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Matías Piñeiro will be the coordinator of the Filmmaking Studies Postgraduate Course of Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Piñeiro succeeds Laida Lertxundi who has put aside her relationship with teaching to focus on her artistic practice

07/10/2020

The Argentinean filmmaker ("La princesa de Francia", "Hermia y Helena", "Isabella") has premiered his films at events such as the San Sebastian Film Festival, Berlinale, Locarno, Toronto, Bafici and Viennale

Matías Piñeiro will be the coordinator of the Filmmaking Studies Postgraduate Course of Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola

Matías Piñeiro (Buenos Aires, 1982) studied film directing at the University of Film in Buenos Aires, where he later taught directing, scriptwriting and film history. In 2011 he moved to the United States after being granted a fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University to pursue his film projects. In 2014 he earned a Master's degree in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University and currently teaches film directing at the Pratt Institute, New York (USA). Since 2019 he has been a guest professor at Le Fresnoy, Studio national des arts contemporains (France) and at the Elías Querejeta Film School.

Since 2010 he has made a series of films about female roles in William Shakespeare's comedies, called 'Las Shakespeareadas'. His feature films include 'El Hombre Robado' (2007), 'Todos mienten' (2009), 'Rosalinda' (2010), 'Viola' (2012), 'La Princesa de Francia' (2014), 'Hermia & Helena' (2016) and 'Isabella' (2020).  He is currently editing his short film 'Sycorax', which he co-directed with the Galician filmmaker Lois Patiño. The film is based on Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. Next year he plans to shoot a feature film entitled 'Ariel', also in collaboration with Patiño. His films have been premièred at the Berlinale, the San Sebastián Film Festival, the Locarno, Toronto, the New York Film Festival, the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, Bafici, Viennale…

His work has featured in retrospective exhibitions held in many international institutions, including the Film Society of the Lincoln Center, New York; Jeu de Paume, Paris; Cineteca Nacional, Mexico City; Kino Arsenal, Berlin; Athenée Françias, Tokyo; CGAI, A Coruña; Filmoteca Española, Madrid; Cinematek, Brussels; Lightbox Cinemathèque, Toronto; CPH:PIX, Copenhagen; and Novos Cinemas, Pontevedra, among others. Matías also works as a film programmer on the selection committee for the Punto de Vista Film Festival (Pamplona) and for the monthly series 'If you can screen it there' at the Anthology Film Archives (New York).

Matías Piñeiro succeeds Laida Lertxundi who has been part of the teaching staff and academic coordination of Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola since the beginning of the school's academic activities in 2017, and who momentarily puts aside her relationship with teaching to focus on her artistic practice and professional career.

Filmmaking Studies speciality basically deals with aspects linked to the conception, development and implementation processes of a piece of work, and the search by the filmmaker to find a voice of their own. It offers theoretical training about non-standardised cinema; and the chance to take part in a rich environment that favours reflection and creative thought and develop a personal project through a personalised tutoring system, in accordance with the affinities of each student and the needs of their project. In this way, the speciality confronts students with conception processes, working methodologies, experimentation and the conceptualisation and implementation of projects.