Born and raised in the Dominican Republic, holds a B.A. in Film and Video Communications, and an M.F.A. Degree in Media Arts and Film Productions, both from the City College of New York. He is the Founder and Executive Director of LaCinemaFe Film Festival of New York, KidCinemaFest: The Washington Heights Children & Young People’s Film Festival and The Dominican Film Festival in New York.
As a curator and Film Programmer, he has presented several specialized programs at different film festivals in throughout the world, including Boston Latino Film Festival (Boston), Mañana: The Latin American International Film Festival of Varzovia (Poland), Latinos in USA (Spain and France), Festival de Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano de la Habana (Cuba), Muestra de Cine Documental Iberoamericano (Colombia and Panama), The Puerto Rican Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (Puerto Rico) Latin American Film Festival of Lugano (Switzeland); further, he worked as the Director of International Program for The New York Latino International Film Festival , among others.
He served as Director of Programming and Film Booking for the first Latino Theater in New York (Cinema Latino) which belongs to Clearview Cinemas, New York City. He’s served as expert nominator for the Rockefeller Fellowship Film & Media Arts Program and as a screening panelist for the Oscars' Academy Awards for film students.
Mr. Guareño has served as a member of the jury for various film festivals including the New Fest: The New York Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, Muestra Internacional de Cine de Santo Domingo, among others. Armando’s distinguished background in film extends consulting (program/curator) for such prestigious institutions such as the MoMA, Museo del Barrio (New York), El Ojo Cojo (Spain), Centro Colombo Americano (Colombia), Cinemotion (Russia), Cinemateca del Caribe (Colombia), Cine en Ballaja (Puerto Rico), Fundación Universidad Central (Colombia).
He is the Producer of the documentary “A South Bronx Family” directed by Nelson Peña, Consultant Producer and Associate Producer of the feature film “Red Passport”, Producer Consultant of the acclaim feature documentary “Maestro,” directed by Josell Ramos and Assistant Producer “Silence Down” Directed by Claudia Amaya.
International Representative for Cinema Motion, a Russian Film and TV Company
Responsible of all the business matters in the Latin American and USA
Reading and analyzed screenplay for Russian language adaptation
Reading and analyzed Soap Opera for Russian language adaptation
Searching for TV shows to buy the format for Russia and CIS countries
CUNY TV Channel 75
Consulting Producer and Programmer for the upcoming TV show “The Other Americas”
Responsible of the selection of the documentaries to be program, and in charge of all the legal matters to make possible the program.
Director, productor, guionista, editor y actor, Desde su début como actor en “Kapri, Musik die Sich Entfent”, - dirigida por Ferry Radax, Capri, Italia, 1984 - , Juan Fischer ha actuado en más de una docena de obras de teatro, películas y series de televisión en Colombia y Estados Unidos. Estudió actuación en el Transformtheater en Berlin, en el Lee Strasberg Institute y en el Elaine's Aiken's Actor's Conservatory en Nueva York, donde fué entrenado como maestro de actuación. Estudió edición en School of Visual Arts y guión en The New School.
Inició su carrera detrás de las cámaras como director, productor y guionista del largometraje El Séptimo Cielo, el cuál recibió el premio como mejor película en el Festival de Cine de Bogotá 2000.
Buscando a Miguel es su segundo largometraje, el cuál ha sido premiado en los siguientes festivales: Cinesul , Rio de Janeiro 2008, Mejor Largometraje, Premio del Público Sydney Latino Film Festival 2008, Mejor Largometraje, Premio del Público Beijing Film Festival 2009, Mejor Actuación - Laura Garcia Big Apple Latin Awards, New York 2009, Mejor Actuación - Laura Garcia, y Mejor Guión – Juan Fischer y Tomislav Novacovik.
Studied Communication and Film in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was born. She lived in Mexico, El Salvador and Costa Rica before moving to New York to study Film and Literature at Columbia University. Since 1999 she has been the programmer of Latinbeat, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual festival of new Latin American cinema.
