BrLab 2018

Selection Committee

  • Anita Rocha da Silveira

    She is a screenwriter, film editor and director of three short films: O Vampiro do Meio-Dia (2008), Handebol (2010, FIPRESCI award at International Short Film Festival Oberhausen) and Os Mortos-Vivos (2012, Directors’ Fortnight). Mate-me Por Favor (2015) is her first feature film. Produced by Bananeira Filmes, it premiered at Mostra Orizzonti of the Venice Film Festival and was part of the selection of Festival do Rio (Best Actress and Best Direction), Panorama Coisa de Cinema (Best Film), Festival Internacional de Cine de Cali (Best Film), New Directors/New Films, Indie Lisboa, SXSW, Filmfest Munchen, Cartagena IFF, among others.

  • Beatriz Carvalho

    Producer. She graduated in Film at FAAP, studied Mise en Scène Documentaire at École Supérieure D’Études Cinématographiques – ESEC (Paris, France) and holds a postgraduate degree in Film and TV Executive Education from FGV (São Paulo, 2006). Executive Producer and production director of feature films and TV series including Sobre Rodas (Mauro D’Addio, 2017), Um Casamento (Monica Simões, 2016), Zoom (Pedro Morelli), Boca (Flavio Frederico), Estamos Juntos (Toni Venturi), Carmo (Murilo Pasta), Fim da Linha (Gustavo Steinberg) and series Passionais (Henrique Goldman), Contos do Edgar (Pedro Morelli) and Som e Fúria (Fernando Meirelles).

  • Carla Saavedra

    Born in Bolivia, and living in São Paulo since 2005, Carla graduated in Cinema at FAAP in 2009. Her short film O Espírito do Bosque (2017) won the award for Best Short Film Actress at the 45th Festival de Cinema de Gramado, the TNT Acquisition Award at the 28th Festival Internacional de Curtas-metragens de São Paulo and the Best Teen Short Film award at the Festival Internacional de Cinema Infantil. She is currently developing her first feature film, A Sombra do Cão, selected for funding from PRODAV 04/2015, selected for Buenos Aires Talents 2016 and winner of Brasil Cinemundi 2016.

  • Erick Gonzalez

    He is currently the director of AUSTRALAB and a delegate of the CCC (Cinema and Creation Center) projects in Santiago, Chile. He was the creator and coordinator of LARED, a recent grouping of distributors from six Latin American countries, who intends to promote independent films in the region. Between 2008 and 2016, he was the programming director of the Toulouse Latin American Film Festival and a member of the Cine en encultura selection team for both the Toulouse and San Sebastian editions. He has done dozens of tutorials and talks related to project development and issues related to distribution, exhibition and the public at film festivals, laboratories, seminars and workshops, mainly in Latin America and Europe, but also in the East. He also collaborated with dozens of festivals as a programmer and in actions related to the development of projects. In addition to his work in the cinema, he was during 2016 and 2017, artistic director of CasaPlan, center of production and diffusion of contemporary art in Valparaiso.

  • Eva Morsch-Kihn

    Graduate in Cultural Organizations Management 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

    Flavia Candida is a curator, filmmaker and producer, with a Bachelor’s degree in Film from UFF, where she directed the short film O Metro Quadrado, winner of the Special Jury Award at Festival de Brasília in 2002.   
    She started her career as a programmer in the mid-1990s at Cine Arte UFF and coordinated for over 15 years the Festival Brasileiro de Cinema Universitário. She collaborates in the programming and selection of several festivals and exhibits such as Curta Cinema, Festival do Rio, Festival Internacional de Curtas-Metragens de São Paulo and Goiânia Mostra Curtas. She also collaborated as analyst and project consultant in the selection process of laboratories such as BR Lab, Plataforma Lab, ICUMAM Lab and consulting in the Curta Cinema 2015’s Projects Laboratory. She was also part of the selection commission of Edital Elipse, a funding scheme for university students’ short films (Rio de Janeiro’s Secretary of Culture) and of FUNCULTURA 2016, in Pernambuco.

