Punto de Vista 2013 has got its judges. They are Bill Brown, Christian von Borries, J.P. Sniadecki, José Luis Cienfuegos and Ana Isabel Santos Strindberg, and they will choose the winners of the awards in the Official Selection.
Bill Brown has been making first person experimental documentaries since the mid-1990s. His films explore the landscapes of North America, attempting to correlate geographical coordinates with conceptual ones. Inspired by a roving cinema that has its roots in the Soviet Kino-Trains of the 1920s, as well as the peregrinations of hippy artists in the 1960s and punk rockers in the 1990s, Bill has toured through North America and Europe by car, train, bus and bike. In the summer of 2006, he set off on the Pedal-Powered Movie Tour, bicycling from Washington, D.C. to Denver with a programme of films that addressed migration across the U.S./Mexico border. In 2007, he rolled across France with video artist Sabine Gruffat on a bike/movie tour they called “La Cyclo-Cinémathèque”. Bill is currently a lecturing fellow in the Arts of the Moving Image Programme at Duke University.
Christian von Borries is an orchestra conductor, composer and producer of site-specific psycho geographic projects. His work was commissioned by Lucerne Festival, Kunstfest Weimar, Volksbühne Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg and Documenta 12 among other venues and festivals. His CD Replay Debussy won an Echo Award. His first film, The Dubai in me, won a prize at the FID Marseille film festival and was shown at film festivals all over the world and in digital media. His second film, Mocracy – Neverland in Me, just won the Klaus Wildenhahn Prize at Dokumentarfilmwoche Hamburg. He is an anti copyright activist and lives in a green house in Berlin. In 2011 he was guest professor at the Art Academy in Nuremberg; this fall he will be teaching at the HFF film school in Potsdam.
A filmmaker and a PhD candidate in Media Anthropology at Harvard University, J.P. Sniadecki works at the intersection of cinema, art and ethnography to produce films that show around the world. He has received several prizes, including the 2009 Joris Ivens Award at the Cinéma du Réel Film Festival for his 2008 documentary Chaiqian/Demolition (Punto de Vista 2010 Official Selection), and the Pardo d’Oro and the Special Jury Prize at the 63rd Locarno Film Festival for Foreign Parts (co-directed with Véréna Paravel, winner of Punto de Vista Grand Award 2011). He is also founder and chief curator of Emergent Visions, an ongoing film series that screens new independent cinema from the People’s Republic of China.
José Luis Cienfuegos is the Director of Seville European Film Festival from 2012. Before, from 1995, he had directed the Gijón International Film Festival, focusing on independent and experimental movies, and radical, non-conformist perspectives.Since 1991, he has collaborated with the Social and Cultural Work of Cajastur, organising film programmes and Intersecciones, a festival gather leading independent bands and musicians.
He has been part of the Script Analysis Committee of the Film and Audio Visual Institute of the Ministry of Culture and conducted courses on the subject, worked as a film programmer for the Reina Sofía Centre or LABoral Art and Industrial Creation, among other institutions, and founded the Film Class at the University of Oviedo when he was studying Psychology. In 1991-1992, he was a scriptwriter and host for Radio Nacional de España in Asturias.
Ana Isabel Santos Strindberg studied Literature and Modern Linguistic at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University and Art History at the École du Louvre, working as a journalist and art critic during her studies. In 1997, she moves from Paris to Lisbon. In that same year she meets João César Monteiro, with whom she collaborates in the script of “Le Bassin de John Wayne”. She works exclusively with Monteiro for eight years, being his direction assistant.
She was programming coordinator of the Econtros Internacionais de Cinema Documental da Malaposta. She was director and programmer of Doclisboa – Lisbon International Documentary Film Festival (2004/07). She was a member of the direction board of The Portuguese Documentary Association – Apordoc (2005/07), and a member of the editorial board of the Docs.pt. She has been a juror in several international film festivals and a programmer. She's currently film programmer at Malaposta Cultural Center and associated programmer at Indielisboa –International Independent Film Festival.