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Blogging from San Sebastian September 17-25, 2021

Coverage Recap of 61st edition. Photo gallery 2013 Recap of 63rd edition, video I Recap of 64th edition, video I Recap of 65th edition, video / Recap of 66th edition https://youtu.be/QaoU9ZXi4Rg /Recap of 68th edition, video https://youtu.be/fktYpcd5wMc


 


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The San Sebastian Festival opens the call for submissions for the second edition of the Zinemaldia Startup Challenge

The competition is open to entrepreneurs and startups proposing new business projects based on introducing new technologies to the audiovisual field The deadline for submissions is June 1 Today the San Sebastian Festival opens its second call for submissions for the Zinemaldia Startup Challenge, a competition for technology projects in the audiovisual field. The initiative will run in th...

Films for the XVI Documentary Co-Production forum Lau Haizetara can now be submitted

  The deadline for the registration of projects is 10 July The XVI Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-production Forum will take place on 22, 23 and 24 September 2020 within the framework of the 68th San Sebastian International Film Festival. This forum is organised by IBAIA (Association of Independent Audiovisual Producers of the Basque Country) and the San Sebastian Film Festival. From among the total number of registered projects, fourteen will be selected to be presented bef...

The San Sebastian Festival opens its call for submissions for the ninth edition of the Forum

The deadline for submitting projects from Europe and Latin America is June 15 The ninth edition of the San Sebastian Festival Forum opens its call for audiovisual projects from Europe and Latin America with a minimum runtime of 60 minutes and 20% of their financing guaranteed. European projects must have an express connection with Latin America. The Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum will consist of one day, September 20, for pitchings by the selected projects, followed b...

The San Sebastian and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse festivals will no longer jointly organise Films in Progress

  The San Sebastian Festival and Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse created, in 2002, Films in Progress, a pioneer industry activity which has inspired similar formats at numerous international markets and festivals. It was born with the intention to back the production of Latin American cinema and to achieve the completion of films at the post-production stage. This activity was held twice-yearly: the first coinciding with the dates of the Toulouse festival in March and the second...

PACIFICADO / PACIFIED by PAXTON WINTERS (BRAZIL) wins the Golden Shell for Best Film in San Sebastian

            Official awards - FIAPF Golden Shell for Best Film       PACIFICADO / PACIFIED PAXTON WINTERS (BRAZIL)   Special Jury Prize © Carole Bethuel   PROXIMA   ALICE WINOCOUR (FRANCE - GERMANY)     ...

Javier Martín and Natalia Marín join the San Sebastian Festival selection committee

Martín will also be a delegate in Latin America and Roberto Cueto will assume representation of the Festival in Eastern Europe   The San Sebastian Festival has incorporated two professionals to its selection committee, the programmers Javier Martín and Natalia Marín. Javier Martín's career has been connected to festivals including Berlin, Cannes (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs), Cinéma du Réel and San Sebastian. Natalia Marín is a ...

VIDEO: Bono handing the Donostia Award for Penélope Cruz, huge surprise and emotion for all

The actress received the San Sebastian Festival's most important honorary award from Bono (U2) in a surprise ceremony which got her in tears...     Penélope Cruz (Madrid, 1974) has received the third Donostia Award of the 67th edition from Bono, the frontman of U2, at a gala representing a surprise for both the honoured guest and for the audience. This was the San Sebastian  Festival's tribute to the Spanish actress to enjoy greatest international  ...

Nest Film Students Award in San Sebastian

<     ORONA AWARD - Nest Film Students Best Short Film The Nest Films Students Jury of the 67th Edition decide to give the ORONA  AWARD - Nest Film Students Best Short Film to: "EM CASO DE FOGO / IN CASE OF FIRE" Tomás Paula Marques (Escola Superior de Teatro e Cinema – ESTC, Portugal) For creating a subtle and atmospheric portrait of adolescence in rural Portugal The award carries 10,000 euros. Special mention to "FIEBRE AU...

