What

We do one of the most ancient cohesion-creating activities of humanity, using 20th and 21st century assets: storytelling with cameras and microphones. Our mission is to travel to the outback of reality and tell stories, mainly of (and with!) underrepresented groups, by creating impact-driven creative documentaries. Occasionally, we also tell client-based stories, producing them from beginning to end or by offering post-production services.

Do you have an important story to tell? Get in touch.

Who

Ambra Reijnen (1993) is a Dutch-Italian filmmaker based in Barcelona. She is interested in how audiovisual content can impact one’s world’s vision and how art can provoke change, even if little by little. Sensory ethnography, visual anthropology and the versatile possibilities of working with found footage and archival material are her main points of interest.

In 2016, she worked at the audiovisual department of a human rights center in Mexico, producing audiovisual materials to support specific human right campaigns. Successively, Ambra attended a Master of Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary. She codirected “Galatée à L’infini” (2017) a short found-footage documentary which won multiple awards (of which “Golden Mikeldi Documentary Award”, “Grand Award of Spanish Cinema” – ZINEBI Film Festival 2017, Best Film “Latücht Award” – European Film Festival Dokumentart 2018) and made it to important film festivals (Hot Docs; DocumentaMadrid; International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias; a. o.) and prestigious screening venues (Union Docs, Center for Documentary Art New York; National Arts Museum Reina Sofia, Madrid; Tabakalera, International Center for Contemporary Culture, Donostia/San Sebastian; a.o.). As a film editor, her work has been shown in Loop Barcelona festival. In 2017, Promono Multisensory Productions was founded, with which Ambra produces her own projects.

2017 – Master of Arts: Theory and practice in creative documentary – Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

2016 – Producing and editing video’s for NGO’s for human rights in the Netherlands and Mexico

2014 – Bachelor of Arts: Communication, media and performance studies – University of Pisa, Italy

Thesis: Alla ricerca della liberazione. Un’analisi dell’ultimo cinema di Bernardo Bertolucci.
Tutor: Maurizio Ambrosini

For more information, see LinkedIn page.

Documentary filmography

Role: Director, cinematographer, editor.

Feature length documentary produced by Promono Multisensory Productions.

Festivals

2020 – WORLD PREMIERE // INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WITH GENDER PERSPECTIVE – MICGÉNERO. Mexico – Official selection – Resilience.

Role: Co-Director, Editor, Sound Designer.

“Si en un futuro próximo a alguien se le ocurre escribir un libro sobre cine feminista, creo que Galatée y Zakhm deberían aparecer de forma obligada.”
– Óscar de Julián, Cortosfera.es

Collective Short Documentary produced by Universtitat Autonóma Barcelona – Master of Creative Documentary
Project Tutor: Virginia García del Pino

Festivals

2017 – WORLD PREMIERE // INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF BILBAO – ZINEBI. Spain – Official selection.
→ Golden Mikeldi for Best Documentary
→ Grand Award of Spanish Cinema
2018 – INTERNATIONAL PREMIÈRE// International Film Festival of Cartagena de Indias. Colombia. Official selection.

2017 – Vía XIV International Short Film Festival of Verín. Official selection “Otra Mirada”.
2017 – Bibliocurts – Short Film Festival of “Biblioteques de Barcelona”. Official selection.
2018 – Zinegoak Bilbao International LGTB FILM and Performance Art Festival. Official selection OFF.
2018 – IBAFF – International Film Festival of Murcia. Official selection.
2018 – Mecal Pro|International Short Film Festival of Barcelona.  “Womart” section.
2018 – Uruguay International Film Festival. International Competition of Shorts
2018 – Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival. Shorts.
2018 – DocumentaMadrid. National Short Film Competition.
→ Special mention of the Jury
2018 – Cinema Jove, Valencia.
→  Young Jury Award for best short film.
2018 – Short Film Festival Lima Filmocorto. Official selection.
→ Best short film
2018 – International Film Festival Curtas, Vila do Conde. European Panorama/Spain Section.
2018 – International Queer Film Festival – Queer Lisboa 22. “In My Shorts”. School Film Competition.
2018 – Film Festival Cinespaña, Toulouse.
2018 – European Film Festival dokumentART, Neubrandenburg. Official selection.
→ Official Winner European Film Festival dokumentART: The Latücht Award Of The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

“For centuries, male-dominated pillars of education and science helped to establish institutionalized discrimination against women and to objectify their bodies. The winning all-female collective in this category directly challenges male notions of power through their innovative use of film language and archive material via a collage of scientific art historical imagery vs. current images from the sex industry.”  – dokumentART

2018 – Alcances. Documentary Film Festival Cádiz. Official Short Film selection.
→ Special mention of the Jury

2018 – SCAT- Scotland Catalan Film Festival
2018 – Reykjavik International Film Festival. Official selection.
2018 – Uppsala International Short Film Festival. Special section “Dokurama”.
2018 – L’Alternativa. Barcelona Independent Film Festival. Section “Panorama”.
→ Award: GAC (Guionistes Associats de Catalunya) for best script for short film of the Panorama section
2018 – Abycine International Film Festival of Albacete. Shorts selection.
2018 – Icaro International Film Festival Guatemala. International selection.
2018 – FICA Aguilar Aguilar de Campoo International Short Film Festival. Official selection.
→ Águila de Oro Award for best editing
2019 – Film Festival MiraDocs, Barcelona. UAB section.
2019 – Xposed international Queer Film Festival Berlin
2019 – Turku Video Art Film Festival. Official selection.
2020 – Festival of short films directed by women, Martorell.
→ Award Guillemette Huerre

Exhibitions, screenings & other announcements

2017 – Hamaca Moving Image Platform – Reina Sofía. Selected a part of the Hamaca catalogue.
2018 – Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid. Part of the film series ‘Propuesta para un archivo de vídeo’.
2018 Tabakelera, International Center for Contemporary Culture. Donostia/San Sebastian. Screening “Cartes Blanches” of a selection of Zinebi Film Festival submissions.
2018 – Union Docs, Center for Documentary Art New York. Part of screening “Holy fluids and absent wounds.” 

What do film critics say

“[…] una inventiva visual rabiosa y desbordante, un trabajo de archivo absolutamente admirable, y más de una secuencia extraordinaria, […]”
– Óscar de Julián, Cortosfera.es

“Si en un futuro próximo a alguien se le ocurre escribir un libro sobre cine feminista, creo que Galatée y Zakhm deberían aparecer de forma obligada.”
– Óscar de Julián, Cortosfera.es

“Die Arbeit von fünf Filmstudentinnen gebe ein starkes Statement für die Gleichberechtigung der Frau und überzeuge durch seine innovative Bildsprache, so die Begründung der internationalen Jury.”
– NDR.de