Meet the members of the Jury


Narrative Competition Jury


Fina-Torres_wFina Torres is a director/writer/producer who brings a wide range of experience to her films. After studying design, photography and journalism in Venezuela, Torres moved to Paris, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in cinematography from the Institute de Hautes Etudes Cinematographiques (IDHEC). In 1985, Torres won the Cannes Festival Camera d'Or, among twelve other international prices, for directing and producing her debut feature Oriana.  She co-wrote, produced and directed her second feature, the comedy, Celestial Clockwork (1993), which won four international prizes. She was also the director and executive producer of the romantic comedy, Woman on Top (2000), an Official Selection Un Certain Regard in Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for Best Director at the 2001 Alma Awards. Most recently she co-wrote Prada to Nada (2007) and co-wrote and directed the award-winning Habana Eva (2008).


leon_ichaso_wCuban-American director Leon Ichaso was born in Havana, Cuba into a family of well-known writers, journalists and artists. His father Justo Rodríguez Santos was one of Cuba’s most respected poets and a pioneer in broadcast TV and radio, and his mother Antonia Ichaso had a radio magazine show in the 40’s. Ichaso left the island for exile in the United States with his mother and sister at age 14. His father stayed behind to continue his unwavering support for the Cuban Revolution. Five years later he joined his family in New York. Ichaso is known as “an actor's director” for the stellar performances of the actors who work under his direction. Also as a writer and director who does not compromise as he tells his tales--and a filmmaker who specializes in gritty urban realism.



Sergio_Alcocer_wSergio Alcocer is President and Chief Creative Officer of LatinWorks in Austin, Texas. LatinWorks is an Ad agency that was named the Multicultural Agency of the Year in the USA in 2010 and one of the Top Ten Agencies in 2011. Sergio’s progressive vision of multicultural advertising has made LatinWorks one of the hottest creative agencies in the country, developing work for brands such as Chevrolet, Anheuser-Busch, Mars, Wrigley and Domino’s Pizza amongst others. Through the years, LatinWorks has won a number of important awards in the US and abroad, including the prestigious Cannes Lion, the world’s biggest celebration of creativity in communications and advertising. The agency is also responsible for creating the most watched spot of the 2007 Super Bowl for Bud Light and the second most liked TV spot in the US in 2009. Born in Mexico, Sergio holds a Degree in Political Science from UNAM, Mexico and an EMBA from Steinbels University in Berlin, Germany.





Documentary Competition Jury


CRISTINA-PRADO_wCristina Prado is the Director of Cultural Film Affairs at the Mexican Film Institute (IMCINE). She has worked as Assistant Manager of Research and Academic Outreach at the Mexican Cineteca Nacional, and is a member of the Women in Film and Television-Mexico, acting as their communications secretary. With a Masters in film and visual arts, as well as graduating with communication and scriptwriting degrees, she also designed and coordinated the Film Department at the Universidad Anáhuac México Norte. She has also recently served on the jury of the 8th Festival Internacional de Cine de Morelia in Mexico, and served as the president of the jury at the 3rd Festival ANIMEC in Ecuador.







CarlosAGutierrez_wCarlos A. Gutiérrez is the co-founder and executive director of New York-based Cinema Tropical (CT), the leading presenter of Latin American cinema in the US. Founded in 2001 with the mission of distributing, programming and promoting Latin American cinema, CT is thriving as a non-profit media arts organization experimenting in effective strategies for the distribution and exhibition of foreign cinema in the US. As a guest curator, Gutiérrez has presented several film/video series at different cultural institutions, including The Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, BAMcinématek, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City). A co-curator of the 53rd edition of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, he is also a contributing editor to BOMB magazine and has served on the jury and selection committees for various film festivals, including the Morelia Film Festival, SANFIC - Santiago Film Festival, and The Hamptons International Film Festival.



JasonBorge_wA native of California, Jason Borge received his PhD from UC Berkeley and worked for six years at Vanderbilt University before coming to UT Austin in 2009 as an Associate Professor of Latin American Literature and Film.  His teaching at UT focuses on encounters between popular culture, literature and cinema in Latin America, including Brazil.  Borge has published two books documenting and analyzing the early impact of Hollywood on Latin American intellectuals: Avances de Hollywood: Crítica cinematográfica en Latinoamérica, 1915-1945 (Beatriz Viterbo, 2005) and Latin American Writers and the Rise of Hollywood Cinema (Routledge, 2008; 2010). His latest film research centers on the Golden Age of Latin American cinema (1930s-1950s), examining the fundamental importance of performative traditions such as circus, sports and popular theater and music to the development of Argentine, Brazilian and Mexican movie industries.





Hecho en Tejas Jury


Susan-Dirks-wSusan Dirks is Administrative Coordinator for the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI). During her two years at TAMI, she has been in charge of inventorying the thousands of archival films and videos donated to TAMI, and she has relished the opportunity to watch many of these films made by Texans about Texas. Susan served as a founding and sustaining Board member of the Cinematexas International Short Film Festival (1995 – 2006) and was frequently an early-round juror for this Austin-based, internationally-acclaimed festival. Susan was the Department Administrator of the Department of Radio-Television-Film at the University of Texas at Austin from 1993 until 2009, where she worked closely with faculty and students in their teaching and filmmaking endeavors. 

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to discovering, preserving, making accessible and serving the community interest in Texas’ moving image heritage.  The TAMI Video Library ( is home to over a thousand moving images relating to the history and culture of the state of Texas, including home movies, narrative films, documentaries, industrial films, local television and more.  In 2008, TAMI launched the Texas Film Round-Up (, a partnership with the Office of the Governor’s Texas Film Commission to digitize and provide access to Texas films. The project has resulted in the digitization of over 5,000 moving images and received the American Association for State and Local History’s Wow Award in 2010.