Mentors and Speakers

Mentors and Speakers

Adam Ellick

Adam Ellick (USA) Director and executive producer of Op-Docs and Opinion Video at The New York Times. He has produced Pulitzer, Oscar and Emmy award-winning video journalism and feature films.Previously, he was an international video correspondent and print reporter at The Times, covering human rights issues. His work includes “The Malala Story” (2009), “Operation InfeKtion: Russian Disinformation from Cold War to Kanye” (2028). In 2022, he was executive producer of “The Queen of Basketball,” a documentary that earned the Times its first Oscar.

Alicia Cano

Alicia Cano Menoni (Salto, Uruguay, 1982). She works as a director, producer and communicator. She directed El Bella Vista (2012), Locura al aire (co-directed with Leticia Cuba, 2018) and Bosco (2020). Her films have been screened at festivals in San Sebastián, Karlovy Vary, IDFA, Málaga, Guadalajara, among others. With Bosco, she received twelve awards, among them for the best documentary film at the Malaga festival. The film was nominated at the 2023 Platinum Awards. She has written and directed for Italian television. She lived and worked in Italy, Mexico, India, and Uruguay.

Andrés Di Tella

Andrés Di Tella (Argentina), he is a filmmaker, writer and curator. He directed La television and me, Photographs, Hacks, 327 notebooks and Private fiction, among others. He also published two non-fiction books: Hacks and Notebooks. His work includes installations, performances and video art pieces. As curator, he was the founder of BAFICI and the Princeton Documentary Festival. He was distinguished with the Guggenheim Scholarship and Konex award as best documetary filmmaker of 2011-2020. Actually is working as guest professor at Harvard University.



César Charlone

Uruguayan director and director of photography residing in Brazil with international experience. In 1975 he graduated from the Film School (São Paulo) and moved to Sweden, where he developed as a cinematographer. In 1980 he began making documentaries in Brazil and founded the Monte-Video Produçoes, a social producer and exhibitor of political films. He has directed the films “El baño del papa” (co-directed with Enrique Fernández), “Artigas, la Redota” and the series “3%” (Netflix), “Destino RJ” and “Brasil, what the hell happened to you?”. He was nominated for an Oscar in 2003 for his work as cinematographer on “City of God” and is a member of the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts.

Ernesto Gillman

Ernesto “rubio” Gillman (53), a Uruguayan filmmaker, began training at the Cinemateca film school for children and adolescents at the age of 11. With extensive experience in the film world, he has played various roles as assistant director, producer, director and teacher. Since 1997 he has lived in a community that is located in a farming area, 30 km from Montevideo. The documentary film Chacra is his first feature film as a director and there he combines his love for cinema and his admiration for the work of those who transform nature to generate food.

Guillermo Madeiro

Guille Madeiro (Uruguay, 1984). Montajista y director. Dirigió con Federico Borgia El campeón del mundo (2019) y Clever (2015). Trabajó como montador de más de 20 largometrajes como El Retrato de mi padre, Bosco, Carmín, Tres Hermanas,  Dizer Adeus, entre otros. Es licenciado en Comunicación Social y docente de montaje.

Guillermo Rocamora

Guillermo Rocamora (Uruguay). Se desempeña como director, guionista, productor y montajista.  Co-montajista del documental “Las flores de mi familia”, mejor Película Latinoamericana en FIDOCS. Dirige “Solo”, ganador Mejor Ópera Prima en el 30th Miami International Film Festival y  “La libertad es una Palabra Grande”, estreno en IDFA en 2018, entre otros. Actualmente se encuentra en etapa de postproducción de su próxima ficción, la comedia familiar, “Temas Propios”.

Joaquim Castro

Joaquim Castro is a director and editor and has been working in the audiovisual area since 2003. He recently edited the feature films “Sérgio Mamberti” and “Luiz Melodia – No Coração do Brasil”, both in completion; and edited, “Teatro Oficina – Máquina do Destino”, (best editing award at the É Tudo Verdade 2021 festival). He made the sound design of “Al filo de la democracia” by Petra Costa, nominated for an Oscar in 2020 and “Bárbara Paz”, best documentary at the Venice Film Festival.

