The IE University Creativity Center, located in the Real Casa de la Moneda de Segovia (Royal Mint of Segovia), presents the first Casa Film Arts Festival, which includes five outdoor films, musical concerts, live electronic music sessions and several meetings with filmmakers from the cultural sector throughout this month of September.
“Casa is a hybrid project—it combines online content with face-to-face content, which aims to give visibility to the unique environment where it takes place—la Real Casa de la Moneda—and allude to the ideas that the word evokes in order to promote a dialogue between the heritage city that hosts the festival and the international community that created it,” says Juan Carlos Redondo, director of the IE Creativity Center.
From September 16 to 26, sessions have been arranged with filmmakers such as Ainhoa Rodríguez—whose cinematographic works have impressed at festivals such as Moscow or Rotterdam—or international role models such as the Italian designer, Andrea Caruso. The director will premiere her debut film Destello Bravío in Segovia, and will offer an interactive laboratory where, through filmic language, “she will try to turn the differences between the participants into points of union.”
As far as the films are concerned, Casa includes screenings of La pintora y el ladrón (2020), I am, I was, I will be (2019), Destello Bravío (2021), Lovecut (2020), Origen (2020) and Salka, en tierra de nadie (2019) in a very specific way, “and with the main objective of facilitating an intercultural debate in a moment where it is clearly necessary,” says Redondo.
In turn, the Valdivia concerts—the charming pop project of the young Madrilenian Irene López—-, and Firmado, Carlota—of the Murcian Carlota Cabrerizo—in the Jardín del Rey, the musical taste of Andrea Kamenar, and the electronics of Segovian music producer Juan Antonio Xas “will put the cohesive power of art in the hands of the interaction of diverse audiences.”
At the same time, the festival will offer an exclusive meeting with the writer and renowned cinephile José Félix Valdivieso—president of the IE China Center, and winner of the I Premio Internacional Cuadernos del Laberinto de Pensamiento (2020)—to talk about the film To Live To Sing (China, Johnny Ma, 2019).
The festival also aims to voice the projects led by IE University students. With this in mind, it will include content from the IE Short Film Festival—the IE University student short film festival—as well as from the IE Theatre Club and the IEU Arts Society.
“Through cinema and the arts in general, the festival emerges through recent times to promote an open dialogue between the city of Segovia, which is a World Heritage Site, and an international setting, such as our Santa Cruz Campus, with more than a hundred nationalities among its student body,” adds the director of the Creativity Center.
Free tickets are available at the Centro de Recepción de Visitantes de Segovia (Visitor Center of Segovia), located next to the Aqueduct, at the following times: Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sundays.
In addition, the facilities at the IE Creativity Center are hosting the “Ciclos” exhibition until October 2, 2021, which addresses the response of IE University students to the pandemic through painting, photography or sculpture. The exhibition presents a collection of artwork—including sketches, oil portraits, sculptures or landscape photographs—created in the last year with the idea of communicating the experience of university students during the health crisis and convey their optimistic vision and hope for a better future. “Ciclos” is a compilation of the work of four IE University student clubs (Music, Dance, Photography and Art) within the Campus Life department.
Under the scope of IE Campus Life, IE University’s Creativity Center aims to establish a dialogue between IE University and the city through art and creativity. What’s more, the center has created an innovative ecosystem where young university students can share their ideas, interests, and innovative talent.
Throughout its three-year history, the center has welcomed first-rate professionals from various artistic and entrepreneurial fields to present master classes, host workshops, and display their latest work. Additionally, the Creativity Center is an active participant in the city’s cultural life, collaborating with festivals such as the Hay Festival, MUCES, Women Transforming the World, Winter Indie City, and the Diverse Music Festival.