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Spanish film is back in-person at the Cannes Festival and the Marché du Film




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  • Six Spanish films will be screened in various sections: ‘Libertad’ (Semaine de la Critique); ‘Buñuel, a Surrealist Filmmaker’ and the restored version of ‘The Path’ (Cannes Classics) as well as the shorts ‘Sycorax’ and ‘The Windshield Wiper’ (Quinzaine) and ‘The Fall of the Swift’ (Cinefondation)
  • Apart from the in-person ‘Cinema from Spain’ booth, Spain will also have an online space dedicated to promoting Spanish films in the global market and to attracting foreign film shoots and co-productions
  • Summer versions of the ‘New Spanish Films’ and ‘New Spanish Shorts’ catalogues plus the ‘Who is Who. Shooting in Spain’ guidebook will be presented at Marché du Film
  • An online screening room dedicated exclusively to Spanish films will programme 23 screenings over 6 days
  • The 2cool4school Collection in the Short Film Corner showcases 9 shorts from different film schools, throwing a spotlight on young Spanish talent
  • Producers on the Move, Fantastic 7, Focus WiP, Focus COPRO and Focus Script at Short Film Corner have also included Spanish professionals in their programmes

Online Pavilion

Besides its presence at the Marché du Film in the physical CINEMA FROM SPAIN pavilion, this year ICAA (Instituto de Cinematografía y Artes Audiovisuales) will be repeating its online pavilion from last year, a virtual space dedicated to promoting Spanish films in the global market and also to attracting foreign film shoots and co-productions to Spain. Together with ICAA, the pavilion will also be hosting various other institutions and bodies: ICEX, Invest in Spain, the Spain Film Commission, as well as agents from film bodies from Andalusia, the Canary Islands, the Basque Country and Madrid, among other regions. The booth will also offer information on the Ibermedia programme.

New edition of ‘New Spanish Films’ and ‘New Spanish Shorts’ catalogues

The Just Spainted. New Spanish Films initiative, first launched in 2019, is returning again this year as a platform to disseminate Spanish films, both completed and in post-production, as well as newly recovered films in restored versions by Filmoteca Española. The catalogue is aimed at programmers of film festivals and art centres, as well as international industry professionals, who are looking for newly released and restored films. The catalogue is freely accessible and as well as the printed publication a digital version is available for downloading here.

Also back is Just Spainted. New Spanish Shorts, the 2021 edition of the catalogue put together to aid the dissemination and promotion of Spanish shorts in international festivals and markets, which was first published in 2020 in collaboration with regional bodies and distributors of Spanish shorts. With a total of over of one hundred titles, on this occasion it also includes a new section with shorts featured in the 2cool4school programme at the Short Film Corner, as well as a directory of the short films industry in Spain including information on films associations and festivals with international competitions for shorts, among others. And, like the catalogue for full-length feature films, the digital version is freely accessible here.

‘Cinema from Spain Screening room’ dedicated exclusively to Spanish film

In this year’s Marché du Film, and following the excellent results in previous years, ICAA has decided to dedicate an online screening room specifically for potential specifiers of Spanish films with new releases in the market presented by sales agents like Filmax, Latido, Film Factory, Begin Again and Film Content. The exclusive online Spanish film theatre will be open to all potential buyers on the market’s own online platform, with screenings of 23 films from 7 through 12 July.

The films to be screened are: ‘Ons’, ‘The Consequences’, ‘Ama’, ‘The Cover’, ‘A Dead Man Cannot Live’, ‘7 Lives’, ‘7 Lakes’, ‘Ego’, ‘The King of All the World’, ‘Karen’, ‘The House of Snails’, ‘An Optical Illusion’, ‘Controverso’, ‘When Brooklyn Met Seville’, ‘The Replacement’, ‘Brothers in Law’, ‘Lucas’, ‘Buñuel: A Surrealist Filmmaker’, of which over half are market premieres.

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Young talent in the ‘2cool4school’ programme at Short Film Corner

This year the Short Film Corner will be hosting the ‘2cool4school Collection’, a programme of 9 shorts from different film schools whose mission is to throw a spotlight on young filmmaking talent from Spain. In addition, four of the selected directors will travel to Cannes to take part in various professional film market events and activities: workshops, pitching sessions, keynotes…

All nine shorts have been recently completed by talented students at various films schools in Spain, ranging from the Basque Country to Catalonia, Madrid, Valencia and Galicia. The nine productions are a good example of what up-and-coming young filmmakers have to offer when their free spirit and creative freedom is combined with the experience of the right mentors, showcasing new and varied film-going experiences. In short, whether it is fiction, documentary, experimental film or animation, you’ll find it here. Say hello to a new generation of filmmakers!

