The IV Madrid Women's Film Festival, which brought to the public a selection of recent national and international films directed by women to contribute to their visibility, took place between 27 October and 7 November 2021 in 21 physical venues and a mixed format: onsite and online.
With the attendance of 23,656 spectators in the cinema and online and 639 media impacts worth 1,035,392 euros in the last edition, held in November 2020, the event has strengthened its position within the national festival scene at a very difficult time for the sector. Over the last 3 years we have been growing in quality, number of films and venues (on-site and online).
In addition, we are strengthening our presence in Spain through the prestigious online independent and auteur cinema platform FILMIN, where we replicated part of the programme and the main sections.
The 4th edition of the festival expanded its cinematographic offer with a special focus on the most innovative Chinese cinema with a selection of 6 films that were seen at the Academia de Cine and Cineteca Madrid, which made up the Focus China section, programmed in collaboration with the China Women's Film Festival.
New in the IV edition, the festival extended its programme to Casa de México in Spain, Cinemateca Pedro Zerolo, mk2 Cines Paz, Cines Golem and to the Salón de Actos of the Postgraduate School of the University Camilo José Cela.
Training is a basic cornerstone of our festival with many lectures, roundtables, meetings and debates that were held thanks to 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, creators all of them.
The IV edition of the Madrid Women's Film Festival was built on the success of previous editions, whose figures endorse the project, and once again enjoyed the invaluable support of the company MAELOC, as well as other collaborating entities, which renewed their commitment to cinema and equality.
In addition, at our proposal, two international festivals, the 41st Festival International du Film d'Amiens: FIFAM and the China Women's Film Festival, have included in their programmes some films by Spanish directors who have already taken part in our festival. And with the collaboration of Casa Árabe, a programme of Arab films was replicated in the city of Cordoba.
Music from the festival teaser created by composer Alicia Morote.
SCREENING VENUES (54 films and 1 TV series):
Academia de Cine (3 films)
Casa América (3 films)
Casa de México en España (3 films)
Cine Estudio del Círculo de Bellas Artes (10 films)
Cineteca Madrid (8 films)
Institut Français de Madrid (1 film and 1 TV series)
La Morada de Malasaña (2 films)
mk2 Cines Paz (3 films)
mk2 Palacio de Hielo (3 films)
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (1 film)
Palacio de la Prensa (2 films)
Sala Berlanga de la Fundación SGAE (15 films)
Sala Equis (2 films)
VENUES FOR TRAINING ACTIVITIES:
Cinemateca Pedro Zerolo (1 round table)
Espacio Fundación Telefónica (3 round table)
Goethe-Institut de Madrid (1 online course)
Sala Alcalá 31 de la Comunidad de Madrid (1 round table y 1 master class)
ONLINE FESTIVAL ON FILMIN:
Filmin.es (67 films)
FESTIVAL ON TELEVISION:
8madrid TV (7 films)
An international jury will granted the Best Film Award during the Festival's Closing Gala which took place on 6 November 2021 at Palacio de la Prensa in Madrid. The jury's decision was final.
3 awards were presented:
1. Award to a Professional Career. This award, which was presented at the festival's Opening Gala, was granted by the selection committee of the IV Festival Cine por mujeres and consisted of a jewel award, courtesy of renowned designer Chus Burés, and a selection of film accessories, courtesy of Cinetools. The prize was awarded to Spanish film pioneer Cecilia Bartolomé Pina.
2. INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION. Award to Best Picture. This prize was awarded by the international jury of the festival and consisted of the color correction in 4K of the next feature film of the director of the winning film, having for 3 weeks with the Místika digital cinema room of Free Your Mind, valued at 30,000€; 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€; and a mobile phone 11 Lite 5G, courtesy of Xiaomi Spain. The prize was awarded to Un monde (Playground), by Belgian director Laura Wandel.
3. SPANISH FEMALE AUTHORS PANORAMA/NATIONAL COMPETITION. Award to the Best Spanish Film. This award was conferred by members of Asociación Premios Blogos de Oro, presented by RC Service and valued at 3.000€ to be discounted when renting filmmaking equipment; and a mobile phone 11 Lite 5G, courtesy of Xiaomi Spain. The award was given to One Upon a Place, by director Cèlia Novis.
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