Creative Film Lab for Social Change


Over the course of eleven days, from Tuesday 10 November to Friday 20 November, we are inviting social innovation experts, documentary makers, members of NGOs and anyone else eager to do their bit to bring about positive change in society to come together to make a short documentary film on the issues faced by homeless people. After discussing their ideas with members and users of Arrels Fundació, the teams of participants will be equipped with the practical and theoretical tools to create their own short film, under the expert guidance of teachers, mentors, producers and editors. The results will be screened at l'Alternativa Hall Focus on Friday 20 November at 7.30 pm.

If we want to see a new reality, let’s start creating it now!

Who’ll be teaching the lab?

Tomy Megna is creative director of Learning by Helping and creative consultant for NGOs. Winner of a number of international awards for his creative work, he has led social innovation projects for Missing Children (Argentina), Comisión Española de Ayuda al Refugiado (Spain), Norwegian Refugee Council (Norway), Teletón (Mexico) and Terre des hommes (Child Protection Hub for South East Europe).

Fernando Sola is director of social innovation at Learning by Helping and an industrial engineer specialising in innovation methodologies. He was director of the EMPREAR business incubator (75 startups) and the founder of Eclon, a startup to produce the first 3D printer in Latin America, and Wolox IoT, a product engineering company for the internet of things. He has taught social innovation and entrepreneurship at a number of business schools and universities, including USAL, ESADE, IED and UPC (Spain), UNIBO (Italy) and UBA (Argentina), among others.

Aldemar Matias (Manaus, 1985) is a documentary filmmaker. He studied social communication at the Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Brazil, took a course in directing documentary at EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños, Cuba, and has a Master’s Degree in Creative Documentary from Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona. In 2019 his first film, La Arrancada, was screened at the Panorama section at the Berlinale. He currently works as guest artist for audiovisual and educational projects at the MACBA in Barcelona.

(Main photo: Juan Lemus/Arrels Fundació)


  • 11-day workshop
  • Classes: Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 November, 4 pm to 8 pm, and Saturday 14 November, 10 am to 2 pm
  • Production: Saturday 14 to Thursday 19 November, timetable to be agreed by teams
  • Project presentation and screening: Friday 20 November, 7.30 pm, at l’Alternativa Hall
  • Venues: CCCB and
    Cine en Acción
  • Price: €350
  • Price for Friends of the CCCB: €300
  • Price for students, pensioners and unemployed: €250
  • Special price for groups/teams: we offer special rates for groups interested in this team-based project. Tell us a bit about you and we’ll get back to you.
  • No prior knowledge is required
  • The seminar will be given in Spanish
  • Onsite, circumstances permitting; otherwise, online
  • More information
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Aldemar Matias
Screenings 20/11 - 7.30 pm


In addition to the short documentary films made by participants at the Creative Film Lab, we’ll be kicking things off with a screening of the medium-length film El camino de Lupita, a participatory documentary made with in people with firsthand experience of living on the street and produced by The Missing City Stars in collaboration with Arrels Fundació.

In collaboration with
Learning by Helping
Cine en Acción