Guests and Jury Members

Desirée de Fez

DESIRÉE DE FEZ is a critic for Fotogramas magazine and the newspaper El Periódico de Catalunya, and works for the specialist magazines and websites Rockdelux and PlayGround, for which she writes about film. She also coordinates and presents the film section of the programme Página 2 (on TVE’s La 2 channel), takes part in the panel show La Finestra Indiscreta on Catalunya Ràdio
and is part of the team behind the Sitges festival and helps to organise the Cine Low Cost series specialising in low-budget film. She wrote the book Películas clave del cine de terror moderno [Key Films in Modern Horror Cinema] and contributed to the following books: Jim Jarmusch: Itinerarios al vacío [Routes into the Void], Cuadernos de la Filmoteca Canaria: Michelangelo Antonioni, Teen Spirit: De viaje por el pop independiente [A Journey through Indie Pop], Sam Raimi: De la transgresión al neoclasicismo [From Transgression to Neoclassicism], Abel Ferrara: Adicción, acción y redención [Addiction, Action and Redemption], Miradas para un nuevo milenio: Fragmentos para una historia futura del cine Español [Views for a New Millenium: Fragments for a Future History of Spanish Cinema], Barbet Schroeder: Itinerarios y dilemas [Routes and Dilemmas], Montxo Armendáriz: Itinerarios [Routes], American Gothic: Cine de terror USA 1968-1980 [US Horror Films 1968-1980], La contraola: Novísimo cine francés [The Counter-Wave: Brand-New French Cinema], Fatih Akin: El hogar errante [The Wandering Home], El thriller USA de los 70 [The US Thriller in the 70’s] (Colección Nosferatu), Don Siegel and American Way Of Death: Cine negro americano 1990-2010 [American Film Noir 1990-2010]. Her most recent works are the book Lo imposible [The Impossible], about the making of the film by J. A. Bayona, and coordinating – together with Ángel Sala, director of the Sitges festival – the publication Neoculto.

Felipe Cabrerizo

Felipe Cabrerizo (born San Sebastián, 1973) has a degree in History of Art from the Autonomous University of Madrid and a master’s degree in History and Aesthetics of Cinematography from the University of Valladolid. He is also a member of AEHC, the Spanish film historians’ association. The author of numerous articles and chapters in books and specialist journals, he has published the book Tiempo de mitos: las coproducciones cinematográficas entre la España de Franco y la Italia de Mussolini [Time of Legends: Cinematic Co-Productions between Franco’s Spain and Mussolini’s Italy] (2006) and La Atenas militarizada: la industria cinematográfica en Gipuzkoa durante la Guerra Civil [Athens Militarised: The Film Industry in Gipuzkoa During the Civil War] (2007). Currently at the printer is La Codorniz en cinta: del humorismo al cine y vuelta [From Humour to Film and Back], to be published by Filmoteca Española in 2013 and wrritten together with Santiago Aguilar. He is currently the coordinator of the Cine Estudio del Círculo de Bellas Artes and directs the programme Psycho Beat!, specialising in ye-yé and European beat of the 60s, on Radio Círculo.

María Adell

María Adell (born Valencia, 1977) is a cultural administrator and film critic. She is a regular contributor to the monthly magazine Go Mag and to online publications such as Numerocero and Contrapicado. She has also contributed to several books on film, including Fatih Akin: El hogar errante [The Wandering Home] (Gijón Film Festival), Español de cine: Lo que hay que ver [Spanish Cinema: What You Have to See] (Blume) and Very Funny Things: Nueva Comedia Americana [New American Comedy] (San Sebastián Film Festival). She is the co-author of El Nueva York de las películas de Woody Allen [The New York of Woody Allen Films] (Random House Mondadori) and El Nueva York de El padrino y otras películas de la mafia [The New York of The Godfather and Other Mafia Films] (Lunwerg). From 2010 to 2011 she worked on Pragda, a cultural initiative aimed at promoting Spanish cinema internationally, organising cycles and festivals at institutions in the USA (Film Society of Lincoln Center, MOMA) and Europe (BFI South Bank). Between January and October 2011 she organised the weekly film series Emergentes y Sumergidos [Rising and Submerged], featuring the work of authors like León Siminiani, Antoni Padrós and Andrés Duque. She currently runs and teaches at ESCAC (Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya) and is on the organising committee of the REC Film Festival in Tarragona.

Philipp Engel

Philipp Engel (born Barcelona 1970) made an active contribution to the collapse of the music industry from within over a ten-year period. Having accomplished his mission, he decided to reinvent himself as a arts journalist. Thus, he started working for Go Mag magazine, where he still writes about film and literature. He also works on Fotogramas magazine, writes literary reviews for Qué Leer and has published a short story in the anthology Odio Barcelona [I Hate Barcelona] (Melusina).

Ricardo Aldarondo

Ricardo Aldarondo (born San Sebastián, 1961), is the film critic and culture editor for El Diario Vasco and a regular contributor to the magazines Fotogramas, Dirigido Por, Nosferatu and Rock de Lux. A graduate in Information Science, he has been a member of the organising and selection committee – and had of communication – for the San Sebastián International Film Festival (2000-2009). He is also the author of the books Películas clave del cine de aventuras [Key Films in Adventure Cinema] (2008), Robert Wise (2005), Doctor Zhivago / La fiera de mi niña (1997) and La condesa descalza / Perdición (2000).
He has contributed to books including Georges Franju; American Way of Death: Cine negro americano 1990-2010 [American Film Noir 1990-2010]; Don Siegel; Richard Brooks and Terence Davies: Los sonidos de la memoria [The Sounds of Memory]; Henry King; Entre el documental y la ficción: El cine de Imanol Uribe [Between Documentary and Fiction: The Films of Imanol Uribe]; Un cineasta llamado Pedro Olea [A Film-Maker Called Pedro Olea]; El cine fantástico y de terror de la Universal [Fantastic and Horror Films at Universal]; Diccionario de películas del cine norteamericano: Antología crítica [Dictionary of American Feature Films: Critical Anthology]; Cine in Spagna Oggi [Cinema in Spagna Oggi]; Cine fantástico y de terror alemán (1913-1927) [German Fantastic and Horror Films 1913-1927]; American Gothic, el cine de terror USA 1968-1980 [US Horror Films 1968-1980] and Teen Spirit: De viaje por el pop independiente [A Journey through Indie Pop].