  • Francine Barbosa

    Francine Barbosa is a screenwriter. She was part of the screenwriting teams of feature film A Cidade Aqui Dentro, directed by Matias Mariani, and Dea Ferraz’s third feature film, Castela (currently in its financing stage). She also co-wrote, with Maurilio Martins, the treatment of feature film Azul Violeta, selected for funding from PRODAV FSA 05/2016. In television, she worked as screenwriter in the series Revolta dos Malês, and developed series projects for several production companies. She participated in selection commissions for audiovisual public funding schemes such as ProAC-SP and the Ministry of Culture, as well as short film festivals. She has been teaching scriptwriting since 2015.

  • Giovani Barros

    He studied cinema at UFF. He is a film director, screenwriter and casting producer. As film director, he directed the short films Uma Canção de Dois Humanos, As Heranças and A Hora Azul, which were screened at several national and international festivals. His latest short film, A Vez de Matar, A Vez de Morrer, was selected for more than 30 film festivals, such as QueerLisboa and Lovers Film Festival Torino LGBBTQI Visions. He has worked as assistant director and casting producer in feature films such as Marcelo Caetano’s Corpo Elétrico, Ricardo Alves Jr’s Elon Não Acredita na Morte, Felipe Bragança’s Não Devore Meu Coração and Um Animal Amarelo, and Alice Furtado’s Sick Sick Sick.

  • Ivan Melo

    Ivan Melo worked as executive producer of the Mostra Internacional de Cinema de São Paulo and as artistic director of Festival de Paulínia. He also worked as Director of Projects at the Paulínia film hub, where he was involved in the production of 40 Brazilian feature films. He worked at independent distributor Cult Filmes – a partnership between distributors Imovision, Pandora and Filmes da Mostra – specialized in the domestic video market, and as international head of Mais Filmes, a company focused on art films for cinema and television markets. He participated in the selection commission of some of the most important funding schemes in the country, such as Petrobras Cultural, BNDES Cultura, SPCINE, PROAC, among others. 

  • Larissa Figueiredo


    Larissa Figueiredo is a filmmaker and professor. She studied Languages and Literature at UnB, Theory of Cinema in France, and Visual Arts/Cinema in Switzerland, where she attended classes taught by artists such as Miguel Gomes and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. O Touro, her first feature film as film director, had its world premiere at the 44th Rotterdam Festival and was screened at more than 30 national and international festivals. Larissa is a partner of Cazumbá Filmes, an independent production and distribution company, whose recent works include the production of episode Saudade, of the series O Som e o Tempo (2017), along with Canal Brasil and Dezenove Som & Imagens; and the feature film A Casa de Lucia (2017), directed by João Marcelo and Lucia Luz. Currently, Larissa is writing, directing, producing and editing three television series and three feature films, to be released between 2019 and 2020. Larissa is also a teacher, having worked in several public and private institutions, such as Universidade Positivo in Curitiba and the EICTV in Cuba.

  • Marcela Lordy

    Marcela Lordy (1974) is a film director and screenwriter. She was born and lives in São Paulo, Brazil. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in Film from FAAP, she studied actors direction at EICTV in Cuba and worked as assistant director under Hector Babenco, Walter Salles, Daniela Thomas, Carlos Nader, Murilo Salles and José Eduardo Belmonte. Among cinema, television and visual arts, her films Sonhos de Lulu (2009), A Musa Impassível (2010), Aluga-se (2012) and Ouvir o Rio: uma escultura sonora de Cildo Meireles (2012) have been screened at festivals such as Toulouse, Bafici, Rio, Havana, Shanghai, and exhibited by invitation at the 31st Bienal de Arte de SP, Museu da Língua Portuguesa and the 11th Flip. For television, she directed episodes of the children’s series Julie e os Fantasmas, nominated for the 2012 Emmy Awards, and the series Passionais, broadcast on Globosat, both gaining great recognition from the public and critics. She is currently working on the pre-production of her first feature film, O Livro dos Prazeres, and the development of her second feature film, Aline.

  • Marcio Miranda Perez

    Editor and short film maker. Graduated in Cinema and Video at Escola de Comunicações e Artes, USP. His short films have been screened and awarded internationally. His short film script Lightrapping won the Prêmio Estímulo from the state of São Paulo’s Secretary of Culture. His works as film editor, also awarded, include feature films, documentaries and animations. Programming coordinator of the Latin sessions of the Festival Internacional de Curtas-metragens de São Paulo since 2004 and programming coordinator of Festival Mix Brasil since 2014. He also participated as jury member in selection and award committees in Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia.

