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News
09-16-2021
The Spanish Cooperation Award will recognise the Ibero-American film making the best contribution to development
For the seventh consecutive year, AECID, together with the San Sebastian Festival, is promoting the accolade which recognises the Ibero-American film making the best contribution to human development, the eradication of poverty and the full exercise of human rights

Eight films compete for the accolade, which es part of the alliance between the AECID and the San Sebastian Festival to promote the Ibero-American audiovisual industry
09-08-2021
Movistar+ and the San Sebastian Festival present the Zinemaldia Movistar+ Virtual Cinema as part of their new divulgatory partnership
The new divulgatory alliance between Movistar+ and the San Sebastian Festival is born to reinforce the Spanish audiovisual industry and bring the festival experience to the widest audience possible

For the first time a television platform will host a cinema for a major A-category festival with a selection of titles from five sections
09-03-2021
Javier Bardem, Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penélope Cruz, Johnny Depp, Emmanuelle Devos, Dolores Fonzi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Vincent Lindon, Noémie Merlant, Clarke Peters, Raphael, Simon Rex, Stanley Tucci and María Valverde have confirmed their presence at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition
Visiting the city to present their films are moviemakers Sean Baker, Laurent Cantet, Julia Ducournau, Xavier Giannoli, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Radu Jude, Kira Kovalenko, Joachim Lafosse, Gaspar Noé, Todd Haynes, Carlos Saura, Céline Sciamma and Claire Simon, among many others
09-02-2021
‘Las huellas de elBulli’ to open Culinary Zinema
Four of the five programmed feature films will be world premieres, while the fiction film ‘Délicieux / Delicious’ will have its premiere in Spain

Basque Culinary Center to host five themed dinners related to the screenings
09-01-2021
Industria Online is open
08-30-2021
Made in Spain will recover, among other films, 'El ventre del mar', 'Ama', 'Destello bravío' and 'El año del descubrimiento'
Of the eight Spanish productions selected for the section, half are first films, such as the debuts of Ezekiel Montes and Javier Tolentino
08-26-2021
Asier Altuna, Icíar Bollaín, Iñaki Alforja and Iban Toledo, Javier Corcuera, Iker Elorrieta, Xabier Erkizia, Maider Oleaga, Maru Solores and Hernán Zin to compete for the Irizar Basque Cinema Award at San Sebastian Festival
Seventeen Basque productions make up the programme of the 69th edition

The Kimuak programme will receive the Zinemira award for its work
08-25-2021
San Sebastian Festival takes steps to reduce its environmental impact
The Festival presents its environmental diagnosis, result of an external audit to study the source of its environmental footprint and what to do about it
08-25-2021
Belodromoa ikastetxeetan immerses itself in archaeology with the DIPC, the Filmoteca Vasca and the San Sebastian Festival
Thousands of schoolchildren from Gipuzkoa will enjoy the film ‘Tadeo Jones 2: Midas erregearen sekretua (Tadeo Jones 2: The Secret of King Midas)’, to be presented by the underwater archaeologist, Maria Intxaustegi
08-24-2021
Wes Anderson and Jane Campion to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award
‘The French Dispatch’ and ‘The Power of the Dog’ complete the Perlak selection
08-23-2021
Klasikoak will celebrate García Berlanga´s and Fernán-Gómez's centenaries with the screening of 'Esa pareja feliz', 'La muerte y el leñador' and 'Manicomio'
The section also includes restored versions of Coppola’s ‘The Rain People’ and ‘The Outsiders: The Complete Novel’, and the screening of ‘Ça commence aujourd'hui (It All Starts Today)’ in homage to Tavernier

The retrospective ‘Flowers in hell. The golden age of Korean cinema’ substitutes three of the titles previously programmed
08-20-2021
Zhang Yimou to open the competition at San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition
'The Eyes of Tammy Faye' and 'Enquête sur un Scandale d'Etat / Undercover' complete the list of competing titles in the Official Selection
08-19-2021
Joanna Hogg, Radu Jude, Gaspar Noé, Kiro Russo, Laura Wandel and Jean-Gabriel Périot, among other filmmakers, to compete for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award
The Festival’s all-ecompassing competitive section will include titles to have been awarded or programmed at Venice, Cannes and Berlin, among other festivals, and two world premieres

