Young creators from Bande à Part, the UPF and ECIB pick up the 2018 SGAE Nueva Autoría Awards
The awards for best direction-production, best screenplay and best original music are part of the Noves Visions section at the 2018 Sitges-International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
Today, Saturday October 6th, the SGAE Foundation released the rulings on the 2018 SGAE Nueva Autoría Awards as a part of the Noves Visions (New Visions) section of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia. The emerging auteurs party was held at the Cañateca Space and, as always, was attended by students, professors, friends and relatives of the young screenwriters, directors-producers and musical score composers from the film schools around Catalonia. With the SGAE Nueva Autoría, la SGAE Awards, the SGAE Foundation and the Sitges Festival once again demonstrate their firm commitment to and determined support of audiovisual creation in our country.
This year, 12 film schools have participated in the Festival’s Noves Visions section. 30 different audiovisual works were presented (19 fiction, 3 animation and 8 documentaries), among which the jury selected 9 finalists (5 fiction, 2 animation and 2 documentaries) which were screened at the Prado Cinema.
The jury of the 2018 SGAE Nueva Autoría Awards is composed of Lluís Arcarazo, screenwriter, director and executive producer; Xavier Capellas, composer, and Carla Simón, director and screenwriter. Today’s function was attended by Lluís Arcarazo and Xavier Capellas; Eduardo Zaramella, institutional director of Audiovisuals for the SGAE Foundation; Ángel Sala, Director of the Sitges-International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia 2018, and Miquel Forns, Mayor of Sitges.
Gemma Blasco’s short film Jauría, presented by the Bande à Part Film School, won the SGAE Nueva Autoría award for best direction-production. The jury decided that it deserved the prize «for a naturalistic direction of actors that denotes a profound job of relationships between characters, for a solid and rich mise-en-scene where the camera work, light and color accompany the emotions of the protagonists, for a sensitive portrait of the beauty and the importance of fraternity».
The Award for best screenplay went to Ciutat i selva, by Aleix Abulí, from Pompeu Fabra University for, according to the jury, «offering an ironic and, at the same time, subtle vision of the hunger for freedom and independence, for having known how to draw an atypical and honest generational portrait, and for offering a lighthearted and intelligent reflection on the tensions between the country and the city».
Natasha Arizu, from the Escola de Cinema de Barcelona (ECIB), won the SGAE Nueva Autoría Award for best original music for her composition of the musical score to the animated short Dot, «for her ability to develop musical themes aimed at achieving an effective narrative discourse, and for her great ability to transmit emotions».
The SGAE Nueva Autoría Awards are in collaboration, and with a mutual understanding, with the Sitges Festival and the main Catalan film schools. With these awards, the SGAE and the SGAE Foundation offer emerging auteurs the possibility to exhibit their works and introduce them to the general public as part of an audiovisual event of international scope.