Granada’s audiovisual sector meets again at the II Industry Conference “Film in Granada”

The professional conference was held at the Provincial Council’s Palacio Condes de Gabia for second consecutive year

A hundred professionals, technicians and companies from Granada’s audiovisual sector have met again and shared their experiences this Saturday 29th of October at the second Industry Conference “Film in Granada”, organised by the Provincial Council’s office for cinema and film promotion “Film in Granada” as part of the 28th edition of Granada Film Fest.

The main objective of the conference is to bring together Granada’s young professionals from the different departments and categories of an audiovisual production, so they can get to know each other, share their work experiences and look for ways to collaborate on new projects, in order to help promote and consolidate Granada’s audiovisual sector. Furthermore, it will help to get to know and learn from the productions shot in the province of Granada over the last year.

Director Manuel Sicilia and the head of Film in Granada, Julio Grosso Mesa. Photo: Eva López/ Film in Granada

The Conference was inaugurated with the official presentation in Granada of the Andalusian Film Academy by Manuel Sicilia, film director and member of the Management Board of the association, which includes Andalusian film and audiovisual creation professionals. Sicilia explained the different types of association of the Academy and its main objectives, and also encouraged those present to take part in this new project.

Following this, the local filmmakers Javier Morales and Francisco Montoro introduced their documentary projects “Y punto” and “El silencio de las hormigas”, both of them still in the development phase and were selected at the Industry Forum of the last San Sebastian International Film Festival. Javier Morales was accompanied by the photographer Carmen Rivero, narrator of the documentary.

For his part, Francisco Montoro was accompanied by his executive producer Francisco Carrasco of Apnea Films. “El silencio de las hormigas” won an award from the Industry Forum of the San Sebastian International Film Festival, specifically the Treeline Award for distribution and festival consultancy and the IBAI- Elkargi Award, granted by the Association of Independent Audiovisual Production Companies of the Basque Country.

Producer Javier Morales (right) answers the audience’s questions. Photo: Eva López/ Film in Granada

The highlight of the day started at 11.30 a.m., with a masterclass by the producer Sandra Hermida, producer of all of JA Bayona‘s films, about the filming of “Society of Snow” in Sierra Nevada, between January and April. Hermida, winner of four Goya awards, including Best Production Direction for “Orphanage”, “The Impossible” and “A Monster Calls”, went over the long pre-production process of the film and justified the choice of Sierra Nevada as “the highest, sunniest and most civilised mountain in the world, the ideal place to shoot this great film by Bayona”.

Producer Sandra Hermida explains online the details of “Society of Snow” by JA. Bayona.

For just over an hour, Sandra Hermida explained in detail the great difficulties of filming in the snow and high mountains, as well as the important support received from the Andalusian and Granadian institutions, especially from the Junta de AndalucíaCetursa-Sierra Nevadathe National Park and the Provincial Council of Granada, through its office “Film in Granada”.

ATECA round table with Manolo Pavón, Mila Muñoz (centre) and Mayte Cabrera. Photo. Eva López/ FIG

The conference has ended with an interesting round table of professionals from Granada, including the still photographer Manolo Pavón, who works regularly on important Spanish productions, with directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Rodrigo Sorogoyen or Víctor Erice, and the sound designer Mayte Cabrera, supervisor of the studio Menos Doce DB. The round table was moderated by Mila Muñoz, assistant director and vice-president of ATECA (association of audiovisual technicians of Granada).