The Government of the Canary Islands and Miradasdoc organise the Laboratory for the Development of Creative Documentaries and Cinéma Vérité, CREADOC; an initiative that has been going for more than ten years with the aim of promoting the development of documentary projects and the Canary Islands brand.
The training process will take place over three annual meetings, two face-to-face and one online, during which the selected documentary makers will be able to work on their projects with highly respected professionals acting as advisers or specialists.
The work will also include aspects related to exploring the projects’ potential for production and distribution.
The Laboratory work is comprised of two face-to-face meetings, each of which will take place over three days, in which the authors of the selected projects will work with two invited specialists. The first will be held within the framework of the MiradasDoc Festival, which is held in Guía de Isora (Tenerife).
Rolando Díaz (Havana, 1947) is a Cuban director and screenwriter who has left his mark on the history of Canary Islands cinema, having carried out much of his work in the islands. After graduating in Cuban Studies at the University of Havana, he worked for the Latin American ICAIC news programme between 1977 and 1980, together with the documentary maker Santiago Álvarez.
He made his first feature film in the 80s; Los pájaros tirándole a la escopeta (1984). With this costumbrista comedy, he won the Grand Coral third prize at the 6th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema of Havana and the Catalina de Oro Award for Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 24th Cartagena Film Festival (Colombia). He also released several fictional feature films, including En tres y dos (1985) and La vida en rosa (1989). In 1993, he directed the first Canarian-Cuban co-production in history, El largo viaje de Rústico (1993), with which he won the award for Best Documentary at the Huesca International Film Festival, a Caracol Nacional for his speciality in Havana, and a Goya nomination.
His film making career continued to grow, adding titles such as If You Only Understood (1998), Cercanía (2004), and La vida según Ofelia (2007), with great success at various international festivals.