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A. Fernandez
Director
Panama

Born in Mexico, he is a filmmaker and producer. He obtained a Master’s degree in Cinema Studies from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. His works include "¿Dónde está Macotela?" (2008); "Príncipe Azteca" (2012), which received the support of Mexican fund Foprocine, and the documentary "Las Venas del Tiempo" (2018)." Azuquit"a (2019) is his latest feature.

Adrian Mora
Director
Panama

Anthropologist and actor. He studied Anthropology at the Universidad de Panama. He worked as an extra in "Paradise Lost " (2013) and "Hands of Stone" (2014). "Huaquero: Profano de las Sombras" is his feature debut.

Adriana Loeff
Documentalist and journalist
Uruguay

Director, editor and documentalist, she is a teacher of Documentary Production at the Catholic University of Uruguay. Her filmography includes Hit (2008) and La Flor de la Vida (2018), which earned her the special jury prize at É Tudo Verdade/It´s all True, the audience award at the Malaga Festival and best documentary film by the critics asociation in Uruguay. This film, which premiered at the International Documentary Film Festival  Amesterdam, tells of a love story in a 50 year marriage, and it screened for 11 weeks in cinemas in Uruguay. Her previous film, "Hit", also in collaboration with Abend, is an intimate reflection about the power of music to change history. In journalism, Loeff collaboradtes with AP, CNN, Al Jazeera and Storyhunter. She was producer and scriptwriter for a piece by National Geographic about local devotions, she worked as an editor for AFP and for the Television Nacional de Uruguay. As an independent filmmaker, she has worked with NGOs, including the United Nations and the Interamerican Development Bank. She has a Master´s Degree in Latin American Studies from NYU (Fullbright Scholar), and has a bachelor degree in Communications from the Universidad Católica. Sin 2011 she teaches at the University of Montevideo.

Ana Elena Tejera
Director
Panama
Primera Mirada: Panquiaco, Workshop: Film preservation

Ana Elena Tejera was born in Panama. He studied Art with a specialization in Spanish at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He also studied archival studies in Mexico and Brazil, Screenwriting in Havana and Anthropology in Paris. His filmography as a screenwriter includes the short film Fifty (2009); La Yuma (2009), and Molina's Feroz (2010).

Ana Isabel Bustamante
Director
Spain

She studied Communications and made the photo-documentary “Ausentes” on feminicide. In 2009 she studied Creative Documentary in Barcelona at the Film Observatory. In 2015 she finished her studies on Montage at the Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, ECA. Editor of the short films “Take Away” and “Boston”, as well for Cinelabs in Romania, where she worked in trilogy “The Russian Witness”. Ana directed a chapter in the film “Awakening”, institutional campaigns and video clips. “La asfixia” is her first feature film, which received three post awards at Habana Post and a Cinergia Post award.

Anaís Taracena
Director
Guatemala
Primera mirada: El silencio del topo

Anaís Taracena was born in Guatemala. She has made several documentaries including El Silencio del Topo, Ruch'ilonik ri K'aslem, Entre voces, Twenty years later, and Más de Cien Años. She has participated with her documentaries in several festivals all around the world.

Andre Catoto Dias
Director
Brazil

André Catoto Dias was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1979. He is a journalist with experience working for audiovisual productions. Two of his short films won prizes at the Festival do Minuto: "Segredo" (2008) and "Receita de todo dia" (2009). He also directed the short film "Imo" (2011) and, in 2015, he won the XIX Festival of English Culture and produced the short "Say I Am Only Seventeen". His last short film is "@disexta". In 2011 he founded the animation studio DnA.tv.br. 

Andrea Giusti
Productor
Brazil

Postgraduate in Executive Production and Television Management, Andrea Giusti joined various prestigious production companies in Brazil as an executive producer such as: Latina Estúdio, Moonshot and RT Features. Recently, Giusti became Head of Entertainment at Spray Filmes. Giusti is the executive producer behind major Latin Americans co-productions such as: “Garcia”(Rhayuella Films – Colombia), “Post Mortem”(Fabula Producciones- Chile) and “Filhos da Pista”(documentary – México) She worked on TV shows including: “Turbinados” (Discovery), “O Hipnotizador” (HBO original production), HQ- Edição Definitiva (HBO), “Carcereiros (Globo – 2 seasons- Prêmio MIP TV) and "Quebrando Tabu (GNT - 2 seasons); as well as the feature films: Tim Maia (Mauro Lima), Gorila (José Eduardo Belmonte), Quando eu era Vivo (Marco Dutra) and Alemão (José Eduardo Belmonte). Since her debut at Spray Filmes, Giusti was the executive producer of fiction feature length film“Abe" (Sundance Film Festival and Panama IFF 2019) and documentaries “Encarcerados” and “Flavors of Abraham”, both directed by Fernando Grostein.

Andrew Hevia
Producer VP Fabula US Jury Panama Documentary
United States of America

Cuban-American filmmaker from Miami. Andrew Hevia currently works in Los Angeles as VP at Fabula US, the Oscar winning production company, founded by Juan de Dios and Pablo Larraín. Previously, Hevia co-produced the Oscar winning film by Barry Jenkins, MOONLIGHT, and cofounded the filmmakers collective BORSCHT CORP. He studied Business at Florida State University and graduated from Gabelli Business School at Fordham. He was a Fulbright Scholar in 2015 in Hong Kong and participated in IFP Filmmaking Labs and is an alumn of Berlinale Talent Campus.

Anghelo Taylor
Director
Panama

Anghelo Taylor was born in Panama. Earned a Masters Degree in Media Administration from the Escuela de Negocios in Spain. Calypsonians is his feature debut.

Antonella Sudasassi
Director
Italy

Studied Communications at University of Costa Rica.Always inclined toward the visual arts, she began her transmedia work for "El Despertar de las Hormigas" in 2015, which explores sexuality in key moments for women. In 2016 she premiered the short film related to the project, titled "La Niñez", which participated in festivals in 10 countries and earned her an Icaro Award in 2018 for Best Central American Short Film. In 2019 she premiered her fiction feature debut, "El Despertar de las Hormigas" at the Forum Section at Berlinale.

António Ferreira
Director
Portugal

António Ferreira had his debut at Cannes in 2000 in the Cinefondation official selection with his film" Breathing Under Water". He has directed three shorts films and three feature length films, and won prizes in film festivals worldwide. His films are well recieved by spectators and have entered various film festivals. All of his films have been coproductions with countries that include Germany, France, Spain and Brazil.

Arturo Infante
Director
Cuba

Studied film at the Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños. He has written various screenplays, including "La Edad de la Peseta" which was nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Goya Awards in 2008. He has directed short films screened at several festivals. His feature debut "El Viaje Extraordinario de Celeste García" (2018) was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). 

Autumn Shank
Protagonist
United States of America

Autumn is in this riveting film that deals with Cindy Shank´s 15-year incarceration for conspiracy charges related to crimes committed by her deceased ex-boyfriend - something known, in legal terms, as “the girlfriend problem.”

Bettina Perut
Director
Chile

Bettina Perut was born in Italy. Writer, director and editor, she has worked with Iván Osnovikoff since 1997 producing and directing documentaries. Her filmography includes Los Reyes (2018), Surire (2015), The Death of Pinochet (2011), News (2009), Welcome to New York (2006), The Astute Pinochet Monkey (2004), A Man Apart (2002) and Martín Vargas from Chile (2000).

