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FILMADRID returns as an in-person festival


FILMADRID returns as an in-person festival which reinvents the concept of its competition and will take place twice this year.

Photo: Destello Bravío (Ainhoa Rodríguez, 2021) España.  FILMADRID 2021 Opening Screening

FILMADRID. The International Film Festival returns in 2021 with an original concept of Official Competition, after it was cancelled last year due to the pandemic. The new Official Competition of FILMADRID is transformed in a forum for reflection about contemporary films, in which filmmakers’ past and present converge. Besides the films in competition, shown in the evenings, there will be “mirror” morning screenings of previous productions of their author, as well as other productions that had a fundamental influence on their work. This way, the audience can delve deeply in filmmaker’s creative processes and growth. This new model of competition, completely new in the world of film festivals, understands the history of filmmaking as a trigger for contemporary creation.
The screenings of the competition films, as well as the “mirror” ones, will take place 100% in‑person between 9th to 13th of June, 2021 among various locations of Madrid, such as La Casa Encendida, Cineteca, Cine Doré – Filmoteca española and Cine Estudio – Círculo de Bellas Artes.
FILMADRID 2021 opens on Wednesday June 9 with the premiere of Destello Bravío, the first feature film of the Extremaduran filmmaker Ainhoa Rodríguez. Produced by Luis Miñarro, its first release took place on February 2021 in the International Film Festival Rotterdam. The opening screening will take place in Cine Doré – Filmoteca Española on Wednesday June 9.
The same morning, in La Casa Encendida, Ainhoa’s previous works will be screening, like Fade (2016), which narrates the sexual fantasy of an old woman in a powerful visual way that defy social taboos and the repressive conservatism of Spanish society; and several chapters of Aprende con… series (2008‑2009), in which amateur actors from Extremadura recreate literary works and myths of the popular culture in form of far-fetched situations. Game, creation and Absurd are used, with a comical touch, as tools to think about fundamental elements of social imaginary.
Aprende con… as well as Fade already announce several issues that are later developed in Destello Bravío, so they all show the particular and creative imaginary of Ainhoa Rodríguez.
The first part of FILMADRID 2021 takes place between 9th to 13th of June, 2021 and includes a 100% in‑person Official Competition and the online section The Video Essay. This section has been part of the festival schedule for 4 years and it is possible one more time in collaboration with MUBI, a well-known film web and streaming platform. The section The Video Essay will be available online between 7th to 13th of June, 2021 as their daily film publication, Notebook. The second part of FILMADRID 2021 will take place between 9th to 12th of September, with the already classic sections of the festival: Vanguardias Live and Focos.
Nuria Cubas (FILMADRID Manager) considers that “this new concept of competition revolutionises the usual form of festivals and offers a ground-breaking and deeper sight into contemporary filmmaking. We had to wait, but now we return with a completely in‑person festival, that we expected to be very important for everyone. The in‑person festival is the only place where FILMADRID is appreciated.”
Full schedule of Official Competition, which includes 13 films, will be published within the next weeks.


  • FILMADRID returns in 2021 with a new concept for the Official Competition, completely ground-breaking in the world of film festivals, in which filmmakers will take an active part.
  • The Festival’s Official Competition will take place in-person between 9th to 13th of June 2021. 
  • Destello Bravío, by the Extremaduran filmmaker Ainhoa Rodríguez, will open the Festival.
  • In September 2021, the edition will continue with the section Vanguardias Live and a retrospective approach.
  • The Video Essay will be the single online section of the Festival, created in collaboration with MUBI, and can be followed via MUBI Notebook. The selected videoessays will be released every day between 7th to 13th of June.


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