RAFFA logo

Meet the festival team


Project coordinator: RAFFA

Mick has experience in project managing various construction jobs in the UK, and hence RAFFA will benefit from his organisational abilities.

Mick has previously been involved in events organised within our villages, such as concerts, fiestas and tours. The team are sure Mick will endeavour to make these film festivals exciting and enjoyable.

Mick will be overseeing our vetting of the films with a group of volunteers of various nationalities, this vetting team will select the films to be shown at each event.

Mick’s flair and enthusiasm will also be invaluable in compering the events.

Mick and the technicians will be responsible for all of the transportation, installation and removal of the equipment at each venue.

“I feel that RAFFA is a worthwhile project for an area starting to recover from a global pandemic.”

Mick Black.


Technical Administrator: RAFFA 

Gary has many years of experience in computer programming and web design and will be the person who will keep the website and connected social media accounts maintained.

Gary will be the person responsible for overseeing the smooth running of the festivals.

 Gary’s previous experience has included being vice president of a Rotary Club on the Isle of Wight, managing and securing funding for a Council run drop-in centre and being the technical administrator of a charitable internet cafe.

“I am very excited to be involved with the RAFFA project.”

Gary Cheeseman.


Project coordinator: RAFFA

Paul formally an aerospace engineer and CEO at Bleasdale Holdings Limited.

Trader and exporter of machinery from a base in Leigh, Greater Manchester. 

Paul is also a retired Coxswain, for Lytham RNLI Lifeboat and engaged in fundraising for them.

Now Secretary of Canillas Creative Community, who are hosting the film festival.

“I have lived in Canillas de Aceituno for almost 20 years and would love to see the community survive and prosper.”

Paul Heyes.


Project coordinator: RAFFA 

With a history in commercial enterprises in the UK, coupled with a love of film and passionate interest in ecology and sustainability, Bob was first up when this project was discussed among the members of the non-profit organisation Canillas Creative Community.

In the small towns and villages of rural Spain, cultural amenities are scarce. The town halls have to utilise their ever-diminishing funds for more pressing needs, so most culture projects have to be funded from outside sources. Building and funding permanent cinemas is not an option, so when the mobile cinema idea was put forward, Bob did not hesitate to be involved.  

By being annual events, the festivals will help further the message of ecology and sustainability while giving enjoyment to the local communities, which can only be a good thing.  As this is a project of the non-profit organisation, funding is critical. 

The local town hall is helping within their limited resources, so the organisation has to appeal for outside help in achieving this project.

“Looking ahead I feel we can expand on the mobile cinema idea, making it a regular feature in the villages, showing various independent plus a few mainstream films, possibly screening theatre productions.”

Bob Duncan.