The Jury for 2016:

Judge: Best Short Film and Best Feature Film

Mónica Palmieri

Monica Palmieri (Guatemala) has been residing in New York for 10 years, where she founded along with her sisters the production company MMW productions Monica has directed and produced the short films The G.O.I.G (2016), Small Talk (2015), Complete Sentences (2013) and Black Hole (2011) (Icaro Film Festival & Short Circuit New York Film Festival). Her work as a producer compiles short films: Datin’ Marvin (68th Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner), Meet Me Here (2015), Locked in You (2014), Underwater (2014) and Derailing (2013) where she was also the lead actress. Monica worked as line producer for the film Split ( Sarasota Film Festival, 2016) by award winning director Deborah Kampmeier.

Rosario Caicedo

Rosario Caicedo, a professional social worker, is a devoted cinephile since childhood. She was born in Colombia and has lived in the United States since 1974.

Rosario has participated as a panelist in the second International Film Festival of Cali Colombia. She has attended the Sundance Film Festival in 2014 and the Toronto Film Festival in 2016.

She has written articles about movies for the Colombian newspaper Las2orillas and has appeared in panels with the Colombian filmmaker Luis Ospina. This director’s latest film, Todo comenzó por el fin, deals with the lives of three Colombian artists: Carlos Mayolo, Luis Ospina and Andrés Caicedo, and their passion for the cinema. Rosario appears in this film, being interviewed about the life of her late brother Andrés Caicedo, a writer, who is considered to be one of the most important film critics of Latin America.

Nils Longueira Borrego

Graduated in History of Art from the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana with the thesis “The Revolution finds her face: The imaginary of the hero of the Revolution in the Cuban documentary produced by the ICAIC between 1959 and 1971 “, coauthored with Celia Rodríguez Tejuca. He directed the magazine Upsalón of the Faculty of Arts and Letters, in which he co-created the Travelling section devoted to film analysis. He has published film and arts critiques in the magazines Cuban Cinema, Bisiesto, El Caimán Barbudo, Upsalón, La Gaceta de Cuba, Noticias de Arte Cubano, Temas and Artecubano, and on the websites Cubacine, Cubanow and the Central American Portal of Film , Video and Animation. He has participated with presentations on Cuban cinema in the XXXIV International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA).  He has lectured at various institutions such as the Faculty of Arts and Letters of the University of Havana, the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba, the Spanish American Center of Culture, the Cuban Association of United Nations and the Avant-Gardes Working Group-Whitney Humanities Center of Yale University. He also participated as a film critic in the 2015 Talents Press Guadalajara of the 30th International Film Festival of Guadalajara.


Judge: Best Documentary

Juan Pablo Daranas

Juan Pablo Daranas Molina is a Cuban filmmaker based in New York City and known for his multi-awarded short films.

He studied at the University of Arts (Havana) and the New York Film Academy (Los Angeles / New York) and his work comprise theatrical films, web content, commercials, music videos, etc., with clients such as Galleria Continua, Louis Vuitton and The Bronx Museum of the Arts.

His short movies have been screened and awarded in more than fifty countries worldwide. His medium-length film “Twilight” was premiered at the prestigious Glasgow Short Film Festival and won the top prizes from the New Jersey Film Festival and the Martinique International Film Festival.