Spanish Repository

Contact Details

Departmental Coordinators:
Ms Alex Lopez Alvarez
Ms Clare Szembek (Mon-Wed)
tel: 020 7679 3109
ext: 33109

Head of Department:
Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
tel: 020 7679 4332
ext: 34332

Events 2009

23 December 2009

FMI 2009 (10-13 November)

Launched in UCL in 2006 the Festival of the Moving Image (FMI) offers a space for the fusion of film theory and film-making in contemporary Britain. Held each year in November the FMI showcases documentaries made at the International Film and TV School in Cuba during the summer, offers roundtable discussions on what’s going on in contemporary film, and Q&A sessions with the cream of today’s international film directors. The theme of FMI 2009 is Shattered Space and the Legacy of the Revolution. The festival kicks off with a session dedicated to Memories of Underdevelopment and a Q&A with the scriptwriter, Edmundo Desnoes, Felicia Hirsch (who played Hanna in the film) and Mirtha Ibarra (who played Nancy in Strawberry and Chocolate). Day 2 features the documentaries made at the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Television, Cuba, in the Summer of 2009, and day 3 features a star appearance by Alfonso Cuaron, the celebrated director of Y tu mama tambien. Alfonso Cuaron appeared with his son Jonas Cuaron and discussed a number of issues relating to his recent films.


FMI 2009 is proud to present a new competition for BEST LATINO SHORT FILM with a prize of £400 for the winner. The winning entry will be screened at FMI 2009. Send your 10-minute DVD by 1 November 2009 to Professor Stephen Hart, Department of Spanish and Latin American Studies, UCL, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT.


  • The film must be an original piece of work having a Latin American theme between 5 and 10 minutes in length.
  • If filmed in Spanish the film must have English subtitles.
  • It should be submitted in DVD copy and accompanied by a brief bio of the director as well as a 100-word blurb.
  • It may be a documentary or a fictional film.
  • It must not infringe any copyright laws.
  • The decision on the winning entry will be made by a jury, and the prize of £400 will be presented at FMI 2009.
  • The winner must agree to attend the presentation ceremony at FMI 2009.
  • The decision of the jury shall be final.