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Sales Office 2005
  • Final Communique
  • Programme
  • Cinema and regions in europe


  • Increase in the number of industry professionals who attended the Festival.
  • Spectacular increase in users of the video library, which improved its technical aspect with the installation of several digital monitors.
  • Intense professional activity programme (Cinema in Motion, Films in Progress 8, I Trans-Pyrenean Co-production Forum, several meetings and presentations at the Kursaal).
  • 3 more functional professional publications: List of people present, Spanish Film Industry Guide and Catalogue of films available in the film library.

The Sales Office would like to thank the European Union’s Media Programme, EGEDA (Agency for the management and protection of audiovisual producers’ intellectual property rights), ICEX (the Spanish Institute for Foreign Trade) and Filmanova for their collaboration.


  • 1,104 people were accredited at the Sales Office (920 in 2004)
  • 679 companies (550 in 2004)
  • 45 countries
  • 950 people visited the Sales Office during the 10 days of the Festival.


  • Twelve standard booths with VHS and DVD players.

  • The video library introduced a digital film system notably improving image quality on the three screens reserved for movies in the HORIZONTES LATINOS section.

  • 255 films available

  • A total of 800 viewings (450 in 2004):
    • 625 in the 12 standard booths
    • 175 on the 3 digital screens

  • The most popular films were:
    1. Toro negro (Mexico, Horizontes): 38 viewings
    2. Vinicius de Moraes (Brazil, Horizontes): 25 viewings
    3. La demolición (Argentina, Horizontes): 24 viewings
    4. La sagrada familia (Chile, Horizontes): 21 viewings
    5. Cinema, aspirinas e urubus (Brazil, Horizontes): 19 viewings
    6. How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer (USA, Horizontes): 18 viewings
      Sangre (Mexico, Horizontes): 18 viewings
    7. Géminis (Argentina, Horizontes): 17 viewings
      Jogo subterraneo (Brazil, Zabaltegi): 17 viewings
      Monobloc (Argentina, Horizontes): 17 viewings
    8. Aguaviva (Spain, Zabaltegi Specials): 16 viewings
      Romántico (USA, Horizontes): 16 viewings
    9. Alma Mater (Uruguay, Horizontes): 15 viewings
      Como pasan las horas (Argentina, Horizontes): 15 viewings
    10. Oyun (Turkey, Zabaltegi): 14 viewings


  • A total of 26 titles were screened in this room equipped with the latest in digital technology and exclusively reserved for accredited industry members.


  • The newsflashes broadcast every day of the Festival kept us up-to-date with the media feedback of the movies featuring in the different sections.

  • The Festival newspaper gave a detailed rundown of the situation of cinema in eight countries represented in the different Festival sections: Belgium, France, Austria, Argentina, Czech Republic, Brazil, South Korea and Denmark.

  • The Festival web page gave daily information about the Sales Office.


  • Cinema in Motion
    A new professional rendezvous of the festival set around the presentation of projects and unfinished films by moviemakers from the Maghreb and from Portuguese-speaking African countries, organised jointly with the Amiens (France) and Fribourg (Switzerland) Festivals.
    • 126 participants, 105 entities, 18 countries.

    • Programme:
      Dialogue between filmmakers and professionals from Africa, Latin America and Europe:
      • Alberto García Ferrer (AECI): introduction
      • Yto Barrada and Cyriac Auriol: Cinémathèque de Tanger (Morocco) as a showcase for independent cinema
      • Corinne Rufet, Commission du Film de l’Ile-de-France (France): backing independent cinema.
      • Mohamed Chouikh: the new filmmakers’ association, Maghreb Films
      • Claudia Triana de Vargas (Proimágenes en Movimiento): Maghreb cinema in Columbia and vice versa.
      • May Silva (Fundación Audiovisual de Andalucía): notes for the regular circulation of these movies in Andalusia and launch of the Guía de lo Audiovisual de Andalucía
      • Mohammed Latrèche: distribution in Algeria.
      • Cristina Matos Silva (ICAM): introduction to the new Cabo Verde Festival.
      • Joseph Giralt (Institut Europeo de la Mediterrania), activity programme
      • Mohammed Bakrim (CCM): The Centre Cinématographique Marocain at the service of a South-South co-production strategy.
      • Ruy Guerra (director), Bruno Stroppiana (producer): making cinema from Brazil

