Mecal Balears is coming to Palma on the 29th and 30th of November, 2 days loaded with free activities for both film professionals and students, and the general public.


Thursday 29th of November

11am, Ladat Studios
Bendito Machine: talk with Jossie Malis about the saga, its international distribution, flipbooks and crowdfunding

Jossie Malis is an illustrator, animator and filmmaker of Peruvian-Chilean origin based in Mallorca. His Bendito Machine saga (Zumbakamera Films) has been selected at hundreds of film festivals around the world, stacking up over 80 national and international awards.

4pm, Ca N’Oleo
Animation workshop for elementary and high school teachers, by Mario Torrecillas (Petits Dibuixos Animats)

Educational project Petits Dibuixos Animats, led by Mario Torrecillas, has visited schools all over the world, providing kids and teenagers with the tools to express themselves through drawing, music and animation, while they learn how to create a short film.

In this 3 hours session, Torrecillas will teach the animation techniques used in the project so that the attendees can put them into practice in the classroom, by using readily available mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

7pm, HM Jaime III Hotel
Round table of female scriptwriters, in collaboration with ACIB (Associació de Cineastes de les Illes Balears)

The Bechdel test is a method of evaluating whether or not a film script (or other fictional work) meets the minimum standards to avoid gender inequality. With women credited as writers of just a 15% of films produced in Spain, it comes as no surprise that most films fail the test. With the collaboration of ACIB (Balearic Islands Filmmakers Association), we have invited successful female scriptwriters to participate in this round table, where they will share their experiences in this still very much male-dominated world, and will try to offer they keys to change it. With the participation of: Marga Melià, Marta Hierro and Laura Gost.

Friday 30th of November

10am, HM Jaime III Hotel
One-to-one meetings with buyers, distributors and festivals

Series of one-to-one meetings with the aim of strengthening the bonds between professionals, by fostering and customizing their encounters. Filmmakers and producers will have the chance to present their projects, in 10min meetings, to the key-player/s of their choice: distributors, exhibitors, buyers, TV channels and film festivals.

Confirmed key-players:

    • Jaume Ripoll, VOD platform – Filmin (Spain)
    • Simon Young, buyer – Shorts TV (UK)
    • Ruth Cantarero, buyer – Metrópolis/RTVE (Spain)
    • João Garção Borges, buyer – Shortsplanet (Portugal)
    • Irene Cubells, distributor – Some Like it Short (Spain)
  • Anne Leymarie, film festival – Plein la Bobine (France)

11am, Ladat Studios
Masterclass on production processes for animation, by Juan Carlos Concha (NonStop Barcelona)

Juan Carlos Concha has a long career in film and animation: graphic designer, filmmaker, teacher and producer, he has also worked as animator, assistant director and background artist in European productions: Mia et le Migou by Folimage, L’Illusioniste by Silvain Chomet (Django Films), Chico & Rita by Fernando Trueba and Mariscal (Studio Mariscal).

In 2004 he founded his own production company, Apeman Studio, and nowadays is the director of NonStop Barcelona, besides teaching animation, drawing and colour at different schools in Barcelona. Based on his own experience, he will explain the production processes involved in an animation project.

12pm, Es Baluard Auditorium
Lecture on film distribution and promotion strategies, by Ismael Martin (ECAM)

Ismael Martin is the head of the distribution department at ECAM (Escuela de Cinematografia y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid, Madrid Film and Media Arts School), he is in charge of the Madrid en Corto catalogue and he specializes in short and independent film distribution. During his professional career he has distributed over 500 short films in film festivals, earning over 15.000 selections and 2.000 accolades, including a number of nominations to the Goya awards (organized by the Spanish Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences) and an Oscars nomination.

2pm, by invitation only
Industry event: film festivals, institutions and producers of the Balearic Islands meeting

Gathering of the Balearic Islands film industry’s various agents (producers, institutions, film festival representatives), a meal to network, create closer ties, share experiences and develop new synergies.

5pm, Es Baluard Auditorium
VR production for Google Spotlight Stories: talk with Mariano Melman-Carrara (Nexus Studios)

After graduating from the London College of Communication with honours in animation, Mariano worked as a director of short films, music videos and television commercials before joining Passion Pictures in London as an animation producer (2010). During that time, he worked with clients such as Vodafone, Toyota, Unilever, Diageo, Renault, HSBC, Visa and the award-winning artists Damon Albarn (Everyday Robots) and Spike Jonze (Her).

Melman joined Nexus Studios, London, in 2015, where he works as a producer on animation projects as varied as 360 ° / VR interactive films, web and interactive arts. During this talk, he will explain his experience producing projects such as ‘Rain or Shine’ for Google Spotlight Stories and ‘Back to the Moon’ for Google Doodle.

6:30pm, Es Baluard Auditorium
Balearic Islands short films screening, followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers

Screening of a selection of the finest Balearic short films of recent years. With the presence of the filmmakers, who will introduce their films and answer the audience’s questions.

Kyoko by Marcos Cabotá and Joan Bover

Bendito Machine by Jossie Malis

Microfísica by Joan Carles Martorell

Woody & Woody by Jaume Carrió

LOCATION: Palma (Mallorca)


LADAT STUDIOS: ParcBit Edificio Europa, 07121 Palma, Islas Baleares
ESBALUARD: Plaça de la Porta de Santa Catalina, 10, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears
HOTEL HM JAIME III: Passeig de Mallorca, 14 B, 07012 Palma, Illes Balears
CA N’OLEO: Carrer de l’Almudaina, 4, 07001 Palma, Illes Balears


DATE: 29th and 30th November

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