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Guests 2022

In this V edition we have made sure that each of our screenings and activities was a unique and unrepeatable experience and for this reason, we invited a total of 31 female directors, professionals and national and international experts to come to Madrid to present their films and hold a debate with the audience in the cinemas.

Alicia Luna

Screenwriter, director and teacher

Spanish screenwriter, film director and University teacher and lecturer. She has written screenplays for films such as Te doy mis ojos (Take My Eyes) (2003). She received the Goya award for Best Original Screenplay and the Best European Screenplay Award. She has written and directed documentaries such as El Proxeneta. Paso corto. Mala leche (The pimp. Small step, bad mood) (2018). She co-directs the UAM Film Screenwriting, TV Series and Dramaturgy Master’s degree. She is the Director of the Escuela de Guión in Madrid. She was the President of the International Jury at the Nantes Spanish Film Festival and jury at the SEMINCI. She is a screenplay consultant and writer of books on screenwriting such as Matad al guionista (Kill the sceenwriter) (2000).

Aliona van der Horst

Director of the film "Turn Your Body To The Sun"

Moscow, 1970. She is an internationally award-winning documentary filmmaker. Her best-known works include Love is Potatoes (2017), Water Children (2011), Boris Ryzhy (2008), Voices of Bam (2006) and The Hermitage Dwellers (2006). Van der Horst also appears frequently as a guest lecturer at film festivals and film schools, which welcome her creative and poetic vision of documentary filmmaking.

Photograph © Simon van der Horst

Ana Katz

Festival Jury. Director

Screenwriter, actress, director and producer of Argentine cinema and theater. She has shot short films and feature films such as Los Marziano (San Sebastian Festival Official Selection), among many others. She has written and directed plays such as Lucro Cesante and Pangea. She has also acted in several of her own films and in films by other directors, such as Kiki (Paco León). In 2019, she directed two episodes of Ruido Capital and wrote and directed the series Terapia Alternativa. Currently, she is working on a new Supernova series and is preparing her next film Aguas plateadas.

Ángeles González-Sinde

Director of the film "El comensal"

Ángeles González-Sinde is a Spanish screenwriter, actress and director. She has directed numerous television series such as Truhanes. She has written the scripts for films such as La Buena Estrella (1997), winner of 5 Goya Awards including Best Script, and directed movies like Una palabra tuya (2008), winner of the Spanish Circle of Cinematographic Writers Medal. As an actress, she made her debut with the film El Love Feroz o Cuando los hijos juegan al amor (1973). She is the current president of the Royal Board of Trustees of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía.

Photograph © Julia Robles

Ángeles Reiné

Director of the film "Héroes de barrio"

Born in Cádiz, Reine studied at The London Film School in 1992. In 1995, she began working as an advertising manager, directing more than 200 commercials for companies such as Coca Cola and BBVA, and obtaining awards at international festivals. In 2008, she directed an episode of the series Doctor Mateo and worked as the creative director of Un golpe de suerte. In 2010 she moved to Los Angeles, where she wrote, produced, and directed the short films Way of Love and Ready to Talk. She wrote the screenplays for the feature films Children of the Clouds and Breathe, finalists at the Sundance Institute Feature Film Program’s Screenwriting Lab. In 2019 she wrote and directed Salir del ropero.

Axa Milá de La Roca

Responsible for communication of Acción Triángulo

Member of the Venezuelan Press, teacher of vocational training in Madrid. She is responsible for communication at Acción Triángulo, an association that works to assert the rights of LGTBQIA+ people, people with HIV, women, migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and people in situations of special vulnerability.

Photograph © David Ruíz

Anna Maccanuco

Jury of the Spanish Authors Competition. Journalist

Born in Seville in 1999, her main interests are literature and cinema. In fact, she is a specialized journalist in literature and gender and works as an editor in the online film magazine 35 Millimeters. In both disciplines, she tries to focus on works created by women to counterbalance the “male gaze” permanently present in these fields.


