Still from Taming the Gardem by Salomé Jashi (IDFAcademy Harvest)
Laura Basombrío began her career in music, graduating from the Conservatory as a cellist. She was a member of classical orchestras and folk music ensembles. She currently collaborates with folktronic music projects such as Kaleema (Útera, 2021). She studies harmony and composes music for cinema. In 2018 she graduated with a degree in Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires. She made works that combine music and audiovisuals, such as music videos or streamings (for Guazú, Femme D'Argent and Feli Colina) and videodance. She is currently working on her first film, The Souls, and teaches screenwriting at the University of Buenos Aires.
Brian Becker is a New York-based filmmaker and producer who makes archival documentaries that highlight forgotten narratives of American culture. He was shortlisted for the 2021 FOCAL Jane Mercer Researcher of the Year Award, and most recently served as archival producer on MLK/FBI and story producer/archival producer on Spaceship Earth. Both films were nominated for the 2021 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Archival Documentary, and MLK/FBI was selected as the winner. He began his career on the Oscar-winning O.J.: Made in America, and has worked on the television projects The Fourth Estate and Bobby Kennedy for President. Before turning to production, he worked as an urban ecologist with an expertise in invasive mosquito populations. He is a 2021 Impact Partners Producing Fellow and is currently directing and producing his first documentary feature Time Bomb Y2K.
Guido Deniro studied Composition with Electroacoustic Media. From 2006 to the present day, he works as a Sound Director in cinema, television and advertising (Vendran Lluviass Suaves by Iván Fund, Otra Madre by Mariano Luque, Malambo, el Hombre Bueno by Santiago Loza, El Silencio es un Cuerpo que Cae and Playback, both by Agustina Comedi, and more). Guido is also an original music composer for movies with his project https://sicastenia.bandcamp.com. In 2016 he founded ARDE CINE with Anahí Farfán to produce films, such as Terra Incógnita by Ignacio Leonidas, Libido by Nicolás Aponte A. Gutter, The Souls by Laura Basombrío, Whores like us by Agustina Comedi, Moondrops by Hernán Roselli, and many others in process.
Anahí Farfán is a producer and director. She directed the documentary La Coherencia del Caos, with the support of INCAA and was awarded Best WIP at the LABEX in Argentina 2016. She also directed Tres Historia Cuatro, a fiction short which was selected at over 20 festivals worldwide and officially premiered as part of Historias Breves 7. She was the production manager on the feature-length film El Aprendíz by Tomás de Leone, winner of Best WIP at the Guadalajara Film Festival and Best Argentinian Film at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. She was also the executive producer of Terra Incógnita by Ignacio Leonidas, winner of Best WIP at FIDBA, Buenos Aires. She is currently collaborating as a general producer on other projects, such as Al impenetrable and the film Dilda dominga feminista by Sonia Bertotti, the film Las almas by Laura Basombrío and the documentary Putas como nosotras by Agustina Comedi. She currently forms part of the DOC:CO agency for promotion and distribution of Colombian films, headquartered in Bogotá, where she works as head of distribution for general theatre release, commercial and independent channels, as well as alternative and online platforms.
Producer/Director United States
As a documentary filmmaker and nonprofit co-founder, Colette Ghunim’s passion lies at the cross section of social impact and visual storytelling. Her first documentary, The People’s Girls, received over 2 million views and Best Short Documentary at the Arab Film Festival for its bold spotlight on street harassment in Egypt. As part of the Hulu/Kartemquin Accelerator Program and the 2020 BAVC MediaMaker Fellowship, she is directing Traces of Home, her first feature-length film documenting her journey back to Mexico and Palestine to locate her parents' original homes. Colette's work has been highlighted on international outlets such as Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, Univision, and TEDx. Colette Ghunim’s documentary, The People’s Girls, received Best Short Documentary at the Arab Film Festival. Funded by Latino Public Broadcasting, she is currently directing Traces of Home. She also co-founded Mezcla Media Collective, a 501(c)3 that lifts up 650 womxn filmmakers of color in Chicago.
Orri studied photography at School of Visual Arts in New York in the ‘90s and did his graduate studies in Documentary Media at Ryerson University between 2014-2016. His photobook Interiors was published by Steidl in 2011, and his second photobook is forthcoming in 2022. He is also one half of the music group Slowblow who has composed music to numerous feature films, including Noi Albinoi and The Good Heart, and released several albums. He has worked as a recording engineer for various artists like múm, Skúli Sverrisson and Ragnar Kjartansson. In 2011 he co-wrote and directed the award winning documentary film Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigríður Níelsdóttir.
