Short Film Competition

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Kaori Flores Yonekura is a Venezuelan filmmaker based in the city of Mérida. She studied at the acclaimed International School of Film and Television (EICTV) of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, with a specialization in Film Production. Her work is dedicated to supporting and exploring Latin American culture, indigenous perspectives and human rights. She has worked in over 30 film productions and is the founder of the Cinescope: Iberoamerican Film Forum. Her first feature-length documentary, Nikkei (2011), screened at numerous film festivals and is an important film work for its examination of Asian immigration to Latin America.


Cristina Gallego is a Colombian film producer based in Bogotá. She graduated from the Film & TV School at the National University of Colombia. In 2001, together with director Ciro Guerra, she founded Ciudad Lunar Producciones. She produced his film The Wandering Shadows (2004), winner of 15 international awards, followed by The Wind Journeys (2009), which premiered at Cannes. Her third film, Building Royale (2012), directed by Iván Wild, was selected at Miami, Havana and Cartagena, among other festivals. Currently, she is in development on Ciro Guerra’s next film, The Serpent’s Embrace, and is working on co-productions with Denmark and Spain.


Christy Garland is a documentary filmmaker based in Toronto, Canada. She has worked in India, Denmark and Guyana, and is currently shooting Ice Queens in Finland and Walaa & Latifa in the West Bank. She has directed numerous films including Dual Citizen (2001) and Doormat (2008), which won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Feature Documentary at HBO's South Asian Film Festival in New York City. The Bastard Sings the Sweetest Song (2012) won Best Caribbean Feature by an International Filmmaker at the 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival and the 2013 Royal Anthropological Institute Film Prize.