Almudena Carracedo was born in Madrid. She directed and produced her debut feature film, the Emmy-winning documentary Made in L.A., in the US. She is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Time Warner Documentary Fellow, a United States Artists Fellow, and the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Illinois Wesleyan University. In 2012 Almudena returned to Spain to work on The Silence of Others.
Robert Bahar was born in Philadelphia, and lives and works between Madrid, Spain and Brooklyn, New York. He won an Emmy as producer/writer of the documentary, Made in L.A., and spearheaded the three-year impact campaign that brought the film to audiences around the world. Robert is a Creative Capital Fellow, a Sundance Documentary Fellow, and holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinema-Television.
Film for Carlos
Renato Borrayo Serrano was born in 1992, in Guatemala, but has lived in Russia since 2012. He graduated from the VGIK in 2017 as a film director specialized in documentary films, and attended Marina Razbezhkina and Mikhail Ugarov School of Documentary Film and Theatre. His Film for Carlos was awarded Honorary Mention by the International Jury at the 2017 DOK Leipzig.
La flor de la vida
Claudia Abend and Adriana Loeff are documentary filmmakers living in Montevideo, Uruguay. Abend’s debut was in 2001 with El Comienzo del Fin, a personal short film about the end of the dictatorship in Uruguay. In 2008, Abend and Loeff premiered their first feature-length collaboration, Hit, which tells the hidden stories behind some of the most famous songs in their country. Currently, Abend and Loeff are developing a documentary series and a new feature-length film.
Laurentia Genske is documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. She attended the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, 2010–2016, and was an exchange student at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión (EICTV), Cuba, in 2012–2013. She received the German Documentary Film Award and several other awards for her documentary, Am Kölnberg (co-directed with Robin Humboldt), in 2015.
The Other Side
The Good Life
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Jens Schanze, was born in Bonn in 1971. In 1987, he spent a year living in the United States. In 1990, he embarked on a Forestry degree at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and, in 1992, began working in television as an assistant director. In 1994, Schanze spent a year in Bolivia working on a project for Conservation International before he began his studies at the University of Television and Film in Munich in 1995. Through Mascha Film, the production company which he co-founded with Judith Malek-Mahdavi in 2002, he has directed numerous prizewinning documentaries including Winterkinder (2005) and Plug & Pray (2010). In 2014, he became a professor of film and video design.