Back to the Berlinale 2013

NATIVe: A Journey into Indigenous Cinema
A special series of 24 films within the Berlin Film Festival 2013

Apart from another year of new and fancy cinema at the Berlin Film Festival, I suggest to check out this special dedication and introduction into Indigenous Cinema.

Writing about my own ancestors from Polynesia and with my humble understanding of the subject I am looking forward to the event.
– Just as I mentioned in an earlier post, that I am more or less “off the circuit” , well never say never…


See you in Berlin!

2012 – a month to go…

Margaret am Cabo de Gata
Cabo de Gata – April 2012








Finally after 25 years in film festivals, I had one year “off the circuit”.
… apart from German Films in Munich asking me to advise on which German films
might be interesting for the Spanish market and the German Film Week in Madrid.
This gave me the chance to see 35 new German films and I loved them!

Otherwise I was in contact with many film makers from all over the world in need of support of where and how to go on in this “mundo vicioso de las peliculas”.

I crowdfunded for the first time for the Maori Boy Genius! A wonderful documentary.

The whereabouts in the film industry I know less and less every day, but coaching on content is something I developed great skills in, not only since Transform and Verena Weese inspired me enormously in Seville 2011.


Cortijo del Pescado Pool
Dream Relax & Reconnect

So where did all my time go? I will not tell you, since I do not know myself.
It felt right. What’s more important? Everybody who came to visit the Cortijo del Pescado was happy and this felt so good,
that I decided that my latest transit in life has been successfully completed.

Cortijo del Pescado has become the centre of my new life.


 Logo created with Paper App

With that in mind I am developing a small business which you will soon hear more about: offers services to foreign property owners (or owners to be) in this province of Almeria/Spain.
Marisa del Pino who is also fluent in 4 languages will be my co-creator.
Website in progress…

This will make me doing again what I can do best:
communicating and caring.
Plus, you might ask me if I am still writing?
Yes, I do.

And I am keeping up with the subject of Letters to the Island. And I can tell you that the historical background of Tahiti in the second half of the 19th century is a Saga of trade and wealth and a sad loss of Polynesian culture!

I went to the European Pacific Island Festival in Berlin Heiligensee, also as their MC as in the previous festival 2011, and spent an intensive weekend of lovely encounters with amazing people from the islands of the Pacific.

Party at Pacific Island Festival 2012

Thanks to Dr. Gerd Becker I was invited to join a Symposium at the University of Mainz, where several anthropologists discussed the subject of reinventing lost culture in various parts of the world, especially Oceania, where indigenous people revive their ancestors in different ways.

Michael Koch Mainz 2012


The Berlin Film Festival 2013 infact is dedicating a program to the Indigenous Cinema!
Thank you Maryanne Redpath for this initiative!



And before I forget I rediscovered London after 30 years! It was lovely on the Island!


So, this is almost it for 2012!

I would like to thank all my guests and friends & family for being such great inspiration!

Have a wonderful festive season!



Almeria / Dicember, 2012



ENTER 2012

2011 was kind of My Year to serve the women in the film industry!

The year ended with the fulfilling task of programming the films for Mujeres en Direccion, a young festival in Cuenca, Spain, focussing on the work of women directing film and videoart. Cuenca came as a great surprise to me with lovely museums and a passionate film audience and the wonderfull team around the directór of the festival Marta Belaustegui.

The Sevilla European Film Festival  and its artistic director Javier Martin Dominguez let me coordinate their Industry Forum again and I was happy to welcome some great women experts on the panels!
We also organised the II Conference Women in the European Film Industry in collaboration with CIMA (Association of Women in Cinema and the Audiovisual Media in Spain) during the Sevila Film Festival.

In October I proudly presented the second PORYES Feministic Porn Film Award in Berlin and enjoyed a lot of humor and knowledge of the sexuality of women acompanied with their films.
“PorYes“ is the label for films made in accordance with certain feminist criteria, showing the diversity of sexual expressions.

2011 was a year with lots of work and not always easy for any of us and therefore I can only offer my guesthouse in Almeria/ Spain again for all of those who need to Dream, Relax & Reconnect  every so often!

See you in 2012!



We are online with “Letters to the Island”


A blog to surf and serve the history of the Pacific islanders

Due to my family-related passion for the Polynesian people I am writing a story about the childhood of Margaret Brander, who was born on December 31, 1856 on the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia.

The blog hopefully will motivate the Islanders as well as friends and experts to contribute to this story, recalling this time and age of the second half of the 19th century in the South Pacific via

Tiki Eyes
Tiki Eyes

2011 to come…

Thank you all for your support in my new responsibilities with the “Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo” this past autumn as well as for the very positive response to the Meeting of Women in European Film and TV in Santiago de Compostela with CIMA in May 2010. It was great being back in all the different fields of festival work, even though my focus shifted more towards the makers much rather than films itself, which are the result of so many brilliant people in this Industry.

Back home this website went online and inspired me to go visible with my personal project “Letters to the Island“. I invite you to my soon to be active blog: to learn about the roots of the Polynesian people and the South Pacific Islanders in the 19th century: the story of a young girl born on Tahiti in December 1856…

The Rose on Tahiti

My best wishes and I hope that your dreams will go visible as well in 2011!

FORO INDUSTRIA Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo


Tras la conferencia de apJerzy Skolimowski, Javier Martin Dominguez, Sören Staermoseertura ayer 7 de noviembre sobre “Financiación internacional del Cine Europeo” con Christophe Vidal, Jerzy Skolimowski, Javier Martin Dominguez, Soren Staermose y Roberto Olla y el Foro de “Mujeres en la Industria del Cine Europeo”, el dia 9 de noviembre PHOTOCALL Mujeres en el cine europeocontinuabamos con “La Historia es lo primero. Los pasos del guion” en la Casa de la Ciencia, Pabellón de Peru, Sevilla.

TALLER con Verena Weese Storydocs, Berlin

El dia 11 de noviembre seguimos con “El Encuentro andaluz de marketing y distribución internacional con 4 sesiones en las que  participarán Claudia Landsberger, Elin Sander, Hannes Stoehr, Pilar Ortega, Meinolf Zurhorst, Pieter van Huystee y Manuel de la Roche, entre otros. Igualmente contaremos con la participación de empresas como First Hand Film, Wide Mangement y The Festival Agency, A+K-Agency y Storydocs.

Más información en página web:

Seville Festival of European Cinema – Industry Forum

Financing international – Women in film&television -Marketing and distribution online – Script and sytematic constellation –
The festival takes place November 5-13.

The full programme is online!
Including all information of participants in my FORO INDUSTRIA.

Si te aburre tu ventana ven a vernos!