Born in Portugal, Cíntia Gil studied at the Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema (Lisbon Theatre and Film School) and holds a degree in Philosophy from the Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto (Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Porto). Since 2012, Cíntia Gil served as the director of Doclisboa, Portugal’s most important and steadily expanding documentary film festival. Gil has curated a variety of contemporary and historical film series, retrospectives, and exhibitions. In addition, she has been a member of the executive board of Apordoc – Associação pelo Documentário, the Portuguese documentary film association since 2015. Gil, whose texts have appeared in numerous publications on philosophy and art, is also a regular guest at panel discussions and conferences, and on international festival juries such as Berlinale, Mar del Plata, FIDMarseille among others.
Martina Valentina Baumgartner
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Discovered her love for film and stories at an early age, went on to study architecture and then pursued her passion, working as an art director i.a. for such films as BARBARA, DAS KLEINE GESPENST and ME AND KAMINSKI. In recent years, she has been heavily involved in film production as a freelancer for companies such as POLA PANDORA, MATCH FACTORY PRODUCTIONS and AMUSEMENT PARK FILM. In 2015, she launched BAUMI AWARD, which she has been overseeing ever since and in 2018 she started working with NIPKOW PROGRAM where she is engaged with film, coordination, people and stories simultaneously. And it's always curious to filter reality through films.
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Born in Alba (Italy) in 1970, he moved to Turin in 1989 where he studied Philosophy, Human Sciences and Film History at the Università di Torino. In 1999 he starts the collaboration with the Torino Film Festival where in 2005 he becomes the curator of the Italian Competitions (Short Films and Documentaries). Three years later he creates a new section devoted to international documentaries in the attempt of introducing the most interesting and relevant films from a very specific and cinematic perspective in Italy: TFFdoc.
From 2002 until 2009 he’s been programmer of Turin GLBT FIlm Festival for which is also edited several retrospectives – in particular the one dedicated to Fassbinder, those about queer cinema in the arabic word, the spaghetti western, and “j-ender: big bang love in japan” – and tributes to Alain Guiraudie, and Adolfo Arrieta.
From 2015 to 2018 he directed Doclisboa with Cíntia Gil. He’s still collaborating with Doclisboa curating for the 2019 edition the retrospective dedicated to Jocelyne Saab.