What is the film festival "Cine por mujeres"?

The 3rd edition of Festival Cine por Mujeres establishes the event as an essential cinematographic appointment in Madrid. Over the years, it has grown in quality and in the number of screenings and venues, now with a total of 16 in this 3rd edition: Casa Arabe (in Madrid and Córdoba), Cine Estudio at Círculo de Bellas Artes, Cineteca Madrid, Fundación Telefónica, Goethe-Institut, Institut Français, La Morada de Malasaña, MK2 Palacio de Hielo, the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum, Palacio de la Prensa, Sala Berlanga at Fundación SGAE, the Movie Theater at Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas, Casa de América, Sala Equis and 8madrid TV.

In this latest edition, the event strengthens its position on the national festival scene at a difficult time for the industry, expanding its offering by strengthening its online presence at the prestigious independent and auteur film platform FILMIN, where some of its program and main sections will be replicated, bringing a selection of films made by women to the public and contributing to their visibility by sharing emotions.

Taking into account the current situation, the planners of the Film Festival Made by Women made a great effort so that this 3rd edition is held in optimal safety conditions, increasing hygiene protocols and guaranteeing a pleasant experience for the audience, both in movie theaters and at the online Festival.

The Festival wants to show the work and the standpoint of women, at five steps in the process of producing a film, when value is added: creation and training -> production and screening -> promotion and marketing -> distribution and sales -> consumption of cultural goods and accessibility. The Festival has thus prepared a national and international selection of over 60 recent fiction and non-fiction feature films. Among them, 11 films produced between 2018 and 2020 will enter the competition section while premiering either in Spain or in Madrid, within the Festival. 

This 3rd edition will devote special attention to the most innovative Polish cinema via Focus Poland, a selection of 3 movies available to watch at Academia de Cine, with the cooperation of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Madrid, the Polish Cultural Institute and the Polish Film Institute.

As a new feature in this edition, the festival reaches out to other Spanish cities and participates in cinematic events such as Alcine, the Film Festival in nearby Alcalá de Henares, where 4 movies have been showed, and at the Córdoba location of Casa Árabe, that will welcome Arabic movies directed by women, for the audience to watch and enjoy.  

Training is still a basic cornerstone of our festival with many lectures, roundtables, meetings and debates to be held with the support of the Regional Authority of Madrid, the Spanish Women Institute and Espacio Fundación Telefónica. We rely upon the participation of female directors, scriptwriters, producers, actresses, female cinematography directors, distributors, animation directors, film editors, sound engineers, special visual effects technicians, art directors, production design directors, location scouting, script girls, music composers – all of those women are a source of creativity. 

The third edition of Film Festival “Made by Women” builds on the success of previous editions, when  numbers spoke for themselves and backed the project. This edition relies again upon the invaluable contributions of institutions and corporations who have renewed their commitment to equality and to the cinematic culture. One more year, let us mention the Regional Authority of Madrid and Fundación Telefónica, joined in 2020 by the Spanish Women Institute for Equal Opportunities, along with corporations such as MAELOC.

Teaser 2020 with music by Fernando Vacas and “La Factoría Brasileña”.

2020 Competition terms and conditions

All the movies will be selected by Festival’s Programming Committee and have to be directed by one of more female directors from any country.

– FICTION FEATURE FILM (70 minutes minimum)
– DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM  (70 minutes minimum)
– ANIMATION FEATURE FILM (70 minutes minimum)


A notification will be issued to the person or company that sent the copy of each film, with instructions for the transfer to Madrid of the screening copy DCP, H264 or HD Digital.

In order to be screened an email with the below mentioned data has to be sent including:

– Stills, image document of the film’s poster and a picture of the director/s.
– A Word document containing: a logline of no more than a sentence + a film synopsis of no more than a paragraph + the director’s biofilmography +the film’s technical and artistic data + former festivals participation and/or awards granted + Premiere Date
– Trailer.


The organization reserves the right to screen the selected films during the Festival as many times as it sees fit with prior agreement with the right-holders.

The right-holders agree to the free reproduction of images or excerpts of a minute maximum from the selected films in press, television and any other media aimed to promote the Festival.

2020 JURY

The Award for Best Film, granted by an international jury composed by Chus Gutiérrez, film director (Spain); José María Cano, visual artist and musical composer (Spain); and Lucía Garibaldi, director of Los Tiburones, the festival’s opening film (Uruguay), has presented the award during the Festival’s Closing Gala on November 13, 2020 at the Palacio de la Prensa in Madrid. The jury’s decision is final.


3 awards have been presented:

1. Award to a Professional Career, conferred by the Selection Committee of the Festival de Cine por Mujeres to Eva Valiño, in recognition of a professional committed for over twenty years to direct film sound. The award consists of a jewel prize by the renowned designer Chus Burés and of a selection of film accessories, courtesy of Cinetools.     

2. Award to Best Picture conferred The Orphanage by Shahrbanoo Sadat, for the courage of its director to tell, through the microcosm of an orphanage in Afghanistan, a universal story about the lack of protection for children in times of war, with a fresh and exciting look. This award has been presented by the International Jury of the Festival de Cine por Mujeres, the award consists of the color correction in 4K of the next feature film to be directed by the winning director, having available during 3 weeks the Místika digital movie theater of Free Your Mind, valued at 30,000€; and the support when distributing her future feature film, which consists in creating a DCP in the original language version, with subtitles in Spanish, courtesy of Subtitula’m and valued at 1.000€.

3. Award to the Best Spanish Film conferred to Rol & Rol by Chus Gutiérrez, for demonstrating the reality of women’s representation in cinema and art, for its way of emphasizing that the media have a part to play in changing society, and for reviewing the history of feminism. This award has been decided by members of Asociación Premios Blogos de Oro, presented by RC Service and valued at 3.000€ to be discounted when renting filmmaking equipment.    


The participation in this competition implies the acceptance of the above detailed terms and conditions.

Palacio de la Prensa

Cine Estudio del Círculo de Bellas Artes

Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas

Sala Berlanga. Fundación SGAE

Insitut Français Madrid

Casa Árabe Madrid

Casa de América

Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

Goethe-Institut Madrid

Cineteca Madrid

Sala Equis

La Morada de Malasaña

mk2 Palacio de Hielo

Teatro Salón Cervantes