The Contestant

The Contestant

Ronald Rivas Casallas, Emil Guevara Malavé
A documentary film that addresses gender, identity and the construction of beauty through five diverse characters and their participation in the Miss Gay Venezuela beauty pageant.

Ronald Rivas Casallas

He studied Cinematographic Arts at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and graduated with a mention in Directing with the short film "A la Carta". From there he began to gain experience in audiovisual production companies in the area of creative writing. Develops the format, shoots and edits the videos #Descompon, a web series of music videos in documentary format. He directs the TV series, #Cerefitos, winning the "TAL" award for best innovative production. He approaches the music world making music videos, EPK's and video sessions of musicians. In his audiovisual productions he experiments, from the concept, camera and editing.


Emil Guevara Malavé

Studied Philosophy at the Universidad Central de Venezuela where he attended lighting and photography workshops. He attended cinematography workshops at the Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City and photography workshops at the Instituto de Bellas Artes in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and at the Instituto Superior de Arte del Espectáculo, INSAS, in Belgium. Since 1996, he has worked as a videographer and director of photography on documentaries for HBO Latin America, Discovery Channel, TV5 France, Channel 4 BBC London and Telesur.


  • – Festival de Cine Documental CaracasDOC (2023) – Official Selection / Best Film, Audience Award (Venezuela)
  • – MICMXIFF (2023) – Official Selection (Mexico)
  • – Festival Internacional de Cine en Guadalajara (2022) – Maguey Selection / World Premiere (Mexico)
  • Original title La Candidata
  • Director Ronald Rivas Casallas, Emil Guevara Malavé
  • Duration 76
  • Production year 2022
  • Theme LGBT+
  • Aspect 16:9
  • Format DCP
  • Category Feature Film
  • Subcategory Documentary
  • Nationality Venezuela, Mexico
  • Producer Nodo Films, Río Negro
  • Dialogue language Spanish
  • Subtitle language English
  • Intérpretes Eduardo Ramírez, Yanwaldo Nieves, Argenis González, Dayana Aglerth Laguna Arias, Daniela Blanco Valera