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Mentors

Mentors III Edition

Sandra Tapia

With a BA in Audiovisual Communication from the Autonomous University of Barcelona, she began her career in 2005 at Oberon Cinematogràfica where she participated, among others, in films such as Antonio Chavarrías’ The Lives of Celia, Claudia Llosa’s Madeinusa and Milk of Sorrow, the second nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. In November 2009, she joined the team at ARCADIA MOTION PICTURES, together with Ibon Cormenzana, in order to produce top quality feature films with new European talent and international potential.

She initially took on tasks of production coordination, postproduction and project development, becoming an associate producer in 2012 and executive producer in 2015. Her filmography includes outstanding films such as Pablo Berger’s Snow White and Abracadabra, Mateo Gil’s Blackthorn and Realive, Claudia Llosa’s Aloft, Julio Medem’s The Tree of Blood or more recently Celia Rico’s Journey to a Mother's Room and Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s still unreleased Madre, based on the Academy Award nominee short of the same name. Many of the films she has participated in have been selected and picked up awards at international festivals and they have all been distributed internationally. Many have also been international co-productions.

Sandra Tapia

Pablo Berger

In 1988, his short film Mama won the Grand Prize at the Alcalá de Henares Film Festival. In 1990, he moved to New York to study a Master’s Degree in Film Direction at New York University.

His feature debut, the Spanish-Danish co-production Torremolinos 73 (2003), picked up a plethora of national and international awards as well as four nominations for the Goya Awards.

In 2002 he released the Spanish-French co-production Blancanieves (Snow White). Among other prizes, it won ten Goya Awards in 2013 (including best feature film and original screenplay), represented Spain at the 2013 Academy Awards and won the special Jury prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival. It was also nominated for the European Film Awards for best feature length film and best director and for a César Award for best foreign language film in 2014.

In 2015 he was appointed Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters by the French government.

His latest film, Abracadabra, premiered in summer of 2017 and was one of the three finalists to represent Spain at the Academy Awards.

In 2018 he was invited to be a member of the Hollywood Academy.

Pablo Berger

Neús Ballús

Born in Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona) in 1980, she studied filmmaking and Creative Documentary at Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona). Her first feature-length film, La plaga (2013), premiered at the 63rd Berlinale Forum, was nominated for the European Film Awards (“European Discovery”), the LUX Prize Awards, the Goya Prizes, and has received more than 20 international prizes, including 4 Premis Gaudí and the prestigious and historical 57th Premi Sant Jordi to the Best Spanish First Film.

Her second feature, Staff Only (El viaje de Marta) premiered at Berlinale Panorama, and is actually screening in festivals around the world, and has been commercially released in cinemas in France (July 2019) and Spain (October 2019).

Strongly interested in cinema in the boundaries of documentary and fiction, she has specialized in scriptwriting, editing and working with nonprofessional actors. She is actually producing her third feature, The Odd-Job Men (Seis días corrientes).

Neús Ballús

Nacho Vigalondo

Born in Cabezón de la Sal (Cantabria), he began studying Audiovisual Communication at the University of the Basque Country. However, it wasn’t long before he left school in search of more practical and personal training. His natural talent for comedy did the rest. A short film screenwriter and actor in commercials and on several TV shows, Nacho had a day in the sun when his third short film as director, 7:35 in the Morning, was nominated for an Academy Award in 2004 in this category.

In 2007, he released his feature film debut, Timecrimes, very successfully screened at the Sundance Festival to automatically become a cult film. His second feature, Extraterrestrial, is an unusual romantic comedy involving an alien invasion. His next piece, the thriller Open Windows, managed to open the doors to Hollywood for him, where he went on to make a name for himself little by little. An example is his film Colossal, a reformulation of the giant monster genre with Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. He is currently about to premiere El vecino, his first Netflix original series.

