A Philosophy and Letters graduate from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM), PhD in Art History, Marina Díaz López works as a technical expert in film and video at the Department of Cultural Activities of Instituto Cervantes in Madrid. Her job has to do with the cultural promotion of Spanish films at the international level.
Marina is a member of the research team on Film Studies and Audio Visual Culture at UAM. With Alberto Elena, she is the editor of two books on Latin American film: Tierra en trance. El cine latinoamericano en 100 películas (Alianza Editorial, 1999) and 24 Frames. Latin American Cinema (Wallflower Press, 2002). In addition, she has written numerous articles on the history of Spanish films for books and specialist magazines.
She is a regular contributor to Spanish and Latin American film magazines like Secuencias. Revista de Historia del Cine (Maya/UAM), Studies in Hispanic Cinemas (Intellect Books), El ojo que piensa. Revista de cine iberoamericano (Universidad de Guadalajara) and Revista Área Abierta (Universidad Complutense de Madrid).
Photo by Román Navarro
Carolina López has been the director of Xcèntric since 2005, the CCCB experimental film programme and creative documentary in Barcelona. She is also currently the director of Animac, Catalonia's International Animated Film Festival, which she directed in 2001 and 2002, and again since 2012. She has also directed film seasons for MACBA, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Artfutura Show. She created the Anima’t section of the Sitges Film Festival, which she directed from 1993 to 2004. She has directed and produced various films, as an independent filmmaker and also under commission.
María Zamora holds a degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Film Production from the University of Valencia. She joined Avalon in January 2001, producing short films by such directors as Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, Natalia Mateo or Nacho Ruiz Capillas, and feature films like David Planell’s La vergüenza, Javier Rebollo’s La mujer sin piano or León Siminiani’s Mapa. She was also involved in international co-productions like Acné by Federico Veiroj.
In 2007, María founded Avalon P.C. with Stefan Schmitz, a production company usually working with Avalon D.A., a distributor of independent films and a partner of FILMIN.
She has always been interested in short films as a source of emerging talents, supporting them in the creation of their first projects – short or feature films, fiction or non-fiction. She believes there is no single formula in film production, for no two filmmakers or films are the same.
María is now working in the pre-production of Todos están muertos, a feature film by Beatriz Sanchis, whose short films La clase (Goya nominee in 2009) and Mi otra mitad (Berlinale 2010) were also produced by Zamora.