Luciana De Mello

Luciana De Mello is the mother of Iona and Romeo.

She is a writer, film scriptwriter and Afro-indigenous cultural journalist born in Argentina in 1979.

She co-founded the reading and writing workshop at the Devoto Prison University Center, Buenos Aires, and coordinated reading workshops and writing for addicts in recovery in peripheral neighborhoods of the city of Buenos Aires through the Ernesto Sábato Foundation.

Since 2007 she has been writing about literature, feminism and queer culture for the Argentine newspaper Página 12

She is the author of the novel Mandinga de amor (Seix Barral, 2016) and co-author of  Ninguna calle termina en la esquina -Historias que se leen y se escriben en la cárcel  – (FILO:UBA, 2016).

She co-wrote the script for the film El Suplente (Diego Lerman, 2022) about public education in marginal neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. 

She is part of the Mandacarú publishing house, which translates and publishes Afro-descendant cis and trans Portuguese-speaking writers from Brazil, Africa and Portugal. 

Currently, she is finishing her second novel and working alongside contemporary dancer Lola Vera on an investigation into dance and writing. She has lived in Belfast since 2022.

Lisa Çalan at Kerala International Film Festival

Kurdish filmmaker Lisa Çalan received Spirit of Cinema Award at Kerala International Film Festival
Kurdish filmmaker Lisa Çalan received the Spirit of Cinema Award at the Kerala International Film Festival (IFFK) in India for her short film The Language of the Mountains.
Kurdish filmmaker Lisa Çalan received the Spirit of Cinema Award at the 26th Kerala International Film Festival (IFFK) in India for her short film Zimanê Çîya (The Language of the Mountains). The artist received the award from Pinarayi Vijayan, the head of government of the state of Kerala in south-west India. At the ceremony, the left-wing politician paid tribute to Çalan for using the medium of cinema for “social change” to fight against oppression and authoritarianism. This award, presented for the first time, is also intended to recognize the festival’s commitment to the equality and advancement of women and the fight against misogyny in Indian cinema, according to Vijayan.
“We Kurdish women are against patriarchy and any kind of gender-based violence. Cinema is a revolutionary medium of expression. It should be provocative,” said Lisa Çalan, as usual combative, after an acknowledgment in which she named Rosa Luxemburg, Simone de Beauvoir and Karl Marx as her sources of inspiration. “I never stopped defying the system. I have come a long way to accept this award. My story is long too.”
Lisa Çalan
Lisa Çalan was born in Amed (Diyarbakır) in 1987 to a family of ten children. Her childhood was shaped by the state repression of Kurdish society in Turkey. After graduating from high school, she refused to attend a Turkish university because she demanded education in her native language, Kurdish. Instead, she studied film at the Aram Tigran Conservatory, which was founded in 2010 by the then Amed city government. The Conservatory only lived six years. With the first “blow against Kurdish local politics”, the conservatory was closed by State order in 2016.
During the two years she spent at the conservatory, Lisa Çalan got closer to the stories of Kurdistan and her perspective shifted to the struggle of Kurdish women. She was inspired by the villages and towns she visited and began collaborating on political documentaries about war events and the forced displacement of the Kurdish population. She later worked at the Amed Film Academy and took part in various festivals with the projects that were created there.
Victim of Islamic State attack
On 5 June 2015, just two days before the parliamentary elections in Turkey, a bomb by a mercenary belonging to the Islamic State known to the police exploded in Amed on Istasyon station square in the midst of a large HDP rally. Just like the HDP’s election campaign, the rally was held under the slogan “For the great mankind. Five people – Ramazan Yıldız, Necati Kurul, Şehmuz Kaçan, Civan Arslan and Ali Türkmen died in the bomb attack, hundreds more people were injured, sixteen of them seriously. Lisa Çalan was one of them. She lost both legs in the attack.
I survived it
“I survived, but I had to put my film projects on hold for a few years,” Çalan said in her speech at the Kerala Festival. “But now I’m fully recovered and full of energy.” During the rehabilitation process, Çalan also began to become more involved as an activist again and to work more for women’s liberation and the victims of ISIS crimes. Her film Zimanê Çîya deals with the topics of assimilation, the ban on the Kurdish language in Turkey and the diverse reprisals by the Turkish state against the Kurds. Lisa Çalan expressed her special thanks to the Kurdish women fighting ISIS.”
Lisa Çalan presented Zimanê Çîya at an event organised within the Venice Film Festival in September 2021 and is one of the women directors taking part in the Eurimages (the cultural support fund of the Council of Europe) sponsored project Purple Meridians, that bring together 18 women directors from Kurdistan-Turkey, Catalunya-Spain and Italy.

Chiara Ronchini

Roma, 1976

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

Giovanna, stories from a voice – 2021

Mariangela Ciccarello

Benevento, 1983

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.


Calypso – 2021, 46’

Sublunary (with Philip Cartelli) – 2019, 21’

Battleground – 2017, 7’

My Little Napoli – 2016, 15’

Lampedusa (with Philip Cartelli) – 2015, 13’

Lili Marsans

Barcelona 1978

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)

Caja Cerrada – 2008 (Assistant director/2nd camera/edit)

Fotopsia-Aérica – 2005 (Vj)

Mun2uterinos – 2003



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.


Streamthings is a startup created in April 2020 to push forward the boundaries of the cinematic and audiovisual content available online. Streamthings manages, 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

Rosa Kadın Derneği

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 (

Ro Caminal

Barcelona, 1966

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.


Miratges – 2021

Promeses – 2021

Dystopian concrete – 2021

Els ocells cantaven malgrat feia fred – 2019

Estos lodos – 2019

In limbus – 2019

Si je te vol la mer – 2018

Everfolding – 2017

Unfolding Penelope – 2017

Ship of fools – 2016

Hook a boat – 2016

Moi, un noir, reloaded – 2015

Interferencias (series) – 2013

Hearts of rice (series) – 2011

TMB L-64 – 2009

Domingos de azul y amarillo – 2008

Pilar Monsell

Córdoba, 1979 

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.


Una revuelta sin imágenes – 2020

Dos sueños después – 2017

África 815 – 2014

Pan, trabajo y libertad – 2012

Distancias – 2008