Chiara Ronchini was born as an editor, but in recent years she has been experimenting as a director following her passions and intuitions.
She researches archive material, reasoning on the re-signification of footage as a tool for political, anthropological and cultural reflection on contemporaneity.
Her writing for images is guided by a feminist gaze attentive to grasp the complexity of the stories she composes and tells.
Among her latest works as editor, and director – together with Steve Della Casa – “BULLI & PUPE, a sentimental story of the 50s” (2018) and NESSUNO CI PUÒ GIUDICARE (2017), winner of a Silver Ribbon, her last work “Giovanna, stories from a voice” will be presented during the 39th Torino Film Festival.
Nessuno ci può giudicare – (co-direction with Steve Della Casa) – 2017
Bulli & Pupe, a sentimental journey of the 50s – (co-direction with Steve Della Casa) – 2018
She is a filmmaker and visual artist working between narrative, non-fiction film and moving image art.
Her work has been featured at the Locarno Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Torino Film Festival, Harvard Art Museum, and Film at Lincoln Center among other venues. She has participated in residency programs and workshops in Europe and the United States, and her work has been supported by the Roberto Cimetta Fund, the Valletta 2018 Foundation and New York State Council for the Arts among others. She has been a featured artist at the Mediterranea 18 Biennale and the Syros International Film Festival.
In addition to her solo career, she has also produced work as part of the artistic duo Nusquam, dedicated to critical interrogations of Mediterranean geographies, histories and identities.
She holds an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (US), an MA from the University of Provence (FR), and a BA in Philosophy from Alma Mater Studiorum, Bologna (IT). In 2019-20 she was a participant in the Whitney Independent Study Program – Studio Program. She teaches filmmaking at School of Visual Arts and Wagner College in New York City.
She studied photography, film and creative documentary.
She is a freelance photographer and filmmaker. Her work transits between documentation, art, activism and the vision of the world that surrounds her through images. His audiovisual career combines various fields such as photography, documentary film, real-time visuals (vj), audiovisual scenography, flipcopes, underwater camera, birth filming and super 8, in a continuous flow between the intimate and the public, the day to day and the event prepared, generating common places in a continuum of visions that end up intertwining and drawing a common place.
She is part of the Gracia Territori Sonor team (LEM festival), an International Meeting of Experimental Music of Gràcia-Barcelona with a history of 26 years of existence, a collaborator in El observatorio de Video No Identificado – OVNI, a research project that focuses on the analysis and critic of contemporary culture, and at Donestech, a group that investigates and intervenes in the field of women and new technologies. She has collaborated with the Cooperativa de Técniques, a feminist self-employment project.
La Pinya – 2021 (editing)
Identidades híbridas – 2019 (Exibithion Goethe Institute Bcn)
Postals Sonores – 2018
Foliscopis – 2015
Subacuatics mums – 2014
Fibonacci Project – Barcelona 2009 (Audiovisual scenography)
The Unidentified Frame Observatory (OVNI, “Observatori de Vídeo No Identificat” in Catalan) has been a resident research project at the Center of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB) for almost three decades. OVNI’s activities are structured thematically and aim at encouraging and enabling a critique of contemporary culture and society, using strategies based on the expansive and heterodox use of video as a medium. OVNI has always chosen to avoid prefabricated models and formats, approaching research as a daring quest for knowledge in the contemporary world. In the era of serialized images, OVNI speaks of things as yet “unidentified”, of the unforeseen, and of that which ventures into the unknown.
The OVNI archives record and document three decades spanning from analogue video to digital video in the era of “social” media. The archives are the result of the various thematic research projects carried out over the years: a constellation of works that differ from one another but share a commitment to freedom of expression and reflect on our individual and collective fears and pleasures. OVNI has achieved its purposes also thanks to its publicly accessible archives, to its touring thematic programmes, and to the many workshops and educational activities and screenings. The complete archive (currently 2,158 titles) is permanently available for public viewing at the CCCB. An online version of the archive (currently 1,281 titles) has been available since 2003. In 2004, the archives won the prestigious National Cultural Heritage Prize awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya.
