23ºFestCurtasBH - Festival Internacional de Curtas de Belo Horizonte



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Adriano Garrett has a master's degree in Communication from Universidade Anhembi Morumbi, witha thesis on curatorship in Brazilian contemporary film festivals. He is the founder and editor of Cine Festivais, a website created in 2013 focused on the Brazilian independent cinema, and is a member of Abraccine, with texts published in three of its books. He is the author of one chapter of Desaguar em cinema: documentário, memória e ação com o CachoeiraDoc (Edufba, 2020). He teaches free courses on Brazilian contemporary short films and is the host of the Curtas Brasileiros podcast.

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Julia Katharine is a director, screenwriter and actress. She is winner of Best Short Film at Guarani Award in 2020 with the film Tea for Two (2018). She was also winner of the Helena Ignez Award, at 21st Tiradentes Film Festival.

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Kariny Martins is a curator, researcher, screenwriter, and partner at Cartografia Filmes. Currently, she is an authorscreenwriter at Globo, she coordinates the curatorship of Griot - Festival de Cinema Negro Contemporâneo (Contemporary Black Film Festival), she is part of the artistic direction of FIANb – Festival Internacional do Audiovisual Negro do Brasil (Brazilian Black Audiovisual International Festival) and integrates the team of curatorship of Olhar de Cinema. She has a Master degree in Cinema and Video Arts by Universidade Estadual do Paraná, with research about speculative fiction in Brazilian Black films and she is a doctoral student in Communication at Universidade Federal Fluminense with a research on curatorship.


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Claire LaSolle co-founded Videodrome 2 (Marseille), a film exhibition space dedicated to cinephilia, and has been working for the past 6 years with her associates on the development of the project and the programming of the 450 annual screenings.  For the past two years, she has been a member of the selection committee of FID Marseille, one of the main competitive international film festivals in France. She is also a co-founder of MUFF, the Marseille Underground Film Festival, which for the past four years has dedicated time to diverse cinematic and musical experiences. For the last three years, she has also participated in the critical writing of Hors Champ during the États Généraux du film documentaire (Lussas).

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Emmanuel Lefrant has been the director of Light Cone, a filmmakers' cooperative based in Paris that distributes over 6,000 experimental and avant-garde films, since 2008. Besides this activity, he has directed ten experimental films and founded in 2000 the Nominoë collective, with which he has created performances that have been played in many places, including the Centre Pompidou, the Serralvès Foundation (Porto) and the International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR).

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Mariana Queen Nwabasili is a journalist and researcher, a doctoral student and Master of Arts in Audiovisual Media and Processes by ECA-USP, where she also obtained a Journalism degree. She participated as a debater and mediator at different Brazilian film festivals and as selector and judge of 29th and 31st editions of the São Paulo International Short Film Festival. Between 2020 and 2021 as a scholarship holder of Projeto Paradiso, she accomplished a Master of Arts in Film Curatorship at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (EQZE) in Spain. She acts as a film and theater critic, and she was one of ten people selected to take part in the 10th edition of Critics Academy of Locarno Film Festival, in Switzerland, in 2021.


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Denise da Costa inherited this name from her great grandmother: Aurora Pena. The latter does not name her offspring with Pena (from the former president Afonso Pena) because of her condition as illegitimate and adopts “da Costa” referring to “those from the coast of Africa” (da Costa in Portuguese means “from the coast” in English). She researches themes related to Africa formally since 2007, but she used to read about it long before that. Anthropologist, she went to the continent three times to research during master´s degree and doctorate. She is proud of being a professor at Unilab. The blackest University in this country. She writes, debates, teaches, but overall, she learns.

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Gabriel Araújo is a journalist, programmer, and film critic who graduated from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. He is the co-founder and curator of the Cineclube Mocambo, which exhibits films by Black people from Brazil, Africa, and the diaspora, and is one of the creators and coordinators of INDETERMINAÇÕES, a Brazilian Black critic and film platform. He is part of the Zanza collective and Lena Santos collective, which gather black journalists in Minas Gerais. He took part in curatorships of film series and festivals such as América Negra, LONA; and has publications on websites, catalogs, and film magazines.

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Graciela Guarani belonging to Guarani Kaiowá nation, she is a cultural producer, communicator, filmmaker, film curator and audiovisual trainer. One of the indigenous women pioneer in audiovisual original productions in Brazilian scenery, she has a curriculum that includes directing, screenwriting and cinematography in over 10 audiovisual productions, and among them she was the director and cinematographer of the internationally awarded feature My Blood is Red 2019 (Needs Must Film), author of the documentary Falas da Terra 2021 (Rede Globo), course facilitator in the “Indigenous Women and New Social Medias - from invisibility to access to rights”, by ONU MULHERES-BRASIL and Court of Justice of Mato Grosso do Sul (MS); and debater on the roundtable “Women in Media and in the Cinema” of the 70th Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival 2020.