  • Mariana Pinheiro

    Screenwriter and researcher, she has collaborated with feature films Canção ao Longe, directed by Clarissa Campolina, and Outros Tempos, directed by Christiane Jatahy; she has participated in the series Me Chama de Bruna (Fox) and is currently writing the series Derek e Bel (Canal Brasil) and Vera Colares e a Rota do Crime (creative group of Karim Aïnouz’s Inflamável). She worked as assistant director in the feature film Girimunho, directed by Clarissa Campolina and Helvécio Marins, in Marcos Pimentel’s short documentaries and the series Hoje É Dia de Maria, directed by Luiz Fernando Carvalho (TV Globo). She participated in the selection committees of FRAPA, Prêmio Cabíria, BR Lab and SEC-RJ, and in the curatorship of Programadora Brasil, Festival do Rio, É Tudo Verdade and Curta Cinema.  

  • Michael Wahrmann

    Film director and producer, born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has lived in Brazil since 2004, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film from FAAP/SP. His short films; Avós (2009), Oma (2011), The Beast (2016) and his feature film Avanti Popolo were screened at numerous international and national festivals such as Directors’ Fortnight, Berlinale, Rotterdam and Brasília, and have received more than 60 awards over the last few years. He is a partner of SANCHO&PUNTA, where he produced feature films such as Los Territorios, directed by Ivan Granovsky (Rotterdam 2017), Pablo Giorgelli’s Invisible (Venice, Orizzonti, 2017), Ricardo Alves Jr’s Elon Não Acredita na Morte (Rotterdam, 2017), and worked as associate producer in Lucrécia Martel’s Zama (Venice, 2017), among others.

  • Paola Wink

    Producer and partner of Tokyo Filmes, production company based in Porto Alegre, RS. She has produced dozens of short films screened at festivals such as Cannes, Locarno, Bilbao, Stockholm, Huelva, Tiradentes, Valdivia, Havana, Vancouver, among others. She produced Davi Pretto’s feature films Castanha and Rifle, both premiered at the Berlinale.  She is the creator of PLATAFORMA:LAB, a Brazilian laboratory for films undergoing development.  She has been invited to bring her feature film projects to important international laboratories, including the Co-Production Forum (Festival de San Sebastián), Carte Blanche (Locarno Festival), BrLab (SP), Talent Project Market (Berlinale), Brasil CineMundi (BH), EAVE Puentes.

     

  • Paula Astorga

    Graduated from the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, she is a promoter of audiovisual and culture in general, with special attention to the creation of new circuits for film exhibition and to the promotion of contemporary cinema in Mexico and Latin America. In 2004, she created FICCO, Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo (2004-2008), and in 2010, she assumed the general direction of the Cineteca Nacional de México (2010-2013). She participated as jury member in more than 20 international film festivals.  As a producer, she is currently working on Inzomnia, the first stop-motion animated film made in Mexico. She has just released Omar y Gloria, Jaime Cohen’s second documentary film, and is currently producing Raúl Fuentes’s Contar el amor

  • Paulo de Carvalho

    Producer and Programmer. Artistic Director of Festival CINELATINO in Germany. He has worked with Latin American films at the Cannes Directors’ Fortnight, DokLeipzig and the Locarno Festival. Through the production company Autentika Films (Berlin), he has worked in several co-productions with Latin American countries. In 2018: Maria Augusta Ramos’s O Processo (Brasil) and Santiago Loza’s Breve Historia del Planeta Verde (Argentina). He also participates in the creative group of the production company Filmes de Abril (São Paulo). Since 2010, he has participated in the organization of Brasil CineMundi, in Belo Horizonte.

     

  • Rafael Sampaio

    General Director of BrLab. Producer. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film from FAAP, and a Master’s degree in Theater and Audiovisual Studies (Universidade da Coruña, Spain). He worked as programmer of Museu da Imagem e do Som de São Paulo – MIS, Cinemateca Brasileira and Cine Olido. Producer of festivals, such as Jornada Brasileira de Cinema Silencioso, Festival de Cinema Latino-Americano de São Paulo, among others. He works as coordinator of courses and platforms for professional training such as the Prodav 4 Project Development Laboratories – 2013 and 2014. Producer of feature films Sobre Rodas (Mauro D’addio, 2017), Um Casamento (Mônica Simões, 2017), among others.