Macarena graduated in Media Communication and Education Sciences at the Malaga University. Passionate about film and technology, she took several courses on screenwriting and film direction. Since 2004, she has served as an Image & Sound instructor at Marbella’s Guadalpin High School, where she teaches for the Media Higher Technical Certificate.
She has done several audio-visual works, whose highlights include “Mujeres que dicen acción”, about female directors during the 90s, ‘La memoria dormida’ or ‘Voces contra el silencio’, a work which earned her several national and international awards.
In 2011, she directed the documentary ‘Los ojos de Brahim’, which made her known in the national film scene and granted her several accolades such as the RTVA Award for Best Andalusian Audio-visual Creation or the ‘Biznaga de Plata’ at the 15th Malaga Spanish Film Festival, among others.
In 2012, she wrote and directed ‘Transito’, a short film which marked her debut in fiction and earned her more than 60 selections in film festivals as well as numerous awards such as the ‘Biznaga de Plata’ for Best Short Film (Official Section) at the Malaga Film Festival, the RTVA Award for Best Andalusian Short Film, being selected as one of the best five Andalusian short films at the ASECAN Awards and preselected for the 2014 Goya Awards.
She has also served as assistant director and director for several media projects.
In 2017, she released her second fictional short film as a director, ‘Marta No Viene A Cenar’, starring Natalia de Molina and Celia de Molina, which premiered, as part of the Official Section, during the 30th Medina del Campo’s Film Week. This film has received several important awards such as Best Star Short Film at the ‘Blogos de Oro’ (2018), the RTVA Award for Best Short Film at the Ciudad de la Línea International Film Contest and the Award for Best Short Film from Malaga at the FICCAB, among others.
In June 2019 she was given the ASFAAN for Best Andalusian Director at the 41st San Roque International Film Festival (FICSAN).
In 2020, she directed her first feature film, ‘La Casa del Caracol’, a thriller starring Javier Rey and Paz Vega.