Kino Rebelde is a Festival Distribution and Sales Agency created by María Vera in early 2017. It is mainly focused on documentary, experimental and hybrid narratives and since 2023 starts supporting a few fictional projects per year.
In the last six years, Kino Rebelde established itself as a “boutique agency” through a careful selection of a few titles per year. Our selection is based on aesthetic, narrative, and political elements and we have a special predilection for the transgression in all of them.
Kino Rebelde supports short, medium, and feature-length films, from any country, with linear or non-linear narratives from experienced or new filmmakers. Films with strong author points of view, where human relations, identities, desires, memory, risks, and criticism are developed sensitively find a unique place in our catalogue.
Transparency and diversity are fundamental in our philosophy of work, together with personal communication, collaborations, and strategic partnerships.
We accompany films and filmmakers in the creative process of promoting and elaborating specialized and innovative strategies for each project, considering formal and alternative windows worldwide, and traveling around festivals and markets.
The films in our catalog have been selected and awarded in festivals such as Berlinale, Locarno, IFFR Rotterdam, IDFA & IDFA DocLab, Oberhausen, Visions du Réel, New York FF, Hot Docs, Jeonju IFF, Viennale, Sarajevo FF, Mar del Plata IFF, and Doclisboa.
They have also been presented in spaces like the Museum of Modern Art NYC (MoMA), Museum Reina Sofia, Centre Pompidou, Pera Museum, Harvard Film Archive, Museum of Moving Image NYC (MoMI), Korean Film Archive, Image Forum Tokyo, Barbican Centre, National Art Gallery, La Cinémathèque française, The Cinematheque (Vancouver), Maysles Documentary Center.
Festival Distributor and Sales Agent based in Lisbon and founder of Kino Rebelde. She specializes in crafting festival strategies and implementing creative distribution techniques for independent and author-driven non-fiction/hybrid films.
With a background in producing socio-political and human rights content, as well as curating films, María has been supporting emerging and established filmmakers since 2017 through her agency.
Her catalog features a diverse selection of non-fiction, hybrid, and experimental films that have gained recognition at renowned festivals worldwide, including Berlinale, Locarno, IFFR Rotterdam, IDFA, and Visions du Réel.
Through Kino Rebelde, María bridges the gap between artists and audiences, empowering a space for bold narratives and underrepresented voices.
Born in Verona, Italy, she holds a degree in International Relations from Florence University and Milan ISPI Schools.
Zyanya has worked for nine years as a programmer and producer for the Film Festival della Lessinia. She is one of the founders of the collective Ezme Film, working in production.
In 2022, she joined Kino Rebelde as Festival Manager of Short Films.