The Festival Cine por Mujeres is back with a second edition full of parallel activities. We will deepen the audiovisual training of our public, and develop activities related to the industry.
To make things change, we need to visualize more female references to inspire in particular young female creators as well as the general audience. The support of the media, the education system and the entire society is essential in this task.
For 7 days, you will have the opportunity to learn live with great national and international film professionals.
Under the motto “Visibility for equality”, we will organize 5 round tables, 6 lectures, debates, film presentations and talks with the women directors. There’s just one goal, to enhance the presence of women in THE CULTURAL VALUE-CREATING PRODUCTION CHAIN: Creation and training, production, screening/promotion, marketing/distribution, sales/consumption and accessibility to the industry. Following these processes we will organize round tables, workshops, talks and lectures with the aim of highlighting the role of female professionals.
Nadia Dresti was born in Locarno and took her first steps in the world of film thanks to the Locarno Festival. Following a brief stint as the head of marketing for 20th Century Fox Switzerland, in 1990 she founded her own company, Zero Problem, in Geneva. This company specialized in film marketing and public relations, grew in Paris via daily relationships and conversations with various clients: producers, independent distributors and film festivals such as the Locarno Festival, the Marché du Film in Cannes and the European Film Market (EFM) in Berlin. During this time she also became part of the selection committee of the Locarno Festival and was appointed as Head of the Industry Office, the Festival branch that she nurtured from one edition to the next, turning it into a strategic tool for an event that has increasingly become an international hub for film industry professionals. In 2006, upon returning to Ticino, she became a Delegate to the Artistic direction. She launched the Industry Days in 2010 and became the Head of Locarno Pro in 2018.
Born in 1964, Anna Serner is the CEO of the Swedish Film Institute. She took up the post on October 1st 2011. Her previous position was as Managing Director of the Swedish Media Publishers’ Association, where she was active in public debate on freedom of speech and the media’s role in society. For two years prior to this she ran her own marketing communications consultancy business, and was also CEO of the Advertising Association of Sweden from 1998-2006. With a degree in law, Anna has a wide experience of board level appointments, including Berghs School of Communication, Folkoperan, United Minds, Fanzingo and the magazine Dagens Samhälle. She has also served as an expert on various Swedish government commissions, including one on copyright (2010). In addition, she undertook a two-year course in practical filmmaking at the Stockholm School of Film as well as film studies at Stockholm University. Over the past 20 years Anna has also given lectures and spoken widely on law, advertising, creativity and management.
Navas began to collaborate with the social and contemporary culture centre La Casa Encendida, from the Fundación Montemadrid, in 2003. She was responsible of the audiovisual department from 2008 to 2014 and of its music department and dramatic arts from 2014 to 2017. In these areas she has coordinated all the schedule of activities related with dramatic arts, music, film and video, with a focus on the new formats and a reflecting on digital culture and the audiovisual medium. In 2017, she began her collaboration as executive producer with Sayaka productions developing projects for film and television. She cofounded and manages the free online independent Avant Gard film platform Plat.tv which specializes in Spanish and Latin American experimental cinema. In February of 2018 she published the book Y ahora, lo importante (Caballo de Troya).
Former French journalist with extensive experience in print, television, and radio journalism. Over the past two decades, she has hosted her own shows on the major free and pay TV networks in France (Canal +, France Télévisions, Arte) and presented prime time morning radio shows on France Inter, one of France’s leading public radio stations. She is a regular columnist and has written six books since 2005. Her work as a cultural and civic news journalist is dedicated to connecting artists, ideas and stories, as well as empowering consumers to make the right choices and commitments. Isabelle Giordano also founded the association “Cinema pour Tous” in 2006 (which organizes regular film screenings and debates for underprivileged people) and is a member of several boards of directors: the Forum des Images, the Forum d’Avignon, and the Fondation HSBC pour l’Education.
She is president of the Fonds pour le Service Civique and a qualified public figure appointed by the Fondation Égalités des Chances. She was decorated as a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honor in 2013.
Alessia Sonaglioni has a long standing experience as a lawyer and manager in a European organisation. Specialized during the last eight years in film co-production at Eurimages Film Fund. She currently manages a non-profit organisation supporting European women professionals in the audiovisual sector, the European Women Audiovisual Network.