Begoña Piña

Film journalist. CIMA Press Officer

Spanish journalist specialized in cinema and literature. She writes for the newspaper  Público and also directs the digital cinematographic magazine La Gran Ilusión. She is part of the team of the literary magazine Librújula and collaborates in the literary magazine Archiletras. She is the press officer of the CIMA, the Spanish Association of Women in Film and Media and is part of the activist group of women filmmakers that made the documentary film Yo decido. El tren de la realidad. (2014). In 2018 she won the Alfonso Sánchez Communication Award granted by the Spanish Film Academy.

Carina Sama

Director of the film "Named like a flower"

She holds a Master’s degree in Documentary Journalism. She is a Filmmaker, Industrial Designer and Producer. She is part of the Visual Arts group “Minas de Arte”, in Mendoza, Argentina. Her documentary debut was Madam Baterflai (2013). Con nombre de flor (2020) has won numerous awards and special mentions. La Jaula (in development), together with her two former films, will complete her Trans-themed documentary trilogy.

Carolina Astudillo

Director of the film "Song to a Lady in the Shadows"

Chilean filmmaker, researcher and teacher. Her work focuses on women and historical memory. Her films range from documentaries to experimental filmmaking. Both her first two feature documentaries, El gran vuelo -The Great Flight, 2014, and Ainhoa, yo no soy esa -Ainhoa, that’s not me-, 2018, won the Biznaga Silver Award for Best Documentary at the Malaga Festival.

Cecilie McNair

Director of the movie "Baby Pyramid"

Cecile McNair is a Danish film maker. She graduated from Super16 in 2018 and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Film and Media Studies, additionally. She has been nominated twice for the Robert Danish Academy Award.  Her graduation short film Petit won the Cannes Young Director Award for Best Student Film. Baby Pyramid is her debut feature film.


Chelo Álvarez-Stehle

Producer, director, expert in Impact Production

Journalist, documentary filmmaker and Impact Producer. In Tokyo, she coordinated documentaries for the Japanese broadcasting corporation NHK and was a correspondent for El Mundo newspaper. In Los Angeles, she directed/produced award-winning documentaries such as: THROUGH THE WALL (immigration - DOC NYC, The Guardian, PBS) and SANDS OF SILENCE (sexual violence/trafficking - PBS, The WORLD Channel, RTVE). In Barcelona she was the Impact Producer of NASRIN (women's rights in Iran), PRODIGAL DAUGHTER, (migration and identity), STORMING CAESARS PALACE (universal basic income) and FROM HERE (migration and racism).

Christian Solanas

Communication and Promotion Manager at MEDIA Office

Christian graduated in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism from the International University of Catalonia. He also holds a Master’s degree in Film Industry Management from the Carlos III University of Madrid. He has participated in courses such as European Co-Production at the Erich Pommer Institut and has attended the last module of the Producers Workshop at EAVE (European Audiovisual Entrepreneurs) as an observer. In 2015 he did an internship at the sales agency Latido Films. In 2016 he joined the MEDIA Spain Office to manage the communication and promotion area.

Diana Cardozo

Directora de la película "Estación Catorce"

She studied Cinematography at the Cinematographic Training Center (CCC) of Mexico City. She won the award for Best Fiction Short Film at the 1st FICM and the Audience Award and the Golden Colibrí for the Best Short Film at the 7th South American Film Meeting, among other mentions, for La luna de Antonio, which also participated in the 26th International Film Festival. She won the award for Best Documentary Made by a Woman at the 6th FICM for Siete instantes (2008); also winner of the FIPRESCI Award, among others.

Elena Sánchez

Spanish National Police, member of LGTBIPol

Elena is a member of the National Police of Spain and sits on the board of the LGTBIPol Association: an association created in 2016 made up of the various law enforcement bodies at local, autonomous and State level in Spain for the defense of sexual diversity. Elena is an agent of authority for diversity and actively participates in the training and education of other agents in matters such as hate crimes, attention to diversity and inclusion.

Esther Bannenberg

Producer, distributor and consultant

Dutch producer, distributor and consultant, she has worked within the film industry under her TOTO cinema brand. She has worked in distribution companies such as Cinemien and Fortissimo. For distribution in the Benelux, she has been essential for titles such as the Gomorrah series. She has collaborated with festivals such as The Berlinale and Cannes and in co-production markets such as the HAF Hong Kong. Currently, she works as a freelancer in activities for festivals and founds.

