The Festival wishes to highlight its nature as a place to meet and convey knowledge through Thought and discussion, an umbrella for activities promoting discussion on the cinema from an industrial, creative and vocational point of view and programmes generating opportunities of agreements and business for creators, producers and distributors. Figuring in this scope are initiatives ranging from masterclasses and film talks, open to badge holders and to the general public, including activities specifically focussed on film industry professionals and the specialised media and conversations on relevant subjects for the sector, the Zinemaldia & Technology presentations and the meetings between festival programmers.
The area for Thought and discussion on the cinema runs throughout the year at the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, promoted by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, where the Festival, with Tabakalera and the Filmoteca Vasca, has conceptualised a centre for thought, research, experimental practice and pedagogical innovation on the subject of the past, present and future of the cinema. One of the results of the collaboration with the EQZE is the research project Zinemaldia 70. All possible stories, created to generate a living archive to foster thought and discussion on the past, present and future of the Festival through its document collection (letters, photographs, reviews and mentions published in newspapers and magazines, books, etc.) compiled since 1953.