Oscar Ruíz Navia
Director, producer and writer Oscar Ruíz Navia founded his independent Colombian film production company, Contravía Films, in 2006. His first feature La Barra (El Vuelco del Cangrejo) won the Fipresci Award at the Berlinale Forum in 2010 and was also selected and awarded at numerous festivals. In 2012, he produced La Sirga, directed by William Vega, which was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight. In 2013, at Danish artist Olafur Eliasson’s request, he directed a short film entitled Solecito which was also selected at the Directors’ Fortnight. Los Hongos, his second feature, won the Special Jury “Filmmakers of the Present” Prize at the Locarno Film Festival in 2014 and the HBF Audience Award at the Rotterdam Film Festival. His latest film Epifanía, which he co-directed with Swedish director Anna Eborn, premiered at the 2016 Busan Film Festival in South Korea and will make its debut in Poitiers during the festival.
Franco Lolli is a director, screenwriter and producer who graduated from La Fémis. He has directed several short films including Como Todo el Mundo, recipient of the Grand Prize at the 2007 Poitiers Film Festival, and Rodri, which was selected at the Directors’ Fortnight in 2012. His first feature film Gente de bien made its debut at the International Critics’ Week in 2014, went on to be selected in more than 70 international festivals and received awards in San Sebastián, Lima, Ghent and Havana, among others. With his company Evidencia Films, Franco Lolli also produces other Colombian authors. He is currently working on his latest film entitled Litigante.
With a background in communications and literature, Catalina Mesa studied photography, video and editing at Les Gobelins, learned about directing at La Fémis and continued her film studies in California. In 2008, she founded Miravus, a production company based in Paris where she produced audiovisual and photographic projects. Her first feature film entitled Jericó, the Infinite Flight of Days came into being in Colombia. With this feature film, which is intended to be as ethnographic as it is poetic, her objective was to preserve and celebrate the feminine spirit of the Antioquia region of Colombia. This project tells the story of Colombia’s ethereal heritage through the portrait of twelve women in the village of Jericó. In 2016, this film met with great success thanks to Cine Colombia distribution and is currently continuing its journey at festivals throughout the world.
Juan Sebastian Mesa
Juan Sebastian Mesa was born in Medellín, Colombia in 1989. Photographer and Cofounder of Monociclo cine, he holds a degree in audiovisual communications with studies in scriptwriting and contemporary narrative. He has directed several music and experimental videos. His short film Kalashnikov (2013) was nominated for best national short film by the Colombian Academy Awards and was selected to be part of numerous film festivals. His first feature film The Nobodies won the audience award at the Settimana Internazionale della Critica Venice (2016) and was the inaugural movie of the Cartagena de Indias International film festival (FICCI 56). His most recent short film Tierra Mojada was part of the Orizzonti Competition Venice 2017. The Poitiers Film Festival presents in preview Los Nadie. He’s currently working on his second feature film The Rust.
César Augusto Acevedo
Director and screenwriter César Augusto Acevedo graduated from the Universidad del Valle with the screenplay for La tierra y la sombra as his graduate thesis, which became his first feature film and premiered at the 2015 Cannes Festival Critics’ Week where it won the Caméra d’Or. After its premiere, the film was presented in more than 40 film festivals worldwide and won more than 25 national and international awards. Acevedo directed the short films Los pasos del agua (Cannes 2016) and La Campana. His works include credits as co-writer and assistant director for Oscar Ruíz Navia’s feature film Los Hongos, and production assistant on his first feature La Barra. He was the cameraman on the “behind the scenes” film from La Sirga by William Vega, and was the still photographer on the film Siembra by Angela María Osorio and Santiago Lozano.