VANESA FERNÁNDEZ GUERRA
A Doctor in Audiovisual Communication by the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), she is also the coordinator of the interdisciplinary project called “Territorios y Fronteras. Research on documentary Filmmaking”. Her research line and publications are mainly focused on contemporary documentary cinema. She has completed research stages in Buenos Aires and was a visiting scholar in International School of Film and Television (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños. She collaborates as programmer at ZINEBI – International Film Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao, and is also a freelance adviser for film projects in development. She also took part in several committees for the development and production of feature films projects, panels in WIP forums, LABs or even pitching sessions in International Film Festivals.
Hassan Kamoga is a young Ugandan human rights activist and filmmaker. In 2016 he founded the Queer Kampala International Film Festival (QKIFF), the first and only LGTBQ Film Festival in Uganda and the only gay film festival organized in a country where homosexuality is illegal. QKIFF offers a powerful platform to promote and progress LGBTIQ rights through film advocacy in homophobic Uganda. Kamoga has produced a number of short documentaries for non-profit organizations in Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Egypt, Mozambique and Swaziland. He believes that social justice film-making has the power to change hearts, minds, and laws. Currently Kamoga Hassan is in pre-production for his latest documentary entitled ‘Where is Home’ about Ugandans seeking asylum in other countries.
Marc Serena is the co-director of ‘Tchindas’, a feature documentary nominated for the African Oscars -AMA Awards- in 2016 that also won 10 awards in Film Festivals (OutFest, Chicago Reeling, Lesgaicinemad, MiradasDoc, among others) and was broadcasted by the American Public Broadcasting Service -PBS. This film results from his book “This is Un-African!”, from Cairo to Cape Town through forbidden love”, Marc travelled the continent extensively to meticulously portray the struggle for freedom of the African LGTBIQ community. His first book, “Trip of the 25”(2011), a snapshot of his generation, has been released in 5 languages and achieved great success in Asia. In 2015 he has directed the webdoc “Double Epidemic”(2015) where he observes the response to the HIV/AIDS.