Carlos Gutiérrez
Distribuitor: Cinema Tropical -Panama-Locarno Industry Academy
Mexico
Panama-Locarno Industry Academy / Moderador del Panel de FIPRESCI Cómo los críticos ven el cine de la región

Carlos A. Gutiérrez is the co-founder and executive director of Cinema Tropical, the non-profit organization based in New York, created in 2001, and a leader in the promotion of Latin American cinema in the United States. As a guest curator, he has presented various film cycles at various cultural institutions including The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Anthology Film Archives. Gutiérrez was a co-curator of the 53rd Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, and is co-director of the Tucson Cine Mexico festival in Arizona. He also works as an editor of BOMB Magazine, and has participated as a member of the jury and panelists for several festivals and film funds including the ones of Morelia, Margaret Mead, Seattle, SANFIC, DocsMX, the Documentary Film Fund of Sundance, Tribeca Film Institute Fund for Latin America and the Gucci Ambulante Scholarship.

Cindy Shank
Protagonist
United States of America

Cindy Shank, in the early 2000s, lived with her boyfriend at the time, who trafficked drugs in Michigan. Her boyfriend was murdered and the police questioned her about the criminal activity in the house they shared. No charges were filed against her. Five years later, after Shank settled down and started a family, the police knocked on his door. And even though she never sold drugs, she was convicted and sentenced to 15 years for conspiracy and possession, shortly after giving birth to her third and youngest daughter. This led to the loss of their marriage and the deprivation of their children's growth. His brother, Rudy Valdés, is the director of the film, The Sentence.

Claudia Abend
Director
Uruguay

Claudia Abend was born in Uruguay. Director, editor and documentalist, she is a teacher of Documentary Production at the Catholic University of Uruguay. Her filmography includes Hit (2008), and La Flor de la Vida (2018). Her first film was El principio del fin (2001), an award-winning documentary about the 1980 plebiscite that marked a major step towards the end of the dictatorship in Uruguay, directed Hit (2008), together with Adriana Loeff, a film that he beat the public record and time on the bill in Uruguay. In 2017 he was the world premiere at IDFA (Amsterdam) of her most recent feature film, also in co-direction with Loeff, La flor de la vida, a project that received support among others from Sundance Institute. The film won the jury's special prize at É Tudo Verdade / It's All True (Brazil), the public prize at the Malaga Festival (Spain) and the prize for best documentary and best editing by the Association of Critics of Cinema of Uruguay.

Claudio Ragazzi
Composer and speaker
Argentina
Master Class: Music for the movies - Collaborative Art, business and vocation.

Claudio Ragazzi  was born in Argentina. He is a Grammy and Emmy award winner Film Composer and guitarist. Claudio attended Berklee College of Music where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. A winner of the prestigious Duke Ellington Master’s Award and the Boston Music Award, Claudio went on to compose music for feature films, documentaries and television commercials as well as undertaking commissioned works for plays and ballets. His music can be listened to in the films Next Stop Wonderland (1998); The Blue Diner (2001), John Sayle’s Casa de los Babys (2003), and Something’s Gotta Give (2003), among others. He has performed with some of today’s most influential and respected musicians, including Gary Burton, Yo-Yo Ma, Regina Carter, Randy Brecker, Danilo Perez, saxophone legend Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Garrett and Paquito D’Rivera. He currently scores films, performs and teaches Film Composition at the prestigious Berklee College of Music

Cynthia Wiesner
Distributor: Weisner Distribution
Puerto Rico

President and Founder of Weisner Distribution, a Puerto Rican Distribution Company. From its beginnings in the year 2000, Wiesner Distribution Corp. works in the selection and distribution of the best independent films in the territories of the Caribbean & Central America. It's currently the only company created in Puerto Rico dedicated to the distribution of independent cinema mostly in Spanish language. 

Daniel Domínguez
Film Critic - Fipresci Film Juror
Panama
Panel: How critics see cinema from the region, with the presence of the FIPRESCI jury.

Daniel Domínguez is a journalist, writer, literary/film critic and university professor. His career as a journalist spans over 28 years. He works for the Panamanian newspaper La Prensa as editor of the column “Vivir Mas”, and blogger at “Cine y más”. He has written articles on Panamanian theatre productions for Revista Diógenes of the University of California; the Latin American Theatre Review, center of Latin American studies at Kansas University, and the Cuban Magazine Casa de las Américas. He is a board member of the Panamanian Academy of Arts and Film, and has also taken part as member of the jury in the International Film Festival of Huelva, Spain - José María Forqué award; the International Short Film Festival of Hayah, Panama; and the Fénix Awards of Ibero American Film. He has given media coverage to film festivals in Berlin, Tribeca, Huelva, among others.

Darlene Naponse
Director
Canada

Darlene Naponse is an Anishinaabe from Atikameksheng Anishnawbek - Northern Ontario, Canada. She was born and raised in her community and now works in her studio located in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. She is a writer, film director and video artist. Her film work has been seen nationally and internationally. She owns Pine Needle Productions, an award-winning film, video and audio recording production studio located at Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. Her latest feature film "Falls Around Her" premiered worldwide at TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival 2018. As a storyteller, Darlene is looking for imaginative images that give truth through words, movies, art and song.

Demian Hernández
Actor
Chile

Demian Hernández  is an actor and musician. He has acted in the feature films Too Late to Die Young and Víctima Potencial, and is currently studying Musical Composition and starting his solo project under the alias Feline Danzante.

Director
Panama

Edgar Soberón Torchía born in Panama. He studied Art with a specialization in Spanish at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He also studied archival studies in Mexico and Brazil, Screenwriting in Havana and Anthropology in Paris. His filmography as a screenwriter includes the short film Fifty (2009); La Yuma (2009), and Molina's Feroz (2010).

Edu Rabin
Cinematographer
Brazil

Edu Rabin was born in Brazil. Since 2010, he has participated in projects for Multishow, History Channel, Discovery Home & Health and FX. His works include the documentary Silence Forced, and the feature film Pampiano. As director of Dog in the Swing (2008) he won three awards at the 15/15, International Film Festival of Australia. Since 2012 he is a member of the faculty of Fluxo - Escola de Fotografia Expanded, in Porto Alegre. He has collaborated with director Emiliano Cunha. In 2016 he won the award for best cinematography at the Santos festival with the short film Sob Águas Claras, and Emiliano Cunha's Inocentes received the award for best international short film at ADF Festival Argentina. In 2017, he participated in the TV series Liberto and in 2019 again with Cunha's Line 4. 

Edward James Olmos
Actor
United States of America

Edward James Olmos is an actor, director, producer and activist from the United States. He is widely known for his roles in Miami Vice and Battlestar Gallactica. He has realized 42 feature films and 36 television series. He was nominated for an Oscar and has received over 10 international acting awards, including the Golden Globe and an Emmy for best actor.  

Elena Manrique
Producer Vertigo Films
Spain
Talk: Basic principles of production: From the idea to the screen

Elena Manrique was born in Mexico and is a producer, production manager and screenwriter. She produced the Oscar winning film, El Laberinto del Fauno, and others such as Cell 211, and El Orfanato, among 20 other films.

Eliseo Altunaga
Screenwriter
Cuba
Master Class: Narrative Structures: Classical structure, Art, Essays and Postmodernism

Eliseo Altunaga is a scriptwriter, storyteller and consultant. He studied Language and Spanish Literature at the University of Havana. He is Dean of the Screenwriting School at the EICTV Film School, Havana. He has written a number of screenplays, including Machuca (2004) Violeta went to heaven (2010); and has also worked as a script consultant for films such as Tony Manero (2007), NO (2011), Post Mortem (2010), and A Fantastic Woman (2017), awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, 2018.

Elliott Dale
Actor
Jamaica

Dale Elliott is an actor, known for Sprinter (2018).

Emiliano Cunha
Director
Brazil

Emiliano Cunha was born in Brazil. His short film O Cão (2011) was selected in more than 50 international film festivals, and A Cup of Coffee and Wait, selected for more than 30. Both include selections for the Huesca International Film Festival and the International Film Festival of Gramado He directed the short film Lobos (2012) and the television series Horizonte B, now on Netflix. His most recent work, Under Clear and Innocent Waters, was selected for the Zinebi, in Bilbao, Spain. Endotermia, his last short film, is now in post production. Emiliano graduated in film and has a master's degree in film about Flux Cinema.

Enrique Salanic
Actor
Guatemala

Enrique Salanic Born in Guatemala, this actor is known for his role in the movie José, 2018, directed by Li Cheng. José was presented at the Venice Film Festival.

Enriqueta (Ketty) Zafra
Linguistic Professor
Canada
Talk: “Translators always talk about loyalty – till their own asses are on the line:” On Multilingualism, audiovisual translation and treason in the case of Narcos, Round Table: Cinema’s participation in the fabric of our lives

Enriqueta (Ketty) Zafra is Associate Professor at the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Ryerson University. Her research interest includes Spanish Culture and Literature of the 16th and 17th  in which she has published extensively. Zafra’s love for film and language has brought her to the area of audiovisual translation. In this area, she has taught the courses, “Translating the Screen: Audiovisual Translation of Contemporary Spanish Film” and “Advance Spanish and Translation.” Since 2012, professor Zafra has also organized annual talks with internationally-renown Hispanic directors at her home university.

Ernesto Villalobos
Director
Costa Rica

Neto Villalobos was born in San José, Costa Rica. He studied Sociology in Costa Rica and later Cinematographic Direction in Barcelona.
After writing his second feature film, "Cascos Indomables", at the Residencia de la Cinéfondation de Cannes, it premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival where he also premiered his debut feature, "Por las Plumas".
His last short film "El Gran Líbano" is part of the Lebanon Factory and inaugurates the Directors' Fortnight of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival. He has also made several video clips and participated in spaces and workshops such as Berlinale Talent Campus in Berlin, Locarno Filmmakers Academy, BrLab, Rotterdam Lab, and "How a story is told" given by Gabriel García Márquez.
He is currently developing his next fiction project in collaboration with the Costa Rican writer Diego Van Der Laat.

Eugenio Caballero
Production Designer
Mexico

Eugenio Caballero grew up in Mexico City. After studying art history and film history in Florence, Italy, his career as a production designer began in Mexico, with award-winning works on MTV and short films. Soon, he began working on feature films as a production designer, which is responsible for the visual concept of a film, the design style for settings, locations, graphics, accessories, lighting, camera angles and costumes, while working closely with the director and the producer. Mr. Caballero's credits include about 30 films, 20 of them as a production designer and assistant decorator. He has worked with directors Jim Jarmusch, J.A. Bayona, Baz Luhrmann, Alfonso Cuarón, Sebastián Cordero, Russell Mlcahy among others. With the film A Monster Calls, directed by JA Bayona, he won a Goya, his third nomination for this award and the Gaudí Prize. Caballero designed the Opening Ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics, for director Daniele Finzi, with whom he also collaborated with Cirque du Soleil in the show "Luzia" in 2016. Caballero has been nominated 5 times for the Ariel prize, the main film award in Mexico, of which he has won two.

Federico Eibuszyc
Producer
Argentina

Born in Buenos Aires in 1979. He studied Image and Sound Design at Universidad de Buenos Aires. He started his career in production  with his production company PUCARÁ Cine, in association with Barabara Sarasola Day. He has produced Deshora, by Sarasola Day (2014, Premiere in Panorama - Berlinale), El Movimiento, by Benjamin Naishtat (2015, Premiere Cineasti del Presente - Locarno), Tigre, by Silbina Schnicer and Ulises Porra (2017, Premiere Discovery Selection, TIFF), Los Corroboradores, by Luis Bernardez (2017, Mar de Plata), and ROJO by Benjamin Naishtat (2018, Premiere Platform Competition, TIFF, Best Director, Actor and Photography at San Sebastian). 

Federico Veiroj
Director
Uruguay

Federico Veiroj, born in 1976, is a director, writer and producer from Uruguay and Spain. His first feature film, ACNE, premiered at Cannes 2008 and received several international awards, including best director at Festival de Santiago de Chile and best film at the Los Angeles Latino Film Festival, and it was also nominated for the best Ibero-American film at the Goya Awards.
A useful life, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival 2010, won prizes in Havana, Turkey and Warsaw. The Apostate, his third feature film, was a Spanish / French production, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and the Official Competition at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, where he received the Special Mention of the Jury and the FIPRESCI award. Retrospectives of his work have been shown at the Vienna Film Festival, the Harvard Film Archive in 2016; and the Swedish Film Institute in 2017. Currently, Veiroj is in the post-production of the film Thus spoke the money broker, produced by Oriental Films-Uruguay, Rizoma Films -Argentina and Pandora Films -Germany. 

Fernando Blanco
Director
Dominican Republic

Fernando Blanco was born in The Dominican Republic. He is a producer, writer and director. He studied film at UASD School (Dominican Republic), and obtained a Masters in Screenwriting, Narrative & Audiovisual Creativity from the University of Sevilla in Spain. His work includes the short films Lealtad Nocturna (2010), El Delivery (2013), and A Day of Luck (2014). He is currently working on the postproduction of his first feature film, the documentary Por eso vengo al río.

Fernando Sanchez
Mexico

One of the participants in the film Inventing Tomorrow, which will be the Green Carpet event at IFF Panama.

Francisco J. Delgado
Producer / Director of Photography
Panama

Producer and director of the film Huaquero: Profano de las Sombras.

George F Roberson
Producer
United States of America

George F Roberson, writer and producer. 1st feature: JOSHUA TREE (2014) and 2nd feature: JOSE (2018) - set in Guatemala, one of the world’s most dangerous and poorest countries, it premiered at 75th Venice Film Festival and won Queer Lion. Since 2015 he’s served on the Juries of both Cyprus and Bridges (Greece) International Film Festivals. Academic, advocate and social theorist, he was Fulbright Scholar to Morocco, holds a PhD in Geosciences from University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and has lived and worked in 60+ countries. Having left the USA to research, write and produce JOSE (2018) in 2016, he now divides his time between Mexico City and other mega-cities in Latin America and Asia.

Senior International Programmer - Hot Docs Documentary Film Festival
United States of America

Heather is a Senior International Programmer for Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival, where she has worked for twelve years. She is an International Programmer for imagineNATIVE Film + Media Festival, the largest Indigenous film festival in the world, and a recommender for Chicken and Egg Productions, which supports emerging female film directors. In addition to her programming work, Heather has produced three award- winning feature documentaries: Wetback: The Undocumented Documentary, Super Amigos, and City Idol and is in pre-production of a hybrid documentary with Dana Claxto and Jeneen Feri Nijootli and in development of a narrative feature.  In 2012, she founded Culture Storm a production company that supports artists across disciplines. Through Culture Storm she has worked with artists including Ryan McMahon, James Luna and Guillermo Gómez-Peña’s Pocha Nostra, and Cliff Cardinal. She co-produced, with Setsune Fashion Incubator, the exhibition Indian Giver and co- produced Tomson Highway’s Songs in the Key of Cree with Denise Bolduc and Patricia Cano.  Recently she produced the inaugural Indigenous Fashion Week Toronto in the Spring of 2018 with collective partners Artistic Director, Sage Paul Cardinal and Development Director, Kerry Swanson. IFWTO is a multi-platform fashion week of the most distinct and progressive Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textiles, celebrated through runway, workshops, panels and an International marketplace.  Heather is the founder and former curator of Toronto Free Gallery, a non-profit arts space that ran from 2004 to 2012, and was dedicated to exhibiting works that focused on social, cultural and urban issues relevant to current times.  

