︎ Gia Rigoli is a Mexican-American film producer currently based 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. 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. She was Gia recently 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, and the SFFilm Westridge Grant.
︎ Emiliana Ammirata is a Venezuelan independent director, producer and cinematographer based in Los Angeles. After migrating to the United States as a teenager, she has made it her mission to create impact based storytelling. Collectively, she has been supported by fellowships with the Sundance Institute, ADOBE, La Biennale Di Venezia, VULCAN and the Impact Guild. Her current interactive project, FRONTERA, explores the Venezuelan diaspora through the lens of a migrant. It has been supported by La Biennale, RYOT + Kaleidoscope’s DevLab, IFFR VR Days, VIFF, and produced by INVR.
Emiliana worked 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. She is heavily influenced by her roots and hopes to make ground-breaking independent cinema that does not follow dogmatic storytelling.
Emiliana currently resides in London and works at Esperanto Filmoj, Alfonso Cuarón’s production company.
︎ 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.