LA OLA – Independent Films from Spain is a project of La Panda Productions, Playtime Audiovisuales, and Rocío Mesa, in partnership with Spain Fresh; with the principal support of Acción cultural Española AC/E, SPAIN Arts & Culture, Embassy of Spain in Mexico and ELMA; co-presented in partnership with MUBI and Curtocircuito; with the support of the Trade Comission of Spain in Los Angeles, Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles & New York, Embassy of Spain in the United States, The American Cinematheque and Los Angeles Filmforum; with the fiscal sponsorship of The Film Collaborative; in collaboration with The Egyptian Theatre, The Montalbán Rooftop, The Echo Park Film Center, the Anthology Film Archives and Cineteca Nacional de Mexico.
celebrates its 4th edition, creating a bridge between Spain and the Americas to bring groundbreaking cinema to New York, Los Angeles, and, now, Mexico City. LA OLA offers a curated selection of critically acclaimed films, selected and awarded at the most remarkable European film festivals, which now have an opportunity to reach new audiences.
Meet the Team
Director: Rocio Mesa
Director of Operations: Jana Díaz Juhl
Producer and Communications Manager: Pau Brunet
Associated Programmer: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Senior programmer and producer in Spain: Enrique Piñuel
Senior programmer and producer in Spain: Natalia Piñuel
Producer in NYC: Javier Moreno
Associate Producer in NYC: Leire Leguina
Producer: Victor Alonso Berbel
Short Film Program Curator: Curtocircuito, Pela del Álamo
Graphic Designer: María Lamuy
LA Panda is a US production company based in Los Angeles and formed by eleven Spanish filmmakers - producers, directors, screenwriters and cinematographers. LA Panda is designed to function as a bridge between the Spanish and American Film and Television industry. LA Panda has produced over 50 projects including commercials, music videos, documentaries and feature films.
Playtime Audiovisuales is a distribution and exhibition platform based on Madrid, founded by Enrique Piñuel and Natalia Piñuel in 2007 with a special focus on contemporary art and cinema. They work curating programs and activities for cultural institutions, museums and festivals.
SPAIN FRESH is a platform for the promotion of the arts and the creativity related to Spain abroad. It offers art management services with high quality standards through multidisciplinary events, cultural programs and pop-ups, including music, fine arts, or film.