Bertha Navarro

Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2020

A promoter of Ibero-American cinema, she began her film career in documentary filmmaking at the end of the sixties and, soon after, directed her work as a producer to fiction. In 1972, she began filming her first feature film: Reed, México Insurgente, directed by Paul Leduc and one of the first independent films in Mexico. The movie was awarded the Georges Sadoul award in France, Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes in 1973. Since then she has produced important films in the history of Ibero-American cinema, including CronosThe Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del ToroCabeza de Vaca by Nicolás EchevarríaUn Embrujo by Carlos CarreraLa Fiebre del Loco by Andrés Wood and Crónicas by Sebastián Cordero. She recognised and supported talent in numerous debut films. Her films have traveled the world of international festivals and many of them have earned important awards.

Her conviction that the primary role of cinema is to tell a good story, she has made the Laboratory of Cinematographic Scripts a possibility. This collaboration between the Sundance Institute, the Guadalajara International Film Festival and the Morelia International Film Festival has helped many talented Mexican and Latin American directors and scriptwriters with their work. She also created the Music for Film Lab and in 2012, she started the Actor-Director Lab, where directors have the opportunity to explore their work with actors in-depth.

As a tribute and recognition to her extensive and notable career in Ibero-American cinema, the Guadalajara International Film Festival awarded her the Mayahuel de Plata in 2008. Among other accolades, she received the Ariel de Oro from the Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences in 2015, as well as El Coral from the Havana Festival in 2018.

Bertha Navarro has served as a jury in numerous film festivals, including the Locarno Film Festival, Lima Film Festival and the Guadalajara International Film Festival, among others.