A total of 18 titles will participate: thirteen features, one medium-length film and four shorts
08-11-2021
Fourteen feature films to compete in the 20th edition of Nest
08-10-2021
Six productions from Georgia, Republic of Moldova, Russia, Spain, Turkey and Ukraine to participate in WIP Europa
Five of the selected films are first or second works

WIP Europa will take place on September 20, 21 and 22
08-06-2021
WIP Latam will present six films by Manuel Abramovich, Fabián Hernández, Ana Cristina Barragán, Juan Pablo González, Carlos Lechuga and Laura Baumeister
WIP Latam will run on September 20, 21 and 22 in the framework of San Sebastian Festival’s 69th edition
08-05-2021
Sean Baker, Julia Ducournau, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Todd Haynes, Joachim Lafosse, François Ozon, Céline Sciamma and Paul Verhoeven, among the names to participate in Perlak
The section will open with ‘Competencia oficial’, by Duprat and Cohn, and close with ‘The Velvet Underground’ by Haynes

There will be two screenings out of competition ‘Titane’, by Ducournau, and ‘Drive My Car’, by Hamaguchi

The section will also screen the debuts of Shipei Wen and Charlotte Gainsbourg, as well as the second feature directed by the writer Emmanuel Carrère
08-04-2021
Ten Latin American films to compete for the Horizontes Award
Half of the films come from the Festival's Latin American 'work in progress' initiative

The selection includes three first films and the return to the section of directors Paz Fábrega, Alonso Ruizpalacios and Lorenzo Vigas
07-30-2021
Iciar Bollaín, Fernando León de Aranoa, Paco Plaza and Jonás Trueba to compete in San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection
'Las leyes de la frontera', by Daniel Monzón, the Festival closing film; 'La hija', by Manuel Martín Cuenca; Alejandro Amenábar’s series 'La Fortuna' and the short film 'Rosa Rosae. La Guerra Civil' by Carlos Saura will participate out of competition
07-28-2021
Thirteen first and second films to compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award
Among the selected works are five films from the Festival’s works in progress initiatives and from the Co-Production Forum
07-22-2021
Transilvania Film Festival screens a selection of ten Spanish films curated by San Sebastian
The 20th edition of the Romanian event, which starts tomorrow, will show films screened in recent years at the San Sebastian Festival
07-19-2021
Laurent Cantet, Terence Davies, Lucile Hadzihalilovic, Claudia Llosa and Claire Simon to compete in San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection
The fourth feature film by Inés Barrionuevo and the debuts from Alina Grigore, Zhang Ji and Tea Lindeburg will also contend for the Golden Shell and other official awards at the 69th edition
06-22-2021
Sigourney Weaver will feature on the 69th San Sebastián Festival official poster
The image is by Eva Villar from San Sebastián, based on a photograph by Matthew Brookes

From this year on, the acting awards will be gender-neutral without making any distinction between men and women
06-18-2021
The 69th edition of the San Sebastian Festival and the Filmoteca Española will dedicate a retrospective to the golden age of Korean cinema
‘Flowers in Hell. The Golden Age of Korean Cinema’ includes ten titles produced in the 50s and 60s
05-24-2021
Transilvania Film Festival partners with San Sebastian for its 20th edition
The Romanian festival will screen ten Spanish films curated at San Sebastian in recent years
05-18-2021
Dea Kulumbegashvili, 2020 Golden Shell winner, carries out an artist residency at Tabakalera
The Georgian director will be in San Sebastian until 7 June to develop her next feature film

This invitation from Tabakalera, the San Sebastian Film Festival, and Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola falls within the framework of these three institutions' shared strategic programme to support talent, a year-round Festival (Z365), and film methods

The filmmaker, whose film also won awards for Best Direction, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay, will present her full-length feature film 'Dasatskisi / Beginning' in the cinema, and will hold a talk about her creative process
03-31-2021
The Elías Querejeta Film School, the Basque Film Library and the San Sebastián International Film Festival publish the first issue of 'ZINE: Film Research Series'
This biannual online publication will explore the connections between film culture and other disciplines from both the sciences and the humanities, with particular emphasis on Basque cinema