PAST JURY MEMBERS
Professor Jerry W. Carlson
A specialist in narrative theory, global independent film, and the cinemas of the Americas, Professor Carlson is Director of the Cinema Studies Program in the Department of Media & Communication Arts at The City College CUNY. In addition, at the CUNY Graduate Center he is a member of the doctoral faculties of French, Film Studies and Comparative Literature and a Senior Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemispheric Studies. He has lectured at Stanford, Columbia, Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV (Cuba), the University of Paris, and the University of Sao Paulo, among others. His current research is focused on how slavery and its legacy in the New World have been represented in film, literature, and music.
Moreover, he is an active producer, director, and writer with multiple Emmy Awards. As a Senior Producer for City University Television (CUNY-TV), he created and produces the series CITY CINEMATHEQUE about film history, CANAPE about French-American cultural relations, and NUEVA YORK (in Spanish) about the Latino cultures of New York City. As an independent producer, his recent work includes the Showtime Networks production DIRT directed by Nancy Savoca and LOOKING FOR PALLADIN directed by Andrzej Krakowski.
In 1998 he was inducted by France as a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes. He was educated at Williams College (B.A.) and the University of Chicago (A.M. & Ph.D.).
Luis Argueta (Producer / Director /Activist)
Luis Argueta is a film director and producer whose work spans features, documentaries, shorts and episodic TV. He has also worked as commercial director, lecturer and teacher in the United States, Europe and throughout the Americas. Born and raised in Guatemala, Argueta is a US Citizen and has been a resident of New York since 1977. His film The Silence of Neto is the only Guatemalan film ever to have been submitted to the Academy Awards competition and he is the only Guatemalan director to have received a CLIO. In April 2009, the British newspaper The Guardian, listed Mr. Argueta as one of Guatemala’s National Living Icons, alongside Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchu and Singer/Songwriter Ricardo Arjona.
Presently Argueta is engaged in the outreach and distribution phase of abUSed:The Postville Raid, a documentary about the effects of US enforcement policies on families and children. He is also producing The U-Turn, a documentary that illustrates the transformational journey of a group of immigrant families and of the individuals and communities who supported them after the Postville raid.
Cristina Kotz Cornejo (Writer / Director)
Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the US, Cristina Kotz Cornejo holds an MFA in Film Production from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Cristina is an independent filmmaker whose debut feature film, 3 Américas premiered at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival. 3 Américas is distributed by Vanguard Cinema and Cinetic Rights Management and was sold for Russian TV broadcast. 3 Américas was twice semi-finalist for the 2004/2005 Sundance Screenwriter’s Lab, participated in the IFP/NY Director’s Lab and was in the script competition at the 2003 International Festival of New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba. She is the recipient of 2004 and 2007 Moving Image Fund Grants from the LEF Foundation. Her short film, La Guerra Que No Fue/The War That Never Was (2004) has screened at over 25 national and international festivals in over 10 countries and is distributed by Ouat! Media. Her latest short Despertar (2011) has screened in festivals in Spain, New York, Los Angeles, Montreal and Mexico. She is a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellow and an Associate Professor of Film Production at Emerson College in Boston. She is currently in development on a feature film to be shot in Mexico City.
Fernández Armenteros has a B.A. in Hispanic Philology and Audiovisual Communication from the Universidad de Salamanca (Salamanca University). She has a Master in Writing and Television from the Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona (Autonomous University of Barcelona) in 2002 and obtained the European Master in Audiovisual Management from the Media Business School in 2003. Since 2005, she has been teaching at the Master Program in Fiction for Films and Television at the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca (Pontifical University of Salamanca). She has worked as a production assistant at the Center for Didactic Television at the Universidad de Colima, Mexico and later at the Audiovisual Services department of the European Parliament in Brussels and at the Fondo de Coproducción Eurimages (Co-Production Fund Eurimages) in France. Back in Spain she read screenplays for production companies such as Lolafilms, Sogecine, Morena Films, andEuroproduciones. Since 2003, she is the Production Coordinator in the cinema division at Mediapro, the production company for Woody Allen’s most recent films (Vicky Cristina Barcelona, You will meet a tall dark stranger and Midnight in Paris) as well as other prestigious films such as The secret life of words by Isabel Coixet; Camino by Javier Fesser, and Los lunes al sol by Fernando León. From 2007 to 2010, she coordinated the Films in Progress Industry Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival, awarded to Latin American movies. She is currently working on Roman Polanski’s new film, Carnage.
