Jurado Competencia Internacional

Lav Diaz
(The Philippines)

Studied Economics and then Film at the Mowelfund Film Institute in Quezon. In 2001 he directed West Side Kid, following it with Evolution of a Filipino Family (2004) and Heremias, Book One: The Legend of the Lizard Princess (2006). Death in the Land of Encantos (2007) and Melancholia (2008), both won awards at the Venice Film Festival, the first obtaining a special mention and the second the Premio Orizzonti. He then made Butterflies Have No Memories (2009), produced as part of the Jeonju Digital Project and screened at Locarno Festival the same year. In 2013 he directed Norte, the End of History screened at Cannes in the section Un Certain Regard. A year later, he received the Golden Leopard at Locarno for From What Is Before, and in 2016 the Golden Lion in Venice for The Woman Who Left.

Ben Russell

Is an artist and filmmaker whose work lies at the intersection of ethnography and psychedelia. His films and installations are in direct conversation with the history of the documentary image, providing a time-based inquiry into trance phenomena and evoking the research of Jean Rouch, Maya Deren and Michael Snow, among others. Russell received a 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, a 2009 FIPRESCI International Critics Prize for Let Each One Go Where He May, and has presented his work in Documenta 14, MoMA, Tate Modern, and the Centre Pompidou. His curatorial projects include Magic Lantern (Providence, USA, 2005-2007), BEN RUSSELL (Chicago, USA, 2009-2011), and Hallucinations (Athens, Greece, 2017). He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Magali Arriola

An independent art critic and curator, she was curator-in-chief at Museo Carrillo Gil, in Mexico City (1998-2001), as well as a guest curator for the San Francisco Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, in 2006; at the Museo Tamayo, between 2009 and 2011, where she commissioned exhibitions and projects by Roman Ondák, Joachim Koester, Claire Fontaine, Adrià Julià, and Julio Morales; and curator for the Contemporary Art Foundation Júmex between 2011 and 2014, where she commissioned exhibitions of artists such as James Lee Byars (together with Peter Eleey, coproduced by MoMA PS1), Guy de Cointet, and Danh Vo, as well as collective exhibitions with pieces of the Júmex collection. Arriola has also written books and catalogues and collaborated in journals such as Frieze, Artforum, Mousse, Manifesta Journal, Afterall, and The Exhibitionist. Her independent projects have been shown in biennales, museums, and renowned art institutes throughout the world.

Cristina Piccino 

Studied Film History in Bologna. She began writing film reviews for the national daily Il manifesto, where she joined the editorial team in the 1990s and eventually became head of staff. She also contributed to specialized journals (Filmcritica), other magazines and newspapers (Amica, Grazia) and radio and television programs (Telepiù). She was a selection consultant for the Bellaria Film Festival between 2007 and 2011 and is currently on the selection committee for Milan’s Filmmaker Festival. She was co-editor of the books Peter Whitehead. Cinema, musica, rivoluzione (DeriveApprodi, 2008) and Eyal Sivan. Il cinema di un’altra Israele (Agenzia X, 2007), as well as contributing to various collective monographs and publications. She also teaches classes in journalism and training courses for film critics.

Diana Sánchez

With a master’s degree on Film Studies by the University of Toronto, since 2002 she is a renowned programmer of Iberian and Latin-American films for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the artistic director of the Panama International Film Festival. Sánchez has been responsible for various film cycles such as Vida de Novo: el nuevo cine brasileño (2003) and City-to-City Buenos Aires (2011) for the TIFF, as well as series for the Ontario Cinematheque (2004-2006) and a Cuban Cinema Cycle for the Ontario Royal Museum (2006). She has also served as a jury member for numerous contests and is a program consultant for the Rotterdam Festival, as well as programmer of the Miami Festival sections Miami Encuentros and Cine en Construcción, and responsible for the Latin Wave programs, a series of Latin-American films which tour throughout 16 cities with the support of Fundación PROA, from Argentina.

