Education and courses have always been part of the Muestra’s core mission.
Since its third edition in 2013, the Muestra has organised annual courses for young people and amateurs on various ways of working with film: Super-8, stop motion, film and disability …
This year, besides the usual course for young people, there will also be another two 2-hour courses for children. The purpose of these courses is to introduce children to cinema as a creative production process and not just something to be consumed passively.
Salvi Vivancos is a visual artist, art historian and small-format film retriever. His creative process is directed towards experimental and expanded cinema (8mm, Super-8 and 16mm) influenced mainly by analogical photography, memory, domestic cinema and non-narrative cinema. As a preserver of domestic cinema, he is in charge of the projects Memorias Celuloides and Red de Cine Doméstico.
He has given workshops and talks in places such as Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena or Festival de Málaga, the Eye of Amsterdam, Cineteca of Mexico, Cinematheque of the MAM in Rio de Janeiro or the LEC Encounter of experimental cinema in CDMX.
Super-8 Cinema. An Erupting Format
Course for young people and amateurs
Building on the success of the course on Super-8 organised in 2016, this new workshop given by the visual artist Salvi Vivancos, consists of four practical sessions of around three hours each. The goal is to instruct participants in the functioning and the history of Super-8, a cinema format released in 1965 which revolutionised home cinema production.
Apart from being used within the family for a period of over three decades, fifty years after its commercialisation this cinema format is now used as a creative tool by visual artists and experimental filmmakers.
The participants in this course will get to know the history of Super-8, will learn to film with a basic camera and to manually develop the film, edit the resulting material and operate the equipment needed for its viewing.
The course wishes to impart an experience which will make the current cinema process palpable, from the invention of cinema in the nineteenth century to the recent generalisation of digital formats.
This whole learning process will be materialised in the creation of a collective film, which, in line with the theme of this year’s Trasfoco section, will revolve around the subject matter of “The Volcano”.
All persons over 15 interested in cinema from an artistic perspective
Dates of course
4 pm to 7 pm
Pancho Lasso art school
Exploring Analogue Cinema
Course for children
With the goal of introducing children to cinema, this year’s edition of the Muestra de Cine de Lanzarote is organising, for the first time, two short courses for children.
During the course, the children will create 16mm or Super-8 films directly with their hands, without cameras, using everyday materials like markers, scrapers or ink.
The idea behind the course, given by the visual artist Salvi Vivancos, is to work with already used films which have no archive or documentary value in order to create a new film expressly for the occasion.
To give them a better insight into the workings of the cinema image, children will be run through a number of different practical exercises before actually intervening in the film stills. These will be simple, fun, and easily understandable exercises that will allow the children to assimilate the historical process from the static image to the moving image, as well as the internal mechanical functioning of film.
Group 1, children from 6 to 9; Group 2, children from 10 to 12
Date and times of course
Group 1, 6-9 years, Saturday 24 November, 9 am to 11 am
Group 2, 10-12 years, Saturday 24 November, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Casa de la Juventud, Arrecife
Eight children per course
One of the key motivations of the Muestra de cine de Lanzarote is to maintain direct contact with students and to introduce younger generations to independent film.
In today’s world, where audiovisual languages change at great speed and colonise the whole spectrum of the real, it is important, if not essential, to focus on non-commercial cinema.
The films presented and debated in the Muestra deal with topical issues and crucial questions for our social-political environments, or condense a profound historical and cultural background. Therein their particular importance for those still forming their criteria and their approach to the world.
Every morning, from Monday 26 to Friday 30 November, the film director Nayra Sanz Fuentes, together with students from different secondary schools on the island, will analyse and discuss the films projected at the Muestra. After first watching the film at El Almacén, in Arrecife, a debate will be held to discuss the content and formal issues: What does filming/recording mean today? What is the impact of an image? Its power? Its reach? To what extent do images shape our ways of doing and acting? Why should we take care of and be aware of the images we use, receive and create?
The aim of these debates is to reflect on these questions and become aware of the fact that images are not mere products, but also discourse, ideology, power, violence and strength. We must be ready to engage with them and not be subjected to their power.
Nayra Sanz Fuentes
Nayra Sanz Fuentes —director, writer, producer and editor— is graduated in Spanish Philology, specializing in contemporary literature. She wrote part of her PhD at the Humboldt University of Berlin, where she developed a study on the work of the filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. After that she studied a Master on Film Directing in New York, where she lived for two years and began working in film productions.
On her return to Spain she founded the production company Rinoceronte Films, focused on producing films and projects focused on the cultural field. She has directed seven short films of fiction and non-fiction receiving various awards and participating in more than 200 film festivals: Anniversary, (2009), Encounter (2010), Things in Common (2011), Un día cualquiera (2014), Sub Terrae (2017), In Those Lands (2018) and Selfie (2019). Her first feature film is As Old as the World (2012), which won the “Pre-Columbian de Oro Award” at the 29th International Film Festival of Bogotá. She has also been the Editor and Director of Production of The Building (2012), and Co-producer and Cowriter of The Hidden City (2018), both directed by Víctor Moreno, nominated to the Goya Awards on 2015. She has been part of the program team of CicloDocma (Matadero, Madrid) and has collaborated as teacher in the Master of Documentary Film at Escuela de Artes Visuales LENS.