Filming in Barcelona
with Abbas Kiarostami

Barcelona, 27 feb. — 10 mar. 2015

1st Directing Workshop by the Iranian film director in Catalonia


After the excellent reception of the first appearance of the Iranian director in Bogotá – Colombia, Black Factory Cinema aims to extend its training courses for professionals and the public in different cities.

During 10 days, Abbas Kiarostami, his team and 50 workshop participants will immerse themselves in filmmaking, ultimately resulting in 50 short films inspired by the places and people from the region of Catalonia.

A pre-selection of locations and actors will be made available to students to further the work of pre-production.

Each work will be completed under the guidance of the Iranian director who will individually guide each student during all stages of development to reach the final film: from the original idea, the visual treatment, the narrative construction of the editing, to the finished product.

See results 2014.

Place: Centre Cívic Pati Llimona
Address: Carrer del Regomir, 3, 08002 Barcelona

Call for Entries

For 10 days, 50 participants will have the privilege of developing a short film led under the advice and supervision of renowned filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami, one of  Iran’s most influential and controversial filmmakers and photographers, and one of the most awarded and acclaimed by the international film community.

The workshop is based on creation by individual practice, so it is essential that each participant is autonomous and has basic knowledge in image and editing, as well as having access to their own personal technical equipment to shoot and edit their short (a camera and a computer equipped with an editing program).

Abbas Kiarostami will guide the pace of the workshop and decide the theme to be addressed in the short films, as well as recording times and locations where shooting will take place.

List of selected participants

Adrià Guardiola Rius
Alexis Yero Pupo
Alia Farid Abdal
Alvaro Gago Díaz
Ana Cristina Ortega Blanco
Ana Puit Juste
Andrés Sanjurjo García
Ariadna Franco
Beatriz Minguez De Molina
Bertille Zenobie Estramon
Carine Mansour
Carlos Murcia Sánchez
Carmen Menéndez González
Cristina Sánchez Salamanca
David Marchal Orallo
Débora Pinho Mateus
Elisenda Faustino Deu
Frodo García-Conde

Gemma Blasco Fernández
Hector Zerkowitz Subirana
Ilaria Gambarelli
Ines Burger
Inés García Gómez
Jesús Ascanio
Joanna Labno
Joaquín Calderón Jiménez
Joaquín Ojeda Ferrero
Jordi Candelas Lara
Josep Mª Riera Camps
Julio Suárez Maireles
Lin Yu
Maitham Almubarak
Marc Alberti Pradera
Marc Iwen
Marcos Borregon Baquero
María Gestoso García

Maria-Dolores Garcia-Borron
Miguel Gago Caamaño
Mohamed Almubarak
Nellberth Córdova
Nestor Domenech Huertas
Nora Niasari
Pablo Sanchez
Raheleh Kamali
Sadegh Mirzaey Nokhostin
Sergio Boado Fernández
Stefanos Sitaras
Daniel Yépez Brito
Erfan Saadati
Paulo Pinto
Wasan Madan
Sandra Navarro
Arash Kamali Sarvestani



How to apply for the call?

  1. Complete the registration form with your personal data
  2. Send a single pdf  document indicating your name and the following information to :
    1. Personal Information:
      photograph, date of birth, document of identity, address and phone number, email, description of main activity (3 lines)
    2. Curriculum Vitae
    3. Letter stating your motivation to participate in the workshop (30 lines max.)
    4. Brief personal filmography (30 lines max.)
    5. Links: Maximum of 2 links to previous work, if available.

Dates of the call


December 10, 2014 


January 25, 2015 

Publication of lists of selected students:

January 27, 2015 


50 students 

Registration fee

850 € *

Deadline for payment of fee

February 6, 2015**

* Once the fee has been paid there will be NO refunds.

** If the selected student has not paid their registration fee by the deadline, their place will automatically pass to the next student on the waiting list. 


Workshop Schedule

Opening of the workshop

Introduction and explanation of work methodology by Abbas Kiarostami.

Students presentation.

Abbas Kiarostami Abbas Kiarostami will present the themes upon which the students should build their projects.

Viewing the work created in other workshops in different parts of the world, and the latest works of Abbas Kiarostami.

Session 1 — Locations visit: All the students of the workshop will visit locations preselected by Abbas Kiarostami, for the purpose of shooting their projects.

Laboratory of creation 1: Individual consultation regarding the ideas of the students for their projects. Creation of their story.

Laboratory of creation 2: Individual consultation regarding the ideas of the students for their projects. Creation of their story.

Start of shooting. The students who have had their story approved can start their shooting.

Casting: The workshop will provide a casting session of professional and non-professional actors who will be available to participate in the filming of the projects

Directing actors exercise: Each student will select an actor for their story and convened for the first rehearsals. Abbas Kiarostami will guide the students in how to work with actors.