Photograph © Amerens Hedwich Photography

Eva Hernández

Researcher in the field of film analysis and female subjectivities

Spanish researcher for the Complutense University of Madrid. Her field of research includes textual analysis, social media and education. She has participated in various international congresses with titles such as Questions about cinema and gender (V International Congress of Communication and Gender, Seville) or Analysis of Broken Embraces (1st International Congress Hermes. Communication, audiovisual Media and Analysis.). She is currently writing her PhD dissertation with the title The Image of the Feminine in Sleeping Beauty.

Eva Pérez Nanclares

Lawyer member of ELC and LesWorking

A lawyer. CEO and founder of S&P Legal and Retales Comunicación. Eva is a board member of the Eurocentralasian Lesbian Community and also part of the LesWorking team. LesWorking is the first international professional network for lesbian and bisexual women. A global community of women who connect through this platform to build networks and carry out projects.

Helena de Llanos

Director of the film "A Journey To Somewhere"

The cinematographic work of Helena de Llanos ranges from documentary to fiction. Her work often deals with art, memory, and the intersection between life and cinema. Among her most notable works are Do the dead speak? (2019) and the feature film A Journey To Somewhere (2021), which tells the stories of Fernando Fernán Gómez and Emma Cohen, two filmmakers, actors, and writers.

Irene Escolar

Festival Jury. Actress

Spanish film, theatre and television actress. She won a mention at the San Sebastián Film Festival as well as the Goya for Best New Actress with the film Un otoño sin Berlín. In 2020 her film Dime quien soy premiered at the San Sebastian Festival. She has participated in the latest film by Jonás Trueba Tenéis que venir a verla, winner of the Critics Award for best film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Her stage play, Finland, premiered in September 2022. Her next film, Las chicas están bien, will be released in 2023.

Isabel Coixet

2022 Professional Career Award. Director

Barcelona in ​​1960. She is the winner of 8 Goya awards. She has directed more than 25 short or feature films including the critically acclaimed My Life Without Me (2003) and The Secret Life of Words (2006), both of which earned Goya awards. Her film Elegy (2008) was chosen to represent Spain at the Oscars in the Best Foreign Film Category. Her latest films are The Bookshop, Elisa & Marcela, and It Snows in Benidorm. She is one of the most internationally renowned Spanish screenwriters and directors.

Isabelle Solas

Director of the film "Our Bodies Are Your Battlefields"

In addition to being a Film director, she also works in the field of live performance and street art. Her first film, Inventaire, launched the lines of an aesthetic that endures in abandoned places, seeking to understand how life develops there. The desire to film the body as a field of political invention has become central to her work.

Jane Gaines

curator of the cycle "Silent Cinema by Women Across Continents: The U.S., Europe, Latin America, and Asia"

Professor of Film, Columbia University, and Professor Emerita of Literature and English, Duke University who in 2018  received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Distinguished Career Award and in September 2022 an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Stockholm. She is author of three award-winning books: Contested Culture: The Image, the Voice and the Law (North Carolina, 1991), Fire and Desire: Mixed Race Movies in the Silent Era (Chicago, 2001) and Pink-Slipped: What Happened to Women in the Silent Film Industries? (Illinois, 2018).

Joan Gonzàlez

DocsBarcelona Director

Director of the DocsBarcelona. He is a Spanish executive producer, director and editor. He has produced more than 150 documentaries, some of them awarded at the Berlinale and selected at festivals such as INPUT and Sundance. Joan Gonzàlez was named Honorary Member of the Acadèmia del Cinema Català in 2022 and received the 2013 European EDN Award for his contribution to the development of documentary culture in Southern Europe.

Karel Solei

Acting Coach of the nonprofessional actors of the movie Los reyes del mundo (The Kings of the World)

Colombian audiovisual producer. She began making films with roles in the art department, was a setting assistant in the film La Mujer del Animal (2016) by Víctor Gaviria and worked for a couple of years for different audiovisual production companies in Medellín. She has directed the casting of different feature films such as Matar a Jesús (2017) by Laura Mora. In 2020 she directed her first short film Los ilegales, which had its world premiere at the BCT Festival.

