Jury 2024 - The Magnificent

Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento

(film director), 2023 winner with 'Adieu Sauvage', Colombia, Belgium - Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento was born in Bogota on April 5, 1987. Nothing predestined him for the cinema and yet, at the age of 19, he left his country for Europe and enrolled at the Fine Arts School in Poitiers with a student visa. It was during his studies that he got closer to cinema and successfully passed the entrance exam to the IAD film school in Belgium. In 2018, his graduation film Simon cries was spotted on the festival circuit where it circulated extensively. Between burlesque and sad clown, resignation and ferocity, Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento wants to highlight the feeling of sadness that is too often repressed by Latin American culture. In “Adieu Sauvage” his first feature-length documentary, Sergio Guataquira Sarmiento confronts the lovesickness of the Amerindian population of the Colombian Amazon. An ethical questioning of ethnological cinema intersects with a burlesque and sometimes pathetic personal quest, Sergio is now interested in the Man “who feels nothing”. Sergio currently lives in Brussels, awaiting regularization.

Rudi Maerten

(film editor), Belgium -  “When one violin is enough, don’t use two” Antonio Vivaldi After studying editing at the Insas film school in Brussels, with a classical training in fiction cinema, he connects with the abundant contemporary Belgian choreographic scene of the 80s for what was to become the primary roots of his work and the adventure of dance film, a way of thinking about editing as an act of composition as much as organization of narrative. He then turned to documentary cinema which has been his main field of exploration for around thirty years, guided by Walter Murch's phrase "editing is not so much an assemblage as the discovery of a path " In love with artisanal forms of writing, he considers his work as an attempt to bring back to the surface what is hidden somewhere in the filmed material and just waiting to be revealed. Since 2011, he has added a pedagogical string to his bow, with various experiences of project takeovers, coaching and editing supervision, including at Insas and at the documentary school of Lussas in France, all in the desire to pass on and share as much as in the search for a form in the making.

Perrine Robert

(Head of programs, Lyon Capitale TV), France - Perrine Robert began her career with a solid musical education, joining the Conservatoire Nationale de Région de musique de Lyon and Mâcon, she won several awards in violin and chamber music. She then obtained his Master’s Degree at the Université de Lyon 2 in Cinema and Audiovisual Studies, then at ARSEC, where she trained in the management and direction of cultural projects. She completed his training with studies in Audiovisual Law, Management and Economics at the Sorbonne in Paris. In 1993, Perrine Robert worked for radio Libre RCT, conducted classical music programmes and was the artistic director of the concerts at the Embarcadère in Lyon. She also coordinated the chamber music festival Les Musicades for five years. In 1998 she conducted the programme 'Écoutez la musique' on FRANCE 3 Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne. Then join the national channel CINEINFO (SFR) to produce and present a film music program. During the 2000s Perrine created around twenty documentaries, portraits of artists or society topics, for channels such as MEZZO, FRANCE 2, TLM and Cités Télévision. Graduated from INA in production management, she also specializes in executive production. In 2010, she created LYON TV with Olivier Attebi, which became LYON CAPITALE TV after its purchase by FIDUCIAL Médias. As a programmer, she orients the schedule towards ambitious but fragile creative documentaries, supporting large-format and committed projects. She also teaches production at the Lussas Documentary Film School and is a lecturer at the CNC…

Diletta Ciociano

(editor-in-chief of https://www.taxidrivers.it/), Italy - I'm a philosophy graduate with a master's degree in human resources, an expert at searching for the meaning of life and maximizing human potential! When I'm not philosophizing, you'll find me at the movies, with eyes as blue as the sea, soaking in the credits of those tear-jerking dramas that make me cry to the last tear. I love engaging with people who see the world differently than I do - debate is my daily drug! I can't live without my daily olives and, in my dishes, cheese is always the undisputed king. I'm also a happy wife and a proud mom of a sweet little dog named Daisy. To me, friends are like the olives in my life - the touch of flavor that makes it truly special.

