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Documenta Madrid 2022 will be held from 24 May to 5 June

The 19th edition of the Madrid City Council’s International Film Festival will take place over the course of two weeks. During week one, audiences will be able to attend in person or remotely, while during week two, attendance will be exclusively online
  • Mariana Barassi and Diego Rodríguez will be the artistic curators of Documenta Madrid 2022, under the direction of Cineteca Madrid (film archive)
  • The call for national and international films for the competition will open during the first fortnight of March, on the website
  • The 19th edition of the festival is intended to be a collective experience based on in situ creation, training and encounters

This spring will see the 19th edition of Documenta Madrid, an international gathering of creators, professionals and the public. The Madrid City Council's International Film Festival, organised by the Department of Culture, Tourism and Sport, will begin this year on 24 May in both in-person and remotely formats. Its on-site screenings will end on 29 May while its digital version will continue until 5 June.

During the first fortnight of March, Documenta Madrid will open the call for entries for its National and International competitive sections, aimed at films completed after 1 January 2021, and for the Final Cut section, which supports the development of projects produced here in Spain.

Guest curators of Documenta Madrid 2022

The artistical curators of the festival will be two prestigious international programmers, Mariana Barassi and Diego Rodríguez, who will work under the direction of Cineteca Madrid (film archive) which has Luis Parés at the helm. 

Mariana Barassi is a film director and cultural manager. She has been in charge of the Residency Course for the Development of Ibero-American Audiovisual Projects since its creation in 2003, and of the Márgenes Work development space and the Márgenes Doclisboa-Festival audiovisual creation and research residencies. Among other projects, she has written and directed Chronical of a Storm, for Tornasol Media. She has co-directed the SISMO/Matadero Festival of In situ Creation, and she collaborates both as a curator and as a member of international juries for different audiovisual creation and development competitions and spaces.

Diego Rodríguez Blázquez is a film programmer, cultural producer, and founder and director of the Márgenes Madrid Independent Film Festival, since its creation in 2012 until 2021. He has directed different festivals and exhibitions such as Young European Cinema On the Move, a space in which creators can network and reflect on European cinema; the Lux Madrid European Film Festival, organised in the context of the Lux Awards; the Visual Fest for Audiovisual Creation and MRG Imágenes Full Time, a seminar on contemporary images. He is also producer of Women in Film and the Traveling Spanish Film Showcase Made by Women in the USA. He is currently vice-president of AEVOD (The Spanish Association of Video On Demand), PRÓXIMA (the Association of Independent Distributors of Original Language Films), and MATRIZ (the Association of Madrid Film Festivals).

Documenta Madrid 2022

The aim of the forthcoming edition of Documenta Madrid, the Madrid City Council’s International Film Festival, is to reclaim the collective audiovisual experience understood as an activity involving an essential dialogue between the spectator and the cinema. Interdisciplinary creation, in situ experience, training and development spaces will be the central themes of this new edition of the festival.

Once again this year, Documenta Madrid returns to the city to showcase the best films from all over the world, focusing on contemporary cinema and placing special emphasis on new aesthetic approaches, films that draw their inspiration from the myriad forms of non-fiction and explore audiovisual forms regardless of their definition, duration, genre or category.

Documenta Madrid 2022 Madrid City Council’s International Film Festival

  • In-person programme from 24 to 29 May
  • Online programme from 24 May to 5 June


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