Laura Galán

Leading actress of the movie "Cerdita"

Spanish actress. At the age of 18, she moved to Madrid to pursue higher studies in dramatic art at the Escuela Arte4. She complemented her training with directors and actors such as Will Keen or Andrés Lima, with whom she performed in different theater projects such as Los Mácbez and Sueño. She acts in television and cinema and worked under Terry Gilliam in the feature film The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018) and in the short film Cerdita (2022), directed by Carlota Pereda.


Laura Kloeckner

DAE Senior Consultant

Curator, researcher and film producer based in Berlin. Laura joined Seera Films as a creative producer in 2022 and is a senior consultant for the Documentary Association of Europe where she runs the DAE Story Room. Between 2016 and 2019 Laura worked for the DOK Industry Department of the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) and the Berlinale, International Film Festival in Berlin. Since 2018 Laura is part of the Berlin based art space and research platform SAVVY Contemporary – The Laboratory of Form Ideas, where she currently co-curates United Screens. Recently she co-curated the solo exhibitions Letters from a Guarani Women in Search for the Land Without Evil (2020) and The Wind in Your Body is Just Visiting Your Breath Will Soon be Thunder (2022).

Li Jingxiang

Director and screenwriter

She is a Chinese-French film director and screenwriter. She has worked as a translator and screenwriter in films such as Au cas oú je n'aurais pas la palme d'or (2012. She has also worked in China as a screenwriter in feature films such as Ping An Le Yuan (2009) and as a translator in Wushu Warrior (2011). In the 2019 feature film Chun Tian De Ma Que (2019), she worked as a director, producer and editor and in short films such as Guihua as a documenter and director.

Lucia Vassallo

Director of the film "Exquisite Corpse"

Graduated in Cinematography from the ENERC-INCAA in Argentina. Her first feature film La Cárcel del Fin del Mundo, 2013, premiered at the Mar de Plata Festival. Her documentary Linea 137 (2019) premiered at the 41st International Festival of Havana and was selected for the 2020 BAFICI. Transoceánicas co-directed with Meritxell Colell won the Klyazev Postproduction Award at the 2019 Malaga Film Festival. Her Exquisite Corpse’s project won the debut film contest of the Argentinean INCAA in 2018.

Margje de Koning

Artistic director of the filmfestival Movies that Matter

After finishing her studies, Margje de Koning directed documentaries for various broadcasting companies for 12 years. In August 2004 she became Commissioning Editor for a documentary slot of 52’ docs. Since January 2005 Margje has been responsible for the Television Department of IKON and on January 2012 she became Head of TV, Radio and New Media programming at IKON. From January 2016 IKON has been incorporated within EO with Margje de Koning as Head of Documentaries for EOdocs. Since September 2019 she left the Public Broadcaster in order to become the new artistic director of the filmfestival Movies that Matter.

Maria de Medeiros

Director of the film "Aos Nossos Filhos"

Portuguese actress, screenwriter, director and singer. Her directorial debut feature, April Captains (2000), was selected by the Cannes Festival and won the International Jury Award at the São Paulo Film Festival. She participated in the direction of the documentary Welcome to São Paulo (2004), and she wrote and directed Matilda in the Morning (2004), I Iove you, neither do I: artists and critics (2004), The Prince’s Death (1991), Fragment II (1988) and Sévérine C. (1987). She won the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress at the Venice Mostra with Two Brothers, My Sister (1994), and in 2001, she was made a Knight of the French Order of the Arts and Letters.

Photograph © Giovanni di Ambrosio

Maria Luisa Ortega

Doctor of Philosophy and professor of Audiovisual Communication UAM

PhD in Philosophy from the UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) where she teaches Audiovisual Communication. She is currently the director of the magazine Secuencias. Revista de Historia del Cine and the co-director of the Master’s degree in Film Script, TV Series and Dramaturgy. Her research and publications have been mainly dedicated to the documentary film and the audiovisual non-fiction fields. She has been a programming advisor for the film festivals Documenta Madrid and Cines del Sur.


