profit organization in introducing Latin American cinema in the US. As curator, he has worked for many cultural institutions, including MoMA, the Guggenheim Museum and Film at Lincoln Center. He was curator of the Robert Flaherty Seminar and jury member at various festivals and funds, including Morelia, Margaret Mead, Seattle, SANFIC, DocsMX and the Sundance Documentary Fund.

JANAÍNA OLIVEIRA

JANAÍNA OLIVEIRA

(RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL, 1975) She has a Ph.D. in History and is a professor at the Federal Institute of Rio de Janeiro. Since 2009, she focused her research on Black and African Cinemas. Head programmer of the Zózimo Bulbul Black Film Festival, she is part of the selection committee of the International Women Filmmakers Festival in Recife, and also worked as an advisor for the Locarno Film Festival. She programmed the Soul in the Eye series at the Rotterdam Film Festival (2019). She’s the founder of the Black Cinema Itinerant Forum.

Argentine Competition Jury

MARA FORTES

MARA FORTES

(MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, 1981) A researcher and curator, since 2003 she has been working in film distribution and exhibition for such organization as Women Make Movies. She has programmed for the Morelia Film Festival and Festival
Ambulante, among others. She was curator at the Museo Reina Sofía, London MexFest and the Digital Culture Center. She is co-editor of the books Chris Marker Inmemoria and Amos Vogel’s Film As a Subversive Art, and co-author of Historias de la noche. She is currently a curator at the Telluride Film Festival.

SIMPLICE GANOU

SIMPLICE GANOU

(OUAGADOUGOU, BURKINA FASO, 1974) He has a Master’s in Documentary Filmmaking from the Gaston Berger University in Saint-Louis, Senegal, and has worked as an educator for homeless young people. He directed Bakoroman (2011), Une journée avec Ato (2012), Lumiére d’octobre (2014), The Koro of Bakoro, the Survivors of Faso (2017) and The Unknown (2019). He is currently working on many projects including Religiously Modified Organisms, which was part of the Fabrique des Films at Cannes 2019.

ANDRÉS DUQUE

ANDRÉS DUQUE

(CARACAS, VENEZUELA, 1972) He is a Spanish filmmaker born in Venezuela. His work stands on the periphery of Spanish non-fiction and has a strong essayistic slant. His debut film, Iván Z is a study of cult filmmaker Iván Zulueta. His works have received numerous awards and recognitions at different film festivals (Punto de Vista, Cinéma du Réel, Dokufest, D'A, Unicorn Awards, Goya Awards). They have also been exhibited in cultural centers such as Museo Reina Sofía, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Barcelona, Modern Art Museum in Vienna, Contemporary Art Museum in Moscow, Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, among others.

Altered States Competition Jury

DANIEL KASMAN

DANIEL KASMAN

(CALIFORNIA, USA, 1982) He is the Vice President of Content at Mubi, a global curated subscription-based streaming service. Additionally, Daniel is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Notebook, Mubi’s daily international film publication.

CAMILO RESTREPO

CAMILO RESTREPO

(MEDELLIN, COLOMBIA, 1975) He has lived and worked in Paris since 1999. His films have been selected for major festivals such as the Director’s Fortnight in Cannes, Berlinale, Toronto, Rotterdam, Mar del Plata and New York. He has twice won the Pardino d’Argento at Locarno. Los conductos (35th Festival), his first feature film, was part of the International Competition Encounters at the Berlinale 2020, where it won the award for Best First Film.

MALENA SZLAM

MALENA SZLAM

(SANTIAGO DE CHILE, CHILE, 1979) She is an artist-filmmaker, and lives in Montreal. Her work has been shown at a number of film festivals including Toronto, Rotterdam and CPH:DOX. Retrospectives of her films were held in la Filmforum, the San Francisco Cinematheque and FicValdivia. Her exhibits include Time Machine, Palazzo del Governatore (Italy); Explanded Plus, Utopian Phantom, Factory of Contemporary Arts Palbok (South Korea); and The Moon: From Inner Worlds to Outer Space Louisiana Museum of Modern Art (Denmark).

Work In Progress Competition Jury

PAOLO BENZI

PAOLO BENZI

(MILAN, ITALY, 1970) He’s the founder of the Italian independent film company Okta Film which has produced Redemption by Miguel Gomes (2013), and What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? by Roberto Minervini (2018, 33rd Festival), among others. Currently he is producing Il giardino di Olga by Alessandro Comodin, This Earth by Emmanuelle Démoris and The Damned by Roberto Minervini.
He is co-head tutor for Emerging Producers at Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival.

