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Samuel Alarcón



Samuel Alarcón (born in Madrid in 1980) received his degree in Audiovisual Communication in 2003. After a short period of working at the Spanish National Radio he produced and completed his first feature length documentary in Rome, 3000 Years of Labor (2004). In the same year he began to direct the “Cult Films” feature on the Spanish National Radio program. In 2005 he produced and completed his first exploration in fiction, Octavio, which was submitted to several exhibitions and competitions. It won the “Rome Prize” at the Academy of Spain in Rome, where he also began the arrangements for his second feature-length documentary, City of Signs. In 2006 he began a project called Cartas alongside his friend and fellow filmmaker Javier Cardenete, which illustrates an audiovisual correspondence between individuals. The film received the prize for best feature length film and honorable mention in the film festival of Ateneo de la Laguna in Tenerife (2008).
He has also delved into the world of video-art with works such as Pal, Altoviti’07, and Il Pulcino. He has also worked in sound production and design for several television series, video installations, and short films. He is currently researching Roberto Rossellini for his PHD in Film History from UAM (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), from which he has already received his diploma of advanced studies. He is also preparing a summer course for the university entitled: “Sites in Cinema: The utilization of space in film.”


3000 Years of Labor (58’, Spain, 2004)
Octavio (3’30, Spain, 2006)
Pal. Altoviti.’07. (7’, Spain, 2007)
Strolls Through the City of Signs: I. Il Pulcino (4’, Spain, 2008)
City of Signs (62’, Spain, 2009)
Medium Brown Bag (4', Spain, 2009)
El Destello/The Sparkle (18', Spain, 2010)
La Caja de Medea/Medea's Box (17', Spain, 2012)
4,5,5,1 (Cronica intima de un terremoto) (70', Spain, 2012)


City of Signs

La Ciudad de los Signos (Orig.) / 2009 / Spain / 62 min

City of Signs is a journey through the films of Italian director Roberto Rossellini.



East Doc Platform for the fifth time

East Doc Platform for the fifth time

Do you want to make a film? The Institute of Documentary Film (IDF) is looking for documentary projects in development, production and post-production for the 5th edition of East Doc Platform.

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Thomas A. Østbye: Reducing Reality or Losing Control of the Film

Thomas A. Østbye: Reducing Reality or Losing Control of the Film

What is most mysterious in life is existence itself, says renowned Norwegian director Thomas A. Østbye in an interview about his documentary films and his Indonesian interactive project 17.000 Islands. The interview was made at the 19th Jihlava IDFF.

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- 6.11.2015 -

Doclisboa: Risk, Želimir Žilnik, Terrorism and more

Doclisboa: Risk, Želimir Žilnik, Terrorism and more

The 13th edition of Doclisboa International Film Festival takes place from October 22 to November 1 and shows 236 films from 40 countries, including a total of 43 world premieres. On November 2 to 15, the festival will be followed by a special Doclisboa event at DAFilms.com.

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