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Open call for international film program: From script to camera with Pilar Palomero

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Open call for international film program: From script to camera with Pilar Palomero

Applications have been opened for a workshop From script to camera led by Spanish film director Pilar Palomero.

Pilar will hold a workshop from 24 to 27 June in the Cine Club Split. During the four-day workshop, participants will learn what they can do for their project in the preparatory phase. Practical part of the workshop will cover the following thematic units: Idea and script, Casting and location scouting, Visual approach – camera and light, creative dossier, presentation and analysis projects.

Attendees will be encouraged to come up with an idea for their film. All types of films are welcome (documentary, feature, film-essay, film as a diary entry etc.). The focus of the workshop is on the realization of films made in independent productions.

During the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to prepare their project from idea (script) to filming, analyzing and understanding the different stages of the creative process in the making of films. The workshop will be held in English. As part of the workshop, Pilar will present her debut feature film Las Ninas, and the presentation will be open to the public.

Registration fee: 200kn (100kn for members). The workshop is limited to 8 participants. In case of increased interest, the workshop leader will make a selection based on additional documentation (CV, motivation letter). Candidates with their own projects will have an additional advantage.

Applications for the workshop are open until June 10, and you can apply HERE.

Workshop is part of the International film program Mind the Image/Pazi na sliku.

Pilar Palomero – Born in Zaragoza, Pilar graduated in Hispanic Philology at the Zaragoza University in 2003. In 2006, she graduated in Cinematography at the Madrid Film School (ECAM).

In 2009, she directed ‘Niño Balcón’, a short film which enjoyed a long journey in both national and international festivals, winning more than 25 awards and more than 150 selections the Malaga Film Festival, the Huesca Film Festival, the Warsaw Film Festival, the San Luis International Film Festival or the Puchon International Film Festival were some of those events.

During this period, Pilar combined her film projects while working as a TV screenwriter and the co-writer of the feature film ‘Chaco’, by Bolivian director Diego Mondaca – which recently premiered at the 2020 Rotterdam Film Festival. She has also worked as a Screenplay and Photography teacher.

Her professional career took a great leap when she was selected by Hungarian director Béla Tarr as one of the 16 filmmakers to take part in his collaborative project Film Factory in Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina) in 2013. At the Film Factory, she had the opportunity to work and learn from some of the current film industry’s most important critics, director and theorists, such as Gus Van Sant, Carlos Reygadas, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Pedro Costa, Cristian Mungiu, Guy Maddin, Tilda Swinton, Juliette Binoche, Gael García Bernal, Jean-Michel Frodon, Rasha Salti, Thierry Garrel, Jonathan Rosenbaum and Jytte Jensen, among others.

During this period, she has written and directed the short films ‘Noć’ (2015) and ‘La Noche de Todas las Cosas’ (2016), the latter produced by Inicia Films and developed within the NISI MASA European Short Pitch’s framework – which took part, among others, at the Busan International Short Film Festival. She has also directed the featurette ‘Zimsko Sunce’ (2017), which earned a special BiH film jury mention at the Sarajevo Film Festival and premiered in Spain at the 2017 Alcala de Henares Film Festival and the Margenes Festival, as well as the creative documentary Horta (2017), which had its world premiered at the prestigious Doclisboa’17 and was selected at DocumentaMadrid, D’A Festival de Cine de Autor, Festival de Cine de Málaga and the London Contemporary Arts Intitute’s Frames of Representation.

In 2020 Pilar premiered her first feature film Las Niñas at the Malaga Film Festival, winning the Golden Biznaga for Best Film. After its passage through the festival, it reached commercial cinemas to great public and critical acclaim. Since its premiere, she has not stopped accumulating awards and recognitions, including 4 Goya Awards (Best Film, Best New Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography) and the ASECAN Award (Film without Andalusian Production), making history by becoming the first director to win the award for Best New Director and Best Film for the same project. The film, produced by Inicia Films and Bteam Pictures, was also the big winner of the Feroz and Forqué Awards, as well as countless awards at different national film festivals and exhibitions.

Pilar is also part of the film collective BISTRIK7, and has participated in the Berlinale Talents in 2016 and 2021 and Sarajevo Talents 2016, as well as in the Residencies of the Academies of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with which she is developing her next project, La Maternal. This feature film is currently in post-production.

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