Nacho Vigalondo

Emma Lustres

Producer Emma Lustres (O Grove, 1975), together with Borja Pena, founded the VACA FILMS STUDIO, S.L.U. audiovisual production company in January 2003 with a goal of becoming a film and television producer based in Galicia (Spain), capable of developing and producing top quality, commercially successful projects targeting the national market and that are highly receptive to internationalization. In an effort to be present in the sector’s main forums, Emma Lustres is a member of the board of the AEC (Asociación Estatal de Cine/State Film Association). She has participated as a producer in Quién a hierro mata (2019), Cien años de perdón (2015) or Celda 211 (2009)

Emma Lustres

Marisa Fernández Armenteros

Producer in the Mediapro cinema division, producer of projects like Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona or Midnight in Paris or Roman Polanski’s Carnage, among others. She is currently working on Woody Allen’s latest film with a provisional title, Rifkin’s Festival, shot in San Sebastian and in the process of post-production.

She has also worked with Spanish directors like Javier Fesser on Camino, Isabel Coixet on Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio and Endless Night, and Fernando León de Aranoa on Princesas and Amador.

She has previously worked in the development department at Europroducciones and as a project reader for Morena Films, Sigecine and Lolafilms. In 2000 and 2001, she worked with Eurimages, European Co-Production Fund, and with the Audivisual Fund of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Marisa Fernández Armenteros
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Ibon Cormenzana

In 2000-2001 he tackled the direction of his first feature length film, Jaizkibel, written and produced by him. The movie participated in numerous national and international festivals, picking up several awards, and the prestigious international magazine Variety included him as one of the young directors to watch. Subsequently, Ibon produced different films by talented young creators. In 2004 he produced Eugenio Mira’s The Birthday, nominated for Best Feature Film and winner of the award for Best Art Direction at Sitges Festival. In 2007, Ibon shot his second feature length film, The Totenwackers, distributed by Disney Spain and sold to all countries worldwide. In 2004 Ibon created Arcadia Motion Pictures for the purpose of producing films with European and international talent. So he produced the western Blackthorn directed by Mateo Gil; the prize-winning No rest for the wicked (2011) by Enrique Urbizu, winner of 6 Goya Awards; Blancanieves (2012) by Pablo Berger, winner of 10 Goya Awards; The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box (2013) by Jonathan Newman; Aloft (2014) by Claudia Llosa; The debt (2015) by Barney Elliott, Realive (2016) by Mateo Gil, Abracadabra (2017) by Pablo Berger, Journey to a mother’s room (2018) by Celia Rico, and The tree of blood (2018) by Julio Medem, among others. The experience he gained after collaborating with prestigious directors over recent years motivated him to embark on his third feature film, Alegría, Tristeza (2018), starring Roberto Álamo, Manuela Vellés and Claudia Placer, and which participated in the most recent Seville Film Festival and premiered together with Alfa Pictures and Rakuten Cinema.

IBON CORMENZANA

Nahikari Ipiña

With a degree in Audiovisual Communication, Nahikari Ipiña founded Sayaka Producciones along with directors Borja Cobeaga, Borja Crespo, Koldo Serra and Nacho Vigalondo. She started out producing short films, two of which, Nacho Vigalondo’s 7:35 in the morning (2003), and Borja Cobeaga’s Éramos pocos (2005), were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film and won awards at more than 70 festivals. She started out in feature length film as the associate producer of Timecrimes (2007), by Nacho Vigalondo, which received more than 15 international awards. Since then she has participated as a producer in the following movies: Friend zone (2009) and No controles (2011), by Borja Cobeaga. Extraterrestre (2012) and Open Windows (2013), starring Elijah Wood and Sasha Grey, both by Nacho Vigalondo. Negociador (2014), by Borja Cobeaga; and Gernika (2016), by Koldo Serra, and Colossal (2016), by Nacho Vigalondo, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis. Her last release was 70 big ones (2018) by Koldo Serra and starring Emma Suárez, Hugo Silva and Nathalie Poza and she’s currently developing several different film projects.

