Diana Bustamante

Year of participation at FICM as member of the jury: 2015 Mexican Short Film Section Filmmaker, Producer and Artistic Director of Cartagena International Film Festival (FICCI)

In recent years, Colombian born Diana Bustamante has led the internationalization of Colombian cinema, supporting and launching the careers of directors like Ciro Guerra, Óscar Ruiz Navia, Juan Andrés Arango, and William Vega. Since 2013, she has been part of the Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias (FICCI, Cartagena International Film Festival), becoming its Artistic Director in 2015. She has been the producer of films such as Los viajes del viento (2009), directed by Ciro Guerra, co­produced with Cristina Gallego and selected at Un Certain Regard at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival; El vuelco del cangrejo, directed by Óscar Ruiz Navia, which made its debut at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and won the FIPRESCI Award at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival; and both La playa, directed by Juan Andrés Arango, and La sirga, directed by William Vega, premiered in 2012 at the Cannes Film Festival in the sections Un Certain Regard and the Directors’ Fortnight, respectively. She returned to this festival in 2013 with the short film Solecito, directed by Óscar Ruiz Navia, whose most recent feature, Los hongos, she also produced; this film won the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno International Film Festival. Her most recent project, Violencia, directed by Jorge Forero, was premiered at the 2015 Berlin International Film Festival in the Forum section, while La tierra y la sombra, directed by César Acevedo, was awarded the Cámera d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. Through her company Burning Blue, she has co­produced films such as Nicolás Pereda’s Los mejores temas, Diego Lerman’s Refugiado, and Enrica Pérez’s Climas.

Parallel to her activities as a producer, she developed and was the manager of the Departamento de Cine de Caracol Televisión (Caracol Television Film Department) from 2008 to 2012; she has served on various selecting juries in Colombia and abroad; and she has always maintained a strong relationship with the Academy. In the early years of her career, she designed, developed, and funded multiple projects based on international cooperation with entities like the OAS, the Dutch Cooperation, and the GTZ, among others; these projects interacted with her country’s artistic expressions and social development.

As a filmmaker, she has played an active role in the development and preparation of each of her films, and in 2007 she directed the documentary Oposición-Fusión, premiered at the 2008 Muestra Internacional de Documental (National Documentary Exhibition). In 2007 she began developing Salto al vacío, which won the Cinecolor/Kodak Award at the 13th Muestra Internacional de Cine Documental de Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Exhibition). She is currently working on the project Segovia.