“It was an honor to share the space with Fernando Tejero and José Sacristan.”

Friday, April 5, 2024 at 9:47 pm

Mar García Rubera (Tabernas. 1987) holds a Master's in Early Childhood Education and a graduate in Educational Psychology from the University of Almería, although she is best known for her work as a presenter of various events and an actress, both in theaters and in soap operas. Or movies.

We knew her role as an actress, but she was also a presenter at parties and events. Can you tell us about that?

– It all started with the Concert of the Theater and Carnival of Andalusia (COTECA). I accepted the proposal, which was a great challenge for me, and from that moment on I became the presenter of the program every year, as we had 9 editions. As a result of this experience, I had other opportunities that led me to present at different events in Almería and abroad. I made the leap out of the province a year ago when they approached me to be part of the presenting team at the Malaga Film Festival and to be a speaker at the Spanish Table Tennis Championships held in Zamora.

– This is your second year at the Malaga Festival, how was your experience?

-This year I already knew how the festival worked, so I was much calmer and more relaxed, which allowed me to enjoy the experience much more. In addition to being one of the festival presenters, I was able to work for a month and a half preparing for the big film week as a support person in the programming and content department. In addition, this year I moderated two discussions with doctors from Quirón Salud Hospital in Malaga, where health and cinema intermingled. In this session, the films talked about diseases and brought in doctors to talk about the disease. Specifically, the films are Maria León's “Wish List,” which is about breast cancer and Dani Rovira's “100 Meters,” which is about multiple sclerosis.

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On one of the days of the Malaga Festival.


-You had the opportunity to meet many familiar faces, how was the experience?

– It was an honor to have the opportunity to share space and time with well-known faces of Spanish cinema. Fernando Tejero, Antonio Resens, José Mota, Itziar Miranda, José Sacristan are some of them. But I stick with the times I spent with unknown actors, directors or producers. I loved talking to them, learning about them and their work and seeing the enthusiasm with which they came to Malaga to showcase their projects. Sometimes they attended their opera prima or it was their first time leaving their country and spread the enthusiasm.

– What was your daily life like in Malaga?

– During the period leading up to the festival, my work was in the office, watching films, preparing presentations and discussions, organizing festival schedules and contents or responding to informational emails from participants.

Once the festival started, the field work also began, receiving guests, making sure everything in the rooms was in order, and coordinating between all the press and PR colleagues and other colleagues so that everything went well. Additionally, I had to integrate it into my presentations and lead discussions.

Likewise, this year's Malaga Festival coincided with the Almería Carnivals where I was again secretary of the Carnival Collective Competition Jury among other duties. Which means having to travel from Malaga to Almeria frequently during February, making it a fairly intense month.

Cinema and Health, one of the innovative projects of the Malaga Festival presented by Mar García this year.


-Is there a story you want to tell us?

-Many unexpected events and setbacks occur during the day and you have to solve them quickly, running from one place to another between the different places where the festival is held. This is Senvier whom I met Antonio Resines several times on the same day in different places and he told me if he was the same and how he managed to be in all the places so quickly.

– How do you live the Malaga Festival from the inside?

Preparing for a festival of this level requires a lot of work, many months in advance. It requires a lot of coordination between different departments. Being part of this mechanism involves a great deal of stress and responsibility because each one of us is an essential piece for everything to go well. These are intense days that pass quickly.

– What words can you say from your experience at the festival?

– I am very happy and, above all, very grateful for this opportunity to have another year, renewing the trust that was given to me in the previous session and increasing it by assigning more responsible tasks and positions within the festival’s organizing team. . I was able to learn a lot from one of the most important festivals on the national scene.

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