The first issue analyses the cinematographic work of Nestor Basterretxea from the point of view of constructivism, and presents the work of María Jesús 'Tatus' Fombellida.
03-30-2021
Zinemaldia + Plus hosts the screening of short films by the residents of the Ikusmira Berriak programme
The monthly spotlight of Tabakalera’s shared screen will focus, this Friday, on the works of Eduardo Crespo, Mina Fitzpatrick, Manuel Muñoz Rivas, Magdalena Orellana and Marina Palacio

Saturday will see their participation in the recording of Víctor Iriarte’s podcast, ‘El futuro’, where they will talk about their coming projects
02-24-2021
San Sebastian Festival, Kutxa Fundazioa and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola reveal “other approaches” to the Festival’s early years
The exhibition in the Kutxa Kultur Plaza consists of thirty photographs from the period falling between 1953 and 1970

The show is curated by the team of Zinemaldia 70: all possible stories, the research project sponsored by the Spanish lottery organisation, Loterías y Apuestas del Estado
11-26-2020
San Sebastian Festival's complicated relationship with censorship under Franco is the theme of the second public programme of 'Zinemaldia 70. All possible stories'
The project developed by the Festival and the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola and sponsored by Loterías y Apuestas del Estado, with the collaboration of Tabakalera, the Filmoteca Vasca and Kutxa Fundazioa, will show the conclusions of the research work carried out in the last year on December 4 at the Tabakalera cinema
09-26-2020
'Dasatskisi / Beginning' bags the Golden Shell at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition
The French-Georgian co-production also wins the Best Director, Best Actress and Best Screenplay awards
09-25-2020
Industria Awards
09-23-2020
Orona - Nest Award
09-17-2020
The concept of distance and the need to return to film theatres at the centre of the Festival opening gala
Jon Maya and Harkaitz Cano direct and write the opening and closing galas, as well as the Donostia Award and Basque Cinema galas
09-11-2020
Aaron Sorkin, Francisco Ramos, Ted Hope and Marc Orts, leading figures of the Conversations and Master classes at San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition
Thought and Discussion, the Festival’s new area dedicated to promoting discussion on the cinema, will also include the European Film Forum, conferences and round tables

All of the activities will be broadcast in streaming mode on sansebastianfestival.com
09-09-2020
Sara Bilbatua will receive the Zinemira Award at the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition
The casting director from Eibar will collect the award at the Basque Cinema Gala on September 22
09-08-2020
The Artium Museum in Vitoria-Gasteiz opens the exhibition on the 1977 Festival
Audiovisual materials, letters, photographs and documents, many of them unpublished, recreate an edition that represented a radical change in its history

The Festival celebrated its 25th anniversary in 1977 and its management was transferred to San Sebastián for the first time

The exhibition presents the film 'Expediente', winner of the Concha de Oro for best short film, restored and digitised by Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola
09-07-2020
Fernando Trueba will close the Festival’s 68th edition with the film ‘El olvido que seremos / Forgotten We'll Be’
The Spanish director’s Colombian production is part of the Cannes 2020 Official Selection
09-04-2020
Luca Guadagnino will chair the official jury of San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition
The Italian filmmaker will be accompanied by Marisa Fernández Armenteros, Michel Franco and Lena Mossum

‘The World to Come’ and ‘Nomadland’ close the list of Perlak
08-31-2020
Seven feature films and the first episode of a series make up Made in Spain
The selection combines names of experienced filmmakers such as Icíar Bollaín and Santiago Segura with novices like Pilar Palomero and Nuria Giménez
08-31-2020
The company Amenabar renews its commitment to young audiences at the Festival
The youngest among us will be able to enjoy six films offered by the Festival’s Official Collaborator
08-27-2020
Thirteen Festival titles will compete for the Irizar Basque Film Award
A total of fourteen feature films, three short films, two series, one medium-length movie and a film at the production stage make up the Basque participation spread over different sections
08-26-2020
Kiyoshi Kurosawa to open Perlak with ‘Wife of a Spy'
Maite Alberdi, Michel Franco, Eliza Hittman, Phyllida Lloyd, Maïwenn and Susanna Nicchiarelli join others to compete for the City of Donostia / San Sebastian Audience Award

Perlak will also screen the debut films by Yoon Dan-bi and Florian Zeller

Among the nine titles in the section are works selected by festivals such as Cannes, Venice, Deauville and Sundance
08-25-2020
‘ARZAK Since 1897’ to open Culinary Zinema
The other world premieres in the section are ‘Camí lliure / Free Way (Vía libre)’ and ‘La receta del equilibrio’