    • Presentation of the feature films:
      • L’Andalou, by Mohamed Chouikh (Algeria) at the project stage
        Fanon, by Abdelkrim Bahloul (Algeria) at the project stage
        Mariage du loup, by Jillani Saadi (Tunisia) at the post-production stage
      • Jardim do outro homem, by Sol de Carvalho (Mozambique) at the post-production stage
      • Mabrouk s’en va t’en guerre, by Abdellatif Ben Ammar (Tunisia) at the project stage
      • Fi Intidar Pasolini, by Daoud Aoulad Syad (Morocco) at the project stage
      • WWW – What a wonderful World, by Faouzi Bensaidi (Morocco) at the shooting stage

    • Awards:
      • O jardim do Outro Homen, by Sol de Carvallo (Mozambique) will receive €15,000 for its post-production in France. The company Mactari in Paris adds a loan of €15,000 and the Amiens Festival will pay for a 35 mm copy.
      • Mariage du loup, by Jilani Saadi (Tunisia), landed the Award from Swiss Effects, Kodak Suisse and the Fribourg International Film Festival consisting of its conversion into digital 35 mm format (approximate value €30,000) and a print in 35 mm format.
      • L’Andalou, by Mohamed Chouikh (Algeria), may receive a contribution from the Centre Cinématographique Marocain (CCM), particularly at the post-production stage.
      • Participants in Cinema in Motion signed a manifest welcoming the birth of this new space at the Festival which will facilitate the bringing together of their initiatives in the field of creation and distribution.

      Cinema in Motion would also like to thank the invaluable backing of the following entities: Institut Europeu de la Mediterrània, Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional (AECI), TV5, IledeFrance Film Commission, Swiss Effects, Kodak Suisse, Fundación Audiovisual de Andalucía, Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE) and the Instituto do Cinema, Audiovisual e Multimédia (ICAM).

  • Films in Progress 8
    Joint rendezvous between the Rencontres Cinémas d’Amérique Latine in Toulouse and the San Sebastian International Film Festival to help Latin American and Spanish feature films with post-production difficulties.
    • 165 participants, 129 entities, 14 countries.

    • Programme:
      • É proibido proibir, Jorge Durán - Brazil
      • El Rey de San Gregorio, Alfonso Gazitúa - Chile
      • El baño del Papa, Enrique Fernández, César Charlone - Uruguay
      • El telón de azúcar, Camila Guzmán - France - Cuba
      • El violín, Francisco Vargas - Mexico
      • Esas no son penas, Anahí Hoeneisen, Daniel Andrade – Ecuador
      • La perrera, Manuel Nieto - Uruguay - Argentina - Canada

    • Awards
      • Films in Progress Award granted by the Technical Industries: EXA Studios, Molinare, Technicolor Entertainment Services Spain, Kodak (Professional Film Department), Titra Film and No Problem Sonido will assume the pending post-production of E proibido prohibir, by Jorge Durán (Brazil)
      • Casa de América Award Aid to the Post-production of Latin American Films carrying the gross sum of €9,000 went to El violín, by Francisco Vargas (Mexico)
      • CICAE Award, from the international arthouse cinema network, went to El violín, by Francisco Vargas (Mexico)
      • TVE Award, consisting of the acquisition of broadcasting rights in Spain and Andorra, to El telón de azúcar, by Camila Guzmán.
      • SIGNIS Awards (World Catholic Association for Communication), each carrying €25,000, went to É proibido proibir, by Jorge Durán (Brazil) and El violín, by Francisco Vargas (Mexico)

    • Sponsored by the Bruesa Group and backed by the Ateliers du Cinéma Européen (ACE), Casa de América, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art & Essai (CICAE), Exa Studios, FNAC, Fondation GAN, Instituto Cervantes, Interreg III Francia-España, Kodak (Professional Film Department), Marché du Film, Molinare, No Problem Sonido, Programa Ibermedia, Sacem, Signis, Technicolor Entertainment Services Spain, Titra Film and Union Latine.

  • Cinema and Regions in Europe Day
    Backed by the Gipuzkoa Provincial Council, a specific day was set aside to highlight the essential part played in Europe by non-government public institutions and bodies in the gestation, development and completion of film projects.
    • 1st Trans-Pyrenean Co-production Forum: presentation of 12 film projects produced in Catalonia, the Basque Country, Aragón, Aquitaine, etc.

    • 84 participants, 54 entities

    • Organised by IBAIA (the Basque Independent Audiovisual Production Company Association), with collaboration of the Festival itself, the San Sebastian Sociedad Municipal de Fomento via its Film Commission and the Basque Government Department of Culture.

    • Plenary
      86 participants, 59 entities
      • Gipuzkoa Provincial Council: The role of tax policy in backing films
      • Eiken Bank: Managing creativity in the Basque audiovisual cluster
      • Audiovisual European observatory: Issues on Public Film Funding in Europe.
      • Barcelona Plató Film Commission: Barcelona and «Perfume», shooting in the city.
      • CICAE: 50 years of working in favour of arthouse cinema in Europe. Balance and forecast.
      • Meeting with Claude Miller and Claude-Eric Poiroux (Europa
        Cinémas), European Personality of the Year award-winners.
      • Consorcio audiovisual de Galicia: New European models of inter-regional co-production.

    • KURSAAL: Cicae commemoration, Amalur and European Personality of the Year Award.

    • Professional meetings at the Sales Office
      • European Producers Club
        Working get-together between European production companies at which projects were presented at individual rendezvous in the endeavour to find potential co-producers and establish industry contacts.
      • Spain Film Commission
        The 17 members of the Spain Film Commission held an ordinary meeting at which to elect its new Board of Management.
      • Fondos de Apoyo a las Cinematografías
        Representatives of Ibermedia, the ICAA, CNC, the French Ministry for Foreign Trade (co-head of Fonds Sud), Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation and the Gottenberg and Amiens Festivals studied the creation of a joint web page with information on the backing available for film projects.
      • Ibermedia Programme. Work meeting called by the Ibermedia Programme at which there was a discussion on subjects related to the Comisión de Arbitraje Cinematográfico Iberoamericano and the creation of a network of young Latin-American producers.
      • Meeting of the Comisión Mixta del Fondo Raíces (Galicia, Catalonia, Argentina)
      • Lunch between French and Spanish co-productions organised by the Ile de France Film Commission and the Madrid Film Commission.

  • Presentations
    • Presentation of the pilot episode “Cuentos de Cine”
    • FECE (Federación de Cines de España) press conference: presentation of a new system for the automatic gathering of ticket office details.
    • Presentation of the NOTODOFILMFEST.COM Internet film festival
    • Films in Progress 8 welcome cocktail
    • 4th International Film School Meeting welcome cocktail
    • Presentation of the Sahara International Film Festival
    • Work points installed at Zinemaldi Pro:
      • Tinko Filmeak
      • ANICA
      • Comunidad Valenciana Film Commission and Ciudad de la Luz
      • Films in Progress



  • Sunday 18th
    • 15:00 – European producers Club working meeting

  • Monday 19th
      A new annual professional meeting aimed at filmmakers from the Maghreb and Portuguese-speaking African countries, in collaboration with two European festivals, Amiens (France) and Freiburg (Switzerland),who with the tradition they have of providing effective support for filmmakers from these countries, will provide fresh international perspectives for their projects.
    • 11:30 – Three-sided dialogue among African, European and Latin American filmmakers and professionals about specific experiences on the ground. Proposed by the AECI
    • 13:30 – Welcome lunch provided by the director of the Festival and the chairwomen of the Ile de France Film Commission.
    • 15:30 – Presentation of projects.

