Ester Catala

Film and Arts Development | Production | Project Management

  • LocationUnited Kingdom


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About me


Ester is an internationally-minded multilingual film and arts professional with a passion for getting involved with innovative projects. She is specialised in project development and production; script reading and project assessment; copywriting; proofreading; translation; project and event management; research; grant writing; marketing, sales and acquisitions. Ester combines a job at Pistachio Pictures, working across film and TV development and production, and Mubi, while freelancing and completing the NFTS Diploma in Script Development. Ester has worked for companies such as Met Film Production, Dancing Ledge Productions and Portobello Productions; and she has worked in marketing, distribution and sales for companies such as Mubi, Picturehouse Cinemas/Picturehouse Entertainment and Dogwoof. She has also worked on artists’ film commissions at Film London, including the flagship scheme FLAMIN Productions and Channel 4 Random Acts productions. While at Film London, she also helped coordinate and deliver the Production Finance Market, held in association with the BFI London Film Festival. Prior to this, Ester worked in the publishing industry, for New Holland Publishers. She worked in international sales and was responsible for trade sales and co-editions in Asia, Middle East, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. She has also worked as a freelance translator and interpreter and speaks English, French, Spanish, Catalan and basic Portuguese and Danish.



  • Film
  • Marketing PR
  • Publishing
  • TV
  • Visual Arts
  • Pitching
  • Project Management
  • Research
  • Event Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Flexible Efficient Confident Outgoing
  • Sales Account Management
  • Editing Proofreading
  • Languages Multi-lingual Services

Work history


Marketing Assistant


Aug 2016
  • London, UK
  • Freelance



Film and Arts Development | Production | Project Management

Apr 2016
  • Freelance


Producer's Assistant - Film

Pistachio Pictures

Sep 2016
  • Freelance


Development & Production Coordinator

Portobello Productions

Feb 2016 - Apr 2016
  • Full Time
  • Short-term employment during which Ester worked on the development of several film and TV projects, and helped raised public finance on a feature film project soon in production. Duties included: + Working on development of scripts; helping in the packaging process and contributing important ideas to the different productions; reading script submissions and writing script reports + Meeting writers, directors and agents; attending relevant industry events + Coordinating Portobello Film Sales queries; and assisting the company's producers


Projects & Productions Coordinator

Film London Artists’ Moving Image Network

Nov 2012 - Feb 2016
  • Full Time
  • + Coordinating artists' film productions (FLAMIN Productions scheme) and broadcast commissions, including shorts for Channel 4's Random Acts - from submission, development and through to delivery. This included assessing projects and taking part in selection meetings and interviews + Coordinating pilot Development Programme, with funding from Creative Skill set, for artist filmmakers wanting to make their first feature. Undertaking research and exploring European funding opportunities for the next editions + Developing the design and structures for future development and production schemes for artist filmmakers + Working with the Promotion and Culture department on the department's Communications strategy, including writing press releases, helping with website and social media, and designing pitching and presentation materials for the department + Coordinating the administration of outputs required for FLAMIN and Film London funders + Coordinating all aspects of the FLAMIN programme of activity + Administrating departmental finance procedure including invoices, purchase orders, tracking payments + Delivering administration and project coordination for specific projects (e.g. workshops, seminars, events, advice sessions, talent development courses, talent development and mentoring) + Assisting with the organisation of the annual Film London Jarman Award and Touring Programme + Representing FLAMIN and Film London at screenings, markets and events as required; and providing relevant feedback to the department


Production Finance Market Assistant

Film London, in Association with BFI London Film Festival

May 2012 - Nov 2012
  • Full Time
  • + Supporting the Production Finance Market (PFM) team by logging and processing applications, answering queries, organising selection meetings + Liaising with the Communications department and coordinating content for the PFM catalogue + Assisting the Project Manager with the meeting scheduling for UK and international producers and financiers attending the market, liaising with market attendees, organising accreditation badges (design, creation and production) + Assisting in the organisation of the Welcome Reception and in the running of the market + Assisting in post-event administration - reporting, sending evaluation forms, etc.


Global Sales Assistant


May 2012 - May 2012
  • Full Time
  • + Assisting with sales to the International theatrical, DVD, VOD and TV buyers + Managing deliverables and liaising with distributors, producers, filmmakers, festivals and film buyers + Coordinating attendance to festivals and markets (arranging meetings and schedules, film screenings, accreditation, travel, accommodation, etc.) + Organising invoices and dealing with contract and payment queries


Director’s Assistant

Entertainment Motion Pictures and Arcadia Motion Pictures

Mar 2012 - Apr 2012
  • Full Time
  • Ester worked as Director's Assistant during pre-production on "The Adventurer: The Curse of the Midas Box' (2013). Director: Jonathan Newman; Producers: Entertainment Motion Pictures and Arcadia Motion Pictures. Duties included: + Attending all Heads of Department meetings (casting director and auditions, special effects, art department, costume design, DoP, etc.) - preparing for meetings, taking minutes, organising presentations + Managing the diary of the director - arranging meetings and following up; organising travel arrangements; managing budgets and cash; undertaking research; managing contracts.


Sales & Marketing Assistant

Picturehouse Cinemas Picturehouse Entertainment

Nov 2011 - Feb 2012
  • Full Time
  • + Researching and promoting films through different social media channels and updating content for the company's website + Writing press releases, finding potential international venues / partners for Picturehouse Entertainment's Alternative Content works + Attending the company's weekly meetings and recording minutes + Liaising with UK-based and International distributors - managing successful delivery of materials and answering all queries when required + Attending sales and press screenings


Development & Productions Assistant

Met Film Production

Jul 2011 - Oct 2011
  • Full Time
  • + Acting as first point of contact for all development and production enquiries + Logging in submissions, giving feedback on scripts and undertaking research for films in development + Assisting with films in production (booking crew and equipment; coordinating travel and accommodation for cast and crew; securing locations; liaising with Heads of Departments; managing accounts, budgets and cash; processing purchase orders and invoices; creating call sheets; etc.) + Assisting with films in post-production + Managing deliverables and festival submissions + General office administration


International Sales & Rights Executive

New Holland Publishers Group, London

Aug 2008 - Jul 2011
  • Full Time
  • Ester managed international sales and rights in Asia, Middle East, Europe, South America and the Caribbean.


Freelance Translator, Interpreter (english and Catalan

Tymex Shanghai Foreign Trade Enterprises CO

Jun 2005 - Dec 2007
  • Full Time
  • + Translation of business and technical texts + Simultaneous interpreting in business meetings and trade fairs



Script Development

National Film and Television School

Jul 2016 - Jan 2018


Producing Screenwriting

Met Film School

May 2011 - Jan 2012


Film Studies

Queen Mary, University of London

Sep 2006 - Sep 2007


Translation and Interpreting Studies

Autonomous University of Barcelona

Sep 2000 - Sep 2004
  • BA and MA, Translation and Interpreting Studies (English, French, Catalan, Spanish). The degree included courses on: languages, linguistics, cultural theory, literary, history, audiovisual translation (subtitling, dubbing), literary translation, technical translation, juridic and administrative translation, as well as simultaneous and consecutive conference interpreting.


International Cultural Studies

Roskilde University

Sep 2001 - Feb 2002
  • (Erasmus scholarship).


History of Art

University of Valencia

Sep 1999 - Sep 2000