With more than 3000 film/video shooting every year, Barcelona is actually considered the european Hollywood. Nice weather, perfect location, palm trees, seaside, art, history and since some years a city full of young, creative and international people, Barcelona is now a really important reference also for cinema and audiovisual production.
A lot of people from everywhere is coming to Barcelona to study in the famous schools of cinema of the city. Some of this schools are connected with the University (UB, UAB, UPF, Escac, Ecib etc.) while the others are private but in both case the quality is improving every year.
There are also many film festivals in Barcelona and near the city. The most important festivals in Catalunya are at the moment the Human Rights Film Festival, Sitges Film Festival, Mecal, L‘Alternativa and Metropol‘His but there are so many that it is impossible to talk about everyone. For more information about festivals and events related with cinema there are the Catalunya Film Commission and the association Catalunya Film Festival that are working hard for the industry.
Another nice things for cinema lovers and professionals is the new building of the Filmoteca de Catalunya, in the artistic and multicultural neighborhood called ‘Raval‘. There it‘s possible to find and see in a cinema screen old movies of the most important european artists.
Anyway the connection Barcelona/Hollywood is not just for the academies or festivals... Barcelona will host the first museum in the world about the works of the genius Woody Allen, probably one the first international director able to recognize the beauties of Barcelona and make with it a wonderful movie (Vicky, Cristina Barcelona - 2008)
Others very important movies about Barcelona are for example “Land and Freedom“ (Ken Loach, 1995), “Biutiful“ (A. G. Iñárritu, 2010), “Barcelona“ (Whit Stillman, 1994), “The Spanish Apartment“ (L‘auberge espagnole - Cedric Klapish, 2002), “The Passenger“ (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1975) and “All about my mother“ (Todo sobre mi madre - Pedro Almodovar, 1999).
Barcelona is becoming one of the most important cities in Europe also for international partnerships, fashion and tourism, so probably in the next years, the catalan capital, will be at the same level or maybe better than some historical cities like Rome, Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid, Amsterdam and Prague, about cultural events, film production and creative lifestyle.
Anyway, not everything is always so simple and beautiful. Barcelona, as the whole Spain and EU, has been really affected by the recent economical crisis, so after the studies for a lot of people, the dream will finish and they need to come back in their country because until now, if the training is really reaching high levels, in the other side the possibilities of work offered are not so numerous and the catalan circle (people and language) is often very closed for foreigners.
For this reason Mediahead Audiovisual is starting to give opportunities directly on his own, with professional training and a lot of job offers for international actors, models, directors of photography, editors, writers, art directors, production and post-production experts, technician etc.
So, if you are dreaming to start a new professional life in Barcelona and you are really motivated, the way is quite easy. You could have a look and subscribe at Mediahead Audiovisual website here www.mediaheadaudiovisual.com
Mediahead Audiovisual also provides location scouting for international film productions in Barcelona and the rest of Spain.
You will find more information in our website www.mediaheadaudiovisual.com or you can directly contact us.