Inti Cordera
Productor y Director Docs DF
Mexico
Jurado Documental Panamá

Inti Cordera Born in Mexico, Cordera is the director and producer of documentary films. Founder of LA MAROMA productions and the DocsMX festival. As a director and producer, he has made feature length documentaries, series and TV shows. He has participated as a jury in festivals and project evaluation committees, as well as in workshops, analysis forums and working groups in Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Asia.He started his professional career in 1992 making the documentary "Neruda en Isla Negra".He has participated as a jury in various national and international festivals, including the Guadalajara Film Festival, Viña del Mar, Documenta Madrid, RIDM, FIDBA, Vision du Reel, DokFest and Miradas Doc, among others, as well as in evaluation committees of projects for the Mexican Institute of Cinematography (IMCINE), the National Film Council of Ecuador (CNCINE), the Film and Audiovisual Institute of Uruguay (ICAU) and the Audiovisual Fund of Colombia (PRO IMÁGENES).In 2012 he received the Mente Imagen award, awarded by Discovery Channel and the Quo magazine. He is also founder of the Mexican Network of Film Festivals: RedMexFest, of which he currently holds the position of Coordinator of Linking.

Inti Herrera
Director and production manager
Cuba
Jurado Documental Panamá

Inti Herrera is a producer and production manager, known for Juan de los Muertos (2011), Bailando chachacha (2005) and Viva Cuba (2005).

Ivan Giroud
Director - Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano - La Habana
Cuba

Ivan Giroud Director of the Nuevo cine Latinoamericano de la Habana International Festival.Born in Cuba. He started in the film industry in 1988 at the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry (ICAIC), as a leading specialist and organizer of Cuban and Latin American film shows for Europe and North America. President of the International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana since May 2013, and was previously its director between 1994 and 2010. Director of audiovisual programming at the Buñuel Institute and director of the Sala Berlanga (Madrid) between 2008 and 2012, during which he was a guest professor in the Master's in film management at the Carlos III University of Madrid. Director for Latin of the Dictionary of Ibero-American Cinema. He is one of the authors of the book Historias en común 40 años / 50 Iberoamerican Film Films, presented in the 1st. Ibero-American Film Congress that was held in Mexico D.F in 2008. He has been a jury in the festivals of Cartagena de Indias; International Festival of Films of Femmes de Créteil, France; Donostia-San Sebastián International Film Festival, -Section of New Directors-; Sarajevo Film Festival; It's all True Festival of Sao Paulo; The Providence Festival of New Latin American Cinema; Sample of Mexican Cinema in Guadalajara, among others.

Iván Osnovikoff
Director and Producer
Chile

Bettina Perut (Roma, 1970) and Iván Osnovikoff (Puerto Montt, 1966) work together sonce 1997 producing and directing feature length documentaries. Their films include The Kings (2018), Surire (2015), La Muerte de Pinochet (2011), Noticias (2009), Welcome to New York (2006), El Astuto Mono Pinochet (2004), Un Hombre Aparte (2002) and Martín Vargas de Chile (2000).

Janet Grillo
Director
United States of America

Janet Grillo was born in The United States. She is a filmmaker and producer, former executive at New Line Cinema, where she worked for 10 years. She holds an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she is a full time Arts Professor. Her filmography includes Autism: The Musical (2007), winner of the Primetime Emmy Award; Jack Of The Red Hearts (2015) and Fly Away(2011).

JAYRO BUSTAMANTE
Director
Guatemala
Round Table: Cinema’s participation in the fabric of our livesTemblores

Jayro Bustamante was born in Guatemala, in a community of primarily Mayan heritage, next to the Atitlan Lake. He began his professional career in advertising, with Ogilvy & Mather. He later moved to Paris to continue his studies in Film Direction at the Conservatoirse Libre du Cinéma Francais. He then went on to study scripwriting in Rome at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografía. Upon his return to Guatemala, he founded his own production  company: La Casa de Producción. This is where he produced his first shorts and later his feature debut, Ixcanul. With this film he won the Silver Bear at Berlinale in 2015 and over 60 award in international film festivals. In 2016 he created a film de auteur distribution department and another one for artistic representation withing his production company, La Casa de Producción. Industry companies did not exist previously in Guatemala, and so Jayro was able to secure contracta in Hollywood films for the main actress in Ixcanul, María Mercedes Coroy, jumpstarting her own acting career.

 

Jennifer Weiss
Producer
Canada

Jennifer Weiss is co-founder and partner of The Film Farm, a successful independent production company that has had international success with filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan, Brian De Palma, Sarah Polley and Sook-Yin Lee. With more than 20 years of experience in film production, development, financing and distribution, Jennifer is a highly respected member of the Canadian film industry.

Jesús Martínez
Mexico

Protagonista de la película Inventing Tomorrow que será la Alfombra Verde de IFF Panamá.

Joel del Río
Film Critic - FIPRESCI juror
Cuba
Panel: How critics see cinema from the region, with the presence of the FIPRESCI jury.

Joel del Río is a journalist and writer. Since 1994 he has worked as a film critic for publications such as Juventud Rebelde, the magazine “Cine Cubano”, and the website La Jiribilla, among others. His work has been published in magazines from Spain, Colombia, Brasil, Mexico, Japan and the UK. He is a journalist for ICAIC, and a professor of workshops about film genre at the EICTV Film School in Cuba. He also teaches at FAMCA School of Media and Audiovisual Communication. He has published the books Latitudes del margen (2004), co-written with Caridad Cumaná, Los cien caminos del cine cubano (2009) co-written with Marta Díaz, Melodrama, Tragedia y Euforia: De Griffith a Von Trier (2012), El cine según García Márquez (2013) and La edad de las ilusiones: el cine de Fernando Pérez (2016). 

Jorge Cajar
Productor
Panama

Producer of film Azuquita.

Jorge Muñiz
Sound Producer
Canada
Workshop: 3rd part “The art of direct sound recording”

Jorge Muñiz was born in Cusco, Peru. He studied Communication Science. He worked as a producer and radio anchor for eleven years. Jorge attended the Armando Robles Godoy Film School, and the EICTV Film School in Cuba, where he was taught screenwriting by writer Gabriel García Márquez. During the 80s, he worked with filmmakers Francisco Lombardi and Alberto Durán on several Peruvian productions. He lives in Canada, where he works as a sound technician for film and television. He is currently working on his first film as a director, scheduled to be shot in Cusco and Toronto in 2020.

Jose Angel Cantó
Director
Panama

José Ángel Canto was born in Panama. He studied at the EICTV Film School, Cuba. He began his career as an advertising director working in Panama and internationally. The Dry Season(2018) is his feature debut.

José Antonio Teodoro
Writer and Film Critic - FIPRESCI juror
Canada
Panel: How critics see cinema from the region, with the presence of the FIPRESCI jury.

José Teodoro is a writer. He writes about film and literature for publications such as Film Comment, Brick, Cinema Scope and Globe & Mail. He is the author of several plays, including The Tourist, Steps, Mote and Slowly. He has participated as member of the jury in film festivals in Europe and the Americas, and is a member of the jury for the Scotiabank Giller Prize 2019. He is currently working on several plays, and a conversation book together with swiss canadian filmmaker Peter Mettler.

