Insights and ideas from the Spanish filmmaker.
Why was it important for you to apply to the European Short Pitch?
For me it was important to apply to the European Short Pitch because I knew it was going to be a great opportunity to help develop my project, not only in a narrative sense, but also production wise. I’m sure that after the European Short Pitch my project will be stronger and more mature. I also wanted l to get in contact and share ideas with other filmmakers who are also developing their projects at the moment.
How do you define a good script and how did you see your chances when you applied?
I think that a good script is the one that gives you the freedom to make the story grow while shooting. I like scripts that allow you to imagine and somehow feel the atmosphere that the film will have, presenting powerful situations with strong characters. I was fully aware of the competitive and prestigious nature of the programme so I was both surprised and happy that my screenplay was selected.
Tell us about where you come from and how you got involved with films.
I was born in Zaragoza (Spain). I got involved with films at the first time in my life when I attended a filmmaking workshop in my home town with the Spanish director Bigas Luna, which was an amazing experience. From there I went on to study Literature and Cinematography, before directing 3 short films and working as a screenwriter. At the moment I’m living in Sarajevo, where I am participating in the filmmaking programme ´Film Factory´, mentored by Béla Tarr.
Why is your film important to make, what does it tell the audience?
With this film I would like to reflect about the passage of time and what we loose on our way to maturity. While writing the script I already had the location in mind, where the story takes place. It is a village in Catalonia where I spent the summers of my childhood. In the script I tried to express how life is in this little village and how Ana María, the main character of the film, sees and reacts to the world that surrounds her.
What inspires you to do what you do?
I love to listen to the stories that have happened to people I know or met. Trying to keep an open and present mind to everything that surrounds me because you never know where inspiration can be found. But from what I can see in myself and my filmmaking friends, is that what we know and is close to us. That’s usually what inspires us the most.
What do you think about short films in general? How do people relate to it around you?
Short films can be a big challenge. They give the opportunity to explore languages and narratives that may not work in the longer medium. However, a short film can be difficult to make as it requires more precision in its structure and form. I know a lot of short film directors and writers and I feel lucky of being able to see their works and share our points of views about filmmaking.