128 SHORT FILMS & 65 ACTIVITIES 2/09/2019

The 12th Bueu International Short Film Festival “will have an enormous cultural impact on our community”, by scheduling a total of 65 activities including screenings and parallel proposals over nine days, from 6th to 14th September. This is what the director of the FICBUEU, Manuel Pena, stated at the presentation of the event held this morning aboard a catamaran of the Naviera Nabia. Representatives of the Concello de Bueu, the Deputación de Pontevedra and the Axencia Galega das Industrias Culturais da Xunta de Galicia, the main co-financing institutions, also took part in the event.

The director of Agadic, Jacobo Sutil, pointed out that “the Galician audiovisual sector is experiencing a brilliant moment”, both in terms of production, as well as the spreading and training of new audiences which festivals produce. He highlights “the success of the FICBUEU and its continuous growth”. Moreover, the head of Culture of the Deputación de Pontevedra, Victoria Alonso, emphasized that “people who like cinema have this festival in their agenda” and recalled that the short films usually address social issues of current importance, such as the role of women, the LGTBI collective or migration. At the same time, the FICBUEU is “an inclusive festival, with proposals for all audiences, which is held in a wonderful background, so it has all the ingredients for it to be a success,” said the provincial deputy.

The mayor of Bueu, Félix Juncal, concluded the discussion by highlighting the collaboration between administrations to promote “a cultural project as challenging as this one, which evolves every year completing and diversifying its offer, so it is a pleasure to walk beside it”. The councillor also pointed out that “this festival was growing hand in hand with the people, their massive attendance, and the ability to innovate that the organization proves year after year”.

A wide and varied programme

The director of the Bueu International Short Film Festival explained that this year the event will achieve a record number of figures, by screening 128 films of which 70 will be seen for the first time in Galicia and, of those, 30 will be shown for the first time in Spain “which shows the dimension of the place occupied by the FICBUEU within the film industry”, so that “the public may approach works otherwise inaccessible”, he concluded.

The festival’s production manager, María Ruiz-Falcó, reviewed the extensive programme of this twelfth edition, which will include the four usual sections (Galicia R, Spain, International and Panorama) and two new ones, Experimental and Nouvelle Vague, as well as those aimed at the younger audience. There will also be talks with renowned professionals, such as actor Luis Zahera, director Xacio Baño, producer Sergio Frade and art director Elia Robles, besides sectorial meetings led by the associations Proxecta and CREA.

The live production of state and regional radio programmes with guests as distinguished as Paco Plaza, Mabel Rivera, Uxía Blanco or María Vázquez, is another of the pillars of FICBUEU 2019, together with the humorous monologue by Miguel Lago and a dozen musical performances, led by Enric Montefusco. The Short Film Market, the 5 Star Tapas Route or the proposals for children gathered under the heading Mini-FIC are also key to the programming, which can be fully viewed on the website, where you can also buy tickets for the few activities that are not free, since almost all of them have free access.

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