About us

The people behind the London Spanish Film Festival:

Joana Granero Sanchez

Founder & Director

Founder and director of Tristana Media, Joana was born in Tarragona. After graduating in Law from the University of Barcelona she spent a couple of years in Italy and then moved to London, where she worked in publishing and got a MSc in Political and Social Theory from Birkbeck College. Out of a passion for cinema she created the London Spanish Film Festival in 2005, an event that was to fill a gap in London’s cultural panorama by bringing contemporary Spanish cinema in a well-defined context. In 2008 the Ambassador of Spain in London awarded her with the civil merit medal (Orden de Isabel la Católica) in recognition of her work with Spanish cinema. She also works as an independent curator and producer, curating films seasons for the British Film Institute, the American Film Institute and the National Galleries of Scotland. Fashion & Cinema is another initiative by Joana involving a series of events exploring the relationship between fashion, cinema and costume design.

Karen McDonald

Graphic Designer

Born in Melbourne, Australia, Karen has lived in London since 1993. Following a design background culminating in employment as Design Manager for a London based publishing company, she now runs Kargan Media, a graphic design company, delivering both print and online projects.

Kargan Media has also worked on several digital arts and media projects. She has been involved since the beginning with Tristana Media and the London Spanish Film Festival.

Patricia Pérez Álvarez

Head of Programming

Patricia graduated in Journalism & Audiovisual Communication from the University Carlos III in Madrid, studying one year in England. Following her passion for film she moved to London to study a Masters in Film Studies at Kingston University. Since then she’s been working in film distribution, in leading companies such as Curzon Artificial Eye and StudioCanal (Canal +). She joined Tristana Media in 2011 and is currently also working as Global Distribution Ops & Festival Senior Manager at MUBI.


In 2007 the London Spanish Film Festival started a very fruitful collaboration with photographer Pablo Goikoetxea that gave some great images.

In 2012 Pablo, who now works both in London and Barcelona, brought in his long time collaborator Pau Ros and their POPklik team formed by Fany de la Chica, Eva Nieto, Bea Poey, Marian Alonso, Elisa Fonta and musician Nico Casal. POPklik has been since then documenting the festival through photography and video as well as creating visual materials for its promotion. 

Pau Ros

Pau Ros is an experienced professional photographer specialising in documenting performing arts, theatre, dance, music, festivals and the arts. Originally from Barcelona, Pau has lived in London for more than 25 years and has expanded his photographic practice to Visual Communications, including video, web and design. Pau is an Associate Lecturer at the London College of Communications / UAL.


Prof. Maria Delgado

Professor and Vice Principal (Research and Knowledge Exchange) at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (University of London), Maria is also a curator and critic, and Programme Advisor to the London Film Festival. She has published widely on Spanish- and Catalan- language film and theatre, with her work translated into numerous languages. She writes on film for Sight & Sound and comments on film for a range of film outlets including BBC’s Front Row and Free Thinking.


Alejandro Postigo

Avid lover of Spanish cinema, Alejandro is Senior Lecturer in Musical Theatre at the London College of Music. His practice-based PhD from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama explored the Intercultural Adaptation of Spanish Copla songs in international theatre and cinematic settings. His shows ‘The Copla Musical’ & ‘The Copla Cabaret’ have been seen in the UK, Europe and America throughout the past decade (www.thecoplamusical.com). As a theatre maker, he has recently devised pro-European satire ‘Miss Brexit’ and among his performance credits, he has featured in the West End production of ‘In The Heights’, TV sitcom ‘Episodes’ (BBC) and regularly collaborates with The Royal Ballet.

Prof. Peter W. Evans

Formerly Professor of Film Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, Peter has published several books on Spanish (for instance, on Buñuel, Almodovar and Bigas Luna), Hollywood, and British cinema, as well as articles on varied subjects such as Catherine Deneuve, Tango (Carlos Saura, 1998), the films of José Luis Borau, the film Top Hat (Sandrich, 1935) and the BFI Classic Written on the Wind (Sirk, 1956).