Matej Merlić is a producer that graduated from the Film Production studies at the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Zagreb, Croatia. In 2018 Matej joined production company Castor Multimedia where he currently works as a producer. With Castor Multimedia Matej produced several documentary series, and short films, and is currently developing a slate of various films and series.
Juan Jose Pereira
Juan Jose is an image and Sound Designer at the University of Buenos Aires and the artistic director of Asuncion International Contemporary Film Festival (ASUFICC). He works at the Casa de las Artes Visuales Ignacio Nuñez Soler, an institution in charge of preserving and collecting the film and photographic archive. He is currently leading the project Chronology of Paraguayan cinema, which will become a web platform of free access for researchers and the general public. He has participated in Arche, a training project laboratory at Doclisboa. He has enriched his training in archival filmmaking by taking part in the seminar Research and Archival production in documentary filmmaking, within the master's degree in Documentary Journalism at UNTREF (Argentina). Juan Jose participated in the seminar Archives in non-fiction films, by Onyeka Igwe at University College London. He was part of the online seminar Challenges of film heritage, organized by the INA (Institut national de l'audiovisuel) and the FIAF (International Federation of Film Archives). In addition, he participated in the Summer University of La Femis, the Documentary Summer School at the 72nd Locarno Film Festival, and the Berlinale Talents (Argentina).
Fatma Riahi studied cinema and television technologies at Manouba University in Tunisia. Her first short film, Mashghoul (Busy), was her graduation project in 2008. She worked as a producer/director on short documentaries in Tunisia. In 2011, Fatma made a midlength TV documentary, Tunisia. The Revolution Continues, which was about the Tunisian revolution. In 2015, she started working on her first feature film, A Haunted Past, which was nominated in IDFA 2018 for the first appearance competition. It was also viewed in Hot Docs 2019, Durban International Film festival 2019, COSTARICA Festival International de Cine 2019. A Haunted Past won ANHAR Award for the best human rights film 2019 at KARAMA Film Festival, Amman, and The Bronze Tanit in JCC (Carthage Film Festival) 2019. Fatma is currently working on her second feature film named Me, My Father and Bourguiba, which is still in the development stage.
Davíð Hörgdal Stefánsson
Davíð is a writer, poet, and literary critic who has taught creative writing for years and published poetry and short story collections and teaching material on Icelandic literature and creativity. He followed Jóhann Jóhannsson’s music career closely for a long time and a year after his death, Davíð published two comprehensive articles about his career in an Icelandic culture magazine. These articles sparked the collaboration on a documentary and a bookwork between Davíð and Orri Jónsson.
Sonya is a creative producer specializing in documentary and interactive storytelling. Her interactive documentary projects have been screened at Hot Docs, Doc Edge, and Yorkton Film Festival. They have won awards such as Best Non-Fiction at Webfest Berlin, Best New Media at the Independent Shorts Awards, and been nominated for a Banff Rockie. She holds a Masters in Film and Screen Studies from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and was selected to be part of the Ontario Creates ‘Canadian Delegation’ at the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) in 2020 and 2021. Her latest documentary series Bad at This will premiere on Vice this autumn 2021, and first-of-its-kind interactive documentary podcast will launch with CBCArts summer 2022. Outside of the office, Sonya can be found cooking up a storm, sucking at rock climbing, and laughing at her own jokes.
Maren Victoria Thingnæs (1991) is a Norwegian documentary filmmaker with a passion for personal and character driven documentary films. Her incredible need to communicate, and wish to create, provoke and inspire to further creativity, was born in her upbringing with a mother who is an actress, and a father who was a jazz musician and composer. She brings to her filmmaking a wide experience from the theatre, and an essential musical awareness. Her creative journey started in theatre, where she was experimenting using film as a part of the theatre expression, which led her into filmmaking in 2012. Since then, her short documentaries has been screened at festivals and on television internationally. In 2020 she pitched her first feature documentary film, Stay Home, at IDFA Forum, which had it’s premiere at The Norwegian Film Festival in Haugesund in August, 2021. She holds a MA in Documentary Film Directing at the Edinburgh College of Art and a BA Film and TV from Westerdals ACT in Oslo. Maren strives to make films that open conversations, and bring hope for the future. She demands films without lies, stories that hit where it hurts, and strike their audience with the truth, and throw them back into reality with a new base of experience to see the world
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Gema Juárez Allen
Gema Juárez Allen is a film producer from Argentina. The films she produced have made her a reference in Latin American documentary cinema. She produced Private Fiction (Andrés Di Tella, 2020), Theatre of War (Lola Arias, 2018), El Espanto (Pablo Aparo & Martín Benchimol, 2017), and ¡Vivan las Antipodas! (Victor Kossakovsky, 2011). In 2018 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.