Experts Lab


Fernando Franco is an experienced Spanish film editor and filmmaker. His work as film editor in Blancanieves and No tengas miedo earned him two nominations for the Goya Awards. In 2013, he directed his first feature film La herida. Premiered as part of the official selection at San Sebastián International Film Festival, La herida was recognized with the Special Jury Award and the Silver Shell for Best Leading Actress. Franco is a professor at ECAM, where he is in charge of the department of film editing, and collaborates with a number of important institutions, such as Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, and EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba). His last feature film, Morir, was released in 2017.


Felipe Lage is the founder and director of Zeitun Films. Todos vós sodes capitáns (You All Are Captains, Oliver Laxe, 2010) was his first production. He then produced the feature films Arraianos (Eloy Enciso, 2012), O quinto evanxeo de Gaspar Hauser (The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser. Alberto Gracia, 2013), Costa da Morte (Lois Patiño, 2013), Pozoamargo (Enrique Rivero, 2015), and Mimosas (Oliver Laxe, 2016). All of them have been recognized with prestigious awards at the most renowned international film festivals (Cannes, Locarno, Rotterdam, BAFICI, FICUNAM, and Jeonju, among others). Tempo vertical (Lois Patiño) is his next project.


Mercedes Martínez-Abarca works at the International Film Festival Rotterdam since 2009, currently as Programme Advisor. During five years she coordinated the Holland Film Meeting Co-Production Platform (Nederlands Film Festival). She also worked for the international sales agent Fortissimo Films (Amsterdam). Nowadays she collaborates in various festivals and co-production markets, such as Abycine Lanza. In 2017 she joined Festival Internacional de Cine de Gijón as part of the programming team and as industry consultant.


Diana Santamaría has a degree in Audiovisual Communication from Universidad Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona). In 2014, along with Thierry and Farid Lounas, she co-founded the film distribution company Capricci Cine, where she has since been working as director. Santamaría specializes in French cinema, and has contributed to distribute classic and contemporary author films by creators like Serge Bozon, Albert Serra, Aleksei German, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Serguéi Paradzhánov, and Ado Arrietta, among others.