Claudia G Covarrubias is a Mexican filmmaker. In 2017 she produced the comedy film, "El Idolo," which was awarded the El Pulpo, at the inaugural Tampa Bay Latin Film Film Festival.
Claudia is an alumnus of the German filmmaker Doris Dörrie at the Bergman's Masterclass (UNAM.) She was selected to attend the 8th International Documentary Masterclass INTERDOC in Belgrade, Serbia., and twice selected as an intern by National Fund for Culture and the Arts in Mexico.
She is currently developing her first feature film as a Director, 70 Versions of Me, selected in the 9th Oaxaca film Fest Screenplay competition and in the Script and Development Fund of the Mexican Film Institute.
Some of the short films she has directed have been selected for festivals in Mexico and Latin America, including a special mention at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Cine Migrante Film Festival in Buenos Aires, and the Jose Rovirosa's Award for student documentary films.
Miguel Coyula Aquino was born March 31, 1977, in Havana, Cuba. At age 17, he made his first short with a VHS camcorder, which led to his admittance to the International Film School of San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba (EICTV). In 2000, he was offered a scholarship to the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute in New York, where Mr. Coyula made his first feature, Red Cockroaches (2003), for less than $2,000 over a two-year period. The film was described by Variety as “a triumph of technology in the hands of a visionary with know-how...” and went on to gather several awards in the international film festival circuit. His film Memorias del Desarrollo, a follow-up to the Cuban classic Memorias del Subdesarrollo (1968), based on the novel by Cuban writer Edmundo Desnoes, won Coyula a Guggenheim Fellowship to complete it. After its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival 2010, the film gathered 20 awards.
Actress Lynn Cruz was born in Havana in 1977. She was licensed in Pedagogy from the University of Matanzas (2000), and then Studied at the Escuela Nacional Teatro Cuba (2004-2006). She worked for five years in Cuban, Colombian and German theater. Her feature film debut was in the role of “Barbara” in the Cuban film Larga Distancia (2010), a role for which she received critical acclaim in the Cuban press and for which she was nominated for the Caricato Award. She then was cast as the lead in the science fiction film Corazón Azul, an experimental project that has been filmed beginning in 2013.. She also performed in the films La Pared (2006), Próceres (2011), and Nadie (2017). She won an award for her lead role in the Venezuelan film El Niño (2015) at the Cayenne Film Festival in New York. Also, her role in Eres Tu Papá (2018) has been described by the New Herald as "a magisterial performance.” Lynn is also a stage director responsible for writing and directing The Return (2011), The Enemies of the People (2017) and Patriotismo 36-77 (2018).
Mauricio is best known for his starring roles in the highly rated TV series El Chema and El Senor de Los Cielos. Ochmann's smash hit series El Chema (2017) was the highest-rated TV show in the history of NBC Universal's Spanish language subsidiary Telemundo, often receiving the highest rating among 18-34-year-olds in the United States regardless of language. Ochmann appeared in another hit Telemundo series including Victoria, Victorinox, and was the star of El Clon. Mauricio also starred in Hazlo Como Hombre, which was the top-grossing Mexican movie in 2017 and A la Mala, a romantic comedy which was Mexico’s highest-grossing film for 2015 and released by Pantelion/Lionsgate in the US.
Most recently, Ochmann directed his first short film entitled Diaz, which appears at this Festival. The film portrays the tragic but true story of baseball player Joey Diaz whose life was cut short within days of being called up to the Chicago Cubs.
Ana Maria Vasquez
Born in Colombia, South America, Ana Maria divides her time between Florida and the Arizona/Mexico border/ Darién forest, Panamá. Early in life, she was inspired by the philosophy of the Franciscans, to put love into practice by actions that helped those in need. As a teenager, she asked, “What is life worth if we are not serving each other?” After moving to Florida, she sought out Americans who cared about social justice. With the help of Congregationalist pastor Don Daughtry and other young people, she started a group called “Peace for the Future.” She later obtained her B.A. in Anthropology and then headed for South America to see what role she could play in healing the Earth. Since that time, she has worked with many indigenous communities that have been displaced in Colombia and Panama.
Ana Maria is also a well known artist, who creates intricate paintings and murals that tell complex stories about the environment, nature and the people who inhabit the planet. Her work is based on Pachamama, and deeply rooted in social and environmental justice.
Carlos Arturo Camargo Vilardy
Carlos is the creator of this year's El Pulpo Award.
Carlos obtained a Bachelors of Fine Art with a specialty in sculpture from the Universidad del Atlantico in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1978. He later studied at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia and at the Boston College of Art in Boston, Massachusetts. Camargo Vilardy has exhibited his work in galleries throughout his native country, as well as the United States, including the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery at the University of Tampa. Carlos has taught art at many schools and universities on the Atlantic coast of Colombia, and has created monumental sculpture for private and public spaces in Barranquilla and La Guajira. Colombia.
Camargo is equally interested in abstract sculpture and the more figurative kind, depicting metaphoric circus. He also has a series about the tribute to the life on the ocean. The media he favors are bronze, steel, forged iron and wood. Carlos’s exhibit, “El Circo de Arturo,” is sponsored by the St Pete First Art Collective.