Catalan Professional Audiovisual Association CPAC (Col·legi Professional de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya) held the inaugural CPAC Awards last 13 December at the Civic Centre Calabria 66 in Barcelona (former offices of the ONCE Foundation). The Awards are for students and are designed to bring the world of audiovisual studies and the professional industry closer together and to recognise the valuable work being done at an educational level.
During the proceedings Josep M. Queraltó was named an Honorary Member of the Association, in recognition of his life’s work and career in the business. Appreciation was also shown for the group of volunteers – comprised of audiovisual students from several schools in Catalonia called up by CPAC – who helped put together informative packages for the TV3 Marathon telethon fundraiser event. CPAC gifted each of the participants one year’s membership to help with their transition from student life into the professional world.
Winner of the first prize, named the Josep Serra Estruch Award, was the short film Fiction in Fiction, directed by Humbert Campins and Ignacio Malagón, which was entered in the Noves Visions – SGAE Nueva Autoría section (“New Visions – SGAE New Auteurs”) at the last Sitges Film Festival. Francesc Serra, Josep Serra i Estruch’s son, presented the award.
Josep Serra was a Catalan writer, teacher and audiovisual professional, a pioneer in Spain of media literacy and founder, in Catalonia in 1970, of the first official school in audiovisual production, EMAV.