The projects included in the collection are: ‘Big Box’ by Nuria Ricart Torreño (Polytech University of Valencia, Master in Animation); ‘Le Voyage, 1988’ by Claudia Pineda Mesquida (University of Vigo, School of Fine Arts); ‘Madrid, mala vida’ by Isabela Bianchi, Pablo Adiego Almudevar and María Gómez (ECAM); ‘A cambio de tu vida’ by Clara López, Sebastián Ramírez, Aurora Báez and Olatz Ovejero (UAB, Master in Theory and Practice of Creative Documentary); ‘The Lost Frisbee’ by Miguel Galván and María Pareja Martín (U-tad); ‘El cielo está encapotado’ by Santiago Bravo Escudero (Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola); ‘Goodnight Mr. Ted’ by Nicolás Solé (ECIB); ‘Club Silencio’ by Irene Albanell Mellado (ESCAC) and ‘La fiesta del fin del mundo’ by Paula González, Gloria Gutiérrez and Andrés Santacruz Díaz (ECAM).

More information on the collection on the Marché du Film Short Film Corner webpage.

Short films in development at Focus Script, Focus WiP and Focus COPRO

Three Spanish shorts have been selected to take part in the various programmes organised by Short Film Corner to showcase projects under development.

Firstly, ‘Alegrías Riojanas’ by César Velasco Broca will be taking part in a session presenting new projects at Focus WiP. The filmmakers and producers of the shorts chosen to take part in this programme are given an exclusive session to present their films at a major international film festival, as well as to receive personal mentoring right up to completion and international release of the film.

On the other hand, and as a result of the agreement signed between SFC and ECAM, ‘El pensamiento mágico’ directed by Eva Saiz and produced by Raquel Pedreira will be taking part in Focus SCRIPT, a programme set up to offer a dedicated space to students and recent graduates with the purpose of helping them to receive targeted feedback on their scripts at an early phase, but also to offer the possibility of meeting potential partners and (co-)producers.

Finally, as part of La Incubadora’s ongoing collaboration with Focus COPRO, this year Yayo Herrero and Mintxo Díaz, director and producer, respectively, of ‘Los Quinquis’ together with Enrique Buleo and Alejandra Mora, director and producer of ‘Bodegón con fantasmas’ will be travelling to Cannes. A perfect opportunity to pitch projects in search of coproduction to major industry agents.

Clara Nieto included in the ‘Producers on the Move’ programme

Every year, a group of between 10 and 20 up-and-coming producers from all over Europe are chosen to take part in the Producers on the Move programme. The goal of this initiative, organized by European Film Promotion, is to connect young enterprising European producers with potential co-production partners and to strengthen their international industry networks. This year’s edition includes the participation of the producer Clara Nieto as the Spanish representative. With over 10 years’ experience, Clara Nieto launched her own company Powehi Films in 2019 after a stint as executive producer of films like ‘Holy Camp’/’La llamada’, ‘Quién te cantará’ and ‘‘Bye’/’Adiós’ at Apache Films. Her latest production is ‘Alegría’, Violeta Salama’s debut as director, and she is currently involved in the pre-production of various projects, including ‘Juana’ by Pablo Agüero (a coproduction with France and Mexico) as well as the dystopian drama ‘Octogeny’/’Octogenia’ by Blanca Torres.

‘La pasajera’, project chosen by Sitges to take part in the Fantastic 7 programme

ICAA is collaborating with the Fantastic 7 programme and the in-person participation at Cannes of Fernando González and Juan Barquín, the producers of the chosen Spanish project, ‘La pasajera’.

The simultaneous online and in-person presentation of the third edition of this programme aimed at the world’s genre film industry will take place on Sunday 11 July at 12 noon with Mónica García Massagué (Sitges - International Fantastic Film Festival de Cataluña) and Bernardo Bergeret (Ventana Sur/INCAA).

Online presentation of the ‘Who is Who. Shooting in Spain’ guide compiled by Invest in Spain (ICEX)

The online presentation of ‘Who is Who. Shooting in Spain’ will take place this coming 14 July from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Aimed mainly at the global audiovisual industry, the guide is prepared by ICEX Spain Export and Investment, a national public corporation whose mission is to promote the internationalization of Spanish companies and to attract foreign investment to Spain. The guide contains valuable information on the professional business community in Spain.

Moderated by Miriam Fernández, director of the cultural industries section at ICEX Invest in Spain, the presentation will feature interventions by Adrián Guerra, president of PROFILM; Teresa Azcona, vice-president of Spain Film Commission; and Alberto Soler, president of APCP.