Mexican Platform Jury — RMFF 2016

Select the movies to be projected on a film festival as well as choose the winning projects is not a decision to be taken lightly, it takes the criteria, knowledge and ability to recognize the value of the proposals presented; still, it is not a difficult task for the RMFF, since it has a jury of film experts; writers, directors, producers and actors specially invited to give the recognition that participants films deserve.

FERNANDA SOLÓRZANO

Mexico City, Mexico

Chief film critic for Letras Libres magazine where she writes since 2001. Before that she was chief film critic for the Sábado supplement of Unosmásuno newspaper; Cambio journal and the Confabulario supplement of El Universal newspaper. Her film articles have appeared in most Mexican print outlets as well as foreign publications, including the supplement “Atlas du cinéma” of Cahiers du Cinéma, the Spanish Cuadernos Caimán and the British Sight & Sound. Alternately, she has hosted tv programs on movie analysis, including Filmoteca 40, Confabulario, Encuadre and Plano abierto. She’s a member of the International Federation of Film Critics (FIPRESCI) and has been a past jury member in national and international festivals.
Along with her regular writing she’s currently working on Mexican film production dictionary and is a member of the Morelia Film Festival Official Selection committee. She lives in Mexico City.

JOSÉ LUIS TORRES LEIVA

Santiago, Chile, 1975

Director, producer and screenwriter that has worked in both documentary and fiction films. He studied at the Universidad de Artes, Ciencias y Comunicación in Chile. Torres Leiva started as a filmmaker with “No Place Nowhere” (04), a documentary shown in over 25 festivals all over the world. His next work was a short film called “Women Workers Leaving the Factory” (05), it received the award for Best Short Film at ZINEBI Bilbao and at the Drama Short Film Festival. Afterward he directed the fiction features “The Time That Rests” (07), which won the Cinema of the Future Prize at BAFICI and “The Sky, the Earth and the Rain” (08), a work which was awarded the FIPRESCI prize at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. His filmography also includes “Three Weeks Later” (10), “Summertime” (11), “To See and To Hear” (13) and “Eleven rooms in the Arctic”. “The Wind Knows I’m Coming Back Home” (16) is his most recent documentary and it was premiered in Rotterdam 2016.

“The Wind Knows I’m Coming Back Home” is showing in RMFF 2015 as part of our program Panorama Autoral.

GUST VAN DEN BERGHE

Borgerhout, Belgium, 1985

The son of writer Kristien Dieltiens, he grew up in West Flanders, in Sint-Kruis, one of the suburbs of Bruges, and in the little town of Beernem. Gust is a multidisciplinary artist interested in, besides cinema, music, theater and dance. With his first feature, “Little Baby Jesus of Flandr” (10), he graduated from the film school RITS in Brussels, and the following year he directed “Blue Bird” (11), which was selected for the Director’s Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival. His third work was “Lucifer” (14), presented here in RMFF 2015, and for which he obtained various accolades at international film festivals.

MIKE OTT

United States

He studied at the California Institute of the Arts where he obtained a masters degree on film and video. He started as a director with the film “Analog Days” (06), which was nominated for Best Narrative Feature at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Afterwards he directed the short film “A.Effect” (08) and co-directed the video documentary “Kid Icarus” (08). He became a better known filmmaker with his “Littlerock” (10), winner of the Audience Award at the AFI Fest, which was followed by “Pearblossom Hwy” (12) and “Lake Los Angeles”, a film that obtained several accolades at various film festivals. “Actor Martinez” (16), is his most recent work, co-directed with Nathan Silver. Mike Ott is also a college professor.

“Actor Martinez” is showing in RMFF 2016 as part of our program Panorama Autoral.