These prizes are a part of the Noves Visions (New Visions) section of the 2017 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia
Today, Saturday October 7th, the SGAE Foundation made public the rulings on the SGAE Nova Autoria 2017 Awards as a part of the Noves Visions (New Visions) section at the 2017Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia.
The fiesta of emerging authors took place at the Espai Cañateca and as usual, was attended by students, professors, friends and relatives of the young screenwriters, directors-producers and soundtrack composers from the films schools around Catalonia. With the SGAE Nova Autoria Awards, the SGAE, the SGAE Foundation and the Sitges Festival once again demonstrate their firm commitment and determined support of our country’s audiovisual creation.
This year, 17 different film schools have participated in the SGAE Nova Autoria Section, a part of the Festival’s Noves Visions Section. 41 audiovisual works were presented (28 fiction, 7 animation and 6 documentaries) from among which the jury chose 10 finalists(6 fiction, 2 animation and 3 documentaries) which were screening at the Cine Prado.
The 2017 SGAE Nova Autoria jury was made up of Lluís Arcarazo, screenwriter, director and executive producer; Xavier Capellas, composer, and Carla Simón, director and screenwriter. Today’s event was attended by Lluís Arcarazo, accompanied by the SGAE Foundation’s institutional director of Audiovisuals Eduardo Zaramella the director of the SGAE in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, Ramon Muntaner; the director del the 2017 Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia, Àngel Sala, and the Mayor of Sitges, Miquel Forns.
The short film Celebració, presented by the Pompeu Fabra University, by authors Pau Cruanyes and Gerard Vidal won the SGAE Nova Autoria Award for best direction-production. The jury pointed out that it deserved the award «thanks to an actors directing that achieves an exquisite naturalness, a complex mise en scene and the director’s constantly investigative eye».
The SGAE Nova Autoria Award for best screenplay went to Una Caja Cerrada, by author Anna Agulló from La Casa del Cine for, according to the jury, her «ability when it comes to constructing a subtle family portrait based on an epistolary story full of secrets and implicit understandings».
Author Joan Masats, from the Escola Universitària ERAM · Audiovisual i Multimèdia, won the SGAE Nueva Autoría Award for Best Original Music for the composition of the soundtrack for the short film Sesgo, una Historia de Prejuicios y Golosinas «for the precise application of musical themes to the different characters and his simplicity when it comes to managing to cause emotions».
The jury also decided to give a special mention to author Cristina Caamaño, from the Autonomous University of Barcelona · Master Degree in Theory and Practice of the Creative Documentary, for her documentary short film La fuga de los 45 «for containing a comprehensive and painstaking documentation process, for exploring several narrative resources in an optimum and coherent fashion, and for giving a voice to a story that was begging to be told».
The SGAE Nueva Autoría Awards are in collaboration with, and with the complicity of the Sitges Festival the main film Catalan schools and the Festival itself. Through these awards, the SGAE and the SGAE Foundation offer up and coming authors the possibility of showing their works and presenting them to the general public as a part of an internationally reaching audiovisual event