GUESTS

Alexia Muíños Ruiz

Alexia Muíños Ruiz is a Director and Producer born in La Coruña, Spain. She received her MS in Chemistry and studied Violoncello at the Conservatory of Music before leaving for Barcelona, where she extended her education by graduating in Film Studies. Her training was completed in New York City with a scholarship of the Galician government. She has attended masterclasses with Abbas Kiarostami, Martin Scorsese, Asghar Farhadi, Jane Campion and Mark Cousins. For the past years, Alexia has been working in the Film / Advertising Industry and has founded her production company Marineda Films. Since 2015, she is EWA Network Deputy Director. Her debut feature film, “Noche Transfigurada”, was selected in Cartagena de Indias among other international festivals, receiving the Audience Award in Milano. Her short films (“Domestic Affairs”, “EnREDO”, “Illusion” and “Sunday Morning”) have been selected and awarded worldwide. In 2020, she will be shooting “El Lazo de la Verdad”.

Gabrielle Kelly

Screenwriter and Producer Gabrielle Kelly is on the Faculty of the American Film Institute Conservatory in LA. With expertise and passion for global storytelling, particularly in Asia, she has mentored labs and screenwriting masterclasses around the world, programmed, judged and created film festivals from Guam to Azerbaijan and is an expert on Media Labs and international story development for screens and pages. She worked with New York director Sidney Lumet and in Hollywood with numerous directors, writers and producers. As well as running producer Robert Evan’s company at Paramount for several years, she has also worked at HBO, CBS Films, Eddie Murphy Productions and Warner Bros. Among her recent producing credits are the 2019 Chinese sci-fi drama The Last Sunrise, European feature co-production Beautiful in the Morning, Myanmar feature Mudras Calling and music-driven indie film All Ages Night as well as writing work on China’s blockbuster 2010 Empire of Silver Russia’s 2010 Oscar nominee The Edge and many other screenplays. Gabrielle Kelly is the author of Celluloid Ceiling; Women Film Directors Breaking Through, the ground-breaking study of women directors from around the world. She has also taught at major film schools worldwide, mentored at the first Middle East Sundance Lab, and is currently developing and producing stories from the world, for the world through her company, Rebel Media Inc.

Marina D. Richter

Marina D. Richter is a Belgrade-born, Vienna-based film critic, script advisor, journalist and published writer. Since 2004 foreign correspondent for the culture resort of the Serbian daily Politika, she contributes to the Austrian film-specialized magazine Celluloid, to Asian Movie Pulse, weekly Vreme, Estonian Sirp, Film.sk (Slovak Republic) and Croatian Lupiga. Her texts, interviews and reviews were also published in Cineuropa, European Film Academy Close-upXXZMagazinMorgen monthly and Monitor. In 2018, she founded Ubiquarian, an online platform specialized in short films and documentaries, where she’s editor-in-chief.

Pimpaka Towira

Pimpaka Towira is a pioneer among female film directors in the Thai independent film scene since the early 1990s. Since 1988, she has made a number of experimental short films, mostly depicting women’s issues, including “Mae Nak” (1997), which won the Special Jury Prize at the Image Forum Festival in 1998. Her debut feature, “One Night Husband”, premiered at the 2003 International Forum of New Cinema at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2010, her short film “My Father” won the Special Jury Award at International Film Festival of Asia-Pacific countries in Vladivostok, after which she made three acclaimed shorts, “Terribly Happy” (2010), “Mother” (2012) and “Prelude to the General” (2016), with the latter in competition in the Silver Screen Awards at the 27th Singapore International Film Festival and also won the Jury Prize in the Hong Kong International Film Festival Short Film Competition in 2016. Her second feature, “The Island Funeral” (2015), won the Best Asian Future Film Award at Tokyo International Film Festival 2015, FIPRESCI Award at the Hong Kong International Film Festival 2016, Silver Hanoman Award at Jogja-NETPAC Asian Film Festival 2016, and Best Cinematography at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2016. Her commitment to cinema has seen her work as a producer for emerging filmmakers, a film critic with “The Nation”, a video artist and a film lecturer in fields including film history, production, curation, and exhibition. She has worked on video art collaborations such as “Ramakien: A Rock Opera” at the Lincoln Center Performing Arts in New York (2006) and “Black Air” at the International Rotterdam Film Festival 2008. She was previously Programme Director for the Bangkok International Film Festival in 2001, 2008 and 2009. From 2017-2018, she was the Program Director for Singapore International Film Festival. Since 2015, she has been the Programme Director for the Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival. Pimpaka has been invited as a jury member at many film festivals such as the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, Yamagata Documentary Film Festival, Hong Kong International Film Festival, International Rotterdam Film Festival and Tokyo International Film Festival. Finally, for her overall contributions to Thai cinema, she was honored with the national Silpathorn Award in 2009 by the Ministry of Culture of Thailand.

Tara Karajica

Tara Karajica is a Belgrade-based film critic and journalist. Her writings have appeared in IndiewireScreen InternationalVarietyLittle White Lies and Film New Europe, among many other media outlets, including the European Film Academy’s online magazine, Close-up and Eurimages. She is a member of the Online Film Critics Society and the Alliance of Women Film Journalists. In February 2018, she launched Fade to Her, a magazine about successful women working in Film and in 2019, she was a member of the Jury of the EFP’s European Shooting Stars. Tara is a regular at film festivals as a film critic, moderator and jury member.

Wendy Guerrero

Wendy Guerrero currently serves as President of Programming for the Bentonville Film Festival, research based and commercially focused film festival with the primary mission of championing inclusion in all forms of media. As the programming director Wendy does more than just watch films, her work building partnerships with talent, civic leaders, government officials, key members of media, other festivals and non-profit organizations has helped to make the mission of BFF one of the most trusted film festivals in the country. She directs the organizations national objectives of raising awareness and strengthening resources for women and inclusion initiatives, in addition to the Off-Screen panel programming as well as educational programs year-round. She is also the CEO & Co-founder of the production company, Publicly Private, which she founded with Oscar-nominated actor Bruce Dern. She studied theater at The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and at Circle in the Square Theater School in New York City. She is also alumni of Film Independents Producers Lab & Sundance Creative Producing Summit.Staying true to her goal of promoting diversity, Wendy served as a Producer for A Country Called Home, a film that incorporates stories from people of all walks of life. She just finished production on the independent feature film Coast, that was partially based on her childhood experience of growing up mixed race. She is currently working on a documentary that examines the lives of young Latin Americans. No matter what hat she is wearing her goal is simple — to empower individuals and organizations to produce and promote inclusive content that reflects the diverse world we live in.