Filmmakers

WRITER-DIRECTOR

Marianela Maldonado graduated from the National Film and Television School in 2002 in screenwriting. While living in the UK, Marianela directed four fiction short films among them: The Look of Happiness and Breaking Out which both premiered at Cannes Film Festival. As a screenwriter, Marianela has worked in a variety of fiction and animation projects, among them Peter and the Wolf (Oscar winner 2008), Unmade Beds (Sundance, Berlin, Rotterdam 2009), The Flying Machine (Toronto & 3D Films Festival 2012/2013) and Magic Piano (New York Film Festival, 2011 and pre-selected for the Academy Awards in 2012). Thanks to her successful short films and her work as a screenwriter, she was selected to take part in the prestigious Writing Residence in Paris hosted by Cannes Film Festival. As documentary director, she has worked for BBC World and co-directed an 8 part documentary TV series Bio-patents and ancestral Knowledge for Latin American TV.

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY / CO-DIRECTOR

Robin Todd -Currently based in California, Robin studied at the London Film School (LFS). He has extensive experience in a variety of technical and creative positions as a director, writer, cinematographer, editor and animator, in fiction, documentary and animation. He co-wrote The Magic Piano which was a 2012 Oscars final shortlist. His recent films include the science fiction short film, Sk8rz which participated in festivals around the world including Pifan in Korea and Fantastic Fest in Austin. While living in Venezuela he directed and shot an 8 part TV documentary series: Biopiracy and Ancestral Knowledge. He also shot the documentary short film The Barrel which was premiered in DocHot 2013 and was a festival favorite. He just finished his documentary short film The Apricots of Forcefield which will soon be sent to film festivals. He is currently developing a feature documentary.

SCREENWRITER -STORY EDITOR

Jessica Wenzelmann has worked as a screenwriter and story editor for the past ten years. Invento Films recruited her in 2015 to help us visualize the enormous amount of rough material that we have filmed over the span of eight years. It has been a colossal work, but with her help we’ve been able to restructure the arch of the story and rewrite the script.

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

Luisa De La Ville - Luisa is a Venezuelan director and producer with 35 years of experience in film and television. She has produced well known fiction feature films including Taita Boves, El Enemigo (with major awards in national and international festivals), Al Borde de La Línea and Plan B between 2002 and 2010. Recently, she has been producing three feature documentaries: Children of Las Brisas, A Wild Storm, directed by Robin Todd and The Lori Berenson Story directed by Suzie Baer. She has also directed films for TV and has been an Assistant Director on more than 25 Venezuelan and international feature films between 1976 and 2011.

PRODUCERS

INVENTO Films is a venezuelan/american company created in 2012 by Marianela Maldonado and Robin Todd, filmmakers who have developed an audiovisual career in the UK, Europe and Latin America, by writing, directing and editing both short and feature films and animations.  Luisa De La Ville joined them shortly after as the producer and executive producer of their projects.  Currently, Invento Films is postproducing the documentary film Los Niños de las Brisas (The Children of Las Brisas), and developing two feature films: El Vientre de La Ballena (The Belly of The Whale) and El Aguacate (The avocado, animated feature film). The company is also codeveloping a colombian animated feature film for children Jerónimo y La Sombra (Geronimo and the shadow). 

CO PRODUCERS

Andy Glynne is a double-BAFTA Award winning filmmaker, producer and author. Originally trained as a clinical psychologist, he went on to create the National Documentary Organization, DFG - The Documentary Filmmakers Group - and now runs Mosaic Films, a multi-award winning production company. He has produced and directed over 50 documentaries for TV, cinema and the web. He's also author of the book Documentaries and How to Make Them, the Chairman of the European Documentary Network, a trainer on many documentary and production courses both in the UK and overseas, and a consultant to numerous organizations and broadcasters around the world. 

MOSAIC Films is a well-established documentary production company, runned by BATFA winner Andy Glyne, with a proud history of making award-winning creative documentaries in the UK and throughout the world. They have produced documentaries for all of the major UK and many major international broadcasters, and are known for pioneering new techniques in documentary filmmaking, and for producing films that are innovative in subject matter and style. Some of our recent broadcast films include the BAFTA-winning series Seeking Refuge, for BBC; and the musical documentary Dekay’s Guide to Estates, for Current. Mosaic pioneered the use of animated documentaries in the UK with the multiawarded series Animated Minds.

POINT DU JOUR is a Paris based company founded 30 years ago by two filmmakers, Jean Louis Saporito and Patrice Barrat. It is now run by a group of producers, among them Luc Martin-Gousset, who presides the company. Point du Jour has developed an expertise in the documentary area through more than a hundred documentaries produced and coproduced. Among them, The dark side of the moon (William Karel), 6 days in June (Ilan Ziv) and Monsoon (Sturla Gunnarssen), coproduced with Intuitive Films.