Pituka Ortega Heilbron
Pituka Ortega begins her trajectory in cultural promotion early on, with the founding of the Cultural Review Década in 1989. Her career soon leans towards the genre of cinematography, producing, writing and directing the short films India dormida, El mandado, Isabel de Obaldía and Sacrifictum, which participated in international film festivals and obtained the critics’ applause.
Her feature film Los puños de una nación/Fists of a Nation obtained the Support Award from Cinergia in 2005, and the award for Best Documentary in the Cinesul Festival in Rio de Janeiro in 2006, as well as other distinctions in festivals in France, USA, Mexico, the International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias, and the Latin American Film Festival in Holland. She is currently in the finishing stages of production of the documentary La ruta.
She has been a member of the jury in international film and video festivals in Cuba, Costa Rica and soon to be in Guadalajara, Mexico. She has also been a member of the jury for the Novel Category of the Ricardo Miró Literary Contest and her work in the arts was recently recognized in the book Women in the arts of Panama in the XXth Century.
Diana Sánchez has been the Ibero-American Cinema Programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival since 2002. Along with the selection of films in Spanish and Portuguese for the Festival, Sánchez was also in charge of co-programming the program City to City Buenos Aires in 2011, as well as programming Vida de novo: New Brazilian Cinema, National Spotlight of TIFF 2003.
Sánchez has participated in a variety of other festivals and cinematographic presentations. She is programme consultant for the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and main consultant for the Ibero-American programme for the Miami International Film Festival. She is also in charge of the film programme for the Calgary Latin Wave, a selection of Latin American films organized by the Proa Foundation of Argentina.
She has programmed two series for the Ontario Cinematheque in 2004 and 2006, centering on recent tendencies in Argentinian New Cinema. She also presented a selection of Cuban films in the Ontario Royal Museum in October 2006.
Through her important position as Programmer of the Toronto International Film Festival, Diana has impelled Ibero-American Cinema as far as the Oscars.