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Step by Step: Solutions for Sustainability

Step by Step: Solutions for Sustainability

Feb 20th 2023
Carlos Ormeño Palma, Miguel Ángel Sánchez, Phillip Leteka, Honor Swinton-Byrne, Hania Mroué, Marene Arnold moderated by Nadia Denton
To give the 22,000 trans women in Peru a voice through film and education. To influence the consolidation of human rights in Mexico through a safer network for female documentarists. To spark the revival of cinema (and cinemas!) in Lesotho with a set of grassroot film workshops. The aims and ambitions of this year’s Talents Footprints - Mastercard Enablement Programme fellows couldn’t be more timely, urgent - and at first sight definitely also harder to reach. This first public encounter after their festive announcement is your chance to get to know the protagonists behind the projects and delve with them, and the prominent jurors who chose them, deeply into their profound and thoroughly realistic concepts for change. By learning more about their existing networks and upcoming challenges, we can witness social sustainability live and in action - and become also part of it to start turning their goals also into our solutions - step by step, footprint by footprint.

Carlos Ormeño Palma

Carlos is a Peruvian filmmaker and founder of La Fiebre Films. "TranStories" is a creative lab with the aim of empowering the Peruvian trans community through the force of filmmaking. Each year 20 Peruvian trans women will explore their resilience by making short explorative documentaries, telling their own stories using their own words, bodies, and thoughts.

Miguel Ángel Sánchez

Miguel is an independent Mexican filmmaker and activist. WE FILM MX is a digital platform for female journalists, activists, and human rights defenders. Its aim is to provide training and tools for the creation of audiovisual projects that can be used to broadcast their activities, expose or prove police abuses and to produce campaigns and documentaries in a country in a humanitarian crisis. It is a tool for democracy.

Phillip Leteka

Phillip Leteka is a short story writer, filmmaker and a Fulbright Scholar based in Maseru, Lesotho. Majoaneng, (Academy of Images and Letters) is an intensive programme which provides training, space, support and equipment to young dedicated individuals who are interested in developing their filmmaking craft in the thick of Lesotho’s non-existent film industry.

Honor Swinton-Byrne

Honor Swinton Byrne is a young British actress who grew up in Scotland. At the age of 13, she was directed by Luca Guadagnino in a cameo role in the feature film "I am Love". Her second foray into acting was the expansive lead role of Julie in feature film "The Souvenir", after which later followed the sequel. These were directed by Joanna Hogg and placed her opposite Tom Burke. The films received vast critical acclaim and were nominated for 68 awards in total, including 17 British Independent Film Award nominations. They won a Sundance award, two London Film Critics Circle Awards, and a National Board of Review Award.
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Hania Mroué

Hania is a film programmer based in Beirut. She directs Metropolis Cinema, Lebanon’s only arthouse movie theatre that she founded in 2006. She’s the director of Talents Beirut, a branch of the Berlinale Talents dedicated to DOPs, Editors and Sound Designers from the Arab world. She started MC Distribution to sell and distribute Arab independent films in the MENA region. She’s a programming consultant at the Marrakesh International Film Festival.

Marene Arnold

Marene Arnold is Vice President Marketing Communications for Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Mastercard. She believes that brands must champion sustainability and ethics to earn and keep the trust of consumers: Tackling the global climate crisis will take all of us – and major businesses have a vital role to play. At Mastercard, we are using our technology and global network to inspire collective action that fosters a more sustainable digital economy.

Nadia Denton

Nadia has worked in the film industry for 15 years. She specialises in Nigerian Cinema and coined the term “Beyond Nollywood” to refer to art house, experimental, animation, documentary, shorts and music videos from Nigeria and its diaspora. In 2022 she was co-host to the EFM at Berlinale Insights Podcast. Nadia has curated programmes at leading UK film venues including the British Film Institute, Institute of Contemporary Arts and Rich Mix. She is author of two books and has worked with organisations such as the British Council, London Film School, Sundance Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival.