Suzanne Harle is the founder and director of Green Planet Films, a non-profit distributor of nature and environmental films. She created the organization in 2003 to promote this genre of films as a resource for environmental education. By creating the organization Suzanne put in use her skills of years of experience as a media freelancer: graphic design, writing, photography and video editing, storyboarding, producing, publicity and promotions, web analytics, partnering, research and networking. Suzanne is also associate producer in the Emmy Awarded Series Natural Heroes which can be seen on numerous public broadcast stations in the USA. Suzanne has been a panellist for different film festivals and events, promoting among filmmakers the distribution methods inside the educational market. She received the Gaia Award for the Environment (2008) and the Women in Film and Television International Showcase, West Hollywood, CA.
Gabriel Jaraba (Barcelona, 1950) has a degree in journalism, a master's degree in communication and a PhD in both subjects. He has been working as a journalist since 1967 and during the last 50 years he has been part of the editorial offices of the main media in the city of Barcelona. He was a member of the founding team of the newspaper El Periódico de Catalunya, being its editor-in-chief, assistant to programming director, project manager and member of the Director’s Office of TV3. He has worked as a scriptwriter for Public Spanish TV and as commentator and news reporter for Radio Miramar (Barcelona). He has been editor-in-chief of weekly magazines such as Interviu, Primera Plana and Destino and the director of Guía del Ocio and Indiscreta. He has collaborated in many other publications, such as Diario de Barcelona, El Correo Catalán, Oriflama, Presència and Canigó. He also produced various clandestine publications during dictatorial Franco regime. Currently he is professor of journalism and communication at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, being part of its Communication and Education Office. He researches on social networking, Web 2.0, creativity and learning.
José Cohen (Mexico) is producer; he founded and directs Cactus Film & Video since 1996. He has produced large-format documentaries for cinema, TV documentaries and reports for Mexican and Latin American channels, as well as for US and European TV stations. Many of his documentaries have been distributed worldwide and have been selected for different film festivals around the world. He has been a producer of ABC News in Mexico and Latin America for 15 years, taking over the production, transmission and coverage of various events: from natural disasters to summits and presidential meetings. His background allowed him to create a strong team with extensive experience.
Lucía Asué has been for more than a decade a reporter for several programs such as Españoles por el mundo (TVE1), Madrid Directo (Telemadrid), el Método Gonzo (Antena 3) and Aqui la Tierra (TVE1). She has worked for Equatorial Guinea public television reporting on HIV, early pregnancy or the empowerment of people with functional diversity collaborating with organizations such as Unicef, UNFPA or the local NGO Biriaelat. She has also directed documentaries showing the work of organizations such as the International Organization of Migration, Under the Same Sun, Médicos del Mundo or International Justice Mission dealing with issues such as the reconstruction of Haiti, HIV in Mozambique, child sexual exploitation in Cambodia, poverty in Nicaragua or discrimination against albino people in Tanzania. Her first documentary, La Ciudad Invisible. Voces en la Cañada Real Galiana, premiere at the World Social Forum of Migrations, won several international awards. Lucia received her last award in 2017 from the Fundación Ecovidrio for a report on recycling. In 2017 she published her first book Las que se atrevieron ("Those who dare"). Currently, she mixes her journalistic activity with teaching, giving master classes of reporting in schools and doing workshops on African progeny.
Leonardo Anselmi (Argentina, 1976) is currently the Director of the Franz Weber Foundation in Latin America and Europe, a Swiss NGO involved in the protection of animals and the environment, and a promoter of the culture of peace. In Barcelona he was the spokesman and political liaison of the PROU Platform, which achieved the abolition of bullfighting in 2010. He also coordinated the Ramblas Ethics Platform, managing to reconvert the stalls selling animals from the Ramblas and the CLAC campaign (Catalonia Free of Animals in Circs) that reached its abolitionist objective in 2015. He created the project Barcelona VegFriendly and is the general coordinator of ZOOXXI. In Latin America, he coordinates the project BASTA of TaS (Traction to blood) that seeks to retire cart horses through the labor inclusion of their owners and is the founder of the ERAH Office (Studies for the Relationship between Animals and Humans). He is currently working as a facilitator of the peace process in Colombia, and in environmental and human rights issues. He is a professor at the Central University of Ecuador (Quito) and at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona).
Mertxe Larumbe is graduated in Information Sciences by the Complutense University of Madrid. She also did a Master of Production at IORTVE (Official Spanish Radio and Television Institute in Madrid). In 1985 she started working in Televisió de Catalunya TV3 (Catalan Public Television), where she is still working. She contributed to the launching of the TV3 Sports Departament, producing important programs such as Gol a Gol and retransmissions such as the Paris - Dakar Rally (1986 - 1993), among many others. She also participated in the beginning of the TV Station Canal 33 producing other sport programs. In 1992 she coordinated the Olympic Channel Barcelona '92, being also responsible of the 1992 Paralympics Games broadcasting. In the late 1990s she led the production of non-sport events, among others, the Premis Nacionals de Cultura, doing its the following editions. Since 2000 she prepared special live productions such as Josep Carreras and Lluís Llach concerts at the Cap Roig Music Festival (2004) or, more recently, the Catalan of the Year (2010 - 2011). She is a member of the Catalan Professional Audiovisual Association.
