FEATURE FILM JURIES
Official Section of Feature Films
Degree in Advertising and Public Relations at UPF, Claudia Guillén (Barcelona, 1995) very soon decided to drift to the world of cinema and audiovisuals. This is why she studied History of Cinema and Reviewing at La Casa del Cine in Barcelona and holds a master in Film Business from ESCAC. As a consequence, she has worked for a distribution company at the original production department of the platform Rakuten TV, with a speciality in development. At present she is working for the production team of Elastica Films, and collaborates with the digital magazine Industrias del Cine and has been jury member on festivals like Sitges, Americana or Most. Although she loves naturalistic cinema, horror is one of her favourite genres; she blames her experiences (committed by her mum) watching films like It, Texas, Chainsaw Massacre among others when she was a child.
Felipe M. Guerra is a Brazilian-born journalist and filmmaker. He began his career making independent films on video in the 1990s. Since then, he has ventured into several genres (horror, comedy, documentary) and all available technologies (VHS, cell phones, HD). Some of his works have been screened at festivals such as Fantasporto (Portugal), Sitges (Spain), and Macabro (Mexico). More recently, Guerra has devoted himself to the production of documentaries about cult filmmakers such as US producer Roger Corman and Italian filmmakers Luigi Cozzi and Ruggero Deodato. The latter, called “Deodato Holocaust” (2019), was commercially released in Europe and the United States. Guerra has over a decade of collaboration with Fantaspoa, Brazil’s leading genre film festival, having hosted Q&As with legendary filmmakers such as Stuart Gordon, Richard Stanley, Roger Corman, and Mick Garris. As a film researcher, he published hundreds of articles on blogs, websites, festival catalogs, and books. Between 2014 and 2019, Guerra was the manager and programmer of a Brazilian theater called Cine Santander Cultural. In Portugal since 2019, he is currently part of the AO NORTE – Association for Audiovisual Production and Animation team, developing projects with Portuguese students to encourage the making of independent films.
Joan Vilà was born on January 12th, 1987 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Music composer, pianist, drummer and audiovisual director. Known for a number of film soundtracks like “Y todos Arderán”, “Quién eres”, “Blue Rai”, “Capa Negra”, “Verano Rojo”, “L’amant del silenci” or “Desmuntant Leonardo”; as well as tenths of successful international short films like “Tu último día en la tierra”, “Dana”, “A little taste”, “What is love”, “La Penumbra” or “Solution for Sadness”; or TV series “Boca Norte”. He has also written original music for adverts for important brands like Mediolanum (“Mis otros Yo” / “Te lo digo a mi”), Etnia Barcelona, Airbnb, Levis & Strauss, Moritz or ESCAC. He has won several international awards as Best Soundtrack at Molins Film Festival, for “Y todos Arderán”, best Soundtrack for foreign indie film at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards from Los Ángeles for “Quién eres”, or Best Shortfilm Soundtrack at Jerry Goldsmith Awards for “Macarrones con tomate” and “What is love” with 2nd award. Degree in Audiovisual Communication, he started studying piano at Escola Santa Anna, later he studied drums, harmony and musical language at Taller de Músics de Barcelona. He was mentored by Lluís Vergés, and has studied with music writers and orchestra arrangers like Conrad Pope, Nan Schwartz, Roque Baños or Lucio Godoy.
Judith Colell was born in Barcelona in 1968. Degree in Art History and Certificate in Film at New York University. Filmmaker of feature films like “El dominio de los sentidos” (1997)(Collective), “Mujeres”(2001), with award at Festival de Sitges Film, Lorca and Vitoria among others, “53 días de invierno”(2007) submitted in the Festival de cine de San Sebastián, best actress at Toulouse Festival and nominated for awards in Barcelona, and “Elisa K” (2010), winner of the special award of the jury at San Sebastián Film Festival, Special mention of the jury in Nantes, awarded Premi Nacional de Cultura de la Generalitat de Catalunya, nominated for 5 Gaudí awards as well as for best screenplay for Goya awards. And TV films “Positivos” (2008), “Fragmentos” (2003), “Radiaciones” (2012) and “El último baile de Carmen Amaya” (2014). Her last work is “15 Horas”, a production from República Dominicana completely shot in Santo Domingo (Premio Signis at festival de Málaga). She is president of the Academia de Cinema Català, and was vice president of Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España and is founder member of CIMA (Asociación de Mujeres Audiovisuales). She is Business vice-dean and professor at Blanquerna, Universitat Ramon Llull de Barcelona.
Raquel Sastre is a comedian and writer from Murcia, specialised in black humour. She started in the world of comedy thanks to Paramount Comedy. She has made sktches for “La hora de José Mota”; we have seen her in “Ilustres ignorantes”; she has collaborated with programmes like “La semana más larga” or “Futboleros” and has been a writer for “El Hormiguero” and “La que se avecina”, among others. She has also been on radio programmes like “Hoy por hoy” or “Yu: no te pierdas nada”. A year ago she published “Risas al punto de sal” for editorial Planeta. She is patron of the Fundación Sombra, which promotes Spanish fantahorror. She used to hate Nicolas Cage, until he started starring horror film of b-series. Now she worships him.
Being Different and Bloody Madness Section
David Fernández García (Barcelona 1967) is founder and CEO of distribution company WILD DUCK PRODUCTIONS as well as director of REDRUM. Co Founder of PLANET HORROR, the first horror film specialised platform in Spain. He has been a professor of the Máster de distribución audiovisual de la ECAM specialised in cult cinema and digital distribution for 5 years. He has had more than 20 years of experience in the record and cinematographic area.
