Magdalena Orellana [1︎︎︎] was born in Buenos Aires, but she currently films [2︎︎︎], designs [3︎︎︎], and scans [4︎︎︎] in Madrid. She once wrote a manual [5︎︎︎] about how to transit any IKEA store and, a few years ago, she saw Roy singing Cher.[6︎︎︎] You can
her for collaborations, commissions, or just to say Hi: mgdlnorellana(at)gmail(dot)com. 
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Magdalena Orellana
is a filmmaker, designer and artist based in Madrid. She studied at the Architecture, Design and Urbanism School of the University of Buenos Aires, graduated from Madrid’s film school ECAM with a diploma in Documentary Filmmaking, and obtained a postgraduate degree in Filmmaking Studies at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola (Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain), where she produced one of her latest short films, All this is even more intense, premiered at Zinebi (Bilbao, Spain).

Interested in the possible intersections between fiction and non-fiction, her work navigates the hybrid and indecipherable parables of everyday life. She directed several short films, among them: Conversaciones (2017, Spain), an experimental doc. film based on different conversations recorded by the director at the Prado Museum, A smile is not a paradigm (2017, USA), a portrait of mass-tourism in the digital era, and Luminous objects of mysterious origin (2020, Spain), a filmic approach towards boredom, intimacy and friendship. She also developed various artistic projects as a designer, such us Yup, Modern Sensibility, a visual research on Ikea’s colonization of domestic space.

She has participated in different artist residencies and programs such as the Collaborative Studio of UnionDocs (New York), Graphic Design Summer School (Central Saint Martins, London), Artists in Residence (CA2M & La Casa Encendida, Madrid), Summer Sessions at V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media (Rotterdam), granted by Hangar (Barcelona), MRG Work (Márgenes Film Festival, Madrid), Ikusmira Berriak (San Sebastián International Film Festival), CRA Matadero Madrid, X Films (Punto de Vista International Doc. Film Festival of Navarra), and most recently Ibermedia’s program for Iberoamerican films under development.

Some of her works have been shown at The Film-Makers' Coop (New York), Círculo de Bellas Artes (Madrid), Cineteca (Madrid), La Casa Encendida (Madrid), MediaLab Prado (Madrid), BilbaoArte (Bilbao), CCCB (Barcelona), Tabakalera (Donostia-San Sebastián), Sala de Arte Joven de la Comunidad de Madrid, Matadero Madrid, among others.

Magdalena currently works as an independent graphic designer and filmmaker remotely from Madrid. She’s also developing her first feature fiction film, Hasta que el lugar se haga improbable, produced by Entre Las Piedras Films [︎︎︎].