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ESCAC turns 25

To celebrate its anniversary, ESCAC is organizing a cycle on cinema, including the screening of Roser Aguilar’s film <i>Lo mejor de mí</i>.

To celebrate its anniversary, ESCAC is organizing a cycle on cinema, including the screening of Roser Aguilar’s film Lo mejor de mí.

The cycle will take place at Filmoteca de Catalunya on Thursdays during January and February 2020.

The cycle will take place at Filmoteca de Catalunya on Thursdays during January and February 2020.

18/12/2019

Cultura

University School of Cinema and Visual Communication of Catalonia (ESCAC), affiliated at the University of Barcelona, turns 25 this year and celebrates its anniversary with a cinema cycle projecting the first pieces of work by some of the best talents that came out of this school. There will be a total of nine sessions to take place at Filmoteca de Catalunya on Thursdays during January and February 2020 (from January 3 to February 27). Each session will include a short film and film by prestigious producers such as J. A. Bayona, Roser Aguilar, Àlex Pastor, Mar Coll, Kike Maíllo, Javier Ruiz Caldera and Elena Trapé, among others.

The opening will take place on January 3, at 7.30 p.m. in the room Chomón in Filmoteca de Catalunya. The session will include the screening of the first works produced in ESCAC: the short-film Mis vacaciones, by J. A. Bayona, and the film Lo mejor de mí, by Roser Aguilar, both awarded in national and international festivals. Apart from Bayona and Aguilar, the other filmmakers of the films to be seen in the cycle will attend the opening session.


ESCAC has more than five hundred awards now

Since its creation, ESCAC has become a machine of filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, producers, photography directors and sound technicians working in film productions worldwide.

ESCAC productions, both short-films and films, got national and international recognition as well as critiques, with more than 500 awards, among which are the Locarno Festival 2007 Critics Award (Lo mejor de mí, Roser Aguilar); the best international short-film in the Sundance Festival 2006 (La ruta natural by Àlex Pastor); best short-film in the International Festival Mar del Plata 2003 (Treitum, by Javier Ruiz Caldera); an honorary mention by the jury in Venice Festival 2011 (Eva, by Kike Maíllo), and the third Cinefondation Prize in the Cannes Festival 2015 (Víctor XX, by Ian Garrido).

Moreover, ESCAC graduates have been awarded with 37 Gaudí awards and 21 Goya Awards, with several prizes in the category of best novel direction in consecutive years.

Founded by Josep Maixenchs in 1994, ESCAC started its activity offering the studies on Cinema and Audiovisual Media, the first in Spain. These studies, with official certificate by the University of Barcelona, moved in 2003 to the Escoles Pies de Sarrià, in Terrassa. Now, the center has the buildings of Farinera and Vapor Universitari. During these twenty-five years, ESCAC trained more than 5,500 students from 23 countries, who contributed to the cultural enrichment of the School.
 

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