San Sebastian Industry Awards 2019

  FILMS IN PROGRESS 36 FILMS IN PROGRESS 36 INDUSTRY AWARD Ad Hoc Studios / Deluxe-Spain / Dolby Iberia / Laserfilm Cine y Video / Nephilim Producciones / No Problem Sonido / Wanda Visión SIN SEÑAS PARTICULARES / NON DISTINGUISHING FEATURES, Fernanda Valadez Produced by: Corpulenta Producciones (Mexico) GLOCAL IN PROGRESS GLOCAL IN PROGRESS INDUSTRY AWARD Ad Hoc Studios / BTeam Pictures / Deluxe-Spain / Dolby Iberia / Laserfilm Cine y Video / Nephil...

‘Joker’ has been selected as the surprise film of the 67th edition and will play in 6 spanish cities

For the first time, the San Sebastian Film Festival will do a screening simultaneously in six Spanish cities   This event will take place at the same time on September 28th at 6 pm in: San Sebastian, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Zaragoza and Seville. Tickets for this surprise film at Victoria Eugenia Theatre (San Sebastian) went on sale on September 15th.  The San Sebastian Film Festival and Warner Bros. Pictures Spain have selected the following cinemas in different ...

Penélope Cruz will receive the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival's 67th edition.

Photo Gari Garaialde The Spanish actress is the protagonist on two occasions: she will receive its most important accolade, which has been recognising the career and contribution of great figures to the world of cinema since 1986, and her image will feature on the Festival poster. Penélope Cruz (Madrid, 1974) is the Spanish actress to enjoy greatest international recognition: she received best supporting actress Academy Award and Bafta for her part in Vicky Cristina Barcelona&nbs...

Donald Sutherland has received the second Donostia Award

Donald Sutherland (Saint John, New Brunswick, 1935) has received the second Donostia Award at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival, which paid tribute to the actor for an excellent career spanning fifty years. The Canadian actor received the Festival’s highest honorary distinction from its Director, José Luis Rebordinos. Before receiving the statuette, Donald Sutherland said thank you several times in Basque (“mila esker, Euskal Herria”) to the audience in t...

Political Donostia Award for Costa-Gavras

  “This award is so precious for us, the filmmakers”, said the director      The French filmmaker of Greek origin, Costa-Gavras (Loutra-Iraias, 1933) has received the first Donostia Award at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival which, with its highest honorary distinction, has paid tribute to one of the leading exponents of films on political and social issues in all history. Tonight the Victoria Eugenia Theatre hosted the gala ...

James Franco's ‘Zeroville’ kicked out of competition because of Russian release

The latest work from James Franco cannot compete for the Golden Shell due to having been released in commercial cinemas in Russia only a few days prior to its participation in the Festival   Zeroville, the film directed James Franco, will be screened out of competition in the Official Selection and will not be able to compete for the Golden Shell, due to having been released in commercial cinemas in Russia only a few days prior to its screening at the 67th edition of the San Sebastia...

EFP's PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE Connecting with Latin American Colleagues in San Sebastian

Following the call of EFP (European Film Promotion) the San Sebastian International Film Festival has selected and invited eight PRODUCERS ON THE MOVE to share their experience, discuss new projects and foster future co-productions at the 8th Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum (September 22 - 25). French producer Hélène Cases of Lionceaux Films, who attends the Forum for the second time is looking forward to joining her colleagues again: "My attendance in 2017 lead to ...

Eva Green and Juliette Binoche will also attend the Festival’s 67th edition to present 'Proxima' and 'La vérité'

    Two prestigious French actresses join the list of attendees at the San Sebastian Festival. Eva Green (Paris, 1980), the star of The Dreamers and Euphoria, will accompany the director Alice Winocour to present her film Proxima, a contender in the Official Selection. For her part, Juliette Binoche (Paris, 1964), who visited the Festival last year with High Life (Claire Denis) and Vision (Naomi Kawase), will also come to San Sebastian to present La ...

