Julio Chavezmontes is a renowned Mexican producer and screenwriter, winner of the Best Screenplay award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 and twice nominated for the AMACC Ariel Award. He has produced more than 20 films, many of which have been screened at the world's leading film festivals, including Sundance, Berlin, Cannes, Venice, and Toronto among others. His productions have received multiple accolades, most recently the Best Director Award (“Annette”) and the Jury Prize (“Memoria”) at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2011, he founded PIANO with Sebastián Hofmann, one of the leading art film production houses in Mexico and Latin America. Since its inception, PIANO has been a platform for original and risky projects.He has produced or co-produced films by filmmakers such as Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Leos Carax, Abel Ferrara, Mia Hansen-Love, Ruben Ostlünd, Lucrecia Martel and Yann González, as well as Mexican directors Sebastián Hofmann, Emiliano Rocha Minter, Nicolás Echevarría and Eugenio Polgovsky, among others.
Nicolás Pereda is a filmmaker whose work explores the everyday through fractured and elliptical narratives using fiction and documentary tools. He often collaborates with the theater collective Lagartijas tiradas al sol and actress Teresita Sánchez. His work has been the subject of more than 30 retrospectives and has been presented in most major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Venice, Locarno, New York, and Toronto, as well as in galleries and museums like the Reina Sofía in Madrid, the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris, the Guggenheim and MoMA in New York. In 2010 he was awarded the Premio Orizzonti at the Venice Film Festival. Since 2020, he is an Assistant Professor in the Film and Media department at UC Berkeley.
Radu Jude is a Romanian director and screenwriter. He studied filmmaking in Bucharest and started his career as an assistant director. In 2006, he made the short film The Tube with a Hat, winner of more than 50 international awards. Jude's feature debut The Happiest Girl in the World (2009) was selected for more than 50 international film festivals. The international premiere of The Dead Nation in Locarno 2017 marked his debut in documentary film. I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians (2018) won the Crystal Globe for Best Film and Label Europa Cinema Prize in Karlovy Vary in 2018. His latest films, Uppercase Print and The Exit of the Trains (co-directed with Adrian Cioflâncă), premiered in Berlinale Forum 2020.
Christopher Small (b. 1994) is a writer, festival programmer, and now filmmaker, born in Caerphilly, Wales and based in Prague, Czech Republic. Now he works for several of those same festivals, including Sheffield Doc/Fest and Locarno Festival. In 2019, he moved permanently to the Czech Republic, where he now also works for the festival association Doc Alliance. He shot his first film Communists! on a shoestring late in 2018 and in early 2019.
Dalia Huerta Cano
Dalia Huerta Cano. México, 1978.
Mexican filmmaker, cinematographer and editor with a focus on documentaries and experimental films whose work surrounds the anatomy of bodies, objects, memories, feelings. Mixing analog film and video, fluctuates between art and film. Her work has been selected, exhibited and awarded at film festivals around the world.
She registers art from and for artists and museums. Has made several formal film studies in Mexico, The Netherlands, Germany and Cuba. Has been supported by CECA (Jalisco, Mexico) in 2007 and 2010 on film and video making and won the grant for post production IMCINE (Mexican Institute of Cinematography) in 2015, the grant for project and cultural co investments from FONCA (National Fund for Culture and Arts) in 2018, the Statens kunstnerstipend SKS Covid19 by Kulturrådet in Norway in 2020 and the Fond for lyd og bilde (Fund for sound and image) by Kulturrådet, Norway in 2021. Member of Apertura DOP (Mexican Community of Female Cinematographers)
Working as a film critic since 2015, Flavia Dima iworks as an associate curator of the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF), has collaborated with other major Romanian film festivals, such as TIFF and One World Romania, and has served on juries in festivals. Her video essays have been showcased at festivals such as Europalia Bruxelles 2019, Balkan Can Kino 2018 and Amural Brașov 2021.
She is a collaborator of Films in Frame, FILM MENU and Acoperișul de Sticlă, and her texts have been published in outlets such as MUBI Notebook, Reverse Shot, Kinoscope and Scena9.
Born in Mexico City in 1986, she studied the Bachelor’s Degree in Film at CENTRO in Mexico City and the MA Degree in Screenwriting at London Film School.
With her project, Xibalba Monster, she obtained the grant Young Creators from the National Fund for Culture and Arts in 2010. In 2013, she participated in the Script Lab and Residence Cine Qua Non Lab. The same year she was selected for the Latin American Cinematographic Project Development Course of IBERMEDIA. In 2017, she was selected to participate in the Workshop for First and Second Films held by the TyPA Foundation.
Her short film A Getsure (2015) was part of the Official Selection at the Morelia International Film Festival and Cinélatino Festival of Latin American Cinema in Toulouse (2016).
In January 2018, she produced and directed her short film Sol del llano, shot at the Oriental Plains of Colombia. Sol del llano premiered at the Morelia International Film Festival where it was awarded with the Second Best Short Film Prize (Renta Imagen Prize). It was selected at the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (2020) and was part of the Parallel Competition Americana at the Saguenay International Short Film Festival REGARD, where it received a Special Mention from the Jury. At the Black Canvas Film Festival it was awarded with the Prize for Best Mexican Short Film (2020). From there it has continued its festival route with selections in festivals such as: Huelva, Edinburgh, Bogoshorts and Tampere.
