Jury members of the 16º Festival DocumentaMadrid

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Bina Paul

The jury for the International Section is to include Indian filmmaker Bina Paul, artistic director of the International Film Festival of Kerala and the International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala. Her latest film The Sound of Silence (2017) has been screened at numerous festivals. She will be joined by filmmaker Elías León Siminiani, director of such films as Mapa (2012) and Apuntes para una película de atracos (2018), which have been honored at the IDFA, the Seville Festival of European Film and the Goya Awards. Also serving on this jury will be Cecilia Barrionuevo, the Artistic Director for the Mar de Plata International Film Festival, with thanks to the Acción Cultural Española (AC/E) which is providing support to DocumentaMadrid as part of the Program for the Internationalization of Spanish Culture (PICE) in its Visitors modality. 

The National Section will have on its jury Jorge Caballero, a filmmaker and producer who has won the National Documentary Award of Colombia, among other honors. Caballero is the Coordinator of the Expanded Documentary course in the Masters of Creative Documentary Film at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and is one of the four fellows in the "Stories of change" program at the Sundance Institute. Also on this jury will be Günter Schwaiger, filmmaker, producer and member of the European Film Academy, as well as the Film Academies of Spain and Austria, along with Sesi Bergeret, film programmer for l'Alternativa, Independent Film Festival of Barcelona, and author of Historia chiquita que cruza un océano, which took part in the official documentary section of the Malaga Film Festival in 2004.

And the invited guest Carlos Casas will be on the jury of the Fugas International Section, which is dedicated to the most experimental and risk-taking cinema. At his side will be Brazilian filmmaker Marília Rocha, director of such films as Aboio (2005), A falta que me faz (2010) and A cidade onde envelheço (2017), winner of the Best Film and Best Director Awards at the Brasilia Film Festival. Rounding off the jury, Noemí García, professor at the Faculty of Fine Arts (UCM), who has experience as a programmer at DocumentaMadrid and the Cineteca.