Giovanni was born in 1979. Since 2002, he has worked on the creation and production of more than thirty documentaries and short films in Italy and the UK. He has experience directing cinema (Alpi Ilaria Award 2011), which helped him understand and relate production work to artistic needs.
In 2011, he took charge of Kino Produzioni and decided to change the direction of the company; from TV production to the development and production of films with stories and up and coming directors.
In 2016, he produced the short films “El Silencio”, by Ali Asgari and Farnoosh Samadi – Official Selection at the Cannes Festival; “Valparaiso”, by Carlo Sironi – Festival of Locarno Pardi di Domani; “Quasi Eroi” by Giovanni Piperno –Nastro D’Argento award and the fictional feature film “Il piú grande sogno”, by Michele Vannucci – In the competition of the Orizzonti section of the Venice Festival.
Giovanni is a member of EAVE, Eurodoc, Berlinale Talents and Producer’s Network.
Five years ago, along with 50 other film professionals, he founded a Cinema Bistrot in Rome, El Kino. He has gone on to experiment further in the field of film distribution and programming.
Laura was on the scriptwriting team of the TV series “Cuéntame cómo pasó” for eight seasons, and has also been a scriptwriter on programmes such as “Un país para comérselo”. In 2012, she was awarded the The Abbas Kiarostami Film Seminar award and was nominated for the Best Short Film Goya for “Meine Liebe”, written, directed and produced with Ricardo Steinberg. She combines her work on the creation of contents with her academic work. She has been a lecturer at the Faculty of Fine Arts in Aranjuez (CES Felipe Segundo at Madrid’s Complutense University), and is currently a reader and head of studies of the Degree in Audio-Visual Communication at the International University of Catalunya. Her field of research is contemporary audio-visual narration, with special attention to script analysis and dramatic structures, in which questions concerning identity play a fundamental role in the configuration of new discourses. Some of her articles have been published in magazines such as Secuencias. Revista de Historia del Cine, Communication and Society, and Imagofagia; and in collective works such as Ficcionando en el siglo XXI. La ficción televisiva en España and Posmemoria de la Guerra civil y el franquismo, Narrativas audiovisuales y producciones culturales en el siglo XXI. In 2015, she published her first book entitled La memoria televisada: Cuéntame cómo pasó (Comunicación Social), a study of the transversal nature of this popular TV series. In recent years, she has spent time researching at the Faculty of Communication of the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) and the Gino Germani Research Institute of the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), and has been a guest lecturer at the University of Leicester and the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Juanjo was born in Barcelona and studies at the Centre d’Estudis Cinematogràfics of Catalunya (CECC).
His latest short film, “Timecode” (2016), won the Palm D’or at the Cannes Festival and is nominated for the Oscars of the Hollywood Academy, as well as winning the Goya and the Gaudí in its category. He has won more than 90 awards at international festivals.
He has directed three feature films: “Contact proof” (2014), “Esquivar y pegar” (2010) and “Nos hacemos falta – Tilt” (2003). As a director, he has also made several short films: “Hora de cerrar” (1993), “Especial (con luz)” (1994), “No se mueva durante los 4 disparos”, (1994), “Velada” (1995), “Ella está enfadada” (1996), “Libre Indirecto” (1997), “Máxima Pena” (2005), “Nitbus” (2007), “Rodilla” (2009), “Charcos” (2014). Between them, they have garnered numerous national and international awards.
Juanjo is also the director and founding partner of the production companies Nadir Films and Salto de Eje SL. Notable amongst his productions are: “La casa de mi abuela” (Adán Aliaga, 2005), Joris Ivens award at IDFA, “Estigmas” (Adán Aliaga, 2009) Pilar Miró award for best Debut Work at the Seminci, “Los increíbles” (David Valero, 2012) “Enxaneta” (Alfonso Amador, 2012), “Anás, una película india” (Enric Miró, 2009).
Bego has a doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, the faculty at which she currently lectures. She has written several books and numerous articles, and has directed various short films, including Geroztik ere (Ever Since then..., 1993) and Haragia (Flesh, 2001), all of which were widely acclaimed and won awards at national and international festivals, such as the Goya for her short film Pregunta por mí (Ask about me, 1996).
Her latest pieces of work are Jane: Tarzan ez zen horren guay (Jane: Tarzan was not so Cool, 2016), Beti Bezperako koplak (Coplas from a Night without End, 2016) and Areka (The Ditch, 2017); the latter two were collaborative projects on which Bego was also the coordinator.
Zita is the founder and director of the International Short Film Festival of São Paulo, held for the twenty eighth time in August 2016. She produces the Oficinas Kinoforum de Realização Audiovisual project, which produces digital short films in conjunction with disadvantaged communities in São Paulo, just one of the many activities staged by the most important short film event in Latin America. She coordinated the production of the Video Tela Digital Festival (2009 and 2011), a pioneering audio-visual project with simultaneous viewing of content on internet and the TV (TV Brazil).
Since 1983, she has directed the cinematography of Superfilmes, to make her projects and those of independent filmmakers viable. Superfilmes is organised to work on the various areas of audio-visual productions and has grown into one of the main independent production companies in Brazil. Over three decades of ongoing activity, Superfilmes has made a commitment to discovering new talent and to a wide range of audio-visual formats. Its feature films, short films, documentaries and TV series are acclaimed for their technical quality and creativity.
Beatriz is a graduate in Audio-Visual Communication and has a doctorate in Film Analysis from Madrid’s Complutense University, with a thesis on the German filmmaker Werner Herzog. She was responsible for the film area of La Casa Encendida from 2008 to 2014 and also managed the theatre arts section from 2014 to 2017. In 2017 she decided to work independently and finish her book Y ahora, lo importante (And now for what’s important), which will be published by Caballo de Troya, Penguin Random House, in 2018. She has also published articles on cinema in publications such as “Cahiers du Cinéma”, “Caimán. Cuadernos de cine” and “Shangrila” and is the co-founder of the online avant-garde and independent film platform plat.tv.