EUGENIA MUMENTHALER

EUGENIA MUMENTHALER

(MAR DEL PLATA, ARGENTINA, 1975) She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Cultural Management and Policies. Alongside David Epiney, she founded production company Alina Film, with which she produced Milagros
Mumenthaler’s Back to Stay (Golden Astor at the 26th Festival), Jean-Gabriel Périot’s A German Youth, and Elena López Riera’s Those Who Lust (Pardino d’Oro at Locarno), among others. Her company’s films have been programmed at such festivals as Locarno, San Sebastian.

ANDREA QUERALT

ANDREA QUERALT

(ALCANAR, SPAIN, 1989) After studying Audiovisual Communication and Humanities at Barcelona’s UPF, she moved to Paris. Since 2015, she is part of French company 4A4 Productions, where she produced Maryam Goormaghtigh’s Before Summer Ends (acid Cannes 2017), and Oliver Laxe’s Fire Will Come (Jury Prize at Un
Certain Regard, Golden Astor at the 34th Festival). She is currently co-producing Santiago Fillol’s Matadero, Oliver Laxe’s After and Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias’ Pepe, among other projects. (ALCANAR, ESPAÑA, 1989) Tras estudiar Comunicación Audiovisual y Humanidades en la UPF de Barcelona, se trasladó a París. Desde 2015 forma parte de la sociedad francesa 4A4 Productions, donde ha producido Before Summer Ends, de Maryam Goormaghtigh (ACID Cannes 2017), y O que arde, de Oliver Laxe (Premio del Jurado en Un Certain Regard, Astor de Oro en el 34° Festival). Actualmente coproduce Matadero, de Santiago Fillol; After, de Oliver Laxe; y Pepe, de Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, entre otros proyectos.

Young Critics’ Worskhop and Jury

In conjunction with the Criticism Course at the Universidad del Cine.
PrograMMer and coordinator: Mariángela M. Restrepo

LAYLA AL AZZAM

LAYLA AL AZZAM

(MEXICO) She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Audiovisuals from the Strasbourg University, in France. She has published film reviews in Punto de Partida magazine and Econtrends, art reviews in Castálida and theater reviews in Medeas. She was youth jury member of the Ahora México selection of the 2019 FicunaM Festival and for Selección México at the Canvas of the 2020 Black Canvas Festival.

RAFAEL GUILHEM

RAFAEL GUILHEM

(MEXICO) He is a film critic and co-editor of El Cine Probablemente. He has published in such media as El Antepenúltimo Mohicano, La Tempestad and the University of Mexico Magazine, and has worked for the unaM International Film Festival (FicunaM). In 2017 and 2020 he was part of the Video Essay section of the FilMadrid International Film Festival.

MICHEL GUTWILEN

MICHEL GUTWILEN

(BRAZIL) He is a member of the websites Plano Aberto and Plano Crítico. He has covered many film festivals, both local and international—Festival do Rio 2019, Screen Festival 2020, Mostra de São Paulo 2020, Mar del Plata Film Festival 2020, Tirandentes Film Festival 2021, and South by Southwest 2021.

RAFAEL PLAZA ANDRADE

RAFAEL PLAZA ANDRADE

(ECUADOR) He is a writer on film, a cultural manager and a filmmaker. He has contributed for the Fuera de Campo magazine and wrote for the publications Tangente, Recodo and Ñawi. He is part of the Cámbrica Revista de Cine editorial group.

MILAGROS PORTA

MILAGROS PORTA

(ARGENTINA) She studies Writing Arts at the National University of the Arts (UNA). She works as coordinator at Taipei and the Rutenberg Publishing House; she also contributed with film texts for Las Veredas, Revista Varla and La Rabia. She is currently proof-reading his first book of short stories, which will be published by Hexágono Editoras in 2022

DANIELA URZOLA GUTIÉRREZ

DANIELA URZOLA GUTIÉRREZ

(COLOMBIA) She is an art historian and law student. She has a Master’s in Film Criticism at the Madrid Film School (ECAM). She is a writer and member of the editorial board at Mutaciones magazine, and collaborator for other online publications.

IVÁN ZGAIB

IVÁN ZGAIB

(ARGENTINA) He is a film critic and contributor for foreign and local media like Rolling Stone (Colombia), The Brooklyn Rail (usa), Senses of Cinema (Australia), La Voz del Interior and Otros Cines (Argentina), among others. He was selected to take part in different professional training programs, such as Berlinale Talent Press 2018 and Talent Press Buenos Aires 2016.