London Spanish Film Festival
Joana Granero Sanchez   JOANA GRANERO SANCHEZ  Founder & Director

Founder and director of Tristana Media, Joana was born in Tarragona. After graduating in Law from the University of Barcelona she spent a couple of years in Italy and then moved to London, where she worked in publishing and got a MSc in Political and Social Theory from Birkbeck College. Out of a passion for cinema she created the London Spanish Film Festival in 2005, an event that was to fill a gap in London's cultural panorama by bringing contemporary Spanish cinema in a well-defined context. In 2008 the Ambassador of Spain in London awarded her with the civil merit medal (Orden de Isabel la Católica) in recognition of her work with Spanish cinema. She also works as an independent curator and producer. Fashion & Cinema is another initiative by Joana involving a series of events exploring the relationship between fashion, cinema and costume design.

Noemi Cuetos Fernandez   NOEMI CUETOS FERNÁNDEZ  Head of Press

Born in Vitoria, 1983, Noemi graduated in Journalism & Audiovisual Communication from the University of Navarra, with an intercalary semester studying at the University of Sheffield. She has worked at various Spanish newspapers, in radio, a Non Governmental Organisation, a film distribution company, on a movie as a production coordinator and as a press officer at several international film festivals (San Sebastian, Punto de Vista, London Latin American Film Festival, Edinburgh International Film Festival, The Times BFI London Film Festival, Doha Tribeca Film Festival).

Karen McD   KAREN McDONALD  Graphic Designer

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Karen has lived in London since 1993. Following a design background culminating in employment as Design Manager for a London based publishing company, she now runs Kargan Media, a graphic design company, delivering both print and online projects. Kargan Media has also worked on several digital arts and media projects. She has been involved since the beginning with Tristana Media and the London Spanish Film Festival.

Patricia Perez   PATRICIA PÉREZ ÁLVAREZ  Head of Programming

Patricia graduated in Journalism & Audiovisual Communication from the University Carlos III in Madrid, studying one year in England. Following her passion for film she moved to London to study a Masters in Film Studies at Kingston University. Since then she's been working in film distribution, in leading companies such as Curzon Artificial Eye and StudioCanal (Canal +). She joined Tristana Media in 2011 and is currently also working in the UK branch of StudioCanal.

Marisol Pedrero   MARISOL PEDRERO  Social Events Manager

Marisol was born in Zamora and studied Law at the University of Salamanca and then at the University of Caen, in Basse-Normandie, France. She has worked in Hospitality and Events for the last 13 years at Hilton Worldwide, living first in Paris and then in London, travelling widely and gaining extensive international experience. Always passionate about cinema, art and fashion she is now working for Burberry, an iconic British luxury fashion house. She started following the London Spanish Film Festival since the very first edition. She started actively cooperating with the Festival in 2010.

Marisol Pedrero   MATTHEW HILBORN   

Matt Hilborn is a PhD researcher (AHRC Northern Bridge) in Spanish Cinema at Durham University, whose work focuses on comedy and national identity in Spain's democratic period, from the late 70s until the present day. He analyses several key case studies – Almodóvar in the 80s, Bigas Luna in the 90s, Santiago Segura's Torrente saga in the 00s, and Emilio Martínez-Lázaro's Ocho apellidos series in the 2010s – to interrogate to what degree this funniness is characteristically Spanish, or rather "Spanish" or even Spanish™, sending itself up for international audiences. More info can be found here


Raised and schooled in London, Matt is thrilled to collaborate with LSFF this year, writing copy, executing translations, and watching all the comedy he can get his hands on!

Pablo Goikoetxea
Pau Ros

In 2007 the London Spanish Film Festival started a very fruitful collaboration with photographer Pablo Goikoetxea that gave some great images.


In 2012 Pablo, who now works both in London and Barcelona, brought in his long time collaborator Pau Ros and their POPklik team formed by Fany de la Chica, Eva Nieto, Bea Poey, Marian Alonso, Elisa Fonta and musician Nico Casal. POPklik has been since then documenting the festival through photography and video as well as creating visual materials for its promotion.

Professor Maria Delgado  


Professor and Director of Research at Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), Maria is also a curator and critic and Programme Advisor to the London Film Festival. Her publications on theatre and film have been translated into several languages and her film reviews have appeared in Sight & Sound and on BBC Radio's Night Waves, Front Row, Saturday Review and the Film Programme.

Professor Peter Evans  


Formerly Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, Peter has published several books on Spanish (for instance, on Buñuel, Almodovar and Bigas Luna), Hollywood, and British cinema, as well as articles on varied subjects such as Catherine Deneuve, Tango (Carlos Saura, 1998), the films of José Luis Borau and the film Top Hat (Sandrich, 1935).

takes place at:
Ciné Lumière
at the Institut français
17 Queensberry Place
South Kensington
London SW7 2DT
Box Office:
020 7871 3515