Born in Soria and raised in Albacete, Inma Saranova travelled the world before settling on the island of Ibiza. Before arriving seven years ago, she lived in Valencia, Sevilla, Slovenia and Costa Rica. Perhaps it was precisely this background that shaped her curious and restless personality. A journalist with a PhD in Development Cooperation, Saranova alternates working on Onda Cero, Strambotic (in Diario Público) and Ara Balears, with feminist activism in the ‘Figa de Pic’ collective and cultural activism in the ‘Mal del Cap’ shot films association.
Mal del Cap, Figa de pic… Could it be said that you are a born associationist?
Not so much an associationist (because Figa de pic is not registered as an association) but more of a campaigner for topics that interest me. Either way, I feel strongly enough about both the underground culture and feminism that I dedicate many hours to activism. It’s hard for me to sit still, I think that is clear!
Is Mal del Cap an association for trendy people and culture buffs? With what objective was this project born?
Mal del Cap was born with the goal of bringing people we love to Ibiza who would not have made it here any other way. I am talking about artists who have a loyal following but are not mainstream. So we took the situation into our own hands and got together to bring over people such as Miguel Noguera and Didac Alcaraz. Some of the content we show may seem ‘hipster’ but what has won over our guests is that we are punks with a big heart. For the last two years, as well as culture centred activities like ‘El Festival de Cortos’, we have also moved towards political activism with our ‘Jornadas Desobedientes’, during which we hold talks with activists, journalists and academics of the calibre of Carlos Taibo and June Fernandez.
How can one join Mal del Cap?
To become a member, simply get in touch with us through our Facebook page. There’s a fee of three euros a month which allows us to finance the activities for the year. We are very keen for people to join us who want to do things, have ideas and are happy to work to bring them to fruition.
After five years, how has this project developed?
It has had its ups and downs. We started out as just a few people from the same group of friends, many aren’t in Ibiza anymore and others simply don’t have time to dedicate to the association. Little by little, new people have joined who want to get involved. There has been an evident growth in the festival, which was very small at the beginning and has now grown into this, its fifth edition.
What’s new for the fifth edition of the festival?
The first novelty is that it is no longer a festival of short films only. When we started, there was only one short film festival, the one in Sant Antoni. The International Film Festival had been dormant for years and neither Ibicine nor Ibiza Film Fest existed yet, so we thought it would be the perfect time for a festival of short films, a format that we love. Thankfully, during this time all these festivals have started up and we are delighted because our festival has developed too. Now, in addition to showing short films, we also have people working with very innovative audiovisual formats and we have been giving more and more prominence to new forms narratives. For this fifth edition, the festival also got a new name: ‘V Festival Mal del Cap Narratives Mal Dites’. Mal del Cap is, first and foremost, a festival based on experimentation and the quest to find new forms of narrative. This is why this year the festival is expanding its contents to welcome many other forms of expression and will also include a comprehensive program (workshops, discussions, projections, talks, lectures, presentations, shows etc.).
How many participants have signed up for this edition of the festival, and what are the expectations for this year?
This year we have received around 1000 shorts from more than fifty nationalities. The expectations are very good; we have seen very high-quality material.
Could you reveal who will make up the festival jury panel?
Yes, I will reveal it here first! This year we have a jury of professionals. The first big name is that of Desirée De Fez, journalist and film critic who writes for Fotogramas, El Español and Rockdelux, collaborates with the program ‘Página Dos’, the channel TCM and ‘La Finestra Indiscreta’ on Catalunya Ràdio. She is part of the team for Sitges, the International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia and is the curator of independent film exhibition Cine LowCost. Teresa Segura, producer at Diffferent Entertainment S. L. will also be part of the panel as well as Borja Crespo, who headed the ‘Festival Internacional de Cine de Peñíscola’, spearheaded the Digital Short Film Fest, directs Tracking Bilbao and writes regularly in various media outlets about movies, comics and trends. Finally, we also wanted to include Ibiza native Carles Fabregat who spent twelve years at the forefront of Can Ventosa’s cultural program.
What kind of cultural activities do you think are still missing in Ibiza?
I think that the cultural offer of the island is surprisingly wide considering the number of residents. We are not doing too bad compared to other places with similar characteristics, but even so, I’d like to see more alternative cultural events and, of course, some punk concerts.
What other projects do you have in mind?
I don’t know if I have the time nor the head space for many more projects, but unionism is something that I do not rule out and I am seriously thinking of teaching drums again.