STORYTELLING - FINANCING - CO-PRODUCTION
Nov 29th - 30th, Dec 1st + 7th Dec 2021
Experts: - Everardo González (director – Mexico) - Maite Alberdi (director-Chile) - Gema Juárez Allen (producer-Argentina) - Bettina Walter (producer-Spain/Germany)
CO-HEADS OF STUDIES
Bettina Walter, BWP, Spain
Bettina Walter is a German producer with more than 15 years of experience committed to producing documentaries for the international market from her Barcelona-based production company BWP. Her credits as producer or co-producer include award winning and widely distributed documentary features, such as THE FORUM, THEATRE OF WAR, FALCIANI´S TAX BOMB, GOOGLE AND THE WORLD BRAIN, MY LIFE WITH CARLOS, MAÑANA AL MAR, DEVIL'S MINER and LIGHT BULB CONSPIRACY; films co-produced with leading international broadcasters such as BBC, PBS, ZDF/ARTE, SWR, WDR, SFR & RTS and TVE/TVC, presented at festivals as Sundance, SXSW, Berlinale, HotDocs, CPH:DOX, and DocFest Sheffield and have been nominated for or won prestigious awards including FIPRESCI, PBS Ind Lens, Prix Europa, Grimme, Grierson, Fénix and the German Television Award.
Bettina has garnered extensive experience in international co-productions while working with leading European production companies in London, Berlin and Barcelona; including Gebrüder Beetz, BLTV, Diagonal TV-Endemol Shine, Polar Star Films and Media Pro. Bettina has a strong network of creative and experienced screenwriters, filmmakers, directors, producers, and distributors all over the world. She has participated with her projects in the DOCUMENTARY CAMPUS MASTERSCHOOL and EURODOC.
Bettina has for many years been a consultant tutor to the UB University of Barcelona, UAB Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona, ECIB and Filmakademie of Baden-Württemberg, on project development, and international financing and co-production. Bettina Walter will participate as trainer at all workshops of the program and will adapt the program of each workshop to the needs of the participating projects. She will also supervise the development of each project between every workshop.
Gema Juarez Allen, Producer, GEMA FILMS, Argentina
Gema Juárez Allen is a film producer from Argentina whose films have screened and received awards at many of the world’s most important festivals.
She is currently working on: PORNOMELANCHOLIA (2022, Manuel Abramovich). Supported by INCAA, ANCINE, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, IDFA Bertha Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, Visions Sud Est. REAS (2023, Lola Arias). Supported by IDFA Bertha Fund, Sundance Documentary Fund, INCAA, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW P2, Bundesamt für Kultur - BAK, BKM Produktion, Film- und Medienkunst Basel.
Previous films include: PRIVATE FICTION (2019, Andres Di Tella, San Sebastian IFF, Zabaltegi/Tabakalera) RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME (2018, Abner Benaim, SXSW, Audience Award) THEATRE OF WAR (2018, Lola Arias, Berlinale Forum, CICAE Award & Ecumenical Jury Award) LA CAMA (2018, Mónica Lairana, Berlinale Forum) SOLDADO (2017, Manuel Abramovich, Berlinale Generation, Nominated to Glasshüte Award) THE DREAD (2017, Pablo Aparo & Martín Benchimol, IDFA MidLength Competition, Best Film).
She has performed jury duties at IDFA, San Sebastián, Guadalajara, Cartagena, Lima film festivals among others. She has been part of the project selection committees such as IDFA Bertha Fund, Sundance Documentary Fund, BAFICI BAL. Gema is a tutor in several training initiatives aimed at young documentary films producers such as IDFA ACADEMY, CAMPUS LATINO (Goethe Institute), CONECTA (Chile) & EAVE Puentes. Gema is part of the EAVE and EURODOC professional networks. In 2018 she became a member of the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences.
Trainers who have worked with us:
Everado Gonzalés, Director, Mexico
Everardo González is a Mexican director, producer and photographer of documentary films. He is considered one of the most solid voices of the documentary genre in Latin America. He graduated from Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana in Social Communication and from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Cinematography. Outstanding works in his filmography are "La canción del pulque" (2003), "Los ladrones viejos” (2007), "El cielo abierto" (2011), "Cuates de Australia" (2011), "El Paso" (2015) and "La libertad del diablo" (2017), all of which were presented and awarded at various festivals such as IDFA, Berlinale, Toulouse, Locarno, Montreal, BAFICI, Guadalajara, Morelia and CRFIC. González has received several awards such as the Ariel de Plata and has been nominated for the Ariel de Oro, the Premio Mayahuel and the Premio José Rovirosa amongst others. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (which annually awards the Oscars) and of the Academia Mexicana de Artes y Ciencias Cinematográficas.
