La Maternal

2022 I Feature film I Drama I 100min I Colour I HD


Carla is 14 years old and is a defiant and rebellious young woman. He lives in an old roadside restaurant on the outskirts of a town with his young single mother while he skips class and spends the hours with his friend Efraín. When the social worker realizes that she is five months pregnant, Carla enters ‘La Maternal’, a center for underage mothers where she shares her daily life with other young women like her. Together with their babies, they will face this new world of adults for which they have not had time to prepare.


Direction: Pilar Palomero
Script: Pilar Palomero
Direction of cinematography : Julián Elizalde
Art Direction: Mónica Bernuy
Sound Direction: Leo Dolgan
Editing: Sofie Escudé
Executive production:Valérie Delpierre and Álex Lafuente
Production companies: Inicia Films, BTeamProds, Barrixica AIE. With the financing of MEDIA, ICAA, ICEC. With the participation of RTVE, TV3, Movistar+ and Aragón TV and with the collaboration of Institut Ramon Llull and Creative Europe MEDIA of the European Union
Distribution: BTeam Pictures
Sales Agent: Elle Driver


Carla Quilez , Angela Cervantes , Jordan Angel Dumes


Espanoramas – Muestra de cine español 2023 (ARGENTINA)

Brussels International Film Festival 2023 (BELGIUM)

Shanghai International Film Festival 2023 (CHINA)

Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona 2023 (SPAIN)

Festival du Cinéma Espagnol de Nantes 2023 (FRANCE)

Cleveland International Film Festival 2023 (UNITED STATES)

Festival de Málaga 2023 (SPAIN)

¡Viva! Spanish & Latin American Festival 2023 (UNITED KINGDOM)

Glasgow Film Festival 2023 (UNITED KINGDOM)

Muestra Internacional de Cine de Palencia 2023 (SPAIN)

Premios Goya 2023 (SPAIN)
Nomination for Best Film
Nomination for Best Direction
Nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Ángela Cervantes)

Premios Gaudí 2023 (SPAIN)
Best Supporting Actress (Ángela Cervantes)
Best New Actress (Carla Quílez)
Nomination for Best Direction
Nomination for Best non Catalan Film
Nomination for Best Script

Premios Feroz 2023 (SPAIN)
Nomination for Best Direction
Nomination for Best Actress (Carla Quílez)
Nomination for Best Supporting Actress (Ángela Cervantes)

Premios Forqué 2023 (SPAIN)
Nomination for Best Female Interpretation (Carla Quílez)
Nomination for Cinema in Education and Values
Nomination for Best Fiction and/or Animation Film

CineHorizontes – Festival du Film Espagnol de Marseille 2022 (FRANCE)

Gijon Internacional Film Festival 2022 (SPAIN)

Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2022 (ESTONIA)

Stockholm Film Festival 2022 (SWEDEN)
Honorific Mention

MOST-Penedès Wine&Cava Film Festival 2022 (SPAIN)

Som Cinema 2022 (SPAIN)

Alice nella cità 2022 (ITALY)

Chicago International Film Festival 2022 (UNITED STATES)

Festival du Cinema Espagnol de Toulouse – Cinespaña 2022 (FREANCE)
Best Photography
Best Sound
Prize New Filmmaker
Prize Young Jury

Festival International de Curtametraxes de Santiago de Compostela – CURTOCIRCUITO 2022 (SPAIN)

Abycine Festival de Cine de Albacete 2022 (SPAIN)

Zurich Film Festival 2022 (SWITZERLAND)

Premiere en Festival de San Sebastián 2022 (SPAIN)
Concha de Plata: Best Leading Interpretation (Carla Quílez)
Nomination for la Concha de Oro: Best Film

Bogotá International Film Festival 2022 (Colombia)

Evolution Mallorca International Film Festival 2022 (SPAIN)
Best Direction
Best Actress
Best Photography

Som Cinema Lleida 2022 (SPAIN)
Prize of the Jury

At Inicia Films we understand that production is a way to influence society and connect emotionally with the audience. Since 2006 we have been working to promote new generations of filmmakers and thus give them a voice in today’s audiovisual world.

Through the eyes of our creators, the sensitivity of our authors, we accompany the development of international projects and multicultural talent, building bridges between their experiences abroad and their roots. We deal with topics that respond to current concerns and we believe that by connecting people and emotions we can help draw new narrative and visual horizons.

The films produced by Inicia Films have been selected and awarded at numerous festivals, including “Schoolgirls” by Pilar Palomero with four 2021 Goya Awards, including Best Film; “Summer 1993” by Carla Simón, Best First Film at the Berlinale 2017; “La Maternal” also by Pilar Palomero, winner of the Silver Shell for Best Performance, “20,000 species of bees” by Estibaliz Urresola, winner of the Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance, two Forque Awards including Best Film, two Feroz Awards including Best dramatic film and 3 Goya Awards 2024; “Foremost by night” by Víctor Iriarte, premiered at Giornate degli autori in Venice and winner of the Feroz Arrebato de Ficcion Prize; “Unicorns” by Àlex Lora, with Premiere in the Official Section of the Malaga Festival and “Teresa” by Paula Ortiz, premiered in this edition of the Seminci in Valladolid. For documentaries such as “Singing on the Rooftops” by Enric Ribes, with Premiere at Sheffield DocFest. Also for shorts such as “Los desheredados” by Laura Ferrés, Best Short Film at the Semaine de la Critique de Cannes, “El bus” by Sandra Reina, premiered at SXSW, Nominated for the Goya Awards and winner of the Gaudí Prize.


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