Speakers and guests

  • Aline Mazzarella

    Aline Mazzarella holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film from UFF, with a Master’s degree in Visual Arts from IUAV/ Venice. Since 2014, she is a partner and head of Business Development at Estúdio Giz, an audiovisual production company based in Rio de Janeiro. She produced the feature films “Paulistas”, by Daniel Nolasco (Dok Leipzig, 2017); “Sick sick sick” by Alice Furtado (coproduction with Ikki Films/FRA, Baldr Film/HOL), currently in post-production. She also coproduced “El alma quiere volar”, by Diana Montenegro (cinema co./COL), in post-production; and “Los abismos”, by Agustina San Martín (Caudillo Cine/ ARG), in development.

  • Ariene Ferreira

    Executive producer, she has worked with fiction and documentary projects at several production companies such as MMTV, Tangerina Entretenimento, Bossa Nova Films, Elástica Filmes, Buriti Filmes and Gullane Filmes. The projects she produced include the series “Insustentáveis”, “Tropicália” and “O piano que conversa”. She also participated in the production of “Bicho de sete cabeças”, “Terra vermelha”, “Carandiru”, “Signo da cidade” and “Gigantes do Brasil”. At the Amazonas Film Festival, she curated the fiction film competition. She currently participates in the collective c/as4atro, focused on guiding, producing and analyzing projects in development, as well as the production of audiovisual works.

  • Camila Nunes

    Graduated in Film, she began her career at Grupo Polo de Imagem / Pacto Audiovisual / TAL – Televisão América Latina, working with direction of vignettes, promotional spots and documentaries, and also in the executive production of content projects. After that, she worked at the talk show “Irritando Fernanda Young” at the GNT channel, as assistant director. For the same channel, she was executive producer of the miniseries “Duas histéricas na Terra Santa”. Since 2012, she has been working as executive producer in the entertainment area of bigBonsai. Her most recent productions include the documentary series “My life is circus” for HBO Latin America, and “Palavras permanecem” for Curta! channel. She is also working on the musical documentary “O barato de Iacanga”, in post-production, for the same channel. She is currently developing five international coproduction fiction projects with Rizoma Films and Le Tiro from Argentina, Manufactura de Películas and Treból Films from Chile and Tropical Cine from Mexico.

  • Dag Hoel

    Dag Hoel was born in Norway, is a producer, director and writer. He is known for documentaries such as “Big John” (2008) and “A beautiful tragedy” (2008). He is committed to work on human rights issues and 3rd world development. Along with his work for the screen, he is writing nonfiction on a variety of subjects.

  • Deborah Osborn

    Holding a Master’s degree in Cinema from Goldsmith College-University of London, with a British Council’s Chevening scholarship, Deborah Osborn began her career at the Film Department of MIS-SP. A founding partner of bigBonsai, Deborah is responsible for the creative production of the company’s entertainment projects. She collaborates as jury member and/or speaker at several festivals, such as SXSW, Festival de Gramado, Mostra Olhar de Cinema (Curitiba), Rio Market (Festival do Rio), Cine PE de Recife and Festival Internacional de Curtas Metragens de São Paulo. Deborah worked as curator and producer of the film exhibition and workshop “Kevin Macdonald – um olhar plural”, in partnership with Festival Cultura Inglesa, which took place in June 2017 at MIS-SP. In the same year, she was the only Brazilian representative selected to participate in the EAVE Producers’ Workshop, one of the main events of the European network of audiovisual entrepreneurs. She also teaches twice a year the course “Documentário para Cinema e TV” at Centro Cultural B_arco, in partnership with journalist Flávia Guerra.

  • Erica Barbiani

    After a PhD in Sociology, Erica Barbiani left the secluded academic world with a longing for storytelling. Plots, she suspected, were a better way to capture the audience’s attention. Since 2003, she has been producing films for Videomante, a company based in Italy. Her recent productions include “The special need” by Carlo Zoratti, co-produced with DETAiLFILM, premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and winner of the Golden Dove at Dok Leipzig, and “The good life”, the first documentary of the Italian author Niccolo Ammaniti. Erica is a published author of two novels: her latest work, “Guida sentimentale per camperisti” will be published next October by Einaudi. She is currently co-writing the script of “Wishing a star” with Slovakian director Peter Kerekes, and working as selector for training programs such as the TorinoFilmLab and the Biennale College Cinema.

