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The San Sebastian and Zurich Film Festivals unite to strengthen industry activities
Both will showcase films from SXSW and Tribeca Film Festival, plus introduce new sales projects
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

In a sign of solidarity with the independent film industry and in response of its request, José Luis Rebordinos, Director of the San Sebastian Film Festival (SSIFF), and Christian Jungen, Artistic Director of the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF), announced plans to introduce a film market at their respective festivals. Marking a first for both events, SSIFF and ZFF will include buyers from across the globe, with programming that includes films originally selected to be showcased at SXSW (South by Southwest) and the Tribeca Film Festival.

The move signals a broader effort from the film community to support and create a marketplace for independently-financed projects in non-traditional settings.  Working collaboratively with both entities, CAA Media Finance is leading the initiative to transform San Sebastian and Zurich into sales markets that bring together a worldwide consortium of agencies, foreign sales companies, distributors, financiers, and buyers. The initiative is supported by Wild Bunch and FilmNation.

"For the San Sebastian Film Festival, the most important thing now is the health of film industry professionals and spectators. But we continue to work with the aim of making the Festival’s 2020 edition a reality next September (18-26)”, said José Luis Rebordinos.  “If the health authorities allow the Festival to go ahead under normal conditions, we want this edition to serve as an opportunity for films unable to screen at the festivals for which they were originally selected, to be shown to an audience of buyers and distributors and, at the same time, for these professionals, representatives of the most important companies in the world film industry, to discover the scope of the San Sebastian Festival, its line-up and its activities focused on the film industry".

“We live in disruptive times which also shatter the traditional festival landscape and threaten Independent cinema. Many high-profile titles are orphans of a real premiere their cast and crew deserve. We are therefore delighted to help out by holding screenings for buyers together with our friends of San Sebastian", said Christian Jungen. "It is important to strengthen independent cinema and to help those titles in their launch for the awards season. Zurich is one of the world’s financial capitals and an ideal place for a film market, thanks to a great infrastructure where you can do business in a leisurely atmosphere”.

Specifics about the film screenings and programming will be shared at a later date.  


The San Sebastian Festival is a competitive non-specialized festival accredited by the FIAPF focused on the film industry, whose attendance has tripled in the last ten years, on the media and on the public. In a city of 186,000 inhabitants, the Festival registered 178,000 spectators, 1,060 journalists from 551 media and 1,749 Industry professionals in 2019. San Sebastian is a meeting and business hub for the global industry, with a special focus on the relationship between the film industries of Europe and Latin America and on new talents.


The Zurich Film Festival was founded in 2005 and is dedicated to discovery of young filmmakers. In its three competitions (Feature film, Documentary film and Focus) first, second and third features compete for the coveted Golden Eye Award carrying 25 000 Swiss francs. In its Gala section, the festival showcases the most highly anticipated fall and winter titles and helps to position them for the Award Season. With the Golden Icon Award (which among others went to Cate Blanchett, Hugh Jackman, Sean Penn, Michael Douglas), the A Tribute to (Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wim Wenders, Claire Denis) and the Career Achievement Award (Tim Bevan, Hans Zimmer, Aaron Sorkin) it acknowledges the greatest film talents through the Industry. With over 117000 visitors, 650 media and over 500 industry guests it is the most important fall festival in the 100 million German speaking market.

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