The Festival will host the international premiere of ‘The Truffle Hunters’, screened at Sundance and included in the Cannes 2020 official selection

Twelve renowned chiefs will participate in the themed dinners, which will take place at the Basque Culinary Center
08-24-2020
Ziyang Zhou closes the Official Selection competition with ‘Wuhai’
‘Spagat / Grand Écart’, by Christian Johannes Koch, is the last addition to New Directors

Zabaltegi-Tabakalera is completed with the feature film ‘Simon Chama / Simon Calls’, by Marta Sousa Ribeiro
08-21-2020
Nine productions from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Mexico to participate in Horizontes Latinos
Amongst the candidates for the Horizontes Award are two world premieres and the same number of titles resulting from the Europe-Latin American Co-Production Forum and Films in Progress
08-20-2020
Philippe Garrel, Tsai Ming-Liang, Hong Sang-soo and Peter Strickland, among other filmmakers, to compete for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award
The section will also host the premieres of the latest feature film by Juan Cavestany, as well as those of the shorts by Carla Simón and Dominga Sotomayor, Marina Palacio and Laida Lertxundi
08-18-2020
The Festival will host the presentation of ‘Sentimental / The People Upstairs’, ‘Explota explota / My Heart Goes Boom!' and ‘Inés del alma mía’, productions with the participation of TVE
The latest film from Cesc Gay ('Sentimental / The People Upstairs') and the debut film from Nacho Álvarez ('Explota explota / My Heart Goes Boom!') will have their world premiere at San Sebastian
08-14-2020
Thirteen short films will participate in Nest, in a competition maintaining its format of physical attendance
The selection has been made from amongst the 348 works submitted by 165 film schools in 49 countries
08-12-2020
Kutxa Fundazioa to collaborate in the San Sebastian Festival's archive project
08-11-2020
Five productions from Georgia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey to participate in WIP Europa
The San Sebastian Festival's new Work in Progress, an evolution of Glocal in Progress, will run online and physically on September 22, 23 and 24
08-07-2020
WIP Latam to present six films from Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay and Uruguay
The San Sebastian Festival's new work in progress, which replaces the pioneering Films in Progress, will run online and physically on September 22, 23 and 24
08-06-2020
The new films from Danielle Arbid, Eduardo Crespo, Harry Macqueen and Julien Temple to compete in the Official Selection
Also featuring in the Festival selection is the Special Screening (out of competition) of Matt Dillon’s second film as a director
08-04-2020
Eleven productions from Brazil, China, France, Ireland, Japan, the Netherlands, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Russia, the United Kingdom and Vietnam to compete for the Kutxabank-New Directors Award
Among the selected movies are several from the Festival’s work in progress projects
07-30-2020
‘Akelarre’, by Pablo Agüero, and ‘Courtroom 3H’ (‘Sala de Juzgado 3H’), by Antonio Méndez Esparza, to compete for the Golden Shell at the Festival’s 68th edition
Rodrigo Sorogoyen will participate out of competition in the Official Selection with the complete screening of the series ‘Antidisturbios’

The series ‘Patria’, created by Aitor Gabilondo, can be seen as a special screening
07-17-2020
Willem Dafoe to feature on the poster of the San Sebastian Festival’s 68th edition
The poster was created by the San Sebastian studio Patio based on an image by the photographer Martin Schoeller
07-15-2020
Gipuzkoa Coopera promotes cinema workshops to give a voice to students at risk of social exclusion
Almost 250 students from Argentina have participated since 2017 in this project promoted by the San Sebastian Festival and Gipuzkoa Provincial Council
07-07-2020
An exhibition in Artium will recall the 1977 edition of the San Sebastian Festival
Letters, photographs, documents and audiovisual material will reconstruct an edition that brought about a radical change

The show will run from september 9 until december 8
07-03-2020
Sharunas Bartas, Naomi Kawase, François Ozon and Thomas Vinterberg to compete in the San Sebastian Festival’s Official Selection
The debut by Dea Kulumbegashvili and the second film from Takuma Sato will also contend for the Golden Shell at the 68th edition
03-09-2020
Films in Progress 37 to present six films from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico
The 37th edition will run on March 26 and 27 within the framework of Cinélatino, Rencontres de Toulouse
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