Biography

Learn more about my career in the world of cinema.

Josephine Lilly Landertinger Forero

Member of the Colombian Academy of Arts and Cinematographic Sciences,
in the specialty of Direction

Member of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network EWA,
Member of Dones Visuals Catalonia

Member of The Girls Club de Women & Hollywood

I was born in Portugal in 1983, to a Colombian mother and Austrian father. I graduated in Film and Social Communication Studies from the Freie Universität Berlin in 2007, having received a full scholarship for my studies from the Cusanuswerk Foundation. I graduated in Italian Neorealism, German Post-War cinema and documentary film and have always been interested in films that address social and human rights issues, both fiction and documentary. My transnationalism has led me to explore concepts of identity, migration, gender and minorities in my body of work.

I finished a Congo Films School diploma in Actors Direction and my graduation short film, “The First Dance” (El Primer Baile), was released commercially in the Cineplex movie theaters in 2019.

I am the executive producer of the French short film “Stories of Smoke” (Cuentos de Humo), directed by Théo Zachmann, produced by Les Films Velvet (France) and Global Eyes Production (Colombia), filmed in the city of Bogotá in December 2019. I am currently in post-production of my second feature film “Mister Tierra Bomba” (release in 2021), in production of the series “Ellas – women in quarantine” and in development of my third and fourth feature films “Memories Lost and Found” and “Goddess”. In 2017 I directed the Colombian episode of the “Girls&Sex” series, produced by Maraca INC Los Angeles.

My debut feature documentary film “Home – the country of illusion”, a co-production between Global Eyes Production (Colombia) and Red Desert Films (Portugal), winner of the Bogotá Audiovisual Market 2016 prize and the National Cinematheque IDARTES 2016 Award, was nominated for “Best Documentary” at the 2017 national Academy of Motion Pictures “Macondo Awards”. Being pregnant with my first daughter, I self-distributed “Home ‘ the country of illusion” that was launched in cinemas in August 2016 (exhibited in Colombia, Mexico, Germany and Portugal),w as the opening film of DocsBarcelona Medellín and the closing film of Filmouflage Berlin and is being screened at festivals until today. 

In 2017, together with six other Colombian filmmakers, we founded Doc.Co Agencia de Promoción y Distribución, a distribution company focused on alternative screenings and promoting independent Latin American Cinema.

Since 2018 and with the birth of my second daughter I have been part of the programming team of the Cartagena de Indias International Film Festival  (FICCI), under the artistic direction of Felipe Aljure, responsible for the Official Selection. And in 2020 I joined Filmets, the most important short film festival in Catalonia, as a programmer, too, responsible for the family program and the educational screenings at primary and secondary schools.

In the wake of sexual abuse scandals in the Latinamerican film industry, in 2020 I created Acción Mujeres, an online directory of organizations and groups of the audiovisual industry that work in favor of gender equality in Ibero-America.

I have been a jury member for film grants, work-in-progress screenings at festivals and other awards, such as IDARTES, Gabriel García Márquez Award Audiovisual category, Work-in-Progress Fiction FICCI.

For more than 10 years I have been a film teacher, teaching short film workshops in vulnerable communities (for example for Samsung Aulas de Paz, Casa Hogar Foundation, among others), production seminars at the National Film School Escuela Nacional de Cine (ENACC) Bogotá or masterclasses at film festivals.

I am the founder of Global Eyes Production, a production company created in 2013 based in Bogotá focusing on cinema that has an impact in society and believes in cinema for social change.

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