Jurado Competencia Mexicana

Minerva Cuevas

She is a Latin-American artist who questions, through her work, the structures and mechanisms of political and economic systems. Using various platforms such as video, installation, sculpture, and graphic arts, her central research axes are ecology, industry, the notions of progress and civilization, and the concept of the individual. Some of her individual expositions include places such as Museo de la Ciudad de México; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; Van Abbemuseum, Netherlands; Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland; and Vienna Secession, Austria. She has been part of collective exhibitions at the Pompidou Center; the Amsterdam Stedelijk Museum; Palais de Tokyo, in Paris; MoMA PS1, New York; and the biennales of Liverpool, Berlin, Lyon, São Paulo, Sydney, Sharjah, and Istanbul. In 2004, Cuevas received the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) residency.

Hila Peleg

Curator and filmmaker. Peleg studied Art History at Goldsmiths College/University of London, where she is currently a PhD candidate in Curatorial Knowledge/Visual Cultures. She organised and co-curated various international projects dealing with contemporary culture from the Middle East, and was assistant curator to Catherine David (Iraqi Equation, 2005, and Di/Visions, in 2007) in Berlin and Barcelona. She has also curated group exhibitions at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art and at the HAU Theatre, in Berlin; and solo exhibitions by artists such as Roee Rosen. She was co-curator of Manifesta 7, the European Biennial of Contemporary Art in Italy in 2008. She also directed A Crime Against Art (2007) which won the New Visions Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival in 2008. She is the founder and artistic director of the Berlin Documentary Forum at Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt.

Manuel Muñoz Rivas

Is a filmmaker. After studying Information Sciences at the Sevilla University, he moved to London, where he made his first films. He also studied in Cuba, at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), specializing in Edition. Since then, he has co-written and edited films such as Dead Slow Ahead (2015), Slimane (2013), Arraianos (2012), Ocaso (2010), and short films like Pájaro (2014), Con el viento (2009), and Sendero (2008). Apart from his work as a filmmaker, he is also a professor and teaches workshops in Cuba, the Dominican Republic, and the Canary Islands. El mar nos mira de lejos (2017) is his first feature.

Jurado Aciertos. Encuentro Internacional de Escuelas de Cine

Helena Girón

Together with Samuel M. Delgado, he made the films Plus Ultra, Montañas ardientes que vomitan fuego, and Sin Dios ni Santa María, as well as the installation También aquí los dioses están presentes. After studying Audiovisual Communication, he studied a masters on Film & TV Scriptwriting at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), and Film Edition at Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC), as well as a major on Anthropology at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED). His work has been programmed in renowned international film festivals such as TIFF, Locarno, New York, San Sebastián, Mar del Plata, Rotterdam, FICValdivia, Curtas Vila do Conde, L’Âge D’Or, Ann Arbor, and Media City Film Festival. He also works as a professor at Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid (ECAM) and Instituto de Formación e Investigación Cinematográfica (IFIC).

Eduardo Thomas

A visual artist, curator, and film programmer, he completed his graduate studies on Visual Arts at the Piet Zwart Institute, in Rotterdam, Netherlands, in 2004. Three years later, he was part of the Documentary Film Festival Ambulante, in which he founded and curated Injerto, a section mainly devoted to films made by artists and also became the programming director in the 2011 and 2012 editions of this festival. He also collaborates with the biannual forum of documentary strategies for contemporary art Berlin Documentary Forum. Currently, he is working on a research—funded by the Japan Foundation and the Berlin House of World Cultures (HKW)—in which he aims to link the Shinto-Buddhist thought with the praxis of avant-garde cinema in Japan.

Adrián Orr

He studied Audiovisual Communication at UC3M and at Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (ESTC), in Lisbon, where he worked as a director of photography. He has collaborated as a direction assistant for renowned filmmakers such as Alberto Rodríguez, Javier Fesser, Santi Amodeo, Javier Rebollo, and Montxo Armendáriz. Some of his works are Las hormigas (2007) and De caballeros (2011), which premiered at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). His third film, Buenos días resistencia, premiered at Rotterdam in 2013 and won several awards at the festivals of Vila do Conde, Portugal; Adana Golden Boll, Turkey; OffCinema, Poland; and Dei Popoli, Italy; he also received an award for best short film with Caimán, Cuadernos de cine. Niñato (2017) is his first feature.