Adriana Trujillo (norteña de Tijuana) filmmaker and programmer. Her artistic practice includes the production and research in media with emphasis in hybrid forms of contemporary cinema, experimental video and found footage. She is founder and artistic director of BorDocs Documentary Forum, a binational platform for non-fiction in the San Diego (USA)-Tijuana (MX) border region. She co-produced projects internationally with the USA, Finland, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Spain. Director and programmer of Cine Tonalá Tijuana from 2016-2020. Editor of the book Documentary Film in the North of México. She has received fellowships and productions grants from: The National Program for Art and Mexican Institute of Cinematography IMCINE, Baja California Cultural Institute and the National System of Art Creators (SNCA) Adriana is an alumnus of Autonomous University of Barcelona where she received her MFA in Creative Documentary with a scholarship from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA). She was selected by Berlinale Docs Station in 2016, Emerging Producer Ji.hlava Film Festival 2017, and Ibermedia Scriptwriters Program in Lima, Peru (2018). Her latest exhibitions include: Being Here With You/ Estando Aquí Contigo MCASD, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (2021) and Occupy Thirdspace II: Plástica y palabra en TJ/SD (2022).Currently she is programmer for San Diego Latino Film Festival and Artistic Director of Cinema Parallels in the Balkans.
Luis Martinez is a Colombian Uruguayan filmmaker & podcaster who grew up in both South America and New York but now calls San Diego his home. His production company 2AMBurrito has made 2 feature SAG films as well as several shorts that have had festival runs and his films “Slap Worthy”, “El Ladron de Bicicletas” and his short doc “Oscar’s Story” have all been screened at previous SDLFF editions. His podcasts Mi Gente Show and Fireside Chats with Big Chief Burrito have over 50k downloads across multiple platforms and he has been part of the SDLFF curating team for the last few years focusing on finding unique Latino comedies for his “Hay Que Reirse” comedy showcase. The showcase is meant as a counter balance to the more serious and important films that make up the festival due to our location and audience and tries to bring some much needed levity alongside those films. Along with curating the showcase Luis will be previewing films and showcases and streaming with live events and interviews leading up to and during the festival to promote filmmakers and other curators thru MiGenteShow
Yakira is a film programmer for the San Diego Latino Film Festival. It is her passion and goal to create spaces and strive for inclusion for underrepresented storytellers and communities in film and television. Before becoming a programmer, she served as Box Office Associate and Theater Manager for SDLFF. Her professional experience includes Box Office Management for Sundance Film Festival, and Theater Management for San Diego International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival and Tucson Cine Mexico.
María Paula Lorgia will act as the new lead film curator for MACSD’s acclaimed and long running San Diego Latino Film Festival. María is a researcher and curator of film and visual arts with a Master of Arts in Media Studies with an emphasis in Documentary Studies from The New School University in New York City. She currently works as Creative Director at the Tulpa audiovisual platform. She is also a film professor at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities of the Universidad de los Andes and works as a programming advisor for the Sheffield Doc Festival in England and Anibia-Animation Film Festival in Colombia. She worked for nine years at the Cinemateca de Bogotá, Colombia, as head programmer where she programmed retrospectives of filmmakers such as Barbara Hammer, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Roberto Minervini, Sarah Maldoror, Monika Treut, Luis Ospina among others. She has been part of the jury for the Teddy Award at the Berlinale-Berlin International Film Festival, the Dortmund Women’s Film Festival in Germany, the Ceará de Fortaleza Ibero-American Film Festival and Festival Internacional de Cinema de João Pessoa in Brasil, Proimagenes Colombia and the Audiovisual Ministry of Culture in Colombia, among others.