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GWENN JOYAUX :: director & writer



Gwenn Joyaux
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Argentine-French multi award-winning director and writer who tells LGBTQI+ stories that deal with the edges of the world and extreme characters.

They studied at La Plata National University in Argentina where they earned a BA in Multimedia Production, a BA in Direction of Film, Video and TV and a Degree in Audiovisual Communications. Later on they relocated to Europe to study a MA in Film Directing at Universidade Lusófona in Lisbon (Portugal), Screen Academy Scotland in Edinburgh/ Napier University (UK) and the Baltic Film and Media School in Tallinn (Estonia) with an ERASMUS+ scholarship.

They are a Talent Buenos Aires – Berlinale Talents (2007). They received a scholarship to attend the 3º Seminar Program for Professional Latin American and European Film Producers at the Copenhagen Filmskolen. In 2013 they were selected as one of the residents at the Koumaria Residency in Greece where they made “Stories of a tree” an audiovisual installation which was exhibited at Michael Cacoyannis Foundation in Athens.

They have worked as AD and script supervisor in more than twenty films, commercials and series in Europe, Central America and South America.

2008 saw the release of Gwenn’s first feature as writer/director, the micro-budget ‘La América aislada’, which premiered at the 4º FICIFF, before going on to play at many other festivals.

In 2009 Gwenn was the recipient of the INCAA’s Historias Breves award which led to their making their first professional short film ‘Cenizas’ (Ashes). It premiered in theaters in 2012 and was screened at the 27th Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the sole ‘Category A’ Latin American Film Festival.

Their next project, an unusual self portrait in the form of a film entitled ‘Las dos mitades’ (The two halves) had its world premier at Transatlantyk Film Festival in Poland, where it won the Jury Award of the Capturing Freedom Short Films Contest, and has since screened at multiple festivals, winning the 1st prize at Bendita Tú Film Festival in Spain.

The LGBT thriller set in the Cold War entitled ‘Tomorrow island’ is their last short film and it was premiered at Tirana International Film Festival in 2018 and has since screened at multiple festivals, winning a Special Jury Mention for Short of the Year by Promofest and the Prémio Sophia Estudante for Best Short Film by the Portuguese Film Academy.

Gwenn is in development on her new feature films (Where the cold wind blows, In labour we trust)

 

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