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Who we are
An independent, not-for-profit organisation showing Latin American and Spanish films in Melbourne and parts of Regional Victoria.Through the film makers’ stories, we celebrate and share the language, culture and politics of the incredibly diverse communities from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.
What we do
Established in 1999, Melbourne Filmoteca is a volunteer-driven, non-profit organisation hosting monthly screenings of Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American films. It fosters cultural exchange, uniting diverse audiences to celebrate cinema, language, music, and heritage. With a foundation in the late 90s, it offers captivating exhibitions that bridge gaps, nurturing cross-cultural understanding. Through volunteer dedication, Melbourne Filmoteca enriches Melbourne’s cultural landscape, embracing authenticity and fostering appreciation for the artistic contributions of these regions.
Event Manager by trade who loves going to the movies and creating memorable events where people connect and new opportunities come to life.
Itzel’s journey weaves a tale of professional growth and deep cultural connections. She is the co-founder of a Mexican folk dance group called “Son de México” bridging Mexican and Australian cultures.
Pepe is a passionate traveller who arrived from Peru 9 years ago. He started collaborating with Filmoteca in 2014. He usually answers the film questions in trivias.
Colombian, Filmmaker and Photographer that deeply enjoys connecting with secrets of different cultures, people and nature.
Colombian with Accounting and Marketing background, passionate about sports and new stories, always with a positive attitude.
Audiovisual communicator and producer. Inspired by the universal themes of Latin American narratives, and the indelible traces of film in the collective memory.
She’s a visual artist with media and communications background. Fascinated by Spanish and Latin cultures since her exchange in Bolivia in 1988. Eager to join Filmoteca to explore diverse nationalities.
From Colombia, she is an accountant, SAP consultant, life coach, and internet business pro. She embraces Reiki, EFT for healing, empowering women. Enjoys family, friendship, cinema, and drama.
Inspired by his family, Raul thrives in personal growth. Passionate about science, history, and progress. Photography and cinema bring him joy. Accomplished CFO, and HR manager across Colombia, Mexico, and Venezuela.
Mexican engineer, Carlos migrated to Australia in 2016, embracing Melbourne as his new home. Running offers him mental clarity. He’s a skilled dancer and co-founded Son de Mexico with his wife.
Partners & Sponsors
Prior to the pandemic, Filmoteca had a 20-year partnership with the Australian Centre of the Moving Image (ACMI), which provided the screening venue for more than 200 films from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world, many of which would not have been shown in Australia if not for Filmoteca. Other screening partners have included the Parliament Theatre and the Thornbury Picture House. These partnerships attest to the professionalism and good governance of Filmoteca’s committee, many of whom continue to volunteer their time and expertise to the organisation.
Partner with us
Filmoteca is eager to partner with organisations that share our objectives of connection, learning and sharing within the Latin American and Spanish communities of Victoria. Contact us to discuss how Filmoteca might add value to your event or festival, or help your organisation connect with an audience.
For independent cinemas or theatres, Filmoteca can source hard-to-find Spanish or Portuguese language films and create adjunct events such as film maker talks, musical performances or opening night parties that will bring some Latin flair to your programming.
Other organisations that may benefit from a partnership with Filmoteca include:
Film festivals, film distributors, multicultural festivals, museums and galleries, embassies and consulates, language schools, overseas exchange organisations, Spanish or Latin American restaurants and bars.