Gema Juarez Allen



Gema Juárez Allen (Argentina, 1974) is a film producer based in Buenos Aires, Argentina where she runs her own company GEMA FILMS. Gema focuses on arthouse films and documentaries. She has produced over 25 feature length films -most of them international coproductions- programmed and awarded at the most important film festivals of the world.

Among her most recent titles are:

  • FICCION PRIVADA (2019, Andrés Di Tella, premiere at San Sebastian IFF)
  • LINA DE LIMA (2019, María Paz González, premiere at Tiff Discoveries)
  • THEATRE OF WAR (2018, Lola Arias, premiere at Berlinale Forum),    
  • LA CAMA (2018, Mónica Lairana, premiere at Berlinale Forum),
  • RUBEN BLADES IS NOT MY NAME (2018, Abner Benaim, premiere at SXSW, Audience Award),
  • SOLDADO (2017, Manuel Abramovich, premiere at Berlinale Generation),
  • THE DREAD (2017, Pablo Aparo and Martín Benchimol, premiere at IDFA MidLength Competition, Best Film Award).
  • OSCURO ANIMAL (2016, Felipe Guerrer, premiered at HIVOS TIger Competition, IFF Rotterdam).

Gema has performed jury duties at the San Sebastián Film Festival, IDFA, Guadalajara IFF, Cartagena IFF, Lima IFF among others. She has been part of the project selection committees of Sundance Documentary Fund, IDFA Bertha Fund, BAFICI BAL among others

Gema is tutor in several training initiatives aimed at young documentary film producers such as IDFA ACADEMY, CAMPUS LATINO (Goethe Institute), RAYMUNDO GLEYZER (Enerc Argentina), PLATAFORMA LAB (Brazil), CHILEDOC (Chile) and TALLER CINE PROA (Argentina), ENCUENTROS (Colombia). She has served mentor duties for IDFA Alumni, Sundance Institute Alumni among others.

She trained in Anthropology at the universities of Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro where she continued her PhD studies. She has also studied cinema at the National Centre for Film Experimentation (ENERC) in Argentina and received a Masters degree in Visual Anthropology from the University of Manchester UK.

She is a member since 2018 of the Academy of Films, Arts and Sciences of the United States; she’s a member of the EAVE and EURODOC professional networks and a Sundance Documentary Fellow since 2006.


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