December 11th | 17:00h | Teatro Principal | Free Entry


The main challenge that filmmakers need to face today is most probably the very act of undertaking the creation of a film in the midst of the audiovisual chaos of the modern world, that is, a continuum of images and sounds that, just like a too talkative neighbor or relative, end up saying less with every word that is added to the conversation. The more words, the less meaning. Like a politician repeating the word “democracy” so many times it doesn’t mean anything anymore, the meanings, functions, contours and loyalties of that language we call cinema are becoming more and more blurry. This is the context of contemporary cinema: a multi-channel, globalized audiovisual in crescendo where a multitude of voices shout out and fight for our attention (or the remains of it). This is the world where filmmakers attempt to create a habitat, a space for careful listening, for meaning and emotion, where they intend to make their voice be heard –to exist.

A possible way –the one we proposed to approach during this workshop– is that of observing and attentively listening to our closest surroundings, in this case, the river Lérez. In light of this, the participants were encouraged to build meaning and emotion in a minimalist, sober way: the minimum set of shots, dialogue lines, and cuts. These limitations were intended to help the young creators discover something truly significant: a story, a person, an everyday gesture valuable enough to be portrayed by the means of image and sound.

To guide and inspire them, the participants were also invited to watch and discuss a number of films by directors whose approach to filmmaking also relied on careful observation of their everyday life and immediate surroundings. By the end of the workshop, every participant filmed and edited their personal project.

Eloy Enciso