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Bueu International Film Festival presents the first edition of the FICBUEU Residency

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Bueu International Film Festival presents the first edition of the FICBUEU Residency


The FICBUEU Residency establishes itself as a new space for creation and training that will take place in October on the Island of Ons

Bueu, May 22, 2023FICBUEU announced today the first edition of its new initiative, a residency for filmmakers that will be held from October 9th to 15th on the Island of Ons. It is a training program dedicated to the comprehensive treatment of short films in their development stage, in which different prestigious professionals will personally accompany and mentor each project.

As highlighted by the organization, this program “comes as a result of the new phase that started with the 15th anniversary of the festival. A phase in which the organization aims to expand its work promoting short films and cinema beyond the dates of the festival.”.

The inaugural edition of the FICBUEU Residency will be mentored by renowned screenwriter Isabel Peña, who holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of Navarra and specialized in Screenwriting from ESCAC. She received the Goya Award in 2019 and the Feroz Award in 2019 for the screenplay of the film “El reino” (2018), as well as the Goya Award in 2023 and the Medal of the Circle of Film Writers in 2023 for the feature film “As bestas” (2022). She is also co-writer of films such as “Stockholm” (2013) and “Que Dios nos perdone” (2016), for which she won the Jury Award for Best Screenplay at the San Sebastián Film Festival. 

Throughout a week, Peña will conduct individual sessions with each of the authors for the revision and progress of their works, as well as group meetings to foster synergies and collaborative work.

In addition to individual mentoring and group exchange spaces, the residency will offer residents specific training in areas such as gender perspective in screenwriting (taught by Carmen Ávalos), visual effects from the project’s inception (with Pablo Lamosa from Cormorán VFX), and new distribution models (taught by Elena Neira). This way, the residents will be able to expand their knowledge on different aspects and stages inherent to the full development of their projects.

As the final phase of the I FICBUEU Residency project, the organization will select one of the participating scripts for development, which will be carried out through a collaboration agreement with a Galician production company.

This first edition of the FICBUEU Residency is funded by the Xunta de Galicia, through the General Secretariat for Equality and the Galician Agency for Cultural Industries. At the event, which took place on one of the Nabia boats that will transport the residents to the Ons Island in October, the director of AGADIC, Jacobo Sutil, highlighted “the favourable moment that the Galician audiovisual industry is experiencing” and the “relevance of initiatives like the FICBUEU Residency that support the short film format from the development phase”. Meanwhile, Susana López, the Secretary of Equality, emphasized “the organization’s work in its commitment to equality” as well as “the joint efforts with AGADIC to promote gender perspective in creative endeavours”.

The submission period for proposals is now open and will extend until June 15th. A professional jury will be responsible for evaluating each of the proposals, which will be announced during the 16th edition of FICBUEU in September.

All information and documentation regarding the call for submissions is available on the festival’s website

The I FICBUEU Residency has a grant from Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte and the sponsorship of Xunta de Galicia through the Consellería de Promoción do Emprego e Igualdade and the Consellería de Cultura, Educación, Formación Profesional e Universidades.

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