Monday, January 28, 2019


Renowned scriptwriter, Eliseo Altunaga, one of the leading figures of contemporary Iberoamerican cinema, will teach a seminar on “Constructing the Biography of a Character” at IFF Panama’s Eighth Edition, as part of the educational activities of the Festival’s Industry Program.


Synopsis: The role of the character as an essential component of the narrative in a story



For the workshop the participants must bring a potential project on which they will address the topic of constructing the characters in a story from different points of views, including the physical, the world of the characters and their psychology.


The outcome of the workshop should be a biography and the profile of the characters, a tool to be used in the construction of the actions and dialogue in a narrative.  


“At IFF Panama we feel proud to have the presence of a master once again. Eliseo will come to the festival to share his talent and experience of storytelling. This will contribute greatly to the development of our industry”, said Pituka Ortega Heilbron, IFF Panama’s Executive Director.



About Eliseo Altunaga

Eliseo studied Language and Spanish Literature at the University of Havana. He is Dean of the Screenwriting School at the EICTV Film School, Havana. He has written a number of screenplays, including Machuca (2004), Violeta went to heaven (2010); and has also worked as script consultant for films such as Tony Manero (2007), NO (2011), Post Mortem (2010); and A Fantastic Woman (2017), awarded the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, 2018.


Eliseo has taught classes around the world, and is known by his teaching techniques and strong knowledge of storytelling, the narrative structure and its relationship to the idea, the characters and the argument. A master and constant learner himself, Eliseo is fascinated by stories, narrative and literature. His view of storytelling is universal. 


Dates: April 1st - 4th
Duration: 4 days, 4 hours daily
9:30am - 1:30pm
Available Spots: 20
Price: $200 with accreditation
$250.00 regular price

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