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.
Pilar has also taken part at the 2017 Berlinale Talents and the 2016 Sarajevo Talents.
She is also a member of the BISTRIK7 film community
Recently, Pilar has shown her first feature film as a director and screenwriter, ‘Las Niñas’, at the 2020 Berlinale’s Generation Kplus section. The film has been produced by Inicia Films and BTeam Pictures and will open in Spain in September 4th after taking part at the 2020 Malaga Film Festival’s official section.
“LAS NIÑAS” Tráiler