  • Tuesday, 20th of September
    • 10:00 – Spain Film Commission meeting
    • 14:30 - Film Support Fund Meeting
    • 17:00 - Presentation of the pilot episode "Film Stories"

  • Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st of September (Príncipe cinema)
      This joint meeting organised by the Latin American Film Festival in Toulouse and the Donostia - San Sebastián International Film festival, aims to help independent filmmakers from Latin America and Spain to finish off films that face problems in their postproduction phase

  • Wednesday, 21st of September
    • 13:00 – FECE Press Conference (Spanish Cinema Federation)
    • 14:00 – Co-production lunch provided by the Île de France Film Commission and the Madrid Film Commission
    • 17:00 – Notodo Film Festival presentation
    • A Day of Basque Films (Príncipe cinema)
      Full-length films, shorts and a documentary from the Basque Film Library collection

  • Thursday, 22nd of September
      The 53rd Donostia - San Sebastián International Film Festival, with support from Gipuzkoa Provincial Council will be devoting a specific day to the fundamental role that regional public institutions and bodies play at a European level in preparing, developing and completing film projects.
      • 10:00 – 1st Trans-Pyrenean Co-productions Forum followed by a cocktail
        “Lau haizetara” is the new audiovisual and film co-production forum organised by IBAIA (Basque Producers Association) at the Festival in order to encourage co-productions among the regions that make up the Pyrenees Working Community (Aquitaine, Andorra, Aragon, Catalonia, The Basque Country, Languedoc-Rousillon, Midi-Pyrénées and Navarre). It also aims to attract companies with audiovisual projects from other regions or countries who are trying to establish relations to make co-productions with businesses located in the PWC or who wish to shoot in these areas.
      • 11:00 - Meeting of the Joint Committee of Roots Fund
      • 15:30 - Cinema and Region in Europe Plenary session:
        The role of fiscal policies as support to the film industry.
        Eiken Bank: Managing creativity within the Basque Audiovisual Cluster.
        Issues on Public Film Funding in Europe
        Barcelona and “El Perfume”: filming in the city.
        CICAE: 50 years of taking action in favour of arthouse cinema in Europe. Balance and perspectives.
        Meeting with Claude Miller and Claude-Eric Poiroux (Europe Cinémas)
        New European models of inter-regional co-production.
      • 19:00 – Award ceremony
        CICAE: 50 years of action in the field
        Amalur Award for the Basque of the Year: Benito Ansola, director of the Lekeitio Festival
        European Personality of the Year: Claude-Eric Poiroux / Claude Miller (Europe Cinemas)

  • Friday, 23rd of September
    • 10:00 – Spanish Films of the Year Marathon
    • Presentation
      Sahara International Film Festival



The 53rd San Sebastian International Film Festival, backed by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, will dedicate a specific day to the essential part played at European level by non-state public entities and institutions in the gestation, development and completion of film projects.

The following events will take place on Thursday 22nd September:

  • LAU HAIZETARA – 1st Trans-Pyrenean Co-production Forum
    • 10h00 – 10h30
      Reception and Introductions
      Joxean Arbelaitz, Basque Government
      Enrique Ramos, San Sebastian Development Corporation
      Mikel Olaciregui, San Sebastian International Film Festival
      Verónica Sánchez, Director of MEDIA Antenna in the Basque Country
      Juan Bautista Berasategi, President of IBAIA
    • 10h30 – 12h00
      First round of pitching projects (6 projects)
    • 12h00 – 12h30
    • 12h30 – 14h00
      Second round of pitching projects (6 projects)
    • 14h00
      Cocktail Party (Invitations must be shown)
    • 15h30 – 18h30
      Professional meetings

