Venice De Castro Atienza (1989) is a Filipino documentarist whose curiosity is observing how personal and societal transformations manifest in everyday life.
To create a space for author driven documentaries, she co-founded Svemirko Film and Audiovisual Art Productions with Taiwanese Director and Producer, Fan WU. She is one of the founders of GOOS Films LLP based in India, as a response to the desire to experiment on ways of storytelling that link personal experiences and the pressing issues in the world today.
She was part of the International Jury of the 73rd Berlinale – Generation KPlus 2023 and the UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival 2021.
Her first feature film, “Last Days at Sea” is supported by the IDFA Bertha Fund. It premiered at the 71st Berlinale – Generation KPlus, Visions du Réel 2021, Hot Docs and IDFA – International Documentary Filmfestival Amsterdam.
She is currently producing Taiwanese film director Fan WU’s documentary entitled “XiXi” which is supported by the Sundance Institute. It was part of CIRCLE – Women Doc Accelerator 2020 and showcased in Cannes Doc 2021.
She’s an alumna of the DocNomads Erasmus Mundus Program and a member of DAE- Documentary Association of Europe.
PHILIPPINES / TAIWAN: www.svemirkofilm.com