MÁRGENES/WORK is a creative and professional program aimed to offer support and guidance to emerging filmmakers and producers from the Iberoamerican region working on independent films with a strong artistic vision.

MÁRGENES/WORK targets creators and producers from Spain, Portugal and Latin America with feature film at any stage and without distinction of genre, with particular attention to those proposals exploring new creative paths and non-traditional production models.

The program takes place over five days within the framework of the Márgenes. Madrid International Film Festival.

MÁRGENES/WORK provides an opportunity to meet with outstanding international professionals (producers, scriptwriters, programmers, filmmakers, sales agents) who offer their advice both to boost the creative potential of the projects and to encourage their production, completion and circulation. 

Combining individual and group activities, and in a close and participatory environment, MÁRGENES/WORK promotes dialogue and exchange between participants and industry agents whilst facilitates networking and finding potential partners.


In a world of changing audiovisual forms that require new environments to think and work in film and audiovisual, MÁRGENES/WORK was created in 2015 as a space for work, dialogue, and consultancy to put independent filmmakers in contact with agents from the sector interested in making their projects possible, respecting their identity and quality.

Since 2019, MÁRGENES/WORK has been part of RAW. Arché>Work Residencies, an innovative creative development and training program resulting from the collaboration with Doclisboa and Arché, open both to audiovisual creation and to criticism and research.

Many of the selected projects have premiered at international festivals, winning prestigious awards: La casa de Julio Iglesias, by Natalia Marín, was presented at the Locarno Festival 2018; Las Perseides, by Annia Gabarró and Albert Dexeus, was screened at BAFICI 2019; H, by Carlos Pardo, premiered at Visions du Reél 2022; Karen, by María Pérez Sanz, has been nominated for the Feroz Awards, as well as participating in the Seville Festival. More recently, Mamántula, by Ion de Sosa, premiered at the San Sebastian Festival; The Hibernation Project, by Anna Cornudella, participated in the Forum section at Berlinale; On the go, by María Gisèle Royo and Julia de Castro, won a Special Mention from the Young Jury at the Locarno Festival; Samsara, by Lois Patiño, won the Special Jury Prize ex aequo in the Encounters section at Berlinale; La parra, by Alberto Gracia, premiered at the Rotterdam Festival; Pepe, by Nelson Carlos de los Santos, also awarded in Berlin. Other participants such as Gabriel Azorín ( Anoche conquisté Tebas), Julián Génisson ( Identikit) or María Antón Cabot ( El cielo en la tierra), had their project selected at the Spanish Film Academy residencies. Amongst selected directors there are also Guillermo Benet ( Los inocentes), Miguel Llansó ( Jesus shows you the way to the highway), Arnau Vilaró (screenwriter of Alcarrás), the Espíritu Escalera collective, Marta Lallana ( Ojos negros, Muyeres) or Marina Lameiro ( Young and Beautiful).

Each year, an international committee of renowned industry professionals are invited. Among the professionals who have been part of the team of experts are: producers Andrea Queralt, José Nolla, Lluis Miñarro, Nahikari Ipiña, José Alayón, Eugenia Mumenthaler, Verónica Cura, Paulo de Carvhalo and Juliette Lepoutre; consultants Isona Admetlla (World Cinema Fund), Tanya Valette, Marjorie Bendeck (Berlinale Talents, ACE Producers), Paula Astorga (Locarno Pro); Fabienne Moris (FID Lab at FID Marseille) and Gudula Meinzolt (former director of the DOCM at Visions Du Réel); programmers Paolo Moretti (Cannes Directors' Fortnight), Luciano Barisone (former director of Visions du Réel), Cintia Gil (Doclisboa, Sheffield Doc Fest, Cannes Directors' Fortnight), James Lattimer (Berlinale) and Pamela Bienzobas (Locarno Film Festival); international sales agents Sandro Fiorin (Figa Films), Maya Barenstein (The Co-Production Office), Cosimo Santoro (The Open Reel) and Egle Cepaite (Shellac); filmmakers such as Rocío Mesa, Eloy Enciso and Santiago Loza; marketing experts such as Manuel Palos (Avalon); or national distributors as Ramiro Ledo (Atalante) and buyers for VOD platforms such as Joan Salas (Filmin).

Sobre márgenes

Márgenes es un espacio de exhibición y distribución de cine independiente y de marcado carácter autoral e innovador. Un proyecto poliédrico que incluye el Festival Internacional de Cine de Madrid, el laboratorio de desarrollo MÁRGENES/WORK, la distribuidora Márgenes Distribución y nuestra plataforma VOD.
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