Argentine-born, New-York-based writer, director and producer Julia Solomonoff holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University, where she currently teaches Film Directing. She wrote and directed "The Last Summer of la Boyita", produced by Pedro Almodóvar's El Deseo production company, which was the winner of over twenty international awards. Her first feature, "Sisters", debuted at the Toronto Film Festival 2005 and was partially developed at the Sundance Writers' Lab. Solomonoff also produced Alejandro Landes' documentary "Cocalero" following Evo Morales during Bolivia's historic Presidential election. She is Associate Producer of "Todos tenemos un plan" (to be shot in Summer 2011 in Argentina) by Ana Piterbarg, starring Viggo Mortensen. She was the 1st AD on Walter Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries" and has collaborated with such well regarded directors as Isabel Coixet, Fabian Bielinsky, Dan Algrant, Luis Puenzo, Carlos Sorin and Martin Rejtman. Julia Solomonoff was the winner of the Emerging Filmmaker Competition NEFIAC 2010 for "The Last Summer of the Boyita". She was also a juror at the Miami International Film Festival Ibero American Competition earlier this year.
Marisol Rodriguez Rosabal
Marisol Rodriguez Rosabal is responsible for the organization of the National Showcase of New Filmmakers (Muestra de Jóvenes Realizadores), an event aimed to encourage knowledge and reflection concerning to the audiovisual work by new filmmakers. Young filmmakers films´screening, international contemporary film showcases, theoretical meetings debates and seminars. Its usual space “Haciendo Cine” (Making Cinema) is dedicated to the making of audiovisual projects: Workshops with important Cuban filmmakers, exhibitions and its usual Poster Contest.
Jury, Best Film of an Emerging Director
Ann Marie Stock, President of the Jury
Ann Marie Stock is a Professor of Hispanic Studies and Film Studies at the College of William & Mary in Virginia. A specialist on Latin America culture with an emphasis on Cuban film and video, Dr. Stock has conducted research, led study programs, served as a consultant, and participated in film and cultural events during more than 50 visits to the island over the past two decades. She has served on numerous juries including the Sundance Film Festival, the Fulbright Program, and Cinergia. Several years ago she founded the non-profit Cuban Cinema Classics initiative www.cubancinemaclassics.org to distribute Cuban documentaries with English subtitles in the U.S. Dr. Stock’s book-length study documenting the island’s rapidly-changing audiovisual landscape, On Location in Cuba: Street Filmmaking during Times of Transition, appeared in 2009. She is currently collaborating on a documentary examining this transitional moment in Cuban through the lens of audiovisual culture.
Javier Espada is the director of the 22 x Don Luis Film Festival created as a film homage to Luis Buñuel, which has already completed its 6th edition. He has designed the permanent exhibition of the Center Buñuel in Calanda (CBC), in honor to the Aragonese filmmaker and Spanish icon Luis Buñuel. Mr. Espada heads the CBC since its creation in the year 2000. He has created numerous exhibitions related to Buñuel in the cities all over the world. Along with Asier Mensuro he designed the photographic exposition of the Buñuel Family Album (Album fotográfico de la familia Buñuel). In contribution with the Filmoteca Española he conceived an exhibition dedicated to rescue an assembly of unpublished photographs made by Buñuel while scouting for locations in Mexico called Mexico Photographed by Luis Buñuel. He has collaborated in diverse film festivals such as Berlin International Film Festival, CineFrancia, Mostra de Cine Latinoamericano de Lérida, Festival Cinespaña de Toulouse, Mostra de Cine Latinoamericano de Lisboa, Guadalajara International Film Festival (Mexico), Documenta Madrid, Filmtage Munich, SEMINCI, San Sebastián International Film Festival, Havana International Festival of Latin-American Cinema, and many more. He has written and co-directed with Gaizka Urresti the documentary El ultimo guión: Buñuel en la memoria (The last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel), which received several international awardeds and will be screened at NEFIAC this year.
