Born in Barcelona, she studied Economics and Music. She lived in Peru, where she directed the documentaries Y se hace el silencio (1977), Ayllu sin tierra (1980, Gran Prix at the Oberhausen Festival), Misti (1982) and Lucre (1983). When she came back to Barcelona, she worked as a director at the new Catalan Television Station-Televisió de Catalunya (1985-1991), on the programmes Curar-se en salut, Cinema 3 and El món del cinema and the feature on the Swiss director Alain Tanner El hombre y su sombra (1991). In 1995 she made the documentary Conflictos olvidados for Spanish Television. Since 1991 she has been executive producer and a shareholder in Messidor Films, with whom she has produced Alain Tanner (Le Journal de Lady M / The Diary of Lady M in 1992 and Fleurs de Sang / Blood Flowers in 2001), Ken Loach (Land and Freedom in 1994) and Cesc Gay (Krámpack / Nico and Dani in 1999 and En la ciudad/ In the City in 2003). Her latest productions have been with the directors Joaquín Oristrell (Inconscientes / Unconscious in 2004) and Felipe Vega (Nubes de verano / Summer Clouds in 2004). In the year 2000 with a group of professionals she founded the production company Impossible Films, which has produced a short film by Daniel Gimelberg (1150 Kg in 2003) and a full-length film by Joel Joan (Excuses! in 2003). At the moment Impossible Films is taking part in the international co-production Le livre à render (A Book of Influence), the latest film by Raúl Ruiz (in postproduction), is producing El Diario Argentino (The Argentinian Diary), a fictional documentary by Guadalupe Pérez (currently being shot), and is preparing the full-length film Golpes, that will be directed by Luis Prieto. With Messidor Films she is preparing California, the latest project by Cesc Gay. In 1996 the Generalitat de Catalunya (Autonomous Government of Catalonia) presented Marta Esteban with the National Film Award for her work in the fields of film production and screening.