Marcello Bivona

(film director), Italy - Marcello Bivona was born in Tunis to a family of Sicilian and Sardinian origins, who had emigrated to the North African country for four generations. In 1960, at the age of five, he left Tunisia, which gained independence from France in 1956 and led the large Italian community to abandon the country. The return to Italy, a dramatic and disorienting experience, is the return to an unknown homeland and soon turns out to be a new emigration. Exile, uprooting, the search for identity, memory are the themes that allow him to talk about a little-known aspect of Italian emigration that occurred in the countries south of the Mediterranean, particularly towards Tunisia. The documentary, as a narrative form different from fiction cinema, is the expressive means that gave him this possibility. Among his films we remember: "Clandestini nella città" 1992; "Return to Tunis" 1998 and "Sicilians of Africa" ​​2022. “I don't know if “Simplicity and Confidentiality” can be defined as a “motto”. But it is certain that simplicity has saved me from following many trends and confidentiality has given me the opportunity to tell much more about myself than what appears"


Patron of our 17th Edition

Michel Khleifi, born in 1950 in Israel to an Arab-Palestinian family, left his country in 1970 to work at Volkswagen in Germany. Along the way, he settled in Belgium and studied theater directing, radio, and television at INSAS in Brussels, graduating in 1977. In 1980, he returned to his native region to make the documentary Al Dhakira al Khasba [Fertile Memory], the first feature film shot in Palestinian West Bank. In 1987, he made Urs al-Jalil [Wedding in Galilee], a film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the first Palestinian film selected for the Cannes Film Festival, where it won the International Critics’ Prize. The Royal Film Archive of Belgium has restored several of his films, including Ma’loul Celebrates Its Destruction (1985) and Tale of the Three Jewels (1994). Khleifi’s films, blending documentary and fiction, explore life under occupation and Palestinian collective memory, marking a turning point in the history of Palestinian cinema.

Youth Jury


Julien Seny (BE)

I am Belgian, 19 years old and I study science because I like to understand how things work. In my spare time I love to immerse myself in different worlds, through books, films or music. Recently I have taken a particular interest in cinema. The film that impressed me the most was probably S.Kubrick's 2001 Space Odyssey, but I also really loved Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive (El espíritu de la colmena). I like to get in touch with other people's thoughts, either by dialoguing or by listening and discovering their vision of the world through their projects. It helps me to better understand the universe we live in and myself. Thank you very much for this opportunity. I look forward to meeting you.from the director and his team to the viewer.


Nicolas Devreese (BE)

For 19 years I have always been immersed in the world of cinema, ever since I was very young, thanks to my parents - my father is an editor and documentary filmmaker - I gradually discovered many films from westerns to Japanese animation series, from American independent films to Kurosawa's films that were a revelation for me. Then I installed an application that brings together film enthusiasts who write film critiques... That is how my interest in Robert Bresson, Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Éric Rohmer, Agnès Varda, Jean Cocteau... I am curious to discover more about documentary cinema and I am happy to be able to participate in this festival.


Anna Grandin (IT)

I am 25 years old and participating in this jury is an opportunity to explore what has been chosen to show, with respect to Roots. A theme that echoes this year's Stranieri Ovunque (Strangers Everywhere) at the Venice Biennale: but while in Venice we are questioning whether our condition as human beings is fundamentally a state of exile with respect to ourselves, others and the world, I find it peculiar that in Naples we can question where 'home' is and what it is. How human beings experience the concept of roots, how they plant them, establish them, uproot them, rebuild them. These are important questions at a moment in history that is shaky and in crisis, where between wars, climate crises, identity crises... we have the right to ask ourselves where we can put our feet (and take refuge).


