María Meira

María writes films and series, is a teacher and script doctor. Co-author of Una especie de familia (Best Screenplay at the San Sebastian Festival), Refugiado (Official Selection at the Cannes Film Festival), La mirada invisible (NHK Award for Best Latin American Screenplay at Sundance) and Tan de Repente (Best Screenplay at Huelva), co-written and directed by Diego Lerman. For her work in film, she has also received the Sur, Cóndor de Plata and Argentores awards. Born in Buenos Aires, she graduated in dramaturgy from the Escuela Metropolitana de Arte Dramático and in film directing from the Escuela Nacional de Experimentación y Realización Cinematográfica in her native country. She has been a consultant for the Fondo de Desarrollo Cinematográfico Proimágenes in Colombia and for the Reymundo Gleyzer first and second film development programme in Argentina. Since 2015 she has been giving scriptwriting seminars at the Cervantes Institute, where she created UGBB in 2020, the city’s first international short film writing programme in Spanish.

Marcela Polgar

Marcela graduated in Image and Sound Design at the University of Buenos Aires and holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Westminster in London. She was born in Buenos Aires and has been living in Berlin since 1996 where she works for the German channel Deutsche Welle TV. First as a picture editor for the daily news programme and since 2009 also for the Design department doing Motion Graphics. As a producer she worked for KINO – DW’s German Film Magazine, Enlaces, Ventana abierta al mundo digital and Reporteros en el Mundo, the channel’s Spanish-language magazine. Since September 2020 she programmes film events at Andenbuch, Berlin’s bookshop and cultural space, and does press and promotion for cultural projects such as EsImprocine and ugbb.

Catalina Flores

Catalina Flores is a filmmaker, journalist and one of the founders of Soilfilms, a production company based in Berlin. She studied Film and Media in Germany with an MA in Documentary Filmmaking at the Baden-Württemberg Film Academy and in Cuba at the Escuela Internacional de Cine de San Antonio de los Baños (EICTV). She coordinates the mentoring programme for young female filmmakers «Into The Wild» initiated by German director Isabell Šuba, in collaboration with NETFLIX, Soilfilms, Bavaria Film, Ufa Fiction, Constantin Film, Pantaleon Films, Warner Bros, X Filme, Weltkino and MadeFor. He lives between Germany and Colombia, where he works in the film industry. Since 2021, she has joined ugbb as a production mentor.