tve movistar+
65th San Sebastian Film Festival
22/30 September 2017 - #65ssiff

Complete this form with your details for accessing the contents reserved for registered users
Click here
Forgotten your password? Click here


You have still not activated your email. We have sent you an email. You must click on the attached link to activate your account.

You are in: Home > 2021. 69th Edition  > News > Tabakalera launches its first international call for series creators
Tabakalera launches its first international call for series creators
Aitor Gabilondo, Christine Vachon, and Xabier Berzosa will be the mentors of the programme that is being presented today.

The three selected projects will receive financial aid amounting to 6,000 euros and will be presented to the industry at the next San Sebastian International Film Festival
Friday, February 5th, 2021

Tabakalera made the call for participation in 2deo serieak this morning, an international programme aiming at tutoring, accompanying, and supporting projects by series creators (producers and scriptwriters). The new project is driven by 2deo, Tabakalera's audiovisual laboratory, promoted by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, in the context of Etorkizuna Eraikiz, and it features the cooperation of the San Sebastian International Film Festival.

The goal is to influence the quality and viability of the selected projects, and in turn support Basque-language series and their international presence thanks to new opportunities afforded by current distribution models.

The 2deo Serieak mentoring programme for creators of series wants to offer both emerging talents and professionals already working in the sector a new space for development. Their series may be in any format or of any genre and must have international ambition and a particular interest in Basque-language production.

Each selected project will receive a development grant of 6,000 euros and will also have individual mentoring and advice. In the in-person and online sessions from April to September, each team will analyse and rewrite their screenplay and develop their production and distribution strategy as well as their mise en scène. The three selected projects will be supervised by three mentors throughout the entire process: Aitor Gabilondo, Christine Vachon, and Xabier Berzosa.

Between June and July, the authors of the selected projects and the mentors from the call will hold a three-day meeting at Tabakalera aimed at sharing experiences and knowledge.

The last part of the programme will take place through a series of professional meetings that will be held during the San Sebastian International Film Festival, where teams will have the opportunity to present their projects to relevant sector players (producers, distributors and investors, and television platforms and channels) in order to get the chance to produce the series.


The project reception period shall run from 5 February to 8 march 2021. The three selected projects will be notified on 5 April. All of the information to participate in the call for applications is available at


  • Aitor Gabilondo
    Aitor Gabilondo is one of the most prominent audiovisual fiction creators of the moment, with highly successful series such as El Príncipe and Allí Abajo. Founder of the ALEA MEDIA production company, he premiered Madres on Telecinco in 2020, a series starring Belén Rueda about several women's fight against leukaemia. Likewise, he did the mini-series Patria for HBO, an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Fernando Aramburu about the Basque conflict. The latter piece is also the first production by HBO Europe in Spanish and it was recently awarded the 2020 Ondas Award for best drama series.
  • Christine Vachon
    Recipient of the Independent Spirit and Gotham Awards, in 1995 she founded –alongside Pamela Koffler– the Killer Films independent film company. Vachon has produced more than 60 independent films, amongst which are several by Todd Haynes, like Far from Heaven (2002) and Carol (2015), nominated for three and six Oscars respectively. She also produced Boys don't Cry (1999), an Oscar winner. Since then, she has continued to produce some of the most famous American independent films.
    In television, Vachon was an executive producer for the Emmy Award-winning programme This American Life,, and she produced Mildred Pierce (2010) for HBO, winner of a Golden Globe, as well as The Beginning of Everything (2016) for Amazon Prime. She is currently working on the latest project by Ryan Murphy for Netflix.
    In 2005, New York's MoMA paid tribute to Killer Films with a ten-year retrospective exhibition.
  • Xabier Berzosa
    Xabier Berzosa is a film producer at Irusoin and a founding partner of Moriarti produkzioak. Amongst his productions, noteworthy are The Endless Trench (2019), The Giant (2017), and Flowers (2014).
    Flowers (Garaño and Goenaga, 2014) became the first production filmed in Basque that competed in the Official Section of the San Sebastian International Film Festival and was nominated for the Goya for Best Film, as well as being selected to represent Spain in the Oscars.
    The Giant (Arregi and Garaño, 2017) won the Special Jury Award and the Irizar Award at San Sebastian, in addition to 10 Goya Awards.
    The Endless Trench (Garaño, Arregi, and Goenaga) won the Goya for best leading actress and the Goya for best sound in the 2020 edition and is a runner to compete in the next edition of Hollywood's Academy Awards, which will be held on 25 April 2021.

More information:
943011311/ 688743500


Official Sponsors:
Official Collaborators:
Associated Institutions:
© San Sebastian International Film Festival | Developed by: Yo Miento Producciones

This website uses cookies to improve the user experience. More info Agree