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The second edition of the Film Academy Residencies Programme is under way

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- Twenty projects by the likes of Pilar Palomero, Gabriel Azorín and Ion de Sosa will benefit from the wisdom and experience of directors including Isabel Coixet, Juan Cavestany and Manuel Martín Cuenca

The second edition of the Film Academy Residencies Programme is under way
Director Pilar Palomero, who is working on her new project La maternal

Following the success of last year’s inaugural edition (read more here), the Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences — led by Mariano Barroso — launched the second edition of its Residences programme on Monday, 5 October. The initiative, coordinated by Inés Enciso, is designed to offer intensive coaching to a talented cohort of creative filmmakers. Due to the current public health situation, this year’s edition will adopt a hybrid format, with some aspects moved online. The programme will continue until July 2021, during which time the selected participants will work on their projects with support and guidance from some of Spain’s most illustrious directors, including Isabel CoixetJuan CavestanyBelén FunesManuel Martín CuencaVíctor García LeónMontxo Armendáriz, Carla Simón and Anna R. Costa.

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A total of 931 entries were received for this year’s competition, both from Spain and from all over the world. Just 20 filmmakers were selected for the programme: ten women and ten men, eighteen from Spain and two from Cuba. Among the selected projects are the second feature by Pilar Palomero, entitled La maternal (Palermo is already an award-winning director, having scooped the Best Spanish Film award for Schoolgirls [+see also:
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in Malaga); a new film by Gabriel AzorínLast Night I Conquered the City of Thebes — following his début documentary, Los mutantes [+see also:
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; screenwriter Lola Mayo (a frequent collaborator of Javier Rebollo, having written the screenplays for The Dead Man and Being Happy [+see also:
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and Woman Without Piano [+see also:
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), who submitted Libertad, igualdad, fraternidad; César Esteban Alenda, who will be working on Waka Waka after teaming up with his brother José on Sin fin [+see also:
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; the peerless Ion de Sosa with Balearic, the successor to his genre-defying first film Androids Dream [+see also:
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; Patricia Pérez (co-director of the documentary In a Whisper [+see also:
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), with La extranjera; actress Celia de Molina with No es universal; and Irene Moray, whose short film Watermelon Juice was selected for various festivals (from Berlin to Malaga, plus a nomination for the European Film Academy Awards), and is now hard at work on La belleza.

At the opening ceremony on Monday 5 October, the Academy’s president, Mariano Barroso, extended his thanks to the Ayuntamiento de Madrid for its support of this second edition, “born of the need that all film makers feel to carve out a special place in which to realise our projects and our dreams.” This year, the programme has devised a hybrid format combining online activities and mentoring with in-person events, in order to ensure everyone’s safety in light of the current pandemic.

The full list of selected projects is as follows:

San Dai Shi Guang (Three Generations) – Jiajie Yu Yan 

La maternal Pilar Palomero 

Celestina 2020 – Tina Olivares

Libertad, igualdad, fraternidad – Lola Mayo

Last Night I Conquered the City of Thebes – Gabriel Azorín Belda 

Waka Waka – César Esteban Alenda

Cariño, me he follado a BunburyTeresa Bellón Sánchez de la Blanca

Los vagabundos – Jorge Cantos 

Yo no moriré de amor – Marta Matute García 

Balearic – Ion de Sosa

El viaje de Salazar – Léster Álvarez Meno (Cuba)

La belleza – Irene Moray 

La bola de cristal – Edgar Burgos

Operación ViridianaGuillermo Chapa 

Lejos de aquí. La verdadera historia de Eloy de la Iglesia y José Manzano Eduardo Fuembuena Loscertales 

Los vigilantes del sueño – Iker Azkoitia 

No es universal Celia de Molina Díaz 

La memoria de los árboles – Maite Vitoria Daeneris 

Y sin embargo, te quieroBárbara Mateos García 

La extranjeraPatricia Pérez Fernández (Cuba)

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(Translated from Spanish)

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