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San Sebastian International Film Festival

Donostia Zinemaldia – Festival de San Sebastián
TABAKALERA
Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea
Plaza de las Cigarreras 1, 2ª planta
20012 Donostia - San Sebastián
Spain
phone +34-943-48 12 12
fax +34-943-48 12 18
http://www.sansebastianfestival.com/
email: ssiff@sansebastianfestival.com

Director and Program Director
Mr. José Luis Rebordinos

Contact for German Entries
Mrs. Christine Dollhofer
christine@sansebastianfestival.com

Year of Foundation 1953

Event Date from 21 September 2018 till 29 September 2018

in San Sebastian, Spain

International Competition

Sections Official Selection (about 15 feature length films), New Directors (competition including all sections for best first/second film), Zabaltegi-Tabakalera, Pearls (best films of the year not yet released in Spain), Culinary Zinema (Film and Gastronomy), Savage Cinema (Adventure and Action Sports films) Retrospective, Made in Spain (films from Spain), Horizontes Latinos (film from Latin America), Zinemira (Basque films), International Film Students Meeting

Category Feature, First Feature

Terms of Entry OFFICIAL SELECTION 35 mm or DCP, productions may not be older than one year and be over 60 min. in length, no prior presentation at any other competitive festival and no prior release out of the country of origin; normally the festival only accepts feature-length films. Documentary and short films only by special invitation. World and international premieres will be given priority.

NEW DIRECTORS: new first and second films with more than 60 min.; no prior screening out of the country of origin.

Subtitles English subtitles recommended Spanish subtitles necessary

Format DCP, 35 mm

Registration Deadline 29 June 2018

Fees 70 €

Attendance Figures 175,000

Participants of the Film Industry about 3.850 professionals

Prizes/Awards Golden Shell (Best Film), Special Jury Prize, Silver Shell (Best Director, Best Actor/Actress), Jury Prize (Best Cinematography, Best Screenplay, any other technical or artistic aspect considered appropriate by the Jury), New Director's Award (€ 50,000, divided between the director and the Spanish distributor), Audience Award, Horizontes Award (€ 35,000), FIPRESCI Prize

German Films

2018


Official Selection (Competition)
HIGH LIFE by Claire Denis (DE/FR/GB/PL/US, Pandora Film)
ROJO by Benjamín Naishtat (AR/BR/FR/NL/DE, Sutor Kolonko)
THE INNOCENT (DER UNSCHULDIGE) by Simon Jaquemet (CH/DE, augenschein Filmproduktion)
YULI by Icíar Bollaín (ES/CU/GB/DE, Match Factory Productions)

Horizontes Latinos

IMMERSED FAMILY (DIE UNTERGEGANGENE FAMILIE) by María Alché (AR/BR/DE/NO, Pandora Film Produktion)
OUR TIME by Carlos Reygadas (MX/FR/DE/DK/SE, ZDF)
THE HEIRESSES by Marcelo Martinessi (PY/UY/DE/BR/NO/FR, Pandora Film Produktion)

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera
THEATRE OF WAR by Lola Arias (AG/ES/DE, Sutor Kolonko)

Perls
ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE by Raul de la Fuente & Damian Nenow (PL/ES/BE/DE, Wüste Film, Animationsfabrik)

Made in Spain

THE BOOKSHOP (DER BUCHLADEN DER FLORENCE GREEN) by Isabel Coixet (ES/GB/DE, One Two Films)

Nest Film Students
EL MANGUITO by Laurentia Genske (DE/CU, Academy of Media Arts Cologne)
TRACING ADDAI by Esther Niemeier (Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf)

Number of Films Shown around 230 films from over 60 countries in 718 screenings

Media Coverage approx. 1,000 journalists (TV, radio), international reporting in all trade papers

Specific Characteristics Recognized by FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) as Competitive Feature Film Festival (so-called "A-Festival").

Evaluation The most important Spanish festival; very popular within the Spanish film industry and attended by many distributors viewing and buying new films. The film selection is the most "commercially oriented" in Spain, but at the same time presents a wide range of innovative films. The retrospectives are famous for their original choice of subjects. San Sebastián awards the probably highest prize in the world - around $135,000 - to up-and-coming directors and producers. The fair "Sales Office" is an informal market without stands; instead there are video screening possibilities. In general, the festival is a good way to gain access to the South American market.

Services Transport of the print to and from the Festival as well as subtitling costs are at the film producer’s expense.

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