  • Eva Morsch Kihn

    Eva Morsch Kihn hold a double degree in Management of Cultural Organizations at the Paris Dauphine University, and in Modern Literature at the Université Jean-Jaurès. Eva is working for Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse, France, the main film festival in Europe fully dedicated to latin-american films, as coordinator and member of the artistic committee and coordinator of the professional platform and member of the selection committee of Cinéma en Construction (both Toulouse and San Sebastian sessions). Consultant for the Venice Gap Financing Market and member of the selection committee of Primer Corte and Copia Final in Ventana Sur. She is involved as an external speaker in the Production Master of the cinema school ENSAV and in the Master of Production of Barcelone in the field of film festivals, and she is also managing a workshop dedicated for the student of Art & Com Department of Université Jean-Jaurès. Eva was coordinator of the professional program of La Fabrique des Cinémas du Monde in Cannes, member of selection committee of projects for the Fonds d’Aide au Développement de Scénario d’Amiens and evaluator for the Région Occitanie film fund and Aide Aux Cinémas du Monde. She is regularly tutor, consultant, curator and speaker in workshops in Latin America and in France. Eva is also a member of the board of CICAE and Carrefour des Festivals.

  • Gerardo Michelin

    Director of LatAm cinema, an information portal for professionals in the Latin American film industry. He has previously worked as TV producer in Uruguay, a newsletters reporter in Spain, a journalist specializing in the audiovisual sector in Spain and England and Head of Press Relations at Cartoon Forum and Cartoon Movie, events organized by the Association of European Producers of Animation.

  • Giancarlo Nasi

    He graduated in Political Sciences. Master in Economic Law of Intellectual Property at Sciences Politiques, Paris. He worked in the media agency WPP Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh in the production of television content. Later, he was an associate lawyer at Alessandri& Co. He currently directs the film department at Quijote Rampante, where he produced films such as “Chile factory” and “Jesús”. He co-produced “La tierra y la sombra”, winner of the Caméra d’Or, and “Marilyn”, premiered at the Berlinale. His last film, “Los versos del olvido” by Alireza Khatami, premiered in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Festival, where it obtained the Best Script Lion Award.

  • Gilberto Toscano

    Graduated in Law from the Universidade de São Paulo – USP and holding a postgraduate degree in Entertainment Law from Escola Superior de Direito da OAB / SP. He is a partner at Cesnik, Quintino & Salinas Advogados, and before that, he was responsible for business and legal affairs at O2 Filmes. Toscano advises broadcasters, producers, distributors, digital platforms, talents and other agents of the entertainment market. He is a lecturer and professor in several events and courses on Entertainment and is vice-president of the Copyright, Intangible Rights and Entertainment Committee of OAB/RJ.

  • Gustavo Steinberg

    He has been working in cinema since 1995 as executive producer, producer, screenwriter and director. He produced six feature films, having also scripted four and directed two of them. He has just completed the animated film “Tito e os pássaros”, selected for the official competition of the Annecy Festival in 2018. His other films have won awards such as Best Film at the Tribeca Festival (New York), Best Debut Documentary at the Los Angeles Latin American Festival, the Digital Award at the 60th Venice Film Festival, Official Selection at the 37th New York Film Festival, among many others. He conceived and produced the BIG Festival (Brazil’s Independent Games Festival), the first independent games festival in Latin America. He also conceived and produces the largest festival of new talents in Brazilian music, Dia da Música.

