ZINEBI once again becomes a meeting point for the Basque audiovisual sector
The Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival kicks off today and will run until Friday 18 November.
Zinebi has once again become an unmissable event on the Basque audiovisual scene, with dozens of screenings and several events to promote networking and co-productions, alongside advice and support for young talent. During this 64th edition, the Basque presence will be especially prominent, and some of the most important highlights include the screenings of the official short film section, as well as the opportunity to enjoy 'A los libros y a las mujeres canto', by María Elorza, or the first episode of the ninth season of the series 'Go!azen 9.0', by Itziar Gómez.
In this 64th edition, the festival has decided to pay a heartfelt and well-deserved tribute to the recently deceased filmmaker Iñigo Salaberria, who became a regular in its line-up. The director’s family and friends will receive the Mikeldi of Honour at the opening gala that will take place this evening, from 19:30 onwards, at the Arriaga Theatre. The organisers have decided to award him this prestigious accolade in recognition of his career and the contribution he has made to the Basque audiovisual sector.
As on previous occasions, ZINEBI will once again focus on Basque audiovisual production, screening, after the opening gala, the seven Basque short films taking part in the Official Competition Section: 'Alas / Tierra', by Maddi Barber; “The Bath (O Banhos)”, by Maria Inês Gonçalves; 'Gran Hotel Nazareno', by Txuspo Poyo; 'Hemen bizi da maitasuna', by Ainhoa Olaso and Enara García; 'Hitzak', by Josu Martínez; 'Hondarrak', by Marta Gómez and Paula Iglesias; and the international co-production 'Wild Flowers (Divlje Cvijecé)', by Karla Crncevic. It is worth mentioning that the short film directed by Olaso and García forms part of the Kimuak 2022 catalogue, which this year is once again managed by Zineuskadi.
Another of the festival's outstanding sections is “Bertoko begiradak. (Views from the Basque Country)”. In this section, the festival seeks to maintain its ties with the most recent Basque productions, contributing to their recognition and promotion. In the short film section, a total of 16 works will be screened: 'Alegrías riojanas', by César Velasco Broca; 'Arnasa', by Raúl Barreras; 'Bat', by Ane Berriotxoa; 'Cuerdas', by Estibaliz Urresola, a work that has received several international awards and features on the shortlist for the Goya Awards; 'Erro bi', by Nagore Muriel, which recently participated in the Nest section of the San Sebastian Film Festival; 'Espera & Sedimento', by Tana Garrido, and 'Fe', by Maider Fernández, selected for the Kimuak 2022 catalogue. Also to be screened are 'Heartbits', by Amaia Bonachera, Ander del Molino, Ernesto Fernández, Gorka Junquera, Ane Unzalu, and Robert McBride; 'Hirugarren Koadernoa', the latest work by Lur Olaizola included in the Kimuak catalogue; 'Infernuan', by Iñigo Jiménez; 'Influencer', the directorial debut of Nerea Torrijos; 'Irrits', by Maider Oleaga (Kimuak 2022); 'Medusak', by Irati Cano; 'No hay fantasmas', by Nacho Solana; 'Noizko basoa', by Mikele Landa, which also participated in the Nest section of the San Sebastian Film Festival; and 'Oihartzunak', by Carmen Echeverria.
In addition, the “Urak dakar” section will be screening 'Euritan', by directors Irati Gorostidi and Arantza Santesteban. Likewise, during the festival it will also be possible to enjoy the film 'A los libros y a las mujeres canto', by María Elorza that won the Zinebi Networking award in the 2021 edition and that recently had its world premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival. Attendees will also have the chance to see 'Unicorn Wars', by the Galician director Alberto Vázquez; and the first episode of the ninth season of the series 'Go!azen 9.0', by Itziar Gómez.
This 64th edition of ZINEBI will host the first edition of Cantabria Euskadi Networking 2022, organised together with Cultura Cantabria. The event will take place on 14 November in the Sala Iparragirre at Azkuna Zentroa. The Basque works selected to participate are 'El poder del silencio', by Saúl Pérez (director and screenwriter) and Sergio M. Villar (producer); 'Marma Rabbit Boy', by Katixa de Silva, María Gómez, Roberto Ruiz, and Iván Ruiz; and 'Hotz', by Lander Castro (director) and Igor García (producer).
The Festival will also feature the participation of many Basque filmmakers and the initiative “Zinebi Networking: Dokumentalen sorgunea”. Other works to be screened at the event include: '36, zuri beltzan', by Ainhoa Urgoitia, Enrique Rey, and the producers Guillermo Martínez and Naiara Olite; 'Esto no es Hollywood', by Jone Ibarretxe and Nere Falagan and the production company Euskadi Movie AIIE; 'Itaca', by Juan Prado and the production companies El Burro Films and Chisgarabis Kino; 'La sinsorga', by Marta Gómez and Paula Iglesias together with the production company Al Borde Films; and 'Zikuñagako Ama', by Pello Gutierrez Peñalba and the production company Zazpi T'erdi. The forum is a space for creativity, reflection, advice, and the promotion of young creators through a dynamic meeting between directors, producers, institutions, and other players in the sector that support film production and the international exposure of new generations of companies and professionals.