Activities 2021

Who does not want to attend screenings, conferences, workshops or presentations in person again? We have been looking forward to it for so long… This is the reason why the 4th edition of the Film Festival for Women has prepared some very attractive parallel activities.

To improve our reality which is so uneven we must make visible new female references that are inspiring to the youngest women. Therefore, one of our objectives is to highlight the talent of women throughout THE VALUE-CREATING PRODUCTION CHAIN ​​(Cultural Value Chain): creation & training → production & screening → distribution & sales → promotion & marketing → consumption and accessibility.

Under the motto #Visibilidadparalaigualdad -#visisbilityforequality- and during 9 days, we have organized 5 round tables, 2 master classes,, 1 online course and 14 film presentations and talks with their creators, in which we will deepen in the audiovisual training of our audience.




Activities promoted by the Comunidad de Madrid
Celebrated on October 28th 2021 at Salón de Actos de la Comunidad de Madrid. Calle de Alcalá 31
Round table: "Composing music for cinema"

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- Eva Gancedo. Composer. Winner of a Goya award for Best Original Music for La Buena Estrella and recipient of the Medal of the Circle of Cinematographic Writers for Best Music.
- Aránzazu Calleja. Winner of a Goya award for Best Original Music for Akelarre, along with Maite Arroitajauregi. Composer of soundtracks for films such as El Hoyo, Pagafantas, Psiconautas and Los Niños Olivos.
- Isabel Royán. Composer, orchestrator and sound designer. She has put music and sound imagery to films, stage works, video games and other audiovisual formats.
Host: Carolina Hengstenberg, composer, arranger, orchestrator, music director and composition delegate at the CIMA.

Master class by Shahrbanoo Sadat, Afghan film director, winner of the 3rd edition of the Women's Film Festival and member of the jury of the 4th Festival 2021. Hosted by Elena Manrique, film producer and member of the festival's programming committee.


Shahrbanoo Sadat

Movie director Shahrbanoo Sadat, from Afghanistan

Activity promoted by  Fundación Pedro Zerolo
Celebrated on Novembre 29th at Cinemateca Pedro Zerolo. Calle Tribulete nº 20.

Round table: "Will she survive in the end? Lesbians alive and dead in audiovisual fiction"

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Why is death the fate of many lesbians in audiovisual fiction? Is it really a repeating pattern? The Dead Lesbian Syndrome, a narrative cliché worked on by critics and theorists, is still present in films and series... But what are the reasons? What other narratives can be considered? We will find out in a round table where experts, professionals and the public will discuss the persistence of this phenomenon.
- Lucía Vázquez Rodríguez. Researcher on Latin American queer women in film.
- Marta Pérez Adrohez. Psychologist specialising in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis.
Host: Eva Hernández, lecturer in audiovisual text theory at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Activity promoted by Universidad Camilo José Cela
Ceelbrated on November, 2nd at Salón de Actos de la Escuela de Postgrado de la Universidad Camilo José Cela. Calle Almagro nº 5. 
Master class with María Luisa Gutiérrez, from Bowfinger, producer of many blockbuster films in the Spanish industry. Hosted by Piluca Baquero. Director of the Film Degree at the Camilo José Cela University.

November Tuesday 2nd and Wednesday 3rd

Online activity promoted by the Goethe-Institut in Madrid
Celebrated online on November 2nd and 3rd
Online course: "German Cinema: austere feminism / exuberant feminism", with Lucía Salas, film critic, curator, Argentine filmmaker and member of the programming committee of the Punto de Vista Festival in Pamplona.


directoras participantes en el festival

Film directors Ángeles Cruz (Mexico), Cecília Felméri (Hungary and Romania) and Paula Hernández (Argentina)


Activities promoted by Fundación Telefónica
Celebrated on November 4th at Auditorio del Espacio Fundación Telefónica. Calle de Fuencarral nº 3.
Round table: "How did you get there? Case studies of the film directors participating in the festival"
- Ángeles Cruz, director of the film Nudo Mixteco. Mexico
- Paula Hernández, director of the film Las siamesas. Argentina
- Cecília Felméri, director of the film Spiral. Hungary and Romania
- Clara Roquet, director of the film Libertad. Spain.
- Nathalie Álvarez Mesén, director of Clara Sola. Costa Rica and Sweden
Host: Elena Manrique. Film producer and member of the festival's programming committee.
Round table: "The role of festivals and marketplaces in the age of digital platforms"
- Jaume Ripoll. Co-founder and head of content and development at FILMIN.
- María Rubín. Responsible for Spanish cinema at Movistar +.
- Antonio Trashorras. Creative executive of original programming for HBO Spain. Screenwriter, Director and Executive Producer of television and cinema.
Moderator: Carlos Heredero. Film critic and historian, director of the magazine Caimán Cuadernos de Cine and author of the book Encrucijada: cinema, festivals, platforms (IBAFF / Caimán Cuadernos de Cine 2020-2021).


mesa redonda de expertas

Experts Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła (Krakow Film Festival), Stefanie Görtz (IFFF) and Gaia Furrer (Venice Festival)


Activity promoted by Fundación Telefónica and organized with the collaboration of Acción Cultural Española (AC/E)

Celebrated on November 5th at Auditorio del Espacio Fundación Telefónica. Calle de Fuencarral nº 3.

Round table: "What are film festivals and markets for?"

- Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła. President of the Krakow Film Foundation and deputy director of the Krakow Film Festival. Poland.
- Stefanie Görtz. Programmer of the IFFF, Internationales Frauen * Film Fest Dortmund + Köln. Germany.
- Gaia Furrer. Artistic director of Giornate degli Autori, Venice Film Festival. Italy.
Host: Elena Manrique. Film producer and member of the festival's programming committee.


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With the Support of:

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Corporate sponsor:

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Cooperating Entities:

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With the Participation of:

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