Labs, Residencies, Forums and Plenty of Questions
In recent years we have seen a surge in the number of labs, residencies and coproduction forums for developing and pitching film projects. These programmes play a crucial role in helping us find funding for developing and distributing projects, but they also appear to be sidelining previously influential development departments at television and production companies.
This third edition of Creative Input for Project Development aims to focus minds on our constantly evolving circumstances by debating a series of pressing questions: Are these events acquiring a disproportionate influence on festivals and public funding? What does a good development programme strategy look like? When is the ideal time to start publicising a project and how best to go about it? How should we deal with contradictory feedback?
Pau Subirós is a screenwriter, director and producer. His films El código interior (2020) and La clàusula Balcells (2019) and his screenplays for Staff Only (2019) and La plaga (2013) has won him a number of awards in Spain and further afield, including two Gaudí Awards (Best Film and Best Screenplay) for La plaga.
Andrés Sanjurjo set up his own production company, Acariño Films, in 2019 to self-produce his debut feature, Alén Mar. Keen to share his experience with other up-and-coming filmmakers, he coproduced Los saldos with Raúl Capdevila. He is currently developing his second feature, Limosna, together with the latest projects by Raúl Capdevila (Grisgrís) and Álvaro Chior (Proto).
Gabriela Iacob is a screenwriter and script doctor at her storytelling studio Storyliners. She studied film directing at univesity in the University in Bucharest. She was head of development at Media Pro Pictures studio, where she set up a content department to handle intellectual property and talent tutoring. She has worked with emerging screenwriters throughout most of her career. She is currently head of content development at Pro TV, sits on the selection committee at Cinema Pendent and is overseeing the new Mentoring Projects programme at Alternativa Pro.
Miguel López Beraza (Madrid, 1984) combines architecture and filmmaking. His short Walls won a Goya for Best Documentary Short in 2015, as well as numerous international accolades. With All Our Cameras premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and won the New Horizons Short Film Competition Award. He is currently developing his first feature, Steam and Silver (judged Best Project and Pitch in the Comunidad de Madrid), and the short Creatures, developed at the Short Film Station at the 2019 Berlinale and European Short Pitch.