Miren holds a Law degree from the University of the Basque Country. She went to London to follow Arts Administration and Management studies at Birkbeck University and moved afterwards to Barcelona where she juggled her career with a master’s degree in Intellectual Property Rights at the Pompeu Fabra University. She grew from her many years of experience working in music and film distribution and production at many events (Las Palmas Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Jazzaldia, Barcelona Jazz Festival) and production companies ( The Project, Morgan Creativos or Irusoin). Founder and director of Atera Films, which has distributed titles like “Lasa eta Zabala”, “Amama”, “Kalebegiak”in international festivals and film markets; and has released in Spain and the Basque Country “Pikadero”, “Jai Alai Blues” and “Aloys” —that won the FIPRESCI award at the Panorama section of the Berlinale 2016. She is a member of the audiovisual professional women association “Hemen Here” (Here and Now) as well as the Gipuzkoa’s Arts and Culture Board.
contemporary dance, after working in successful TV series and theatre plays, it is in the cinema where he has developed most of his career as an actor under the directions of prestigious filmmakers like Almodóvar, Soderbergh or Iñárritu. In 2010, he made his debut film “El Paraíso”(The Paradise), a short film that won awards at numerous festivals. At the same time, he adapts and directs the classics “The Seagull” and “Antigone” for the stage, as well as some of his own texts. He has also written and directed the TV miniseries “Crossover” and “Mucha Mierda”. He obtained the recognition of the specialised critic in 2012 with his first novel “Historia de un amor sin título” (History of love without title). In December 2016 he premiered the film “The Infiltrator”, directed by Brad Furman and co-starring Bryan Cranston and Diane Kruger. He returned to the theatre with a current version of “Tartufo” receiving excellent reviews.
After her degree in Art History & Cinema, she studied a master’s degree in Conception and Direction of Cultural Projects at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University. She worked in the programming department of Filmoteca Española (Spanish Film Library) and from 2016 she is the programmer of the African Film Festival FCAT, specialising in African contemporary cinemas. She collaborates with several cinema publications and was the coordinator and writer of some of the African notebooks focused on film, edited by ‘Casa África’ —the Spanish Institution that promotes the rapprochement of Spain and Africa. She also gives conferences on African Cinemas and their History in festivals and universities such as Seville, Brasilia, Spanish Culture Centres of Lima and Buenos Aires, FICiP- International Film Festival of Political Cinema (Argentina) or ZINEBI, here in Bilbao. She has been a Jury member in many films festivals.
Marion is based in Seville at present, where she also collaborates with the European Film Festival- SEFF.
INTERNATIONAL JURY – DOCUMENTARIES
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.