The Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and Listín Diario began the live broadcasts of the first edition of the virtual Shortest Week, which covered four and a half hours of screenings and webinars through integrated digital platforms.

Of the 61 audiovisuals that will have virtual screenings until July 31, the audiovisual theses carried out by the first generation who graduated from the Audiovisual Communication and Cinematographic Arts degree were selected to inaugurate this « cyber version » in times of pandemic.

The audience appreciated and commented on the projected audiovisual theses: the documentaries “Toro Bravo”, in which María José Miranda and Laura Sanz reconstruct the artistic life of Luis Días, and in this genre, too, and with rhythmic tessitura, Luis Concepción and Julio Vargas narrates the greatness of percussion, with “A leather rhythm”.

Likewise, the documentary genre was represented in “275”, by Laura Hamann and Melody Astacio, which compiles the vicissitudes of being a woman and developing a political career for Milagros Ortiz Bosch, Mary Cantisano, Guadalupe Valdez, Carolina Mejía, Michelle Ortiz and Faride Raful.

The experimental documentary was released for the first time in this edition, with “Glimpse of an inherent work”, by Sebastián Romero and Miguel de Moya; giving way to the investigations that resulted in the short films “VaronES”, by Gabriela Bueno and Hephzibah Ramírez, who present the toxicities of hegemonic masculinity; and “Escríbelo”, by Sabrina Díaz and Alejandra Bencosme, calls for the real inclusion of deaf and dumb people in universities.

Graduate Enver Ernesto López developed a script proposal to vindicate for the rights of domestic workers and generated the teaser « Tomasa », while the presenter of La shorter week, Yafreysy Familia, carried out an educational campaign that shows the effects of social networks on adolescents: « Generation Like ».

Journalism and cinema in the covid-19 era
The shorter Monday culminated in two webinars that put journalism and film in context in the Covid-19 era. The director of the Listín Diario newspaper, Miguel Franjul, spoke with the academic vice-rector of PUCMM, Dr. David Álvarez, informing more than 100 students connected through the Zoom application, about the processes assumed by the newspaper to continue operating in the confinement.

« A new news narrative, greater integration of cyber readers and the creation of activities to dispel, has allowed the digital transformation of the Listín Diario, » said Franjul.

For the vice-rector, Dr. Álvarez, more than a « transformation, the longest-running newspaper in the country has reinvented itself. »

Reinvention has also been taken up by the film industry, according to the experiences of filmmakers Michael Flores, a post-production specialist and professor at DePaul University in Chicago, and Michele D’Acosta, producer and screenwriter at the Brighton Film School.

They agree that in order to create the film worlds that covid-19 has prevented from moving, the use of green screens in the industry has spread. Also that the documentary genre is the most feasible to achieve in the face of health protocols that must take precedence in a filming before the pandemic.

The SMC2020 has the support of the Listin Diario, DGCine, Caribbean Cinemas, Grupo Ramos, Media, Butterfly Shop and Orders Now.

In the 13th edition of the Audiovisual Festival the audiovisual productions of the INTEC, Chavón and Unibe universities also meet, becoming the streaming of national productions made by the generation of filmmakers of the first two decades of the 21st century.

The presentations of the SMC are made from 4:00 to 6:00 in the afternoon, through the digital platforms of the Listín Diario and the PUCMM School of Communication. After the round of screenings, the webinars will take place until 8:30 at night.