Silvia Venegas (Santa Marta, 1982) is a director, producer and scriptwriter of documentary films. She studied history at the University of the Balearic Islands and holds a degree in journalism from the Carlos III University and a master’s degree in audiovisual communication from Antonio de Nebrija University. Her productions have been shown in more than 300 festivals around the world and have won over seventy prizes. She was selected in the European Film Awards for Best Documentary and won the Biznaga de Plata for Boxing for Freedom in the section “Affirming the Rights of Women” at the Málaga Festival (2015). She also won the Goya Award for Best Short Documentary Film for Walls and was nominated in the same category for Palabras de caramelo (2016).
She is a member of the European Film Academy. In addition to Boxing for Freedom, she has directed other documentaries: Our Life as Refugee Children (2018), Kafana (Enough!) (2016), Prescription Art (2015), The Children of Mama Wata (2010) and The Diamond Child of Seydu (2009). She has also produced the short films A Real Job (2015), Walls (2014), Life Beyond the Battle (2011) and Kosovo, the Last Scar of the Balkans (2007). She has been selected to participate in the Berlinale Talents Campus at the Berlinale Festival and in the IDFAcademy at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). In 2007 she founded the Noestamosdepaso audiovisual projects association dedicated to the creation of documentaries intended to raise social awareness. In 2010, with director Juan Antonio Moreno, she created Making DOC for the production of documentaries.
Silvia Venegas has won the 2018 LiberPress Cinema Award for her work and commitment in all areas of cinema, denouncing injustice and defending human rights, personal dignity and the need for peace. Her magnificent documentaries bring us images of vulnerable people and communities, which are both tender and raw. Her graphic testimony plays a vital role in reminding us of the privations affecting humanity. She is a very young film-maker who has used her talents to fight for a better world.