“Film in Granada” has been nominated for Best Diffusion at the 34th Edition of the Asecan Awards

The ceremony for the prestigious Andalusian Cinema awards will be held in Seville next Saturday, December 18

Diputación de Granada’s provincial office of cinema and filming promotion “Film in Granada” has been nominated for the best “Work of Diffusion” Asecan Award, within the 34th edition of the Andalusian Cinema Awards organized by the Association of Cinematographic Writers of Andalusia (ASECAN). The award ceremony will take placeon December 18 in Seville. The other two nominees in this category are the Festival de Nuevo Cine Andaluz de Casares (Málaga) and the Tomares Cineforum (Seville).

The first vice president and provincial deputy for Culture and Historical Memory, Fátima Gómez, on whom the film office depends, has assured that “we are very happy with this first and valuable nomination, because in the short life that Film in Granada has already had, we have found it very gratifying to see that the work of diffusion of cinema and audiovisual practices that we are doing is important and is beginning to get recognition outside our province”.

Gómez recalled that “the main objective of Film in Granada is to turn the province into a set for cinema, series, television and advertising activities. Thus, by promoting our locations and facilitating filming processes in our land, we intend, above all, to benefit the local audiovisual industry so all the companies and professionals from Granada can work here in the province and do not have to move outside looking for job opportunites”.

From Jesús Calleja to J.A. Bayona

In its first year and a half of operation, “Film in Granada” has collaborated with numerous national and international audiovisual productions. The first of them took place during the summer of 2020, with the recording of an episode for the program “Volando voy” (Cuatro TV) in the Alpujarra by the well-known mountaineer Jesús Calleja and his crew.

Now in 2021, the filming of some big productions has taken place, and even overlapped: the film “Secaderos” by Granada-born filmmaker Rocío Mesa, produced by Olmo Figueredo for La Claqueta PC; the feature documentary “Los constructores de la Alhambra” by Isabel Fernández; the family comedy “El Refugio” directed by Macarena Astorga and produced by Álvaro Ariza and María Luisa Gutiérrez; or Movistar + series “La Unidad”’s second season, directed by Dani de la Torre.

After these projects, last October the recording of several scenes for “House of the Dragon”, “Game of Thrones”’s prequel series, (HBO) took place at the Castillo de la Calahorra. In addition, “Film in Granada” has helped in the preparation for the film shootings of “La sociedad de la nieve” (Netflix) by José Antonio Bayona and “Segundo Premio” by Jonás Trueba (La Terraza, Los Ilusos and Áralan Films) .

During these last months, the film office has also collaborated with the 27th edition of the  Festival Internacional de Jóvenes Realizadores de Granada taking care of the organization of the first Industry Conference, which brought together 100 professionals from Granada. Another remarkable collaboration was the one with the Faculty of Communication and Documentation of the UGR on the first episode of “Encuentro con Realizadores” (Meeting with filmmakers), a formative activity that aims to bring the experience of professionals closer to Audiovisual Communication students.

Action points

Diputación de Granada launched in April 2020, during the confinement of Covid-19, the project of a provincial office for cinema and film promotion that, under the name “Film in Granada”, has three main objectives: to continue attracting film activity to the province that can stimulate the economic activity of the municipalities, to consolidate the Granadian audiovisual sector via promoting the work of its professionals and companies, and to spread cinema and audiovisual practices along the province of Granada in all its aspects (festivals, professional training, publications, tourism, etc.).