In the press conference held this morning to present the selected titles, those in charge of the event explained that the Bueu International Short Film Festival—which takes place from the 6th to the 14th of September—will offer the widest and most varied programme of its twelve editions.
In addition to the usual Centro Social do Mar, a new screening room will be set up in the Massó Museum to host the 111 works that will be shown this year. There will also be two new sections in the programme, one Experimental and the other Retrospective.
The director of FICBUEU, Manuel Pena, explained that “the International Section will continue to be the main pillar of the festival”. This section consists of 23 titles among which “more countries are represented than ever before,” as pointed out the recently named Deputy Director of the FICBUEU, Severiano Casalderrey. He also made clear that although France accounted for almost a quarter of the 2,342 films submitted, this predominance is not reflected in the final programming.
In addition, this section in which the nominees compete for the Golden Amphora, the Silver Amphora and the 11 technical awards “will be highly up-to-date, since the majority of the titles correspond to this year, and there are probably a few premieres“.
Added to the international section are four other competitive sections, each with its own awards: Galicia R, Spain, Schools and the new Experimental Section, “it is something we felt the need to address, given the high potential in this type of work that did not really fit into the program of the festival, more close to social reality,” Casalderrey remarked.
In fact, issues such as migration, racism, the role of women, the LGBT community or even social networks will be some of the topics presented in the programme. The deputy director of FICBUEU also highlighted the predominance of female directors in the Spain Section and animation in the Galicia R Section, showing that this technique “is recovering after a few years of crisis”.
The 12th Bueu International Short Film Festival will once again have three other non-competitive sections: Children’s and Youth, proposals “that go beyond traditional models” for schools and Panorama, which will be showcasing works “with a long history through the most important festivals in the world”.
“It’s a section that we want to boost because of the excellent quality of the titles it has,” said Manuel Pena. In fact, it will be one of the sections competing for the Audience Award along with the International, Spain and Galicia R ones.
Check here the short films list.