The San Sebastian International Film Festival has its main offices at the following address:
FESTIVAL DE SAN SEBASTIÁN
TABAKALERA - Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea
Plaza de las Cigarreras, 1, 2ª planta
20012 Donostia – San Sebastián (España)
Tel.: +34 943 481212
Detailed information can be found on the official Festival website: www.sansebastianfestival.com, which also explains how to contact the Festival and its different departments.
The Public Limited Company FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE DONOSTIA-SAN SEBASTIÁN S.A. consists in equal parts of the San Sebastian City Council, the Basque Government, the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa and the Spanish Ministry of Culture, Education and Sport. Its chairmanship is held by the Mayor of San Sebastian. The San Sebastian International Film Festival organisation is headed by its Director, José Luis Rebordinos.
The San Sebastian International Film Festival is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations, FIAPF www.fiapf.org, in the "competitive film festivals" category.
The San Sebastian International Film Festival seeks to make a positive contribution to the development of the film culture and industry.
The 71th edition of the San Sebastian Festival will take place in the city of San Sebastian from the 22th to the 30th of September 2023.
All films presented at the 71th San Sebastian International Film Festival will be selected by the Festival Selection Committee. The Committee is chaired by the Festival Director and is advised by a network of international delegates consisting of professionals, specialists in the world of film and in film festivals.
All films selected for the 71th edition will receive a certificate of participation from the San Sebastian Festival Management.
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section of the San Sebastian Festival consists of a selection of the most varied and surprising films of the year, as yet unscreened in Spain. This section has no restrictions of format and no limitations on subject matter.
All films in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section compete for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award.
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award carries €20,000 for the director and distributor of the film in Spain.
With the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award the San Sebastian Festival promotes the creation of film projects with unusual and surprising narrative and format.
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award comes with €20,000. Of these, €6,000 will go to the director of the winning film and the remaining €14,000 to the film's distributor in Spain.
In the event that the film does not have a Spanish distributor in theaters, the entire Prize will be handed over to the director of the film.
The deadline to notify that it has a Spanish distributor is of one month from the end of the edition.
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section is open to participation by films meeting all of the following conditions:
1. Films of any length and format.
2. Films completed in the 12 months prior to the start of the Festival.
3. Films produced or co-produced outside Spain competing in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section must be Spanish premieres.
4. Films totally produced in Spain competing in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section must be Spanish premieres. They must not have been screened at any national festival and must not have been publicly released or screened in Spain prior to the Festival dates.
5. No film presented in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section can have been publicly screened in Spain prior to its official presentation at the Festival.
6. The inclusion in VOD platforms of films participating in the Zabaltegi - Tabakalera Section is not allowed, with the exception of cases where their use is strictly professional and with restricted access.
7. If the format is DCP, the Festival's technical department will send the server certificate for the generation of DKDM to the producers or representatives of the film. Only this type of encryption will be accepted and it must be sent together with the film in order to generate from the Festival the necessary keys for quality controls, technical tests and projections.
All of the films selected by the Festival must be presented in their original version.
The film subtitles can be in either Spanish or English.
The cost of subtitling the copy will be paid by the producers or representatives of the film.
The Festival will provide additional electronic subtitling in either English or Spanish depending on the language required. For films subtitled in Spanish whose original language is not English, we will require a DVD of the final original version of the film with subtitles in English and the corresponding list of subtitles in English.
The screening of this electronic subtitling will be carried out by the subtitling company hired for this purpose by the Festival.
Participation in the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section of the Festival implies:
Said fee will be payable in euros during the film submission process and can be paid either by credit card (Visa, American Express or Mastercard) or paypal.
Once a film has received an official invitation from the Festival Director, and prior to the event, the producers or representatives of the selected films must confirm their attendance by duly completing and returning the online submission form to the Festival, no later than 1 August 2023.
The Festival will acknowledge the person who signs this confirmation as the sole representative in negotiating all aspects related to participation of the film in the event and as the sole responsible as opposed to other companies or individuals to have participated in producing the film.
Confirmation by the producers or representatives of the selected film means that they cannot withdraw their film from the programme and that they irrevocably accept all rules & regulations established by the Festival Management.