Nahikari Ipiña

Paco Plaza

He holds a degree in Information Sciences from the University of Valencia and a diploma in Film Directing from the Community of Madrid’s Cinematography and Audiovisual School (ECAM). Although he is best known as a director, he’s also a screenwriter, producer, editor and was even a costume designer on one occasion for Tropismos (1995), his first short film with which he made his directorial debut. Paco is well-known in the Spanish film industry for the creation of the [REC] trilogy (2007). A year after the release of the first film in the series, American director John Erick Dowdle created an adaptation of Paco Plaza’s movie, which came to light under the name of Quarantine (2008). The [REC] trilogy has amassed a total of 26 awards and 17 nominations at numerous film festivals. His latest film Verónica premiered in 2017, with seven nominations for the Goya Awards.

Paco Plaza

Marisa Fernández Armenteros

Producer in the Mediapro cinema division, producer of projects like Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Midnight in Paris, Carnage by Roman Polanski, and Salvador Allende and The Pearl Button by Patricio Guzmán. She has also worked with Spanish directors like Javier Fesser on Camino, Isabel Coixet on Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio and Endless Night, and Fernando León de Aranoa on Princesas and Amador.
She has previously worked in the development department at Europroducciones and as a project reader for Morena Films, Sigecine and Lolafilms. In 2000 and 2001, she worked with Eurimages, European Co-Production Fund, and with the Audivisual Fund of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Marisa

Natalia Marín

Natalia Marin (Zaragoza, 1982) is a filmmaker and teacher. Her work as a member of the experimental film collective Los Hijos along with Javier Fernández Vázquez and Luis López Carrasco has been screened extensively at different festivals and art centers like FID Marseille, the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum or the Anthology Film Archives in New York, among others. New Madrid (2016), a project that won the BBVA Foundation’s I Ayuda a la Videocreación, was her first solo project. Her new piece La casa de Julio Iglesias (2018) premiered at the most recent Locarno International Film Festival and is continuing its tour around festivals like the TIFF Toronto Film Festival. As a teacher, she has collaborated with various national and international institutions like the ECAM (Cinematography and Audiovisual School of Madrid), EICTV San Antonio de Baños Film School (Cuba) or, more recently, as a final projects tutor at Pratt Institute in New York thanks to the 2017-2018 Fulbright grant.

Natalia Marin

Borja Cobeaga

His first short films picked up numerous awards at festivals all over the world as well as a Goya nomination with La primera vez (2001) and an Academy Award nomination with Éramos pocos (2005). In 2003 he directed the first season of the comedy show Vaya Semanita by Euskal Telebista. He directed the feature length films Friend zone (2009), No controles (2011) Negociador (2014) and Fe de etarras (2017). Along with Diego San José he co-scripted the highest grossing movie in Spanish film, Spanish affair (2014), its sequel 8 apellidos catalanes (2015) and the screen adaptation of the comic Superlópez (2018).

Borja Cobeaga
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Alberto Rodriguez

Screenwriter and director. His first Goya nominations came with 7 Virgins (2005), followed by After in 2009. He got 10 Goya awards with Marshland (2014) and the People’s Choice Award at the EFA. He lifted the award for Best Director with Smoke & mirrors (2016), which also won Best Actor at the San Sebastian Film Festival. His latest work is the series The plague for Movistar+ (2018), which premiered during the San Sebastian International Film Festival and internationally at MIPCOM. Sky Vision is handling international sales.

Alberto Rodriguez

Marisa Fernández Armenteros

Producer in the Mediapro cinema division, producer of projects like Woody Allen’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger and Midnight in Paris, Carnage by Roman Polanski, and Salvador Allende and The Pearl Button by Patricio Guzmán. She has also worked with Spanish directors like Javier Fesser on Camino, Isabel Coixet on Mapa de los sonidos de Tokio and Endless Night, and Fernando León de Aranoa on Princesas and Amador.
She has previously worked in the development department at Europroducciones and as a project reader for Morena Films, Sigecine and Lolafilms. In 2000 and 2001, she worked with Eurimages, European Co-Production Fund, and with the Audivisual Fund of the European Parliament in Brussels.

