About us

Morena Films was founded in 1999 with the objective of producing innovative, high-quality content aimed specifically at the international market. Since then we have produced more than fifty feature length films, documentaries, animated works and TV series with directors such as Asghar Farhadi, Oliver Stone, Icíar Bollaín, Steven Soderbergh, Carlos Saura, Javier Fesser, Pablo Trapero and Daniel Calparsoro, to name just a few.

Our films have been entered at the most prestigious film festivals and have garnered both national and international awards & recognition. They include: Everybody knows  (Asghar Farhadi, 2018) that inaugurated the 71st edition of Cannes Film FestivalEven the Rain (I. Bollaín, 2010), which was nominated at the Toronto Film Festival, won the People’s Choice award at Berlinale, represented Spain at the Oscars (2011) and received the Silread Ariel for best Latin American film, as well as three Goya Awards in 2011; Cell 211 (D. Monzón, 2009), nominated for 16 Goya Awards in 2010, winning eight including Best Film; Submergence (Wim Wenders, 2017) which was the San Sebastian Film Festivalopening movie and was selected for Toronto International Film Festival; and Che and Che: Part II (S. Soderbergh, 2008), the two films that tell the life of Che Guevara, for which Benicio del Toro won Best Male Actor at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

Morena Films has also produced quality series. Some of his most recent titles include Diablero (Netflix, 2019), Diarios de la Cuarentena (TVE, 2020) or Relatos Con-fin-a-dos (Amazon, 2020); among other.

On the other hand, Morena Films has produced different documentaries that have been presented in some of the most important Festivals on the international scene. As a matter of fact, Sons of the Clouds (A. Longoria, 2012), a documentary on the Saharan conflict, produced and presented by Javier Bardem, was awarded the Goya Award for Best Documentary in 2013, as well as being featured at major film festivals in San Sebastián, Havana, Moscow and Berlin; The Propaganda Game (Álvaro Longoria, 2016), was nominated for the Goya Awards in 2016 and participated in San Sebastian Film Festival receiving the medal for the best documentary granted by the Cinema Writers Circle.

Moreover, our movies also have clear commercial ambitions. Two of our films, Champions(Javier Fesser, 2018) and Cell 211 (Daniel Monzón, 2009) are two of the twenty biggest blockbusters of the Spanish history; To steal from a Thief (Daniel Calparsoro, 2016) occupied the fourth position in the 2016 Blockbuster ranking; our last production; Everybody knows (Asghar Farhadi, 2018), that will be launched in Spain the 14thof September 2018, was released in France closely reaching the 700.000 spectators, a big success for a Spanish movie.

In addition to creative output, Morena provides production services to foreign companies interested in filming in Spain. We have been involved in productions like There be Dragons, directed by Roland Joffe (La Misión), and the Canadian TV series The Queen of Swords.

At Morena Films, we are dedicated to offering high-quality content at all levels, promoting the Spanish Film Industry, bridging joint international productions, and adapting to new production and audio-visual consumption trends as well as emerging business models.

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The team

Pilar Benito

PILAR BENITO
Managing Director
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Juan Gordon

JUAN GORDON
Producer
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ALVARO LONGORIA
Producer
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Pedro Uriol

