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Movistar Plus+ brings the history of Spanish and Ibero-American cinema closer to the University


Movistar Plus+ Video Library was born with the aim of sharing, preserving and offering teachers a highly valuable tool for the academic training of university students. This is exclusive and free access to more than 30 years of history of Spanish and Ibero – American film programs.

Framed within the Sustainability area of ​​Movistar Plus+, Videoteca Movistar Plus+ offers a journey through the history of cinema. Through the archive of programs, workshops, interviews, and reports from CANAL+ and Movistar Plus+, from the 90s to the present. In addition, it incorporates content from its original successful productions such as La Unidad, La Peste or La Fortuna.

Movistar Plus+ is the audiovisual entertainment platform of the leading Telefonica group in Spain. Its proposal includes a risky original production and the best premium content of sports, movies, series, documentaries and programs. To which are added the best functionalities and access, on demand, so that the user can enjoy television where, how and when they want.

In addition, it integrates the offer of international operators of which it is a strategic partner in Spain such as Netflix, Disney +, Prime Video and DAZN; as well as the national platforms ATRESPlayer and Mitele PLUS. Movistar Plus+, which broadcasts its content by fiber, ADSL and via satellite; and it is available, in turn, on smart TV and mobile devices, it has operated under the Movistar+ brand since 2015 and has its origins in the merger of the CANAL+ (Grupo PRISA) and Movistar TV (Telefonica) platforms.

Videoteca, a portal in constant evolution and with thousands of hours of audiovisual production

The Video Library platform displays a selection categorized and cataloged by the Documentation and Video Library areas. It brings together true jewels of our history and valuable content on Spanish and Ibero-American cinema.

The idea of ​​creating Videoteca was born from Miguel Parra, editor and presenter of the Movistar Plus+ Film Content area. For its implementation, the work of areas such as Video Library and Documentation has been essential; and the collaboration of practically all Movistar Plus+ departments.

Miguel Parra is a renowned professional with a long career, being a benchmark for knowledge about cinema, and who has published articles on the same subject in El Pais and has participated in film programs on Cadena SER. In addition, Miguel is a filmmaker and has participated as a member of the commission for selective grants for feature films and short films from the Ministry of Culture.

What does Videoteca offer students?

A live portal that incorporates new productions and its 900 current programs. Its history offers everything from the first interviews with directors and actresses, today consolidated and recognized nationally and internationally, to reports, series and classic programs from the origins of CANAL+, such as “Lo + Plus”​.

“Current Programs” stand out, with content from 1990 to the present day; and pioneering contents such as «Primer Plano» (presented by Maribel Verdu), «Magacine», «Tentaciones» or «Pool Fiction». And special programs on the original series, or on movies like “While the war lasts”, with specials like “The Unamuno movie”. It also follows the news of festivals such as Malaga and San Sebastian, both closely linked to the history of Movistar Plus+.

New ways of relating innovation and technology with the academic training of university talent

Today more than ever, connected spaces are needed that allow sharing and facilitating access to valuable content for the future of new audiovisual professionals, in areas such as directing, production, photography, filmmaking, innovation in cinema, series, and the generation of new entertainment content, therefore, it is essential that the company and the university walk together with the aim of generating projects of unquestionable value for society and young talent.

Telefonica, after many years of collaboration with the university and great results, is exploring new forms of cooperation and alliances through its Open Innovation Campus area, whose mission makes it a two-way bridge between the university and the company, and on this occasion together with the Movistar Plus+ design and present a new collaboration model with universities, with the purpose of strengthening connection ties and creating a value proposition for students and the teaching program.

With this common purpose, the university and Telefonica offered the students of the University of Nebrija the possibility of carrying out thematic creativity laboratories, proposed by Movistar Plus+. In them, the students use the Video Library as a research tool to elaborate their works framed in subjects or final projects.

Among the themes, the role of women and the evolution of society

Research and work topics were raised on “The presence of women in Spanish cinema on both sides of the camera. From the ’90s to 2020: History of a gradual incorporation”, where the final presentations of the students showed the difficulty of female representation in the sector where, according to CIMA reports for Spain, only 12% of women are screenwriters , 38% represent main characters and 20% are directors.

In the same way, the works presented highlighted aspects, about how the representation of feminism has been in history and how it has been shown or told; or how necessary it is to change the paradigm, since cinema is told mainly by men and the role of women has always been represented in the background, in addition to the existing budget gap between projects led by men and productions led by women They have much lower amounts.

The boom of the Spanish series

The other topic proposed by Miguel Parra to the students was based on “The boom in Spanish series: Actors, creators, directors… The differences between platforms”. The students highlighted the importance of the fact that “cinema, series and life must go hand in hand”.

“Espana en Serie” from Videoteca, and its four episodes “Heroes”, “Luchadoras”, “Comicos” and “Sucesores” served as inspiration to obtain reflections as relevant as that the series reflect the evolution of society and the change of role of women in recent times. Or the existence of gaps between children’s content and series, and young-adult.

Thanks to initiatives like this, it is possible to give more life to the archive and history that Videoteca shows. Offering this content and sharing it is a great opportunity to improve the academic projection and career of our future professionals in the film industry and fiction series.

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