We present the 10 projects selected in the Ópera Prima 2024 Laboratory

19.06.24 - School,

We announce the projects selected for our Ópera Prima laboratory, a platform for new talents in Catalan and Spanish cinematography. This year we celebrate the 3rd edition, with a registration process that has achieved a record of 210 applications, of which 10 outstanding projects have been selected.

ESCAC’s Opera Prima Lab is a pioneering and open program for new authors and producers, aimed at developing their first feature films, series or audiovisual products in new formats, whether documentary or fiction, with the intention of being commercially launched. This program, backed by 15 years of history, is financed by ICEC and supported by SGAE, which consolidates it as one of the main drivers of research and innovation in audiovisual production in Spain.


Ópera Prima aims to find and promote emerging talent in the audiovisual industry, providing participants with an intensive 6-month follow-up. Through training workshops, professional mentoring, specialized seminars and presentations to the industry, those selected develop a solid proposal and are introduced to the global film market. Key moments of the program include June 27th and 28th at the SGAE headquarters. This will be the first meeting that will kick off the program, where mentors and participants will be introduced, and tutors will be assigned to each of the selected projects. Likewise, from October 4 to 8 at the Sitges Film Festival, the projects will begin to work and look at financing options. In addition, in December, at ESCAC’s facilities, the project will be presented with a special focus on its distribution.


Among the previous successes of the Opera Prima program are acclaimed films such as “Lo mejor de mí” by Roser Aguilar, “Tres dies amb la família” by Mar Coll, “Eva” by Kike Maíllo, “Te estoy amando locamente” by Alejandro Marín, or “Un lugar común” by Celia Girlado, among others, which have collected more than 60 awards and 100 nominations in renowned festivals, including the Goya, Feroz and Gaudí awards, as well as participations in international festivals such as San Sebastián, Locarno, Rotterdam and many more.


Our commitment to the promotion and support of new talent is reflected in this new edition of the Ópera Prima laboratory, which marks its third edition. This year, over the next few months, the 10 audiovisual projects that represent the diversity and emerging talent in the Spanish film industry will be able to participate in the project and be mentored by industry professionals.

Those selected are:

  • El pescador del Tajo of Pilar Sancho and Raquel Troyano. 
  • Beba of Gema Arquero, Karen Joaquín – Lucía Romero and Adriana Fuertes – Arántzazu Ruíz. 
  • María Jesús ROSA. LA PIONERA of Fernando Sánchez-Cabezudo and María Cantuel. 
  • Casa quemada of Carlos del Valle Romero and Marina Velázquez. 
  • ENDAVANT of Marc Muñoz and Jordi Capdevila. 
  • CAMIONERO of Kevin Iglesias, Claudia Salcedo, Fran Marise and Javier Rebollo.
  • Santa Pachi of Christian Rojas and Diego Ulloa. 
  • Lídia de Cadaqués of Xavi Vara, Nur Casadevall and Elena Serra. 
  • A veces silencio of Carla Sánchez and Álvaro Robles. 
  • El gran bazar de mis padres of Rakesh Narwani and Marina Parés. 

¡Congratulations to all of you!