Laura Strugar Smith

Managing Director  - Teacher

Laura grew up in St. Louis, Missouri where she performed regularly in her school theatre club and local community theatre projects. She studied theatre performance first at Fontbonne University and then later at Kansas State University where she received her BFA in Performing Arts. She moved to Kansas City, where she studied at The Actor's Studio and worked with the Independent Film Commission of Kansas City. Laura now lives in Prague, Czech Republic, and continues her career, having studied at Prague Playhouse Acting Studio and Nancy Bishop Acting For The Camera courses, working regularly on independent films and theatre projects in Prague as a film teacher, producer and actor.

Lucía Giménez Viloria

Educational Director - Teacher

Director/Producer/Screenwriter/Editor, Lucía was born in Maracaibo,Venezuela. She studied Audiovisual Journalism at the University of Zulia in Venezuela. During her studies, she worked as an English teacher in a workshop for kids. The 4 years in that role gave her invaluable experience working with children. She graduated in 2007. After 3 years of working in Venezuela (features, short films, a TV reality show and radio show), Lucía moved to Europe to continue her studies and graduated from Prague Film School with a diploma, specializing in Directing and Screenwriting.   www.luciagimenezviloria.com

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Valerio Mendoza Guillén


Coming from the Caribbean, sense of humor and emotions are key on his work. During his youth, he did social programs with kids and worked in summer camps at Venezuela and USA. Back in Caracas he worked as a documentary filmmaker writing, editing and directing films for TV and Cinema. Later on he moved to Czech Republic, where he did an MFA on fiction directing at FAMU. His graduation project and most recent film, Bolero for Surfing in Moravia (35mins), has just started its festival tour after wining the best director award at FAMU FEST. If there's a way magical realism can grow at central-eastern Europe, Valerio is in the permanent search for it.

Esteban Alfaro


A Children's Book Illustrator and Short Filmmaker from Buenos Aires.  After graduating from the Fine Arts School Rogelio Yrurtia, he worked as an Art Teacher in primary and secondary schools in Buenos Aires while studying Acting and Animated Film Making. His short film 'The Objects' from this period was selected to compete at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival. Between 2005 and 2012 he worked as a Children's Book Illustrator. His breakthrough came with the book 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses'  a fully illustrated album adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairytale of the same name. His illustrations where exhibit at the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava - BIB, in Slovakia. He arrived in Prague in 2013 to study for an MFA in film directing at  FAMU in Prague. 


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