Mariana Cangas degree on Diseño de Imagen y Sonido at Universidad de Buenos Aires, where she has been a professor in the production area since 2008. Film and content producer and founder partner of CINEWORLD SRL. She is producer and executive producer of feature films like “Solo el amor”, romantic musical comedy at present on Netflix, directed by Diego Corsini and Andy Caballero, premiered in October 2018; “El encanto” by Juan Sasiaín and Ezequiel Tronconi, romantic drama recently premiered at Casa de America and, in the near future, on international platforms like Amazon prime video, Filmin and Rakuten; “Pasaje de Vida” Argentine-Spanish co-production with El Chino Darín, Miguel Angel Solá, Charo Lopez, among others, at present on Amazon prime, directed by Diego Corsini and premiered in 2015 in Argentina and 2017 in Spain; “Entre Ríos, todo lo que no dijimos” by Nelson Schmunk premiered in 2014, “Lo que nunca nos dijimos” Mexican-Argentine co-production directed by Sebastián Sánchez Amunátegui, premiered in Argentina and México in 2016; and documentary feature films “Candy Bar” on malnutrition, Venezuela-Argentine co-production with the support of IBERMEDIA, directed by Alejandra Szeplaki, premiered in October 2019, and “Punto de no Retorno”, on climate change, premiered in 2021. She has given workshops, masterclasses, and has been jury in different international festivals and labs, among which Terror Molins 2021, Festival de Mar del Plata in Argentina, Hayah international festival in Panamá and BoliviaLab, just to say some of them.
Being born in the late 70s and loving the big screen es the right mix for becoming a Fantastic and Horror lover. Having been on the premieres of almost all the Star Wards, all Freddys Krueggers, Gremlins, Indiana Jones, and the Jasons along with the Texan welcoming family… having enjoyed the hapy re birth of the zombie genre, the recovering from the early 90s, Blade Runner, Jack Torrance and his axe, the snow filled TV set in Poltergeist, the friendly Chuky and the Necromomicon from Evil Dead… even the hilarious Vengador Tóxico… all this mixture of beasts, guts, foam and litres of fake blood must leave a scar on you. The scar took me to finally work with the moving image on many TV media of the country, and last directing documentary, perhaps one of the freest visual languages. Short films were there too, of course, more like cinematographic experiments than serious projects. Big learning tools in the end. In 2018 I put myself at the helm of Mostra Galacticat, born in Tàrrega four years earlier, to recover the genre classics with loads of effort, self command and more hours than you can find on the clock. After five years, it has become, with the help of a small but strong band, the reference genre Festgival in the Terres de Ponent. Giving relevance to programming, reflection of myself and my ghosts, Galacticat has become what it is now and has made what I am now. I want to finish with a cry for cinema theatres from villages and city areas: if we let them die, me deserve the same destiny as Johnny Depp in the «hands» of good old Freddy.
Videodrome (ONLINE) Section
Director, writer and editor of “Jacinto” (2021). He has also made shortfilms, more than twenty videoclips, documentaries (Nación de muchachos: utopía o muerte), TV series (“Casa Manola”), webseries (“El viudo quiere mimos”), one Z-series feature film (¡Maldito Bastardo!), and even a cooking programme. Sometimes he writes about cinema, culture and other media such as El País (Tentaciones), Vice, Notodo or Elemmental.
Karen Madrid (Tordera, 1985) degree in Audiovisual Communication at UAB (2007). Since 2016 she has directed and presented the programme Quimèric from Ràdio Sabadell, specialised on cinema, literature, video games, board and role games and fantastic genre, besides promoting fandom entities and freak events. Horror film lover since she was a little child, inherited, perhaps, by motherly irresponsibility. She has been part of the staff of Festival de Terror de Sabadell for four years. Moreover, in the last few years she has been jury of the same event as well as Fantastik Granollers, Sant Cugat Fantàstic and the TAC Awards and Arkam awards. She has also worked in the promotion of horror festivals through the Quadern magazine, with an article on the subject. On the other hand, in connection with the literary world, she belongs to the committee of the Societat Catalana de Ciència Ficció i Fantasia and actively collaborates with the Festival Literari 42, where she is a jury too.
Oscar Lladó (Barcelona, 1989) has been a programmer of the B-Retina Festival since 2017, activity that combines with other tasks in the world of cinema: he has directed, written, and produced many short films and produced and distributed the feature film “El Último Tren Al Rock’n’Roll” (Ignacio Malagón, 2021). In 2019 he started out the distribution agency Last Piece Films, which closed its doors with the arrival of COVID. He was born on a Sunday in the middle of a wedding lunch, two months earlier than expected. We can say that he has always been a bit out of time. He has written about films and music in many digital media such as Zona Zero, Binaural or CineDomingo, especially about hardcore, metal and punk rock. Regarding cinema, he is definitely specialised in fantastic films, a genre that he explores and analyses almost everyday. Since 2022 he has been bass player of the hardcore band Kids of Rage, with whom he has played on festivals like outstanding Resurrection Fest or the French, Spread of Rage. Along with his band mates, he self produces and co-directs their own video clips. Above all, Óscar is a film eater, a fan and lover of fantastic just like everyone of us.