Every year Gijón stages its film festival and invites you to come and enjoy it. The Jovellanos theatre, the La Laboral culture centre and other venues throughout the city screen numerous films including particularly works by independent filmmakers. There are also encounters with directors and actors, round tables, courses, concerts and exhibitions. Some of the events are also open to everyone. Numerous top professionals have taken part in the festival over the years, including Jem Cohen, Emir Kusturika, Julio Medem, Marisa Paredes, Maribel Verdú, Paul Schrader and Todd Haynes, to name just a few.