Virginia Yagüe has a long professional career as a creator and screenwriter of television reference series in Spain such as La Señora and 14 de Abril La República, Amar en Tiempos Revueltos & Amar es para siempre (2012 Golden TP Award for Best Soap Opera, Ondas Prize 2008 and Silver Medal for the best television drama series at the New York Festival 2007) and the TV movie Prim, el asesinato de la calle del turco (Silver Globe at the World Media Festival in Hamburg and Gold Medal for Best TV Movie at the International Festival of NY 2015). In cinema, she won the Golden Biznaga at the Malaga Festival 2012 for the screenplay of the feature film Els Nens Salvatges, her third film after Para que no me olvides and she has participated in several group films. In narrative she has published several novels. Virginia Yagüe is currently the Vice president of CIMA (The Association of Women Filmmakers and Audiovisual Media).
Tatiana Graullera, Mexican director and producer, studied Audiovisual Communication at the University of the Claustro de Sor Juana de México. She participated in the documentary film workshop taught by James Benning, framed in the International Contemporary Film Festival of Mexico City (FICCO) and was awarded a scholarship by the Ibermedia program in 2009. In 2010 with Un mundo secreto, her first project as a producer directed by Gabriel Mariño, she won the Swiss fund of production Visions Sud Est from the Freiburg festival, being premiered at the Berlinale in 2012. In 2017 she premiered the documentary Guerrero by Ludovic Bonleux in the Ambulante festival, and the documentary medium length film Camaleón, by Miguel Calderón. In 2017, Montañistas, her first film as a director, premiered at Cinélatino – Encuentros in Toulouse, France, and was part of the Mexican Short Film Section in the fiction category of the Morelia International Film Festival. With Una corriente salvaje, a documentary directed by Nuria Ibañez, she won again the Swiss post-production fund Visions Sud Est. In 2018 she premiered La camarista, the debut feature from Lila Avilés at the Toronto Festival and at the moment she is working in the production of En una esquina de México, Leonor Maldonado’s documentary debut feature and Sex panchitos punk, a medium-length film by Gustavo Gamou.
Sonia García López
She is a researcher, lecturer and programmer in the field of film studies. Bilingual lecturer of Audiovisual Communication at the Carlos III University in Madrid, where she teaches Audiovisual Narrative and she is part of the research group TECMERIN, she has been a visiting scholar at New York University (Tisch School of the Arts and Department of Spanish and Portuguese Languages and Literatures) and in the Université de Paris-Sorbonne (CRIMIC, Centre de Recherches Interdisciplinaires sur les Mondes Ibériques Contemporains). She has published articles and essays about Spanish and Latin American contemporary cinema, with an emphasis on documentaries and the audiovisual archives, aspects which she has also explored in her work as programmer in diverse institutions (Cineteca Madrid, Tabakalera-San Sebastián, Open Society Archives in Budapest, etc.). She is the author of the books El cuerpo y la voz de Margarita Alexandre (Tecmerin, 2016), Spain is US: the Spaish Civil War in the Popular Front cinema (1936-1939) (PUV, 2013) and To be or not to be. Ernst Lubitsch (Paidós, 2005). She is co-editor of the books Piedra, papel y tijera: el collage en el cine documental (Ocho y medio, 2009) and Contraculturas y subculturas en el cine latinoamericano (1975-2015) (Tirant lo Blanch, 2019).
Pablo Pérez de Lema Sáenz de Viguera
He was born in Bilbao. He obtained a Law Degree (specialized in Economic Law) from Deusto University and a Degree on Film and Television Production from the Madrid Film Institute. He is a career civil servant at the Corps of managers of the State Administration. From June 2009 he is the Head of service at the Sub-Directorate General for Promotion and International Relations of the ICAA, where among other matters, he is the Spanish Representative at the Euromiages cultural support fund of the Council of Europe.
Annouchka de Andrade
Art Director of the Amiens International Film Festival. Screenwriter, producer and distributor with more than 25 years in the industry, she has simultaneously developed an experience in intercultural dialogue and analysis in cultural fields. She was appointed, by the French Foreign Office, as cultural attachée, Director of the Institut Français in Seville, Spain and Audiovisual Regional Attachée for the Andean countries in Colombia. She began her career in Culture in the ARP – French authors, directors and producers society- under the presidency of Claude Berri, she was production assistant for Jean Pierre Ramsay and she was the programmer of the Cinema Theatre Mac Mahon in Paris.
Silvia Pérez de Pablos
PhD in Humanities from UC3M, post-graduate studies in script at the University of Southern California with a Fulbright scholarship, diploma in script at the ECAM. She has worked as a screenwriter in film and television, in series as Periodistas, Al salir de clase, Motivos Personales, La Señora and Hay alguien ahí. She has been a member of the jury in aid contests and script analyst. She was a member of the board of directors of the writers union ALMA, has been a member of the Territorial Council of Madrid of the SGAE and is currently a member of the board of directors, the only woman of the Audiovisual Professional Association. She combines her work as a scriptwriter with teaching, at the ECAM and at the Francisco de Vitoria University.
