Oct 2012 - MFA Graduation film to screen in competition at IDFA and DOk Leipzig

Chico Pereira, graduate of Screen Academy Scotland Edinburgh Napier is celebrating after his documentary Pablo's Winter was accepted to two prestigious film festivals.

The film will have its world premiere at the DOK Leipzig festival in Germany, one of the longest-running documentary festivals in the world, later this month before heading to Amsterdam where it will be shown at the International Documentary Film Festival (IDFA) in the IDFA Competition for Student Documentary.

The feature-length documentary was the graduation film of Chico who studied MFA Advanced Film Practice. Pablo's Winter  tells the story of the decay of the Spanish mining industry through chain-smoker Pablo, who lives in Chico’s hometown of Almadén.The retired miner, who is in his seventies, was one of the last to leave the industry when the mines closed 15 years ago.

The film was created with the help of three other Edinburgh Napier graduates; Editor Nick Gibbon who is now a technician with Screen Academy Scotland, Production Manager Hannah Huglin and Cameraman Julian Schwantiz, who currently works as a lecturer with the University. The Executive Producers were Finlay Pretsell and Sonja Henrici from the Scottish Documentary Institute.

Professor Robin MacPherson, Director of Screen Academy Scotland, a Creative Skillset Film & Media Academy said: “We’re absolutely thrilled to see Chico’s film competing for documentary honours in both Amsterdam and Leipzig.  It is especially gratifying that three more of our graduates played key roles in its realisation, demonstrating how our focus on creative collaboration is really paying off.”

Sonja Henrici from Scottish Documentary Institute said: "In a time where it's easy to pick up a camcorder, Pablo's Winter shows us the value of true cinematography and a director's vision. We're extremely proud to present Pablo's Winter to the international film community."