About Us

Mariela Artiles

Mariela has an extensive experience of film directing, distribution and programming for International Film Festivals and Exhibitors.

She completed her latest film, the feature length documentary “Blank Canvas”, at the beginning of 2013, scheduled for release in November 2013 with worldwide distribution through the Spanish film agency FREAK. For more information on the film and Mariela's work as a director visit: www.agenciafreak.com/en/film/BLANK-CANVAS/408                  

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Blank Canvas 72 mints Spain 2013

In 2009, Mariela created a distribution portfolio called Best British Short Films, Candella UK, www.bestbritishshortfilms.com with the aim of promoting new British cinematic talent at international film festivals. A panel of industry representatives selects the final portfolio, with the chosen films proactively promoted to attract wide exposure, win awards and secure prize money. The revenues generated are distributed back to the film makers to enable them to carry on doing what they do best - making films.

Since founding Candella films in 2003, Mariela has specialised in the selection, coordination, and distribution of Latin American films, either individually or as part of bespoke film programmes for international film festivals, cinemas and arts organisations.

In 2005, she programmed and introduced the Latin American shorts strand of VIVA!, the Spanish and Latin American Film Festival in Manchester.

She developed educational programmes through Candella Films with the aim of delivering community filmmaking education projects, to create links between community groups around the world and give them the opportunity to work with professionals from other countries to demonstrate that community filmmaking can lead the way in creativity and can achieve cinematic quality.

Candella's clients and festival collaborations include:

  • Cannes Film Festival, Cannes, France
  • Rushes Soho Shorts, London
  • Encounters Short Film And Animation Festival, Bristol
  • Interfilm Berlin, Germany
  • Alcine, European Shor film Festival, Alcala, Madrid
  • Bitfilm, Hamburg, Germany
  • Instituto Cervantes, Manchester, UK
  • Non-Multiplex cinema, UK
  • Documenta Madrid, Spain
  • Brest European short film festival, Brest, France
  • Latin American Film Festival, London, UK
  • Manlleu Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain
  • Rio de Janeiro International Short Film Festival, Brazil
  • Sao Paolo International Film Festival, Brazil
  • VIVA! Spanish and Latin American Film Festival, Manchester


Jack Hale

Currently works as independent consultant to arts and cultural sector, Creator of the Magazine The Modernist (http://www.the-modernist-mag.co.uk/). He has extensive experience of project management, fund-raising and working with participatory art projects. Has worked as an arts manager for over 17 years at a variety of arts and cultural organisations including Prescap (Preston Community Arts); Greater Manchester Community Arts Festival; Pavilion; Manchester Craft & Design and CUBE Gallery.

Neil Andrew Wright (ACA)

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1985, worked for Grant Thornton for 6 years then 20 years for Price Waterhouse Coopers and has recently joined UBS.

Jude Holmes

Jude is the Communications Manager for Manchester: Knowledge Capital. She has worked within Communications and Marketing for over 10 years. Previous roles include Communications within the arts industries and a communications and design agency. Whilst working with the arts sector she held a position for over six years at Cornerhouse, Manchester's Centre for Contemporary Arts and Independent Film. She joined Manchester: Knowledge Capital in September 2007. Her role encompasses managing Communications for M:KC and its partners and promoting the Manchester Science City and Innovation Manchester initiatives. 



Candella Films Ltd.

International Media Centre

Adelphi House

The Crescent - Salford - Lancashire

United Kingdom

M3 6EN



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