Victoria Romero’s short film 'Mariela' continues to move audiences with a selection at the 37th Cambridge Film Festival. It was screened at the Cambridge Arts Picturehouse and The Moving Cinema as part of Shortfusion: Good Grief, a series of shorts based around the theme of bereavement. “Death and loss are just a much a part of life as living … and as these tales show, there are often glimmers of light, liberation or gallows humour that help us grow and keep going.” (cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk)
'Mariela' is the story of a young woman remembering the tragic story of her nanny, and is based on Victoria’s own childhood growing up in Salta, Argentina. The film has also screened at many other festivals including the Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Sweden, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, USA and the Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Spain. “Unfortunately, I was unable to attend the Cambridge festival”, says Victoria, “but I was really excited to be able to screen my film to more and more people. For me the film meant to let go of that story. To separate myself from Mariela.”
Victoria studied communication and photography in Argentina before moving to London. She is currently based in Lanzarote, Spain, where she is working on a new short script which will be shot on the island.
The Cambridge Film Festival is the third-longest-running film festival in the UK. The festival takes place annually at the end of October in Cambridge. Established in 1977 and re-launched in 2001 after a 5-year hiatus, the festival shows a range of UK and international films that debuted at leading film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin Film Festival, as well as hosting UK premieres of films, alongside a broad range of specialist interest, archive, and retrospective strands. All films are open to the public to watch. Each year the Festival awards audience awards to the Best Feature (The Golden Punt Award), Best Documentary (Silver Punt Award), and Best Short Film (Crystal Punt Award).