Short FIlm Competition

Bojan Bodruzic was born in Sarajevo in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1980 and now lives in Vancouver, BC. He holds a BFA in Film Production from Simon Fraser University and a Joint MFA in Film Production and Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. He works as a writer and filmmaker and his short films have been exhibited at numerous international film festivals. His debut feature film, Immigrant (2006), screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of Canadian Front 2007. He teaches film production at Langara College and UBC.

Kenya Márquez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1972. She earned a BA in Communications Science and Technology from the Universidad del Valle de Atemajac and graduated from the screenwriting program at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. From 2002-2005 she was the executive Director of the Guadalajara International Film Festival. Her third short film, Señas particulares, was nominated for the 2008 Ariel Award for Best Short Fiction Film. Her feature film debut, Fecha de caducidad, won the Audience Award at the Morelia International Film Festival; Best Ibero- American First Film Award at Miami; and, the Special Jury Prize at Moscow.

Juan Manuel Sepúlveda was born in Pachuca, Mexico in 1980 and is pursuing his MFA at Simon Fraser University. In 2008, La frontera infinita, his debut feature film, screened at the Berlin International Film Festival and won the Joris Ivens Award at the Cinema du Réel International Documentary Film Festival in Paris. In 2006, his film Bajo la tierra won the Ariel Award for Best Short Documentary. He was the cinematographer of Año bisiesto, which won the 2010 Caméra d ́Or at Cannes. His latest documentary feature, Lecciones para una guerra, received a Special Mention at the Morelia International Film Festival.