Las Palmas International Film Academy 2023

 CINEIMPACT Film Academy 

invites you to

Sustainable Film Production

Visual and Communication Anthropology

Disruptive Storytelling

in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

29th of January – 5th of February 2023, Spain

12 days of Practical Learning and Personal Mentorship :

8 days On-Site + 4 days On-Line

2 Filmcelerator Production Sections :

A. New Film Production

B. Work-in-Progress Incubator

Details of the Cineimpact Academy Content can be found here

Details of the Cineimpact Academy Application can be found here

Do you want to learn how to Create an Immersive Film or Perfect a Scripted Story in 12 days?

Here is a most practical opportunity to turn your personal aims into effective reality

Between 29th January – 5th of February 2023, during 8 Days On-Site plus further 4 Days On-Line Sessions, you have the chance to warm up your creative adrenaline within CINEIMPACT Film Academyan international art and social program dedicated to the sustainable production of high-quality Films and Immersive Story Design, with the support of Sensory Ethnography, Visual Anthropology and Applied Social Sciences.

Through Cineimpact Film Academy courses you learn

How you can get your documentary, docu-fiction or scripted project to reach the exigence of Cannes (and beyond) creative elite!

How you can bridge filmmaking, disruptive storytelling and social personal insight in order to bring what is important for you to the attention of your strategic audiences and general public!

How you can be an effective communicator, story writer and creative innovator with the resources that are arround you, co-creatively ready when you are ready!

The Program brings together Non-Fiction Cinematography, Docu-Fiction Scriptwriting, Story Editing and Engagement Communication with the human-centered insights of Social Sciences. The program activities take place in La Palmas de Gran Canaria, considered by many one of the best winter locations for natural, social and cultural heritage explorations. A port town that mixes Mediterranean and North-African flavors. Las Palmas is the largest city in Spain’s Canary Islands. Modernist, Bauhaus and Spanish colonial architecture, generous sandy beaches and winter daytime temperatures create together the urban paradise of an endless summer. The local heritage and community dynamics make Las Palmas an inviting place to learn, communicate and reach the next level of your creative voice.


The Candidates shall have or are motivated to gain best-practice experience in one or more of the following fields:

  • Independent Filmmaking, Documentary/Docu-Fiction Film, Documentary/Docu-Fiction Animation, Audio-Visual Communication, Photo/Audio/Video Journalism, Visual Anthropology/Sociology/Ethnography, Multimodal Research, Sensory Storytelling, Engaging Videography/Photography, Experimental Film/Multimedia,  Impact Media Production

The candidates will be selected especially based on creative potential, motivation and personality. The selected participants will go through a preparation process. Through a unique, internationally acclaimed method, innovatively developed since 2005, in its 10th year of challenging conventional filmmaking, CINEIMPACT creative adventure guides the participants into exploring Sensorial Storytelling and Immersive Empathy by transgressing the boundaries of Fiction, Non-Fiction, Transmedia and Anthropology.

The applicants for the spring academy can choose from the following Film Production Sections:

1. New Film Production

  • the participants will experience the entire process of film making by developing a new film project from A to Z while going through the fundamentals of anthropological field work, pre-production, production and post-production phases, concluding with a brief final touch on project pitching, fine tuning and distribution

2. Work-in-Progress Incubator

  • the participants will receive advice and development mentorship on one of their work-in-progress projects, being a non-fiction, docu-fiction or fiction project, challenged by the hardships of script development, pre-production, production or post-production phases, integrating optimizations of project’s package, pitching, rough-cut fine tuning or distribution strategy

Cineimpact transdisciplinary method integrates the following hands-on experiences:
  1. A personalized, innovatory approach to practical research methods specific to social sciences, sociology, anthropology;
  2. Methods to accelerate and optimize cinematic creativity, appliable to various topics and causes important for you;
  3. Difference-making and high-quality audio-visual/sensorial storytelling capable to create empathic audience engagement;
  4. Applied Anthropology methodology in the constructions of Documentary/Docu-fiction Scriptwriting and Narrative Structures
  5. Interaction within the Cineimpact Film Academy with social environments and colleagues from diversity-driven backgrounds and countries;
  6. Mentorship and Method learning that comprises prestigious international recognition, in-depth transdisciplinary insight and worldwide fieldwork experience;
  7. The Knowledge of Producing an Independent Film, without being blocked by the lack of financial or material resources, innovatively using the external limitations as portals for improved creativity and solution outcomes

The Participants

While they are mentored in building optimal development strategies for their new and work-in-progress film projects, the selected participants will have the chance to discover themselves at more comprehensive levels, in an environment that challenges their personal creative limits. From learning to recognize exquisite stories after only few hours of researching potential characters and narrative frameworks, to exercising decision making techniques under time pressure, from learning new editing secrets to creating best fit sound design, the academy method gets the participants astonished by how much and how better they can do, in such a short time span.

