Laura Blanco is a filmmaker and digital marketing specialist based in Barcelona. She also works as a film critic and theorist and is a member of the ACCEC (Associació Catalana de Crítics i Escriptors Cinematogràfics) and Dones Visuals.
During her University years she felt attracted to TV fiction and started a project called Seriespot, an international blog focused on top notch American and European shows. This project led her to become the main organiser of Birraseries event, created by AXN and hosted for the first time in Estrella Damm factory. During those years, she also participated as a guest speaker in the Festival de Series by Canal + that took place in Madrid and Barcelona.
Between 2011 and 2012 she got involved in the film industry working as an Assistant Programmer at MECAL Barcelona International Short and Animation Film Festival. She was in charge of coordinating international entries and also curating powerful audiovisual content for different festival sections. After that, she collaborated as a communication assistant at Apokalipstik Working Title directed by the French director Gilles Gambino.
In 2013 she did an MA in Film Direction at ESCAC where she had the opportunity to train herself in both script and film direction, shooting her first two professional shorts Sin Nosotros and Año Nuevo. During her studies she also directed a music video for the British group David Beats Goliath, nominated as a Best Music Video in the Barcelona Visual Sound Festival. In the same year she collaborated in different productions as assistant director, including Marta por dentro and Superpoderes.
While working as a Head of Communication in a company called Cru2001 S.L. she shoot the teaser for her first feature film called Donna, starring Borja Espinosa and Annick Weerts. In the meantime, she wrote La mujer sin ventanas with the Venezuelan writer and producer, Nellberth Córdova. During this time she also did a few works as a scriptwriter and filmmaker for several companies. In 2017 she released La Tristesse, a short art film starring Irene Jodar and Martí Salvat. She also started to collaborate as an editor in the cultural website For Free and as a film critic in La Cabecita and La Cultura no Val Res.
She continued her education with several seminars, including a scriptwriting workshop with Tomas Aragay and a seminar with the Spanish director Victor Erice. In 2018 she finished a MA in Contemporary Film and Audiovisual Studies in UPF, where she developed her thesis, La mort de Louis XIV: a baroque decomposition about the decomposition and vanitas proposed by the baroque, under the supervision of Jordi Balló.
She holds more than 8+years experience in digital marketing and communications, with a strong focus in both the education and the entertainment sector. At the same time, she has participated as a jury in the 20th edition of MECAL, l’Atlàntida Film Fest, L’Alternativa Festival de Cinema Independent de Barcelona and more recently in the Barcelona Film Fest. In the 2nd edition of D’Art she was invited to present the most important film of the festival: Kusama: Infinity.
Her first feature film Costumbre, has been selected in the Accio Curts competition organised by Dones Visuals, Mallorca Talent Lab by Filming and the Curso de Desarrollo de Proyectos Cinematográficos Iberoamericanos by Fundación Carolina and Ibermedia. She has also collaborated in several theatre plays including Vale, Vale, Vale and No s’ha Fos.