“Filming Lab 2” will bring together filmakers and researchers around pre-production

Casting directors Eva Leira and Yolanda Serrano will offer a master class in Granada on Thursday, May 25.

The audiovisual, anthropological and gender research laboratory of the University of Granada, “Gender Media Lab”, has organized, in collaboration with the film office “Film in Granada” of the Provincial Council, the second edition of “Filming Lab”, a multidisciplinary meeting consisting of 7 laboratories and a master class, to be held in Granada from May 24 to 26, which is focused this year on the role of women in film pre-production and research.

In its second year, “Filming Lab” will be attended by renowned Spanish film professionals, such as casting directors Eva Leira and Yolanda Serrano, who will offer a master class open to the public on Thursday 25, and screenwriters Isa Sánchez and Ana Sanz Magallón, who will give screenwriting workshops to small groups of professionals and students, with prior registration. As in the first edition, there will also be a series of film research laboratories with UGR researchers Lidia Bocanegra, Marian del Moral, Ana B. Estrada and Orianna Calderón. Estrada and Orianna Calderón and a selection of short films from the Puerto Rico European Film Festival.

The deputy of Culture, Fátima Gómez, the director of the meeting, Marian del Moral and the director of the Institute of Women’s Studies of UGR, Victoria Robles, show the poster of Filming Lab 2. Photo: Raquel Martínez / DIPGRA

The first vice president and provincial deputy of Culture and Historical Memory, Fatima Gomez, said in the presentation that “we have returned to support this project, through Film in Granada, because we believe it is a good opportunity for the training of audiovisual professionals from Granada and to maintain an annual meeting point between filmmakers and researchers”. Gomez highlighted that “the Palacio de los Condes de Gabia will host, as we did last year with Icíar Bollain, the master class of the meeting, on this occasion, by casting directors Eva Leira and Yolanda Serrano, where they will analyze the casting process and the relevance it has in the production of a film or television series”. It will be held on Thursday, May 25, with free attendance until full capacity is reached. And the following day, it will host the two professional workshops of Filming Lab: the Screenwriting workshop, by Isa Sánchez, author of stories such as “Alegría” by Violeta Salama and the series “The Ministry of Time” and the Screenwriting Consultancy workshop, by the script consultant Ana Sanz Magallón. Both are aimed at professionals and students and have limited places available.

For her part, the director of the meeting, anthropologist Marian del Moral, stressed that “Filming Lab was born last year with the firm purpose of promoting the presence of the University in the field of cinema and vice versa, so that researchers, students and professional filmmakers share spaces and work projects. And this second edition focuses on the role of women in the pre-film phase or prior to the shooting and production of the film, mainly in the development of scripts, casting processes and the search for project financing”.

Filming Lab 2 will be held for three days, from May 24 to 26, in two venues in the city of Granada, the Palacio de los Condes de Gabia of the Provincial Council, dedicated to professional meetings and the Institute of Women and Gender Studies (IUMG-UGR), where four research labs will be held: “Anthropology of Cinema” (Marian del Moral) and “Film Collaborations” (Ana B. Estrada), both on the morning of Thursday 25th, as well as “Feminism in pre-production” (Orianna Calderón) and “Applied research” (Lidia Bocanegra), on the morning of Friday 26th.

The international touch will be provided by the European Film Festival of Puerto Rico, with its executive director, Federico Olivieri, who, from his section of short films, the “Cortadito Festival”, will offer with two of last year’s winners, Michelle Malley and Paulis Cofresí, a unique creative experience in a context on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. This session will serve to inaugurate the meeting on Wednesday, May 24, at 5 p.m., at the Institute of Women’s and Gender Studies of the University of Granada.

Leira and Serrano

Eva Leira and Yolanda Serrano are responsible for selecting the cast of more than 70 feature films, including “Pain and Glory” by Almodóvar, “While at War” by Amenábar, “The Impossible” by Bayona, Martínez Lázaro’s “Spanish Affair“, Daniel Monzón’s “Cell 211“, Kike Maillo’s “Eva“, Icíar Bollain’s “Mataharis”, Jon Garaño’s “The Endless Trench” and Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful“.

They are regular collaborators of directors Alberto Rodríguez, Manuel Martin Cuenca and Daniel Sánchez Arévalo, and have also directed the casting of more than twenty television series, some as well known as “Money Heist“, “La Peste“, “Down There” or “The Time in Between“.

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