Tormenta Films is a production company based in Madrid whose aim is to produce fiction features and documentaries with wide global appeal. We believe in the development of groundbreaking projects that veer away from the conventional, venturing in search of true talent, inside and outside our borders, to provide a rich and singular outlook.
In 2012, Tormenta Films produced Operación E (Operation E), directed by Miguel Courtois, with Luis Tosar and Martina García. Co-produced with France (A.J.O.Z Films), the film had its world premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and at the Paris Film Festival. Awarded at the Warsaw Film Festival, it also garnered many other awards for outstanding performance by Tosar; among them, the Jose Maria Forque Award, and Best Actor Award at the Biarritz Film Festival.
In 2014, Tormenta Films presented the creative documentary In a Foreign Land (2014), directed by Iciar Bollain (Take my Eyes, Mataharis, Even the Rain, Katmandu) at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The film traveled to national and international festivals around the world: the Malaga Film Festival, the Cologne Women Film Festival (Germany), the Nantes Film Festival (France) and the “New Spanish Cinema” circuit that took the film to different cities in the US.
Currently, Tormenta Films is developing other projects, among which are La Elvira (previously titled The Americas), inspired by a true event, the odyssey of more than 100 Spaniards in a trip across the Atlantic fleeing misery, The True Road, inspired by the case of the first serial killer in Spain, and My African Queen, a female-character driven story, in which the protagonists search to find their own place despite their cultural heritages: Muslim and Jewish.
Tormenta Films was founded by Cristina Zumárraga, with over 25 years of experience in the audiovisual sector. With a degree in English by the Complutense University of Madrid, she made Theatre post-graduate studies at the University of Harvard.
She has worked as Line Producer on a number of projects such as Che (Part 1 and II) by Steven Soderbergh, El Lobo (The Wolf) by Miguel Courtois, Looking for Fidel and Persona non Grata by Oliver Stone. She co-produced Room in Rome by Julio Medem and acted as Executive Producer on projects such as Seven Days in Havana by Benicio del Toro, Pablo Trapero and Laurent Cantet. She continues working as Line Producer on films such as Submergence (Wim Wenders, 2017), The Olive Tree, co-produced by Morena Films and The Match Factory, or Altamira (Hugh Hudson, 2015).
Cristina Zumárraga has been awarded two Goya Awards for Best Production Supervision for Even the Rain (2011) by Iciar Bollain, and Alatriste (2007) by Agustín Diaz-Yanes and has been nominated on that category in three more occasions.
She is a member of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Spain, AMA (Madrid Audiovisual Association) and ACE (Atelier du Cinéma Européen) Producers Network. She regularly collaborates with the initiative “CIMA Mentoring”, through which this association of female audiovisual professionals choose and tutor feature films and documentary projects by women, so they can be developed and produced.
With studies in Spain, UK and USA (New York University), Fernando worked for more than 13 years in the field of script and content. He wrote TV movies, and was awarded two consecutive years fat the national competition through which FORTA (the regional broadcaster’s association) chose screenplays to produce in collaboration. He also specialized at researching, writing and supervising contents for documentaries and documentary series. He co-he wrote Upstream, animated short-film which was awarded in the PNR Festival of Madrid, was finalist in the Barossa Valley International Festival (Australia), and obtained more than 30 international selections.
After his participation in the 2013 Megaplus Master of Audiovisual Management (MEDIA Business School), Fernando works as a consultant for different producers, especially in the departments of development, as a script-doctor, but also in matters of transmedia, marketing and social media strategies, so that the projects can grow taking into account all these factors from the first moment.
In 2015 he premiered his first film as director, the documentary The defeat of the classroom, for which he also wrote the script. It is an approach to the development of education in Spain (especially in Andalusia) and how it was affected forever by the Civil War and the Franco dictatorship.