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The 5th edition will held 13 professional and training activities, and welcome 29 expert guests!

Among them great personalities in the industry such as Jane Gaines, Isabel Coixet, María de Medeiros, Agnès Jaoui and many others

At Madrid Films by Women Festival, we are really aware that in order to improve the severe inequalities that make up our reality, it is essential to make female references visible so that they can be an inspiration for the youngest. Therefore, one of our objectives is to highlight women’s talent throughout the cultural value chain: creation and training → production and screening → distribution and sales → marketing and exhibition → consumption and accessibility.

Our 5th edition brings a wide range of professional and training activities with great experts and guest directors. Under the slogan #visibilityforequality, 13 professional and training activities will take place together with the presentations of their films by the authors and subsequent debates on this year's screenings, thus creating spaces for reflection, dialogue and shared experience; always with equality as an goal and excellence as a motto that guides and underpins the basis of this project.

👇 Take good note of everything to come!

Wednesday, October 26th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Master class with Agnès Jaoui

Hosted by Virginia Yagüe. President of the DAMA. Derechos de Autor de Medios Audiovisuales.

Goethe-Institut Madrid
Wednesday, October 26th, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Visible and invisible enemies of audiovisual women. What is RAMPA Platform?

Master class with Carlota Álvarez Basso, co-director of Madrid Films by Women Festival, hosted by Diego Mas Trelles, Co-director of Madrid Films by Women Festival

Organized in collaboration with Lab Campus DocsBarcelona.

Institut français de Madrid
Wednesday, October 26th, from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Dialogue between Agnès Jaoui and Isabel Coixet

During the meeting, the two filmmakers will talk about their professional careers, their influences and the intercultural dialogue between French and Spanish cinema. Dialogue will be followed by a screening of the feature film Le goût des autres by Agnès Jaoui. Hosted by Carlota Alvarez Basso, Festival's Co-director and Martin Chénot, Director of the Institut français de Madrid. Moderated by Floreal Peleato, from the French magazine Positif.

Centre Cultural-Libreria Blanquerna
Thursday, October 27th, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

How can I help you? Institutions and Documentary


  • Peter Andermatt. Fundación cultural de Oficina MEDIA Director
  • Sandra Ruesga. DOCMA. Asociación de cine documental en España representative
  • Paula Palacios. Film director PRODOCS. Asociación de productores de documentales representative
  • Valle Hidalgo. Vice President of PNR Plataforma Nuevos Realizadores, CIMA. Asociación de mujeres cineastas y medios audiovisuales representative
  • Virginia Yagüe. Screenwriter, President of DAMA. Derechos de Autor de Medios Audiovisuales

Organized in collaboration with DocsBarcelona and moderated by its Director, Joan Gonzàlez

Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Thursday, October 27th, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Film festivals at the crossroads. Is the traditional format still valid?

Participants at the round table:

  • Patrizia Rappazzo. Artistic director of Sguardi Altrove Film Festival de Milano
  • Li Jinxiang. Baturu's Film Festival programmer and film director
  • Esther Bannenberg. Producer, distributor and expert in festivals and funding. TOTO Cinema
  • Margje de Koning. Artistic director of Festival Movies That Matter

Moderated by Diego Mas Trelles, Festival's co-director and organized in collaboration with the Embassy of the Netherlands.

Thursday, October 27th, from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Documentary: funding, distribution and impact

Participants at the round table:

  • Laura Kloeckner. Senior Consultant of DAE. Documentary Association Europe
  • Joan Gonzàlez. DocsBarcelona Director

Moderated by Diego Mas Trelles, Festival's co-director and organized in collaboration with Lab Campus DocsBarcelona

Cine Doré. Filmoteca Española
Friday, October 28th, 5:00 pm

Silent Cinema by Women Across Continents: The U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia

Presentation of the Women Film Pioneers Project by Jane Gaines, Professor of Film at Columbia University and curator of the of the special programm Silent Cinema by Women Across Continents: The U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia, organised by the Festival and Filmoteca Española.

Through this project, she has spent three decades bringing to light the work of women directors, screenwriters, producers and other professionals in the film industry who have been constantly made invisible throughout history. Her work, along with that of many other academics, has led to the discovery that, indeed, the presence of women filmmakers during the silent period was notably more important than originally believed.

The conference will be followed by a discussion with the audience. Subsequent screening of the first session of the special programm, that will be dedicated to the French filmmaker Alice Guy Blaché, with the screening of two short films, one produced in France and the other in the USA.

Organized in collaboration with the Fundación Consejo España-EEUU and hosted by its Head of cultural affairs, María Luque and Carlota Álvarez Basso, Co-director of Madrid Films by Women Festival.

Universidad Camilo José Cela
Wednesday, November 2nd, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Master class with María Zamora

Master class with María Zamora, Executive producer at Elástica Films. Hosted by Piluca Baquero. Director of the Film and Audiovisual Fiction Degree at the Camilo José Cela University and subsequent discussion with the audience.

Fundación Casa de México en España
Wednesday, November 2nd, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm / Thursday, November 3rd, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Film script workshop by Diana Cardozo

The Mexican screenwriter and director Diana Cardozo, will give a two days film script workshop.

Espacio Fundación Telefónica
Thursday, November 3rd, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

How did you get here? Study cases on film scriptwriting women professionals

Round rable about fiction and non-fiction film writing, professional framework of screenwriters, gender equality and the future of the sector. Participants:

  • Olatz Arroyo Abaroa. Screenwriter and producer. Member of the Board of Directors of ALMA. Sindicato de guionistas de España
  • Alicia Luna. Screenwriter and teacher
  • Virginia Yagüe. Scriptwriter, President of DAMA, vocal de la Junta Directiva de CIMA y vocal en la especialidad de guion en la Academia de Cine

Moderator: Begoña Piña. Journalist specialized in cinema and press officer at CIMACIMA.

Thursday, November 3rd, from 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm

How did you get here? Study cases on the international film directors participating in the festival

Participants at the round table:

  • Karin Junger. Director of the film 10 Songs for Charity
  • Aliona van der Horst. Director of the film Turn Your Body To The Sun
  • Urszula Antoniak. Director of the films Magic Mountains and Splendid Isolation
  • Cecilie McNair. Director of the film Baby Pyramid
  • Diana Cardozo. Director of the film Estación Catorce
  • Ana Katz. Film director protagonist of the special program at Casa de América
  • Maria de Medeiros. Director of the film Aos Nossos Filhos

Facilitator: Elena Manrique. Film producer and member of the festival programming committee. Actividad organizada en colaboración con Casa de América, Centro de Estudios Mexicanos UNAM-España, Fundación Casa de México en España, la Embajada de Dinamarca, la Embajada de los Países Bajos.

Casa de América
Friday, November 4th, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

A journey through various disciplines

Master class with Ana Katz, a journey through the work and filmography of the Argentine director, protagonist of the special program scheduled at Casa de América. Subsequent screening of her film El juego de la silla.

Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza
Friday, November 4th, 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm

Missing in Action

Conference by Marian López Fernández-Cao, Professor of Art Education at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, researcher and expert in art and feminism, who will present the special program Lost Women in Art.


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