Daniel Queiroz was born in Belo Horizonte. He holds a BA in business and studied film in open courses and subjects at UFMG. During the 1990s he actively participated in organizing courses and exhibitions at CEC - Center for Cinematographic Studies of Minas Gerais. In 2005 and 2006 he acted as a scheduler for Cine Humberto Mauro. Between 2007 and mid-2010 he worked at the State Secretariat of Culture of Minas Gerais, where he held the position of Director of Audiovisual, being responsible for coordinating the film fostering program, “Filme em Minas”. He took part in the International Short Film Festival of Belo Horizonte, as a member of selection committee (2003-2008) and as Director/Programing Coordinator (2009-2012). He is currently a scheduler at Cine 104, an exhibition hall inaugurated in 2012 in Belo Horizonte and a curator for the Director’s Week festival.
Eliska Altmann is an adjunct professor at the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro in the Department of Social Sciences and in the Postgraduate Program in Social Sciences (PPGCS). She is a coordinator for the “Experimentations in Ethnography and Image Research Group” (NEXTimagem) - PPGSA / IFCS / UFRJ. She is also a member of GRAPPA –Policy Analysis and Audiovisual Poetics Research Group. She is author of the book “O Brasil imaginado na América Latina: a crítica de filmes de Glauber Rocha e Walter Salles”, Contra Capa/ Faperj, 2010. She is also the idealizer behind the CineCríticos web portal – www.cinecriticos.com.br
Born in 1983 and left Iran at age 5 for France. After performing dance and theatre, she went on to study architecture at the Fine Arts school of Paris. In 2004, she returned in Iran to make her first feature-length documentary, L’Ami (The Friend), selected for many international festivals and won several awards. In 2008, she returned to make 7 Femmes (7 Women), a documentary which feels like a road movie about actual women living and working in Iran. With Mes Souliers Rouges (My Red Shoes) she continues to move beyond the particular circumstances of that country to touch upon the fable of life.
Luciana Bezerra is an actress, screenwriter, and film director. She is also currently managing the group “Nós do Morro”, where she was formed through experimentations in interpretation, scriptwriting, direction, production and where she has acted in the past years as an art-educator, practicing a philosophy of "multiplication of knowledges". She has also worked as a cast researcher and teacher for the actor’s workshop for the film City of God. Her first short fiction film Mina de fé was awared the Best Short Film Award at the 37th Brazilian Cinema Festival in Brasilia, Best Fiction at the International Short Film Festival of Rio de Janeiro 2004, and was screened in more than 10 countries. In 2010 she released the book “Meu destino era o Nós do Morro”, from the “Tramas Urbanas” collection and edited by Heloísa Buarque de Holanda, as well as the episode Let there be light for the feature film project 5 x favela, por nós mesmos, produced by Carlos Diegues, an official selection at the Cannes Festival 2010 (hors concours). In 2012 she was one of the selected artists to participate in the Rio occupation London.
Mariana Kaufman is a director and screenwriter from Rio de Janeiro, partner at the FAGULHA FILMES production company. She graduated in Cinema (UFF) and Design (ESDI), studied scriptwriting at NYU and post-graduated in script at PUC-RJ. She teaches and curates cinema screenings. She directed the short-film Confetti (2012), screened in over 25 festivals over the world, alongside Jo Serfaty, with whom she also directs her new film, currently being edited: A ilha do Farol (contemplated by Riofilme). She has just released A mulher que não queria parar de beber suco de maracujá and is finalizing the documentary/videoart film Bolívia, directed at the invitation of the Bolivia Art Biennial.
Theresa Jessouroun began her career as a continuist, scene photographer and assistant editor in feature films. She acted as producer and assistant for Eduardo Coutinho, Helena Solberg, Silvio Tendler, Eduardo Escorel, Geraldo Sarno, among others. She is director and partner at Kinofilmes and has produced, besides her own movies, institutional and documentary films for foreign TV channels such as BBC, Channel Four, National Geographic, HBO. She has directed the documentary films Alma de Mulher (1998), Samba (2001), Os Arturos (2003), Clarita (2007), Dois Mundos (2009), Fim do Silêncio (2009), Quando a Casa é a Rua (2012), Coração do Samba (2012) and À Queima Roupa (to be released in the second half of 2014).