Born in Madrid (Spain) in 1966. Spanish translator, writer and film critic. Living in Japan from 1992. He began to write film critics in several magazines when he still was living in Spain. Once in Japan, he collaborates frequently with Spanish Film Festivals in order to coordinate Japanese film retrospectives and as interpreter of Japanese filmmakers. He has translated from Japanese to Spanish the authors Namboku Tsuruya, Osamu Dazai, Kyusaku Yumeno, Juzo Unno and Rampo Edogawa. Also he has appeared as a character actor in eight Japanese movies. He co-wrote many books about Cinema, Japanese Fantastic & Horror movies (2001), Yakuza cinema (2005), Japanese Ero-gro & Pink Cinema (2005), Shinya Tsukamoto, poetry and guerrilla in the movies (2007), Japanese Film Noir (2008), Paul Naschy – The king of European bad taste movies (2009), Nagisa Oshima (2014), and Japanese new independent cinema (2015), amongst others. He is the sole author of the essay Supernatural Japan – Whispers from the other Riverside (2013).
Roberto Cueto obtained his degree in Spanish Philology at the Complutense University in Madrid. A member of the San Sebastian Festival Selection Committee, he is also an associate professor of Audiovisual Communication at the Carlos III University. He was formerly coordinator of the Cinematheque programme at the Matadero cultural centre in Madrid. He has given classes, courses and seminars at the Madrid Film School (ECAM) and at numerous Spanish universities. He has written several books and has collaborated with articles in various collective books on different cinematic subjects, including Asian cinema. As well as numerous articles, he coordinated the special volume on New Korean Cinema for the Nosferatu magazine and contributed to the book Seoul Express: The Renovation of Korean Cinema, published by the Las Palmas Film Festival. He was the advisor and editor of texts at the Korean Cinema-Arco 2007 season as part of the ARCO Contemporary Art Fair, and was named Korean Culture Supporter 2016 by the Korean Cultural Centre in Spain, with which he regularly collaborates
Matthieu Darras is artistic director of the TorinoFilmLab, and collaborates with various film talents initiatives such as Venice Biennale College, Jerusalem Film Lab or When East Meets West's First Cut Lab. He founded & directed the European Network of Young Cinema NISI MASA and wrote from the film magazine Positif. As a festival programmer, he notably worked for Cannes' Semaine de la Critique and acted as artistic director of Alba and Bratislava film festivals. He has been working as delegate for San Sebastian Film Festival since 2010.
Christine Dollhofer studied at the University of Vienna Theatre, Film and Media Studies and is working in the film and festival scene since 1991. Between 1992 and 1997 she was artistic and managing director of the Vienna Art House Cinema Filmcasino, and between 1997 and 2003 artistic and managing director of the Austrian Film Festival Diagonale. She is a board member ofSixpack Film, was a member of the selection committee of the Austrian Film Fund and the Vienna Film Fund and a member of various international festival juries. Since 2006 she works also as an acquisition consultant for the Austrian art house distribution company Filmladen. In 2004 she founded - and is still directing – the film festival Crossing Europe in Linz/Austria.
He is film critic for French media (Les Inrockuptibles, Premiere, Brazil, Standard, Radio Nova…) since 1990. Co-created Extreme Cinéma, festival dedicated to un-mainstream movies (Cinémathèque de Toulouse, since 1998). Member of Cannes Critic's week selection committee from 2008 to 2010. Author of L'autre cinéma Belge/Belgian Cinema from Flanders, a collection of interviews with young Belgians directors. He works as a delegate for San Sebastian Film Festival since 2008.
Wendy Mitchell is a part-time Film Programme Manager at the British Council, spearheading film festival activity and running the festival selector preview screening series for the world's leading festival programmers. She worked on staff at Screen International for nine years, including two as editor in chief, and continues to write for Screen as a contributing editor and the Nordic correspondent. In addition, she is the editor of the European Film Academy's Close-up magazine. She is also a consultant for the Zurich Film Festival and Zurich Summit, and hosts works in progress presentations at the Goteborg Film Festival and Connext by Flanders Image. She has hosted talks and panels at festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, London, Locarno, Karlovy Vary, Sundance London and Rotterdam. In the US, she previously worked on staff at Entertainment Weekly, indieWIRE, Time Inc and Rolling Stone. She joins Sans Sebastian as the delegate scouting for the Nordics as of 2018.
Graduate in Business Studies from Deusto University (Donostia Campus) in 1978. A film enthusiast by vocation, Mikel Olaciregui has been professionally related to the audio-visual medium since 1986 when he started working as a producer with the Basque ETB channel. While with the ETB he held different positions within the Production Department, until, in 1988, he was appointed Delegate Director at the newly opened Miramón Production Centre. He was the ETB Programme Manager from 1990. During this time he increased his relationship with the film world, joining the Commission for the granting of Basque Government subsidies to film production, and becoming a member of the Board of Directors of Euskal Media, a Company created by the Basque Government to deal with subjects related to audio-visual promotion. His relationship with the Festival began in 1986, as the producer of Euskal Telebista's (ETB) special programmes on the event, and which peaked in 1987 and 1988, during which time ETB2 offered a Festival coverage of over ten hours a day. He joined the Festival in 1993 as Manager and was named Deputy Director of the Festival in 1999. In January 2001 he becomes director of the Festival until 2011, when he becomes management collaborator for USA, with the new management team.
Chris Paton, the delegate for the United Kingdom, has 30 years' experience in the film industry – in publicity and acquisitions. He began his career at TriStar Pictures in New York, subsequently worked at DDA Public Relations in Los Angeles and London and was founding partner of the communications agency, Premier PR. He later moved to acquisitions at Fortissimo Films. He has worked with the Venice and Hong Kong film festivals and is currently a consultant for the Dubai International Film Festival. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member for Cinemart in Rotterdam.
Author of Nouvelles Chines, nouveaux cinémas (Paris, 1999) and Hou Hsiao-hsien's A City of Sadness (London, 2002). She has written extensively on Chinese cinema and video, US independent/experimental cinema, queer cinema and cinema by women for Sight & Sound (UK), Film Comment (USA), Cinema Scope (Canada), Senses of Cinema (Australia), Cahiers du cinéma, Le Monde diplomatique, Libération (France), Meteor, Springerin (Austria) and Nosferatu (Spain) among others. A Delegate for the San Sebastian International Film Festival (Spain) since 1993, she has also curated film/video series for the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume (Paris), the Museum of Modern Art (New York), and the UCLA Film & Television Archive (Los Angeles), and is Co-Curator for the film series at the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (Los Angeles). Reynaud teaches at the California Institute of the Arts.
Andrea Stavenhagen, the delegate for Latin America holds a Degree in History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She began her professional career in the field of film promotion and dissemination collaborating in the Directing of Short Film Production at IMCINE. She went on to become Deputy Director of Research and Dissemination at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica. At the Guadalajara International Film Festival she was head of the Ibero-American Co-production Meeting. She was the Director of Industry with the FICG until August 2013. She also co-directed the Morelia Lab Workshop for Young Producers in Latin America at the Morelia Film Festival.