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FANTÀSTIC

Mick Garris

His first job in film was as a receptionist at George Lucas’ Star Wars Corporation. He presented and produced The Fantasy Film Festival for TV in Los Angeles, and later on he worked in advertising. Spielberg hired him for Amazing Stories, a series he contributed to by writing several episodes. He was writer and producer for movies like Critters 2 (88) plus other series and miniseries. He’s the creator and executive producer of Masters of Horror, which included directors like Carpenter, Romero, Landis or Argento. 

Axelle Carolyn

She got her start as a journalist for specialized magazines and websites, a job that led to the publication of the book It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium. In 2008, she started to work in the film industry and after shooting several shorts, she took the decisive leap to directing with her feature film Soulmate (13), presented in Sitges. Her horror anthology Tales of Halloween, with the collaboration of directors like Lucky McKee, Darren Lynn Bousman, Mike Mendez or Neil Marshall, was screened in Sitges in 2015.

Geoffey Gilmore

He was the director of the Sundance film festival from 1990 to 2009, responsible for its management and artistic programming; he also directed the Sundance Independent Producers Conference, a meeting of film production, financing and distribution professionals. In 2009, he became a member of the Tribeca Enterprises board, including the New York Tribeca Film Festival. In 2015, he founded Gilmore Consultancy, a company specializing in feature length film project consultation.

Frank Ribière

He founded the La Ferme Productions production company along with his companion Vérane Frédiani, making a variety of international co-productions, especially with Spain. To his credit, there are films by Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo –Inside (07), Livid (11)–, Álex de la Iglesia –The Last Circus (10), Witching and Bitching (13)–, Dani de la Torre –El desconocido (15)– and Miguel Ángel Vivas –Kidnapped (10), Inside (16)–. He debuted as a director with the documentary Steak (R)evolution (14) and is presently preparing the fiction feature The Most Assassinated Woman in the World.

Brian Yuzna

A fantasy film globe-trotter, he has built a successful career as a director and producer, mentoring new talents from the most diverse countries including Spain, where he supervised the Fantastic Factory. He kicked off his career producing the legendary Re-Animator (85) and would later get to know mainstream success thanks to Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (89) which he co-wrote and co-produced. He debuted as a director with Society (89), after which other titles would arrive like Return of the Living Dead III (93) and The Dentist (96). He is currently preparing a new feature film, The Plastic Surgeon.

MÉLIÈS/BLOOD WINDOW

Diana Peñalver

She got her start as a theater actress. El caso de Almería (84), directed by Pedro Costa, was the first of a long list of movies including outstanding titles like Dead Alive (92), Tiempo de silencio (86), El año de las luces (86) and Canción de cuna (94).

Ryan Wickers

He is vice-president of the production and development department at EuropaCorp. He has also worked in the international sales department at Annapurna Pictures, Lionsgate Entertainment and Bad Hat Harry.

Miguel Arjona

Studied scriptwriting and directing at IDEP and CECC. For decade, he was the director of the Estudio de Cine School, a position that he’s combined with the production of feature films, script writing and directing short films and music videos. He is currently a professor at FX Animation-Barcelona 3D & Film School.

FOCUS ÀSIA/ANIMA’T

Choi Yongbae

He was the executive director of Chungeorahm Film Corp. He’s currently the director of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, vice-president of the Korean association of producers and deputy director of the school of film, television and multimedia at the Korea National University of Arts.

Thierry Phlips 

He studied in Brussels and New York. He worked as a journalist for several years and since 2012, he’s chairman of the RazorReel Flanders Film Festival in Bruges and an associate of the Zeno Pictures and Film&Media distribution companies. He recently began to produce and hopes to debut as a director in 2017.

Eugenio Puerto

An industrial engineer, he’s the director of the Pacay Kulturmedia multimedia design and cultural service agency. Since 2012, he’s in charge of programming for the Bilbao-FANT Fantastic Film Festival, organized by the Bilbao City Hall.

BRIGADOON

Marc Carreté

Producer, screenwriter and director of indie films, he’s the author of shorts like Mal cuerpo (11) and Castidermia (12) and the feature film Asmodexia (14). With his Creatures of the Dark brand, he’s producing the debut film by Marc Martínez Jordán, winner of the Paul Naschy Brigadoon Award in 2015.