Juan Pablo Olyslager
Actor
Guatemala

Juan Pablo Olyslager He was born in Guatemala City. He began his foray into acting at an early age in commercials and plays. He trained as an actor in the school of Herberth Meneses and Ana María Bravo. Olyslager has acted in Guatemala, London, New York, Los Angeles and Havana. Back in Guatemala he participated in several regional and American productions. In 2017 he started working with Jayro Bustamante in Temblores. With Bustamante and Tatiana Palomo received the formation of the Stanislavski method. He recently finished filming La Llorona with Jayro Bustamante.

Director
Argentina

Juan Villegas was born in Argentina in 1971. As a director he has made films such as Sábado (2001), his first feature film, Los suicidas (2005) and Las Vegas (2018). He has also collaborated as a producer in several films of the director Celina Murga, among them La tercera orilla (2014), which featured Martin Scorsese as executive producer. Before becoming a filmmaker, Villegas worked as a film critic for the magazine El Amante. It is part of the generation of filmmakers that emerged as part of the New Argentine Cinema between the 1990s and 2000s.

Karina Korenblum
Sales and acquisitions - Cercamon
France

Karina Korenblum Executive of acquisitions and sales of films, with 19 years of experience in the commercial and independent sectors. He began his career in the world of cinema in 2000 at the prestigious production company Celluloid Dreams, in Paris, where he worked as a sales agent and managed films from directors such as Francois Ozon, Takeshi Kitano and Ray Lawrence, among others. In 2007 she moved to Berlin, where she was the acquisitions director of the EEAP group and responsible for the purchase of films for Eastern Europe. Likewise,she managed to consolidate a market focused on a high commercial profile but of great quality, with the purchase of films like Shutter Island, by Martin Scorsese, and The Reader, by Stephen Daldry. Afterwards, she moved to Prague where she worked as a commercial advisor for the American company GrandView Castle in the acquisition of films, distribution and exhibition in cinemas, and the expansion of the video on demand (VoD) market in different countries in Eastern Europe. She currently works as a sales and acquisitions executive in the company Cercamon, which belongs to her talented and great friend Sebastien Chesneau.

Katayoon Shahabi
Producer
Iran
Round Table: Cinema's participation in the fabric of our livesCold sweat

Katayoon Shahabi, born in Tehran and doctor of French literature, began her work in 1982 as a film promoter at "Farabi Cinema Foundation" (FCF), presenting Iranian cinema to the world. In 1994, she helped launch Cima Media International (CMI) before establishing her own company, Sheherazad Media International (SMI), the most important private company active in worldwide distribution of features, documentation and co-production with foreign companies in 2001. She has produced numerous documentaries, has presented films of acclaimed directors, and has several awards for his country.
In 2012, she also launched his French-based company, NOORI PICTURES, with which "Tales" by Rakhshan Banietemad and "Wednesday, May 9" by Vahid Jalilvand were awarded in Venice and "Nahid" by Ida Panahandeh in Un Certain Regard in 2014 and 2015, respectively; "Inversion" by Behnam Behzadi in Un Certain Regard 2016 and "No Date, No Signature" that received 2 awards in Venice 2017.
Katayoon was a member of the jury for the most part, fourteen times member of international film festivals such as Mannheim-Heidelberg, International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA), Milan Film Festival, FIPA, Geneva Film Festival, Film Festival of San Sebastián (as President). Competition section of the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.

Laura Avila
Producer
Costa Rica

Producer of the Film Here and Now, about a contemporary dancer who lives to dance.

Laura Michalchyshyn
President and Co founder of Sundance Productions
United States of America
Talk: Brief introduction to film funds in the US market.

An accomplished producer and media executive, Laura Michalchyshyn has programmed and managed channels in the U.S. and Canada, including Sundance Channel, Discovery’s Planet Green, Showcase and IFC Canada. She works with a variety of talented directors and creators producing scripted and non scripted series and documentaries. Recently, Michalchyshyn partnered with director/producer Dawn Porter on the Netflix documentary series Bobby Kennedy for President. In 2012 Michalchyshyn co-founded Sundance Productions with Robert Redford and together they executive-produced AMC’s The American West, Discovery’s All The President’s Men, Animal Planet’s Ocean Warriors, Chicagoland for CNN; and the feature documentary Momentum Generation (2018), by directors Mike and Jeff Zimbalist. She executive produces the Jigsaw/Sundance Productions CNN series Death Row Stories going into a fourth season, and is in development on Ten Restaurants that Changed America with Radical Media.

She was part of the production team on Caroline Suh’s Jigsaw digital series The 4%: Film’s Gender Problem (2016). Her awards include two Emmys, a GLAAD, Real Screen, Banff TV Award and a Peabody. 

Professor and writer
United States of America
Master Class: Biography of a photo

Dr. Lauren Walsh is a professor and writer. She teaches at The New School and New York University, where she is the Director of Gallatin’s Photojournalism Lab. Walsh is co-editor of The Future of Text and Image (2012) and Millennium Villages Project (2016), and editor of Macondo: Memories of the Colombian Conflict (2017). Her latest book is Conversations on Conflict Photography (2019), and she is the Director of Lost Rolls America, a national public archive of photography and memory. 

Leynar Gómez Prendas
Actor
Costa Rica

Leynar Gómez Prendas Cultural activist and cultural manager, film and theater actor. He has worked in productions in Italy, Spain, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Ecuador, among others. Among the films that emphasize extensive participation in theater and which mark Costa Rican film are Puerto Padre, by Gustavo Fallas, 2013; Presos, by Esteban Ramírez, 2015; The Awakening of the Ants, by Antonella Sudassassi and Netflix’s international series Narcos, 2015-2017 He has received awards in different theater plays such as the X Theater Cycle University of Beira Interior, Covilhã Portugal, March 2006; National Festival of Grano de Oro Theater Costa Rica 2009; Best monologue award of the Gold Grain Festival 2009; Best actor award at the Golden Grain Festival 2009; Second Place with the monologue Que varas Mae, Atacama Chile theater festival Copiapó, January, 2011; International Prize of the Ibero-American cinema Fénix, to better acting ensemble, with the Narcos de Netflix series, Mexico 2017. He currently has the feature film Hacia la Batalla, a French-Colombian production. and the feature film Submersible, production of Colombia and Ecuador

Li Cheng
Director
United States of America

Li Cheng is a writer, director and producer born in China, who later moved to the USA in 1999, and has been a global nomad since 2015. His key themes are: struggle, crisis, hope. Cheng left research in biotechnology in 2007 to focus on film and his first feature film, JOSHUA TREE (2014), which revolves around the American dream crisis, a critique of American culture. His second feature film, JOSE (2018), premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2018, and was awarded the Queer Lion the next day. For the project, he conducted an investigation in 12 Latin American countries and lived in Guatemala for two years, a difficult place filled with youthful hope. Cheng holds a Ph.D. from Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.

Lila Avilés
Director
Mexico
Round Table: Cinema's participation in the fabric of our livesThe Chambermaid

Lila Avilés studied Direction and Performing Arts with some of the leading theatrical figures in Mexico such as Martin Acosta, Sandra Felix and Juliana Faesler. She studied screenwriting with Beatriz Novaro and Paula Marcovich. She began acting in theater before moving into directing. Her work as a director includes the plays Microdermoabrasión, Gardenia Club, Antígona; the operas Cossi fan tutte by Mozart, and Alcina by Handel. The play The Chambermaid – would become the inspiration for her first feature film, The Chambermaid (2018).

