San Sebastián and Gijón start collaborating through new Crossroads section
- SAN SEBASTIÁN 2018: The two biggest festivals in Northern Spain will work together to share titles in their programmes from this year on
Yesterday, the San Sebastián International Film Festival hosted the presentation of a brand-new collaboration between the Basque festival and the Gijón International Film Festival, which will bear fruit during the programme of the latter's 56th edition. Through the launch of the Crossroads - Zinemaldia | FICX section, the two gatherings will start cooperating in order to find a way around the inter-festival competition to get absolute premieres, and establish common programming spaces.
Gijón International Film Festival director Alejandro Díaz Castaño said, “The aim of this section is to build a series of bridges to avoid the competition involved in getting film premieres, which can become a fairly fierce war that we would like to avoid. This type of collaboration between the two festivals, which will try to solve an issue affecting every programmer right now, is supported more than ever by international bodies, such as the MEDIA programme, whose funding we have received this year."
Highlighting the success of the Perlak section, San Sebastián International Film Festival director José Luis Rebordinos stated, “Festivals should only compete in those fields where we have no other choice, but in the end, programmers should ask themselves a question: what is good for the films, and not only for the festivals?"
At Gijón, the first edition of Crossroads - Zinemaldia | FICX will screen five films hailing from every section of San Sebastián: High Life [+see also:
interview: Claire Denis
film profile] by Claire Denis, Our Time [+see also:
interview: Carlos Reygadas
film profile] by Carlos Reygadas, Midnight Runner [+see also:
interview: Hannes Baumgartner
film profile] by Hannes Baumgartner, Theatre of War [+see also:
film profile] by Lola Arias and a fifth title yet to be announced.
The 66th San Sebastián International Film Festival will come to a close on Saturday 29 September, and the 56th Gijón International Film Festival will take place from 16-24 November.
(Translated from Spanish)
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