GOLDEN AMPHORA TO SWEDEN
Last night, the Swedish film Fight on a Swedish beach!! was proclaimed the winner of the 11º International Short Film Festival of Bueu (Pontevedra) receiving the Golden Amphora and 2.000 euros. The town mayor, Félix Juncal, gave this award to Simon Valhne, the director of this story that addresses the problems of living in society. “Bueu reminded me of my birth town, where the short film was shot, because it is about the same size and it is in the coast too; I think that I will organise a festival there, it is so good for a small village like this to hold such an important festival”, said the filmmaker.
The Silver Amphora and 1.000 euros were given to the animation short film (Fool time) job, by the French director Gilles Cuvelier. It was the colourist Marine Blin who collected it and said: “it is very important for animation to go hand in hand with real action films”. The award was given by the Culture Councillor, Xosé Leal, who considered FICBUEU one of the festivals that “stand out because it has the capacity to create high-quality products with a modest budget”. Furthermore, the director of the Galician Agency for Cultural Industries (Agadic), Jacobo Sutil, announced the long-awaited Audience Award to Matria. He also added that FICBUEU “is a mix between the audio-visual basics: festivals and short films” at the same time that it “gathers very important and creative filmmakers that are well known across the globe”.
Matria was directed by Álvaro Gago and also won the R Award for Best Galician Short Film, which was announced by María Llorente –representative of the communications company– and the actor Antonio Durán ‘Morris’. The prize for Best Spanish Short Film (Fundación Novas Award) was revealed by the representative of this foundation, Suso Portela, and the actress Mónica Camaño, member of the national jury along with ‘Morris’ and the producer Jorge Coira. Both prizes consist of 500 euros and the latter was given to El vestit by the Catalonian director David González, who sent a video where he expressed his “wishes to enjoy the festival first hand in the future”. The Galician association of directors and producers gave the CREA Award for Best Director to Antoneta Alamat for her film U plavetnilo, which the actress Vanesa Vidakovic collected herself.
The said co-production between Croatia, Slovenia and Sweden was also deserving of the award for Best Actress, given to Gracija Filipovic. Angélo Coutard was the winner of the award for Best Actor for his role in Ce que nous tient, collected by the producer Thomas Schober. These prizes, together with all the technical awards, were announced by the international jury formed by the critics Manu Yáñez and Carmen Gray and the filmmaker Alejo Franzetti, who attended festivals like the Berlinale. The Taiwanese short film Dxgal won two awards, Best Cinematography and Best Sound, the same way as the Sweden animation film Min börda which conquered the awards for Best Music and Best Art Direction. The Italo-Iranian film Negah won the award for Best Screenplay and the Chinese Xiao cheng er yue for Best Editing; at last, the co-production between Austria and Germany Wannabe was the winner of the award for Best Make-up and Hairdressing while the Sweden short film Skuggdjur was given the award for Best Costume Design.
During the closing gala, the awards of the videoclip contest were also announced. This contest was organised together with the festival SonRías Baixas and the winners were: Manu Viqueira for the videoclip of Ahora o nunca by La Pegatina ft. Macaco; Ricardo López for Vengo de Galicia by Ricky Hombre Libre; and again Viqueira for Troubled times by Green Day. The three awards were announced by Manuel Pena, the director of FICBUEU whose previous speech reclaimed that the festival and “the intense associative and cultural activity of Bueu deserves a more suitable space that doesn’t involve so many difficulties” like the current auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar. The mayor took note of this request and added that he “would work to get the best infrastructures and make our collective dreams come true; many of which are being achieved, like the FICBUEU that offers us the magical opportunity to share emotions and experiences while filling us with enjoyment”.
In his speech, Félix Juncal made reference to the opening of the award ceremony where, as usual, we were able to enjoy a snippet of a social-content film. In this case, it was a scene from This land is mine by Jean Renoir, set during the World War II, where a teacher says goodbye to his students with his last lesson on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights before he is arrested.
The Closing Gala was presented by the actor César Aldea with Severiano Casalderrey on piano and put an end to this closing day that started in the morning with the Galician Schools Section awards, a talk about cinema critique and the concerts of Paco Nogueiras and the Banda de Música Artística of Bueu. The family photo in front of the tapestry made by the Asociación Cultural Alfombras de Corpus culminated nine days of activities and screenings attended by thousands of people.