Ishtar Yasin was born in Moscow in 1968 of Iraki, Chilean and Costa Rican origin. She starts its artistic education in 1979 at the Castella Conservatory, in San José, Costa Rica. Later on she follows Dramatic Arts career at the University of Costa Rica. She receives a Master’s degree in Arts from the State Cinema Institute of Moscow (VGIK) in 1990. Since 2000 she works in her first feature film project “El camino” (The Path), which is chosen for the Manhein Coproduction Meetings in Heidelberg, Germany. It also receives the support of Fonds Sud Cinema Program from the French Ministry of International Affairs and a scholarship from Center of Scriptwriting (CECI), from Normandy, France. In 2008, after seven years of hard work, her first long feature film, “El camino” (The Path) finally sees the light in the Berlinale and she will be sharing with us at NEFIAC this year. She is currently working in the postproduction of the documentary “Apocalipsis de Nuestro Tiempo” (Apocalypse of our Time) about the recent work by the costarican-chilean painter, Julio Escámez and also the documentary “Les Invisibles” (The Invisibles) about the drama of the Haiti people after the earthquake. Another project in which she is involved is “Cine Carretero” that she is devoted to bringing cinema to marginal communities. “Knife of the Soul” is her second long feature film project, which is in its development stage at the present moment.
Jury, Best Documentary
Michelle LeBrun is also an adjunct professor in the Integrated Arts and Learning Graduate Masters Degree Program at Lesley University and also teaches in the Film Media and Communications departments of the University of Rhode Island. The award-winning documentary Death: A Love Story, marked Ms. Le Brun’s debut as a filmmaker having directed, produced, written and photographed the film. It was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1999 Sundance Film Festival, won top awards at several other national film festivals and aired on national PBS and CBC Canada. In 2002 Ms. Le Brun founded HARKEN! Youth Media providing workforce development filmmaking opportunities to youth. We teach youth to master their environment by learning storytelling, technical skills associated with camera work, interviewing, and editing as well as civic engagement to tell compelling stories.
Mark Fogarty is the president and Co-founder of the Rhode Island Film Collaborative (RIFC), a non-profit created to help local filmmakers find resources in the Ocean State. The RIFC has more than 1,900 members and has been involved in the production of dozens of films. For more information, visitwww.rifcfilms.com. Mark started Exile Movies in 2003 and has worked as a director of photography and editor on feature-length and short films. Mark recently directed the feature-length epic, smalltown, from his screenplay. You can find out more about the film at www.smalltownmovie.com. As an actor, Mark has been in dozens of films and uses his knowledge of acting to inform his writing. Mark graduated from Emerson College with a degree in filmmaking, and works as a freelance editor and writer.
Jury, Best Short
Lizabel Mónica is a Cuban writer, blogger and multimedia artist born in Havana in 1981. Recently, she received the Fronesis grant for novelistic creation from Cuba's Asociación Hermanos Saíz for her novelin-progress, Tim Sin Tina. She also coordinates Revista Desliz, an online alternative cultural project that includes the writings of authors residing in and out of Cuba as well as her personal blog (http://paladeoindeleite.blogspot.com/) and other innovative collective projects such as “Cuba Fake News,” a site that features false news stories about Cuba that anyone can publish.
Yolyanko William Argüelles Trujillo
Yolyanko William Argüelles Trujillo is a Cuban filmmaker and painter born in Maranzas in 1975. He graduated in fine arts academy “San Alejandro”. He also work as cartoons designer and animations. His filmography includes The engulfed cathedral (FIPRESCI 2008), Ex-ergo (FIPRESCI 2008), The dictation (Special Jury Prize, Cuban New Filmmakers Festival 2010).