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 a documentary series entitled “My life in 8mm”, co-directed with Bruno Ulmer for France 5 in 2003, she works back with her brother in 2012 with “Once upon a time the Arabian Nights” and in 2018 with “Mosques: art and space” – both long feature documentaries for ARTE.
She works as an author and director since a few years for the documentary series “A house, an Artist”, produced by France 5
Today, after having done 2 documentaries for France 3 région – one about the oldest seed bank in the world and another one about the Chambord castle for its 500th birthday – she actually prepares a film about Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry for ARTE.
She has participated in the Lau Haizetara forum since 2007.
Ventura Durall i Soler – Tutor of the Pitch Preparation Workshop
Ventura Durall i Soler (Barcelona, 1974) is a screenwriter, director and producer of documentaries, fiction and audiovisual works for museums. He is a graduate of the ESCAC (Escuela Superior de Cine y Audiovisuales de Cataluña) [Higher School of Cinema and Audiovisual Art of Catalonia], specialising in scripts. He founded the producer NANOUK FILMS (www.nanouk.tv) in the year 2000.
For 10 years, he has been the coordinator of the documentary department of ESCAC, supervising dissertation projects. His previous films have been shown in festivals such as Sundance, San Sebastián, Locarno, Málaga, IDFA and HOTDOCS.
He has produced films such as “Yo la busco” (Sara Gutiérrez, 2018), “Alcaldesa” (Pau Faus, 2016) and “Dead Slow Ahead” (Mauro Herce, 2015) and directed works such as “Bugarach” (2014), “Los años salvajes” (2013), “El perdón”( 2009) and “Las dos vidas de Andrés Rabadán” (2008).