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Guild Presentation on Diversity & Director’s Roundtable

Guild Presentation on Diversity & Director's Roundtable

The Guild Presentation: Focus on Diversity Programs panel and Director’s Roundtable are scheduled during the Hollywood Brazilian Film Festival (July 31-August 4, Egyptian Theatre, Hollywood). Both panels will be held at the Arena Cinema – 1625 North Las Palmas Avenue (adjacent to the Egyptian Theatre).

There will be an informal cocktail reception following each panel. Please let us know if we can reserve you a seat.  


Thursday, August 1:

Guild Presentation – Focus on Diversity Programs

3:30pm – 4:30pm – Diversity Panel

4:30pm -5:00pm – Cocktails

HBRFest will present a panel discussion explaining the importance of the Diversity Committee from three of the most powerful guilds in Hollywood:  DGA, WGA and PGA. 

The mission of all three guilds is to promote diversity and inclusion in the entertainment industry. The DGA and WGA have a number of minority committees representing Hispanics, gays, women, blacks, and Asians. The DGA has only one committee, the Diversity Committee, where all the subgroups fall under.

For this goal, the Diversity Committee offers a number of programs and opportunities to members and non-members in education and networking. They all celebrate producers whose projects in film, TV, and the Web reflect their mission.


  • Producers Guild of America (PGA) – Deborah Calla  
    A writer/producer originally from Brazil. She is the Chair of the Producers Guild of America Diversity Committee as well as the Chair of the Media Access Awards and a member of the WGA.
  • Writers Guild of America (WGA) – Kimberly Myers
    Myers served as Vice President of Program Development at Turner Network and Vice President of Movies and Mini Series at Fox. She was the producer of television films for NBC, CBS, Lifetime and TNT prior to joining the Writers Guild of America in 2007 as its Director of Diversity.  

  • Directors Guild of America (DGA) – Regina Render
    Before joining the DGA, Render was a Business Representative at the International Cinematographers Guild and later a Senior Representative at the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, where she managed key organizational functions and coordinated labor initiatives on public policy issues, multi-union campaigns, and political action. Regina has a long history of civic engagement, including being appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley to the “Neighbor to Neighbor Program,” which developed community response programs and activities after the civil unrest of the 1992 riots.

Friday, August 2

Director’s Roundtable – Focus on the Creative Process

3:00pm – 4:30pm – Director’s Roundtable

4:30pm -5:00pm – Cocktails

Back by popular demand, attending filmmakers will participate in a special Filmmakers Roundtable moderated by Robert Koehler, former Variety critic and expert in Latin American cinema.   This event will provide great insight into the current state of Brazilian filmmaking, trends and an opportunity to meet the rising talent of Brazil. 

Special Guest: Laurence Reymond – Directors Fortnight short film programmer.

Moderator: Robert Koehler


  • Gabriela Amaral Almeida  
    Director “The Comforting Hand” 19’ – West-Coast Premiere (Documentary)

  • Sergio Andrade
    Director “Jonathas´ Forest”  98’ – West-Coast Premiere  (Narrative Feature)

  • Daniel Aragão
    Director “Good Luck, Sweetheart” 95’ – West-Coast Premiere (Narrative Feature)

  • Marcelo Caetano
    Director “By Your Side” 20’ – North-America Premiere (Short Film)

  • Caetano Gotardo
    Director “The Moving Creatures”  97’ – West-Coast Premiere (Short Film)

  • Helvecio Marins
    Director “The Song Of The Nightingale”  19’23” (Short Film)

  • Gabriel Mascaro
    Director “Housemaids” 76’ – North-America Premiere (Documentary)

  • Anna Myulaert (HBRFest Guest of Honor) 
    Director – “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” 52’ -Opening Night Film (Narrative Feature) ; “Durval Records”  103’ – Closing Night Film (Narrative Feature)

  • Allan Ribeiro
    Director “This Love That Consumes”  80’ – International Premiere (Narrative Feature)

  • Rafael Sampaio
    Producer “
    The Package” 18’ – L.A. Premiere (Short Film)

  • Leonardo Sette
    Co-director “Enraged Pigs” 10’ – West-Coast Premiere (Short Film)

  • Rafael Todeschini
    Director “Eva Maria” 12’ – World Premiere (Short Film)

  • Michael Wahrmann
    Director “Avanti Popolo” 72’ – West-Coast Premiere (Narrative Feature)

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