"Indispensable Peripheries: Film Festivals from the Margins to Decentralise the New Cultural Maps"

There is no doubt that, among many other aspects, the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the digitisation of all global film structures. With these ongoing disruptions, not only are the traditional models of film distribution and exhibition changing forever, but even the role of small and medium-sized film festivals is transforming the way opportunities for many films that used to operate mainly from the margins emerge. In this context, with the new hybrid formats, even peripheral festivals, which usually programme and promote “non-mainstream” content from provincial locations, are consolidating new spaces in the new cultural geographies decentralised by the virtual reality. This roundtable, organised together with the Federación Pantalla (State Federation of Film and Audiovisual Content Festivals), aims to recognise, as well as explore, the practical definers of peripheral festivals as invigorating drivers for marginal cinemas and for regions that are far from the urban centres.

The representatives of the following “peripheral” film festivals will take part in this round table:

  • David Garrido Bazán, programming director of the Festival de Cine Inédito de Mérida (Extremadura)
  • Javier Muñiz Briogos, director of the International Short Film Festival “Ciudad de Soria” and president of the La Mesta Film Festival Association (Inter-territorial Association, 24 festivals from 8 autonomous communities)
  • Keka Losada, president of the Arela association and organizer of the Cans Festival (Galicia)
  • Mane Cisneros, director of the Festival de Cine Africano-FCAT (Tarifa, Andalusia)
  • Monica Timperi, director of Formentera Film (International Short Film Festival of Formentera, Balearic Islands)
  • Joaquim Roqué Paret, director of the Terra Gollut Film Festival (Catalonia).

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Available Language: Spanish only

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Javier Muñiz is currently director of the International Short Film Competition of Soria and president of La Mesta Association. Founder and president of La Boca Espacio de Cultura with which he develops different projects on multiple artistic disciplines. He has been involved with short films and festivals for more than 30 years. Creator of the International Film Festival La Boca del Lobo, Cortometrajes a los Cuatro Vientos and La Boca Erótica among other projects. Founder of the FECCYL Association and active member of PANTALLA.

Born in Mérida in 1971, he holds a degree in Law from the UNED. In 1997 he began his activity as a film critic on local, regional and national radio stations, combining it with written criticism in various digital media, specialised magazines and newspapers, including coverage of the most important film festivals such as Cannes, Berlin, San Sebastian, Sitges, Valladolid, Seville, etc. Since 2005 he has been Director of Programming and Contents of the Cultural Association Cine Club Forum, of which he is a founding member. In November 2006, this association launched the Festival de Cine Inédito de Mérida and he has been Director of Programming and Contents for two periods, from 2006 to 2014 and from 2020 to the present. The FCIMerida will celebrate its 16th edition in 2021. In May 2012 he began working as director and presenter of the weekly film information programme DeAluCine on Canal Extremadura Radio, a regional radio station where he remained until July 2015. In August 2015 he was appointed director of the Filmoteca de Extremadura, a position he held until July 2019, programming at its four venues and actively collaborating in the creation of the Extremadura Audiovisual brand and the Filmoteca Itinerante.

KEKA LOSADA is the president of the Arela Cultural Association, the organisation which organises the Cans Film Festival in O Porriño (Pontevedra). She has a degree in Textual Interpretation from the Royal Superior School of Dramatic Arts (ESAD) in Vigo, and a degree in Audiovisual and Entertainment Production, and is currently studying for a degree in Audiovisual Communication. Keka has been part of the festival team since its first edition in 2004. She coordinates all of the festival’s educational activities as well as being part of the production team. As well as the Cans Festival, she works in various departments related to festival production, such as the O Marisquiño Urban Culture Festival in Vigo, the Sinsal festival on the Island of San Simon, and the WOS festival in Santiago de Compostela. Keka is also a founding member of Proxecta, and is a coordinator of film festivals in Galicia.

Doctor in Ethnology from the EHESS (École en Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales), Paris. Degree in Geography and History from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Master’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the Universidad Nacional Itztapalapa in Mexico City. She is president of Al Tarab and founder and director of the African Film Festival FCAT. She has been a judge at numerous international and African film festivals around the world, a member of the ICAA film support committee and is a Knight of Arts and Letters of the French Republic.

She studied Sociology at La Sapienza University. In 1991 and 1994 she worked in the Public Relations and Event Organisation department of the prestigious Bornigia Piper Roma group. In 1995 she moved to Florence as sales manager in the audiovisual sector for the Universo group. In 1996, together with her husband, Silvio Bandinelli, she founded Showtime S.L., dedicated to film and audiovisual production and distribution. In 2009, the whole family moved to Formentera. In 2010 she was a member of the jury of the Lago Film Fest. The meeting between Monica Timperi and Silvio Bandinelli and Viviana Carlet and Carlo Migotto, organisers of the Revine Lago Festival, led to the Formentera Film project, of which Monica has been co-director since 2011.

Director of the Gollut Festival, an exhibition of committed cinema, mountain and environment and founder of Dinàmic Enginy, a company of audiovisual productions, web communication, social media and ICT consultancy. With a long experience in the third sector, he chairs the Cineclub of the Association of Friends of Cinema of the Vall de Ribes and has also been a member of the Board of the Catalan Federation of Cineclubs, which he has represented as a jury member at various international festivals. He is the author of several film scripts. He holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, UOC, and a degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, UPC, as well as a Postgraduate degree in Executive Documentary Production at idEC, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, UPF.


Luis Martínez (Madrid, 1966) is currently a film critic for the newspaper El Mundo. He holds a degree in Philosophy from the Complutense University and after postgraduate studies at the University of Urbino, in Italy, he began his professional career at the Residencia de Estudiantes as cultural coordinator. He took his first steps as a journalist in ‘Canal+’ and in the newspaper ‘El País’ as editor of the booklet edited in Valencia. Shortly afterwards, he moved to the editorial office in Madrid, where he wrote for the supplements ‘Tentaciones’ and ‘EPS’, and for the film reviews section of the ‘Televisión’ section. He also worked as a bullfighting reporter and columnist alongside Joaquín Vidal. Later, he joined Progresa, the magazine publisher of the Prisa group. There, he was editor-in-chief of the magazine ‘La Mirada’, the Sunday supplement of the regional newspapers, to later move to the magazine ‘Dominical’ and ‘Rolling Stone’ with the same position. Shortly after, he edited the magazines ‘Los 40’, ‘Canal+’ and, especially, ‘Cinemanía’. In 2007 he joined the newspaper ‘El Mundo’ as a film critic. Since then, he has been in charge of all the film information for this newspaper, covering the main international festivals and writing columns on current affairs and cultural criticism. He is also a regular contributor to the RTVE programme ‘Historia de nuestro cine’ and the magazines ‘La Esfera’, ‘SoFilm’ and ‘El Cultural’. He has published several collective books on Ingmar Bergman, Spielberg, Fernán Gómez and Billy Wilder, has taught at the ECAM and is a member of the European Film Academy. In 2009, he received the Paco Rabal award for cultural journalism.

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