BrLab 2017

Guests

  • Camila Nunes

    After studying Film, she worked for 10 years for the Grupo Polo de Imagem / Pacto Audiovisual / Television Latin America. Since 2012 she is executive producer of the bigBonsai Entertainment area, focused on the development of international co-production projects. With Argentina, she develops O livro dos Prazeres with Rizoma Films and La Barbarie with Le Tiro Cine. She also co-produces El Gol Más Triste with Manufactura de Películas (Chile) and Lucía Films (Mexico), as well as Stanislao with Animal Tropical Cine (Mexico). The film Corte Frio was the only Brazilian project selected in 2017 to participate in Eave Producers’ Workshop.

  • Carolina Kazumi

    Carolina Kazumi holds a law degree from Faculdade de Direito de São Bernardo do Campo and a postgraduate degree in Audiovisual Projects and Business from SENAC. She has worked in the entertainment industry since 2007, with a focus on culture. She also worked as manager of cultural projects sponsored by large companies, such as Vale S/A, Natura (Natura Musical), BG Brasil, EDP and Instituto Claro. She is currently a lawyer at Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Advogados, working in the São Paulo audiovisual team, and also teaches classes in culture-related courses at Academia Internacional de Cinema, Instituto Nacional de Cinema, PUC/SP-COGEAE, among others.

  • Eilon Ratzkovsky

    Producer. He produced feature films and TV series over the past 25 years, as CEO of July August Productions, an Israeli production company which he has created in 2003. Among the 22 films that he produced are The Band’s Visit, Mountain, Zero Motivation – all of which participated and won prizes in major film festivals. He produced numerous TV series in Israel, some have been remade into local versions around the world. In the past year, he has been tutoring for TorinoFilmLab as well as heading the TFL Extended. He also heads Quiddity, a content company that specializes in developing high quality TV dramas for European networks.

  • Gerardo Michelin

    Graduated in Communication Sciences. After working as a producer on television channels in Uruguay and Spain, he began his career in specialized journalism in 2003, at the Spanish publisher Exportfilm, and English magazine C21 Media. Two years later he was named press director of Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie, events organized by the European Association of Animation Film. In 2007, he founded LatAm cinema, a portal for professionals specialized in the Latin American film industry, and one of the main sources of information in the sector at the panregional level. Throughout his career he has worked as jury member in various competitions and has given talks about the specialized press in the film sector in festivals and markets such as Red de Festivales Mexicanos de Cine, BrLab, Festival de Lima, SANFIC and BAFICI, among others.

  • João Mattos

    Producer of Terratreme, company with which he produced dozens of films distributed throughout the world and presented at festivals such as Berlin, Rotterdam, Bafici and Mar del Plata, with more than a hundred awards obtained at Cannes, Locarno, Rio de Janeiro, Munich or Karlovy Vary. In 2017 he produced or co-produced some of the most important titles of the year as A Fábrica de Nada, Era uma vez Brasília, Los Perros or Milha, among others.

  • Juliette Lepoutre

    She became a producer after 15 years working with Silicon Valley companies developing international markets. In 2007 she cofounded MPM Film, working with directors like Sitaru, Serban, Tarr, Murat, Mghvdeladze, Koutras and Galvez. In 2015 she co-founded Still Moving with Pierre Menahem, producing Pendular, by Julia Murat (Fipresci award at Berlinale) and distributing films like The Last of Us by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia) and the multi-awarded In the Last Days of the City by Tamer El Said (Egypt). Lepoutre was an expert in different production labs, jury member in different festivals and in the selection committee of the Cinefondation Residence 2015.

  • Leonardo Mecchi

    Producer. His productions include: Obra (Gregório Graziosi), Super Nada (Rubens Rewald) and Chantal Akerman, de cá (Gustavo Beck and Leonardo Luiz Ferreira). As director of the company Enquadramento Produções, he is currently finalizing the feature films Mormaço, directed by Marina Meliande, and Los Silencios, directed by Beatriz Seigner. He is also shooting Eduardo Morotó’s A Morte Habita à Noite, and developing Maya DaRin’s A Febre. In parallel, Leonardo Mecchi also works as curator, jury member and producer of film festivals and programs.

  • Mariana Brasil

    Mariana Brasil has 20 years of experience in the independent film industry, working for the past 9 years in the area of TV productions – both with production companies and a TV channel – with participation in more than 50 works produced for TV. Since 2012, she has been a partner of the production company mari brasil, which provides consulting services and courses on project development for TV. She has already coached over 1000 students and independent producers throughout Brazil. In early 2017, she and three peers formed a collective of executive producers, to provide services involving production, guidance and analysis of audiovisual production materials. C/as4atro is composed of four executive producers with different and complementary expertise in audiovisual production, consulting and mentoring for feature films, TV series, marketing and advertising.

  • Marina Pompeu

    Filmmaker graduated from Universidade Federal Fluminense, with a postgraduate degree from École Supérieure d’Audiovisuel de Toulouse, she worked at different Brazilian production companies, producing content for Nat Geo, Canal+, Nine Network and TLC. In the areas of curatorship and programming, she was part of the Selection Committee of the Festival International de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro for four years, of Cinélatino for two years, and also worked at Short Film Corner, in Cannes. Since 2013, she works at Canal Brasil evaluating national content. Currently, she is part of the Projects team, analyzing scripts, working with outsourced producers and negotiating co-production contracts.