Navigating a tailored-made and hands-on filmmaking program, the participants are guided through the Cineimpact cognitive journey towards learning how to fufill their best and deeply personal creative potential.


Ionuţ Piţurescu – director, scriptwriter and producer; Dr. in Sociology and Visual Anthropology. Trainer & Consultant equipping creativity and strategy to understand the present and design the future, with professional experience in 40+ countries, creator of steering methods interlacing SDT Cinema, UX Anthropology & Empathic Interaction Design. Amid his cinema work, “Quest” (Romania, 32 min) premiered in Cannes IFF, winning Quinzaine des Realisateurs Award at 63rd Cannes Film Festival, while his feature “Borders” (Romania, Denmark, Burma) was chosen among best world projects in the official selection of Cinefondation Atelier at 68th Cannes Film Festival.

Empowering the co-efficiency of Applied Sciences, Interaction Design and Creative Strategy, set out from Mathematics & Computer Science, pursued a MA in Anthropology & Development and a Phd in Sociology & Visual Anthropology. As behavioral social scientist, innovated in transdisciplinary methods that fuse Cross-Cultural Research, Development and Communication, along 20+ years of fieldworking exigent ecosystems in: USA, Mexico, Burma, Morocco, Arctic/Sami area, South-East Asia, Pacific Siberia, Balkan region, etc

In 2008 while teaching at Bucharest University, cofounded the Center for Innovation, Development and Film set to elevate Creative Education & Strategic Global Communication. In 2014 founded Cineimpact Film Academy, designed to champion Empathy and Engagement of high-quality creative projects through the coworking impact of Social Sciences, Transmedia Storytelling & Film . Other details on his work: here

The Films

developed within CINEIMPACT Film Academies have participated in various film festivals, while the carefully selected ones were developed into successful feature length projects such as “Mother and Son” by David Power (director and videographer, edition 2017) invited in prestigious forums and markets such as Lisbon Docs 2018, East Silver 2019, Astra DocTank 2020, East Doc Market 2023, etc

Cineimpact champions an Alumni community with great professional achievements and impressive creative leaps, designing learning experiences for filmmakers from diverse backgrounds and cultures around the globe, such as Sweden, Denmark, United States, Spain, China, Italy, England, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Ghana, Slovakia, Netherlands, India, Slovenia, Indonesia, Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Turkey, Hong Kong, Switzerland,  etc.

Our Students Experience

”I was able to try a lot of different things. This sense of freedom to experiment and to create was really helpful for me. It was a great experience. A new way of doing things, especially if you are interested in the intersection between anthropology and film.”

Nnenna  Onuoha – PhD researcher in Anthropology 

“I learned a lot about filmmaking, and I had an amazing time working on the film. Great community atmosphere, with colleagues from all over the world. Such an interesting mix of people. It made the experience very, very interesting.”

Oana Țenter – Fulbright Fellow Documentary-making

“It changed me in the way I film, I edit, in the way I prepare. It helped explain things better, understanding the ideas in the film. I was able to ask questions whenever I needed to. I would definitely recommend Cineimpact.”

Ignacio Garcia Sanchez – Filmmaker, storyteller, film editor 

“The hardest part was to create the storyline. Not having a script and shooting for three full days made me feel a little bit concerned. But the Cineimpact team helped me extract the story from my footage. I learned so much in such a short time!”

Sergiu Chirău – Videographer, Storyteller

Apply now for unlocking your career upgrade!

Come as you are,

go with the knowledge to produce an independent film, a better understanding of your-self and of world’s interactions.

Of course, along making new friends, exploring humanity and having result-driven joy!

Does it sound like your comfort zone best creative exit?

If ready to embark on Cineimpact practice-based journey,

do not forget to share your mentorship adventure with your friends!

Details of the Cineimpact Academy Content can be found here

Details of the Cineimpact Academy Application can be found here


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