The Observatory has preferred to steer away from one-off events. Instead, it has focused on developing close ties with filmmakers and artists, and on building a stable knowledge infrastructure in Barcelona through various projects, also in collaboration with MACBA (Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art). Special emphasis has been put on gender equality, promoting works and research by women. In particular, the collaboration with Drac Magic and The Festival de les Dones has allowed to develop even further the issues of gender equality and women in cinema.
Streamthingsis a startup created in April 2020 to push forward the boundaries of the cinematic and audiovisual content available online. Streamthings manages streeen.org, a streaming service offering a wide selection of arthouse and independent movies curated in partnership with the no profit association Streeen-Lab. The Streamthings staff handles the entire online distribution process, from acquisition to publication and promotion.
In the last year, Streamthings has hosted several events and festivals that decided to migrate online due to the pandemic. This allowed the Italian and international audience to have access to programs that normally have limited space in the regular Italian theaters and that often focus on marginalised communities. The promotion of socially and artistically significant movies by female directors, as well as of productions working towards an attentive representation of the LGTBQ+ community, is a major goal of Streamthings’ editorial strategy.
Rosa Kadın Derneği is a no profit association active in the city of Diyarbakır (South East Turkey) since 2018. The association carries out activities related and promoting gender equality as well as women’s empowerment through a number of collaborations with other institutions, such as local government institutions, trade unions, cultural institutions, lawyers’ associations, etc. Rosa Kadın Derneği works in collaboration with the Diyarbakır Network for combating violence against women: BARO Women’s Rights Center, BARO LGBTI+ Commission, TTB (Turkish Medical Association), KESK Components, TMMOB Women’s Commission, İHD –Human Rights Association, Amed Women’s Commission, BARO Child Rights Center, DAKP (Dicle Amed Women’s Platform), Women Are Strong Together, THRESHOLD (Women’s Platform for Equality).
Several of Rosa Kadın Derneği’s activities focus on Women’s Cinema. The association promotes the activities of female filmmakers, producers and scriptwriters on a yearly basis and organises workshops, seminars and courses on cinema for young women. In 2020 Rosa Kadın Derneği has also co-organised the Filmmoor Women’s Festival (http://filmmor.org/en/).
With an educational background in the fields of Fine Arts and Anthropology, she develops her artistic practice exploring the world of re-presentation, hybridizing the two fields.
She has been resident in different art centres such as Can Xalant, Sant Andreu Contemporani, Waaw, Villa Abdelllatif, BLITZ, or Townhouse.
She participated in numerous collective exhibitions; Post-it City, Casual Cities (CCCB), Mulier, Mulieris 7-9 (MUA), Biennial de Valls 2103 (Valls), Extralocal (AVic), What can we do? (Can Felipa), Inverted Time (Can Felipa), A Dilemma (Arts Santa Monica), Gran Angular (Fabra and Coats), Translocations (Arts Santa Monica), Puebla International Biennial of Video (Mexico), Play off (Málaga), TIVA 16 International Video Art Exhibition Of the National Museum of Taiwan (Taiwan), Women are the ones watching (Buenos Aires), Anti-Spain. ABM (Madrid), The Art of Getting Lost in the City, Gudran (Alexandria), 1st International Biennial of Lagos (Nigeria), Transformer (Malta), Salam London (London).
Her films screened in various film festivals such as Ethnocineca (Vienna), Festival of Migrant Film (Slovenia), Migrant Cinema (Barcelona), Chouftouhonna (Tunisia); Bangalore Short film Fest (India), Intermediaciones (Colombia) or the Sharjah Film Platform (United Arab Emirates).
Winner of the 2015 Ciudad de Valls Award. (Guasch-Corantny Biennial), Second prize Julio Antonio Biennial 2019 and the Girona Biennial 2019 Award.
Her work is represented in the collections of the Valls Museum, the Art Fund of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Civit Collection, the Diputación de Tarragona, A.A.R.C. from Algeria and the Cal Cego Collection.