Denis Delestrac (France, 1968) is an award-winning film director. In 2009, he signed Pax Americana, a theatrical documentary that examines the origins and today's reality of the militarization of space. It received numerous accolades and led Denis to his next film Sand Wars, an epic eco-thriller unveiling a disturbing fact: after water, sand is the most consumed resource on Earth and the world's beaches are disappearing. Sand Wars has been selected in over 40 festivals and won 15 awards including a Gold Panda, the Greenpeace Prize and a Gemini Award, placing Denis as one of Europe’s most bankable non-fiction directors. In multi-award-winning Banking Nature he investigates how the same banks and institutions that provoked the 2008 meltdown are now seeing biodiversity and endangered species as the next financial El Dorado. In his latest film Freightened, he reveals the perils of freight shipment; an all-but-visible industry that holds the key to our economy and the very model of our civilisation. His films unstitch the hidden mechanics of our society, ones that we are completely oblivious to. The force with which Denis exposes controversial issues on highly topical subjects has sparked public debate and influenced political decision-making internationally, positioning him as one of the most influential and recognised investigative filmmakers this past decade.
Johanna Tonini (Argentina 1978) is graduated in Design of Image and Sound by the University of Buenos Aires (FADU – UBA). In 2002, she moved to Barcelona where she started working in audiovisual production. In 2005 she attended the Postgraduate Degree in Advertising Production at the Ramón Llull University, Blanquerna Communication Foundation. Since 2005 she has worked for several Spanish producers developing the work of distributing films at film festivals and managing the press and communication department. In 2013 she decided to take on a new professional challenge and founded Movies for Festivals, with the aim of offering a service to producers and directors distributing their films and documentaries at film festivals around the world. Among the films she has distributed at festivals we find: La Plaga of Neus Ballús (Spain 2013; Favula of Raúl Perrone (Argentina 2014); Un dia vi 10,000 Elefantes of Alex Guimerà and Juan Pajares (Spain, 2015); Socotra, La Isla de los Genios of Jordi Esteva (Spain, 2016). She is member of CIMA (Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media).
From his education in biology, first as a freelance and now from a supramunicipal administration (the Environmental Services Office - Territory and Sustainability Area of the Diputació de Barcelona), Gonçal Luna has always been dedicated to scientific promotion and environmental education, because he believes that we are one more organism on Earth and that we need to educate each other (how Earth would have liked to educate us), if we want to continue enjoying its wonders instead of regret every day of our harm . But above all, he does it because he likes it. Although he never put himself behind a camera, he knows other arts, in particular, children's literature (from the pages of the magazine El Tatano), which is the most delicate because kids are very sincere and only take high-quality material. Sometimes fiction, others documentary to explain in simple words how the Icelandic boys return to the sea the lost puffins during their migration, how and why some animals dress up or how is our brother’s life in the jungle, the chimpanzees.
Fashion stylist, Danna Garcia has always shown passion for film and visual art, collaborating on multiple independent short films, advertising campaigns and editorial photography. From a young age she has been sensitive to environmental care, a passion that led her in 2012 to become fully involved in cinematographic art, joining the ECOFILM team, the International Short Film Festival (Mexico), where she is currently coordinator and spokeswoman. Throughout these years, she has achieved alliances to introduce ECOFILM in several states of Mexico, as well as in different film nets in the world, among others the Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival of Sao Paulo (Brazil), the Concordia Environmental Fair (Argentina), the Cibo & Videodiversitá International Film Festival (Italy), the International Enviromental Film Festival of Paris, the Earth Day in Quebec, the 8th Meeting of Environmental Film in Morocco and the Environmental Film Festival of the Dominican Republic. She recently represented ECOFILM at the meeting "El Medio es Todo", organized by the Social Service of Commerce of Sao Paulo (Brazil), where different filmmakers from South American festivals met searching for new perspectives in environmental film.
Producer, director, scriptwriter, Lluis Valentí graduated in History and Esthetics of Cinema at the University of Valladolid (Spain) in 1982. During the eighties he worked as a film teacher at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and was director of the Girona Film Festival for 30 years. In 1994 he obtained a PhD in Art History from the Universitat de Barcelona. During the nineties and 2000 he worked in several fields linked to the world of cinema, for small distributors and international producers. Between 2008 and 2010 he was a member of the board of directors of the Catalan Film Academy being its founder and the person in charge of the relations with the Hollywood Academy. He is also the founder and a member of the board of directors of the Catalan Film Directors Association that he directed for 20 years.
Cilia Willem (PhD, University of Barcelona) is currently a teacher and researcher at the Department of Communication Studies of the University Rovira i Virgili (Tarragona), where she teaches media and communication. She is the main editor of the Catalan Journal of Communication and Cultural Studies and guest editor for Feminist Media Studies. Her research interest focuses in media representations of minorities and how society - especially young people - use and appropriate media when constructing their identities, as well as other issues of gender equality, sexuality and intimacy in fiction and media. Cilia is founder and director of RiO (Associació Rutes i Origens), based in Barcelona, a non-profit organization member of the Roots & Routes international network for the promotion and exchange of young (media) artists in Europe.