International Feature Film Prize
Jo Serfaty (Rio de Janeiro, 1983) is a Brazilian film director and screenwriter who trained at PUC-Rio and in New York, where she studied directing. She has written and directed four short films. Her debut feature, Um filme de verão, sparked by her experience of teaching film classes to young students, was selected for various international film festivals in Montevideo, Lisbon, Gothenburg, Mar del Plata and Madrid. In 2020, it won Best International Feature at l'Alternativa.
Throughout her career, María Zafra has juggled work as a documentary filmmaker and editor with teaching and film programming activities. Her films include Memorias, norias y fábricas de lejía, El recolector de recuerdos and the feature film Arreta. Between 2006 and 2011 she was a programmer and coordinator at l'Alternativa and is currently director of the Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona.
Eloi Bigas is an engineer by profession, but he has always felt an overpowering and irresistible passion for cinema. After honing his analytical and critical skills at various courses and workshops, he is now an occasional contributor to digital media outlets such as Cinemanet and spends most of the year jaunting around the world from one festival to the next. He sat on the Young Jury at the 2020 Sitges Film Festival, and between 2014 and 2017 he helped run the film club at the Barcelona School of Industrial Engineering (UPC-ETSEIB), the school’s oldest student association.
International Short Film Prize
Ramon Balcells is a filmmaker, researcher and lecturer at Pompeu Fabra University. He has directed several short films and created audiovisual installations featured at l'Alternativa, Filmadrid, D'A Film Festival and Sala d'Art Jove. The Filmoteca de Catalunya ran a retrospective on him as part of its Dies curts series. He is currently writing an applied doctorate dissertation at the Joan Miró Foundation.
Florencia Aliberti is an editor and filmmaker. As an editor, she has cut documentary and fiction projects such as Toda una vida, Robin Bank and La cuina dels homes. She codirected the short film Can Gardell and has created numerous experimental pieces such as (Auto)exposiciones, which premiered at IDFA. Her very personal work comes out of experimenting with different media and techniques, ranging from appropriation practices to manual laboratory techniques. She is a member of the L'Abominable and Etna analogue film labs.
Manel Carrasco is a screenwriter and film expert on betevé shows such as Àrtic, Estudi Tísner and Plaça Tísner, as well as developing projects for filmmaker Albert Solé and production company Minimal Films. He has also worked with professionals such as Judith Colell and Claudio Zulián, taught audiovisual courses and contributed to Via Lliure on RAC1, among others.
Spanish Film Prize
Carles Martínez is a critic and radio broadcaster. He presents the Ràdio 4 programme Va de cine, gives lectures at the Museu del Cinema de Girona and writes for the El antepenúltimo mohicano website. He has contributed to publications such as El universo de Gene Tierney (Notorious Ediciones), Hollywood años dorados: 1950 and La naturaleza se rebela. He recently made his directorial debut with Hold, a short film that has been nominated at different festivals.
Mariana Freijomil is a researcher, university lecturer and filmmaker. She has a PhD in communication from Pompeu Fabra University and lectures at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Open University of Catalonia. She is joint editor of Cinergia online magazine and is a regular contributor to Shangrila magazine. She directed the short film Si tocas una... and worked as a postdoc at the University of Exeter. She is currently part of the GROC research group at the University of Girona.
Daniel Grandes writes about film, music and literature for media outlets such as MondoSonoro or 35 Milímetros. In 2023 he codirected the fiction feature Tríptico and joined the Xcèntric team at the CCCB. He is currently working as researcher at the Department of Information and Communication Technologies at Pompeu Fabra University and is a member of several musical projects, such as Jean Rohmer and Samsa.
DOCMA International Feature Film Prize
Laura Álvarez is a director, screenwriter and producer of documentary films with over fifteen years’ experience in the audiovisual field. Her debut film, City for Sale (2019), produced by Bausan Films, was nominated for Best Documentary Film at the 12th Gaudí Awards. Between 2020 and 2022 she did an MA in Creative Documentary at UPF-BSM. She is currently immersed in two new creative processes.
Peru-born Manuel Bauer is a director and editor who studied at the University of Lima and at New School University in New York. His feature Vida Ferrea premiered at Visions du Réel and has garnered numerous awards, including the Critics' Prize at Visión de Réel, Best Documentary Feature at Alcances and Special Jury Prize at the Cinéma Vérité festival in Iran, among others.
Víctor Luengo studied fine arts in Madrid, Salamanca and Germany, did an MA in photographic studies in London and took multiple intensive courses on film at DOCMA, CECC and ECIB in Barcelona. In 2012 he made the leap from photojournalism to documentary filmmaking. In 2019 his documentary The Price of Progress, which examines lobbying in the European food industry, premiered at Another Way Film Festival in Madrid. He is currently working with Enero Films on Homeland Security, alongside two simultaneous projects still in development.
Don Quixote International Feature Film Prize
Antonio José Navarro
Antonio José Navarro is a critic, researcher and film historian. He is a member of the Spanish Association of Cinema Historians and the Catalan Association of Film Critics and Screenwriters. He is also a programmer and director of the Cineclub Guinardó in Barcelona and a member of the Catalan Federation of Film Clubs (FCC). He teaches at Blanquerna-Ramon Llull University and at La casa del cine and was a member of the selection and programming committee of the Sitges Film Festival. His books include Choque de titanes. 50 películas fundamentales sobre la Guerra Fría, Hollywood y la guerra contra el terror and El banquete infame.
Judith Behre studied ethnology, South Asian history and religious studies in Heidelberg. Driven by her interest in port cities, she moved to Hamburg, where she evolved from spectator to filmmaker. Since 2009 she has been a member of the B-Movie collective and since 2022 has worked closely with the Unerhört musical film festival. She is currently conducting a film exchange between the twinned cities of Dar es Salaam and Hamburg.
Pradip Nag lives in Siliguri, a small town at the foothills of the Himalayas in the Darjeeling district in the state of West Bengal, India. He studied education at the University of North Bengal and is now a retired government employee. He is the secretary of the Siliguri Cine Society. Since 1995 the society has organised 20 editions of the International Film Festival in association with the West Bengal Government Committee and the Kolkata Film Festival, as well as seminars on legendary films and directors.