Lisandro Sanchez
Distributor
Guatemala

Lisandro Sanchez Sanchez is an architect with a master's degree in Strategic Design. He has been a professor of architecture in Guatemala and Universidad del Istmo Design School in Panama. He participated in La Casa de Producción during the post production of the film by Jayro Bustamante, Ixcanul. In 2017, he designed La Sala de Cine, founded by Jayro Bustamante, dedicated to screen independent cinema in Guatemala. Since 2016, he has been working in the art and props department in Bustamante’s movies. Currently, he is in charge of the Distribution Department in La Casa de Producción.

Lucho Araújo
Director
Panama

Lucho Araújo es Ingeniero Mecánico y fotógrafo autodidacta. Inició su carrera trabajando en videos corporativos y cortos documentales. Sus trabajos incluyen el video musical Cantaloupe Island (2017), y el corto Comida Rara (2017). Los Nietos del Jazz (2018) es su ópera prima. 

Lucía Garibaldi
Director
Uruguay

Lucía Garibaldi Graduated from the Escuela de Cine in Uruguay. She wrote and directed her feature debut Los Tiburones, earning her the Works in Progress award at San Sebastian Film Festival in 2018 and later premiered in Sundance, as part of the World Cinema Dramatic, 2019, and wins Best Direction. She is working on two new films: Mirame, Roberto, Mírame and La Última Reina, which participated in the Ibermedia Project Development Class.

Luis Rafael Gonzalez
Distributor
Dominican Republic

Luis Rafael Gonzalez from the Dominican Republic, González is Vice President of Distribution at Palmera International.

Maite Alberdi
Director, screenwriter and producer- Jury Panama Documentary
Chile

Maite Alberdi was born in Santiago, Chile, and is an audiovisual director, filmmaker, screenwriter and critic of Chilean cinema. She is internationally recognized for her documentaries La Once and Los niños, for which she won the prize for the best female documentary direction at the Amsterdam Documentary Film Festival, the most important in the world in its genre. Audiovisual director of the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, she also holds a degree in aesthetics and social communication from the same university. She has also worked as a montageist, sound engineer, executive producer and director of photography in several national films and documentaries.

Marcel Beltrán Director
Director and lecturer
Cuba

Marcel Beltrán Director, Director, film editor and project consultant. Degree in Audiovisual Communication at the Higher Institute of Art in Havana 2018 and Direction of Documentaries at the EICTV, San Antonio de los Baños, 2011. The 32nd Miami International Film Festival 2015 made a sample of his work as part of the Cuban Independent Emerging Film / Video Artist. She has taught film workshops for girls and boys with the educational program of La Cinémathèque Française in Paris. Professor of the EICTV and Chavón: The design school, in the Dominican Republic. He has been a jury in several laboratories and funds such as Nuevas Miradas Lab and the FDC of Proimágenes Colombia.

Marcelo Quesada
Producer and Distributor / Artistic Director of Costa Rican International Film Festival
Costa Rica

Marcelo Quesada Founder and co-director of Pacífica Gray, a project dedicated to the production, promotion and distribution of independent films in Central America, bringing to the region the work of references such as Ruben Östlund, Agnès Varda and Jim Jarmusch. He has combined this work with cultural management and creative production, advising the development of pioneering training and industry spaces in the region for the Cinergia Fund. He was the Artistic Director of the Costa Rica International Film Festival from 2015 to 2017 and is currently an expert on market, distribution and audience design issues. He also collaborates with the IDFA Festival as a programming consultant and with the animation studio Osopez as associate producer of the animated series The Pleasefixers. His most recent work is the feature film Cascos Indomables, selection of TIFF 2018, where he served as executive producer.

Margarita Hernández
Director
Cuba

Margarita Hernández was born in Cuba. She is a writer, producer and director. She studied filmmaking in Brazil, where she lives since 1992. She is the director of Bucanero Filmes, and Coordinator of the Ceará Ibero-American Film Festival. Her filmography includes Laberinto (2001), Filipe (2006), and Pausas (2013). Ché, memories of a secret year (2018) is her latest feature. Her short documentary films have won more than 20 awards at festivals in Brazil and around the world.

Mariana Murillo
Productora
Costa Rica

Mariana Murillo Born in Costa Rica, Murillo is a Producer at Sputnik Films in Costa Rica.

Marjorie Bendeck
Co-production Marketing Director / Estern Europe Connecting Cottbu / Jury Panama Documentary
Honduras

Marjorie Bendeck Honduran, graduated in communication and marketing, master's degree in organizational psychology, film studies in Mexico and EICTV in Cuba. She has been living in Germany since 2003, working for festivals, funds and training programs internationally. She evaluates film projects for ACE Producers and World Cinema Fund, and teaches pitch and development workshops for the Mediterranean Film Institute and Guadalajara Talents, among others. Since February 2018 she has been the director of the Eastern European co-production market Connecting Cottbus.

Mauro Colombo
Director
Panama

Mauro Colombo was born in Italy. He has a master's degree in Modern Literature with an emphasis in Human Geography. His area of interest is primarily social anthropology and the relationship of humans and nature. He has worked as director of photography for several projects in Latin America and the world, including films such as El Cruce (2017), and Yo No Me Llamo Rubén Blades (2018). Colombo is participating at the eighth edition of IFF Panama with Tierra Adentro (2018), his first film as director.

Maximiliano Saad
Production Manager Boogieman Media
Argentina

Maximiliano Saad is a project manager. In 2014 he became International Sales Director of Boogieman Media, Argentina, achieving collaboration agreements with film festivals throughout the continent. Boogieman Media is a pioneering Creative Agency in film design and with a track record with clients such as Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox and independent film and documentary producers.

Miguel Ángel Uriegas
Director, Producer and Screenwriter
Mexico

Miguel Ángel Uriegas Director, Producer and Screenwriter born in Mexico City. Graduated from the Vancouver Film School in Entertainment Industry Management. Winner of the Ariel Award for Best Animated Feature Film with the film "The Incredible Story of the Child of Stone" awarded by the Mexican Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences. In 2013 he founded Fotosíntesis Media together with Jaime Romandía, a company with the purpose of producing films that generate awareness and move the action, from the hand of civil associations in Mexico and the world

Nadia Dresti
Director - Locarno Pro
Italy

Nadia Dresti was born in Locarno and took her first steps in the world of film because of the Locarno Festival. Following a brief stint as the head of marketing for 20th Century Fox Switzerland, in 1990 she founded her own company, Zero Problem, in Geneva. This company specialized in film marketing and public relations, and it grew in Paris where she also was included in the selection committee of the Locarno Festival and was appointed as Head of the Industry Office, where she turned the office into a strategic tool for an event that has increasingly become an international hub for film industry professionals. In 2003, she spearheaded the creation of Open Doors, the co-production lab aimed at remote locations in the film industry. Three years later, in 2006, upon returning to Ticino, she became a Delegate to the Artistic direction. She launched the Industry Days in 2010 and became the Head of Locarno Pro in 2018. In 2017 she worked alongside Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian as Deputy Artistic Director of the Locarno Festival, while also managing Locarno Pro. She maintains the latter post to this day, having also been appointed as Director of the Ticino Film Commission.

Natalia Cabral
Director
Spain

Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada work together and dance between the lines of fiction and non fiction. Both graated from the Escuela de Cine at San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, and they founded Faula Films in 2012. Since then they have directed and produced the documentary films "Tú y Yo", "El Sitio de los Sitios" and their first fiction film "Miriam Miente". 

Oriol Estrada
Producer
Dominican Republic

Natalia Cabral and Oriol Estrada work together and dance between the lines of fiction and non fiction. Both graated from the Escuela de Cine at San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, and they founded Faula Films in 2012. Since then they have directed and produced the documentary films "Tú y Yo", "El Sitio de los Sitios" and their first fiction film "Miriam Miente".

