71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023

the Room Z at Tabakalera will be hosting two workshops that will be held on 3 May and 28 June, respectively. The first of these will have representatives from Another Way Film Festival and aims to provide basic knowledge about the work carried out to date in the field of sustainable narratives and about future challenges. The second workshop, run by the Climate Spring Training organisation and aimed at professionals in the fields of film creation (directing, scriptwriting, production, etc.), will have a second part in September during the Festival. It will focus on storytelling and on options to harness the narrative power of cinema and television to change the way citizens engage with and demand action on the climate crisis. If you are interested in taking part please enrol by e-mailing: eztabai@sansebastianfestival.com and send a short CV and a motivation letter regarding working on alternative narratives about the climate crisis.

Another Narratives: writing a sustainable future on screen

Date: 03.05.2024
Hour: 10 – 14 h
Place: Sala Z de Tabakalera (Pl. de las Cigarreras, 1, 20012 Donostia-San Sebastian)
Registration deadline: Before 30 April 2024, the name, surname and ID number of those who wish to participate in the event must be submitted to the Department of Thought and Discussion (eztabai@sansebastianfestival.com).


The urgency imposed by the deterioration of the planet calls for stories that are up to the task. Are there films that can imagine the path towards a more sustainable society? With the conviction that cinema can change the world, we are launching this training course, which will allow us to begin to construct fictions and narratives that appeal to our emotions to take on the great threat of our time: the climate crisis.

The workshop will consist of three phases. First, Marta García Larriu, director of the Another Way Association, will put the situation of global warming and the concepts associated with sustainable development into context. Next, we will analyse new approaches to the relationship between the climate crisis and audiovisual narrative. Finally, Spanish filmmaker Óscar Pérez Ramírez will propose a group dynamic to stimulate creators to incorporate environmental issues organically into their stories.

  • Marta García Larriu is the founder and director of the cultural association Another Way. Its flagship event is the film festival on sustainable progress: Another Way Film Festival, which has just closed its first French edition in the city of Bordeaux and is preparing the 10th edition in Madrid (Oct. 2024). The Association also creates national and international film cycles, as well as training courses on sustainable audiovisual production and alternative narratives. Marta is also an international independent film producer. She has been the president of the SANNAS Association, companies for the triple bottom line and for almost 4 years the president of MATRIZ (the network of film festivals in Madrid). She participates as a speaker at different events, has been a Greenpeace jury member at the San Sebastian Festival and has written the chapter Sustainability in the Spanish audiovisual industry in the Report on the State of Culture in Spain 2022: the audiovisual sector, towards a sustainable and diverse growth of the Alternativas Foundation.
  • Óscar Pérez Ramírez studied film at the London College of Communication and is a lecturer in documentary film at the Pompeu Fabra University (Barcelona), the ECAM, the NIC (Madrid Film Institute) and content creator for TVE's Proyecto Haz. Recently, he has collaborated as a pedagogue in the film programme for schools, Cine en Curso, and as a workshop leader at the EICTV in San Antonio de los Baños (Cuba). His short film 'El sastre' (2008) won at IDFA (Amsterdam) and obtained the Cinema Eye Honors (New York), the film merit award at the Listapad International Film Festival (Belarus) among other awards. In 2011, he directed 'Hollywood Talkies', which competed at the Venice Film Festival and, in 2014, he directed 'El Tram Final' (2014), which won the Silver Biznaga for Best Director at the Malaga Festival. 'La Mejor Opción' (2016), her first fiction feature film premiered at Viennale and won the award for best leading actress at Cinespaña (Toulouse). Currently, she has finished shooting 'Leaving the nest', a short film that is also the pilot of a fiction series about the irruption of the wild in the urban, entitled 'Natural'.

Regenerative Worldbuilding

Date: 28.06.2024
Hour: 10 – 14 h (TBC)
Place: Sala Z  Tabakalera (Pl. de las Cigarreras, 1, 20012 Donostia-San Sebastian)
Registration deadline: Before 30 April 2024, the name, surname and ID number of those who wish to participate in the event, motivation letter and short synopsis of an audiovisual project must be submitted to the Department of Thought and Discussion (eztabai@sansebastianfestival.com).


This is a practical and participatory group writing workshop to explore a regenerative world as a context or setting for narrative media. It will have an introductory part that will put into context the exercise that will follow.

World-building is used in film, television, video games and other media to create immersive alternate realities that often influence the real world. By creating rich narrative worlds in which humanity rises to the ecosystemic challenges we have set for ourselves, we hope to encourage creators to help inspire people and create through fiction a world we would actively want to live in. We will base the construction of narrative worlds on examples of the future that is already here, and work out a set of rules for you to learn from the patterns of the natural world.

In this workshop you will playfully visit the pioneers who are already making that future possible, co-create the world in transition in depth, develop characters according to new archetypes, and craft stories that illuminate that world in a compelling way. The exercises will help you better understand how to bring your stories into the narrative world of your choice.

To participate, it will be necessary to bring your own laptop (if possible), so that at least each group has one to carry out the exercises. It will also be necessary to attach a CV and a synopsis or concept of a project of a maximum of half a page.

Finally, this workshop will have a second part that will take place in September (during the dates of the San Sebastian Film Festival, still to be confirmed) in which the synopses or treatments of five of the participants will be studied in depth through the guidance of Eva Svenstedt Ward and Lucy Stone (this part will be given in English with simultaneous translation).

  • Lucy Stone is the founder of Climate Spring, the global organization funding and supporting scripted and unscripted storytelling that changes the way society sees the climate crisis. Climate Spring works with all stakeholders in the industry as a funder, advisor, convenor and facilitator. Lucy is a leading narrative change expert and climate innovator having set up many successful organizations and initiatives. Lucy has been a leader in philanthropy, in social enterprise, advising UN organizations and governments.
  • Gustavo Montes de Oca worldbuilds and builds the world he wants to see. He has experience working in everything from urban agriculture to electric mobility platform cooperatives and emergency response. He is a futurist, sci-fi writer and active member of Radar - a decentralised futures community with people around the planet discovering and creating wonderful futures.
About Climate Spring

Climate Spring is a global development fund and a screen industry insider organisation that works with production companies, talent and networks to identify and nurture stories that can change how society responds to the climate crisis in all genres. Climate Spring is currently funding, co-financing and supporting a range of leading production companies, screen writers and talent, on a range of genres from crime to thriller to romantic comedy.

By informing, inspiring and incentivising creatives, Climate Spring supports the creation of new screen narratives and stories about how we can navigate the climate crisis together, empowering us all to imagine a different future.

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