The Festival welcomes new members to the Selection Committee, restructures the international network and reshapes its Industry section.
In the Selection Committee, producer and programmer Violeta Bava (Argentina), programmer Javier Martín (Spain/France) and Swiss programmer Alice Riva join Emmanuel Chicon (France), who has been working in the film Selection Committee since 2010, and Rebecca De Pas (Italy/France/Czech Republic), who has been a member of the committee since 2019. Together with the Artistic Director, the Selection Committee is in charge of choosing short, medium-length and feature-length films for the competitions and for the other festival sections.
To further enhance the festival network, Visions du Réel has hired new international correspondents. Bruni Burres (USA) will become programme consultant for North America, Ellie Jo (South Korea) for Asia and Hicham Falah (Morocco) for the African continent. Together with Marina Drozdova (Russia), who has already been representing Visions du Réel in the Russian-speaking regions for many years, they will further anchor the festival in their respective world regions.
After many years of ground-breaking and highly successful management of the Industry division of Visions du Réel, Gudula Meinzolt has decided to hand over these tasks and dedicate more time to her work as a producer. Madeline Robert, who was a member of the festival’s Selection Committee from 2015 to 2020, succeeds her as Head of Industry, while Gudula Meinzolt will continue to accompany the festival as a Special Advisor.
Madeline Robert has been working for the Festival since 2015, as a member of the Selection Committee and special advisor to the Artistic Director. In 2012, she takes part in founding the Doc Corner, a space dedicated to documentary films within the Cannes Festival Film Market. She has also been Head of Africadoc for several years, a programme enhancing the development of creative documentaries on the African continent. In parallel, she has been an active producer with her company Les Films de la Caravane, recently co-producing Claire Simon’s documentary series The Village (20 episodes) and her latest feature-length film The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World (IDFA 2020).
She is involved in the France-based SVOD platform Tënk since its creation, is consultant for the Venice Critic’s Week and is a member of the CNC (French cinema institute) commission for the audiovisual support fund.
Alongside Madeline Robert and Gudula Meinzolt, Violeta Bava returns to her role as a Consultant to the Industry and Jasmin Basic, coordinator of the HEAD/ECAL Master’s in Cinema and producer, continues her work as Consultant and Member of the project Selection Committee.