The Professional Meeting consolidates its position as an annual event for the industry in Granada
A hundred of professionals and companies from Granada’s audiovisual sector filled the Palacio de los Condes of Gabia this Saturday, November 4, for the third Audiovisual Industry Conference “Shooting in Granada”, organized by the cinema and filming promotion office “Film in Granada” of the Provincial Council. The conference, which had all the seats reserved a week in advance, is consolidated in its third edition as an annual meeting point for the audiovisual sector of Granada. As a new feature, this year a group of students from the Degree in Audiovisual Communication of the Faculty of Communication and Documentation of the University of Granada, from the formative cycles of Image and Sound of the IES Albayzín and from the Master in Cinematography of the Filmosofía school participated in the event.
The conference was inaugurated with the official presentation in Granada of the Andalusian Association of Women in Audiovisual Media, by Agus Jiménez, president of the association and producer of Enciende TV and Mundoficción Producciones. Among others, Jiménez has worked in the production of the feature films 15 days with you (Jesús Ponce, 2005), Neon Flesh Extra (Paco Cabezas, 2010), El mundo es nuestro (Alfonso Sánchez, 2012), Carmina or Blow Up (Paco León, 2012) and El mundo es vuestro (Alfonso Sánchez, 2022).
As in previous editions, the main goal of the conference was to bring together young professionals from Granada, belonging to the different departments and categories of an audiovisual production, to get to know each other, share their work experiences and seek ways of collaboration for new projects, and this will help to promote and strengthen the audiovisual sector in Granada. Also, to get to know and learn from the productions shot during the last year in the province of Granada, specifically Close Your Eyes (Víctor Erice, 2023) and Segundo Premio (Isaki Lacuesta).
Afterwards, producer Jose Alba, founder and partner of Pecado Films and president of ANCINE, offered the Masterclass “Producing films from Andalusia“, where he discussed in detail the strategies and formulas for financing a film project and focused on the case of the Andalusian participation in the film Close Your Eyes (Víctor Erice, 2023), shot in the province of Granada (Castell de Ferro, Rubite, Nigüelas and Dúrcal), with the support of Film in Granada, and pre-selected by the Spanish Film Academy for the OSCARs. Alba has also produced the films Mamacruz (Patricia Ortega, 2023), Oliver’s Universe (Alexis Morante, 2022), Journey to a Mother’s Room (Celia Rico, 2018), Gernika (Koldo Serra, 2016) and When Brooklyn Met Seville (Vicente Villanueva, 2021).
After a short break, producer Cristóbal García, founder and CEO of La Terraza Films, gave a very entertaining talk about the pre-production and shooting processes in the city of Granada for the feature film Segundo premio (Isaki Lacuesta), which is also supported by Film in Granada. Among other projects, García has worked on Even the Rain by Icíar Bollaín, Cell 211 by Daniel Monzón, Capture the Flag by Enrique Gato, Regression by Alejandro Amenábar, A Monster Calls by Juan Antonio Bayona, winner of 9 Goya Awards, Perfect Strangers by Álex de la Iglesia or more recently, The Laws of the Borders (Daniel Monzón, 2021).
The conference concluded with a panel discussion of professionals from Granada, including set designer Rodrigo Segovia and localizer Natalia García, moderated by Mila Muñoz, vice-president of ATECA (Association of Audiovisual Technicians of Granada). The aim of the discussion is to raise awareness of professionals from Granada who work abroad and more unknown job categories.