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JIIFF Lab is a space created to provide guidance to fiction feature film projects that are in the development stage. It is especially aimed at emerging directors and producers from Latin America who seek to consolidate their projects for an effective international co-production policy. In the latest edition, the call was directed at emerging directors and producers associated with a fiction feature film project from Latin America in an advanced stage of development, with the main production company being Latin American.

The lab was held in person in José Ignacio, Uruguay, and consisted of tutorials with international experts. It focused mainly on screenwriting and production design, financing and co-production policies, project design, and pitching.

After the tutorials, there was a pitching session before a designated jury that was responsible for awarding prizes:

  • The CNC (National Centre for Cinema and the Moving Image) Prize from France awarded 5000 euros to ADICCIÓN (Uruguay) by Leandro Barneche (producer) and Félix Pérez (director) for its development.
  • The DGCA-MiC at Cinecittà Prize from Italy awarded 5000 euros to GALOPE (Argentina) by Belén Revollo (producer) and Bruno Barreto (director) for its development.
  • One Industry Credential for Rio2C to participate in the Market was awarded to LUX PERPETUA (Paraguay) by Federico Adorno (producer and director).


Benjamin Domenech

Benjamin Domenech

Benjamin Domenech is an Argentine producer and founder of Rei Cine, a company that develops, produces and finances films, series and interactive content for a global audience. His Producer credits include works by filmmakers such as Lucrecia Martel, Marcela Said, Luis Ortega, Valeria Bertuccelli and Benjamín Naishtat, amongst others. He is a member of the AMPAS/Oscars®, EAVE, IFP and the Argentine Academy.

Lucero Garzón

Lucero Garzón

Lucero Garzón (Mexican based in Paris since 2000) has worked in different sectors of the film industry for more than 18 years. She was Pyramide's international sales director, in charge of exporting more than 100 films. In 2017 she founded LUZ VERDE, a Paris-based production company focused on co-production of Latin American films. She is currently working with Bikini films on the co-production of Ofelia (Juan Pablo Félix). Lucero Garzón has been coordinating the BAL-LAB co-production meetings at the Biarritz Amérique Latine Festival since 2018.

Julie Esparbes

Julie Esparbes

After studying Political Science and Cultural Management, Julie Esparbes joined Hélicotronc in 2008, first as a production assistant. A few years later, she starts producing short films, which meet a great success in renowned international festivals. Gradually, she accompanies some of the directors of the shorts on their first feature films. In 2022, the feature film "Dalva", by Emmanuelle Nicot, was selected for the Critics' Week at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won 3 awards. Julie is also a graduate of the EAVE Producer Workshop 2019.


Alejandra Trelles

Alejandra Trelles

(Montevideo, Uruguay, 1974)
Journalist, film critic and teacher. Since 2009, she has been the director of the Uruguayan International Film Festival, organized by Cinemateca Uruguaya, which this year celebrates its 41st edition.
She has also been a programmer for the Punta del Este Film Festival, the Llamale H Festival and Cine a Pedal. In Spain, she programmes for the Cineuropa Festival in Galicia and the Malaga Film Festival. She has participated as a jury in numerous international film festivals such as the Berlinale, Karlovy Vary, Mar del Plata or Viennale. She is a translator and teacher and collaborates as a cultural journalist and film critic in various written medias, mainly the newspaper La Diaria and the weekly Brecha.

Gianluca Pignataro

Gianluca Pignataro

Gianluca Pignataro is Head of Marketing and Distribution at Fandango, a film production and international sales company, which is also a publishing house and a record label. Fandango has unveiled many of the greatest Italian talents of the last decade; it has produced, among others, Paolo Sorrentino's THE CONSEQUENCES OF LOVE and, in recent years, some of the most important Italian hits.

Santiago López

Santiago López

Master in Audiovisual Production Design and Management at Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. In 2014 he designs and develops a new business unit in Oriental Films, dedicated to the production of film and television projects: Oriental Features. In 2018 he creates Cimarrón Cine, a production company where he develops and produces impact projects for the international market.


Mariana Cardoso Ferraz + Marcelo Grabowsky  (Brasil)
I would like to see your private photos
Mariana Cardoso Ferraz

She was born in Rio de Janeiro, has a degree in Journalism and a postgraduate degree in Communication and Image from PUC-Rio. She is the executive producer of Matizar Filmes. In early 2022, she participated in the Rotterdam Lab and is currently producing the feature film “Tale of a Certain Orient”, directed by Marcelo Gomes and a co-production between Brazil and Italy. In 2020, she produced the short “Private Photos” by Marcelo Grabowsky, that participated in several festivals such as Frameline, Palm Springs ShortFest. She coordinated the creative hub of the FSA (Audiovisual Sector Fund) for Matizar Filmes.

