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Ana Siqueira (curatorship e programming head)






Ana Siqueira is a film programmer, translator and researcher. Curator and Head of Programming of FestCurtasBH (2013-2014 and since 2017) and IDFA 2022 Short Film Program Advisor. She was a programmer at Cine Humberto Mauro (2008-2009) and curator of the children's film series at Festival SACI (2011-2017). Master's degree in Social Communication/Prgamatics of the Image at UFMG.


Carla Maia (international selection committee)




Carla Maia is a researcher, essayist and educator. PhD in Social Communication at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, with a sandwich degree at Tulane University/New Orleans. Currently, she is a faculty member at UNA University Center and at UniBH - Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte. As a visiting professor, she teaches in the Cinema, Audiovisual and Journalism courses at PUC Minas. She is a member of the Filmes de Quintal collective and of the deliberative council of the Brazilian Society for Cinema and Audiovisual Studies (Socine).

Daniel Ribeiro Duarte (international selection committee)








Daniel Ribeiro Duarte is a researcher, curator and filmmaker. He is part of the Filmes de Quintal collective and one of the organizers of film festival. He holds a PhD in Cinema from Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

Gabriel Araújo (international selection committee)



Gabriel Araújo is a journalist (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais), programmer and film critic. He is the co-founder and curator of INDETERMINAÇÕES, a platform for film criticism and Black Brazilian cinema, and of Cineclube Mocambo, an initiative to exhibit Black cinematography in Belo Horizonte. He is a member of the critic's collective Zanza, and also a member of the collective of Black journalists from Minas Gerais, Lena Santos. He has collaborated in the curatorial teams of film festivals such as Cinecipó, América Negra, and LONA, among others, and has published in websites and film catalogs. He was one of the critics selected for the Talent Press Rio 2021.

Lorenna Rocha (international selection committee)



Lorenna Rocha is a historian (Universidade Federal de Pernambuco), researcher, cultural critic and programmer. Co-founder of INDETERMINAÇÕES, a platform for film criticism and Black Brazilian cinema. Creator and editor at camarescura - cinema and audiovisual studies.  She is a theater critic and editor at Quarta Parede multimedia magazine. She has published works in film catalogs, websites, blogs and magazines such as Cine Festivais, Verberenas and Critical Stages. She was a member of the curatorship at the International Competitive Exhibition of the 23rd FestCurtas BH and of the special edition of Janela Internacional do Recife 2022. She teaches classes in film criticism, Black theaters and cinemas.

Luiz Fernando Coutinho (international selection committee)



Luiz Fernando Coutinho holds a bachelor's and a Master's degree in Image and Sound from the Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCar). He is currently a PhD student at the Post-Graduation Program in Social Communication at the Universidade Federal de  Minas Gerais (UFMG). He is the editor of Madonna Magazine, translator at the film blog Vestido sem Costura and editor of LIMITE - Revista de ensaios e críticas de arte. He has lectured free courses on classical Hollywood melodrama, John Carpenter and Jacques Tourneur. In 2021 he organized, along with the Vestido sem Costura team, the Retrospective Exhibition "25+1 Years of Lettre du Cinéma".

Vanessa Santos (international selection committee)


Vanessa Santos holds a PhD in Digital Communication and is a researcher of new narrative formats in interactive media. Her career has been marked by her work with socio-technical networks, artistic collectives and social projects, lecturing training processes and developing methodologies for audiovisual teaching. She is a university professor in the field of Communication and Arts and has coordinated the Cinema and Audiovisual course at UNA University Center. She was a curator of the section Cine-Escrituras Pretas, at the Black Film Week in BH. Since 2019, she has been a member of the International Competitive selection committee at FestCurtas BH. Currently, she is the manager of the Cine Santa Tereza movie theater.


Alessandra Brito (national selection committee)



Alessandra Brito was born in Campos Belos, in the countryside of Goiás. In 2006, she moved to Palmas, capital of Tocantins, where she graduated in Social Communication with a major in Journalism at the Universidade Federal de Tocantins. She lives in Belo Horizonte (MG) since 2015, where she has been actively working in research, curatorship and training in audiovisual. She holds a Master's degree in Social Communication at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, with a research on audiovisual productions made in quilombola territories. She is a member of the research group Poéticas da Experiência (CNPq/UFMG) and has been an activist at segundaPRETA since 2017.

