Belén Funes, Goya Award for Best New Director

Belén Funes has won the Goya Award for 'La hija de un ladrón', the fourth Goya for an ESCAC graduate in this category.
27.01.20 - Escac talent,

Graduate Belén Funes has won the Goya Award for Best New Director for La hija de un ladrón at the 34th edition of the Goya Awards given by the Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España.

La hija de un ladrón is co-written with Marçal Cebrián, with Neus Ollé as DoP, Enrique G. Bermejo as sound designer and other graduates in all departments. Belén Funes had already worked with these same graduates in her two previous short films: Sara a la fuga and La inútil (produced by ESCAC).

The film was also nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role for Greta Fernández, who already won the Concha de Plata at the Festival de San Sebastián for this role.

This Goya Award is in addition to the three Gaudí Awards that the film won last week; Best Screenplay, Best Direction and Best Film in a non-Catalan language.

Belén Funes’ is the fourth Goya Award for Best New Director for a graduate of the school after those won by J.A. Bayona in 2008 for El orfanato, Mar Coll in 2010 for Tres dies amb la família and Kike Maíllo in 2012 for Eva.

To date, ESCAC graduates have received more than 40 nominations and 22 Goya Awards.


ESCAC talent present at the Goya Awards.

Suc de Síndria, by Irene Moray, won the Goya for Best Fiction Short Film. The short film was edited by graduate Ana Pfaff.

Lo que arde, by Oliver Laxe, won the Goya for Best Cinematography for former school teacher Mauro Herce and the award for Best New Actress.

Quién a hierro mata, directed by Paco Plaza, won the Goya for Best New Actor for Enric Auquer. The film counts with graduates David Gallart in editing and Oriol Maymó in production.

Intemperie, the film directed by Benito Zambrano and featuring cinematography by graduate Pau Esteve Birba, won two awards, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Song.

La inocencia, the opera Prima of graduate Lucía Alemany (co-written with Laia Soler and Joan Bordera as DoP), had two nominations; Best Original Song and Best New Actress for Carmen Arrufat.

Perdiendo el este, directed by Master in Directing alumnus Paco Caballero, was nominated for Best Special Effects. The film features graduates Oriol Capel as screenwriter and David Valldepérez as director of photography.

Adiós by Paco Cabezas, with 3 nominations, features graduates Pau Esteve Birba as DoP and Luis de la Madrid in Editing.

Paradise Hills by Alice Waddington was nominated for Best Costume Design. The film features graduate Alex Villagrasa on Effects.