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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

Graduate in Journalism and Audiovisual Communication, and postgraduate in Film Curating from the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola. Since 2007 she has worked in the communications departments of international film festivals such as Punto de Vista, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Doha Tribeca Film Festival and the London Spanish Film Festival. For seven years she was the Head of Communications at Documental Ambulante A.C., a Mexican organisation that promotes documentaries through a travelling film festival and other year-round initiatives. Her research experience includes a study of audiences in Gipuzkoa and an investigation on the 1st meeting of Film Schools at the San Sebastian Film Festival in 1960. She currently collaborates with Vitrine Filmes and the Tabakalera International Centre for Contemporary Culture, and is vice-president of the Unión de Cineastas association.

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 Global operations at MUBI.

Marisol Pedrero   MARISOL PEDRERO  Social Events

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.

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.

Alejandro Postigo  


Avid lover of Spanish cinema, Alejandro is Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music. His practice-based PhD from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama explores the Intercultural Adaptation of Spanish Copla songs in international theatre and cinematic settings. He is leader of HisPanic Breakdown, an Anglo-Spanish theatre collective developing works such as 'Men on the Verge of a HisPanic Breakdown' (USA, 2009), 'Wondering Thoughts' (Bangkok, 2014) and 'The Copla Musical' (2014-20), seen in Europe and America ( He has featured in the West End production of 'In The Heights', TV sitcom 'Episodes' (BBC) and regularly collaborates with The Royal Ballet.

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
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020 7871 3515
Riverside Studios
101 Queen Caroline Street
London W6 9BN
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