Dita Rietuma graduated from VGIK in Moscow and went on to work as film critic and editor of the biggest Latvian daily newspaper Diena. Dita is the author of several books about film culture and film history, and has organised various film exhibitions in Riga Film Museum. Dita is a member and founder of the FIPRESCI in Latvia. She assists as an expert at the Cultural Foundation of Latvia and the Ministry of Culture. Dita is also lecturer at Latvian University and the founder of film school Kinoskola.
Xavier Garcia Puerto
Xavier Garcia Puerto has studied history, audiovisual communication, exhibition curating and archive film preservation. He has worked as a university teacher, researcher, writer, documentary filmmaker, and in film literacy projects. Nowadays he is focused on film and video curating, his last programme, a Spanish young filmmaker retrospective, was in China and Brazil with Instituto Cervantes in 2011. This year he founded 'Per Estrenar' – an independent film distribution line for non-profit theatres in Spain. He was the co-founder of REC International Film Festival of Tarragona (Spain) in 2001 and is its Art Director since 2005.
Laufey Gudjónsdóttir has studied Film Theory and Spanish at the University of Copenhagen. She has worked in acquisitions and sales for the Icelandic National Television and Channel 3 Iceland. From 1997 to 1999 she coordinated Icelandic cultural events abroad under the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture. After that, she returned to Icelandic National Television as Head of Acquisitions and Programming until 2003 when she became the Director of the Icelandic Film Centre. Laufej has been a member of the film selection committee of the Icelandic Film Fund and represented Iceland in various European cultural organisations. She is currently the Director of the Icelandic Film Center and also a board member of Einar Jonsson's Museum, MEDIA Desk in Iceland, Scandinavian Films and represents Iceland in European Film Promotion.