The Guadalajara International Film Festival (FICG), in its 32nd edition, presents the International Jury of its Premio Maguey official section, which celebrates its sixth edition this year.
Premio Maguey showcases the best of Queer/LGBTTTI cinema (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, transvestite and intersexual) in the world. A total of 14 movies are part of this year’s Official Competitive Selection, which will contend for the Premio Maguey for Best Film –and Honorable Mention- chosen by the Jury.
The personalities that make up the Ich Liebe Premio Maguey Jury come from Germany, Argentina, Canada, Chile and the United States, and cover several areas within the global film industry such as journalism, direction, cinematography, screenwriting, social responsibility and market.
Veteran journalist Anne Thompson is Editor at Large at Indiewire. She has been a contributor to the New York Times, Washington Post, The London Observer, and Wired. She has served as film columnist at Variety, and deputy editor of Variety.com, where she launched her daily blog, Thompson on Hollywood, in March 2007. Anne was the Deputy Film Editor at The Hollywood Reporter, West Coast Editor of Premiere, Senior Writer at Entertainment Weekly, and West Coast Editor for Film Comment. She wrote the film industry column "Risky Business" for L.A. Weekly and the Los Angeles Times syndicate. A graduate of the Department of Cinema Studies at New York University, she has taught film criticism at USC and hosts the fall semester of "Sneak Previews" for UCLA Extension.
Filmmaker, photographer, writer and artist
Along with a number of short films, Bruce La Bruce has written and directed nine feature films, including Pierrot Lunaire, which won the Teddy Award Special Jury Prize at the Berlinale in 2014. As a visual artist he is represented by Peres Projects in Berlin, and has had numerous gallery shows around the world. LaBruce has written and directed three theatrical works at the Hau Theater in Berlin. He has also written a premature memoir called The Reluctant Pornographer (1998), and a more recent one called Porn Diaries: How To Succeed in Hardcore Without Really Trying (2016), and has had two books published about his work: Ride, Queer, Ride and Bruce(x)ploitation. In addition, he has contributed to a variety of international magazines, newspapers and websites as both a writer and photographer, including Index Magazine, Vice, The National Post and The Guardian UK.
Executive Director CinemaChile
Constanza Arena has a degree in Aesthetics from PUC and is an Audiovisual Communicator. She worked independently in film and publicity, and later joined Public Television (TVN), in which for 7 years she had several responsibilities, including the acquisition of packaged contents and the analysis of international programmatic trends. She currently is Executive Director of CinemaChile, the sectoral label of Chilean film and audiovisual production. This public-private initiative has been recognized as the sector’s exports platform, coordinating the presence of films, authors and producers in the main markets and global festivals, such as Cannes, Berlin and San Sebastian, among others.
Javier Van de Couter
Director and screenwriter
Javier Van de Couter is a theater, film and television writer and director. His debut film, Mía (2011), received several international accolades, including the Premio Maguey for best film at the 27th Guadalajara International Film Festival. He wrote –with director Anahi Bernero- the film Aire Libre (2014), in competition at the 62nd Donostia Zinemaldia San Sebastian Film Festival, and collaborated with her on the script for Alanis, currently in post-production. He directed the TV miniseries La celebración (2014), which was nominated as best fiction at the International Emmy Awards. He is also author of the miniseries Historia de un clan (2015). He is currently working on his second film project, 7:35AM, chosen as best project in the V Europe-Latin American Co-Production Forum at the San Sebastian Film Festival.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Michael Lopez was most recently HBO’s Director Corporate Social Responsibility, where he oversaw its sponsorship portfolio including film festivals, diversity talent development programs and non-profits. Prior to HBO, Michael worked at Film Independent, the non-profit film organization that produces the L.A. Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards, where he served in various roles including Director Diversity and Director Strategic Partnerships, where he secured funding for the Project Involve Short Films program and developed an artistic cultural exchange program between Los Angeles and Cuba filmmakers. He then joined FIND, Film Independent's diversity mentorship program. Over the past 15 years Lopez has worked in various capacities for non-profits such as the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the Williams Institute at UCLA, the Liberty Hill Foundation and Rock the Vote.
Journalist and film critic
Berlin-based freelance journalist and film critic writing for various newspapers and magazines in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, including daily newspapers Berliner Morgenpost, Tageszeitung and Die Welt, film magazines Ray, Indiekino and German Films Quarterly, art magazine Monopol, Austrian public radio FM4, as well as several queer magazines like Mannschaft, Winq, Männer and Blu. He received his M.A. in film studies from the Free University in Berlin. He is a member of Fipresci, the German Film Critics Association VdFk and the US based gay entertainment critics association GALECA. Over the years, he served on various juries including the festivals in Berlin (Fipresci), Cannes (Queer Palm) and Lisbon (Queer Lisboa). He also works for the European Film Academy and is a member of the selection committee of the Jewish Film Festival Berlin Brandenburg.