JOANES URKIXO

Joanes Urkixo was born in Bilbao in 1955. He has a degree in Basque Philology and has devoted almost all his life to writing.

As a literary author he has published more than 20 works, mostly fiction and especially for children and young people, often visiting the fields of the fantasy genre and science fiction. He has won several literary awards and has also collaborated with newspapers and publications.

In his 30 years as a scriptwriter he has worked in all kinds of formats: documentaries, entertainment, children, advertising, corporate video, comics … although his greatest experience is in the field of fiction, having written sitcoms, animation series (The Adventures of Marcelino Pan y Vino, Fantaghiró, Nicolás, Tom, Tom II, Khudayana), fiction feature films (Lasa eta Zabala, Querida Bamako) and animation films (Goomer, Supertramps, Nicolás la peli, Cristóbal Molón, Pailazokeriak)

Regular jury in various awards and calls: theater (aid from the Basque Government), audiovisual (Lauaxeta, from the Diputación de Bizkaia), short story (BAO), children’s literature (Bizkaidatz Txikia), booktrailers (Galtzagorri) …

Founding member of the Association of Basque Scriptwriters (EHGEP), he has been part of its board of directors in two periods, being also its president (1998-99 and 2013-2016).

KOLDO ALMANDOZ

Born in Donostia in 1973, he has written and directed films of all kinds and formats during the last 20 years. Currently, he is finalizing the post-production of the fiction feature film Oreina that will premiere in 2018. He was founder and director of the art and culture magazine The Balde, programmer of the Punto de Vista film festival and author of radio fiction. He has curated various cultural and artistic projects for different centers and artistic institutions such as Donostia-San Sebastián 2016, Koldo Mitxelena Kulturgunea, etc. He teaches, writes, photographes, photocopies, publishes and filmes. His films have been selected and awarded at numerous international festivals such as Cannes, Donostia-San Sebastián, Rotterdam, Bafici, Havana, Festival dei Popoli, Ficali, ZINEBI…

JANIRE ZURBANO

Janire Zurbano (Ordizia, 1991), graduated in Journalism from the Pompeu Fabra University, is a writer and film critic in Cinemanía magazine, where she also coordinates the TV-series section. She has worked in the press departments of San Sebastian International Film Festival and Pentación Espectáculos, and has published in media such as Antena 3 or the Catalan News Agency. She has studied Film and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and has a Master’s Degree in Cultural Journalism. Besides working as a film journalist, she has also collaborated as a scriptwriter for Televisa. In Cinemania, she has covered the Goya and Forqué awards, as well as several national festivals such as Zinemaldia, Animayo or La Cabina.

DANIEL ROMERO

Daniel Romero directed in 2010 the fantasy short film Juan con miedo, which was selected in more than a hundred international festivals, and shortlisted for the Goya Awards that year. In 2013 he premiered Do not Look There, a horror and haunted house story whose successful tour of festivals led him to compete, among others, at the Seattle International Film Festival -qualifier for the Oscars- and at several of the European fantastic film festivals that award the Méliès silver award. Cambio, released in 2016, is his latest work. The short film has been screened in all kinds of film events during its tour, such as Seminci, the Paris International Fantastic Film Festival and the Européen du Court Métrage de Bordeaux Festival. He currently combines his work in the direction of television series, with the preparation of Las hijas, his first feature film, a horror thriller winner of the Finalist Award in the Pitchbox of the International Fantastic Film Festival of Sitges.

 

MENTXU SESAR

Born in Bilbao in 1974, she has directed video clips, short films and produced several documentaries. Fan of the fantastic genre, she created together with Asier Abio the collective www.elmonstruito.com, that produced the short Bariku Light, which was shown in several international festivals, among other works. She participated in FANT with SPUTNIK !!, a documentary about guerrilla cinema in Catalonia. Defender of cinema from the trenches, has co-written a long fiction, a punk comedy that is under development. She is also giving shape to Predator, a project that mixes illustration, audiovisual and other formats, to share reflections on the way in which human animals interact with their environment.

VANESA FERNÁNDEZ GUERRA

Director of ZINEBI-International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao. Doctor and professor in Audiovisual Communication from the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU). She has taught and assumed management tasks for fourteen years, both in university degrees and in different masters, and coordinated the multidisciplinary project Territories and Borders. Research on Documentary Filmmaking. She has been part of the Research Group MAC (Contemporary Audiovisual Mutations) of the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU), has been a visiting scholar at the Film School (FUC) and the National University of Tres de Febrero (UNTREF) of Buenos Aires and a guest professor at the EITCV- International Film and TV School of San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba).