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Pilar Monsell



Pilar Monsell’s first film “Distancias” (Distances, 28 min) was premiered in 2008 at the 49th Festival dei Popoli in Florence, where it won the Audience Award. It then toured to numerous international festivals, such as MedFilm Festival in Rome, Festival de Cine Migrante in Buenos Aires, Muestra de Cine Experimental in Maldonado (Uruguay), the Ourense Film Festival, the African Film Festival in Tarifa, Documenta Madrid…

In 2009, Pilar joined the Laboratory of Documentary Creation run by the Play Doc – International Documentary Festival in Tui, where she was directing a portrait that has being filmed between 2009-2013. In 2012, she completed the short film “Pan, Trabajo y Libertad” (Bread, Work and Freedom, 26 min) premièred at Doc Lisboa 2012 International Film Festival and she participates also in the french collective cinema project 100jours, directing the short film “+ 46”(6 min). In 2013, she got Manuel Cintra Ferreira Fellow from the Doc’s Kingdom International Documentary Cinema Seminar, directing the short film “Vulcão” (11 min). In 2014, her first feature film “África 815” premièred at Doc Lisboa with which she toured then to others festivals where she won: Distribution Award Premio Festival Márgenes 2014, Best Feature Documentary Zinegoak 2014, Nomination to ASECAN 2014 as First Film and Best Documentary Film, Panorama Award at L’Alternativa Festival de Cine Independiente de Barcelona 2015 Special Jury Mention at CEMEDOC 2015 (Mexico). She is currently in the posproduction stage of her next short film “Dos sueños después” and in the developing stage of her next feature film”Nisaiyat”.

She has a BA in Audiovisual Communication (UMA), a Diploma in Artistic Photography (San Telmo, Málaga) and a Masters in Creative Documentary (UPF, Barcelona). She works as a filmmaker and collaborates usually in the working process of several films as “No cow on the ice” by Eloy Domínguez Serén (Super 8 footage), “Elvira” de Adriana F. Castellanos (editor), “Bikimel D.O.” VVAA (editor), “Nacional VI” directed by Pela del Álamo (editor), “Avant” directed by Juan Álvarez Neme (production), “Cubas” directed by Tamara Cubas (development) and “TIR Corridoio 5” directed by Alberto Fasulo (production). In 2014, she co-founded Laboratorio Reversible (Barcelona), a collective project related to analog cinema creation and experimentation. From 2016, she works as a documentary film mentor in Madrid School of Cinema ECAM.


Africa 815

África 815 (Orig.) / 2014 / Spain / 67 min

Going in depth into her father’s photo archive and diaries about his experience during the military service at the Sahara Spanish colony in 1964, Pilar spots the lost paradise where he always would try to come back...



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