Xibalbá Monster has won the first FOCINE Fund for Production of Fiction Features for Children and Adolescents held by IMCINE and it has been selected for Support of Production Fiction by Visions Sud Est. This film will be shot during the months of November and December at the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.
Nelson Carro was born in 1952 in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has lived in Mexico since 1976, where for more than a decade he worked at the Filmoteca de la UNAM. In 1977 he started in film criticism in the newspaper Unomásuno. He has collaborated in magazines such as Cine, Imágenes, Dicine (of which he was director), and Icónica, as well as in the weekly Tiempo Libre, where he published continuously for more than thirty years. He has been a teacher of film history at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica and in courses and diplomas at various universities. He has served on juries for festivals in Havana, Buenos Aires, Huesca, Guadalajara, Guanajuato, Valladolid, Lima, Canarias, Cartagena, Santa Fe de Antioquia, Montevideo and Mannheim-Heidelberg. He is currently director of Diffusion and Programming at the Cineteca Nacional.
She studied at the University Center for Cinematographic Studies (1982-1987).
With more than thirty years of experience in radio production, more than 20 dedicated to the diffusion, criticism and cinematographic analysis. She has created more than twenty radio series of different genres: literary, feminist, musical, environmental, radio drama; the longest running, Gente de cine, started in 1997, this 2021 celebrated 24 years of uninterrupted transmission. In 2016, she produced and hosted alongside actor and director Fernando Álvarez Rebeil the series Linterna mágica en la radio, produced by Cineteca Nacional and Radio Educación. With the same production team this 2011 he presented a short series on Radios Comunitarias, which was presented during the XII International Radio Biennial. Recently, En sintonía contigo, El Helénico, a production of the Hellenic Cultural Center and Radio Education, began to air. She has published articles, interviews and essays on film in books, newspapers, catalogs and magazines nationally and internationally. For 9 years she wrote the column Documenta ¿no ficción? for the newspaper Provincia de Morelia, Michoacán. She has moderated tables and conversations with very diverse filmmakers: Barbara Sukowa, Fernando ‘Pino’ Solanas, Everardo González, Sergei Losnitza among several others. She compiled the book F dedicated to Rainer Werner Fassbinder, published in the collection of the Cineteca Nacional Cuadernos de Grandes Autores. She has been a jury member and covered the main national film festivals: Morelia, Guanajuato, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Riviera Maya, Tulum, Los Cabos… For 13 years she has been part of the invited press of the Berlin International Film Festival. She has taught courses on German cinema among which are: Berlin Alexanderplatz: The Story of Franz Biberkopf, a film literary encounter between Alfred Döblin and Fassbinder, the workshop Tan lejos y tan cerca, different visions of German cinema. Some impressions on the history of German cinema and Fassbinder Constellation: A course with 13 films and 3 surrounding stars. As part of the activities of the Germany Mexico Dual Year, 2016-2017 she produced the Radio Fassbider series.
She is coordinator of a course to be held on the German writer Anna Seghers, some of her works have been taken to the cinema, the most recent, Transit by Christian Petzold (2018)
In 2015 she received the Guerrero de la Prensa Award for Cinematographic Merit from the Mexican Network of Cinematographic Journalists.
Jukka-Pekka Laakso is the festival director of Tampere Film Festival since 2002. As a festival director he shares the responsibility to strategic planning and programming with a co-director. He has been a member of more than 60 juries in film festivals including.
Jukka-Pekka Laakso acts also as the executive director for Pirkanmaa Film Centre, a local film centre in Tampere. The film centre is a non-profit organisation that runs an art-house cinema, distributes films in Finland and works extensively with media education.
Jukka-Pekka Laakso is a member of the European Film Academy.
Maike Mia Höhne
Maike Mia Höhne (b. 1971 in Hanover) studied visual communication at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg, the Escuela de Bellas Artes in Havana as well as the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba. After stays in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she completed her post-graduate studies at the University of Fine Arts Hamburg with a focus on film. She works as a curator and juror for several institutions and festivals worldwide and is involved in film funding on a regional and national level. From 2007 to 2019 she was head of Berlinale Shorts of the Berlin International Film Festival. Höhne is a professor for film at the University of Applied Sciences Europe in Hamburg. She also teaches Film theory and making at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg. Since March 2019, she has been the artistic director of the Hamburg Short Film Festival. She is mother of two inspiring kids.
Filmography 3/4 (2014), Warum wir waren was wir waren (2011), Eine einfache Liebe (2005), Von der Hingabe (2002), Fin de siglo (1998), Petit Voyage (1996).
Matt Porterfield is a writer-director from Baltimore, Maryland. He has made four feature films, Hamilton, Putty Hill, I Used to be Darker and and Sollers Point, as well as two international shorts, Take What You Can Carry and Cuatro Paredes. His work has screened at the Whitney Biennial, MoMA, Centre Pompidou, and film festivals such as Sundance, the Berlinale, Rotterdam and BAFICI. He teaches at Johns Hopkins University and resides in Mexico City.