Guillermo García López, 2020 FPdGi Arts and Literature Award

The winner was chosen for his “versatility as a cinema producer, writer and director and his strong social and humanitarian commitment on a multinational and global scale”.

Filmmaker Guillermo García López (1985) graduated in Audiovisual Communication from the Complutense University in Madrid and specialised in Production at the Puerta Bonita Centre. His first feature-length film, Frágil Equilibrio (Delicate Balance, 2016), won the Goya Award for Best Documentary and premiered at IDFA. The film also won the Doc Spain Award on its national premiere at the Seminci Film Festival in Valladolid, as well as many other awards, selections and showings at festivals in Edinburgh, Thessaloniki, Reykjavik and Gijon, among others. In 2017, he created, wrote and co-directed the series Atlánticas, composed of three films that blend documentary and fiction genres: Deshielo, Inmersión and Oscilación, which were shown on Spanish National Television.

A member of the European Film Academy and Spanish Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, he has given masterclasses on documentary cinema at educational institutions such as the Faculty of Information Sciences at the UCM, the University of Zaragoza and California Polytechnic State University, and run cinema workshops for young people in areas at risk of social exclusion such as Sector 6 in La Cañada Real, Madrid. He also works as a teacher in interdisciplinary areas such as the Master’s in Architectural Communication at the Polytechnic University and Complutense University in Madrid, exploring the interaction between cinema and architecture in the Audiovisual Module. This aspect of his work led him to create the pieces Faceless and Lo-Tech Reality, the latter in collaboration with the Underground Resistance musical collective from Detroit.

García López is currently writing his first fiction film, Ciudad Sin Sueño (Sleepless City), a project he has won grants for through development programmes such as the Spanish Film Academy’s Residency, the Berlinale Talents’ Script Station (in the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival), the Torino Film Lab and Cinéfondation, the Cannes Film Festival Residency.



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