PEDRO URIOL
Producer
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MERRY COLOMER
Producer
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With a degree in Economics from COMPLUTENSE university, and a MBA executive from Icade Business School, Antonio began his career in Atlántico Bank. In 2005 he joined to bankinter where he managed several branches, and where he worked for three years as a private banker. Between 2013 and 2016 he specializes in film financing. In December 2016 he joined Morena Films as financial Director.
José Luis Garcia Graduated in Business Administration by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, José Luis has a long career in the Spanish business sector. Before becoming part of Morena Films, José Luis was responsible for the Department of Administration of the Grupo Nacional de Empresas de Informática for 13 years. After that period, he worked for 10 years as a tax, labour law and accounting advisor. José Luis joined the film sector and Morena Films in 2010, where he works as the company’s accountant.
Graduated in Business Studies and in Accounting and Finance at the University of Oviedo. She began her career in the administrative department of Hunosa. Later he moved to Madrid to join the group Deloitte work as an accountant at a telecommunications company. In June 2015 she joined the administrative department of Morena Films.
Law degree from Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela, Maru began her professional career at KLMC LEGAL, as a lawyer in the Department of Corporations and M & A. In 2016 she graduated from the Master in Legal Business Consulting at IE Business School School, so he joined Morena Films as Business & Legal Affairs.
María Kindelan studied Business Administration at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. During this period, Maria carries out two international exchanges: one at Okanagan College (Canada) and the other at the École Supérieure de Commerce in Rennes (France). She began her professional career in ENDESA’s Department of International Regulation. One year later, she studied a master’s degree in Film Industry Management at Carlos III in Madrid, through which she did her internship at Gloriamundi Producciones. Later, she participated in the shooting of Es por tu bien (Carlos Therón) and shortly afterwards worked as postproduction coordinator in Free Your Mind, where she collaborated in films such as TOC TOC (Vicente Villanueva), No Dormirás (Gustavo Hernández) and El Reino (Rodrigo Sorogoyen). María joined Morena Films in 2018 as assistant to producer Pedro Uriol.
María Soler studied the Degree in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Granada and a Master’s Degree in Cinema and Television at the Carlos III University in Madrid. She began her professional career in the advertising and digital marketing company CMA Comunicación, combining this work with the production of short films and the collaboration and coordination of events and festivals. Some of her projects are Enlatados (2015), winner of the Suroscopia award for best fiction short film; Dentro de mí (2016), winner of the award for best short film at the Cinejoven Festival in Almería; Ánimo Tonton (2016), winner of the awards for best script, best photography and audience award at the 48enCorto Festival; and Blablatime (2017), winner of the awards for best short film, best script, best performance and audience award at the Cinejoven Festival in Almería. At the same time, she has been a jury member at the Fancine Festival in Málaga (Méliès de Plata Award for Best Short Film) and at the Cines del Sur Festival in Granada (Alhambra de Plata Award). In 2017, she joined Morena Films as assistant to producer Merry Colomer, working on films such as Yuli, directed by Iciar Bollain; Out in the open, directed by Benito Zambrano; and Advantages of travelling by train, directed by Aritz Moreno.
Graduated in Audiovisual Communication at the University of Burgos, Rodrigo Espinel has studied an MBA at the CEU San Pablo University and a Master’s Degree in Cultural Industries Administration at the University of Valladolid. During his university stage he enjoyed an Erasmus scholarship to study for one year at the Sorbonne Film School in Paris. Throughout his career he has participated in the production of various audiovisual projects (film, television, advertising and new media) both in Spain and the United Kingdom, Peru and Mexico and worked in multiple editions of the SEMINCI (Valladolid International Film Festival) and of the International Film Festival of Mons (Belgium). He is also the creator of the blog specialized in the audiovisual industry ProduccionAudiovisual.com. As passionate about audiovisual production as he is about digital marketing, Rodrigo joins Morena Films in 2018 as assistant to producer Juan Gordon.
Anna Saura graduated with a Doble Degree in Journalism and Publicity by the University Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, Spain. She started her profesional career at the Spanish Theatre production in 2013 at the Fringe13 Festival. Whilst she was studying at the University, she worked in the marketing department of PRISA in 2016. Halfway throughout that year she started her work as a Producer for the British Production Company of Branded Content Villa Lunera LTD, where she produced the Documentary HOPE (2016) and numerous campaigns for large companies such as Santander, Leroy Merlin, etc… In 2017, she joined PIPA Films as a Director of Development, where she produced the documentary 11M (tbc) and in 2020 she worked in the Executive Production of El rey de todo el mundo (2020). In September 2019 she began her work as a Teacher at the UFV in the Audiovisual Communications Degree, where she still remains. Since 2015, she is responsible of managing and developing all the artistic projects from the well known filmmaker Carlos Saura. In 2020 she joins Morena Films as an assistant to the producer Alvaro Longoria where she is producing Diarios de la Cuarentena (TVE).
After almost ten years at Image Film (Barcelona) providing service in the audiovisual sector, the company’s founder, Ramón Martos Vivar, sent Elena to Madrid in 2005 to form a part of the production team at Fotofilm Deluxe. Companies like El Deseo, Fernando Trueba PC, Fox, Tripictures, to name just a few, have all counted on her for the coordination and supervision of their projects. Elena is the latest addition to the Morena Films team. She joined in July of 2013 and entered the world of cinematic creation and production. Tenacious, methodical and creative, Elena possesses the perfect qualities to carry out Post Production, Materials and Deliveries work.
Degree in History of Art (Cinema specialty), she decides to study a Master of History and Esthetic with a Master of Audiovisual Documentation at the Carlos III University of Madrid. After training academically in such different places as the Filmoteca Española or IVAC, restoring and cataloging films, she spent some years working in places like Sogecable or Yelmo Cines. She began in the audiovisual world as documentary filmmaker in documentary series that were recorded all over the world for the newspaper El País for more than a year. But she soon realized that she was more valuable and effective in audiovisual production, she spent a few years working on entertainment in programs as No te olvides la canción, Invasores, Mi familia contra todos until, for circumstances of life, in 2011 decided to make the leap into the world of fiction as production coordinator, making television series with large audience ratings in such production companies like Plano a Plano (Allí abajo), Boomerang Tv (Tierra de Lobos, Los Nuestros, Hermanos), Grupo ZZJ (La Duquesa II). In 2016, she joined Morena Films as Head of General Services.
Alejandro Moreno studied the administrative degree at the Areteia (Centro de Formación Profesional). Later, he joined Morena Films in February 2019 as production assistant.