Christian Beetz, Executive Director, gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Germany
As executive director of gebrueder beetz filmproduktion, Christian has realized more than 120 high-quality documentaries for the international market. Christian is above all in charge of feature films and international co-productions, and his films have won numerous prestigious awards at all major international film festivals. Some of his most important productions include: the Cinema-for-Peace-awarded documentary Blood in the Mobile, which was one of the first web-campaign-based documentary projects ever; the comprehensive and Grimme-Award-winning cross-media project Farewell Comrades!, and the innovative culture documentary The Wagner Files, which was nominated for the International Emmy Award in 2014. In addition to producing films, Christian Beetz is also a university lecturer at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg, a media consultant, a book publisher, and jury member at various film festivals.
Sarah Mosses, Founder, TOGETHER FILMS, UK
Sarah Mosses is the Founder of Together Films, a Marketing, Distribution & Data agency based in London serving clients internationally. Sarah is the lead campaign strategist, supporting up to 200 filmmakers per year to craft Impact Distribution strategies. Recent campaigns include the Oscar Shortlisted Unrest, the double Emmy nominated The Tale and running the Digital Marketing and Partnership engagement for DOC NYC and the Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Sarah is currently developing a new B2B Rights Management tool for the film industry, powered by blockchain technology.
Stefan Kloos, Producer, KLOOS & CO and world sales RISE AND SHINE, Germany
Stefan Kloos heads RISE AND SHINE, one of the leading sales agents for documentaries, and KLOOS & CO., one of the most active German production companies for international co-productions for cinema and TV with offices in Berlin, Hamburg and Leipzig. He is a Grimme Award and Cinema Eye Honors–winner, a member of the German and European Film Academy. Recent award-winning films and current co-productions include the OSCAR-nominated LAST MEN IN ALEPPO, PRE-CRIME, A MODERN MAN, TRANSIT HAVANA, HOLY COW, WALKING UNDER WATER, YOU DRIVE ME CRAZY, and others. For his latest production HI, AI he was nominated for the LOLA, the German Film Award 2019.
Vanessa Cuervo, Producer, USA
Vanessa is a Colombian cultural producer and creative facilitator working at the intersection of art, education, community and social justice. At Britdoc she supports the planning and delivery of Good Pitch and Impact Labs Stateside. She is also part of the Outreach Team, building exciting relationships with organizations from Latin America. During her time in New York, Vanessa has worked with cultural institutions including Creative Time, Elastic City, The New Museum and Laundromat Project, and completed her MA in Arts Politics at NYU.
Arturo Mendicuti, producer, Mexico
"The project has evolved a great deal since we started two years ago. Campus Latino has helped us to give some structure and definition to the story, I feel the project is completely different to when we started out in Panamá. The advice and guidance we have received throughout this process have helped us to rethink the direction of the project, not only creatively but also in terms of production. A clear example of this is that now we have managed to finance more than 50% of the film and we are planning to raise the remaining money this year. Furthermore, living alongside classmates and teachers from different parts of the world has been an amazing experience, everyone has contributed something different to the projects and this has given us a unique perspective regarding our own stories."
Carolina Arias, directora & Alexandra Latishev, productora, Costa Rica:
"Campus Latino is a necessary space in Latin America for reinforcing the development of documentary film. It is a space that allows projects to grow, to deepen and to question themselves. Campus Latino is also an experience through which you meet a diverse group of people and access different ways of looking at the world, gaining knowledge that helps us break false cultural barriers. Cinema is a language that unites us as human beings and Campus Latino aims to build cinema from this perspective, something which is exceptionally valuable."
Nicolas Tabilo, director, & Felipe Garrido, producer, Chile:
“Campus Latino has been an enriching experience that has allowed us to improve the work that we have been doing during the development of “Drifting Images”. In addition to providing valuable tools to present ourselves in the best way to funds and co-producers of the international film market, its unique approach interested in both creative and production aspects unites the worlds of the film director and producer, which are often separated. Regardless of its experimental nature and intimate approach, “Drifting images” has improved its storytelling and financial plan through the workshops in Mexico, Chile and Sao Paulo thanks to the feedback and follow-up of the different experts that are invited to each event. As a result of all this, our film has made significant progress to make a place for itself in highly renowned international documentary film festivals, such as IDFA by obtaining the IDFA project award at Chile Conecta 2019 and Sheffield Doc Fest by being selected in the MeetMarket 2020.”
Rafa Calil, director, & Flávia Cronfli, producer, Brazil:
“Campus Latino is a very enriching experience. The consultants provided us with useful feedback, broad and narrow tips and exercises. I feel much more qualified for pitching. It provided valuable learning and a deep immersion into project development. The lab is an opportunity for a professional upgrade and networking.”