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JURY 2020




Documentary film director with over a decade of experience under his belt, always approaching his themes from the point of view of his protagonists.


Estephan was born and raised in Chile. In Santiago he studied Theater at the International School of Image and Gesture, and afterwards worked as both actor and director. 


Later he moved to Germany, where he studied Film Editing. From there he moves to France, where he works as editor for the TV channel ARTE. Then he moves to London and makes his Masters in documentary direction at the prestigious National Film and Television School. 


The films he directed have been both successful on the international festival circuit (playing at over 150 festivals and winning 32 awards), as well as being broadcasted on TV (DR / Denmark, Channel 4 / UK, SVT / Sweden, ARTE / Germany-France, TRT / Turkey, Channel 1 / Russia). 


Les Sauteurs (2016), his film about refugees from sub-Saharan region attempting to cross the land border between Morocco and Spain, won a Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at Berlinale, a Cinema Eye Honors Spotlight Award, a Grand Prize at DMZ International Documentary Film Festival and a Best Feature-Length Documentary at Madrid International Documentary Film Festival, among many others.


Wagner’s most recent work, Songs of Repression, focused on members of a German colony in Chile facing their past, premiered this March at CPH:DOX and earned the main Festival prize, the DOX:AWARD.

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