She has participated in various organizations like Women in Black, the International League of Women for Peace and Liberty, the Platform of Women Artists Against Gender Violence and the Platform for the Right to Choose. In 2004 she created the Commission of Women in the Actors and Actresses United Union of Spain, which created the Secretary of Equality, of which she is currently responsible. She has participated actively missions, which gave birth to the Effective Equality of Women and Men LAW.
She did the presentation of Equality for the Statute of the Artist, which was voted by a simple majority in the commission of the Statute in the Spanish Congress so it would be completely included. She created and directed the I Congress of Culture and Equality, dedicated wholly to audiovisual production and she is a member of the Consejo Nacional de Cultura del Gobierno de España. Meanwhile she has maintained her profession as an actress interpreter in numerous stage plays, cinema productions and on television.
Cristina Andreu has worked as a director and scriptwriter in short films, as a script and direction assistant in feature films and in documentaries and reports for different production companies. She is the director of one of the four episodes of the feature film Delirios de Amor, starring Fernando Fernán-Gómez and Rosario Flores and she is the director and scriptwriter of the feature film Brumal, based on Los altillos de Brumal of Cristina Fernández Cubas, for which she was nominated to a Goya for Best Novel Direction. She has worked in the Specials Department of Canal Plus, in the direction, scriptwriting and edition of specials emissions on films and filmmaking. She has directed art and commemorative documentaries. She is Program Director for LOCALIA TV. She has been Commination responsible for Médecins du monde. She has filmed documentaries in war zones. Currently she is the President of the Spanish Women’s Association in the Audiovisual Industry. She has written a book about Isabel Coixet Una mujer bajo la influencia and the Guía de la creación Audiovisual: de la Idea a la Pantalla for AECID. She is a lecturer at the Film and TV School of the Veritas University. She lived in Belen where she directed the documentary Bernarda Alba en Palestina selected by numerous national and international festivals and she has coordinated the first Iberian American Film Show In Palestine. She was Editorial Supervisor of the film Spain in a day. She is currently preparing the documentary Carlos Slepoy: Pasión por la justicia.
Ana Isabel Palacios
Manager and cultural producer, programmer and Director of Mujeres de Cine www.mujeresdecine.com. Producer, programmer and cultural manager at RIVER LAB www.river-lab.com since 2007. Technical director of the European Commission and European Parliament initiatives EUROPEAN CINEMA IN ROUTE and CINEMA LUX MADRID www.europarl.europa.eu and cultural producer in River Lab in other projects such as MÁRGENES, HISPASAT INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL 4K and YOUNG EUROPEAN CINEMA ON THE MOVE (YECOM). Founding member of the Cultural Association Cine en Ruta from which projects such as CINE ESPAÑOL EN RUTA, 14,4 KM and DIÁLOGO CULTURAL ENTRE LAS DOS ORILLAS.
María Concepción Martínez Tejedor
María Concepción Martínez Tejedor has a degree in Geography and History (specialization in Art History) from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and a Diploma in Advanced Studies from the UNED. Member of the Body of Museum Assistants since 2000 and of the Facultative Body of Museum Curators since 2006, she has developed her professional career in the National Museum of Roman Art in Mérida, the Sorolla Museum, the General Subdirectorate of State Museums of the Ministry of Culture and in the Collections Department of the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum. Since 2015, she is a technical advisor at the Center for Studies and Knowledge Management of the INAP. For more than a decade, she has been conducting gender studies focused on the presence of women in the plastic arts and cinematography. Author of articles related to art and gender, in 2016 she published the book Directoras. Pioneras del cine español. De los años veinte a los años sesenta. From the 1920s to the 1960s (Madrid, First Team Foundation, 2016).
Sonia Tercero Ramiro
Sonia Tercero Ramiro is a journalist. She has an MBA in Television Business Management from the University of Salamanca and a degree in Information Sciences from UCM. She has studied marketing at the ESIC and photography and film script in the Escuela de las Letras. She has been responsible of de Athenaeum of the Casa de America and Communication Director in the area of Leisure and Entertainment of the PRISA group. All along her career she has been involved in dramatic arts, music, film and the media. She has given multiple conferences about what she has investigated in her documentaries, which were published in different mediums. She has directed television shows and also documentaries such as El Secreto de Educar (2008); La Escuela Olvidada (2011); Huellas en el cielo (2012); Robles, duelo al sol (2015) and Joaquín Sorolla, los viajes de la luz (2017), which was awarded the World Bronze Medal in the New York Film and Television Festival in 2018.