Marisa

Luis López Carrasco

Filmmaker and writer. In 2008 he co-founded Los Hijos, an experimental cinema and documentary collective. His work has been shown in numerous international film festivals like Locarno, Rotterdam, Toronto, NYFF Film Society of Lincoln Center, BAFICI or Viennale and contemporary art centres like Museo Nacional Reina Sofía, Museo Guggenheim, Centre Georges Pompidou or ICA London.
El Futuro, his first solo film, was premiered in Locarno International Film Festival 2013, screened in more than fifty international festivals and awarded in BAFICI 2014, Lima Independiente 2014, Uruguay Winter Festival 2014 and IBAFF 2014.

Luis lopez

Valentina Viso

Writer on two feature films by director Mar Coll, Three Days with the Family, Goya in 2010 for Best New Director and Todos queremos lo mejor para ella (Miami Film Festival). She was also a co-writer on the movie Blog, directed by Elena Trapé and on María (and everyone else) directed by Nely Reguera, both of which were selected at the San Sebastian Festival in the New Directors category. She took part as a collaborative writer on Summer 1993, by Carla Simón, Best Debut Film at the 2017 Berlin Festival and Grand Prize in the Generation Kplus category.

Marisa

Diego San José

Screenwriter specializing in comedy. In 2009 he wrote Friend zone, for which he received the award for Best New Script at the Malaga Festival, along with Borja Cobeaga. Also with Cobeaga he wrote the screenplays for the comedies No controles (2010) and the highest grossing Spanish movie, Spanish affair (2014). His latest work is Fe de etarras (Netflix, 2017), and his film adaptation of Superlópez, directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera, is soon to be released.

Luis lopez

Mar Coll

Her directorial debut was on Three Days with the Family (2009), which won the Goya for Best New Director and the Silver Award for Best Director at the Spanish Film Festival in Malaga. Her second feature film, Todos queremos lo mejor para ella (2013), starring Nora Navas, was nominated for a Goya Award in the Best Actress category and was selected at SEMINCI and Miami, among others. In 2017 she directed the series Matar al padre for Movistar+.

Marisa

Felipe Lage

Felipe Lage Coro founded Zeitun Films together with Oliver Laxe in 2009. Todos vós sodes capitáns (You are all captains - Oliver Laxe, 2010) was his first production. He then produced the feature films Arraianos (Eloy Enciso, 2012), The fifth gospel of Kaspar Hauser (Alberto Gracia, 2013), Costa da Morte (Lois Patiño, 2013), Pozoamargo (Enrique Rivero, 2015) and Mimosas (Oliver Laxe, 2016) and the short film Tshweesh (Feyrouz Serhal, 2017). His films has been awarded in some of the most important film festivals: Cannes, Locarno, Rotterdam, BAFICI, Sevilla, FICUNAM or Jeonju among others. Tempo vertical (Lois Patiño) is his next project.

Luis lopez

Miguel Ángel Vivas

Director and scriptwriter of movies and series. He studied cinematography at ECAM and before finishing his studies he directed his first feature film, Reflejos, with which he won the Opera Prima Atresmedia Award and Vía Digital for the best screenplay of the year. He has directed horror and science fiction genre films such as Extinction or Inside. He has also worked in series such as Mar de Plástico, La Casa de Papel, Apaches or Living Without Permission. Your son is his last film that will be released soon.

Marisa

Koldo Zuazua

Producer at Kowalski Films, responsible for projects like Handia by Jon Garaño (San Sebastian, 2017), La Herida by Fernando Franco (Goya Award for Best Actress and Best New Director), Chaotic Ana by Julio Medem, Regression by Alejandro Amenábar and Spanish Affair by Emilio Martínez-Lázaro, the highest grossing Spanish movie. In 2009 he was selected as part of the Producers on the Move program, endorsed by the European Film Promotion (EFP).

Luis lopez

Susana Herreras

She began her career as a project developer for Sogecine, working on Ágora (Alejandro Amenábar, 2009), The Perfect Crime (Álex de la Iglesia, 2004) and The Sea Inside (Alejandro Amenábar, 2004). In television, she was an executive producer for the Canal Plus fiction series Qué fue de Jorge Sanz and Crematorio. She is currently responsible for series development on the Spanish pay TV operator Movistar+, which has announced a massive premium scripted drama slate including upcoming series titles such as The Plague, The Zone and The Giants.

Marisa
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