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Film Festival Jury Members

Narrative Competition Jury


CLAUDIA RIVERA AUBERT graduated from the Universidad Iberoamericana in 1990. Since then, she has specialized in development, marketing strategy, and distribution of films in Latin America, for many projects including PRELUDIO (Mexico, 2010), CUMBIA CALLERA (Mexico, 2007), and FRESA Y CHOCOLATE (Cuba/Mexico/Spain/USA, 1993). Claudia founded and directed Canela Films from 1999-2007, a company dedicated to distribution, promotion, and international marketing for audiovisual productions and Latin American films. She organized and coordinated the 1st Iberian Film Market at the XVIII Guadalajara International Film Festival (2003), and is a founding member of Mexico's chapter of Women in Film & Television (2003-present). Claudia also mentors regularly, including leading an annual Workshop in Distribution and Marketing at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión de San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). She’s currently teaching a course in Distribution at Mexico’s Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) to second-year production students.

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GEOFF MARSLETT is a Writer/Director/ Producer based in Austin, Texas. Geoff premiered his first live action feature film LOVES HER GUN at the 2013 SXSW film festival where it won the Louis Black Lone Star Award. His critically acclaimed short film MONKEY VS. ROBOT screened at over 25 festivals worldwide, was distributed theatrically and broadcast on HBO, PBS, and Univision. In 2010 he completed his first feature film, MARS, an animated, sci-fi, romantic comedy starring Mark Duplass. MARS premiered at SXSW in 2010, and went on to show around the world at film festivals, winning many awards. Geoff was recently named one of the “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine. His work has garnered press from Time Out London, The New York Times, The Austin Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Indiewire, Wired, and other outlets. Geoff is currently developing a feature length film called MAGIC BOY VS. THE ROBOTS based on James Kochalka’s original graphic novels.


MIGUEL ALVAREZ is a native of San Antonio, and holds degrees in both engineering and filmmaking. He has received awards from the Directors Guild of America, Panavision's Emerging Filmmaker program, the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, the Hamptons International Film Festival, and the Texas Filmmakers Production Fund for his previous short films, TADPOLES, VETERANS, and KID. His short film, MNEMOSYNE RISING, was also a Texas Filmmaker Production Fund grant recipient and an award winner at the 2010 Cine Las Americas Film Festival. He is currently based in Austin, Texas, and writing his first feature, LA PERDIDA.


Documentary Competition Jury


ALVARO LONGORIA is a film director, producer and executive producer. Born in 1968, Alvaro graduated "cum laude" in 1990 from the Boston University, and in 1995 he obtained a Masters Degree from the Stern School of Business at the University of New York. In 1999 he founded the Madrid-based Morena Films along with other partners, dedicated to the production of feature films, documentaries, and fiction for TV. Alvaro's credits with Morena Films as Producer and Executive Producer include: 7 DIAS EN LA HABANA (2012, Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero, Elia Suleiman, Juan Carlos Tabío, Gaspar Noe, Julio Medem,  Laurent Cantet); EL MONJE (2011, Dominik Moll); HABITACION EN ROMA (2010, Julio Medem); CHE, 2008, Steven Soderbergh); LA ZONA (2006, Rodrigo Plá); IBERIA (2005, Carlos Saura); LOOKING FOR FIDEL (2004, Oliver Stone); PERSONA NON GRATA  (2003, Oliver Stone); COMANDANTE (2002, Oliver Stone).

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LORIENE ROY, Ph.D., is Professor in the School of Information at UT, Austin. She is also Adjunct Professor, School of Information Management, Victoria University of Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand, 2012-2014. Her teaching areas are public librarianship, reference, library instruction, reader's advisory, and indigenous librarianship. She is Founder and Director of "If I Can Read, I Can Do Anything," a national reading club for Native children that operates through tribal school libraries. Her current advisory board service includes and High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship (HiPSTAS); she is currently serving as an advisor for the Fetzer Institute's Information and Communications Council. She is the outgoing convener of the Special Interest Group (SIG) on Indigenous Matters for the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, and Chairs the International Relations Round Table for the American Library Association. She is Anishinabe, enrolled on the White Earth Reservation, and a member of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.


STEPHEN JANNISE is the Film Programmer for the Paramount and Stateside Theatres, two historic movie palaces in downtown Austin, Texas, where he curates the Paramount Summer Classics repertory film series from May-September and the Stateside Independent contemporary film series year-round. Previously, after receiving his MA in Film Studies from the University of Texas at Austin’s Radio-Television-Film Department, he served as the Film Program Director for the Austin Film Festival during its 2011 and 2012 editions.

Hecho en Tejas Jury



DAVID FABELO is a filmmaker based in Austin, Texas, whose body of work and professional experience spans nearly a decade. His work as a narrative editor has screened at festivals across the globe, including Cannes, Toronto, Sundance, SXSW and LAFF. Recent credits include GOOD NIGHT, AN ORDINARY FAMILY, and the anthology feature FOURPLAY (FOURPLAY: "TAMPA" was the only American short film selected to screen at the 2011 Cannes Directors' Fortnight). Additionally, he was post-production supervisor on THE BOUNCEBACK and was an assistant editor at the Sundance Documentary Edit and Story Lab in 2011. David is also an award-winning director. His latest comedy short DO OVER screened at festivals in 2012, winning Best Comedy at the Iowa Film Festival. His previous short TEST DAY screened at festivals internationally and received numerous awards, including "Best Hecho En Tejas" at the 2005 Cine Las Americas Film Festival.