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22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

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The COVID-19 crisis
Friday, July 3rd, 2020

Now, after the end of the state of alarm, and in the hope that the pandemic will continue to ease, the San Sebastian has ruled out both cancelling the event and organising a standard edition continuing in the line of recent years.

Always focussed on the priority of observing the health requirements established by the authorities on the dates of the event, the Festival team is working to organise a 68th edition on the anticipated dates, from September 18-26. The objective is to produce a Festival in recognisable format, safe for the public, the film industry and the media.

The Festival executive has already taken a number of decisions: a reduction in the number of screenings (30% fewer), the online running of some of its activities (the Co-Production Forum, Zinemaldia & Technology, the round tables and masterclasses) and a mixed format (in situ and online) for the new WIP Latam and Europa sections, and for Ikusmira Berriak. The Festival will dispense with some of its usual venues, such as the Velodrome -setting of the morning screenings for schoolchildren jointly organised with the Donostia International Physics Center (which, exceptionally, will be organised online this year), the concert of film music given by the Basque National Orchestra and screening of the releases of popular films for the general public- and the San Telmo Museum, headquarters of the Co-Production Forum. It has also pushed back until 2021 the scheduled retrospective of Korean films from the 50s and 60s (Flowers in hell: the golden age of Korean cinema) and has cancelled the Klasikoak section for this year.

While the evolution of the pandemic will determine its final aspect, the Festival will maintain the physical attendance format of its remaining programme: the Official Selection competition, New Directors, Horizontes Latinos, Zabaltegi-Tabakalera, Perlak and Nest; the selection of films accompanied by themed dinners, and Zinemira, Made in Spain and the weekend Movies for Kids. 


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