Fabio Rodrigues Filho (national selection committee)


Fabio Filho works with film criticism, research, and filmmaking. A PhD student in Social Communication at Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, he earned his Master's degree from the same University and graduated at Universidade Federal do Recôncavo Bahiano. He directed the films Tudo que é apertado rasga (2019) and Não vim no mundo para ser pedra (2022). He has participated in the selection committees of festivals, cinema exhibitions and laboratories, such as FestCurtas BH (2019 to 2021), Goiânia Mostra Curtas (2022), FIANb (2020 and 2021), Diáspora Lab (2018) and CachoeiraDoc (2020), a festival with which he has been collaborating in recent years. He works as a cine club member, poster artist and writes content for various websites.

João Paulo Campos (national selection committee)


João Paulo Campos is a film critic, researcher, curator and professor. He has a Master's degree and is a PhD student in Anthropology (USP), with co-supervision in Audiovisual Media and Processes (USP), he researches the emergence of cities in Brazilian cinema, emphasizing on the films of Adirley Queirós. He is the editor of Zagaia em Revista magazine and writes for Multiplot magazine. He has published reviews, essays and articles in several academic journals, film exhibition catalogs and film criticism magazines. He participates in juries and curatorial commissions in festivals and film clubs. He is also a member of the research groups Núcleo de Antropologia, Performance e Drama (Napedra-USP) and História da Experimentação no Cinema e na Crítica (HECC-USP).

Mariana Queen Nwabasili (national selection committee)

Mariana Queen Nwabasili is a journalist and researcher, PhD student and holder of a Master's degree in Audiovisual Media and Processes at the Escola de Comunicação e Artes (Universidade de São Paulo). She also holds a Master's degree in Film Curatorship at Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (Spain) with a scholarship from Projeto Paradise. She participated in the 10th edition of the Critics Academy at the Locarno Film Festival, in Switzerland. She was a curator, selection committee member and juror at the 4th edition of the Cabíria Audiovisual Festival, at the 23rd edition of FestCurtasBH and at the 29th and 31st editions of the São Paulo International Short Film Festival. Her research addresses film representations and receptions related to race, gender, class and coloniality. She performs critical analysis on theater and cinema.

Patrícia Bizzotto (national selection committee)



Patrícia Bizzotto (Belo Horizonte/BR - 1986) is a researcher and an artist. She holds a bachelor's (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais) and a Master's degree (Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto) in Philosophy. As a composer, performer-instrumentalist and sound artist, she works on the limits of contemporary experimental music and in the encounter of music with other arts (dance, theater, performance and cinema). Her work investigates the fusion of situations and distinct acoustic spaces, improvisation, chance/contingency, direction and the freedom of those with whom she creates together. As a partner of several groups and artists, she is interested in the interconnection of styles and languages in collaborative works.

Rita Vênus (national selection committee)







Rita Vênus is a visual arts and cinema curator. She is a curator at the Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife (2022) and has been an assistant curator at the Oficina Francisco Brennand since 2021. Her work focuses on the oracular aspects of daytime and nighttime images and maps. 


Emmanuel Lefrant (curatorship of Soft Dreams and Expanded Nature special sections)




Since 2008, 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. 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).


Ingá (curatorship of With Eyes Open, There is Someone Who Dreams special section)


Ingá works as a popular educator, film curator and cultural criticism. She has facilitated audiovisual training in projects such as “Fazer o mundo, fazendo vídeo”, “Inventar com a Diferença” e “Vídeo nas Aldeias”. She taught workshops on film criticism in partnership with CachoeiraDoc, Instituto Moreira Salles and the Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival. She participated in the curatorship of national short films at the Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife. She has published articles in magazines such as Verberenas, Fronteira Festival de Cinema, in the website of Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife, and in Cinética magazine. She is from Olinda and works as an activist in the education brigade of  Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Teto (MTST).

Kênia Freitas (curatorship of With Eyes Open, There is Someone Who Dreams special section)

Kênia Freitas is a curator and programmer at Cinema do Dragão. She holds a PhD in Communication and Culture from UFRJ. She did Postdoctoral internships in Communication at UCB and Unesp-Bauru. Since 2015, she has been the curator of several exhibitions and film festivals, such as: "Cines Afro-Femininos: Reimaginando Mundos" (6th Muestra Afro/Cinemateca de Bogotá/Colômbia), "Mostra Afrofuturismo" (São Paulo Cultural Center), Special Exhibition "Nós somos a guerra" (20th Goiânia Mostra Curtas). She integrated a team of curators for the IX CachoeiraDoc (2020) and Festival de Cinema de Vitória (2018). She has given several lectures, workshops and mini-courses on Afrofuturism and Film Criticism. She writes for the film website Multiplot! since 2012. She is part of FICINE - Fórum Itinerante de Cinema Negro.

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