José Pedro Charlo

Jose Pedro Charlo (Uruguay). His documentaries have been shown at festivals, exhibitions and television stations in America and Europe. He has directed unitarios and television series. He produced the fiction feature films “La Espera” (2002, by Aldo Garay) and “Alma Mater” (2005, Álvaro Buela). As a director he has carried out the following projects: “Conversaciones con Turiansky” (2019), “Trazos familiares” (2018), “Los de siempre” (2016), “El almanaque” (2012), “El círculo” (2008), “A las cinco en punto” (2005) and “Héctor el Tejedor” (2000).

Juan Ignacio Fernandez Hope

Juan Ignacio Fernandez Hoppe. He has a degree in Communication Sciences (UCU), a teacher of Film Editing at the Uruguayan Film School and of Documentary Screenplay at the Faculty of Fine Arts. Publisher of: Bon Voyage, Alone, The Frozen Man, Clever, Breathe, Freedom is a Big Word and The World Champion. He directed the documentary Las flores de mi familia, best Latin American film award at FIDOCS, Santiago de Chile.

Laura Gabay

Director and producer. After studying sociology, Laura Gabay studied film at the HEAD in Geneva (Haute École d’Art et Design) and the EICTV (San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba). Her end-of-year short film “Enquête 62” (2016) is selected at various international festivals and wins the audience award at the International Filmets Festival (Badalona). She is co-founder of the production company in Ecran Mobile (Switzerland) that produces mainly with Latin America. Her short film “Salty Sweet Wind” (2019) is selected at Visions du réel and IDFA, among other festivals. He co-produces “Carbón” (award for the best Swiss short film at the Winterthur festival, 2020), “Criatura” (Pardino d’Oro in Locarno, 2021) and “Fantasmagoría » premiered at DocLisboa (2022). Since 2018 he has taught film workshops in Super 8 at the University of Geneva.His first documentary feature “To Not Forget” (2023) premieres in Visions du réel (2023).

Marta Andreu

Marta Andreu (Spain). In 2004 she founded Estudi Playtime in order to devote her time to producing creation documentaries. Her last production “Amanecer” was awarded as best Colombian film at FICCI. In 2017 she founded Walden a documentary training residence. In 2004-2005 she coordinated a Spanish documentary cinema retrospective for Cinéma du Réel. She analyses documentary scripts for the Centre de Desenvolupament Audiovisual.  She has a degree in audiovisual communication and a master’s in creation documentary from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra.

Nicholas Hooper H

Nicholas Hooper H. (Talagante, 1997) is an Anglo-Chilean film director and producer. He is interested in portraying social issues and creating innovative ways of telling stories that affect different territories. Currently, he works as Executive Producer at Maite Alberdi’s Micromundo Producciones. In addition, he is founder and producer at CUBHO Audiovisual where he is developing his first animated documentary series “Las Almas de Escazú”.

Paula Gomes

Paula Gomes (Brazil) is part of the Plano 3 Filmes collective, from Salvador de Bahia, where she made films such as “Jonás e o Circo sem Lona” and “Filho de Boí”. The group’s new film “Saudade fez Morada aqui Dentro” is the winner of the last Mar del Plata Film Festival, where it received five awards, including best film according to the audience and the official jury. Paula Gomes also acts as a project consultant, having participated in labs such as Nordeste Lab, Diáspora Lab and DocSP.

Sebastián Bednarik

He has been an author since 1993, beginning in the performing arts and as a film scriptwriter. He was a professor of audiovisual production at the Uruguayan Film School. In the last decade he has directed and produced more than 10 feature films, including documentaries and fiction.

Verónica Fiorito

Verónica Fiorito (Argentina) has a solid career in the field of producing and directing TV & Film, her training is consolidated with a degree in Audiovisual Production and Management. She has developed a career in cultural management becoming Chief of Staff of the Ministry of Culture of Argentina. She directed and took part in the team that designed and launched the Pakapaka channel, the signal dedicated to children and Canal Encuentro.

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