Presentation

The Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona (MIFDB) is a dissident, feminist and passionate festival that takes place at two different times of the year. MIFDB was born more than three decades ago, in June 1993, in Barcelona.

FT Feminism and Transfeminism. Irreverence is part of our DNA, as well as intervening in discourses and images, questionning and counterproposing the construction of gender and power in general, laughing and glitching as tools to turn the senses upside down, and collage as a philosophy. We pay close attention to what, seemingly untimely, produces new sparks of light.

MA Memory and Archive. Revisiting the creative work of women from the past is an act of survival. Through genealogical legacies, the experience of those who have gone before us or the wisdom of their methods, the MIFDB has drawn a unique cinematographic map year after year. Far from drawing up a general and unpositioned list of women’s cinema, our archive is built on the action of collecting, year after year, the most urgent – but not necessarily the most recent – audiovisual productions. Through creative and collaborative projects such as Archipiélago, we make the writing of a continuum of existence, the restoration of these memories and genealogies, a political priority. Through dissemination and visibility initiatives such as Mostra Distributions, we extend the life of films beyond the festival circuit.

F Filmmakers. We defend women’s authorship. We want to make space for other cinematic histories that include the presence and voices of dissident bodies and identities systematically erased by the official narrative. The filmmakers referred to in the name of the festival, these women in the plural, constitute an inaccessible authorial subject, as does the feminist political subject, which changes and transforms.

FFT Feminist Film Thought. The MIFDB was born out of a desire for pedagogical action and conceptual creation. It aims to shed light on a space obscured by cinematographic androcentrism. Reflection is a fundamental part of the project: we practice and activate it in the sessions, in the editorial room of the Mostra Publicaciones and through educational activities in schools and universities.

FC Feminist Choices. The MIFDB is a non-competitive festival that takes place throughout the year, and its political choices correspond to the desire to make cultural work more compatible with people’s lives and caring. Among the concerns of the MIFDB is the debate on the role of festivals in the cinematographic path. In this way, we have liberated programming from the dynamics of competition, which has allowed us to seek other connections, auscultatory of pending social debates. As a result, the cinematographic cartography that has been drawn up over the years has been detached from the single logic of the algorithm.

C Cooperativism. The MIFDB’s aim is the implementation of a relational policy of listening, cooperation and collaboration. We work within the framework of the Drac Màgic cooperative for audiovisual pedagogy and in a network of local and international institutions. MIFDB is co-founder and member of TRAMA (Coordinating Committee of Film, Video and Multimedia Exhibitions and Festivals made by Women in Spain), IWFFN (International Women Film Festival Network) and Catalunya Film Festivals (CFF), among others.

CC Cinema and Creation. The MIFDB values mixing, defends eclecticism and has fun with bastardy. On our screens, television programmes, experimental films and net.art pieces coexist with more conventional documentary and fiction productions. The eccentric space often occupied by female/feminist audiovisual creation makes the MIFDB a border crosser, a centrifugal programmer. Through its open calls, MIFDB is also configured as a creative space that encourages creative mobilisation in diverse formats.

MS Meeting Space. The MIFDB has been set up as a meeting place where the experience of the cinema can be shared. Open to unexpected readings, feminist hacks of ‘official’ film history, experimental challenges to androcentric narratives, transforming personal and collective imaginaries.