Speakers and tutors
Beadie Finzi (UK) is a founding Director of Doc Society – an innovative non-profit organisation founded in 2005 that works with the most inspiring independent documentary filmmakers all over the world. Beyond grant making, we stand in solidarity with filmmakers and work to unite them with new friends and allies, building new models globally. In addition to executive producing a number of films, Beadie is responsible for the global Good Pitch programme and helping develop tools for the field such as the Impact Field Guide and the Doc Impact Award.
He’s a master’s degree in Cinema at ECA-USP with research on contemporary Brazilian documentary. Curator of Tiradentes Cinema Festival, since 2007, he’s also professor and researcher at Centro Universitário Senac, where teaches courses of History of Documentary, Practice of Documentary and Contemporary Brazilian Cinema. In the same institution, develops a research about Dramaturgy of Spaces. He was critic in sites Contracampo e Cinetica.
Cristina Amaral has over 60 films as an editor, she is graduated from ECA-USP and worked with filmmakers such as Denoy de Oliveira, Andrea Tonacci, Umberto Martins, Raquel Gerber, Gal Pereira, Toni Venturi, Joao Batista de Andrade, Guilherme de Almeida Prado and others. The partnership with Carlos Reichenbach was started with “Alma Corsária” and yielded films such as “Dois Córregos”, “Garotas do ABC”, “Bens Confiscados” … With Andrea Tonacci, she signed the editing of “Paixões”, “Serras da Desordem”, among other films.
Journalist and founder of GRIFA FILMES, Fernando is one of the greatest specialists in the international audiovisual market and incentive laws for the Brazilian market. Among his awarded projects, two of his series has been nominated for the Emmy. Former president of Brazilian Content Association and currently the Council’s President, Fernando has actively participated in the largest markets and international documentary meetings since 1997.
Heloisa Passos (Brazil) is a photography director, producer and filmmaker. As DP, she has made several feature films, including “Viajo porque preciso, volto porque te amo”, “Cinco vezes Chico: o velho e sua gente”, “Mulher do pai”, “Como esquecer” or “Manda bala” ”; receiving awards as cinematographer in festivals like Rio (2009 and 2016), Gramado (2002 and 2008), Sundance (2007), Rainbow (2011) among others. She is a member of the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. “Construindo pontes”, her first feature film as a filmmaker had his international debut at IDFA (2017) and won the CAMIRA Critics Award at the VIII Margins Festival and the Cora Coralina Grand Prix for best film at XX FICA.
JUAN CARLOS RULFO
Juan Carlos Rulfo (Mexico). B.A. in Communication Sciences and film making. Was nominated for the Honorary Award for Foreign Film, at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from Hollywood. Best Documentary film at the Sundance, Bacifi, Biarritz, Miami, Havana and Karlovi Vary festivals. Holds Guggenheim and Rockefeller grants. Member of The Academy from Hollywood. Teacher at Stanford and other universities in Mexico.
Director of marketing, communication and new business at the international news agency France Press in Brazil. Responsible for licensing videos and photos from the agency’s collection for audiovisual productions.
Khushboo Ranka (India) is the director and producer of the internationally acclaimed non-fiction political thriller, ‘An Insignificant Man’. She is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Memesys Culture Lab and Editor-in Chief of ElseVR. She is currently working on her second feature film, ‘Nothing but Us’- a science-fiction film that explores themes of environment, gender and fascism.
Maria Augusta Ramos
Maria Ramos studied documentary film in Amsterdam and has been a guest at festivals worldwide since the start of her career. Her films have received multiple awards. In 2013, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights honoured Maria Ramos with the Marek Nowicki Prize for her examination of the subject human rights.
Mike Lerner (UK) has been making films since 1988 for BBC, Channel 4, BFI, HBO, PBS, Discovery Channel. His filmography includes: The Great Hack, The Kleptocrats, The Russian Woodpecker, Pussy Riot, The Square. He has won a number of industry awards including, 2 Academy Award Nomination for Best Documentary Feature, 6 Sundance Awards (Grand Jury, Special Jury, Best Director, Audience, Cinematography) , EMMY Award for Best Documentary, 2 Grierson Awards for Best Documentary.
Vanessa Cuervo (Colombia) is a cultural organizer, producer, dancer & impact strategist working at the intersection of art, activism & social justice. Vanessa connects the world of human rights defenders with the spheres of art & film to promote social change. After working with DocSociety on GoodPitch New York & Miami, in 2018 she led the 1st GoodPitch Colombia. She also supports the work of Colombia’s Truth Commission, contributing to the historical narrative of the country.