Lorena Muñoz co-directed the documentary Yo no sé qué me han hecho tus ojos with Sergio Wolf in 2003. It won the awards for Best Latin-American Film and for Best International Picture by the International Federation of Film Industry Press, the Special Jury Award By Signis International and the Choral Award for Best Documentary at the Havana Festival. In 2006, this time on her own, she wrote and directed Los próximos pasados, which received the Special Jury Award at Fipresci, a mention from the FEISAL and the International Signis Award at the Meeting of Latin American Fims in Toulouse, France. As a producer, she is part of the company Habitación 1520.
She is founding partner of the visual effects company, El Ranchito. She was a pioneer in Spain in the production of visual effects working in the first Spanish visual effects productions, first at Daiquiri Digital Pictures and then at El Ranchito. She has worked in many Spanish films, directed by directors such as: Alex de la Iglesia, Santiago Segura, Alejandro Amenábar, Javier Fesser, Daniel Monzón, etc. She is currently the director of the Advertising film department at El Ranchito. Niké Alonso provides the perspective of a partner and “businesswoman” at a special effects studio, in areas as diverse as supervision, production and customer service, especially with film producers.
She is probably the best visual effects composer we have in Spain. She is a freelancer with a sound experience in the main Spanish studios: Myopia, Serena, User38, Ranchito and the most complex productions of the Spanish cinema: Captain Alatriste, Biutiful, The skin I live, A Monster comes to see me, etc. She provides a very complete vision of the sector of visual effects in Spain, since she has worked for all kind of studios, from the largest, to the smallest and in all kinds of audiovisual productions: from homemade to big blockbusters. She is also a mother, very active and also personal awareness of the difficulties that this profession can entail in terms of family conciliation.
She is also a musical composer and the most international visual effects operator. Born in Turkey and Spanish at heart, she has worked in the most important visual effects studios in the world: Double Negative, MPC and Framestore, and for big blockbusters such as: John Carter, Hunger games 2, The Legend of Tarzan, Guardians of the Galaxy, The dark Knight rises, etc.
She comes from 3D production. Currently her specialization in the audiovisual sector is concentrated in Digital Environments, working with programs such as Matte Paint or Photoshop, where there is more presence of women, although the 3D production is an almost only male field. She has also worked as a camera operator, and also as a 3D coordinator and technical supervisor. She has also worked on what is called VFX on set, and provides a vision of how the whole work process during filming and the relationship with other film teams.
After short films such as, From XX to XY: Fighting to be Jake and Sundays, and an acting role in Angela Schanelec‘s Marseille, Atef and co-author Esther Bernstorff received the German Film Award for Best Screenplay for her first feature film Molly‘s Way at the Munich Film Festival. Her numerous other awards also include the Grand Prix of the Jury of the Festival in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Her second feature film, The Stranger in Me, premiered in the Semaine de la Critique section of the Cannes International Film Festival and also received numerous awards, including Best Picture and Best Actress at the Sao Paulo International Film Festival. Her third feature film, Kill Me, was awarded Best European Film at the Bradford International Film Festival.
Laura Bispuri’s first feature film Sworn Virgin was premiered in Competition at the Berlinale in 2015. It was presented in more than 80 festivals worldwide and received numerous awards, including the prestigious Nora Ephron Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, the Golden Gate New Directors Prize in San Francisco, the Firebird Award in Hong Kong, the Fipresci in Krakow and a Globo d’Oro, assigned by the Italian Foreign Press Association. The film was also included in the renowned New Authors section of the AFI Festival in Los Angeles. After earning a degree in Cinema at La Sapienza University of Rome, Laura Bispuri’s short film Passing Time won the David di Donatello Award for Best Short Film in 2010 and was selected as one of the best international shorts by France’s Académie des César. Her next short Biondina was awarded Italy’s Nastro d’Argento Award for Most Promising Director. Daugther of Mine is her second feature.
The first documentary by Lucía Gajá, Mi vida dentro was awarded the prize to the best documentary and to the best documentary directed by a woman in the International Film Festival of Morelia 2007, the Grand Prize of the Jury at the Human Rights Festival of Paris 2008, The jury’s Prize in the category of human rights in the BAFICI Festival in Buenos Aires 2008, the Best Documentary Award in the Documenta Festival Madrid 2008 and was nominated in the category of Best feature film to the Ariel Award. Mi vida dentro has participated also in important festivals like the Critic’s Week at Cannes 2008 in a special screening, the Festival Silverdocs in Washington DC, the Munich Festival and the Tribeca Festival in New York, among others. Gajá has also been nominated in three occasions to the Ariel Award of the Mexican Academy of Art and Filmmaking Science and won the Ariel 2005 for her short film Soy; with Batallas íntimas, her last work up to now, she was awarded the grant Just Films of the Ford Foundation.
