Verónica Kompalic is a Venezuelan writer and painter currently based in Los Angeles. Raised between Southern Africa and South America, and with a degree from Chapman University in Film Studies and Post- Colonial and Revolutionary Studies, she focuses most of her scholarship work on postcolonial feminist discourse, with publications on the sexual transgression of Catherine Breillat’s work and the radical implications of the cinema of Mariana Rondon.
Verónica is currently finalizing a publication on the imminent New Wave of Venezuelan Cinema and the relationship between the politics of the current Venezuelan government and last 20 years of Venezuelan films. After 16 years of painting, Kompalic has focused most of her pictorial career in exploring the restrictive liberation of Venezuelan people. She is currently working at Film Independent in Los Angeles, and developing her second feature script on the effects of Catholic Colonization in Northern South America.
Esteban Zuluaga is a Colombian film producer based in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Multimedia and a Master of Fine Arts in Film and TV Producing from Chapman University. He has produced several awarded short films and documentaries which made him a finalist for the PGA Debra Hill Fellowship in 2018. One of his shorts, A Foreman, was a finalist for the 2017 Student Academy Awards, as well as screened at international film festivals such as Guadalajara International Film Fest (special jury mention) and HollyShorts (Panavision Future Filmmaker award). He assisted the Former President of The Academy of Motion Pictures, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for over a year and is currently working as a freelance producer for music videos, commercials, short films and branded content for both artists and brands.
Emiliana Ammirata is a Venezuelan independent filmmaker based in Los Angeles. After migrating to the United States as a teenager, she has made it her mission
to create impact based storytelling. Collectively, she has been supported by the Sundance Institute, ADOBE, La Biennale Di Venezia and the Impact Guild. Her current project, FRONTERA, explores the Venezuelan diaspora through the lens of a migrant. It has been supported by the Biennale, RYOT + Kaleidoscope’s DevLab, IFFR VR Days, VIFF, and produced by Emblematic Group.
Emiliana is also working on two Venezuelan features - La Causa (World Premiere, IDFA 2019) and ‘Patria y Muerte’, supported by Berlinale. In 2019, she produced numerous short films with Film Independent’s Project Involve Program as well as branded content with Gucci, VICE, and Garage Magazine. She is heavily influenced by her roots and hopes to make ground-breaking independent cinema that does not
Gia Rigoli is a filmmaker and producer with a primary focus on narrative features. At 22-years old, she produced her first feature film, Rock Steady Row, which world premiered at the 2018 Slamdance Film Festival where it took home the Narrative Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Narrative Film and was subsequently distributed by Gunpowder & Sky. Gia’s other feature credits include Salton Sea and Birds Without Feathers which are distributed by Epoch Films and Synergetic Films, respectively. Her films have screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. She graduated with a BFA in Creative Producing from Chapman University where her senior thesis film, Pasajeros en Trance, was a Student Academy Award Finalist. She is currently developing a feature-length documentary (mentored by Michael Apted) focusing
on the Arizona twin cities where she grew up on the US/Mexico border as well as numerous narrative feature films in various stages of development.
Gia was selected as a 2019 Berlinale Talents participant and a 2019 Project Involve Producing fellow where she was awarded the Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellowship. She is currently co-producing her first Virtual Reality Interactive experience, Frontera, that was selected to participate in the 2019 Biennale College Cinema VR and Venice Production Bridge. Gia works as a freelance producer in Los Angeles and has produced dozens of short films, music videos, and commercials including branded content with Gucci, Garage Magazine, and VICE. Gia hopes to continue making
films that focus on issues facing Latino community internationally and domestically