The former Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, will not attend the screening of Adults in the Room in San Sebastian

Yanis Varoufakis will not attend the Costa-Gavras Donostia Award gala José Luis Rebordinos, the Festival Director, will present the award to the filmmaker prior to the screening of his film ‘Adults in the Room’   The former Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis, will not attend the screening of Adults in the Room, to take place tomorrow following the gala at which the Donostia Award will be presented to the person responsible for its making, Costa-Gavras. The San ...

The opening gala of the San Sebastian Festival endorses the “ancient ritual of going to a cinema to watch films”

The 67th edition starts with acknowledgement of the public: “The Festival wouldn’t be the same without it”   Tonight, the Kursaal Auditorium hosted the opening gala of the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival which wanted to “unashamedly endorse an almost forgotten ancient ritual: going to the cinema to watch films”. Directed by Borja Crespo in collaboration with Susana Fernández and Borja Echevarría, the gala was presented by the actres...

Films in Progress 36 presents six debut films

The industry activity, running on September 23, 24 and 25, will show productions from Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Panama and Uruguay   Six debut films, have been selected for Films in Progress 36, from among a total of 185 productions. The debut films are El árbol rojo / The Red Tree by Joan Gómez (Colombia - Panama - France), Las vacaciones de Hilda / Hilda’s Short Summer by Agustín Banchero (Uruguay - Brazil), Madalena by Madiano Marcheti (Brazil), Nudo Mixtec...

ROMA by Alfonso Cuarón, FIPRESCI Grand Prix 2019 for best film of the year

  ROMA has been chosen as best film of 2019 by the members of the International Federation of Film Critics, FIPRESCI. The vote saw the participation of 618 critics worldwide, who chose this production from among all films released after 1 July 2018. The other finalists were Dolor y Gloria (Pain and Glory), by Pedro Almodóvar, for which Antonio Banderas won the best actor award at Cannes, Gisaenchung / Parasite, by Bong Joon-ho, Golden Palm at the Ca...

The San Sebastian Film Festival honours Donald Sutherland with the Donostia Award

The award will be presented prior to the screening of ‘The Burnt Orange Heresy’, a thriller directed by Giuseppe Capotondi   The Canadian Donald Sutherland will be honoured with a Donostia Award recognising his more than fifty years of excellent performances. The actor, who has participated in almost 200 productions, will attend the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival on Thursday 26 September to receive the accolade prior to the screening in the Kursaal of The Burnt O...

Costa-Gavras to be honored at the 67th San Sebastian Festival

                                          Costa-Gavras, a French filmmaker of Greek origin, will receive the second Donostia Award at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival which, with this distinction, applauds the militant cinema of the author of movies including Z, Missing and Capital, with which he competed for the Golden Shell in 2012. The filmmaker will coll...

Penélope Cruz will receive a Donostia Award at the 67th edition of the San Sebastian Festival

The Spanish actress, winner of one Oscar and three Goyas, star of the Festival poster   Penélope Cruz will receive the Donostia Award at the San Sebastian Festival's 67th edition.The Spanish actress will be the protagonist on two occasions: she will receive its most important accolade, which has been recognising the career and contribution of great figures to the world of cinema since 1986, and her image will feature on the Festival poster. Pe...

Fourteen short films will compete in Nest Film Students, which has seen its submissions increase by 22% in a year

    The Argentine director Martín Rejtman will chair the jury at the XVIII edition of the international film students meeting, to run from September 23 to 27 The XVIII edition of Nest Film Students, the international film students meeting to take place in the framework of the San Sebastian Festival’s 67th edi...

Roger Michell’s ‘Blackbird’ to open the San Sebastian Festival

Starring Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska, the film is a remake of ‘Silent Heart’ (2014), the drama by Denmark’s Bille August, which also compete  for the Golden Shell Roger Michell (Pretoria, South Africa, 1956), a filmmaker settled in the United Kingdom, started out in cinema with films like My Night with Reg (1997) and Titanic Town (1998), although his first major success was Notting Hill (1999), a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant...

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