The African Film Festival – FCAT is an independent film festival, organised by the non-profit NGO Al Tarab. FCAT promotes the dissemination of African cinematography in Spain and Latin America, thus contributing to an improved mutual understanding as well as to the development of cultural and film industries.
Born in Palma de Mallorca, he is the son of the exiled politician, poet and writer from Equatorial Guinea, Juan Balboa. He studied Psychology and Philosophy and has a Master's degree in International Relations and another in Non-Verbal Communication. He studied acting in Barcelona at The Actors School Agency with Mr. Julián Grange Davies, his mentor. Subsequently, he moved to Milan and London where he modeled for the best fashion designers while continuing his training in acting. During all this time he has been navigating between the world of acting and advertising, convinced of the need for change to generate more opportunities. From that need arises The Black View, a platform aimed at making black actors, actresses and artists visible in Spain.
Armando has worked in several films such as Pullman (2019), Stop Over in Hell (2018) and Backseat Fighter (2016) and in series such as La fuga (2012). As a theater actor, he has worked in José Pliya's play, Sentados en la orilla del mundo in 2012, directed by Sylvie Nys. In 2017, he interpreted the monologue Judy Garland and the Onyx Giant, adapted by Gorka Martín from Ozkar Galán's text. In 2017-2018 he was seen in the musical The Bodyguard. He performed the following year in the play directed by Sergio Peris-Mencheta ¿Quién es el Sr. Schmitt? His latest work is his interpretation of the African-American boxer Jack Johnson in the play by author and director Denise Duncan, The Great Fight of the Century.
Hind Meddeb grew up between France, Morocco and Tunisia. These two north African countries are her countries of origin. Having been exposed to multiple cultures and languages, she has developed a singular view of the world. In her documentary films, she observes all forms of resistance to the established order by filming on the side of those who revolt. In her approach to the Arab and African world, she seeks to break down the prejudices that obstruct the Western gaze. Between 2011 and 2013, at the time of the Arab Spring, she directed Tunisia Clash and Electro Chaabi, two feature-length documentaries on musical creation as a revolutionary act. Her latest film, Paris Stalingrad, recounts the journey of refugees arriving in Paris, harassed by the police and reduced to survival in makeshift camps around the Stalingrad metro station. The film has been selected in numerous festivals (Cinéma du Réel, TIFF, PSIFF, CPH:DOX, ZINEXIT Human Rights Film Festival of Bilbao etc.) and received two awards at the Doc Edge Festival in New Zealand (World Cinema and Best director). Last spring, Hind Meddeb began shooting a new film in Sudan, Our Voices, Our Weapons, a long-running portrait of Sudanese youth determined to conquer their freedom.
An independent programmer and film historian, Hadouchi is the author of a thesis on cinema and the Tricontinent (Africa, Asia and Latin America) in the context of the struggles for independence. He has contributed to several collective works (on Chris Marker and Les statues meurent aussi, on the "Third World" and non-aligned countries for the museums of Belgrade and Ljubljana, and on internationalism for Tranzit-Prague) and magazines (on the Pan-African Festival in Algiers for W. Klein's Third Text, CinémAction & Mondes du cinéma). He was also a member of the documentary jury of the Festival of Cultural Resistance in Lebanon in 2013 and the Algiers International Film Festival (Journées du film engagé) in 2016. He has also participated in numerous festivals (Rencontres Cinématographiques de Béjaïa, Panorama des Cinémas du Maghreb et du Moyen Orient, Douarnenez Film Festival, Amiens International Film Festival, Rennes’ Travelling Festival, DocLisboa, DocumentaMadrid, Arabiyat/Cinémathèque de Tanger...). He was a member (alternate) of the Aide aux Cinémas du Monde Commission and a member of the France-Portugal Commission (CNC-ICA). He has also been in charge of designing special film series and evenings for various art centres (Le BAL-Paris, Galeria ZdB-Lisbon, The Mosaic Rooms-London...), associations (Bandits-Mages & Mondes du Cinéma à La Réunion) and international museums (Reina Sofía and Jeu de Paume).
Born in Seville in 1977, Carlos is an architect (University of Seville) and filmmaker. Interested in different artistic expressions, he has developed works in disparate fields - from architecture, to poetry and cinema. He has published the poetry book Montañas de Mar (Renaissance 2009) and is a founding member, together with Julio Vergne, of La Balanza productions, under which he has directed four short films that have obtained national and international recognition. The latest, Foreigner, was awarded the Prize of the Andalusian Critics Association ASECAN for the Best Fiction Short Film. He is currently working on a feature film project, Tierra roja, which led him to participate in the prestigious scriptwriting laboratory in Oaxaca (Mexico), founded by the Sundance Institute.
Marta M. Mata
Born in Malaga and a raised as a feminist, she graduated in Audiovisual Communication obtaining the first national prize in her promotion. She has worked as a scriptwriter in various audiovisual productions and as a photographer, as well as in different positions within the audiovisual sector. She writes poetry, still unpublished, and has published texts in Fotocinema and Détour. Her first short film as director, Diez y nueve. Autorretrato con herida (2019), was recognised with the silver “Biznaga” for the Women on stage award at the Malaga Film Festival and that same year has also won the ASECAN Award from the Andalusian Critics Association for the best documentary short film.
After more than ten years in television as an editor and filmmaker, Sara has moved into the world of cinema through the documentary genre. She has participated in documentary works such as Las constituyentes (2011) by Oliva Acosta, the collective work Yo decido / El tren de la libertad (2014) or La fiesta de los locos (2016) by Manuel Iborra. She is the co-director of the documentary Las víctimas sin llanto (2016), a film that marks her debut in the world of social documentaries and which led her to create Relatoras Producciones, a production company that she runs up until today. In 2017, she directs the medium-length film Las palabras mágicas, about people suffering from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and the full-length film El penal, rostro y alma del mito, a tribute to the political prisoners of El Puerto de Santa María who suffered the repression of Franco. Recently, her film En casa received the award for Best Short Film Rueda Cádiz 2019 at the 7th Short films festival against gender violence.
The International Jury grants the following awards:
Best Fiction Feature Film of Long-Sightedness section presented to the producer
Best Documentary of Long-Sightedness section presented to the producer and sponsored by Casa África
The AECID Jury grants the following awards:
"I Premio Acerca de la Cooperación Española" To the film that contributes the most to the achievement of the 17 Goals of the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, the eradication of poverty and the full enjoyment of human rights. Presented to the director and sponsored by the Spanish Cooperation Agency via its ACERCA programme.
The Andalusian Jury grants the following award:
Best Short Film of In Brief section presented to the director
FCAT Online audience votes the award:
Best Feature Film of Long-Sightedness section presented to the director
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