Marian López Fernández-Cao


PhD in Fine Arts, UCM, and professor at the same University. From 2007 to 2011, she was the Director of the Feminist Research Institute of the UCM and President of the Spanish Women in the Visual Arts Association (MAV). Since 2017 she is Vice President of ECARTE (European Consortium of Arts Therapies Education) and since 2022, she is the President of the Sociedad para la Educación Artística. She was a pioneer in Spain in feminist perspective itineraries and directs the project Las mujeres cambian museos (Women change Museums).

Marian Matachana


Spanish producer. She read Law and Psychology and lectured at the University of Valladolid. She founded the Marian Matachana Talent Agency where she managed a select portfolio of actors until 2016. She is currently Executive producer for KaBoGa Art & Films. She was Casting Manager and Producer of the feature film Sonata para violonchelo (2015), winner of several awards at different international festivals. Her latest co-production, Sinjar (2022), was selected at the Cannes Festival Atelier and premiered at the 2022 Malaga Festival.

Mariasun Miquel


Spanish cultural journalist specialized in literature, theater and cinema. For over five years she has been the author of the Charing Cross Road interviews blog. She has served as press officer for the Festival Digital El Sector and collaborated with FILMADRID, in addition to making her way as a journalist in media such as Onda Cero, RNE,, Diario Información or Burjassot Radio. Currently, she writes in Nokton Magazine.

MariCruz La Chica

University lecturer and feminist researcher

PhD in Hispano-American Literature (UCM) and Master’s in Human Rights (UC3M). Professor at the Instituto Universitario de Investigación en Estudios Latinoamericanos of Alcalá University. She is the author of Narrativa de Tradición Oral Maya Tojolabal. Her lines of research include indigenous peoples, human rights, gender studies and Latin America. She currently works as Coordinator of the University Master's Degree in Teacher Training for Compulsory Secondary Education and Baccalaureate at Nebrija University.

Marta Pedraza


Spanish journalist, she graduated in Art History, and is the editor-in-chief of MagaZinema. She has a passion for series and movies. She loves thrillers and movies with a historical background. This brought her to immersed herself in Korean history and its artistic production. Two years ago, she created Welcome to Dramaland, a live show on Twitch about Korean movies and series that airs every Tuesday and Thursday.

Olatz Arroyo


In the Cinema industry, she has written La familia perfecta (2021) and co-written the comedies El mejor verano de mi vida (2018) and Hasta que la boda nos separe (2020). She was also the co-creator and executive producer of the series Supernormal (2021 ) and the screenplay coordinator of the comedy Allí abajo. She worked as screenwriter for the series Aída (2005), Yo soy Bea (2006), Gran Hotel (2011) and Madres (2020), amongst others. In the field of theatre, she wrote and directed the play Klippan (2014).

Paola Randi

Screenwriter and film director. Coordinator of the Gruppo Pari Opportunità of the 100 authors

She was born in Milan in 1970. She studied law, art, music and theater. She works for international NGOs and is the founder and director of the TTR magazine. She has written and directed numerous feature films such as Tito e gli alieni (2017), shorts, documentaries, experimental videos and TV series such as Luna Nera (2020). Her first film, Into Paradiso (2010), received numerous awards including Best Film at the Nanni Moretti's Bimbi Belli Festival and four David di Donatello nominations. Her latest work, Beata te (2022), will be released soon.

Patrizia Rappazzo

Artistic director of the Sguardi Altrove at the Milan Film Festival

Italian journalist. Tenured teacher at the IULM University of Milan. For years she has worked at Mediaset TV editing the column 'Il Cinema in Televisione' for Channel 5 and news programs and on TV reportages on cinema and entertainment. She has also been in charge of the educational section of the Milano Film Network, the network of seven Milan film festivals. Currently, she is a reference for film and theater projects for USR Lombardy. She has been the Artistic Director of the Sguardi Altrove Film Festival since 1996.

