This year, the International Short Film Festival of Bueu (Pontevedra) focuses on attracting 15.000 people with an ambitious programme that includes up to fifty cinematographic and leisure activities. This way, “the festival will face the challenge of hanging the ‘no tickets left’ notice for 9 days”, from 7th to 15th September. That is how the director of FICBUEU, Manuel Pena, explained it at the presentation of the event, where representatives of the main financing institutions, the City Council of Bueu, Diputación de Pontevedra and AGADIC (a Galician agency for culture) have also participated.
On this matter, the mayor of Bueu, Félix Juncal, reminded that “during these years, the festival has not only consolidated but also has been able to grow stronger with the support of different administrations, especially, with the effort of the organisation”, in such a way that “the last editions have little to do with the first ones, although the essence is still there” and “a success that is reflected in the massive attendance every cinema aspires to”, he concluded.
The provincial deputy on culture, Xosé Leal, appreciated the great turnout as well and “the synergy with the local public, being the one (festival) that approaches citizens the most” among the film festivals supported by the Diputación de Pontevedra. Leal pointed out “FICBUEU’s focus on creating new audiences by carrying out activities during the year and dignifying women”, both through the programme and the work team.
As for the director of Agadic, Jacobo Sutil, he also gave recognition to the organization capacity and quality of the FICBUEU’s programme, from which he wanted to “underline the Galician R Section, with five outstanding short films of Galician production”; without forgetting the parallel activities, which go from gastronomy to shows with Luis Davila or Carlos Blanco. “A programme that improves every year”, he said.
The keys of the programme
The director of the International Short Film Festival of Bueu finished the presentation of this 11º edition, quoted in 100.000 euros, expressing his gratitude to the contribution of public and private financers and summarising the keys of the programme, which can be divided in three groups: short films sessions, cinematographic parallel activities and leisure proposals related to other artistic disciplines. Within the first group, we can find the screening of 80 short films, structured in different sections: International, Galicia R, Spain, Schools and Panorama, the latter offering the best non-selected short films.
The cinematographic activities include talks with the filmmakers, speeches, master classes or specialised radio programmes like “Carne cruda” or the live show “From Galicia to Hollywood”, with Rodrigo Cortés, Juan Gómez-Jurado and Arturo González Campos. All of these activities will be conducted by prestigious professionals within the Galician audiovisual industry but also from outside our borders like the Meeting with Mabel Rivera. At the same time, the festival aims at taking advantage and promoting local talent, collaborating with other associations or artists like Luis Davila and Marc Taeguer, who will work their magic to the sound of Fuzzo in “Drawing with light”.
Among the cultural activities that complement the cinema agenda is a very interesting musical planning that includes the concerts of Xoel López and De Vacas, as well as other live performances and proposals for children. The detailed programme of the FICBUEU is available at www.ficbueu.com, where you can also purchase the tickets for those activities that are not access free.