Ángeles Gonzáles-Sinde

Born in 1965, Angeles González-Sinde graduated in Classical Philology from the Universidad Complutense in Madrid. She has an MFA in screenwriting from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. From 1993 to 1996 she attended the American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where she graduated with an MFA with a Fullbright grant.

Film and television writer by trade, she has wide experience in both fields for which she received numerous awards including a Goya for Best Original Screenplay in 1997 for „La Buena Estrella”, and for Best New Director in 2003 for „La Suerte Dormida”. Her most recent film as director is „Una Palabra Tuya” which opened in the summer of 2008 to critical and audience success.

Other feature credits as screenwriter include e.g. „La Puta y La Ballena” (The Whore and the Whale), „La Vida Que Te Espera” (Life awaits you), „Entre Vivir y Soñar” (Between Living And Dreaming), and „Mentiras y GorDAS” (Big Fat Lies) by the director team Menkes & Albacete, „El Misterio Galíndez”, and „Los Aires Difíciles”.

She also writes for television and theatre as well as children’s books. In 2013 she won a literary award for her first novel for grown-ups, “El buen hijo”.

From April 2009 until December 2011 she interrupted her film career to serve as Minister of Culture of Spain in President Rodríguez Zapatero’s government. She developed new and innovative legislative actions on intellectual property protection and against piracy on the internet that have come to be known as Sinde’s Law. Other areas under her responsibility were art promotion, museums and historical heritage, archives, public libraries, book industry, performing arts and music, film and audiovisuals, international cultural co-operation, promotion of Spanish culture, statistics and surveys on the cultural industries raising awareness on their growing influence on national economy, foundations, building of new infrastructures and facilities.

She has teaching experience in screenwriting in schools such as ECAM and the Universidad Carlos III in Madrid, Taller de Guionistas in Barcelona, and the international film school of San Antonio de Los Baños in Cuba, among others. Prior to being a member of the cabinet of President Zapatero, she was President of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences of Spain (2006-2009), and previous to that President of ALMA, the screenwriters association of Spain, as well as member of the board of DAMA, a collecting society for filmmakers.

She is currently working on a new novel, a stageplay and different audiovisual project