Film director, multimedia artist and writer, Hanna Slak has written and directed feature films for the big screen, Blind Spot in 2001, Teah in 2007, Rudar in 2017, as well as documentary films and experimental shorts. She also creates video installations and video design for the stage. Her films have been screened at festivals such as Cannes, Berlinale, Rotterdam, Locarno and others. Among the awards for her work are the Silver Bear for Short Film for the experimental documentary Laborat (writer, editor, producer), the Jury Price at Weimar Short FF for the poetry film Standard Time and Best Director at Sofia Film Festival.
Sonja Kuittinen was born 1990 in Puumala, Finland. She graduated with an MA in acting from the University of the Arts (Theatre Academy) 2016. Miami (dir. Zaida Bergroth, 2017) was her first internationally distributed feature film, and gave her a nomination for Best Leading Actress in the Jussi-awards, the most prominent annual film awards in Finland.
Krista Kosonen was born on May 28, 1983 in Espoo, Finland as Krista Erika Kosonen. Graduated from the Theatre Academy of Helsinki, Finland in 2009 after studying theatre for six years. Krista is an actress and writer, known for films such as Blade Runner 2049 (2017), Kätilö (2015) and Miami (2017).
Nerea Pérez de las Heras
Closing ceremony hostess
Nerea Pérez de las Heras is a journalist, feminist and humorist. Throughout his career she has collaborated with media such as El País, Vogue, Esquire, Marie Claire y Glamour. As a humorist, her monologue Feminismo para torpes has reaped a great public success and also names a series of videos for newspaper El País where, using the humor, criticizes sexist roles and behaviors of our society. Nerea has recently published her first book Feminismo para torpes (Ediciones Martínez Roca) and collaborates at the Movistar + TV show Las que faltaban.
Presentadora Gala inauguración y Sección competitiva
Beatriz Montañez studied journalism at the University of California (UCLA) and completed her studies with a master’s degree in “Democracy and media” at Harvard University and a master’s degree in “Innovation in journalism” at Stanford University. She has also taken several Directing and Documentary script’s courses at Institute RTVE and has attend some script courses with Javier Corcuera, Inés Paris and José María Castillo and also at the DAMA Screenwriters Syndicate. She has worked for Univisión in Los Angeles and for La Sexta in Spain co-presenting the program El Intermedio for which she received the Micrófono de Oro, the IMAS Award for professionalism, the Ondas Award for the best section and the Persephone Award. As a screenwriter she has co-written the screenplay for the film Muchos hijos, un mono y un castillo, winner of a Goya Award. She also collaborates with Wired Magazine.
Senior Programmer, Chief Curator of New Frontier. Shari’s focus is American and World Cinema dramatic features, as well as films that experiment and push the boundaries of conventional storytelling. She is also the founder and driving creative force behind New Frontier at Sundance. As Co-Director of Programming for OUTFEST (1998-2001), she founded the Platinum section, which introduced cinematic installation and performance to the festival. As Festival Director of MIX: The New York Experimental Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (1993-1996) she co-founded the first gay Latin American film festivals, MIX BRASIL and MIX MÉXICO. Shari is a filmmaker and recipient of multiple grants, including the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Media Arts Foundation. She is a graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe & the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. She joined the programming team in 1998.
Álex Mendíbil (Gijón, 1973) PhD in Audiovisual Communication is a researcher and screenwriter. He writes fiction and documentary formats such as Camera Café, Doctor Mateo, Nitroso Oxide, Comics or Radiophobia. He is also the author of several books on cult films and television, and the blog El Franconomicón on Jess Franco. In 2013 he debuted with his first play: Solicitud de amistad pendiente, and premiered his first feature film: Undo Infinito. He currently teaches at the Camilo José Cela University and collaborates with the Filmoteca Española in the “Sala: B” program.
Born in Madrid, Arantxa Aguirre has a PH in Spanish Literature and has published Buñuel, lector de Galdós (Pérez Galdós Award, 2003) and 34 actores hablan de su oficio, as a sequel of her documentary film Hécuba, nominated to Goya Award in 2007. She has worked as assistant director of Mario Camus, Almodóvar, Basilio M. Patino or Carlos Saura. Her documentary films include the award-winning Le coeur et le courage (2010), American swan in Paris (2011) and Dancing Beethoven (2016) –also nominated to Goya, Forqué and Platino Awards-, released in theaters in seven countries.