Laboratory of creation 3: Individual consultation regarding the ideas of the students for their projects. Creation of their story.

Discussion for film and audio-visual students.

Abbas Kiarostami will shoot his own project at the same time and in the same conditions as the students.

Availability of viewing the individual material: the students who have completed their initial recordings will go through revision sessions with Abbas Kiarostami.

Availability of viewing the edited material 1: the students who have finished editing their work will go through revision sessions with Abbas Kiarostami.

Availability of viewing the edited material 2: the students who have finished editing their work will go through revision sessions with Abbas Kiarostami.

Availability of viewing the edited material 3: the students who have finished editing their work will go through revision sessions with Abbas Kiarostami.

Session 1: Projection of completed works

Session 2: Projection of completed works.

Closure of workshop and presentation of diplomas.


The order and the activities can be totally or partially modified by Abbas Kiarostami according to the group.

Parallel Activities

Kiarostami at Bande à Part Thursday, March 5

Abbas Kiarostami will present an  exclusive master class for students of the Bande à Part Film School where he will discuss in depth the pillars of his film work.

Master Class In the company of José Luis Guerín Saturday, March 7

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During half a day, there will a Master Class open to the public. It will be focused principally towards film students and professionals. The Master Class will begin with one of his works followed by a lecture where Abbas Kiarostami will talk about his life’s work and will answer participants’ questions.

Place: Instituto Francés. Carrer Moià, 8 – 08006 Barcelona.
Date: 4:30pm
Price:  20€
Places are Limited.
More information:

Retrospective at the Filmoteca of Barcelona From Friday 27th of February to 10th of March

Filmoteca de Catalunya

Khane-ye doust kodjast? Where Is the Friend’s Home?
Whit Abbas Kiarostami Tuesday 3
Tuesday 3 / 20.00 h – Sala Chomón
Saturday 7 / 22.00 h – Sala Chomón

Nema-ye Nazdik Close-Up
Wednesday 4 / 20.00 h – Sala Chomón
Wednesday 25 / 18.30 h – Sala Laya

Zendegi va digar hich Life, and Nothing More…
Thursday 5 / 17.00h – Sala Chomón
Saturday 14 / 21.30h – Sala Laya

Zir e darakhtan é zeyton Through the Olive Trees
Friday 6 / 19.30 h – Sala Chomón
Friday 20 / 19.00 h – Sala Laya

Ta’m e guilas Taste of Cherry
Tuesday10 / 21.30h – Sala Laya

Saturday 21 / 19.30h- Sala Chomón


Le vent nous emportera
The Wind Will Carry Us

Thursday 12 / 21.30h – Sala Laya
Sunday 22 / 19.00h – Sala Chomón

Thursday 19 / 17.00h Sala Chomón
Sunday 22 / 16.30h Sala Laya

10 on Ten
Tuesday 24 / 21.30h Sala Laya
Tuesday 31 / 21.30h Sala Laya

Friday 27 / 17.00h Sala Chomón
Sunday 29 / 19.30h Sala Laya

Copie conforme Certified Copy
Friday 27 / 21.30h Sala Laya
Saturday 28 / 22.00h Sala Chomón

Like Someone in Love
Saturday 28 / 19.00h Sala Laya
Tuesday 31 / 18.30h Sala Laya


Projection of the 10 best short films from the 2015 workshop at the the International Cinéma D’Auteur Festival of Barcelona.

To start the exhibition tour of the works undertaken during the workshop in Barcelona 2015, the D’A, International Cinéma D’Auteur Festival of Barcelona, that will take place from April 24th to May 3th 2015, will screen a special session with the best short films from the workshop.

This selection will be chosen by Abbas Kiarostami and the workshop students.

Screening of best short films from the 2014 workshop at Casa America. Wednesday 25th of February

Under the framework LATcinema (film program of Casa America Catalunya), the best short films from the 2014 workshop Filming in Colombia with Abbas Kiarostami will be screened. The screenings will take place at Cinemes Girona on Wednesday 25th of February at 8pm, two days before the start of the workshops in Barcelona.

Place: Cinema Girona. Carrer Girona, 175, 08025 Barcelona
Date: Wednesday 25th of February
Hour: 20h

With the participation of

Pati LlimonaFilmoteca







Festiva Internacional l de Cinema d'Autor de BarcelonaestrelladammCentro PersépolisBarcelona Film CommissionAyuntament de BarcelonaCasa Asia

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Creative Director
Liliana Díaz Castillo
Blackfactory Cinema
T. +34 684 014 415

Executive Producer
Estephania Bonnett
Blackfactory Cinema
T. +34 693 223 683

Jana Montllor
T. + 34 650 250 463


Graphic design and Web — Juan F. Mejía.
Photos — Liliana Díaz Castillo