Serge Bloch (France, 1956) is a painter and illustrator. As well as illustrating children’s books, he works in advertising and journalism, collaborating in well-known publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, GQ, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg or National Geographic magazine.
He is also the creator of the SamSam character, which became the star of a TV series, broadcast in many countries.
Serge Bloch’s works have deservedly won diverse prizes, such as the Gold Medal of the 47th annual exhibition of the American Society of Illustrators (2005), the Baobab Prize for the Best Children’s Book of the Year in France (2006) and the Prize of the Children’s Fair of Bologna (2007), among others.
Mar Coll (Barcelona, 1981) is a film director. She began in the world of direction with the short film La última polaroid, selected in many international festivals. Her first feature film, Tres dies amb la família, premiered in the Festival of Malaga where it won three prizes. With this film, Mar Coll also received the Gaudí Prize for the best direction and best film and the Goya Prize for the best new direction.
In 2013 she premiered her second feature film, Tots volem el millor per a ella, and directed two more short films: Amics (2012) and La inquilina (2015).
She is currently a teacher in the ESCAC cinema school as well as working on a miniseries with Movistar +.
Gabriel Gauchet is a french filmmaker, currently living and working in London. He graduated from the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne, where he also took part on an exchange program with the cuban film school EICTV. He then did a Master at the National film and Television school in the UK.
Gabriel directed various short films, amongst them Die Kneipe, Efecto Domino, The Mass of Men (2014 FEC Festival 2nd award)and Z1. His short films had been selected at over 300 festivals world wide and won over 100 awards, amongst them the Golden Leopard at Locarno.
Elisenda Roca (Barcelona, 1963) is a journalist, scriptwriter, writer and theatre director.
As a journalist she has directed, produced and presented programmes on Antena 3, TVE, TV3, Betevé and 8TV, and on Ràdio Joventut, Antena 3 Ràdio, Ràdio Salut and COM Ràdio. She currently collaborates on the magazine Descobrir Catalunya, in Gente Despierta on RNE and in El Món on RAC 1.
As a theatre director she has directed Mysterious Murder in Manhattanby Woody Allen (Teatre Tívoli and Teatre Condal) and I love you, You’re perfect, Now change, by Jimmy Roberts and Joe DiPietro (Teatre Poliorama and Teatre Goya), among many other works.
And as a writer she has devoted her work above all to children’s and juvenile literature.
Among the many prizes she has received feature the Ondas de Televisió prize, the TP de Oro, the Òmnium Cultural de Ràdio and the Butaca prize for the best musical.
Marcelo Zeppi is the president of the Montecatini International Short Film Festival (Italy), which with 67 editions, is one of the oldest in Europe. Each year the Montecatini Festival programmes more than 150 domestic and international films, as well as proposing workshops, talks and many other parallel activities.
Marcelo Zeppi, before taking over the reins of the MISFF, had been artistic director of the Filmspray Festival of Florence (Italy), as well as working as a film producer.
Bel Olid (Mataró, 1977) is a writer, translator and translation professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
She works intensively as a translator into mainly Catalan, and to a lesser extent, Spanish, and chiefly of works of children’s literature. She has translated from German, English, French, Italian and Spanish. She also works in audiovisual translation.
As an author she became known in 2010 thanks to the Document a Prize for the novel Una terra solitària and two years later won the Roc Boron at Prize with La mala reputació. In 2016 she brought out a new compilation of stories, Vents més salvatges and won the Apel·les Mestres Prize for children’s literature with the work Viure amb la Hilda (i els seus inconvenients). In Vides aturades (2017) she recounts the testimony of people seeking refuge in Europe.
She also collaborates on many newspapers, radio and television.
She was President of the European Council of Literary Translators’Associations (2013-2015), and since March 2015 has been President of the Association of Writers in Catalan.
(Reus, 1954). After combining different jobs between Barcelona and Girona (his adopted city), Carles Prats became assistant director of the Emilo Miró Salvat SA company in 2012. From 2014 until now he has been manager of the company. VermutsMirówas founded in 1957 and originally produced aromatised and fortified wines, until in 1983 the company specialised in the Vermut de Reus (vermouth drink).
Oriol Sala-Patau has more than 25 years’ experience working in TV3. He has been a programme producer, Head of production in the area of Cultural and Children’s Entertainment, Executive Producer in the Department of Co-productions of animation and fiction, Head of the department of external production and currently Head of the Fiction and Cinema department of Televisió de Catalunya.
As an independent producer he produced the short film Ahora no puedo by the director Roser Aguilar. The film received more than 30 international prizes, among which feature the prize for best fictional short film in the 2013 FEC Festival and the Gaudí for the best short film in 2012/3.
Journalist by profession, he started as a reporter in the Agència Catalana de Notícies (ACN) and Catalunya Ràdio. He was Head of news and reporter of Punt6 Ràdio in Reus (2000-2012) and is currently director and head of contents at Lanova Ràdio as well as being presenter, producer and scriptwriter on La Xarxa.
In the audiovisual field he is director of production and co-director of the AcidFactory production company, with which he has taken part on many occasions in the Microfilms competition of the FEC.
Eloïsa Valero is a graduate of Fine Art at the University of Barcelona and university chair of secondary education where she gives classes in audiovisual culture, as well as being associate lecturer in the Pedagogy Department of the URV university.
Singer-songwriter, he has been performing on stages around the country for thirty years. He has been in groups such as OM, Cafè París and La Padrina, among others.
He has also collaborated with several theatre companies, composing the music for different productions, as well as performing as musician and actor.
He is currently presenting his latest album, Planetes Càlids (Kasba Músic).
Héctor Abela (IES Gabriel Ferrater Reus)
Judit Fernández: (IES Salvador Vilaseca)
Alba Martín (IES Salvador Vilaseca)
Javier Pérez (IES Gabriel Ferrater Reus)
Judith Sánchez (IES Gabriel Ferrater Reus)
Jesús Silva: (IES Salvador Vilaseca)