Marta Anaïs

She has a degree in Fine Arts from Complutense University in Madrid. She works as an illustrator for different media and in the editorial world. A founding member of La Cripta magazine, since 2009 she’s on the staff of the Cryptshow Festival and the Mad-Cryptshow.

Eva Ayats

Actress, radio host, screenwriter, makeup effects specialist, singer and dubbing actress. She worked with Rafa Dengrà on the audiovisual production of SoulPsychoKiller and on the Sitges Zombie Walk commercial spot. She is also a programmer and organizer for the Fantosfreak short film festival.

SGAE NOVA AUTORIA

Lluís Arcarazo

He has written and coordinated screenplays for different TV series. He was also a screenwriter for films like Llach: la revolta permanent (06), Pepe & Rubianes (11), Barcelona, la rosa de foc (14) or Salvador (Puig Antich) (06), for which he won the Goya Award for best adapted screenplay.

Xavier Capellas

A composer, he’s created soundtracks for advertising, television and film, working with directors like Montxo Armendáriz, Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón or Manuel Huerga. He recently completed compositions for the series Merlí and Nit i dia and Daniela Fejerman’s feature film L'adopció (15).

Sílvia Quer

When she was nineteen, she began to work as assistant director at Televisió de Catalunya. She’s directed episodes of Poblenou, Secrets de família, Nissaga de poder or Gran reserva, as well as different TV movies. In 2004, she debuted in film with Febrero. In 2016 she directed the telefilm La llum d'Elna.

NOVES VISIONS

Marie Duhamel 

She worked in the production department at La Sept/Arte and Pathé, and was a programmer for festivals like Locarno, Venice and Rome. From 2004 to 2008, she directed Cinéma du Reél and she is currently a part of the Macao festival. She is also a professor at La Fémis and Pompeu Fabra University.

Landhon Zakheim

He is co-founder and director of the Bottleneck Immersive interactive games company and short film programmer at the Sundance, Los Angeles and Philadelphia festivals. He’s also worked for other film competitions like the AFI Fest., Tribeca, Outfest or CineVegas.

Manuel Teil

Born in Barcelona, he’s a journalist, film teacher and casting director. His cinematic credits include films by Tony Scott, Robert Rodriguez and Tommy Lee Jones. He currently lives in Mexico City, where he teaches classes at the University of Communication. 

DE LA CRÍTICA

Mónica Jordán

Educated in English and Hispanic Studies and has a degree in Film Theory and Reviewing. Co-founder of Probeta.info, she’s a part of the Transit on-line magazine, has participated in two books from McNulti Editores and has contributed to Levante, Miradas de Cine, Détour and Cine Divergente.

Ramón Alfonso

Writer and film historian. He’s the author of several books, including Quentin Tarantino. El samurái cool and Dario Argento. El celuloide teñido de rojo, and has participated in different collective books. He also contributes to various publications and teaches film history classes.

Joan Pons

He’s been working for over twenty years as a film, music and TV critic for different media outlets. He currently writes for Fotogramas, Ara and Rockdelux, contributes to iCat.cat, is a member of the art department of the In-edit festival, writes scripts for RTVE and directs the editorial content for the Studio O website.

CARNET JOVE

Ylenia Cañadas

A biologist by profession, her years as a volunteer at the Sitges Film Festival have forged her union with film, offering her the opportunity to collaborate with different media. She is currently the content director for the El Cinèfil online magazine.

Vibha Daryanani

A student at the University of Brighton, she completed her training with a Film and Television Master from the Blanquerna. She was coordinator at Mecal and ÉCU-The European Independent Film Festival. She’s co-founder of the Mango Lassi Productions cooperative and is finishing her doctorate on low cost cinema.

José Mª Mellinas

A Dramatic Arts Studies graduate from the Aula de Teatre in Lleida and Scenic Dramaturgy at the Institut del Teatre de Barcelona. In 2015, he presented the short Mermelada at Phonetastic. Founder of the TerrorActo portal, he’s also collaborated in areas like Scifiworld, Psicocine o Proyecto Naschy.

Mireia Mullor

Has a degree in Journalism from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. She works as a cultural journalist for the El Mundo newspaper, Fotogramas and Ràdio Sant Feliu, and as a film critic for Insertos Magazine and Cine Divergente.

Isaac Rodríguez

Trained in audiovisual language at Pompeu Fabra University, he’s directed a variety of short films, selected and awarded at many different festivals. He is currently in the editing stage of his first feature length film.

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