  • PLENARY SESSION (15h30 – 18h30)
    • 15h30 – 15h45
      The role of fiscal policies as support to the film industry
      Imanol Agote - Director of Culture at the Provincial Government of Gipuzkoa
    • 15h45 – 16h00
      EIKEN BANK: Managing creativity within the Basque audiovisual cluster
      Inazio Oliveri (Universidad de Mondragón)
      Bingen Zupiria • Director ETB
      Emilio Ibarra • Broadcaster
      Itxaso Atutxa • 3KOMA (Productora)
      Karmelo Vivanco • BALEUKO (Productora)
      Salvador Rodriguez • Director comercial de Pausoka y Responsable de EIKEN BANK
      Itziar Mena • EIKEN
    • 16h00 – 16h20
      Issues on Public Film Funding in Europe
      Teresa Hofert de Turegano - Analyst from the European Audiovisual Observatory
    • 16h20 – 16h50
      Barcelona and «El Perfume»: filming in the city
      Julia Goytisolo - Director of Barcelona Plató Film Commission
      Representative of the producer Constantin Film Producktion GMbH
      Antonia Nava - International coproductions director of FILMAX
      Edmon Roch - Delegate producer, Ikiru Films
    • 17h00 – 17h30
      CICAE: 50 years of taking action in favour of arthouse cinema in Europe. Balance and perspectives.
      Pierre Todeschini - President of the CICAE, Director-founder of the Festival Annecy Cinéma Italien
      Patrick Brouiller - President of AFCAE, France
      Mimmo Dinoia - President of FICE, Italy
      Detlef Rossmann - President of AG KINO GILDE, Germany
      Michail Bakolas - President of ABFCAE, Belgium
    • 17h30 – 18h00
      Meeting with Claude Miller and Claude-Eric Poiroux (Europa

      European Personality Award
    • 18h00 – 18h30
      New European models of inter-regional co-production
      Nacho Varela - Manager, Galician Audiovisual Consortium
      Jorge Algora - Adivina Producciones and Vice-President of AEGA (Association of Galician Audiovisual Companies)
      Xavier Marcé - Director of the ICIC
      John Hopewell - Director of Variety Spain
      Representative of the Galician Association of Independent Producers, AGAPI
    • 19h00
      Kursaal 2: Presentation of awards
      CICAE: 50 years of action in the field.
      Amalur Award for Basque of the Year:
      Benito Ansola, Director of the Lekeitio Festival.
      European Personality of the Year:
      Claude-Eric Poiroux/Claude Miller (Europa Cinémas).


Last year, the San Sebastian International Film Festival created a yearly Award recognizing a European Personality standing out for decisively boosting European cinema from different areas not always known to the public.

The European Personality of the Year Award, to be presented on Thursday, 22nd September at the closing event of the Europe, Cinema and Regions Workshop, goes on this second occasion to Claude Miller and Claude-Eric Poiroux for their work at the head of Europa Cinéma, a body serving the dissemination of European cinema, not only inside the Union, but also in Latin America and the Maghreb.

Born in Paris in 1942, he was production director of all of Truffaut’s films from 1968 to 1975. His first feature film as a director, La meilleure façon de marcher, 1975, starring Patrick Dewaere, won a César Award in 1976. From this year until 1987 he made four films. In 1987 he founded his own production company with which he made La petite voleuse, based on a screenplay by François Truffaut, marking Charlotte Gainsbourg’s take-off as an actriz. In 1992 he directed L’accompagnatrice, and in 1994 Le sourire. La classe de neige, 1998, won the Jury Grand Prix at Cannes and in 1999 La Chambre des magiciennes landed the FIPRESCI Award at Berlin Festival. His two latest works, Betty Fisher et autres histoires (2001) and La petite Lili (2003) have won prizes at different international festivals. In 1998 and 1999, Claude Miller was President of the ARP. He is currently the President of Europa Cinéma and member of the SACD Film Commission.

His passion for cinema led him to take an interest in a very rare branch for movie buffs: that of exhibition. In 1975, he founded in his native city of Angers, Le Club, a cinema screening films in their original language. The success of the theatre made it possible for him to open a new complex in the early 80s, 400 Coups, from which he promoted creation of the Premiers Plans Festival in 1989, a competition at which many of European cinema’s new talents have been discovered. Poiroux was one of the first people to understand the need to back the dissemination of European cinema by means of its screening. The European Union accepted the project and the little network of 30 cinemas with which the Europa Cinéma adventure began has now grown to almost 1,500 theatres with 7,000 screens dedicated to the showing of European author cinema. Poiroux combines his work as Delegate General of the Premiers Plans Festival with that of Director General of Europa Cinéma.


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