Patricia Velásquez
Director
Costa Rica

Patricia Velásquez Master in communication with emphasis in audiovisual production, with a degree in psychology, she also has studies in dramatic arts. She has experience in television as a director and producer of commercials and television programs. In 2007 he co founded the company Tiempo Liquido which produces content for Cinema, TV and Web. In 2009, she was selected by the newspaper El Financiero, in the ranking of the 40 most outstanding young entrepreneurs in the country. That same year she was invited to the Talent Campus of the Berlinale and in 2010 to the Talent Campus of the Guadalajara Film Festival, Bolivia Lab and to different film co-production forums. In 2015 she premiered her first feature film Dos Aguas at the Panama International Film Festival, which received honorable mention at the National Culture Awards of Costa Rica, and was selected in the Platinum Awards in the categories of Best Photography and Best Ibero-American First Opera. In 2016 she premiered the documentary for TV "La Sombra del Naranjo", winner of Costa Rica in DOCTV Latin America, in 17 countries in Latin America. He is currently premiering his second fiction feature film titled "Apego", a co-production between Costa Rica and Chile.

Paul Federbush
International Director of Sundance film Program
United States of America
Talk: Brief introduction to film funds in the US market.

As the International Director of the Feature Film Program at the Sundance Institute, Paul Federbush looks for emerging filmmakers and screenwriters from around the world for the artist development programs of the Sundance Institute. He also directs Screenwriters Labs in various regions of the world, such as India, Cuba, Greece, Turkey, Japan, and offers emerging filmmakers and writers from those regions the unique opportunity to work intensively on their film scripts with an in-depth orientation of the project that encourages innovation and innovation.  After participating in Sundance Institute's script laboratories, Federbush continues to guide filmmakers throughout the life of their projects, from script development, production and financing strategies, the editorial process and, ultimately, instance, the participation strategies of the festivals, the distribution and the audience. Prior to joining Sundance, Federbush was a founding partner of a company specialized in theatrical distribution, Red Flag Releasing (RFR), with digital distribution agreements through Warner Bros. Red Flag Releasing worked at the forefront of theatrical and digital news . Prior to RFR, Federbush served as Senior Vice President of Production and Acquisitions in the Warner Bros. specialized division, Warner Independent Pictures. As one of its founding members, Federbush oversaw the acquisition, development and production of winners / nominees for the Academy Awards® such as Slumdog Millionaire, March of the Penguins and Paradise Now, among others. In the years prior to Warner Independent, Federbush served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Production at the overseas sales company Pandora, and Vice President of Acquisitions in New Line Cinema's specialized division, Fine Line Features. During this period, Federbush worked and acquired films such as the cult hit Donnie Darko and the winners / nominees for the Academy Awards® Shine, The Sweet Hereafter and Dancer in the Dark.

Paula Gastaud
Distribuitor - Sofa Digital - Industry Academy Locarno
Brazil

Paula Gastaud entered the film industry in 2001 as an executive producer of film and television content in Brazil. Since 2009 she has bee focusing on the international market, developing business opportunities for Brazilian filmmakers around the world. In Sofa Digital since its inception, manages licensing, programming and operation of content for worldwide distribution on VOD platforms such as iTunes, Google Play / Youtube, Amazon, Mubi, Netflix, Sky Play, Claro Video. As audiovisual consultant and lecturer, she has participated in different workshops of prestigious institutions and programs such as: Locarno Industry Academy, EICTV- Cuba, BRLAB, MICA, FIDBA, Mar Doc Lab, BAM, Malaga Festival, Chile Docs, SANFIC, Panama IFF, Marché du Film Producers Network, San Sebastian Film Festival, among others.

Paz León
Director
United States of America

Paz is originally from San José, Costa Rica. She lived five years in Lyon, France where she studied both Cinema and Modern Literature. In 2009 she directed her first short film, En Espera, and in 2013 she graduated from the American Film Institute with a master's degree in film directing. She is the writer and director of Aquí y Ahora (2019), her first feature film. Aquí y Ahora  won the work in progress award from the Viña del Mar film festival, the post-production fund of Women in Film and was even part of the IFP lab (Independent Filmmaker project ) in NY.

Ricardo Darín
Actor
Argentina

Argentinian actor and director, renowned for his roles in Nine Queens and the Oscar-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes. He has appeared in over 40 films, including Luna de Avellaneda, Un cuento chino, Tesis sobre un homicidio and Wild Tales. He has received awards including Best Actor Goya award for his role in Truman.

Rodrigo Barriuso
Director
Canada

Rodrigo Barriuso is a Cuban-Canadian filmmaker. His short film For Dorian (12) won the Best Canadian Film Award at InsideOut, Toronto's LGBT Film Festival, as well as the Best Short Film Award at Mix Copenhagen and the LGBT Film Festival in Torino. His debut feature, A Translator, had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2018 as part of the international fiction competition and won awards for best direction at the Shanghai International Film Festival and the International Film Festival. cinema of Pune. Rodrigo is developing his next feature film, in which the self-determination and identity of a transgender woman are challenged as she loses her memory because of Alzheimer's.

Rodrigo Hernán Vila
Producer
Argentina

Rodrigo Hernán Vila Awarded Producer, Writer and Director. His latest productions included the feature films "THE LAST MAN", "SOLEDAD" and "AMAPOLA", and also documentaries such as "TANGO IN PARIS, MEMORIES OF ASTOR PIAZZOLLA", "MERCEDES SOSA, THE VOICE OF LATIN AMERICA" and The Netflix Original Series "BOCA JUNIORS CONFIDENTIAL". His films presented talents such as Harvey Keitel, Hayden Christensen, Geraldine Chaplin, Lito Cruz, José Sacristán, Vera Spinetta and Marco Leonardi, among others. His films have also been selected and awarded at numerous international festivals. He received the most important prize in the Argentine film industry, "Cóndor de Plata 2014 to the best documentary of the year". Also two "Martin Fierro", Award for the best Argentine production for foreign countries and also won the "Carlos Gardel". In addition, his film "Boca Juniors 3D" is the most watched Argentine fiction documentary. His films as Director and Producer have been co-produced and distributed by FOX International Productions, 20th Century FOX, Universal Pictures, Buena Vista International, Lionsgate and Netflix. Fiction and documentary films of C7F.

Rodrigo Santoro
Actor
Brazil

Santoro is one of Brazil's most famous actors, and has co starred with  the biggest stars of film industry, including  Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Gerard Butler, Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor and has worked with directors such as Richard Curtis and Zack Snyder. His films include Brainstorm, Carandiru, Love Actually, Che, I Love You Phillip Morris and Rio. He is perhaps most famous for his portrayal of the Persian King Xerxes in the 300 movie and his sequel 300: Rise of an Empire. He participated in the television series Lost, playing the character of Paulo, and plays Hector Escaton in HBO's Westworld.

Ron Haviv
Photographer and lecturer
United States of America
Master Class: Biography of a photo, Round Table: Movies in the fabric of our livesRiver of Gold

Ron Haviv is an Emmy-nominated, award-winning photographer and co-founder of the agency VII, dedicated to documenting conflict and raising awareness about human rights issues around the globe. In the last three decades, Haviv has covered more than twenty-five conflicts and worked in over one hundred countries. He has published four critically acclaimed collections of photography, and his work has been featured in numerous museums and galleries, including the Louvre, the United Nations, and the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sandino Saravia
Partner Producer Cinevinay y Malbicho Cine / Jury of Primera Mirada
Uruguay

Film producer based in Mexico and Uruguay. He stands out for having been one of the producers of El baño del Papa, by César Charlone and Enrique Fernández (Cannes 2007), Agua fría de mar, by Paz Fábrega (Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2010), A monster of a thousand heads, by Rodrigo Plá (Venice 2015), Boi Neon and Divino amor, by Gabriel Mascaro (Venice 2015 and Sundance 2019, respectively), Pájaros de verano, by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra (Cannes 2018) and Roma, by Alfonso Cuarón, awarded 3 Oscars, Best Director, Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.

