The Winding Road from Idea to Screen

Non-fiction, commonly known as documentary, is back to stay. Last decade has shown how producers from all around the world amaze the public, critics and festival organizers with great creative and cinematographic skills. In order to make good quality films it is important to watch good quality films, and that is why DocsValència comes with a carefully selected schedule on its first edition.

But it also aims to boost new projects development and contribute to rising film directors’ growth by providing a meeting point that supports training and documentary creation. DocsLab will be a laboratory that becomes a fun environment where find inspiration, discuss, learn and start new projects.

From the moment the first idea is born until it is shown, a documentary has to go through a long and twisting way, challenging and full of obstacles. That is why DocsLab will walk by these projects, future films, which without a doubt are the foundation of cinematography and film festivals.

INTI CORDERA | Industry Director


12th Friday
10:00-12:00         DocsLab Presentation: From the Paper to Screen
12:00-14:00         Master Class: Erik Gandini
14:00-16:00         Hospitality
16:00-19:00         VLC Platform Workshop

13th Saturda
11:00-14:00         VLC Platform Workshop
14:00-16:00         Hospitality
16:00-19:00         VLC Platform Worksho

14th Sunday
VLC Platform Workshop
14:00-16:00         Hospitality
16:00-19:00         VLC Platform Worksho

15th Monday
VLC Platform Pitching
14:00-16:00         Hospitality


Elena Vilardell | Spain

Graduated in philology, she holds a diploma in history and cinema aesthetics by Valladolid University. She has published several articles for the Journal of Film Preservation of the FIAF. She has also lectured numerous cinema workshops. She has worked in the Film Library of the Generalitat Valenciana in the Programming and International Relations departments. Since 1998, she directs the Technical and Executive Secretary of the boost to the co-production Ibermedia.

Gonzalo Arijón | Uruguay

Multidisciplinary filmmaker. His film Vengo de un avión que cayó en las montañas (La Sociedad de la Nieve) (2008) was awarded, among others, with the Joris Ivens Award in IDFA and nominated to Directors Guild of America Awards at the International Documentary Association Award as well as the European Film Academy Award. He has been jury in Toronto, Guadalajara, Miami, Toulouse, Habana, among other festivals. He has lectured numerous master classes and attended several «doculabs». 

Pilar Pérez | Spain

She studied media at Complutense University of Madrid. In 1993 joined the Canal + production team. From 1996 to 2001, she was the Production and Live Broadcasting Director of the San Sebastian Festival Ceremonies. In 2003, began her career as a director and in 2007 she founded her own production agency Transit Producciones. In 2010, she produced and directed the documentary Murales, which was released in New York belonging to the Window to Spain project. It was selected in the Seminci.

Ricardo del Conde | Mexico 

He is a filmmaker, free media communicator and freelance cultural manager. During the last seven years, he has collaborated with diverse free media and communitarian radios in Mexico. As a photographer, he has worked with Nicolás Echevarría in Eco de la montaña (2014), with Ludovic Bonleux in Guerrero (2017) and with Laurence Garret in Por la libertad (2017), among others. His film debut: Espantapájaros (2012) was exhibited in diverse countries beyond the five continents.

Xavier Crespo | Spain

He is a production director and executive producer of documentary film, publicity, fiction and television programmes. Among the documentaries he has participate in might be highlighted: Iberia (2005), by Carlos Saura; La sombra del iceberg (2007), by Raúl M. Riebenbauer and Hugo Doménech; and Cómicos (2009), by Ana Pérez and Marta Arribas.

His fiction projects has been selected and awarded in prestigious festivals such as: La Biennale di Venezia, the TIFF, Sitges, Málaga, Montecarlo and Montreal.

In DocsLab, the stars are the documentaries that are not yet created</strong>, the ones that have not been materialised. Throughout three intense days a group of filmmakers, whom projects have been selected, will be working with an international standing tutor. The main objective will be to improve these projects and to leave them ready to be faced to the film industry. Besides, the ideal stimulus for the candidates would be getting financial support from the festival.

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