A film laboratory for young teens and teenagers from the ages of 9 up to 17 years of age.

An intensive lab of 8 consecutive days where as a team you will make your first short film.

From January 9th until 16th.

From 3pm to 7pm.

*Except for the days of shooting that they will be extended if necessary.


“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot.”

-Werner Herzog

We envision a workshop that encourages the curiosity of our students, that let’s them examine their surroundings and perceive reality. We then make use of films as a tool that allows the portrayal of this curiosity and adapt it for expressive purposes.
With this in mind, we came up with an active teaching dynamic, where participants could experience filmmaking in a playful but meticulous manner.

What we’ll be suggesting is going out for a walk around town with a perceptive look, noticing the little things, the people around, even being aware of the words one can hear at random, trusting that these incentives will awaken in children and teenagers their thirst for storytelling.

Our goal is to get them inspired on location by taking pictures, listening to the sounds of the place, observing characteristic movements, writing notes in situ, talking to people on the street. That way we can head back to the workshop and translate that living experience into a script.

We’re going to use documentary filmmaking format to discover the film that already exists in reality, and we will use fiction to rehearse, repeat, experiment with lighting and framing, and even develop their first acting tools.

We will shoot the script using all the essential tools for a film. Role playing, time management and usage of professional technical equipment.
What we are especially interested in is encouraging the students to have a teamwork experience that demystifies the role of the film director as a lone creator.
We care about both the end result and the process, that is why we also want to record the behind the scenes and edit it together with the final piece.

Our goal is for the participants to have an experience showing that the film industry isn’t out of reach, far away, in another country, but closer, at the house next door, at the beach that you walk down every day, or in that idyllic place where each summer there is a Film Festival.


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Guillermo Madeiro


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Juan Ignacio Fernández




Presentation, first ideas, walk around town, photos.
Viewing short film and scenes.


Script Writing – Preproduction.


Presentation of technical material, equipment.

Basic tools for directing actors.

Watching examples of related cinematographic concepts.


Shoot day.


Shoot day.


Edit Part I


Edit Part II


Completion – Screening of the short film.


500 USD 

10% off for JIIFF Club members

10% off for siblings

Limited places!

Reserve your place at corte@joseignaciofilmfestival.com



JIIFF and La Liga de Fomento of José Ignacio each offer a grant that covers 100% of the course. The course will be held during JIIFF festival, from January 9th until the16th, 2021, and will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. (except on the days of filming that the time will be extended if necessary).

The grant will be awarded by competition. To participate, applicants must film themselves on camera or phone explaining why they would like to win it. The video must be of no more than 1 minute. Send the video to: corte@joseignaciofilmfestival.com with subject:  BECA JIIFF or BECA LIGA,, respectively.


Who can participate?


All young people from Maldonado, with ages between 9 and 17 years old (with signed authorization from their parents at the start of the course), who cannot afford the course, can participate.


All young people in the area (between the two lagoons and between Route 9 and the sea) that are between 9 and 17 years old (with signed authorization from their parents at the start of the course), who cannot afford the course, can participate.
It is the responsibility of whoever obtains it, to arrive and return to the course every day. It takes place in José Ignacio.

Guillermo Madeiro

Guillermo Madeiro

(Uruguay, 1984)

He works as an editor and director.

Bachelor’s degree in Social Communication and Film Editing teacher.

Along with Federico Borgia, he has written and directed the fiction feature film Clever (2015), which was granted with more than twenty national and international awards; and the documentary feature film The Champion of the World (2019), which, among other recognitions, won the Audience Award at the BBC's Longshots Film Festival and was considered the Best National Documentary of 2019 by the Uruguayan Film Critics Association.

He is currently developing a non-fiction feature film called “Abyecta”, along with Annasofia Facello.

As a film editor, he has worked on feature films such as Bosco (Alicia Cano, 2020); Land of children (Carolina Campo, 2020); My father’s dreams (Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe, in process of editing); Restless spirit (Matías Guerreros - Eli-u Pena, 2019); Freedom is a big word (Guillermo Rocamora, 2018); Life on board (Emiliano Mazza, 2018); New Venice (E. Mazza, 2016).

Juan Ignacio Fernández Hoppe

Juan Ignacio Fernández

(Uruguay, 1981).

Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences, Film Editing teacher at Film School of Uruguay (ECU) and Documentary Screenwriting teacher in the Bachelor's Degree in Audiovisual Communication program at The National School of Fine Arts Institute (ENBA) in Montevideo.


Short and medium-length films: Cococho (2003, Best documentary medium-length film at the Cinemateca Festival); Talitha Koum (2004), Hijo (2005, KODAK Award at the Cinemateca Festival), Bichito de luz (2005), and La mudanza (2007), El ejercicio de la democracia (2012)

Feature film: The flowers of my family, selected at festivals in Chile, Argentina, Ecuador, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Greece, Russia, Switzerland, among others. Best Latin American Film Award at FIDOCS, Santiago de Chile.

He also works as an editor of feature films, such as Río de los Ángeles pintados (Marcelo Casacuberta, 2007), El hombre congelado (Carolina Campo Lupo, 2014), among others, and of television content for Spain, Brazil, Ecuador and the United States.

He is currently working on his second documentary feature film My father’s dreams (FONA, ICAU and MVD Filma).