MARIA BONSANTI has extensive experience working with film festivals. From 2000 to 2012, she collaborated with Festival dei Popoli of Florence (between 2011 and 2012 as co-director). She periodically collaborated with the Locarno Festival too, notably for the coordination of the Play Forward section dedicated to experimental cinema. From 2012 until 2017, she was Artistic Director of Cinéma du Réel in Paris (Centre Pompidou), where she also conceived and developed the industry platform ParisDOC.
She has acted as member for Film Commissions (CNC, Région Ile de France, Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur) and as a juror for International Film Festivals (Berlinale, Locarno Festival, Busan Film Festival, Mar del Plata, Sevilla Film Festival, Torino, etc.).
In 2017, Maria was appointed Head of EURODOC, leading training programme for International coproduction and documentary projects development.