Pilar Palomero director and scriptwriter

Pilar Palomero


Born in Zaragoza, Pilar graduated in Hispanic Philology at the Zaragoza University in 2003. In 2006, she graduated in Cinematography at the Madrid Film School (ECAM).

In 2009, she directed ‘Niño Balcón’, a short film which enjoyed a long journey in both national and international festivals, winning more than 25 awards and more than 150 selections the Malaga Film Festival, the Huesca Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival, the San Luis International Film Festival or the Puchon International Film Festival were some of those events.

During this period, Pilar combined her film projects while working as a TV screenwriter and the co-writer of the feature film ‘Chaco’, by Bolivian director Diego Mondaca – which recently premiered at the 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival. She has also worked as a Screenplay and Photography teacher.

Her professional career took a great leap when she was selected by Hungarian director Béla Tarr as one of the 16 filmmakers to take part in his collaborative project Film Factory in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in 2013. At the Film Factory, she had the opportunity to work and learn from some of the current film industry’s most important critics, director and theorists, such as Gus Van Sant, Carlos Reygadas, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Costa, Cristian Mungiu, Guy Maddin, Tilda Swinton, Juliette Binoche, Gael García Bernal, Jean-Michel Frodon, Rasha Salti, Thierry Garrel, Jonathan Rosenbaum and Jytte Jensen, among others.

During this period, she has written and directed the short films ‘Noć’ (2015) and ‘La Noche de Todas las Cosas’ (2016), the latter produced by Inicia Films and developed within the NISI MASA European Short Pitch’s framework – which took part, among others, at the Busan International Short Film Festival. She has also directed the featurette ‘Zimsko Sunce’ (2017), which earned a special BiH film jury mention at the Sarajevo Film Festival and premiered in Spain at the 2017 Alcala de Henares Film Festival and the Margenes Festival, as well as the creative documentary Horta (2017), which had its world premiered at the prestigious Doclisboa’17 and was selected at DocumentaMadrid, D’A Festival de Cine de Autor, Festival de Cine de Málaga and the London Contemporary Arts Intitute’s Frames of Representation.

In 2020 Pilar premiered her first feature film Las Niñas at the Malaga Film Festival, winning the Golden Biznaga for Best Film. After its passage through the festival, it reached commercial cinemas to great public and critical acclaim. Since its premiere, she has not stopped accumulating awards and recognitions, including 4 Goya Awards (Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography) and the ASECAN Award (Film without Andalusian Production), making history by becoming the first director to win the award for Best New Director and Best Film for the same project. The film, produced by Inicia Films and Bteam Pictures, was also the big winner of the Feroz and Forqué Awards, as well as countless awards at different national film festivals and exhibitions.

Pilar is also part of the film collective BISTRIK7, and has participated in the Berlinale Talents in 2016 and 2021 and Sarajevo Talents 2016, as well as in the Residencies of the Academies of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with which she is developing her next project, La Maternal. This feature film is currently in post-production.

“LAS NIÑAS” 2021 Winner of the award Spanish film without Andalusian production.

Goya Awards
“LAS NIÑAS”. 2021. Nominated for Best Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best New Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Edition, Best Original Song, Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction.

Feroz Awards
“LAS NIÑAS”. 2021. Nominated for Best Dramatic Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Main Actress (Andrea Fandos), Best Supporting Actress (Natalia de Molina) and Best Trailer.

José María Forqué Film Awards. 26th Edition.
“LAS NIÑAS”. 2021. Winner of the Best Fiction and/or Animation Feature Film Award.

76th CEC Medallions Edition
“LAS NIÑAS”. 2021. Nominated for Best Film, Best New Director, Best Supporting Actress (Natalia de Molina), Best New Actress (Andrea Fandos), Best Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography.

CIBRA Carlos Blanco
“LAS NIÑAS”. 2021. Carlos Blanco Award for Best Film Featuring an Original Screenplay,

VIII “Días de Cine” Awards
“LAS NIÑAS”. 2021. Best Spanish Film of the Year.

XIII Gaudí Awards
“LAS NIÑAS” 2021. Thirteen nominations. Best Non-Catalan Film, Best Direction, Best Screenplay, Best Female Main Role, Best Supporting Actress (Natalia de Molina), Best Production Direction, Best Art Direction, Best Edition, Best Original Music, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound Design and Best Hairdressing and Makeup.

– Berlinale – Berlin Film Festival – Generation KPlus
– Malaga Film Festival – Golden “Biznaga” (Best Film), Silver “Biznaga” (Best Cinematography) as well as the “Puerta Oscura” Feroz Award for Best Film.
– San Sebastian Film Festival. Made in Spain (Dunia Ayaso Award, given by the SGAE foundation).
– Shanghai International Film Festival – Highlights: Viva la Festival.
– Chicago International Film Festival – New Directors Competition.
– Torino Film Festival – International Features Competition.
– FICCALI -International Features Competition.
– Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Youth Section.
– Brussels International Film Festival – Director’s Week (Jury’s Choice Award)
– Bergen International Film Festival – Int. Fiction (non-competitive).
– Leiden Film Festival – First Feature Competition (Opening Night).
– FICAL – Best film, best direction and best screenplay (opera prima).
– Talavera International Short Films Festival – Pávez Emergente Award 2020