Pilar Monsell is a filmmaker, artist, editor, and researcher. She studied Creative Documentary Film at the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (2007) and is currently based in Madrid, where she carries out artistic and audiovisual projects for both television and cinema using some registers, from film-essay to documentary through cinema experimental or memory and archive film.
Pilar Monsell’s first film Distancias (Distances, 28 min) was premiered in 2008 at the 49th Festival dei Popoli in Florence, where it won the Audience Award. It then toured to numerous international festivals. In 2009, Pilar joined the Laboratory of Documentary Creation run by the Play Doc – International Documentary Festival in Tui, where she is directing a portrait that has being filmed between 2009-2013.
In 2012, she completed the short film Pan, Trabajo y Libertad (Bread, Work and Freedom, 26 min) premièred at Doc Lisboa 2012 International Film Festival and she participates also in the french collective cinema project 100jours, directing the short film + 46 (6 min). In 2013, she got Manuel Cintra Ferreira Fellow from the Doc’s Kingdom International Documentary Cinema Seminar, directing the short film Vulcão (11 min).
In 2014, her first feature film África 815 premièred at Doc Lisboa with which she toured then to others festivals where she won: Distribution Award Premio Festival Márgenes 2014, Best Feature Documentary Zinegoak 2014, Nomination to ASECAN 2014 as First Film and Best Documentary Film, Panorama Award at L’Alternativa Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona 2015 Special Jury Mention at CEMEDOC 2015 (Mexico). She is currently in the postproduction stage of her next short film Dos sueños después and in the developing stage of her next feature film Nisaiyat.
She has a BA in Audiovisual Communication (UMA), a Diploma in Artistic Photography (San Telmo, Málaga) and a Masters in Creative Documentary (UPF, Barcelona). She works as a filmmaker and collaborates usually in the working process of several other as editor, producer and developer. In 2014, she co-founded Laboratorio Reversible (Barcelona), a collective project related to analog cinema creation and experimentation. From 2016, she works as a documentary film mentor in Madrid School of Cinema ECAM.
She graduated in Communication Sciences and cinema (FCSH, Universidade Nova de Lisboa) and received a Master in Documentary of Creation (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona). She has been based in Barcelona since 2001.
Her last film, Tiempos de Deseo (2020), had its premiere at L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona and at Doclisboa International Film Festival. Her first film, A Casa Que Eu Quero (2010, co-directed with Joana Frazão), a production of Terratreme Filmes (Lisbon) was selected to represent Portugal in DocEuropa II and screened at États Généraux du Film Documentaire, Lussas – France; Panorama – Muestra de Documental Portugués; and Retrospectiva de Cinema Portugués, Warsaw – Poland, among others. In 2016 she directed the documentary Arreta (co-directed with María Zafra), which premiered at the Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona and was selected for the Festival de Cine Documental Alcances, l’Alternativa – Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona, Festival Márgenes, Festival Zinegoak (Premio Lesbianismo y Género), Festival Cinespaña Toulouse, etc.
She made several short films, such as O Peso do Horizonte (made at the Research Residency Filmar a Paisagem, Azores, 2011), F(r)icciones entre eltrabajo y la vida (a production Soy Cámara-CCCB, 2017) and Vecines (a production Laboratorio Reversible).
Founding member of the Association of film experimentation in Analog Cinema, Laboratorio Reversible (Barcelona, 2014), she is part of the content team of the Audiovisual Media Promoter Cooperativa, Drac Màgic (Barcelona) and she has specialized in film education and audiovisual culture with a feminist perspective.
Film Director and film researcher, Giulia Cosentino graduated in cinema and visual arts in Rome. After that, she gets an international master in Audio-visual and Cinema Studies at La Sorbonne Nouvelle in Paris and the Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, with a specialization in archive research. Currently, she is based in Rome, working as assistant director, screenwriter, archive reasercher and collaborating with the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia – Sede Sicilia.