Award-winning producer Bertha Navarro is honored with TheWIFTS Producer Award 2014 for the broad spectrum of her body of work as a producer in her native Mexico and for fostering and encouraging emerging filmmakers to reach beyond their borders but maintain their Latin American roots.
Bertha Navarro began her career directing documentaries, and in 1970 she produced one of the first independent films made in Mexico, entitled Reed: Insurgent Mexico, based on John Reed´s book, Insurgent Mexico, which was the winner of the Georges Sadoul award in France and presented at the Director's Fortnight in Cannes 1972.
The lineage of the films Navarro has produced is rooted in importance in the history of Latin American film, a stellar group of movies that includes Pan's Labyrinth, directed by Guillermo del Toro which won three Oscars, six BAFTAs, seven Goyas and nine Ariel awards; Cabeza de Vaca by Nicolás Echevarría, which won awards at the Guadalajara International Film Festival, the ACE awards and presented at the Berlin Film Festival; Cronos by Guillermo del Toro garnered twenty one wins, including best film by the Mexican Academy; Crónicas by Sebastián Cordero, awarded eight wins and seven nominations; and Rabia by Sebastián Cordero.
In her career, Navarro has founded two production companies: Salamandra Producciones with Alejandro Springall, and Tequila Gang with Guillermo del Toro.
Dana Rothberg, Director of White Lies, said: "One of the most amazing qualities of Bertha is how courageous she has always been. Always... She has been a courageous woman and a courageous producer."
A keen purveyor of the Latin American culture, since 1993 she has coordinated the Screenwriter's Lab, for Latin American scripts, in collaboration with the Sundance Institute, IMCINE and Ibermedia; and since 2009, the Film Music Lab.
Bertha Navarro received the Silver Mayahuel Award (2008) in recognition of her career, and in the same year, her biography Bertha Navarro, Filmmaker Without Frontiers was published.
Bertha Navarro's impressive Filmography includes: In pre-production, Sin Muertos No Hay Carnaval (Such Is life in the Tropics), Sebastián Cordero, director; In production, La Delgada Línea Amarilla, Celso García director; 2009 La Lección de Pintura, de Pablo Perelman, awarded Best Cinematography in Festival de Gramado; 2009 Rabia, de Sebastián Cordero, Six awards including Jury Award in the Tokio Film Festival; 2008 Cosas Insignificantes, de Andrea Martínez, Audience Award in Biarritz film festival; 2006 Pan's Labyrinth, de Guillermo del Toro, Three Oscars, Six BAFTAs, including best film in a foreign language, seven Goyas in Spain, Nine Ariel awards, including best film; 2006 El Cobrador, In God We Trust, de Paul Leduc, seven international awards and an Ariel; 2004 Crónicas, de Sebastián Cordero, eight awards including an Ariel for Best Foreign Film and Sundance Film Festival; 2002 Asesino en serio, de Antonio Urrutia; 2001 El Espinazo del Diablo, (Devil´s Backbone) de Guillermo del Toro. six awards; 2001 La Fiebre del Loco, de Andrés Wood, five awards including Festival de Cartagena, MTV Movie awards; 1998 Men with Guns, de John Sayles, three awards including San Sebastián Film Festival; 1998 Un Embrujo, de Carlos Carrera, eleven awards, including nine Ariels and Best Cinematography San Sebastián Film Festival; 1993 Cronos, de Guillermo del Toro, 21 awards, including La Semaine de la Critique en Cannes, Arieles, and Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy and Horror Film; 1991 Cabeza de Vaca, de Nicolás Echevarría, award best film Festival Internacional de Cine de Guadalajara; Premio ACE and Berlín Film Festival; 1973 Reed: México Insurgente, de Paul Leduc, Georges Sadoul award in France; Ariel for best film.