Sarah Fowler Dupont
Director
United States of America

Sarah duPont is an award-winning humanitarian, educator and filmmaker and advocate for ecological preservation. As president and founder of the Amazon Aid Foundation, Sarah works with Neotropical scientists to study Amazonian biodiversity with a view to educating the public and introducing state-of-the-art conservation practices and on-the-ground solutions for the region. Sarah is the producer and co-director of the award-winning film River of Gold and the short documentary Mercury Uprising, both films about the illegal extraction of gold in the Amazon rainforest. Her other film projects include the production of the award-winning PSA music video, Kids Against Malaria, a transmedia program to promote the treatment and prevention of malaria in Africa and the video of the hymn for the Amazon, a video with the voices of 500 children from all the world. Singing to protect the Amazon. Sarah has been involved in educational innovation for 25 years, creating projects both locally and globally. Has amso created an interdisciplinary curriculum that supports core subjects, including the STEAM middle school and high school curriculum, created around the documentary River of Gold. In the fall of 2010, Sarah, along with Gigi Hancock, wife of legendary great jazz musician, Herbie Hancock, co-founded CIAMO, a school of art and music based in Benin, Africa. Sarah has had experience with the board both in the past and in the present, serving in the following meetings: the Children's Medical Center of the University of Virginia, the Council of Arts of the University of Virginia, the Association of Conservation of the Amazon, the Upton Foundation, the Rachel Network, the Board of Directors of Wake Forest University. She received the Charlottesville Village Award, the Dorothy Corwin Spirit of Life Award, the Global Syndicate Humanitarian Award, the Humanitarian Award from the New York Children's World Foundation, the Humanitarian Award from the Hawaii International Film Festival and the Pongo Award.

Sebastián Barriuso
Director
Canada

Sebastián Barriuso is an award-winning filmmaker born in Havana. He studied at the Higher Institute of Art of Cuba. His first feature film directed "Un Traductor" premiered at the World Cinema Dramatic Competition of the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. He and his brother and co-director of the film, Rodrigo Barriuso, were awarded as Best Directors at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2018, the only Class A film festival in China. He has also produced the feature film La Piscina, which premiered at the Panorama of the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and received the Special Jury Prize at the Marrakech International Film Festival. Sebastian is a member of the EAVE network

Sebastián Hernández
Biologist
Costa Rica

Sebastián Hernández I am Marine Biology with a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology focused on population aspects of elasmobranch species (sharks & rays), including research on genetic diversity and connectivity of shark species; visual and genetic identification of shark fins in the international trade, as well as reproductive biology aspect. I am currently lecturing at the Center for International Program from Veritas University (Costa Rica) and coordinating the Biomolecular lab (BIOMOL). I am leading several projects to focus on the genetic connectivity of pelagic and coastal fish species in Costa Rica and the identification of marine species traded. In addition, I am involved in several collaborative projects e.g. associated researcher of projects carried on at the Research Center of Cellular and Molecular Biology (CIBCM), and the Center of Research in Marine Science and Limnology (CIMAR) of the Universidad de Costa Rica, and providing several consulting services for PEW, Oceana (Perú), Fundación Mar Azul (Guatemala), and Costa Rican NGOs (Pretoma, Crema, Fins Attached, and Equipo Tora Carey).

Storm Saulter
Director
Jamaica

Storm Saulter is a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica, on a mission to create universal stories wrapped in the complex social and cultural dynamics of the Caribbean. Storm’s award-winning debut film BETTER MUS' COME was hailed by critics as signaling a fresh new movement of independent filmmaking throughout the Caribbean. He has directed Music Videos for Chronixx, Protoje, Arcade Fire, and recently captured visuals for Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s On The Run 2 world tour. Saulter's photography has been published in Rolling Stone Magazine and The FADER. He has exhibited in The National Gallery of Jamaica, the Brooklyn Museum, British Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Miami. He works extensively with athletes like Usain Bolt and brands like PUMA. Storm’s 2nd feature film SPRINTER swept the 2018 American Black Film Festival winning “Best Director”, “Best Narrative Feature” and the “Audience Award”. The film went on to win the "New Vision Award" at the Bahamas International Film Festival and "Best Narrative Feature" at the 2019 Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles. SPRINTER is Executive Produced by Jada and Will Smith and is set for North American release in Spring 2019.

Tantoo Cardinal
Actress
Canada

Tantoo Cardinal, recently awarded with the Earle Grey Award, honouring her extensive contributions to Film and Television.  She is also a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours. She was also inducted in to the CBC/Playback Hall of Fame. Cardinal has appeared in well over 120 film and television projects over the course of her 40-year career, and has won a number of awards for her performances. Tantoo has appeared in numerous plays, television programs, and films, including Legends of the Fall, Dances With Wolves, Black Robe, Loyalties, Luna, Spirit of the Whale, Unnatural & Accidental, Marie-Anne, Sioux City, Silent Tongue and Mothers & Daughters and Loyalties. Recent feature films include Hard Powder with Liam Neeson, Angelique’s Isle, Wind River, Through Black Spruce, The Corruption of the Divine, Maina, Chasing Shakespeare and Eden. With her proudest moment playing the central character in the feature Falls Around Her. Television credits include recurring roles on the series: SEE, Westworld, Outlander, Bull, Longmire, Mohawk Girls, Frontier, Blackstone, Arctic Air, The Guard, North of 60 and Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman plus Guest Starring on Penny Dreadful, Strange Empire, The Lightening Field, Street Legal, The Campbells, Gunsmoke, Tom Stone, Myth Quest, Lonesome Dove and Renegade Press.com. MOW’s include The Englishman’s Boy, Dreamkeeper and the PBS documentary Nobody’s Girls and the Mini Series Godless Theatre work includes playing Gertrude in Hamlet, Regan in the production of King Lear and the role of Pelajia in a production of The Rez Sisters. Currently shooting a pilot for ABC.

Tathiani Sacilotto
Director
Portugal

Tathiani Sacilotto has over 15 years experience working as a producer and partner producer of Persona Non Grata Pictures (Brazil and Portugal). In 2018 she launched PEDRO E INÊS by António Ferreira. In 2019 will be released her feature film Gafas Amarillas directed by Iván Mora, the first co-production between Brazil and Ecuador. She has produced more than 30 films including feature films, documentaries and short films that participated in world-renowned film festivals. Tathiani is also a graduate of EAVE Puentes, an associate of Cinema do Brazil and APCA (Producers Association of Portugal).

Yalitza Aparicio
Actress
Mexico

Yalitza Aparicio Martínez is a Mexican actress from Oaxaca, Mexico, who made her film debut as Cleo in Roma, earning her a nomination for the Academy Awards for Best Actress. Even though she is of Mixtec origin, she is not fluent in this language and had to learn it for the role. She does not have formal training in acting, but studies pre-school education and has a degree in early childhood education. Aparicio is the first indigenous woman, the fourth Latina and the second Mexican woman to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She was also nominated for the Chicago Film Critics Association, Critic's Choice Award, Hollywood Film Awards, Gotham Awards, San Francisco Film Critics Association, The Satellite Awards and Women Critics Circle, as well as recognition from Time Magazine and The New York Times.