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Javier Martín and Natalia Marín join the San Sebastian Festival selection committee

Martín will also be a delegate in Latin America and Roberto Cueto will assume representation of the Festival in Eastern Europe


The San Sebastian Festival has incorporated two professionals to its selection committee, the programmers Javier Martín and Natalia Marín. Javier Martín’s career has been connected to festivals including Berlin, Cannes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), Cinéma du Réel and San Sebastian. Natalia Marín is a filmmaker and teacher and currently coordinates the Filmoteca Española programme. Both teach at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola.

New delegates

Javier Martín will also occupy the position of delegate in Latin America, a position he previously held for the Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs and the Berlinale. The Festival would like to express its gratitude for the work carried out by Andrea Stavenhagen in a territory which is essential for the San Sebastian Festival. Stavenhagen will maintain her links to the Festival through the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum.

Roberto Cueto, a member of the Festival selection committee, who was already its delegate in South Korea, adds Eastern Europe to his areas of work. The work of his predecessor, Matthieu Darras, was key for the Festival.

Javier Martín

B.S. in Economics. He moved to Paris in 1995, working for the French distribution company Colifilms Distribution and for the production company Albares Productions. Between 2002 and 2019 he worked on programming at the Forum des images, a film institution subsidised by the City of Paris. Meanwhile he worked as a delegate for Latin America for the Cannes Quinzaine des Réalisateurs from 2006 until 2011, and for the Berlinale from 2013 until 2019. He was a member of the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs selection committee from 2010 to 2011 and of the Cinéma du Réel from 2014 until 2018. Today he is a delegate of the Marrakech Festival and programmer of the BIFF – Bogotá International Film Festival.  Connected for years to the San Sebastian Festival, he coordinated the International Film School Meetings from 2005 to 2007. Since 2014 he has been an expert assessor of the Europe-Latin America Co-production Forum. In 2019 he sat on the Ikusmira Berriak committee of experts and he has participated as a professor in the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola.

Natalia Marín

Natalia Marín is a filmmaker, programmer and teacher. She is currently programming coordinator at the Filmoteca Española and is a mentor of creation projects for the Elías Querejeta Zine Escola. As a teacher, she has collaborated and continues to collaborate with the ECAM (Madrid Film School), EICTV San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba) and Escuela SUR, among others. She was recently a mentor of graduation works and researcher for the Film/Video Department of the Pratt Institute in New York, where she lived thanks to the Fulbright scholarship 2017-2018. She has been a member of the communications and programming departments of the cultural centres CA2M Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo and La Casa Encendida in Madrid. Her artistic work began in 2009 as part of the experimental film collective Los hijos together with Javier Fernández Vázquez and Luis López Carrasco. Her works have enjoyed an extensive tour of festivals and art centres at home and abroad.

Roberto Cueto

Has a Degree in Spanish studies earned at the Complutense University of Madrid. Member of the San Sebastian Festival Selection Committee and delegate for South Korea, he is also an associate professor of Audiovisual Communication at the University Carlos III. He was formerly programming coordinator of the Cineteca at the Matadero cultural centre in Madrid. He has given classes, courses and seminars at the Madrid Film School (ECAM) and at several Spanish universities. He is the author of several books and has contributed with articles to numerous omnibus books on a variety of subjects related to the cinema, among them the films of Asia and Eastern Europe.

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