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05/12/2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm CMT


In a globalized scenario without geographic boundaries, in continuous technological expansion, in which cinema increasingly reaches our home and more demanding audiences: What efforts and challenges must festivals address in order to stand out?

Jim Kolmar, Film Programmer, South By Southwest

Jim programs international and documentary films for South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), as well as Experiential Storytelling for the SXSW Conference. Jim is a member of the selection committee for Festival Internacional de Cine Tulum (FICTU) and a contributing writer for Ambulante Film Festival. Jim has programmed a series of Welsh films for Austin Film Society, and has served on juries, panels and committees at events including BAFICI, CPH:DOX, DocsDF, IDFA, New Horizons, and Ventana Sur.

Juan Antonio Vigar, Director, Festival de Málaga

Málaga, 1958. Since 2013, he has been Managing Director of Festival de Málaga and Málaga Film Office, and also of the Cervantes and Echegaray theaters in Málaga since August 2015. He is an associate member of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain, juror of the Platino Awards for Ibero-American Cinema, and professor of the Master’s in Crítica y Comunicación Cultural at University of Alcalá. As Cultural manager, he has been General Coordinator of the Culture and Education areas of the Diputación Provincial de Málaga (2008-2011), Director of the Aula de Cultura of Diario Sur de Málaga (1995-2008) and member of the Asociación de Gestores Culturales de Andalucía (GECA) since 2009.

José Luis Rebordinos, Director, San Sebastian International Film Festival

Member of the European Film Academy (EFA) and Member of Honor of the Argentine Academy of Cinematography Arts and Sciences. In 2015, the Council of Ministers gave him the Gold Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts. Director of the Donostia Kultura Film Unit for 22 years. He has directed the Nosferatu book collection for 22 years, and he is the co-author of diverse books on Basque filmmakers, as well as on Asian cinema (Shinya Tsukamoto, poet and guerrilla cinematographer) or diverse topics (El dolor, los nervios culturales del sufrimiento – Breve historia del cortometraje vasco). Before taking up his position as Director General of San Sebastian Film Festival on January 1st 2011, he had been a member of its Management Committee for the previous 15 years.

Mathilde Henrot, Selection Committee, Locarno Film Festival

Born in 1975, with a diploma from HEC Business School, INALCO (B.A. in Chinese), Paris X (B.A in Philosophy) and Paris II (LLM in Literary and Artistic Copyright Law), Mathilde Henrot worked 8 years for MK2 as Director of Sales, also handling acquisitions. Since 2018 she is a member of the Selection Committee of the Locarno Film Festival (Switzerland).

Moderator: Jérôme Paillard, Executive Director, Marché du Film – Festival de Cannes

Jérôme Paillard started his career as an oboist and as a producer and CFO of the French classical record company Erato. In 1991, he became General Manager of Erato Films alongside Daniel Toscan du Plantier where he executively produced over a dozen feature films. He joined the Festival de Cannes as Executive Director of the Marché du Film in November 1995 to oversee the development and management of what is now heralded as the world’s leading film market. He is also the Co-Director of Ventana Sur, the first market specialized in Latin American films, and the founder of Cinando.com, the leading online resource, communication and screening platform for the industry.


11:00 am - 12:00 pm CMT
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Ground Floor Auditorium 1 – UCA