Bruni Burres


For over 20 years, Bruni Burres has worked at the intersection between human rights and arts and culture as a festival director, creative producer and media educator.

Bruni is a strategist who combines storytelling, multimedia and community activism for social transformation. She is currently a Senior Consultant for Sundance Institute’s Documentary Program, where she leads storytelling workshops, matches filmmakers with human rights experts to advance social justice themes in their work and develops strategic outreach campaigns for their films. She is a mentor and partner with the Greenhouse Documentary Imitative for MENA filmmakers, a program consultant with Britdoc Foundation's Good Pitch, a teacher and advisor with Chiledoc, and a senior program advisor for the Middle East Festival Now.

From 1991 to 2008 Bruni was the director of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, which she also co-founded. In 2011, in partnership with the International Center for Transitional Justice she produced 2 feature length documentaries highlighting transitional justice themes.

Beyond my Grandfather Allende, the documentary that Bruni co-wrote and associate produced won best documentary at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. She also produced with ARTE France and Alegria Productions, The Wonderful Kingdom of Papa Alaev, by Noam Pinchas and Tal Barda, and with ITVS and Linked Productions, Egyptian filmmaker Mohamed Siam’s Whose Country?, which both had their world premieres at Hot Docs 2016.

Bruni serves on the board of the Educational Video Center and for many years was a board member of Working Films. Bruni received a BA in American studies from Barnard College/Columbia University and an MA in professional studies from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.