Ambra Reijnen (1993), based between Barcelona and The Netherlands. She holds a Research Master’s degree in “International Studies of Media, Power and Difference”. Human rights, especially women’s rights, Indigenous people’s rights and migrant’s rights, are her main point of focus.
In 2017, Ambra attended a M.A. of Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary. She then 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.). In 2017, Promono Multisensory Productions was founded, with which Ambra, also produces her own projects, such as her first feature-length documentary “Junax, thread by thread” (2020), which a.o. screened as the opening film at the International Film Festival DOQUMENTA Queretaro 2021, Mexico. As a film editor, her work has been shown in Loop Barcelona festival 2019. In 2021, she attended the EURODOC program (local group) with her upcoming feature film “Con il mare alle spalle”.
Filmography and publications
2023 - “Luma and Gunda Stare Back: Integrating Non-human Animal Perspectives in the Ecofeminist Documentary.” Animal Ethics Review Vol. 3.
2022 - Reijnen, Ambra. The outsider’s gaze in documentary: is a decolonial approach to ‘Otherness’ a possibility?
2020 - Junax, thread by thread || Feature length documentary
Role: Director, cinematographer, editor.
Feature length documentary produced by Promono Multisensory Productions. More information
2020 – WORLD PREMIERE // INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WITH GENDER PERSPECTIVE – MICGÉNERO. Mexico – Official selection “Resilience”.
2020 – INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ETNOFILM ČADCA. Slovakia. – Main Competition.*
2020 – SOUTH-AMERICAN PREMIERE // ARICA NATIVA, FESTIVAL DE PELÍCULAS NATIVAS. Chile. – Official Selection “Categoria Rural Largometrajes”.
2020 – VI CONGRESO ANTROPOLÓGICO LATINO-AMERICANO. Uruguay. – Foro Latinoamericano de Cine Etnográfico.
2020 – “CICLO DE CINE CON PERSPECTIVA DE GÉNERO PUEBLA.” Mexico.
2021 – VI CONGRESO MEXICANO DE ANTROPOLOGÍA SOCIAL Y ETNOLOGÍA LATINO-AMERICANO. Mexico. – Foro de Cine Etnográfico.
2021 – MOSCOW INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF VISUAL ANTHROPOLOGY “MEDIATING CAMERA”. Russia. – Main Program.
2021 – OPENING FILM // DOQUMENTA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL QUERÉTARO. Mexico. – National Selection “Programa Chimal”.
2022 – LABOUR FILM FESTIVAL MILANO. Italy. – Selection “Labour.doc”.
*Due to Covid-19, the main competition of IFF Etnofilm Čadca has been viewed privately by the jury without public screenings.
2017 - Galatée à L’infini || Experimental Documentary
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Role: Co-Director, Editor, Sound Designer.
Collective Short Documentary produced by Universtitat Autonóma Barcelona – Master of Creative Documentary
Project Tutor: Virginia García del Pino
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.”
2021 – Cinemateca Bogotá, Colombia. Part of screening “Reconstrucciones Programa 1” curated by Bruma Cine.
2021 – Museo de Arte Moderno de Medellín, Colombia. Part of screening “Reconstrucciones Programa 1” curated by Bruma Cine.
2021 – Cinemateca Madrid, España. Part of screening “CHICXS IN-MATERIALES” curated by Cinezeta: jóvenes programando.