Lola Clavo (Barcelona 1983) is an independent director-producer that often navigates the boundaries between documentary and fiction. A graduate in Film Directing by ESCAC (2007), she lived and worked in London for over 10 years, where she also graduated MFA in Film Making by Goldsmiths University of London (2012) on a full scholarship by Obra Social “La Caixa” Foundation. Her work has a strong social component, questioning gender roles, the representation of the body, femininity and sexuality. Her filmmaking philosophy is close to that of DIY, although always loyal to a theory and structure base learned during her years at film school. She’s been awarded several prizes, mostly related to the representations of sexualities, and screened work internationally. Clavo co-founded in 2012 the art collective Exotica Loom, along with multidisciplinary artist Mariana Echeverri, where they develop curatorial and experimental film projects.
In 2006 she finished her fist documentary “La Plaza” (2016), an autobiographic reflection on subjects such as family, memory and the physical space around us. It premiered at Alcances Documentary Film Festival of Cadiz, wining the UPTOFEST prize for best medium-length film. Her following work, “Pennie” (2018), a portrait documentary reflecting on the concepts of feminity, body and sex work, was selected as closing film for the November Film Festival (London) and as part of Festival Rizoma’s parallel section Voyeur (Madrid), as well as being screened at an art gallery context. Clavo has also attended art residencies and been part of numerous talks and panel discussions in spaces such as Nottingham Contemporary and EACC (Space for Contemporary Art Castelló). She’s also passionate aboutteaching and leads courses and workshops on filmmaking with an LGBTQ+ focus, as well as the portraying of intimacy in the audio-visual medium, specifically scenes with simulated sex and/or nudity.