  • Meinolf Zurhorst

    He studied Art History, Film, TV and Anthropology. He is a Film critic and author of almost 20 books on cinema. In the 1980s, he co-founded a production company which produced programs for German TV / Voice of Germany. Later on, he co-founded a production and post-production company. Co-writer and director of several documentaries, the most renowned ones being about two German stars, Götz George and Mario Adorf. In the 1990s, he started working as a commissioning editor in the film department at ARTE. He then became director of that department. In 2000, he became head of the ARTE/ZDF department which he lead until recently, when he became head of the ARTE/ZDF Fiction sector. He has been a consultant for EAVE and ACE, and a jury member at several international festivals.

  • Nadia Dresti

    She started working for Locarno in 1984. In 1988 she became Marketing Director for Switzerland at 20th Century Fox-Columbia TriStar. In 1990 she founded Zero Problem, agency specialized in film promotion, public & press relations, serving independent distributors, producers, and film festivals. She’s worked with Marché du Film and the European Film Market, in charge of buyers. Since 1999 she’s back at Locarno exclusively. First, she was part of the Selection Committee, then Head of the Industry Office, playing an important role in expanding this department in scope and attendance. Since 2013 she’s Head of International and in 2017 became Deputy Artistic Director.

  • Rachel Ellis

    Rachel Ellis moved to Recife in 2004, where she currently lives and works. She holds a Master’s degree in Social Planning and Policy from London School of Economics and worked in international development until 2009. In 2010, she founded DESVIA, together with film director Gabriel Mascaro. Rachel is a creative producer whose work involves all phases of production, from scriptwriting and project development to post-production and distribution, with strong focus on international co-production. The feature films she produced – among which the award-winning Boi Neon (2015) and Ventos de Agosto (2014) – were all exhibited at major competitions and festivals, including IDFA, Venice, Locarno and Toronto, receiving over 100 awards and critical acclaim.

  • Renato Candido

    Vice-president of APAN – Association of Black Audiovisual Professionals. Bachelor in Audiovisual and Master in Communication Sciences by ECA/USP. Founding Partner of Dandara Produções Culturais e Audiovisuais. Director of the films Jennifer and Dara: a primeira vez que fui ao céu. He teaches the subject of Audiovisual Production for the Advertising career at Zumbi dos Palmares and FAPCOM Universities. He scripted episodes of the television series Pedro e Bianca, awarded in the Prix Jeunesse Iberoamericano 2013, Emmy Kids Awards 2013 and Prix Jeunesse International 2014.

  • Rodrigo Chacon

    Rodrigo Chacon holds a law degree from PUC-SP and a postgraduate degree in Entertainment Law, Media and Intellectual Property from Escola Superior de Direito da OAB. Rodrigo Chacon is a lawyer in the audiovisual department of Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Advogados, where he works in both the advisory and the contractual areas, advising the various agents of the Brazilian audiovisual industry including producers, broadcasters, distributors and programmers in Brazil and abroad. He also teaches classes in industry-related courses.

  • Sandro Fiorin

    Brazilian, he founded FiGa Films in Los Angeles in 2006, with Alex Garcia, to discover and distribute Latin American content in North America, as well as represent himself around the world. He studied film at FAAP, in Brazil, and at the New School, in New York, where he lived for 14 years, moving to California in 2001. He worked at Film Forum, Universal and First Look Films. He was programmer of the Latin American Film Festival in Atlanta and artistic director of the IndieBrazil Film Festival in Los Angeles. He also participated as speaker and jury member at Sundance, San Sebastián, Cannes, Rotterdam and other festivals. Since 2010, he has been producing projects such as Verano de Goliat, Los Viejos and Avanti Popolo.

  • Silvia Cruz

    Bachelor in Business by ESPM. She worked for the independent distributor Pandora Filmes, helping create the Cineclube do Belas Artes. She produced the project “Vá ao Cinema”, screening over 20 brazilian films in cinemas in the State of São Paulo. She worked at the distributor Europa Filmes, launching brazilian films, and as executive producer in Coração da Selva. In 2010, she founded Vitrine Filmes, which released over 100 films, including O Som ao Redor, Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho and Aquarius. In 2011, she started Sessão Vitrine, a project supported by Petrobras since 2016, which has already launched 30 films.

  • Tatiana Leite

    She studied Law and Communications at PUC-RJ University and History of Art at La Sorbonne. She was international coordinator and film programmer at the Rio International Film Festival for 9 years. She was International Advisor of the Rio State Secretariat of Culture. In 2012 she founded the company Bubbles Project, producing the films Aspirantes (Ives Rosenfeld), Pendular (Julia Murat), Benzinho (Gustavo Pizzi) and Família Submersa (Maria Alché).

  • Thiago Dottori

    Scriptwriter, consultant and vice-president of ABRA – Associação Brasileira de Autores Roteiristas. He wrote more than 80 episodes for TV series such as Destino São Paulo and Psi (HBO), and Segredos de Justiça (Rede Globo). He is co-creator of Pedro e Bianca (TV Cultura), winner of the Emmy Kids International award. He wrote the scripts of feature films Vips, Os 3, Trago Comigo and La Vingança.

  • Thierry Lenouvel

    BA in Modern Literature and Cinema. He distributed through Les Films du Sémaphore films by Pedro Almodovar, Youssef Chahine and Emir Kusturica, among others. He worked as an independent press agent for more than 150 films. He is the co-founder of Cinemed Film Festival in Montpellier, the founder of Amiens’ Script Development Fund and Venice’s Final Cut. In 2001 he created Ciné-Sud Promotion, a company designed to promote art house films that so far has had 30 films produced and 200 international awards.