JURY 2018

On January 30, 2019, a press conference will be held in the Aula Magna of LA NAU where all the news from the 10th Edition of the Valencia International Film and Human Rights Festival HUMANS FEST will be presented.

After the press conference, the JURY of the next festival to be held in Valencia between February 14 and 23, 2019 will be published on the website.


In the previous edition this was the composition of the Jury:


Jury Official Section Documentary Feature Film

President – Juan Diego Botto

Juan Diego Botto is a Spanish-Argentine actor, director and screenwriter of theater and film. Throughout his career in the world of cinema, he has collaborated with the most prestigious national and international directors.

In this sense, his interventions in films by Adolfo Aristarain (in 'Martín (Hache'), Imanol Uribe ('Plenilunio'), Daniel Calparsoro ('Asfalto'), Achero Mañas ('Everything you want') and others stand out. as John Malkovich ('Dance Steps'), Gregory Nava ('City of Silence') or Iannis Smaragdis in his film 'El Greco', for which Botto won the award for best male performer at the Cairo Festival .

Support HIJOS, an association formed by relatives of those who disappeared and exiled during the Argentine dictatorship.

Ana Garayalde

Donosti Film and Human Rights Festival Programmer.

Head of human rights at the San Sebastián Film and Human Rights Festival. Human Rights Technician of the Donostia City Council. A journalist by training, he has worked for 15 years in media such as El Mundo del País Vasco, Radio Nacional, Antena 3 and press offices.

Laura Ballester


Maria Trenor

Animation director

Maria Carrion

FiSahara Director


Jury Short Films Right of Asylum and Refugees

Fani Boronat – General Coordinator of the Lesbian, Gay, Transsexual and Bisexual Collective of Valencia – LAMBDA

Fani Boronat Chofre defines herself as a woman activist, lesbian and feminist. Born in El Ràfol d'Almúnia, a town in Alicante with 400 inhabitants, she is a great witness of what it means to “be and live as a visible lesbian” in rural areas. With a degree in Social Work, she has been active in Lambda for more than 15 years, where she has grown as an activist, empowering herself as a woman and as a lesbian. For 3 years he has assumed the general coordination of the entity.

Claudia García Giraldo – Survivor of political violence in Colombia

Colombian human rights defender especially committed to the struggles of women victims of social and armed conflict.
She managed to reach Spain with a program to protect human rights defenders from Amnesty International. Make bags and backpacks from recycled fabric as a symbol of the backpacks full of dreams of refugees.

Oscar Benácer – Director

Screenwriter and director. He wrote his first story when he was six years old; “With a washing machine to space.” He didn't get a publisher but his aunts really liked it. Some time later he started making short films: “Laura's Sneakers”, “Desayuno con diadema”, “Bikini” and “Apolo81” have been seen in hundreds of festivals and many television stations around the world. Between the four of them they have more than 160 awards, the Goya nomination and the Meliés d'Or nomination. Despite preparing his debut work in fiction, he has written scripts for feature films and TV series. He has experience in advertising and documentaries. In 2016 he premiered “The Man Who Bottled the Sun.” He is currently in full production of the fiction series “La forastera”, the documentary series “Cuiners” and the documentary “Bastardo”. His next short “Stanbrook”, set during the Spanish Civil War, addresses the issue of refugees.

EDAV Jury – Award for the best development of history and research

Eladio Ballester

Eladio Ballester Colomer, Valencia, 1958, has a degree in Law, has created and directed more than 600 advertising spots, dozens of audiovisuals, has been a scriptwriter in various other people's animation series, and created several of his own. He is also a musical author.

Begoña Soler

Begoña Soler has written and directed four short films. Among them, “La Buena Fe”, Best Spanish short at SEMINCI 2015 and shortlisted for the 2016 Goya Awards. The work has received more than twenty national and international awards. She is the creator of the series “I love Spain” and the director and screenwriter of its pilot episode. He trained in Film Direction and Screenwriting at the Valencia Film School (NUCINE). He currently works as a teacher at the Valencia Film School and writes the script for his first feature film. Begoña has worked for 10 years as a Trainer and COACH in social skills. Has experience working with people with intellectual disabilities (Bona Gent).

Elena Gobernado

Animation and creation of social communication content.
He has written and participated in the development of bibles and plots for animated series such as the multi-award-winning Pocoyó or Shuriken School, sold in more than one hundred countries.
She is a consultant, story editor and collaborates with several production companies and animation studios in the development of bibles and new projects.
She participates in the development of content in Communication and Social Participation Projects with En Babia Comunicación, a company with which she has collaborated for years for companies such as Ayuda en Acción, FEDER, Plan... She has been a jury member and advisor at festivals such as Prime the Animation or the Julio Alejandro Screenwriting Award and participated in round tables.