  • 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. He worked as executive producer of the documentaries “Bem vindo a São Paulo”, directed by Tsai Ming-Liang, Maria de Medeiros, Philipe Noyce, etc. and “Top 25”, directed by Richard Luiz, as well as the yet unreleased “Alvorada”, directed by Anna Muylaert, Cesar Charlone and Lô Politi. In 2006, he founded the production company CUP FILMES, with the intention of producing films in partnership with companies interested in investing in independent cinema, young filmmakers and international coproductions. He was coproducer of Marcelo Caetano’s “Corpo elétrico”, with whom he is developing a new project, “Baby”, selected by the Hubert Bals Fund for development. He created with Anna Muylaert the creative group Chapa Libre, where two feature film projects, two TV series and a documentary are currently under development. He is also associated with the Espiríto Santo production company Uacari Filmes, founded by Juliano R. Salgado (“O sal da terra”) and Ivi Roberg, with whom he is developing the feature film “Vitória”, the documentary “Amazônia”, and feature film “Não dá para parar agora”, the latter in a partnership between UACARI, CUP FILMES and Sara Silveira’s Dezenove Som e Imagens. Finally, with his partner and sister, filmmaker Ilaine Melo, Ivan is working in the production of short film “Licença poética” and feature film “Palavra presa”.

  • Julia Alves

    Graduated from ECA/USP, she has worked on independent TV and film projects since 2009. She initially produced projects by renowned directors such as Bruno Barreto, Cao Hamburguer and Eliane Caffé. She then created Punta Colorada de Cinema in 2014, through which she co-produced Ricardo Alves Jr’s debut feature film, “Elon não acredita na morte”, the new feature film by Adirley Queirós, “Era uma vez Brasília”; Ivan Granovsky’s “Los Territorios”; Pablo Giorgelli’s “Invisible”, and also worked as associate producer at Lucrecia Martel’s “Zama” (Venice 2017).

  • Juliette Lepoutre

    Juliette Lepoutre comes to production after fifteen years working with Silicon Valley companies, specializing in developing international markets. In 2007 she cofounded the production company MPM Film. The lineup as coproducer includes directors such as Adrian Sitaru, Florin Serban, BélaTarr, Julia Murat, Teona Mghvdeladze, Panos Koutras and Hector Galvez amongst others. In 2015 she founded Still Moving with Pierre Menahem. Their first coproduction, “Pendular” by Julia Murat won the FIPRESCI prize at the Berlinale (Panorama). Currently “The fever” by Maya Da Rin is in postproduction, “Feathers of a father” by Omar El Zohairy (Egypt) and “Tlamess” by Ala Eddine Slim (Tunisia) are in preproduction. The company’s sales lineup also includes “Djon África” by Filipa Reis and Joao Miller Guerra, Tunisia Oscar’s submission “The last of us” by Ala Eddine Slim and the multi-awarded “In the last days of the city” by Tamer El Said (Egypt). Lepoutre was an expert in different production labs such as Toronto, Rotterdam, BAL and Berlinale Talents, jury member in different festivals and in the committee selection 2015 of the Cinefondation Residence.

  • 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 and holding a postgraduate degree in Audiovisual Production from École Supérieure d’Audiovisuel de Toulouse (France), she has worked at several Brazilian production companies, producing content for channels such as Nat Geo, Canal+, Nine Network and TLC. In curatorship and programming, she was a member of the selection committee of the Festival Internacional de Curtas do Rio de Janeiro for four years, and Cinéatatino Rencontres de Toulouse for two years, having also worked at the Short Film Corner during the Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, she started working at Canal Brasil, assessing national content. She is currently part of the Projects team, responsible for the analysis of scripts, interface with production and distribution companies, negotiation of coproduction contracts and representation of the channel in business rounds.

  • 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.

  • Molly O’Keefe

    Molly oversees all aspects of TFI’s Artist Programs with a focus on scripted grants and workshops. Notable programs include Through Her Lens: Tribeca Chanel Women’s Filmmaker Program, AT&T Untold Stories, Tribeca All Access, TFI Sloan Filmmaker Fund, IWC Filmmaker Award and TFI Latin America Fund for which she manages filmmaker outreach, program implementation and assessment, expense tracking, industry and mentor cultivation, and event production both year-round and at Tribeca Film Festival. Prior to joining TFI in 2015, Molly was Director of Development and Production at Sundance Productions where she developed series for CNN, FX, HBO, Ovation, EPIX, Sony and Paramount. Before returning to New York, she worked for Ben Stiller’s Los Angeles-based Red Hour Films and produced Roger Kumble’s critically acclaimed play “Girls talk” starring Brooke Shields and Constance Zimmer in West Hollywood. She is a graduate of Emerson College.

