Festival Prize for Best Feature Film in l'Alternativa Official
Santiago Fillol holds a PhD in film from the UPF in Barcelona, where he is a member of the CINEMA research group and lectures on film and literature. In 2009 he directed the feature Ich bin Enric Marco, which was screened at festivals in Locarno, San Sebastián and Rotterdam. He has written several screenplays for Oliver Laxe, including Mimosas and his upcoming feature, Aquello que arde. He is the author of Historias de la desaparición (2016).
Eugenia Mumenthaler graduated in anthropology and cultural policies and management. In 2008 she and David Epiney set up the production company Alina Film, whose productions include the features Une jeunesse allemande (Jean-Gabriel Périot), La substància (Lluís Galter), La idea de un lago (Milagros Mumenthaler) and Abrir puertas y ventanas (Milagros Mumenthaler), all screened at international festivals. Their latest short, Los que desean (Elena Lopez Riera), won the Pardino d’Oro at this year’s Locarno Festival.
Marc Sempere Moya
Marc Sempere Moya is a multidisciplinary artist who trained in the fields of music, philosophy, film and theatre. He is interested in popular culture and the free-culture movement. He starred in Jo Sol’s El taxista ful and wrote, directed, produced and starred in El ball del vetlatori. He is currently directing a documentary on Niño de Elche.
Festival Prize for Best Short Film in l'Alternativa Official
Daniel Ebner is head of programming and also supervises film selection for travelling programmes at the Vienna Shorts Festival. He holds a master's degree in political science and studied film and cultural theory in Vienna and Berlin, while working as a film journalist at the Austrian Press Agency. In 2012 he cofounded the Association of Austrian Film Festivals and since 2014 he has sat on the City of Vienna's short film funding committee and the State of Vorarlberg’s film funding committee.
Maider Fernández Iriarte
Maider Fernández Iriarte is a filmmaker, educator and onetime member of the Las chicas de Pasaik collective. Her short Gure Hormek (2016) was screened at l’Alternativa. She is currently completing her debut feature, Las letras de Jordi (selected for the Ikusmira Berriak film project development and residency programme at the San Sebastián Film Festival), while also tutoring for the Master's Degree in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and working on the Cinema en curs educational programme and the Videorrabaleras project for the MACBA.
Cloe Masotta graduated in humanities and audiovisual communication and holds a master’s degree in audiovisual communication from the UPF. She also took the Independent Studies Programme on Contemporary Art Theory and Criticism at the MACBA. She is currently completing her PhD in communication while working as a film and contemporary art critic and lecturer. She has written for Blogs&Docs, Caimán Cuadernos de Cine and La Furia Umana and is a regular contributor to Transit: cine y otros desvíos.
Critics Award for Best Feature Film in l'Alternativa Official
Vanessa Agudo is an art historian, critic and film curator. In 2010 she joined Lumière magazine and since 2011 has also worked for Détour magazine as an editor and illustrator. She has presented screening sessions at Zumzeig, Xcèntric (CCCB) and the Filmoteca de Catalunya, among others.
Laura Blanco graduated in audiovisual communication, specialised in film direction at ESCAC and recently completed her thesis for her master’s degree in contemporary film and audiovisual studies at the UPF. In addition to making films, she also works with several digital cultural and film media sites, including La Cabecita, La cultura no val res and SideWays Cinema.
Aarón Cabañas graduated in audiovisual communication from the UPF, and also holds a master’s degree in contemporary film and audiovisual studies from the same university. Since 2011 he has written for Contrapicado magazine, where he has been editor since 2014. He was a member of audiovisual theatre company Noptile Albe and experimental audiovisual creative collective SalAV.
Don Quijote Prize for Best Feature Film in l’Alternativa Official
Madhurima Barua Sen
Madhurima Barua Sen is general secretary of the Gauhati Film Society, which organises screenings and filmmaking workshops, as well as running campus film clubs in higher education institutions and organising the International Guwahati Film Festival. She represents the entire North Eastern Region of India for the International Federation of Film Clubs and is currently the only female member on the Central Council of Film Federations of India.
Eva Campos Suárez
Eva Campos Suárez studied fine art at the University of Barcelona. She worked as a photographer and videographer for various shows in Brussels, where she began working with film director and choreographer Ana Cembrero Coca and choreographer and dancer Marta Kosieradzka. On her return to Barcelona she set up Festival [C]Screen, in Cerdanyola del Vallès.
Øyvind Hellenes runs the Førde Film Society, in northern Norway. He studied film and computer science at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He is also an independent documentary filmmaker and is currently making a film about living off-grid in the mountains.
GAC Award for Best Screenplay in l’Alternativa Panorama
Kike Barberà works as a screenwriter, filmmaker and documentary maker. He has written screenplays for the series 7 Vidas and the feature films Son & Moon (2009) and A ras de suelo (2006). He has made eight features of his own, which have been screened at festivals worldwide.
David Ordinas graduated in audiovisual communication from the USAL and holds a master’s degree in fiction screenwriting for film and TV from UPSA. He wrote the screenplays for the feature films Triunfo (2017) and Vacas Flacas (2016), among others. He has taught screenwriting classes, created the web series iSpain (2014) and made the short Triple (2018).
Júlia Martín graduated in film directing from the ECIB and did a postgraduate degree in screenwriting and directing actors at the UPF. She is currently working on her debut feature, Kátharsis, which was selected for the Pitching Forum at this year’s FEST - Festival Novos Realizadores - Novo Cinema (Portugal).