Harriet graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2013 with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages. It was in her third year that she had the opportunity to go to Galicia for the first time. As an Erasmus student at the University of Santiago de Compostela, she fell in love with the Galician language, its culture and its literature. Thanks to the Galician courses organised by the RAG, the ILG and the USC, she started to learn the language and use it in her work. She did an MA in medieval studies at the same university and she’s now writing her thesis on medieval Galician-Portuguese love poems at King’s College London. Recently, she was awarded a short fellowship to spend time with the Temporal Communities research group at Freie Universität Berlin.
She discovered the Galician Film Forum thanks to an article in a Galician newspaper that came out after the first GFF event and she loves that she’s now part of the team and helping to promote Galician culture where she grew up.
Outside of the GFF, she loves peas, walking and sending postcards!
Adriana is a filmmaker from Vigo whose time with the GFF began during an informal meeting one day at the pub. At the time she didn’t know what those first pints together would lead to but she’s now spent five years working on organising and programming film screenings with the GFF and is one of the few founding members who are still active. She has also over five years of experience in independent and corporate video production and in teaching film courses to young children. She’s currently researching documentary and gender for her PhD at Royal Holloway University in London.
Bea holds a degree in Organic Chemistry. She started a PhD, but dropped it, telling her supervisor ‘it’s not you, it’s me’ and dedicating herself to journalism instead. Her training in both spheres means that she can work in scientific journalism and so she has been working with the Astrophysic Institute on the Canary Islands and is in charge of the scientific section on the Creativa Canaria website and the health platform PyDeSalud.
In 2012 she moved to Santiago de Compostela where she continued to work as a freelance journalist at the same time as integrating herself with Galicia. In 2015, like many Galicians, she moved to London. She will be in London for a while now and being part of the GFF gives her a way to keep her morriña for stone-walled bars and friends who drink Estrella Galicia at bay.
Born in Narón in 1988, Duarte holds a degree in journalism from the University of Santiago de Compostela and an MA in Online Journalism from Birmingham City University. He specialises in data visualisation and has been working in this since 2013, holding a brief role at the Daily Telegraph. He has also worked at Infogr8 and is now working at Totally Communications. In his spare time he writes for crispdata.co.uk, a blog on football data.
He has been living in the UK since 2010 and has lived in London and Birmingham. He founded the website Galiza no UK, now no longer in use, with the aim of creating a place where the Galician community living in the UK could meet. He has been a member of the Galician Film Forum since the beginning.
María is a Galician-Londoner who started out with the GFF as a volunteer in 2015 and is now part of their executive committee where she works on programming the films we screen and on project management.
María has significant professional experience in cinema and television, and has lived in Galicia, Barcelona and Buenos Aires. She moved to London in 2016 and leaving is not on the cards. In the UK she’s worked for different multinational media companies and she’s always open to discovering new challenges and opportunities.
Born in Vigo in 1990, Iris has a degree in journalism and will soon be graduating in history of art. Recently, thanks to how much she enjoys bringing her two passions together, she started an art project on Instagram. She also co-directed the short film ‘Joventut, solitude’, which was inspired by texts by the Catalan writer Josep Pla. This film has been screened at festivals like Documenta Madrid and Zinebi and won the ‘Corto y Creo’ award at the third Festival de Cine in Santander in their ‘Best Reality Short Film’ category.
Hi, I’m Marga. I was born in A Coruña and I’m a Londoner and Catalan person by adoption. My degree is in sociology and I’ve learnt to fend for myself in all kinds of places. That said, when I got to London, I really felt the shock of switching from thinking ‘what can I do to find work?’ to ‘what do you want to be?’. Not an easy question by any stretch of the imagination.
I started off as a volunteer with the Galician Film Forum and now I’m a proud member of this marvellous team. I love learning new things and having fun – and in the GFF we never let ourselves get bored, we’re always planning our next project.
When the pandemic hit, I decided to use this time to do what I love, learning new skills – I’m specialising in digital writing, launching products and I’m also doing a masters in SEO and another in Digital Project Management.
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