Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

Established in 2014, and now a regular fixture in Edinburgh's cultural calendar, Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival (ESFF) showcases the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema. 

This year’s ninth edition is a mix of in-person screenings, discussions and other events at venues across Edinburgh, Glasgow and Stirling.

As usual, the Festival team includes a number of members of the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC), including Marian A. Aréchaga (Curator/Director) and Patricia Rueda (Producer), who both teach in Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

What's on


This year’s opening film on Thursday 6 October 2022 offers a glimpse into the life and gastronomic journey of Michelin star chef Maria José San Román. The screening of The Essence of Sustainability is followed by a food and drink tasting experience presented by Maria José San Román and a Q&A with the star herself and directors Vicente Seva and Maniel Sánchez.

The festival programme showcases unmissable work from highly acclaimed female directors such as Icíar Bollaín (Maixabel, 1 October in Glasgow and 7 October in Edinburgh) and Carla Simón (Alcarràs, 13 October), and features directional debuts from Javier Marco (Josefina, 12 October) and Izaskun Arandia (My Way Out, 9 October).

The festival's Schools and Family strand includes screenings of Zip and Zap and the Captain's Island, based on the comics by José Escobar Saliente, and the award-winning The Golden Dream about a group of teenagers fleeing Guatemala to pursue the American dream.

This year's festival also pays a special tribute to Bigas Luna by celebrating the Iberian Portraits trilogy and the 30 years since the premiere of Jamón Jamón, which launched the careers of Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz. The film will be shown alongside Golden Balls and The Tit and the Moon, followed by a roundtable discussion featuring Professor Santiago Fouz Hernández (Durham University) on Luna's cultural legacy and importance in Spanish cinema.

Browse the full 2022 programme on the ESFF website

The Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival is supported by a range of organisations including the Spanish Ministry of Culture, the Spanish Embassy in London, the University of Edinburgh, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) and Creative Scotland.


Edinburgh Spanish Film Festival

Scotland's ninth annual celebration of the best of Spanish and Latin American cinema.

Various cinemas in Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling.