La Guarimba in Madrid

La Guarimba in Madrid is a project organised by the La Guarimba Cultural Organization, part of the ‘On Tour’ programme, which takes films from the festival’s competition around the world. The aim of the programme is to introduce our selection to new audiences and enrich the cultural programmes of the spaces that host us.

Since 2023, the Sin Tarima library has been hosting regular guarimbere screenings. The idea was born one Saturday night in the centre of Madrid. Two guarimberos and their favourite bookseller drink and eat together discussing literature, cinema, life. Boom: the project is born.

Why not share with our neighbours the vast repertoire of short films that La Guarimba International Film Festival has in store in the intimate and historical basement of Sin Tarima, a former shelter for the Spanish Civil War?

Instead of curating the best short films of a particular year —as a film festival usually does— the idea is to articulate films around topics, thus providing them with new meanings, connections and dimensions for the sake of controversy, provocation, and broad-mindedness.

A collective act of culture and neighborhood, where a theme-based projection showcasing the work of worldwide filmmakers is followed by an open discussion. Spectators, organizers, and booksellers share thoughts and doubts, references and recommendations, build bonds and expand their gaze, while afterwards ending up all together in a secular procession around local bars.


A selection of greatest hits with a special gaze on reality. Four documentaries and an animation-fiction short, but inspired in true events.

Falling in love with a serial killer, sharing an apartment with the strangest pet or talking about the traumas of train drivers who have runnover suicidal people: some o the topics we’ll watch and talk about.

FILMS: All inclusive (Switzerland), Just a guy (Japan/Germany), Shadows on the rails (Finland), Tungrus (India), Bestia (Chile)

After a first meeting in which we exchanged glances with realities as harsh as different, we meet again to reflect on how we face, understand or evade these realities.

Idolatry, veneration, devotion and worship. Various obsessions. A selection of short films from Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Colombia, Holland and Italy with discussion and subsequent pleasant meeting in a nearby bar.

FILMS: The day of the wall (Italy), Tarikat (Netherlands), In light (Italy), All cats are grey in the dark (Switzerland), Motorcyclist’s happiness won’t fit into his suit (Mexico), The passion of Judas (Spain), Los colores del niño Dios (Colombia)

A selection of fiction, documentary and animation short films about “work” in its broadest sense: from labour conflicts to professional vocation, inactivity, the right to laziness, or the concept of “service”.

FILMS: Ca$h (Singapore), The ballet of service (Netherlands), Breakpoint (France), Malumore (Italy), A job like any other (Canada), Why slugs have no legs (Switzerland)

Real and fictional perversions. A selection of short films that explores and questions our darkest sexual desires, depravations and obscenities, with special interest on women’s fantasies beyond pleasure.

FILMS: Olav (Belgium), Mom what’s up with the dog (France), Really Good Friends (USA), Pentola (Italy), Sherry (USA), Maw (Belgium), Fiebre Austral (Chile), El Polinizador (Spain)

Five documentary short films that aim to challenge our most condescending views. Realities from different geographies and cultures that would vaguely fit into the labels of tacky, ridiculous, naive, or seedy.

These categories will confront us with our own prejudices and moral superiority, showing that no one is exclusively in possession of happiness or normativity.

People without filters and masks who will connect us with humanity in a deeper way than any highbrow product.

FILMS: Party Poster (India), Kris Bronze (Brazil), Apostles of Cinema (Tanzania), Washers of Rent (Colombia), Romeo (Spain)

Series of short films focused on the world of work and the memory of workers.

Cinema as a tool to address class struggle, job precariousness and assembly militancy, without forgetting other equally transversal phenomena such as family memory, productivity as an imperative or the forced migration of minorities and racialized subjects.

Fiction and documentary are intertwined with stories about various labor conflicts, both historical and present-day, which invite us to travel across different geographical latitudes with a predominantly female aspect.

FILMS: Matria (Spain), Delivered (USA), Why slugs have no legs (Switzerland), Traces (Switzerland/Argentina), Breakpoint (France)


Head of Subtitling & Documentary Programmer

Marta (Spain, 1984) is an audiovisual translator and researcher. With a PhD in audiovisual translation and media accessibility and a long experience in the translation of short, feature films and documentaries, she currently combines her research and professional activities.

Sound Engineer

Carlos (Spain, 1991) studied Art History, Film, Sound Engineering, Radio and Journalism. Mixing all that, now he works producing podcasts for a bunch of newspapers from Vocento, a spanish media group.