JURY OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. FULL-LENGTH FILMS AND SHORTS
Javier Packer Comyn was the Director of Cinéma du Réel International Documentary Festival in Paris, and is currently the Secretary General of the Centre de l’Audiovisuel à Bruxelles. Born in 1969 of British and Spanish parents, he grew up and studied mainly in Belgium. From 1992 to 2004 he worked for the Filmer à tout Prix (Shoot or die) Documentary Film Festival in Brussels. For 12 years he also headed the P’tit Ciné, a documentary screening and distribution company that programs documentary film in various locations in Belgium. He also taught several years at the Institut des Hautes Etudes en Communications Sociales (IHECS) in Brussels, at the ISCAP and at the University in Lille. He has published various interviews with filmakers such as Claire Simon, Denis Gheerbrant, Jean-Louis Comolli and worked on several films and TV programs for Arte and the RTBF. In 2008, he was awarded the Prix Coq by the Communauté Française for his work in documentary distribution.
Kathryn Bonnici has spent the past twelve years working in distribution. At Java, her responsibilities include developing and sourcing documentaries from independent directors and heading the feature documentaries & development department.
Documentaries she has worked on include the Emmy-winning Songs of War, the Goya nominated 30 Years of Darkness and Emptying the Skies, which secured a theatrical release in four major territories. She regularly leads workshops on documentary distribution and has previously sat on the jury or selection committee for festivals like the Medimed Pitching Forum, the Banff Film Festival and the Jihlava Festival.
Previously, she worked in London for six years, heading the sales department of a news and current affairs distribution agency. She graduated from Oxford University in 2001.
Sara García graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Valencia and holds a Master in Production and Editing of Audiovisual Content and Literary Studies from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
She is the co-director and curator of Play-Doc, International Documentary Film Festival of Tui since 2005.
She also co-founded the Play-Doc Workshops, a series of educational and production activities for young talents, and of Play-Doc TV, a Cable TV-channel specialized in documentary films.
JURY FOR THE NATIONAL AND FIRST FILM COMPETITIONS
Andrés Duque is a Spanish-Venezuelan filmmaker born in Venezuela. He is best known for his film Ivan Z, a portrait of the cult filmmaker Iván Zulueta, which participated in dozens of international film festivals and received a Goya Award Nomination. In 2011, he made his first feature film debut with Color Runaway Dog. The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and won the Audience Award at Punto de Vista International Documentary Film. In 2012 he was invited to The Flaherty Film Seminar in New York. In 2013 he received the City of Barcelona Award for his film Dress Rehearsal for Utopia.
Ángel Sánchez graduated in journalism by the University of Valencia. Ha has worked as a journalist and producer in several Spanish TV Channels. He also worked as producer of shows, concerts, art festivals and publicity campaigns.
Ángel Sánchez is founder and co-director of Play-Doc, International Documentary Film Festival of Tui. Play-Doc reached its tenth edition on 2014, and the festival has been visited by such illustrious documentary filmmakers as Albert Maysles, Artavaz Pelechian, Marcel Lozinski o Lech Kowalski. A lot of workshops and seminars focused on the promotion and formation of young filmmakers take place along the festival.
He is also co-director of Play-Doc TV, a documentary film platform thats being boradcasted by cable platform from Galicia R.
Íñigo Trojaola graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and took Documentary Film courses at the Westminster University in London. He worked for Canal +, first as a producer, than as chief editor of the short film show La Noche + Corta, program where he also curated the selection of international and animation short films. He was later, for three years, the buyer and commissioning editor for the thematic channels of Sogecable, Documanía and Estilo. In the last few years he has been the documentary film chief editor of Canal +, taking care of the selection of films and all other non-fiction shows of the channel. For two years he has also been responsible for the content selection of Canal+Xtra.
JURY OF THE CANARIAN COMPETITION
Jorge Gorostiza was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife in 1956. As an architect he has planned and built several complexes and urban projects. He has published several articles on cinema and architecture in local magazines, but also in international ones like Nosferatu, Nickleodeon, Academia, Lateral, o Cahiers du Cinema, as well as several collective books. He is also the author of a long list of books on cinema and architecture, and has been a keynote speaker in several conferences in universities and institutions throughout Spain.
Jorge Gorostiza has also been part of the jury of many film festivals, including Alcalá de Henares (2001), San Sebastián (2002), Sitges (2003), Las Palmas (2005) and Documentamadrid (2005), as well as curator of the art exhibitions Constructores de quimeras (Centro Conde Duque, Madrid, 1999) and La arquitectura de los sueños (Capilla del Oidor, Alcalá de Henares, 2001).
You can read his blog at www.cinearquitecturaciudad.blogspot.com
Journalist Beatriz Rodríguez is currently working on two documentary film projects: Los collares de Jesusa, which will be shot in Venezuela and the Canary Islands, and Rompiendo el silencio, in Kashmir. Both of them are still in pre-production. She is also immersed in the development and scriptwriting of 5,5, a project that will be filmed in various locations throughout the five continents.
This portfolio is completed with the documentary film En la próxima estación, the first film ever to be distinguished by the Spanish Ministry of Culture as a tool to promote gender equality in 2012. Its script was chosen as the Best Audiovisual Project for Television by Canarias Cultura en Red in 2008.
She has directed Infancias rotas (RTVC, 2009), El Teide, Patrimonio de la humanidad (TVC, 2007) and Sueños de papel (2007), among other documentaries. Her project El Tukui derrotó a la tormenta won the LEAC Award for best scriptwriting, as well as the Pitching Award in MiradasDoc 2009.
Luis Alberto García García started teaching in 1983 as a professor in Educational Psychology. Since 1989 he’s been the tenured professor for Educational Psychology of the Universidad de La Laguna. He has published more than twenty books, as well as more than fifty papers in different national and international magazines.
In the last twenty years his work has been focused on intelligence improvement and the abilities for learning and thinking. Since 2007 he has been the director of OPSIL, an institution from the Universidad de La Laguna that observes the employment opportunities of graduates.
Currently he is in charge of several projects related to the education of the necessary skills for specific collectives through internet platforms. He teaches Psycho-educational Intervention and Creativity at the Universidad de La Laguna.