Marcelo Grabowsky

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1986, Marcelo Grabowsky is a screenwriter and director. In 2011, he created the production company Mirada Filmes, with his partners Aline Portugal and Julia De Simone, working as writer, director and producer in several projects. He directed the short fiction films “Privates Photos” (2020) and “Chlorine” (2014), and the feature documentary “Witness 4” (2011). His works have been in festivals like New York Film Festival, Frameline, Palm Springs ShortFest, Curtas Vila do Conde and Cinélatino de Toulouse among others.

Fernando Santos Diaz + Fernando Arturo Martinez Sosa (República Dominicana)
Fernando Santos Díaz

Producer of “Cocote”, winner of a gold leopard at the Locarno Festival, showing in San Sebastián, Rotterdam and Toronto, winning best Latin American film in Mar del Plata and Cartagena. Then produces “Liborio” directed by Nino Martínez Sosa, which had its world premiere at the Tiger Competition in Rotterdam, appearing at Ficunam, Goteborg, New Directors/New Films of New York.

Fernando Arturo Martinez Sosa

After being granted a scholarship to specialize in editing at the EICTV of Cuba, Fernando moves to Spain and begins a prolific career as an editor working in several awarded feature films and documentaries. He began his work as director/producer with the documentary “La Ventana de Nena”; and then directed “Liborio”, his first feature film that premiered in the Tiger Competition of Rotterdam and toured dozens of festivals around the world. He has taught classes and given lectures in many film schools and art centers. Since 2012 he’s member of the European Film Academy.

Federico Adorno (Paraguay)
Lux Perpetua
Federico Adorno

Carapeguá, 1982. Has studies in communication, theater and museology. His first feature film Boreal (2022), a coproduction between Paraguay and Mexico, has been awarded with Best Film at the Seattle Latino Film Festival and FAM de todos in Florianopolis; it has also received Special Mentions in Chile and Bolivia. La estancia (2014) and Isla Alta (2011) are highlights in his short films works.

Leandro Barneche + Félix Pérez (Uruguay)
Leandro Barneche

Director and producer based in Montevideo, has premiered the documentary series ¿Por que Uruguay?, Monumento de País, Génesis and the shortfilm Cuatro movimientos a orillas de un río, selected at various festivals arround the world. He is currently developing his new series Luthiers and his documentary feature Misioneros de Internet. He is coproducer of the film Euridice, far away (France-Uruguay 2020), and executive producer of Miami, short film by director Félix Perez.

Félix Pérez

Uruguayan director, screenwriter, and editor. Among his works, the short films “Cuento de Medianoche” and “La Postrera Sombra” stand out, which have been selected and awarded at various festivals. He is currently finishing his short film "Miami", which obtained funds from INCAU and Locaciones Canarias, and developing his first feature film "Adicción".

Federico Moreira + Rafael Antonaccio & Bernardo Antonaccio (Uruguay)
The sullen
Federico Moreira

Since 2016, Federico Moreira, has led LaMayorCine, the first sound post-production studio with Dolby 5.1 certification in Uruguay. They produced the films Utama by Alejandro Loayza, premired and winner at Sundance 2022, winner at Malaga, among others. On the other hand, Roofing by Paz Fabrega and La Hija by Alvaro Olmos Torrico in preproduction stage. The Sullen from Antonaccio brothers in the development stage.

Rafael Antonaccio & Bernardo Antonaccio

In the Quarry (2019), his debut feature, was commercially distributed worldwide and premiered at international festivals (among others SITGES, BIFAN, GRAMADO where won the Best Screenplay and Best Photography awards). They are currently developing projects such as Slaughtermen (Shooting scheduled for 2023, with the support of INCAU, FONA, IBERMEDIA, GUADALAJARA, TFL) and The Sullen, which is beginning its development in search of support.

Belén Revollo + Bruno Barreto (Argentina)
Belén Revollo

Film producer and Director, Photographer, Teacher. She participated in production and direction areas in various international productions. She was part of the staff of the Las Alturas International Film Festival. Tutor at ENERC NOA. Currently she post producing her documentary WACAY, MUJERES DEL TABACAL, recently awarded at Ventana Sur, and developing the fictional projects GALOPE and AÍDA, winners of numerous awards. In 2021 she founded the production company 30 Grados Cine.

Bruno Barreto

Cameraman, The Leading Actor (2017). Co-produces Menos Solos (2023). AD Siervo Ajeno (2021), Assistant Director Ángeles (2022). Develops the Documentary Los Regresos'. Winner of the FNA Creation Grant 2017, Walden Residence 2017. Doculab Alturas 2019. Develops as Director, Producer and screenwriter GALOPE Winner Raymundo Gleyzer 2021 INCAA. Winner LAB de las Alturas 2021- Winner of the FNA Creation Grant , Winner incentive MAFF 2022 Bolivia LAB.

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