FILM SUBMISSION: Todo Por Jugar (All To Play For) by Trudie Graham

Our ‘Women Film-Makers’ segment wants to try to showcase the work of budding women directors. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be making films as a profession, or submitting them to festivals, you can submit something you made for a school project, or just lil experimental stuff you’ve shot by yourself or with friends. All we need is a bit of writing about yourself and the film, and a working public YouTube/Vimeo link. Click here for more details on how to submit.

Todo Por Jugar (All To Play For) is a documentary filmed in Barcelona that details the lives of a football team that compete in a league created for people with mental illnesses. As the squad progresses through the weeks holding onto their 2 year unbeaten streak they contend with hospital admissions, stigmas surrounding mental health in men and battles both on and off the pitch.

The team’s coach Max, who has been a social worker and psychotherapist for over a decade believes that the dedication to the game and to each other vastly improves the lives of the team members who show up for training every week. Through wins and losses he keeps one sentiment- that no matter who you are, you’re welcomed in FC Pol Positiu.

Trudie Graham is a 19 year old Scottish filmmaker and in 2017 she relocated to Spain to co-direct, write and edit Todo Por Jugar. It’s her first feature film and venture into the industry. It was a hard but meaningful production for her and her colleagues as they knew how relevant the topics or mental health and toxic masculinity are- especially in today’s society- and they wanted to make sure they didn’t paint everyone with the same brush.

Trudie moved back to Scotland in June and now writes as a film critic for The Film Era and is hoping to return to her studies in Digital Media next year. She is also a keen photographer in her spare time.

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