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Announcing the Participants of the First Native Documentary Festival in Quito, Ecuador

Amsterdam, March 13, 2016

Native agency, in collaboration with the Universidad de San Francisco de Quito and the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), is pleased to announce the 23 participants that will join the first Native Agency Documentary Photography Festival in Quito, Ecuador this 17 and 18 of March. 

The festival will be an opportunity to celebrate Latin American visual heritage and talent. 

Photographers from or based in Latin America were encouraged to apply. Native received a total of 94 applications - 20 male and 74 female! Finally, a total of 23 visual storytellers – 20 female and three male from ten different nationalities – were selected. 

Here are the participants of the first Native Documentary Photography Festival: 

  1. Alejandra Rajal (Mexico)
  2. Ana Vallejo (Colombia)
  3. Andrea Calispa (Ecuador) 
  4. Angela Ponce (Peru)
  5. Carolina Navas (Colombia)
  6. Celeste Alonso (Argentina)
  7. Daniela Olave Arango (Colombia)
  8. Darwin Pizarro (Ecuador)
  9. Dominique Riofrío (Ecuador)
  10. Fabiola Ferrero (Venezuela)
  11. Gabriel Tejada (Brazil)
  12. Gabriela Portilho (Brazil)
  13. Jessica Orellana (El Salvador)
  14. Joana Toro (Colombia)
  15. Johana Alarcón (Ecuador)
  16. Laura Sofía Mejía Lopez (Colombia)
  17. Lisette Lemus (El Salvador)
  18. Manuel Seoane (Bolivia)
  19. Michelle Gachet (Ecuador)
  20. Sandra Sebastián (Guatemala)
  21. Victoria Helena (Mexico)
  22. Viviana Calaón Moscova (Ecuador)
  23. Ximena Vásquez (Colombia)

The workshop/seminar will take place in the morning. Here, participants will get inspiration to develop their personal voice, continue working on their documentary projects and get one-on-one feedback from Native Agency photographers and curators.

Pedro Dana, from IWMF reflects: We are excited to partner with Native Agency for the Native Documentary Festival and are proud to provide support for women visual storytellers to participate from across Latin America.”  

This workshop has been developed for those visual storytellers (photography and videography) who would like to develop their skills to create, edit and narrate their visual stories successfully. We will analyze methodologies needed for the research and production of short and long-term visual essays. We will explore different aspects in documentary visual essay-making such as: how to develop ideas; how to research; production; editing and writing of photo captions, of your visual story. There will be a critical assessment of ideas for documentary projects in terms of their visual and commercial potential. Finally, they will learn to develop new projects where the personal photographic voice will come to life.
Following the workshop and portfolio review, Native will open its doors to everyone for two afternoons of inspirational talks from our very own Native storytellers, along with national experts in the field.

To wrap up the festival, Native invites all participants and visitors to join us for an evening of electronic Latin American rhythms and cadence: the launch of Mishky Records with a public party featuring female DJs and live acts from Ecuador, Colombia and Brazil. Join the event here 

For the complete programme, please click here.
The programme is subject to change. 
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About Native agency: 
Native is an agency that nurtures and empowers visual storytellers from Latin America and Africa and connects them to a global audience.