Filmmaking Seminar

In this year’s edition of Doclisboa’s Film-making Seminar, designed in collaboration with UnionDocs Center for Documentary Art, we will explore radical film-making practices through collectively built research and conversation.

Four open dialogues will engage the work of artists presented at Doclisboa’20. Selected participants will come together to react to and unpack the work of the invited film-makers. All will be encouraged to combine knowledge, raise questions and share epiphanies to guide our thinking on the abundance of compelling images and sounds we are encountering together.

We’ll cooperatively deconstruct preconceptions and find useful ways to approach the relevant questions and meaningful insights that these films have to offer.
Together we’ll compile highlights from these dialogues and publish a small series of short essayistic responses that will capture the group’s shared learning from these collaborative sessions.

OCT 24 (sat) / OCT 25 (sun) / OCT 31 (sat) / NOV 1 (sun)

The seminar will be held online and in English, with no translation
The participation is restricted to selected participants
Sessions will be recorded and excerpts may be included in the final collaborative outcome


Ana Elena Tejera
Panamanian film director and actress. She studied psychology, performing arts and documentary film-making. She specialised in screenwriting, found footage and film restoration at the School of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Madrid. She later worked on the restoration of part of Panama’s film archive at the Catalonia Cinematheque. Her first feature film, Panquiaco (2020), premiered at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

Daniel Kotter
Film-maker and musical theatre director. His works combine experimental film techniques with performative and documentary elements. They have been shown worldwide at numerous film and video art festivals, in galleries, theatres and concert halls. He is currently working on a series of spatial performances and 360° films on the landscape and social consequences of the extractive industry in Germany, West Papua, DR Congo and Estonia.

Mike Hoolboom
Mike Hoolboom began making movies in 1980. Making as practice, a daily application. Ongoing remixology. 100+ movies, many redacted. Since 2000 a steady drip of bio docs. The animating question of community: how can I help you? Interviews with media artists for three decades. 30 books, written, edited, co-edited. Local ecologies. Volunteerism. Opening the door.

Tatiana Mazú González
Documentary and experimental film director and visual artist. Feminist activist who once wanted to be a biologist or geographer. Today, her imaginary explores the links between people and spaces, microscopic and immense, personal and political, childhood and darkness. Directed, among others, Río Turbio (official selection at FIDMarseille 2020, where it won the Georges de Beauregard International Award) and Caperucita roja (2019).


Cristina Rubio
Has a degree in journalism (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona) and in Hispanic philology (University of Barcelona), and attended the master degree in creative documentary at the Pompeu Fabra University, where she pursues a doctorate in communication with a thesis on documentary film. Has worked for several written and audiovisual media, and has managed several academic and institutional projects.

Lúcia Salas
Argentinian film critic, programmer, film-maker and translator. Co-editor of La vida útil magazine. Writes for several publications. Worked in several film festivals and is on the selection committee at Berlin’s Critic’s Week and the pre-selection committee in Documenta Madrid. Studied image and sound design at the University of Buenos Aires, aesthetics and politics at CalArts, and is currently a PhD candidate at the Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona.

Nicolás Carrasco
Director, producer, programmer and film critic from Peru. Participated in the Locarno Summer Academy (2015), Berlinale Talents Buenos Aires (2016) and Flaherty Seminar (2019). Published articles in IndieWire, Desistfilm, La vida útil and Ventana Indiscreta. Programmer at MUTA – International Festival of Audiovisual Appropriation (2017-2018). Worked in films by Carlos Benvenuto, Ezequiel Acuña, Enrique Méndez, Pablo Polanco and Álvaro Luque, among others.

Pedro Tinen
Film programmer, researcher and critic. Brazilian programmes coordinator at the São Paulo Short Film Festival. Member of the selection committees at the Mix Brazil Festival and the Ecofalante Environmental Film Festival. Member of the selection committee at the 2020 Busan International Short Film Festival (South Korea). Director of the Brazilian Association of Documentary and Short Film Directors between 2016 and 2018. Member of the Brazilian Society of Film Studies.