Creative Writing Masterclass with Ignacio Martínez de Pisón

As part of the ESFF 2023, we invite you to a Creative Writing Workshop with Ignacio Martínez de Pisón. Aside from being a laureated book author, Martínez de Pisón is also a successful screenplay writer. About Ignacio Martínez de Pisón Ignacio Martínez de Pisón (Zaragoza, 1960) has been living in Barcelona since 1982. He is... Read More


The Cervantes Chair, an extension of the Cervantes Institute in Manchester at the University of Edinburgh, in collaboration with the General Consulate of Spain in Edinburgh and the 2023 Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, is organizing a wine tasting event featuring a selection of six wines from the prestigious Bodegas Martín Códax. The wine tasting will... Read More

10 years of Spanish cinema in schools

Free Films – available online across the UK A decade has passed since ESFF first appeared on the Scottish culture scene. During this time, we have organised many events for the young students studying Spanish as a foreign language. This October we will be continuing this initiative bigger and better than ever! We want to... Read More

Maixabel Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

Jim Welsh Maixabel: Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival – Radio Summerhall Arts A welcome return to in-person showings for the Spanish Film Festival, making a triumphant start with an exceptional film that contains two exceptional performances. Iciar Bollain’s film, based on real life events, addresses the question of the possibility of finding forgiveness for a crime... Read More

Film REVIEW #ESFF: The King of All the World (2021)

Mix up reviews Film REVIEW #ESFF: The King of All the World (2021) – ★★★★ ( Stewart – ★★★★ “At 89 years old Spanish director Carlos Saura brings this vibrant, energetic film to festivals including this year’s Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival. The film merges a rehearsal of a musical representing the violent past of Mexico... Read More

Looking Violence in the Eye: Icíar Bollaín on Maixabel

As Maixabel – Icíar Bollaín’s drama about a victim of terrorism – opens Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival, we talk to the director about delegitimising violence, and second chances Article by Fernando García | 29 Sep 2022 Political drama Maixabel, the latest film from Edinburgh-based Spanish director Icíar Bollaín, explores a dark episode in her nation’s... Read More

David Trueba, director of ‘On this Side of the World’

As always, it was a great pleasure to travel to Edinburgh to present ‘On this Side of the World’. The discussion was very interesting, with very intelligent questions that reveal a very lively audience, and the festival was overflowing with films that comment on the times we live in. Thank you very much.”

Carol Rodríguez Colás, director of ‘Chavalas’

It has been a fantastic experience to see the reaction of the audience in Edinburgh towards the screening of the film ‘Chavalas’. It has been my first time presenting the film outside Spain (in person). The organisation has been excellent, and I feel very grateful for the invitation to the Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival.

Guillermo Benet, director of ‘The Blameless’

The ‘Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival’ has been a great experience. It is a close festival where the contact with the audience is maximized. It also allows you to share experiences with other Spanish filmmakers who premiere films at the same time as you. The venue where it takes place is perfect, with excellent facilities and... Read More

ESFF’22 – 4th Nov

School programme Zip and Zap and the Captain’s Island at Craigmillar Library Intro by Marían A. Aréchaga (curator) and Sonia Lopez (library staff)

ESFF’22 – 16th Oct

Monkey Business Intro by Marian A. Aréchaga (Curator), José María Conde (Heriot Watt University) and Daniel Guzmán (Film Director and actor)

ESFF’22 – 15th Oct

Golden Balls and The Tit and the Moon Q&A Prof. Santiago Fouz Hernández (Professor at Durham University) and Dr. Fiona Noble (Lecture at Stirling University)

ESFF 2022 Portraits

Marian A. Aréchaga (Curator) Vicente Serva & Manuel Sánchez Martín (Directors) The Essence of Sustainability La Voluntaria Valentina Viso (Screenwriter) and Adrià Monés (producer) The Cover Gustavo Herrera Taboada (Programming Assistant) The way out Izaskun Arandia (Director) and Vicky Lee (actriz) The Way out Intro Dr. Hugo Lázara To Spanish Women. María Lejárraga Laura Hojman (Filmmaker)... Read More

ESFF’22 – 14th Oct

Jamón Jamón Intro by Prof. Santiago Fouz Hernández (Professor Durham University) Q&A Prof. Nuria Capdevila (Film Director and Professor Exeter University) and Prof. Santiago Fouz Hernández (Professor Durham University)

ESFF’22 – 13th Oct

To Spanish Women. María Lejárraga+ CartasVivas Intro by Prof. Nuria Capdevila (Film Director & Professor) and Laura Hojman (Film Director). Q&A Prof. Nuria Capdevila (Film Director & Professor), Tereza del Olmo (actriz) and Laura Hojman (Film Director) Photos:

ESFF’22 – 13th Oct

Cinema debate Guillermo Rojas (producer), Tereza del Olmo (actriz), Nuria Capdevilla (Dir. Prof.), Marian A. Aréchaga (curator), Paula Hojman (Film Director) and Student from Edinburgh University.

ESFF’22 – Jamón Jamón

Jamón Jamón Intro by Prof. Santiago Fouz Hernández (Professor Durham University) Q&A Prof. Nuria Capdevila (Film Director and Professor Exeter University) and Prof. Santiago Fouz Hernández (Professor Durham University)
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