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María Gisèle Royo Barrera


Caracas, 1983. MFA in Media Arts Production at the City College of New York thanks to a Fulbright scholarship. Graduated from Audiovisual Communication by the University of Seville. Resident at the Real Academia Española in Rome. Co-director, co-writer, and co-producer on On the Go, special mention on Cineasti del Presente, Locarno Festival in 2023. Best Spanish feature film at the Gijon Festival, awarded by the jury to Chéries-Chéris, and special mention to SEMINICI. Her documentary Rediscovering Pape won several international awards, including a Student Academy Award (Oscar) and a College Student Award (Emmy).

Her documentary, Education Without Borders, is being presented at the European Parliament and at the UNHCR Global Refugee Forum.

She collaborates in different roles on independent films, such as Production Manager in Aqueronte, critic’s award at Rotterdam 2023, among many others. Art director on H., selected at Venice, Sundance or Berlinale and nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. Assistant editor on El silencio de otros, Goya winner for best documentary in 2019, among others. Co-founder of Jur Jur Productions in Seville. She is also a professor at the Film Bachelor and Master at Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts & Technology from Berlin.

Santiago Fillol


He studied Philosophy and Letters at the National University of Cordoba (Argentina). He got his PhD at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, where he is also professor and investigator of Film, Contemporary Aesthetics and Literature. In 2009, he presented his feature documentary, Ich bin Enric Marco, in different festivals such as Locarno, San Sebastian, Buenos Aires, and Rotterdam, among many others.

In 2022, he released Matadero, his first fiction feature film, in Locarno, Seville, and Mar del Plata, among others. He’s author of Historias de la desaparición, an investigation of the disappearance and the out-of-field in the history of cinema (Shangrila publisher). He’s scriptwriter in the latest works by Oliver Laxe: Mimosas (Semaine de la Critique Award - Cannes, 2016) and O que Arde (Jury Award at Un Certain Regard - Cannes, 2019, Astor de Oro Award, best film and best script MARFICI Award in 2019, among others).

He has given courses and lectures at different universities, film libraries and cultural centres of international prestige, such as New York University, L'Ecole Supérieure d'Art des Rocailles in Biarritz (France), Casa Encendida (Madrid), the CCCB (Barcelona Contemporary Culture Centre), the Centro Galego de Artes da Imaxe (A Coruña), the Cinematheque in Tangier (Morocco), the Instituto Cervantes de Casablanca (Morocco), the Centre Artistique Centquatre (Paris), the Centre George Pompidu (Paris) or Tabakalera (San Sebastian).

Valentina Baracco Pena


Uruguay, 1988. She’s a film producer and director. Graduated from Audiovisual Communication from ORT Uruguay University. She studied at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) where she attended the Documentary and Film Essay Workshop led by Naomi Kawase. In 2020, she participated in the Buenos Aires Talent of the Berlinale Talents. She’s a professor at the ORT Uruguay University. She is a member of the filmmakers' community of the Platino Awards and curator of the Aging and Film Festival. For more than ten years, she has been working in executive production and content for television.

She is co-founder of Monarca Films together with Eugenia Olascuaga, where they have produced the films El hombre congelado by Carolina Campo, Ópera prima by Marcos Banina, Ocho cuentos sobre mi hipoacusia by Charo Mato, Delia by Victoria Pena, Para no olvidar by Laura Gabay and Cambalache by Rosalía Alonso. The film, Ese soplo, was her debut as a director, released in Uruguay in 2023 and currently touring festivals. She has participated in various festivals and markets such as Malaga, Sanfic, Visions du Réel, San Sebastián, Sundance, Torino, FicMonterrey, DeiPopoli, DokLeipzig, among others. On a national level, her films got great scope and visibility. Nowadays, she’s finishing the documentary La fábula de la tortuga y la flor by Carolina Campo Lupo, Perkal, la memoria de un nombre by Paola Perkal. She’s also working on the pre-production of the fiction film Matarifes by Rafael and Bernardo Antonaccio.

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