Donald Ranvaud

Head of International Relations, Rain Network

In his early career, Donald Ranvaud taught at the Universities of Warwick (Comparative Literature) and East Anglia (Film Studies), where he became Chairman of the Department. He founded the independent film magazine Framework in 1975, and freelanced for MFB, Sight and Sound, The Guardian, La Repubblica, Cahiers du Cinema, and American Film.

He has directed documentaries for Channel Four magazine programs and RAI Uno, including portraits of Paul Schrader, Raul Ruiz, Cui Jian, Laurie Anderson and David Mamet as well as co-directed a feature, Visioni Private. In 1989, Ranvaud joined Renee Goddard to kickstart the European SCRIPT Fund.

As a producer, Ranvaud has worked with many countries before they became fashionable, like China (Life on a String and Farewell my Concubine) and Latin America (Central do Brasil, Vagon Fumador, Lavoura Arcaica, Babilonia 2000, Madame Sata, and Cidade de Deus, nominated for four Oscars in 2004). Most recently, he acted as Executive Producer on The Constant Gardener, directed by Fernando Meirelles.

As Buena Onda’s President and Chief Vision Officer, Ranvaud is devoted to discovering and empowering filmmakers. He is a tireless and ubiquitous ambassador for Latin American cinema, raising the profile of lesser-known film industries throughout the region. Since early 2005, he has acted as Head Of International Relations with RAIN NETWORKS of Brazil.