Avril Guigue Ortiz (VE)

Born in Venezuela, I am French by adoption and 25 years old. I have been passionate about cinema and history since I was a child and have pursued this path both in my studies (Film Archivist, Researcher and Historian) and in my activities. Perseverance and commitment characterise me. Through different work experiences in various countries (France, Mexico, Chile, Belgium) I have also become very adaptable. I am currently involved in the restoration of film archives at the Cinémathèque Royale de Belgique. Through film culture, the Faito Doc defends values that I share and that are close to my heart - be they aesthetic, political or environmental. Festivals have always offered me spaces to learn about goodwill and working together, and I owe much of who I am today to them.


Mustafa Ahmed (SO)

I am a student at the University l'Orientale of Naples, my name is Mustafa Ahmed and I am 23 years old. I was born in Somalia and come from Ethiopia. When I was 12, I left my homeland and passed through Libya to arrive in Europe after a very long journey. I have now been living in Italy for 9 years. I attended middle and high school in Naples and am currently attending university. I love cinema and I also had an experience in the field that interested me a lot. I am therefore very curious to participate in the Young Jury of the Faito Doc!


Elina Teirlynck (BE)

My name is Elina Teirlynck, I am 17 years old and a student at the Saint Luc Institute in Brussels. Since my childhood, I have been lulled by painting, music and photography but my parents were not interested in cinema so I had to make my own way in this environment. For the past two years, I have become a huge cinema addict, I try to see as many films as possible and I love analysing them, criticising them and discussing them with my boyfriend. I go to the cinema as much as I can (sometimes to the point where I don't have any money left...) This opportunity to be part of the Faito Doc Young Jury and to be able to discuss films with other young people excites me.

Jury Il Camino

The Faito Doc’s collaboration with the Il Camino Centre began in 2008 and has been enriched over the past 17 years by following the changes in the community of both managers and residents. The team of therapists has stimulated the culture and encouraged the initiatives proposed by Faito Doc. Many residents took part in the event in various forms and roles: presenting their own creations, collaborating on the set design of some exhibitions, working with the staff, cleaning and enhancing the area around the Casa del Cinema, participating in dance, writing and theatre workshops in the centre, creating a sensory pathway show in the community, and finally becoming the protagonists of a series of documentary portraits (two of which will be presented in this edition). Over time, two feature-length documentaries were made, recounting their individual and group journey. For the past 7 years, a Camino Jury has been set up, which this year awards the Camino Prizes (of their own creation) to the best documentaries in the International Competition of Short Films from Film Schools and offered to the best film.

Jury Faito Doc Camp

Guests of the camp, faithful to the daily events, organisers of concerts and activities in collaboration with the festival, meet to discuss the short films in competition by expressing a preference indicating the documentary of the day they liked best. At the end of the festival, the film receiving the most votes will be the winner of the Faito Doc Camp Prize, a work created by a talented artist from the Filangieri Association.


PRIZES awarded by the I Magnifici Jury and the Young Jury are works by Cricou

Christian Courtois, a creator of unusual objects, at each edition Cricou creates an original work in connection with the Festival theme. A passionate inventor, he loves to share his vision of things with humour and imagination. He transforms and revives any object that is broken, abandoned or thrown away. He is the inventor of the Faggio Doc Awards. The prizes will go to the Best Feature Film, the Best Short Film voted by the International Jury and the Best Short and Best Long Film voted by the Young Jury. 

The ProFaito Onlus Association, which works for the ecological and environmental protection of Monte Faito as well as a landscape heritage and cultural asset, will offer a plaque for the Audience Award.
The Centro Terapeutico il Camino through their Jury will award the best short films one or two prizes.
The Faito Doc Camp through their Jury awards a prize to their best-loved film of the entire Festival.
The Ottica Sacco Prize is awarded by the Jury of the Magnificent and will go to the sharpest look.

In this edition for the first time it will be awarded :
The Prize of the Municipality of Vico Equense to the best Italian film of the Festival attributed by Chiara Guida of cinefilos.it with the collaboration of the Vico Equense Youth Forum