Juan Sarda has been appointed Spanish Correspondent for ScreenDaily and Screen International.

He is a well-known film and culture journalist in Spain and on the international festival circuit.

After graduating with a journalism degree from the Universitat Ramon Llull in Barcelona, he moved to Madrid in 2001 started working for leading Spanish newspaper El Mundo, where he has written criticism, film industry reportage, and interviews with major directors including Martin Scorsese, Pedro Almodovar, Gus Van Sant, David Fincher and Quentin Tarantino.

From 2006-2010, he was head of the cinema section at El Mundo’s supplement El Cultural. He currently also contributes to El Cultural as well as Fotogramas magazine.

Sarda, who is fluent in Spanish, English and French, is also the author of 2010 novel Dinamica de los cuerpos electricos; his next novel, to be published in 2012, is Taksim.

Sarda steps into the role as Screen’s most recent Spanish correspondent, Chris Evans, has relocated back to the UK.

Screen International editor Mike Goodridge said: “We are very excited to have Juan Sarda on board as Screen’s Spanish correspondent. I have known him for many years and have always admired his passion for cinema and his knowledge of the Spanish industry. He is a valuable addition to Screen’s network of correspondents and I know he will cover the workings and nuances of the Spanish market with great enthusiasm.”

Sarda added: “I feel very excited about working for Screen, without any doubt Europe’s leading cinema magazine and website. I hope to offer accurate and rigorous articles about Spanish cinema and the film industry here; to reflect problems but also the great vitality in Spain. I feel proud to be the voice of an industry that is going through a great transformation and winning more and more international respect.”

He can be reached at jsardafr@hotmail.com.