BrLab 2015

Selection Commitee

  • Agustina Chiarino

    Agustina Chiarino is the coordinator of the Project Development Committee on Uruguay’s Channel 10 and a university professor. She also works internationally, teaching workshops, providing tutoring and advisory services, and as a jury member in funds and festivals. In 2007, she joined Control Z Films and produced the feature films Gigante (directed by Adrián Biniez), Tanta Água (directed by Ana Guevara and Leticia Jorge), Hiroshima and 3 (both directed by Pablo Stoll). In 2011, she founded Mutante Cine alonside Fernando Epstein. They produced Biniez’s El 5 de Talleres and co-produced Naishtat’s Historia del Miedo and Ana Katz’s Mi Amiga del Parque. She also organizes training workshops, such as Puentes, in partnership with EAVE.

  • Estrela Straus

    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.

  • Fernanda De Capua

    Fernanda De Capua has degrees in Film and Philosophy from Denison University and a specialization in Latin-American Co-Production from the Diplomado Ibermedia, and has been working in audiovisual production for fifteen years. She has produced the feature films Sonhos de peixe (winner of the Regarde Jeunes Prize in Cannes in 2006), Laura and Casa grande (winner of three awards in Toulouse, 2014), as well as the documentaries Violência S.A. and Se eu demorar uns meses. She works as an independent consultant for screenplays, project development and pitch in meetings such as Bolivia Lab, Cine Posible in Colombia, Estreno Bisonte in Costa Rica, Icuman Lab in Goiânia, among others. She is a partner at production company Vermelho Filmes.

  • Flavia Candida

    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.

  • Mariana Pinheiro

    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.

  • Mauricio Kinoshita

    Mauricio Kinoshita was born in São Paulo and is currently living in Argentina, where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Cultural Management at the Universidad de Buenos Aires. He studied Cinema at FAAP and has a specialization specialization in Psychoanalytic Semiotics from PUC-SP. He has worked on films directed by Héctor Babenco, Tizuka Yamasaki and Guilherme de Almeida Prado, and since 2002 has been producing the Mostra Internacional de Cinema em São Paulo. He also has experience in theatre, publishing companies and documentary short films. His short Hibakusha: herdeiros atômicos no Brasil was awarded at É Tudo Verdade in 2007.
  • Rafael Sampaio

    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.