The invitation made to each film selected by the San Sebastian Festival will remain strictly confidential between the Festival Management and the producers or representatives of the invited film until such time as the Festival decides to make an official announcement in this regard.
The complete San Sebastian Festival programme and all screening times are exclusively decided by the Festival Management Committee.
The documentation required by the Festival for its press releases, official catalogue and website (synopsis, technical and artistic credits, bio-filmographies, pictures of the director/s and film stills) will be taken from the online submission form, which must be duly completed no later than 1 August 2023.
All promotional material for the selected films requested by the different Festival departments must be provided without delay by the producers or representatives of the film.
The producers or representatives of invited films must send the selected copies to be screened at the Festival, 15 days prior to date on which the event is due to begin, to the Festival Film Department at its main offices:
Donostia Zinemaldia – Festival de San Sebastián
Departamento de películas
TABAKALERA Centro Internacional de Cultura Contemporánea
Plaza de las Cigarreras 1, 2ª Planta
20012 DONOSTIA – SAN SEBASTIÁN
Tel.: +34 943 481212
The producers or representatives are free to send the Festival as many copies of the film as they wish.
The Festival Management reserves the right to reject copies found during control by its Technical Department to be unsuitable for screening. In the event of irregularities in the copies, the Festival Management will issue the film owners or representatives with the corresponding technical report.
The transport and insurance costs of the copies of selected films will be paid by the participants until their arrival at the Festival offices or at the premises of its customs agent.
The San Sebastian Festival will insure the copies from the moment of their arrival at the Festival offices or at the premises of its customs agent, until such time as they are returned.
If the film format is DCP, the cost of generating KDMs will also be the responsibility of the producers or representatives of the film.
The cost of returning the copies of films selected by the Festival will also be paid by participants. Returns will only be made after the Festival closing date.
In the event of damage to a copy during the event, the Festival limits its responsibility to the cost of having a new standard copy made at current laboratory rates.
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award will be decided by a specially constituted jury appointed by the San Sebastian Festival Management.
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award Jury must meet the following conditions:
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award cannot be declared void or be conferred on more than one film.
The Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award will be announced and presented at the Festival Closing Gala.
Awards corresponding to sections of the Festival programme other than the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Section will also be presented at the Closing Gala.
The Spanish distributor will receive the amount corresponding to the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera Award on furnishing proof to the effect that the winning film has been released in commercial cinemas in at least two Spanish towns and cities within a deadline of one year from the Festival end date.
The producers or representatives of films receiving an award undertake to mention said award at the beginning of the winning film and on all corresponding press material and advertising, respecting the exact wording of the Jury decision and using the Festival logo. The logo will available in several languages on the official Festival website: www.sansebastianfestival.com.
Accredited industry professionals attending the Festival will receive special attention at Industry Department, where a team of professionals will provide them with all possible means and contacts to facilitate their work, including film viewings in its film library after having obtained the corresponding written authorisation from their producers.
In the event of disagreement (related to organisation or running of the event) or failure to comply with these rules and regulations, the Festival Management reserves the right to the final decision based on the FIAPF regulations for international film festivals.
In the event of discrepancy in the interpretation of these rules & regulations, the Spanish version will apply.
All doubts arising from the interpretation of these rules and regulations will be solved by the San Sebastian Festival Management.
The 71st edition of the San Sebastian International Film Festival will run from 22-30 September 2023.
Yes, but only for the Zabaltegi-Tabakalera section.
If you have a short film made at your school, you can participate in Nest.
The fee for each film submitted for pre-selection by the Festival is:
Said fee will be payable in euros during the film submission process and can only be paid by credit card (Visa, American Express or Mastercard) or PayPal.
The submissions for WIP Latam, WIP Europa and Nest is free.
The projects submission in the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum or Ikusmira Berriak residence program is for free.
If you don’t have a credit card you can pay by bank transfer. In this case, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions.
No, students do not qualify for a discount on the submission fee. However, if you have a short film made at your school you can submit it free of charge to Nest.
Films will be considered during the pre-selection process. Films not selected will be informed of the decision by email.
The deadline for receiving the final DCP is 1 September 2022.
In the event of wishing to change any of the details provided you can contact us at email@example.com, telling us what you want to change.