Melina Matthews

Born in Barcelona to a British father and French mother, Melina Matthews graduated in Journalism from the University of Westminster, London. She combined her degree with theater courses at the acclaimed Central School of Speech of Drama, in London.

From a very early age the cinema caught her attention and became her true vocation. Her triple nationality and four mother tongues (Spanish, English, French and Catalan) have allowed her to be in her element in international productions, especially English speaking ones.

In cinema, we have seen her in Retornados (2013), by Manuel Carballo. She starred in Panzer Chocolate (2013) with Geraldine Chaplin and Negociador (2014) by Borja Cobeaga. We have heard her in Andrés Muschietti’s successful Mama (2013), putting her voice to the monster that gives the film its name.

In television she has participated in series like El Cor de la Ciutat, Refugiados, or El Principe. We can also see her in the mini-series Thirteen produced by the BBC. She also takes part in Playground, the mini series produced by Luc Besson, which is due to premiere and we will soon see her in El Jugador de Ajedrez, where she stars alongside Marc Clotet and Alejo Sauras.

Elio Quiroga

Elio began in the world of the image as a video artist, winning prizes in diverse Canarian festivals. Some of his video creation works are part of the permanent collection of the Reina Sofía Art Center. He made his debut in cinema in 1996 with the surrealist film Photos, which got the award to the Best Script and the Special Mention of the Jury in Sitges Film Festival. He was nominated to the Goya Awards to the Best Documentary Short Film in 2004 for El Último Minutero. Elio has written and directed feature films such as La Hora Fría (2007) and No-Do (2009), which have participated in a number of international festivals. His fourth feature film, The Mystery of the King of Kinema (2014), won a Special Mention of the Jury in the Official Competitive Section at Gijón Film Festival in 2014. Elio has also directed animated short films, such as My Name Is Maria (2010), which was shortlisted for the 2011 Academy Awards to the Best Animated Short, or Home Delivery (2006). As a scriptwriter, Elio has worked on various projects, and in the literary field, he has published the novels “El Despertar” (Timun Mas, 2012), “Codices the Apocalypse” (Tyrannosaurus Books, 2014), and “Idyll” Editorial, 2014). His latest novel, “Los que sueñan”, received the Minotauro Award 2015. He has also directed several software and technology projects and worked as an advertising director.

 

Miguel Ángel Vivas

He was born in Seville in 1974. He studied Audiovisual Communication and, immediately afterwards, Film Direction at the ECAM. He is the director and screenwriter for different short films, one of the most outstanding being I’ll See You in my Dreams (2003). He has worked as a comic writer and TV series director. He debuted in feature length with Reflejos (2002), which was followed by Kidnapped (2010), winner of numerous awards, among which some of the most important are Best Motion Picture and Best Director at the Fantastic FilmFest in Austin and the Silver Meliés at Espoo Ciné. In 2011 he directed the short film The Room and in 2013 the TV movie Los tres cerditos. Among his most fresh-baked works we should highlight the feature film Extinction (2015), the TV series Apaches (2015) and Mar de Plástico (2016) and the feature film Inside (2016).

Ángel Agudo

Ángel Agudo (Madrid, 1980) is cowriter of Sweet Home, directed by Rafa Martínez, and has written several short films as Thalion Ltd. or Trooper. He collaborates on a regular basis with publications such as Cinemania or Scifiworld, in which his research about USC short films influencing American horror movies in the 70s and 80s stands out. In 2011 he participated in FANT with El hombre que vio llorar a Frankenstein, a documentary about Paul Naschy introduced by Mick Garris.

 

Iratxe Fresneda

Professor of the Audio-visual Communication and Advertising Department of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication of the UPV-EHU since 2004. Among other subjects she has taught History of Cinema, Video-creation and Audio-visual Communication Theory. His doctoral thesis “The search for visual identity in the cinematographic work of Lars von Trier” was granted by the Basque Government Research and Scientific Policy Department. After enjoying a stay as a guest researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno (USA), she directed her work towards gender and film studies, a work she has divulged in different congresses and academic publications. Director and scriptwriter of several cultural programs in Radio Euskadi (EITB) for almost a decade, at present she collaborates with different media and publishes her articles in Gara and El Periódico Bilbao.

Javi Donate

After graduating in Journalism, he publishes several stories in fanzines and Science Fiction and Horror anthologies. In the cinematographic field, he co-writes the screenplays for the short films Torre (2000) and El Soñador (2004), directed by Oskar Santos, and collaborates in the writing of the feature films El Ultimo Fin de Semana (2011) by Norberto Ramos del Val and Automata (2014), directed by Gabe Ibáñez. An outspoken defender of the fantasy genre in general and especially of the Hispanic fantaterror, he has been in charge of criticism of fantasy films and related festivals on the Universogay.com webpage for several years while he does podcasts on the same theme for Radiocine.org. Also, he writes about fantasy genre and soundtracks in “The blog of Tony Kanapes”.