1983, Bogotá. Studied film at La Fémis in France. Directed the short films Como todo el mundo (2008 Grand Jury Prize, Clermont-Ferrand) and Rodri (2012 Director’s Fortnight). His opera prima Gente de bien premiered at the 2014 Cannes Critics’ Week and his second feature Litigante opened the same event in 2019. He founded Evidencia Films to produce his own films and those of other directors with powerful ideas and unique perspectives.
Mariana Saffon +
1988, Bogotá. A Columbia University MFA Graduate, winner of the Milos Forman Directing Fellowship and the Directors Guild of America Jury Student Award, her latest short film, Entre tú y Milagros won the Orizzonti award for best short film at the Venice international film festival, before being selected and awarded at more than thirty festivals around the world. She is currently developing her first feature film, La Cría.
Juan Sebastián Quebrada
1987, Medellín. Studied at Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires and did post-graduate work at ESCAC in Barcelona. His graduate project, Días extraños, premiered in the international competition at the 2015 BAFICI and was selected for festivals in Munich, Toulouse and Cartagena, winning several awards. His first short film, La casa del árbol, premiered at the 2017 Toronto Film Festival. He is currently editing his first feature, El otro hijo.
Simón Mesa Soto
1986, Medellín. Studied at Universidad de Antioquia and has a Masters degree from the London Film School. His graduate project, Leidi, won the Palme d’Or for short films in 2014. Two years later, his first professional short film, Madre, was also included in the Official Selection at Cannes. Both these shorts won awards at festivals in Chicago and Havana. His first feature film, Amparo, premiered in competition of the 2021 Critics’ Week.
Laura Huertas Millán +
1983, Bogotá. Studied at École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts and at Le Fresnoy in France before completing a doctorate at PSL University Research Paris and at Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab. Her films –Sol Negro, La Libertad, El Laberinto, and JÍIBIE– are hybrids combining fiction, documentary and ethnography and have been selected for festivals in Berlin, Toronto or Rotterdam and won awards at Locarno, FIDMarseille and DocLisboa.
1991, Bogotá. Studied film direction at the Free Conservatory of French Cinema, in París. His first documentary feature film, La Paz, won the jury’s award for best documentary in Lima and the audience award in Cartagena de Indias. He also directed Lupita y las Sirenas, a short film premiered at the Guadalajara film festival. He is currently preparing his second documentary film, Los Tilangos.
1979, Bogotá. Studied at École Supérieure d’Arts in Aix-en-Provence and later at Le Fresnoy. His short film, Echo Chamber, won Best Film at the Navarra International Documentary Film Festival in 2015. His films, which navigate between the fiction and experimental documentary genres, have been selected for festivals in New York, Lisbon (Indie Lisboa), Oberhausen, and Copenhagen (CPH DOX). His latest short film, Sin asunto, premiered in New York.
Carla Melo +
1993, Bogotá. Studied Visual Arts and Scenic Arts at Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá and Film at Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires. Her graduate thesis, the animated short, Por ahora un cuento, premiered at the Annecy Festival before traveling to more than 20 festivals around the world, including Dok Leipzig, FicValdivia, and Curta Kinoforum in São Paulo. She is currently finalizing La Perra, her first professional short film.
1991, Cali. Studied film at CICE in Madrid and humanities at Universidad Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. In 2016, he directed Tumaco (First Prize at Medellín Short Film Festival) and Paila (Best Screenplay and Best Actor at Bogoshorts). In 2019, his short film Masmelos was purchased by Arte and premiered at Guanajuato. His latest short film Todo incluido is currently touring festivals around the globe (Huelva, La Habana…) after its premiere in Toronto.
1983, Bogotá. Screenwriter and Director. Directed the short film Un juego de niños, a winner at the Clermont-Ferrand Festival, before shooting his first feature film, Anna, nominated for a Goya award. Co-writer of El Abrazo de la Serpiente, nominated for Best Foreign Film at the Oscars, and Pájaros de Verano, which opened the Directors’ Fortnight in 2018. Wrote and directed the miniseries Camionero for Studio+, co-directed Frontera Verde and co-wrote Goles en contra, both for Netflix.
1984, Granada. Degree in Documentary Direction from Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños in Cuba, where he directed Maya (2010 Official Cannes Selection) and Perros. His first professional short film, La Niña de la Buseta, won Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actress at Bogoshorts in 2016 and his short film, Jauría, had its international premiere at Clermont-Ferrand and premiered nationally at the 2019 FICCI.