Dates: between January 31 and February 1 2024.

Illegal_Cinema is a living space – but how do we carry on doing it and thinking about it right now? How do we create the conditions for a group of people to share the experience of watching a film together?


In January 2024, Bulegoa z/b open our application process for the position of Illegal_Cinema coordinator. Programme coordination will begin in March 2024 and end in September 2025 to be handed over to a new applicant.

Tasks include accompanying the person proposing the film in conceiving and organising the session and the discussion following the screening. Each session is offered to the audience as a collective screening event. Illegal_Cinema focuses on the here and how of the screening, its artistic potential, and on how to build a shared experience with the audience.

This is our third open call for a coordinator for Illegal_Cinema. So far, each of the coordinators have contributed their particular style and manner of understanding film, illegality and collective practice through their own specific practice. The programme has been coordinated by Jorge Núñez, Cristian Villavicencio, Leire San Martín, Marion Cruza Le Bihan, Ainara Elgoibar, Pablo Marte, Aizpea de Atxa and Akane Saraiva, in chronological order.

Proposals will be selected by a jury comprised of Leire San Martin, who coordinated our sessions from July 2013 to December 2014, and Akane Saraiva, who has coordinated Illegal_Cinema from September 2022 to February 2024.


Bulegoa z/b has been hosting Illegal_Cinema since December 2010, soon after the opening of our space. 109 sessions have been held to date, and Bilbao is the only city where the programme continues to run. Illegal_Cinema was conceived in Belgrade in 2007 by Marta Popivoda, a member of TkH (Walking Theory) and has also been run at other venues in Zagreb, Istanbul, Paris and Berlin and other cities.

Illegal_Cinema works simply. Somebody proposes a screening at Bulegoa z/b and commits to encouraging the discussion that will lead from the film with the programme coordinator.

Over the fourteen years of our existence, Illegal_Cinema has made its contribution to how we work here.


  1. DESCRIPTION– 10-12 sessions of Illegal_Cinema will be run from March 2024 to September 2025.
    – The coordinator’s tasks are to accompany the person who proposes the film in conceiving and organising the session, and in encouraging the discussion following the screening.
    – Screening proposals have two sole conditions: the proponents of the session will not show work of their own, and will commit to encouraging discussion with the audience.
  2. DATES– Applications will be received between January 31 and March 1 2024.
    – The jury’s decision will be announced on 5 March 2024.
  3. APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS– Short letter of motivation and coordination proposal (PDF, 1 page maximum).
    – CV.
    – Contact details (email, telephone number).
    – All information to be submitted online via the following form.
    – All documents must be submitted as a single PDF file titled NAME_SURNAME_CINE_ILEGAL.PDF
  4. JURYProposals will be selected by a jury whose members are Pablo Marte and Irantzu Sanzo.
  5. FEES1800 € (before tax).


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