Leire Apellaniz López
(b. 1977) has worked in the technical departments of leading Spanish film festivals; in the past she prepared the groundwork for the festivals in Seville and Las Palmas, and she is currently head of the technical department for the prestigious San Sebastián IFF. In The Last Summer, her directing debut, she paints a portrait of Miguel Ángel Rodríguez, the man who taught her how to project 35 mm prints. For Apellaniz, he also embodies the sorrow associated with the sudden decline of celluloid, driven out by digital screening formats. As producer she worked on the shorts Loop (Bucle, 2011) and Cholera (Cólera, 2014); she was also involved in the production side of the feature film The Arrieta Method(El método Arrieta, 2013). She is executive producer on three planned projects: the short The Escape (Ihesa) and the features My Dearest Spy (Mi querido espía) andThe Advantages of Travelling by Train (Ventajas de viajar en tren).