About Us

L.A. OLA is organized by La Panda Productions, Playtime Audiovisuales and Rocío Mesa, in partnership with Spain Fresh; with the principal support of Acción cultural Española AC/E and SPAIN Arts & Culture and Trade Commission of Spain ICEX; also suppoorted by ELMA, Fundación SGAE and the Institut Ramon Llull; co-presented in partnership with MUBI and Curtocircuito; also Co-presented by Rooftop Cinema Club at The Montalbán, the American Cinematheque, Los Angeles Filmforum and the Echo Park Film Center; and with the collaboration of the institutions Consulate General of Spain in Los Angeles and Embassy of Spain in the United States.

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is a showcase of the best independent contemporary films from Spain. The showcase 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: Laire Leguina

Producer, community manager and print traffic: 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 production, distribution and exhibition platform based in Madrid and founded by Enrique Piñuel and Natalia Piñuel in 2007 with a special focus on contemporary Spanish Cinema.

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.