Paula Palacios


Spanish director. She has been working for fifteen years as a documentary filmmaker for the production company she directs and that operates in Madrid and Paris. She has produced and directed for channels such as Aljazeera Documentary Channel, ARTE France and Public Sénat. At the 2021 Malaga Festival, she premiered her first feature film Cartas mojadas (2020), nominated for the 2021 Goya Awards for Best Documentary Film. She is currently directing her new documentary, Mi hermano Alí. She also manages the space La Morada de Malasaña in Madrid.

Pilar Palomero

Director of the film "La Maternal"

She was born in Zaragoza where she graduated from University in Spanish Studies. She has participated in the talent development programs Berlinale Talents (2017) and Sarajevo Talents (2016). In 2020, she co-wrote the script of Diego Moncada’s film Chaco, which premiered at the Rotterdam Festival. That same year her first feature film Las Niñas premiered at the Berlinale and it also won several awards like the Golden Biznaga at the Malaga Festival and the Goya Award for Best Film in 2021.

Photograp © Enrique Cidoncha

Sandra Ruesga


Spanish film director. She has co-directed among others the documentary feature film 200 KM (2003). She has been part of the Documentamadrid Festival programming team, also participated in the production of film festivals such as Almería en Corto and Animadrid and coordinated the production of "Rodando Páginas". She is currently a programmer for the Another Way Film Festival, a member of the programming committee of the DOCMA association. She collaborates in programming at CINES ZOCO MAJADAHONDA, of which she is a founding member.

Urszula Antoniak

Directora de la película "Magic Mountain" y "Splendid Isolation"

Polish-Dutch writer and film director. Her feature debut, Nothing personal (2009) was nominated to two European Film Academy Awards (2010). It won six awards, including the Golden Leopard for best debut film and Best Actress award for Lotte Verbeek at Locarno. Code Blue (2011) was chosen for the Cannes Directors' Fortnight Section. The lead actress, Bien de Moor, won several international awards for best actress. Beyond Words (2017) had its international premiere in Toronto and its European competition premiere in San Sebastian.

Valle Hidalgo


Producer, screenwriter, Spanish film director and vice president of the New Filmmakers Platform. She has promoted more than 30 film and theater productions. She has directed, amongst others, short films such as El Matutero (2002) and Una buena esposa (2012). She directed the documentary short film Dulcinea en duelo (2022). She co-produced the feature film Haz de tu vida una obra de arte (2013) nominated for Best Original Song at the Goya Awards. She has published several works as an author, including the 3-theaterpieces Monólogos para estar acompañada (2018).

Photograph © Carolina Roca

Vicky Calavia

Director of the film "María Moliner. Holding out Words"

Spanish filmmaker, screenwriter and audiovisual producer, cultural and cinematographic manager, archivist and festivals programmer and organizer. Since 2007 she has been the director of the audiovisual show Proyectaragon. In 2012 she created the group Habladores de cine, which carries out activities around film criticism as a result of the film analysis course Hablando de cine that she teaches. She has won several awards for her work, including the Simón Award for Best Documentary for La ciudad de las mujeres (2016).

Photograph © Ana Escario

Víctor García León


Spanish screenwriter and film director. He began directing short films in 1996 with El gilipollas and El elefante del Rey. His debut as feature film director was in 2001 with Más pena que Gloria (No pain, no Gain), winning the Silver Biznaga for the Best Male Performance at the Malaga Festival. In 2006 Vete de mí (Go away from me) won the Silver Shell at the San Sebastián Festival for Best Actor (Juan Diego). Throughout his career he has also worked as screenwriter and theater stage director; in fiction and documentary films, TV series, commercials and Videoclips.

Virginia Yagüe


Spanish screenwriter and producer of TV series. Amongst others, she has written series such as La Señora (2008) and La República (2011. In 2021, she won the Golden Biznaga at the Malaga Festival for the screenplay of the feature film Els Nens Salvatges, her third film after Para que no me Olvidares (2005). She is currently President of DAMA (Audiovisual Media Copyright) and a member of the board of directors of CIMA (Association of Women in Film and Audiovisual Media) and of the Film Academy.


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