Presentation of the Cens d’artistes de Catalunya
By Manuel Guerrero Brullet, head of the Cens d’artistes at the Catalan Ministry of Culture, and Margarida Troquet, vice-president of the Consell Nacional de la Cultura i de les Arts (CoNCA).
The aim is to encourage all cultural creators resident in Catalunya to take part in this Artist Census.
The Cens d’artistes de Catalunya was launched in December 2020 in response to long-standing demands from professional associations in many creative industries (visual arts, design, illustration, music, performing arts, literature, film, screen and videogames).
It aims to carry out a survey of artistic creation across Catalonia and to ensure the Artists' Statute delivers on its promises. Exhaustive diagnostic and assessment work will help design strategies, directives and actions to improve artists' and cultural professionals' working conditions and shape improved public policies in this area.
Battling egos, combating stress, haggling over sequences, arguing with people, standing up for what you believe in, negotiating with friends and accommodating, accepting, welcoming success and celebrating the art form: filmmaking.
If these are the main sources of friction and joy sparked among members of a team working on a movie in general, what happens when the film in question tells the story of the director’s own life?
This activity ties in with the Communicating While Cocreating masterclass, run by Fernanda Rossi.
Belén Sánchez is cofounder of Un capricho de producciones where she works as a producer. She has a solid background in production and social sciences, including studying film and psychology in Argentina and doing a philosophy degree at the University of Barcelona and a Master Mega Plus from the Media Business School, as well as many other courses and workshops on international coproduction and project development and funding. She has worked for animation producers such as Cromosoma and fiction producers such as Rebelión Terrestre Film. She has produced a number of strikingly original documentaries and fiction films, including Con el viento (Meritxell Colell, 2018) and La inocencia (Lucía Alemany, 2019).
Jorge Caballero is cofounder of GusanoFilms production company (Barcelona–Bogotá). He has directed and produced a string of highly acclaimed films and immersive and interactive projects that have won awards at festivals worldwide, including IDFA, SXSW, Cinéma du Réel, Visions du Réel, Biarritz, Cartagena and Málaga, among others. He has twice won the Colombian National Documentary Award and was a Sundance Institute Fellow.
Variety magazine named him as one of the top ten producers on the rise in 2020 and he was selected to take part in the Emerging Producers programme at Ji.hlava Festival. He is currently codirecting Artificio, a web series in which art meets AI.
L’Alternativa is screening three GusanoFilms productions this year: Del otro lado, by Iván Guarnizo; El síndrome de los quietos, by Elías León Siminiani; and Dora Sena, by Jorge Caballero himself.
Iván Guarnizo (Colombia) studied filmmaking in Cuba (EICTV), New York (New York Film Academy) and Barcelona (CECC) and has since worked as director of photography and, above all, editor of both shorts and features, including Jorge Caballero's Paciente and Hermes Paralluelo's No todo es vigilia. The documentary Del otro lado is his directorial debut.
Florencia Aliberti works mainly in the field of documentary and experimental filmmaking as both director and editor. Her work moves effortlessly between cinemas and exhibition spaces as she freely experiments with a wide range of images, formats and media, from photochemistry to analogue to digital video.
Her interest in collage and found footage and her urge to experiment with celluloid and film led her to make a series of experimental shorts that explored the pictorial power of film while fashioning new narratives for the digital age. Her recent work includes (Auto)exposiciones (2012–2015), a multifaceted project that examines the new ways in which people readily expose their private lives online as part of a wider analysis of identity and sexuality on social media. It won Best Short Film Award at the 2016 Zubroffka Film Festival, as well as a Special Mention at DocsMexico 2016 and at the Bienal de Imagen en Movimiento in Buenos Aires in 2012.
She is currently editing the documentaries La cocina de los hombres (Sílvia Subirós) and Trini (Marta Romero Coll), which won the Antaviana–Mentoring Projects Prize and the Music Library & SFX Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals 2020.
Marta Romero Coll
Marta Romero Coll graduated in audiovisual communication from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Together with Borja Segarra, she directed the web series Barbitúrica Burlesque (2014), which premiered at film festivals in Zaragoza and Valencia. Her dance film 9241 (2017) has been screened at festivals worldwide. She is currently juggling two projects: Facunda, which premiered at the 52nd Alcances Documentary Film Festival, and Trini, which won the Antaviana–Mentoring Projects Prize and the Music Library & SFX Prize in l’Alternativa Professionals 2020.