Educated or self-educated in private film academies, short seminars and cursillos in California, New York, Cuba, or London, in the advertising industry, as apprentices on film sets, or through the making of shorts, this is a group whose professional coming of age occurred in a perceived void, in the absence of a National Film School, between the closing of the EOC in the early 1970s and the creation of the ESCAC
and the ECAM in the mid-1990s.
ICIC film funding director Xavier Parache says that the public coin in bigger pics responds to the coming-of-age of Catalan filmmaking, after years of investment, with local film school ESCAC
churning out an impressive supply of young producers, directors and technicians keen to make market-driven pics with high production values.
Local talent is fueled by Barcelona's prestigious film school ESCAC
, whose innovative first features by former alums are produced by Escandalo Films, which has also just unveiled a slice-of-life toon series for TV3 called "Arros covat.
Many young Catalan directors--often, like Morales, alums of Barcelona's vibrant ESCAC
film school--are unabashed '80s U.