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Festival Steering Committee

The steering committee is a unique group of extinguished people coming from many different backgrounds and nationalities, united by one commen thread; Their Love for Mallorca and Cinema. The committee steers the festival in the right direction and encourages new ideas and collaborations with other events or brands.


If you think your input can be beneficiary to Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival and you are interested in joining our impressive lineup of committee members, please email us:


Ruben Östlund


Ruben Östlund is the writer/director of the feature film Triangle of Sadness, a satirical film about the wealthy elite, winning him his second Palme d'Or in 2022. In 2002, he co-founded one of the most innovative and cutting-edge production companies in Sweden, Plattform Produktion. In 2017, his film The Square competed at the Cannes Film Festival, where it ultimately won the Palme d'Or. In 2020, he also received the Swedish King's medal in gold for significant efforts in Swedish film. Ruben is currently working on his new film The Entertainment System is down anticipated to be released in 2024.


He lives between Campos, Mallorca and Gothenburg, Sweden.


Sheela Levy

Chair of Steering Committee

'Global nomad' accurately describes Sheela Levy, who was born in India, grew up in Kenya, went to school and University in England, and has moved home more than 25 times before settling down in Mallorca. 

She established and managed The Body Shop Switzerland for 30 years before selling to Coop Switzerland in 2010. Now she has her own Design and Property Company called CocoSage and owns the luxury restaurant FERA in Palma de Mallorca. 

Photo credit Pernilla Danielsson


Ivan Levy 

Ivan is a seasoned and socially responsible businessman; a creator, not a dreamer. He is known for having successfully established and developed The Body Shop in Switzerland, prior to its sale in 2010. Ivan also held and directed various retail operations, consulting, and management programs with AS Watson in Hong Kong, and Close Brothers Venture Capital Trust, California. Closets, Market Invoice, and The Q Garden Company in London.


He was director and advisor to Earthchild Clothing Company in South Africa, which he successfully sold to Truworth, SA. He currently resides in Mallorca running several successful businesses on the island. 


Alanna Sampietro

Alanna Sampietro is a trilingual entrepreneur specializing in international real estate and art consulting based in Mallorca. Born in New York City, she attended the Institute of Fashion Technology studying advertising and marketing, before moving to Paris, Stockholm, and London to work as a model and actress. Alanna seeks to attract her highly creative professional network of colleagues around the world to help promote Mallorca as a film production destination and cultural center of the festival.


Maria Isabel Bordoy

Born in Mallorca, Maria has a Bachelor of Political Science from the ULB and a master's degree with distinction in immigration, international relations, and intercultural Social mediation from UAM. She is the founder and co-director of ABA Art Lab since 2004; A Glorious contemporary art gallery, which supports art publishers, producers, and curators rooted in Palma de Mallorca.

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Gerhard Braun

Gerhardt Braun is the founder of the Gerhardt Braun Gallery(s) in Palma de Mallorca. 


Renate Pentzien

Renate studied journalism, sports science and anthropology in Hamburg. She worked for German magazines like Gala and Bunte. She was chief reporter, correspondent in the United States and author, as well as editorial manager of the Italian publisher Fabbri Editori. She is the editor of a series of premium books called People Mallorca, which portrays characters of all nationalities and professionals on the island ( She currently curates the AHOY! Art Gallery in Palma de Mallorca. 

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