Last week from November 14 to 18, the Audiovisual Talent Week took place at CaixaForum Barcelona. It is an initiative of the Audiovisual Cluster of Catalonia that encompasses a series of activities aimed at connecting new emerging talent from catalan, spanish and european university centers with professionals across the sector.
Its main act was the Audiovisual Pitching Session, where 80 students from 36 university centers presented 50 projects in front of representatives of companies and professionals across the sector, in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, TV formats, video games and new windows. This year, and as a great novelty, the pitching was more international than ever: 25% of the projects were from outside Spain and there was a session of fiction projects that the students presented to professionals from all over Europe. After each pitching session, the students were able to have one-on-one meetings with the interested companies.
The opening day consisted of two conferences. The first, The new Catalan audiovisual economy, in which prospects, infrastructures and growth of the Catalan audiovisual ecosystem over the next ten years were discussed, with the Departament de Cultura, Barcelona City Council, CCMA and Mediapro. The second, Greenshooting: sustainability in filming, where a round table was held on the great challenges of sustainable filming, with Fresco Films, K is for Knowledge and the Catalunya Film Commission.
In this edition, during the Meet the Experts session we were able to learn in depth about the profession of sound, from the experts Inés Mirás, Fabiola Ordoyo and Irene Rausell. The presentation of the Talent Pact was also held, with an exclusive projection of the audiovisual pieces made this year, which aims to help emerging talent to professionalize and connect with the fields of live arts and audiovisuals. The presentation was accompanied by the talk “Between the curtain and the screen: contamination between the languages of theater and audiovisuals”, in which the playwright Guillem Clua and the journalist and theater critic Manuel Pérez participated.
Audiovisual Talent Week was completed with networking sessions such as the Market for New Professionals, where people seeking a job in the audiovisual sector were able to meet with companies from Cluster that have vacancies; and the Coproduction Meetings between international producers and Catalan producers to promote co-production.
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