They will decide the awards of the Festival’s 17th edition


  • Gabe Klinger, Joana Press, Cristián Jiménez, Rebecca de Pas and Elena Gozalo make up the festival’s oficial jury
  • The short film jury is made up of experts Marion Berger, Miguel Dias and Jorge Tur
  • The Canarias Cinema section, both in its feature and short film areas, will be valued by Javier H. Estrada, Marina Lanza and Joan Sala

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Monday, March 22, 2017.- Filmmaker Gabe Klinger, actress and director Joana Press, writer and director Cristián Jiménez, programmer Rebeca de Pas and producer and historian Elena Gozalo make up the jury in charge of valuing the thirteen feature films competing in the 17th Las Palmas de Gran Canaria International Film Festival’s official section. In addition to this, from next Friday March 31 (the festival’s opening), three specialists will judge the short films participating in the official section: programmer, writer, film critic and expert in Africa films Marion Berger; Curtas Vila do Conde International Film Festival’s director and programmer, Miguel Dias; and Jorge Tur, professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona’s master’s degree of Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary Making, and documentary maker.

The Canarias Cinema section also has a jury of three experts in charge of valuing the submitted works in the feature and short film categories: Javier H. Estrada, film critic in Caimán. Cuadernos de cine, teacher and film programmer; journalist and Culture-specialized publicist Marina Landa; and Joan Sala, editor in Filmin, a key portal for independent cinema in Spain, and Atlántida Film Fest’s programmer (whose contents are entirely offered online).

More about the official section’s jury:

Gabe Klinger, a Brazilian filmmaker, film studies teacher, programmer and writer, is the author of Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater (2013), awarded the Best Documentary on Cinema at the Venice Film Festival, and Porto (2016), produced by Jim Jarmusch and starred by Anton Welchin, which has been screened at the San Sebastian Film Festival, the BFI London Film Festival, SXSW, CHP: PIX, among others, and that will be screened at the Festival within the Panorama section.

Joana Preiss is a theater and film actress, singer, performance artist and director. Since 1993, she participated for ten years in Pascal Rambert (Gilgamesh / Antoine & Cleopâtre, etc.) and Eleonore Weber’s shows (Vivre une vie vivable n’a rien d’une question vaine). She has also appeared in films by Christophe Honoré, My Mother (Ma mère, 2004) and Dans Paris (2006), by Olivier Assayas, Clean (2004), Noise and Boarding Gate (2007), and by Antoine Barraud, Le dos rouge (2014), among other. Her first feature film as a director is Siberia ―a mixture of art, documentary and self-fiction. She is currently working on her next film, related to the bullfighting world.

A sociologist by training, Chilean Cristián Jiménez has directed both feature and short films. His last film, Vida de familia (2017), codirected with Alicia Scherson, premiered at Sundance. Before that, he wrote and directed La voz en off (2014, premiered at San Sebastian’s official section), Bonsái (premiered at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section) and Ilusiones ópticas (2009, also premiered at San Sebastian, within the Horizontes Latinos section). He had previously directed several short films, among which El Tesoro de los caracoles (2004) stands out.

Rebecca De Pas started working for festivals in 2004, in the Cineteca di Bologna. In 2009, she joined the selection committee of the Marseille’s International Film Festival (FIDMarseille), and also became copresident of the FID Lab, the international coproduction platform. She is currently a member of the selection committee of the Berlinale’s Talents, where she also works as an adviser for the participant producers. She has been art director of the Journées Cinématographiques Dionysiennes, and has collaborated with La Roche sur Yon IFF, the Venice Festival, the Riviera Maya Film Festival and the Paris Environmental Film Festival.

The fifth member of the international jury is Elena Gozalo, a teacher, documentary maker and producer. She practices these last two jobs in ETB Euskal Telebista, from where she has coordinated the channel’s participation in many feature films and documentaries for television. She has taken part in fiction, animated and documentary films. The following titles stand out for their awards and public success: Ocho apellidos vascos, Loreak, Psiconautas, La herida, Acantilado, Zipi y zape y el club de la canica, Amerikanuak, Bertsolari, Pura vida, Walls, The Last Passage or Gernika.

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