L’Alternativa Professionals presents this symposium aimed at all those involved in offering advice and input for film projects. Every year, we get together to share techniques and strategies for helping projects grow while ensuring that none of the filmmaker’s original vision is lost along the way.
This year we shall focus on the figure of the screenplay adviser / consultant / mentor. In Spain, this job is often performed by people with a range of different artistic and professional backgrounds, whereas in other countries it falls fairly and squarely within the remit of the production department. We shall share our own experiences and consider the doubts and worries that can arise when offering creative input.
Some of the questions we shall aim to answer include the following: Should there be specific training on offer to do this job? To what extent do personal experiences influence the process of learning how to do it? How can we create spaces for exchange? Does working in groups produce results? How can we boost creativity? What should we do to activate analysis and assessment?
Pau Subirós es director, guionista y productor. Entre sus trabajos recientes destacan la dirección del cortometraje El código interior (2020) y de los documentales Jorge Herralde. Anagrama de un editor (2019) y La cláusula Balcells (2017). Ha sido coguionista y productor de los largometrajes La plaga y Staff Only, dirigidos por Neus Ballús, por los que ha recibido dos premios Gaudí.
Gabriela Iacob is the founder of Storyliners, where she works as a script consultant and developer. She has worked on a variety of screenplays as head of development for two companies and now focuses on the consultancy side. She has experience in all stages of the development pipeline from creation and pitching through to preproduction and production. Her work ranges from working with established writers to supporting fresh voices, from consultancy on award-winning features to TV series development.
Marta Andreu es productora, consultora, investigadora y docente especializada en documental de creación. En 2017 creó el espacio itinerante para el acompañamiento a la escritura documental RESIDENCIAS WALDEN. Es la directora académica de DocMontevideo desde el 2009, integra el jurado del World Cinema Fund en el Berlinale desde 2010 y actualmente es tutora en programas como Eurodoc, TornifilmLab, DOCSP, Visions du Réel o el Open Doors del Festival de Locarno. Ha participado en películas estrenadas en festivales como Berlinale, Rotterdam, Cannes o San Sebastián.
Fernanda Rossi is a screenwriter, theoretical dramatist and conference speaker. She has worked on over 500 fiction and documentary projects in the United States, Latin American and Europe. She also worked on the screenplay for Leslie Iwerks’s Recycled Life and Scott Hamilton Kennedy’s The Garden, which were nominated for an Oscar in 2007 and 2009, respectively. She has offered advice on projects at Doc Campus and ESoDoc and advised foundations such as Latino Public Broadcasting, International TV Service and the New York State Council on the Arts.