The ECAM and ESCAC schools, together at Seminci

The Madrid and Catalonia film schools screen their short films at the 62nd Seminci

Students of ECAM who presented their short films at Seminci

10/25/2017. – The 62nd edition of Seminci hosted the screening of short films presented by the ECAM (Cinema and Audiovisual School of Madrid) and ESCAC (Cinema and Audiovisual School of Catalonia) film schools on Wednesday, October 25th.

ECAM presented seven short filmsCachorro (Puppy), by Jesús Rivera Soriano; Causa noble (Noble Cause), by David Oeo; Ladrones de cuerpos (Bodysnatchers), by Orencio Carvajal; Martina, ay Martina (Martina, Oh Martina), by Fátima Mártin; Nada que ver (Nothing to See), by Manuel Manrique; Ogullo Nacional (National Pride), by Víctor Ruíz Junquera; and Servicio de habitaciones (Room Service), by Saúl Gallego Mateo.

Director Jesús Rivera presented the short Puppy, a film that reflects a story of love, hatred and how the most personal problems influence our loved ones. The filmmaker approaches reality, and a current problem, “bullying,” to treat it from the point of view of an unconventional mother. Puppy was born out of the need to tell a story about miscommunication and to deal with the relationship between parents and teenagers.

Noble Cause is the new work of Madrid director David Oeo. The short one is set in Munich in the year 2014, and the testicles of the Lion statue of the Residence of Munich have been removed. An action that leaves many questions until, fortunately, the Spanish consul meets two strangers who claim to have information that could change the course of history.

Another of the shorts that was projected was that by Orencio Carvajal, Bodysnatchers. A movie that tells the story of two actors who know they are about to play their last theater role, who wonder how to say goodbye to someone when you do not want to go and you do not want them to leave.

Martina, Oh Martina is a short film directed by filmmaker Fátima Martín. The film reflects the daily problems of a young teenager, Martina, who faces them with a romantic character and an unusual sensibility.

Of the ECAM directors, Manuel Manrique has also come to present his short film. With Nothing to See he introduces the viewer to a familiar plot where nothing is what it seems. One day, the family is gathered to watch the video that Jonas, the youngest in the house, recorded during Christmas at Grandma’s house. But in the innocent home video, unexpected images will break the idyllic family harmony.

National Pride, by the filmmaker Víctor Ruíz Junquera, is an 11-minute short film set in 1960. The Vuelta a España (an annual bicycle race) has returned again to Sacristán, and with it, the winner of two consecutive tours and the first cyclist to get the triple crown, Alberto Indiana. The day has arrived, and Federico will be able to see his idol up close. Maybe too close.

Director Saúl Gallego Mateo presented the short film Room Service, which narrates the misadventures of a couple when planning a romantic weekend without knowing that they are being closely watched. A message on the answering machine alerts them that they have much less time to live than they could have imagined and both change their attitude to suit the situations they have to face.

ESCAC, on the other hand, screened six filmsAún hay tiempo (Still in Time), by Albert Pintó; Bus story, by Jorge Yúdice; Café para llevar (Coffee to Go), by Patricia Font; Pequeña silenciosa (Little Wanton), by Carlos Alonso Ojea; Los pestiños de mamá (Mama’s Honey Fritters), by Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz, and Poor Sailor by Victor Carrey.

Four of the directors from ESCAC who attended the event

Albert Pintó presented Aún hay tiempo (Still in Time), in which Ángel, on Christmas eve, makes a visit to his ex-girlfriend in the mall where she works to try to recover their relationship. Once in the mall Ángel is immersed in a space-time loop created by a mysterious Santa Claus doll. A total of 16 minutes of youthful love and mystery.

The young director, Jorge Yúdice, directs Bus Story. A ten minute short about daily life and a mystery to solve. The protagonist always takes the same bus with a sleeping girl who always gets off at the same stop, the problem is that on the last day she does not wake up and they are about to arrive. In this situation, the main character does not know if he should wake her or, on the contrary, say nothing.

Café para llevar (Coffee to Go), the short film by Patricia Font, tells the story of Alicia, a young woman who is very busy with the final preparations for her wedding. In a moment amid all its chaos, she decides to enter a coffee shop to order something to go and there she unexpectedly finds herself with someone who will change her destiny.

Carlos Alonso Ojea entered the festival with his short film Pequeña silenciosa (Little Wanton). A total of 17 minutes in which you can see that a couple, Olivia and Hector, are going through a deep crisis in their relationship. It seems like things cannot get any worse, but suddenly, they find that their daughter has disappeared. From that moment, nothing will ever be the same.

Los pestiños de mamá (Mama’s Honey Fritters) is the short that Marta Díaz de Lope Díaz has brought to the Seminci. The film focuses on the life of Rosa, a woman who tries to remember with all her strength her mother preparing a honey fritter recipe that she never succeeds in doing successfully. She wants to get it right and, this time, she has invited her two sisters to help her. The problem arises when they both show up, since neither of them knew the other would be there be. Besides that, neither is aware of Rosa’s desire to try, again, to make those honey fritters.

Víctor Carrey and his short Poor Sailor arrived in Valladolid to present at the festival. The short film narrates the misadventures of a woodcutter who decides to leave his comfortable, quiet and solitary life in the mountains to embark on a great adventure at sea.

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