Alina Rodríguez Abreu Born in Havana in 1984, Alina Rodríguez graduated from Cuba’s national art school, the ISA, with a specialization in direction. With her documentary Buscándote Havana (Looking for Havana) and her recent short fiction El color de Elisa (The Color of Elisa), Alina Rodríguez has established herself as one of Cuba’s most exciting young directors in the independent film movement. These short films won several awards at the Youth Film Showcase in Havana, including best script, best actress, and special mentions. In 2008, she made her first venture into working at the ICAIC as one of the directors of an omnibus documentary on Cuba’s international literacy brigades.

Angélica Salvador Born in Havana in 1975, Angélica Salvador graduated from Cuba’s national art school, the ISA, with a specialization in editing. She began her professional career working on several important ICAIC and independent productions. She is at the forefront of a rising generation who have taken editing out of the ICAIC and to home computers, helping to foment a new movement of low-budget filmmaking. She has been a close collaborator with Esteban Insausti for years, editing several of his works including his recent feature, Larga distancia (Long Distance).

Annia Bú Maure Born in Santiago de Cuba in 1984, Annia Bú graduated from Cuba’s national art school, the ISA, with a specialization in acting and theater. She has also studied acting at Cuba’s international film school, the EICTV. She began her professional acting career working in national and international music videos. In 2006 she scored her first major role as the main character of Ernesto Darana’s Los dioses rotos (The Broken Gods), a low-budget national feature, after which she starred in El cuerno de la abundancia (The Horn of Plenty), an international co-production directed by one of Cuba’s most famous filmmakers, Juan Carlos Tabío, and Esteban Insausti’s Larga distancia (Long Distance). She has also begun working promoting films by young Cuban filmmakers in the New England Ibero-American Film Festival and other festivals.

Esteban Insausti Born in Havana in 1971, Esteban Insausti graduated from Cuba’s national art school, the ISA, with a specialization in direction. He has also studied at Cuba’s international film school, the EICTV. He began his professional career as a scriptwriter for Cuban television at age 19 and later became one of Cuba’s first independent filmmakers. His fiction and documentary shorts have won prizes at Montreal’s Festival des films du monde, the New Latin American Film Festival, and the Youth Film Showcase in Havana, and have been shown as part of the official selection at Cannes, Montreal, Biarritz, and Huelva Film Festivals. With his first feature film, Larga distancia (Long Distance), he took the new production methods he learned through independent filmmaking back into work at the Cuban state film institute, the ICAIC.

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