Joan Gonzàlez is director of DocsBarcelona, an international documentary film festival of which there has been twenty-two editions. He began his career at TVE-Miramar in 1976 as assistant editor and he is a founding member of TV3, as well as the programme Trenta minuts. In 2013, he was given the international EDN award in recognition of his contribution to the development of documentary culture in the south of Europe. He has worked as an editor, director and executive producer. He gives courses and workshops in different national and international universities and also at festivals in various countries. His latest projects include developing DocsBarcelona in Latin American and the creation of DocsBarcelona Education.
Suzanne founded Green Planet Films in 2003 as a non-profit distributor of nature and environmental films. She was a founding board member of the San Francisco Green Film Festival, and served as a juror and also an educational distribution panelist. When travelling to film festivals, she frequently appears on panels discussing new video platforms, technology and processes of film distribution. Example appearances: International Wildlife Film Festival, Wildscreen, Wild and Scenic Film Festival, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival, Sunny Side of the Doc and FilmCom. Suzanne was also the Associate Producer (Season 6) of a broadcast series called Natural Heroes. In 2008 she won the Gaea Award for the Environment from the Women’s International Film and Television Showcase, (Hollywood, CA). Suzanne’s work background consists of corporate communications, where she specializes in presentation design for technology companies and management consulting firms. Besides corporate work, she also designed magazines and promoted music - skillsets which directly correlate to film promotion.
César-Javier Palacios has a bachelor’s degree in Geography and History, a PhD in Art History, he is an environmental journalist, environmental educator and a tourist guide. He has a master’s degree in Environmental Impact Assessment and was also a postdoctoral fellow at the Doñana Biological Station (EDB-CSIC). He has been a blogger for La Crónica Verde since 2007 and writes for the newspaper 20 minutos and the magazines El Asombrario and Archiletras. He also has a section in the RNE programme El gallo que no cesa. He has worked as a journalist for Diario 16, El País, Canarias7 and the EFE Agency. He was head of communication for the Fundación Félix Rodríguez de la Fuente and he currently holds the same position at FSC Spain, who certify the sustainability of forest products. He is the author of numerous books dedicated to nature, history and oral tradition. He has been living and writing on the island of Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands for the past two decades.
She has a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Alcalá and completed studies in development economics taught by the London School of Economics at Peking University. She was government advisor of Castilla-La Mancha in Brussels and an advisor in the European Parliament. Between 2010 and 2014 she was general secretary for the International Union of Socialist Youth, having previously been its vice president. As a journalist she contributes in press and media publications such as El Plural, El Obrero, La República, Okdiario and Publicoscopia. Currently she is director of opinion at Diario16 and actively collaborates in television as a commentator and journalist, being invited onto programmes such as FAQS - Preguntes freqüents and Tot es mou on Televisió de Catalunya (TV3), and Todo es mentira on Cuatro. She has collaborated and taken part in programmes such as Las mañanas de Cuatro, La Sexta Noche and Más claro que el agua. Beatriz is also the author of two published books: No nos avergoncéis (2013) and Libertad de excepción (2018).
Arturo Pons has a bachelor’s degree in Communication from the Universidad Iberoamericana León (Mexico). During his career he has worked on numerous audio-visual projects and some short films. From 1994 to 1998 he was a television presenter and producer for Televisa de Bajío. From 1998 to 2001 he worked in multimedia development. He studied cinema at the Centre d’Estudis Cinematogràfics de Catalunya, being awarded the “Ópera Prima” prize for his short film El Sacrificio, which was selected for more than 20 European festivals. His animated short films, Adoremus, Rita Smultron y Prelude and Fugue et Finale have also been selected for various festivals and have featured in shows all over Europe. Since 2012 he has taught at the Tecnológico de Monterrey. He has made videoclips for Jarabe de Palo, la Mala Rodríguez, Djoe, Txilum, Candy Colors and Mariaxibit, among others. In November 2009 he directed his first feature film, La Brújula la lleva el Muerto, selected for more than 20 international festivals. In 2015 he directed the documentary series Musivolución for Canal Once and in 2016 the fictional series Así de transparentes, for Tv4 Guanajuato. In 2018 he directed his second feature film, *****... (Los Asteriscos). He is currently making the feature film, El Viaje del Cosmonauta Vaquero.
Ana is a producer and communicator, who developed her professional career in Spain and Germany, focusing on sustainability. After learning about the carbon footprint caused by cinema, she dedicated herself to giving talks and workshops in Spain and Latin America on how to create audio-visual products and events which are more ecological and sustainable.
Ana recently returned to Madrid, where she is from, and it is there that she constantly searches for ideas to contribute to her work being more respectful to the environment, and to teach people about it.
Asha Miró Vega was born in Nasik, India, in 1967, and has lived in Barcelona since 1974, when she was adopted by a Spanish family. Daughter of the Ganges was her first book, an autobiographical tale about searching for origins that became a best seller in 2003. The Other Face of the Moon, in 2004, was the written continuation after the reunion with her biological sister. In 2007 she published Traces of Sandalwood, her first work of fiction, recently brought to the big screen and awarded with different national and international prizes. She has always combined adult writing with the publication of children’s books such as Komal y la cometa de colores (2014) and El mundo de Itaí (2016) among others. Journalist, writer, television presenter and inclusion activist, she is a reference in the field of adoption and cooperation, working with different entities and participating as a speaker at international adoption congresses in different countries.
Director, scriptwriter and visual researcher, she has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and in Film and Television Scriptwriting from the Fundación Taller de Guionistas de Barcelona and the EICTV in Cuba. She has worked on more than 40 productions, taking on diverse roles in the directing, scriptwriting and production departments. She has specialised in the development of documentary projects with an international focus; and on environmental, social and historical subjects. She worked in the direction and production departments for the Cineastas contra magnates (2005) and Cineastas en Acción (2006) documentaries, which were both winners of Gaudí and Goya awards, and as a scriptwriter and director’s assistant, she participated in the film Hollywood contra Franco (2008). Her directing debut was with Generación Pegaso (2012). She has also worked on the script development for Freightened (2016) and in content and image search for Falciani’s Tax Bomb (2013) and Google and the World Brain (2012). One of her most recent projects has been David Lynch - The Art Life, where she was the script advisor. She is a member of the artistic collective Biònica, which is dedicated to eco-art, where she works with performance and video installations. Currently she is engaged in two environmental projects.
Cristina Sáez is a freelance journalist specialised in science. She works for different media outlets, including the newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section “Big Vang”. She also collaborates with magazines such as Muy Interesante and National Geographic, as well as research centres and scientific societies. Her journalistic work has been recognised through various awards, such as the Medicina Boehringer Ingelheim prize for journalism, the Concha García Campoy health journalism prize and the Accenture journalism prize. She is passionate about Iceland, walking in the mountains, whales, a good book and cheese, although not in that order. She was lucky enough to collaborate with FICMA 20 years ago. She dreams of electric sheep and is an apprentice anthropologist on Mars.