Member of Visions du Réel’s selection committee since 2007, Emmanuel Chicon has been a journalist, a documentary film critic and has produced several radio documentaries. He is currently member of La Fabrique documentaire, and of Sans Canal Fixe, another association active in the local distribution of documentary cinema. Since 2012, he also collaborates with the Agence régionale du Centre pour le livre, l'image et la culture numérique (CICLIC) organising directing and editing workshops within the University.
After graduating in cinema studies with a dissertation on “Eurimages and the New European Cinema” Rebecca De Pas started working for festivals in 2004, at the Bologna Film Archive. After different experiences in Italy, France and Spain, in 2009, she joined FID Marseille where she served for 11 years as programmer as well as co-head of the FID Lab, the international co-production platform. In 2018 she became program advisor for the Viennale. In the past she has been in the selection committee of the Berlinale Talents, mentor for the Feature Expanded Training Program, artistic director of the Journées Cinématographiques Dionysiennes, manager of the training program Ex Oriente Film and she collaborated in the programming of La Roche sur Yon IFF, as matchmaker for the Orizzonti section of the Venice IFF, the Riviera Maya Film Festival in Mexico and the Environmental Film Festival of Paris.
Based in Geneva, Elena López Riera has been a member of the selection committee of Entrevues-Belfort Festival since 2016 and consultant for the European Film Festival of Sevilla. She holds a PHD in Audiovisual Communication and has taught in the Universities of Geneva, Carlos III in Madrid, Valencia, Gerona and in the International Centre for Contemporary Culture Tabakalera. She has published many articles on cinema and comparative literature. She is a founding member of the collective lacasinegra, she is also a director and a scriptwriter.
Born in Switzerland, Giona A. Nazzaro is the General Delegate of Venice's International Film Critics' Week. Film critic, journalist and programmer, he writes for Il Manifesto, Rumore and FilmTV. Author of many books and essays about cinema and music. He has been working for the Festival Cinema Giovani di Torino, the Festival dei Popoli, the Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma, and the Festival del film Locarno.
After having worked for a number of festivals, Madeline Robert now dedicates her career to documentary films. She has settled in the Village Documentaire in Lussas (France) where she was head of Africadoc, before joining Ardèche Images Production. In 2011, she cofounded the production company Les Films de la Caravane. She also takes part in organising the Doc Corner at the Cannes Film Market. At Visions du Réel, she coordinated the programming of the 2015 edition, before joining the selection committee the following year.
Alice Riva is a programmer and film exhibitor of the movie theatre Spoutnik in Geneva since 2015. She graduated from the department of cinema of HEAD – Geneva. In 2018 she worked for Locarno Pro (Industry Office) at the Locarno Film Festival. In September 2019, she joined the teaching team of the Master of Arts in Cinema of HEAD/ÉCAL. She also worked on various movie sets such as Cemetery of Splendour by Apichatpong Weerasethakul as behind-the-scenes assistant.