︎ Gia Rigoli is a Mexican-American film producer currently based in Los Angeles and Nogales, AZ. At 20 years old she produced her first feature film, Rock Steady Row, which world premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival where it took home the Narrative Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for Best Narrative Film and was subsequently distributed by Gunpowder & Sky. Gia's other feature credits include Salton Sea and Birds Without Feathers which are distributed by Epoch Films and Synergetic Films, respectively. Her films have screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. Gia graduated with a BFA in Creative Producing from Chapman University where she was mentored by Michael Apted. Her senior thesis film, Pasajeros en Trance, was a Student Academy Award Finalist.
Gia was selected as a Berlinale Talents participant and a Project Involve Producing fellow where she was awarded the Sony Pictures Entertainment Fellowship. She was also selected as a participant of the NALIP Producer’s Incubator Lab, PGA Create and was a Rotterdam Producing Lab Fellow. Gia works as a freelance producer in Los Angeles and has produced dozens of short films, music videos, and commercials including branded content with Gucci, Garage Magazine, and VICE. In 2020, she founded a production company, Discordia Cine, with her frequent collaborators. They are in development on three feature films that have been supported by the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, The Gotham/IFP, Berlinale, PGA and the SFFilm Westridge Grant.
︎ Emiliana Ammirata is an independent director, producer and cinematographer from Venezuela with a vocation to create impact based storytelling. Collectively, her projects have been supported by fellowships with the Sundance Institute, Adobe, La Biennale Di Venezia, VULCAN and the Impact Guild.
Emiliana started her career working at Participant Media in their Documentary division and is a producer on two Venezuelan features - La Causa (World Premiere, IDFA 2019 ) and ‘Patria y Muerte’, supported by Berlinale. In 2019, she produced numerous short films with Film Independent’s Project Involve Program as well as branded content with Gucci, VICE, and Garage Magazine. In 2020 she worked as a post-production supervisor for WIRELESS, produced by Steven Soderbergh for Quibi, now on ROKU TV.
Emiliana now works with Esperanto Filmoj, Alfonso Cuarón’s production company, based out of London.
She is a co-founder of the production studio, DISCORDIA, based in Los Angeles, California. They are in development on three feature films.
In 2020 she co-founded JEVA, a non-profit educational organization made for and from Venezuelan womxn that work within the cinematic space with now 800+ members. They provide educational workshops, grant support, small sponsorships, and mentorship. They’ve partnered with FinalDraft and Venezuelan embassys such of that of France, Spain and USA for program funding.
Emiliana is heavily influenced by her roots and a strong sense of community filmmaking. She hopes to make ground-breaking independent cinema that does not follow dogmatic storytelling.
︎ Esteban Zuluaga is a Colombian producer based in Los Angeles. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Multimedia and a Master of Fine Arts in Film and TV Producing from Chapman University. He has produced several awarded short films and documentaries which made him in 2020 a Film Independent Fellow and NALIP Media Market Fellow. He assisted the Former President of The Academy of Motion Pictures, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, for over a year and is currently working as a freelance producer for music videos, commercials, short films and digital content for both artists and brands. He is an executive producer at the LA based production company trikon.xyz and the co-founder of the Colombian based podcast media company Bielo.io
In January 2020, Esteban also launched an independent production company, Discordia Cine, along with three women filmmakers to support work from underrepresented communities with a focus on Latin America. They are in development on three feature films that have been supported by the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, IFP, Berlinale, and the SFFilm Westridge Grant.
︎ Vero Kompalic is a Venezuelan filmmaker and painter currently based in Los Angeles. Raised between Southern Africa and South America, and with a degree from Chapman University in Film Studies and Post-Colonial and Revolutionary Studies, she focuses most of her scholarship work on postcolonial feminist discourse, with publications on the sexual transgression of Catherine Breillat’s work and the radical implications of the cinema of Mariana Rondon. She is currently finalizing a publication on the imminent New Wave of Venezuelan Cinema and the relationship between the politics of the current Venezuelan government and the last 20 years of Venezuelan films.
Shortly after graduating from school, Vero worked as a film programmer for Film Independent, later transitioning into production and writing. In 2019 she worked as an AP and writer on SUMMERTIME, Carlos Lopez Estrada’s follow up to BLINDSPOTTING, which premiered at SUNDANCE 2020 and was theatrically released nationwide by GOOD DEED in 2021. In 2020 she founded DISCORDIA CINE, an independent female-founded production company, alongside her longtime collaborators. That same year, they began production of their first project, PLÁSTICO, which was written and directed by Vero and is currently wrapping post-production. PLÁSTICO is part of a series of films the team is producing on the Venezuelan conflict. As of late 2021, she is developing the second installment of the series, THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO SAINT MARY, which will be filmed on the border between Venezuela and Colombia in 2022.