Catherine Ulmer – Workshop Tutor and Pitching Moderator
After studying philosophy and spending some time in journalism, Catherine Ulmer decided to devote herself to making documentaries. Her first film, for Andalusian television, dealt with the subject of the mass graves of the Franco regime.
Afterwards she directed a documentary about the International Brigades, “¡Compañeros!”, which won a prize at the Centro Mediterráneo de la Comunicación Audiovisual Festival.
In 2006, for ARTE, she made a film about young priests as they prepared for a career in the Church.
In 2008, she followed Mukhtar Mai, a gang-rape victim who fights against the system in Pakistan by creating schools for girls. Given its premiere at the IDFA, “After the Rape” is distributed by Women Make Movies.
After the documentary mini-series “Mi vida en 8mm” which she had co-directed for France 5 in 2003, she once again collaborated with her brother Bruno Ulmer in 2012 on the film “Érase una vez las mil y una noches” for Arte.
She has participated in the Lau Haizetara forum since 2007.
Ventura Durall i Soler – Tutor of the Pitch Preparation Workshop
Scriptwriter, director and producer of documentaries and fiction. Graduated in Scriptwriting from the Higher School of Film and Audio-Visuals of Catalonia (ESCAC). In 2000 founded the production company NANOUK FILMS with the intention of setting up a state-of-the-art artistic platform in the documentary and fiction genres. He conducts his teaching work through ESCAC, where he heads the Documentary Department, supervises the final-year students’ projects and directs the Master’s Degree in Documentaries and Society.
His best-known works are:
Las dos vidas de Andrés Rabadán (The Two Lives of Andrés Rabadán) (Nanouk Films, 2008, 35mm, 84 mins.), which counts amongst its awards the title of Best Independent European Film of 2009 from the ÉCU Festival in Paris; Best Spanish Film of the Past Two Years from the Spanish Film Biennial of Annecy 2010; three Gaudí awards from the Catalan Academy in 2010 (best actor, best supporting actor and best supporting actress); Best Full-length Catalan Film of 2009 from Som Cinema 2009; and the Audience Choice prize from Annonay International Festival of First Films.
Forgiveness (Nanouk films, 2009, HD, 65 mins.): this documentary has won the Best Documentary award at the Belgrade International Documentary Festival; the Audience Choice prize at Mon-doc (Montaverner, Valencia); and various awards from the main international television programme festivals. It’s also been screened at the major documentary festivals such as IDFA, DOKLEIPZIG, the Thessalonica and DOCSDF (Mexico).