Estrela Straus is a Brazilian actress and director. She studied film at FAAP in Brazil, at EICTV in Cuba and at Universidad del Cine in Argentina. As an actress, she graduated from the Lee Strasberg Film and Theatre Institute in New York, at CPT in São Paulo, Augusto Fernandes and Agustín Alezzo in Buenos Aires. Estrela studied scriptwriting with the Argentinian playwright Mauricio Kartun. She also taught acting at Teatro Escola Célia Helena in São Paulo. She has acted in plays, short-films and TV-series in Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, Germany and the United States. She directed the plays Fracture, in Berlin, and Vanities, in New York. She also directed two short films, My favourite things ou Liberdade and Fim.
Eva Morsch Kihn
Eva Morsch-Kihn graduate in Cultural Organizations Management and from the Université Dauphine Paris and in Modern Literature and Film from the Jean Jaurés Université de Toulouse. Eva is in charge of the industry platform of the french festival Cinélatino Rencontres de Toulouse, which includes Cine en Construcción, Cine en Desarrollo and EDEN. Eva has collaborated with Mercato del Film at the Bienalle di Venezia, organizing the first European Gap Financing Market. With Cannes’ La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde, she selects projects for the Fonds d’Aide au Développement du Scénario d’Amiens, among others, and she is an alternate member of Aide Aux Cinémas du Monde.
Flavia Candida is a curator, filmmaker and producer graduated from UFF/RJ. She started her career as a film programmer in the mid 1990’s at Cine Arte UFF. She collaborates with many festivals, such as Curta Cinema, Festival do Rio and Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de São Paulo. She also coordinates the Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitário. Flavia directed the short film O metro quadrado, awarded with the Special Jury Prize at the Festival de Brasília in 2002. She has worked in many short films by awarded directors, and features by Walter Lima Jr. and Bruno Vianna. She has also worked in international productions such as Mika Kaurismäki’s Brasileirinho, o filme and Stephen Daldry’s Trash.
Marcio Miranda Perez
Marcio Miranda Perez is a film editor and short filmmaker, graduated in Film and Video from ECA-USP. He coordinates the Latin American programme at the Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de São Paulo since 2004. He has been part of juries in film festivals in Argentina, Chile and Colombia. His short films were shown in Tiradentes, Janela do Recife, Havana, Santiago, Moscow, Madrid, Santa Maria da Feira, among other festivals. His work as an editor includes short films, such as Ricardo Dias and Thomaz Farkas’ Pixinguinha e a velha guarda do samba, and documentaries such as Bruno Carneiro and Daniel Hanai’s A valsa do pódio, among others.
Mariana Pinheiro graduated in Communications from PUC-Minas and worked for almost ten years producing film festival and events such as É Tudo Verdade, Festival do Rio and Anima Mundi, among others. Mariana worked as an assistant director on Helvécio Marins and Clarissa Campolina’s feature Girimunho, on Marcos Pimentel’s shorts Taba and Pólis, and on Luiz Fernando Caravalho’s TV-series Hoje é dia de Maria. Since 2007 she has been working as a curator and film project analyst, having taken part in selection committees for film festivals, the State Cultural Department in Rio de Janeiro and Programadora Brasil. She is currently working at TV Globo as an artistic researcher.
Rafael Sampaio is a producer, film programmer and curator. He has worked at various cultural institutions, such as Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo, Cine Olido and Cinemateca Brasileira. He is the director of BrLab – a Brazilian project development lab produced by his company Klaxon Cultura Audiovisual, under which he also coordinates the project development labs for fiction and animation series supported by Prodav 04/2013.
Tatiana Leite studied Art History at the Sorbonne and got a post-graduate degree in Film from UNESA, right after graduating in Law and Communication from PUC-RJ. She did an internship at the production and distribution company Coproduction Office. She worked as a programmer at the Festival do Rio from 2000 until 2009. She has idealized and curated many film showcases, such as O Novo Cinema da Malásia, O Cinema de Yasujiro Ozu and Occupation on Screen – The New New Cinema from Rio, in London. Tatiana was an international advisor at the State Cultural Department in Rio de Janeiro from 2009 until 2012. She curated the films shown at the Open Air festival, and she is part of selection committee at the Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de São Paulo. In 2013 she founded the production company and creative collective Bubbles Project.