  • Paula Gastaud

    Paula Gastaud has been involved in the film industry since 2001, first as executive producer of films and TV content in Brazil. Since 2009, her focus has been the international market, developing business opportunities for Brazilian filmmakers across the globe. In Sofá Digital since the company’s creation, she manages the licensing, programming and operations of film content for distribution in VOD platforms worldwide. As a development consultant and speaker, she has partaken in several workshops in prestigious programs and institutions such as: the Locarno Industry Academy, EICTVCuba, BrLab, MICA, FIDBA, Mar Doc Lab, BAM, Malaga Film Festival, Chile Docs, SANFIC, Panamá Film Festival, Marché du Film Producers Network, San Sebastián Film Festival.

  • 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”.

  • Sara Silveira

    Sara is currently one of the most active film producers in the country. In 1991, she founded the production company Dezenove Som e Imagens, together with filmmaker Carlos Reichenbach, and since then, she has been managing in partnership with Maria Ionescu. Among her productions are the award-winning “Alma corsária”, “Bicho de sete cabeças”, “Durval Discos”, “Cinema, aspirinas e urubus”, which won the National Educational Prize at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival, the Un Certain Regard award, and was also the Brazilian Official Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2007 Oscars; “As boas maneiras”, by Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra, winner of the Silver Leopard award, Special Jury Prize, at the 70th Locarno Festival – Concorso Internazionale; “Vazante” by Daniela Thomas, selected by the 2017 Berlinale – Panorama Special; “Pela janela”, by Caroline Leone, selected by the 2017 Rotterdam Festival – Bright Future session, where it received the FIPRESCI Critics’ Award. She was a jury member of the Carte Blanche selection at the 67th Locarno Festival and jury president of the Horizontes Latinos session of the 62nd edition of the Festival de San Sebastián.

  • Sébastien Onomo

    Sébastien Onomo is a French producer. After a degree in Modern Literature obtained in 2008 at the Sorbonne Nouvelle, he joined INA (National Audiovisual Institute) where he graduated as a Master degree in Audiovisual and Digital Production in 2010. It was at this time that he met Serge Lalou, producer and also the academic advisor of the Master in audiovisual production of INA and the latter asked him to join Les Films d’Ici as a producer. What he will, after a six month experience with the Belgian company Entre Chien et Loup (Diana Elbaum and Sébastien Delloye), he joined Les Films d’Ici in the goal to develop and produce feature films, and continue to produce TV documentaries. In 2015 he participated in the creation of the company Special Touch Studios, with Olivier Laouchez. With its experiences in the audiovisual and digital production, Sébastien brings its expertise to various university and school programs like INA, La FEMIS, Les Gobelins, the University of Paris – Diderot 7 or the University Paris 3 Sorbonne Nouvelle. He is also an expert for CNC and regional funds. In 2017, he is appointed co-President with Aïssa Maïga of the french-speaking group within Unifrance. Among the twenty or so film and television films produced by Sébastien Onomo, we can mention “Le Gang des Antillais” (2016) by Jean-Claude Barny, “Ebony” by MoussaTouré, or more recently “Funan” by Denis Do, awarded in 2018 by the Crystal of the best animated feature film at the prestigious Annecy International Festival.

  • 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.

  • Sofia Marquez Moreno

    Sofia is currently working with the prolific Mexican production company, Alebrije Producciones; she is in charge of the sales of their catalog that extends to more than 140 titles. She was Sales Manager at Mundial Sales the Mexico City based international sales division of IM Global that focuses exclusively on Latin American and Ibero American cinema and the coproduction and cofinancing of television. Previously, Sofia served as Head of International Sales at the Mexican Film Institute and before that, she was the Head of Distribution at Canana, one of Latin America’s top production and independent distributors. She graduated with honors from Carlos III University in Madrid with a Master’s in Film Business.

  • Talita Arruda

    Since 2009, Talita Arruda has worked in the areas of curation, distribution, programming and exhibition of national films. She worked on the acquisition of national content in the Synapse Brasil aggregator, coordinated “Porta Curtas” and spearheaded “A Vida é Curta!”, a weekly show hosted by the Curta! channel. Since 2016, she coordinates the Sessão Vitrine Petrobras, a collective launching platform of the distributor Vitrine Filmes.