Selected International Film Festivals

San Sebastian International Film Festival

Donostia Zinemaldia – Festival de San Sebastián
Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea
Plaza de las Cigarreras 1, 2ª planta
20012 Donostia - San Sebastián
phone +34-943-48 12 12
fax +34-943-48 12 18

Director and Program Director
Mr. José Luis Rebordinos

Contact for German Entries
Mrs. Christine Dollhofer

Year of Foundation 1953

Event Date from 20 September 2019 till 28 September 2019

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, Perlak (best films of the year not yet released in Spain), Culinary Zinema (Film and Gastronomy), Classic Retrospective, Made in Spain (films from Spain), Horizontes Latinos (film from Latin America), Zabaltegi Tabakalera (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, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital File

Registration Deadline 24 June 2019

Fees 70 €

Attendance Figures 175,000

Participants of the Film Industry about 4.100 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, Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum Best Project Award, Irizar Basque Film Award (Best basque film)

German Films


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

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)

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

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

Made in Spain


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 190 films in 628 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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