The transition from short films to feature films, art direction in the cinema or the production of a film will be the main topics presented in the talks of the 12th Bueu International Short Film Festival, which will take place from September 6th to 14th. The conferences, with free admission, will be held on weekends at the Meeting Point of FICBUEU and will be given by renowned professionals such as filmmaker Xacio Baño, artistic director Elia Robles or producer Sergio Frade.

Under the heading ‘Art direction in cinema’, Elia Robles will introduce in her master class the methodology and importance of this discipline, providing her own experiences and sharing with the festival’s audience how she faces the aesthetic creation of each new project. It will take place on Saturday 7th at 11.30 am. The guest was part of the film La sombra de la ley‘s Art Department, awarded the Goya for Best Art Direction, and she recently worked with Amenábar and Sánchez Arévalo. The session will also include a brief presentation of the feature film Ons, in which Elia Robles is in charge of the artistic direction, for which Alfonso Zarauza, director of the film, will also be present.

‘From short film to feature film’ will be the title of the discussion that the filmmaker Xacio Baño will have on Sunday 8th September at the same time. Thus, he replaces Rodrigo Cortés, invited in 2018 to explain this usual transit in the field of film directing. Xacio Baño, awarded the Prize for Best Galician Short Film in several editions of the FICBUEU, presented his first feature film, Trote, last year in Locarno. In the report, presented by also filmmaker Gaspar Broullón, he will review his trajectory in order to delve into the differences when dealing with projects of different lenght and the challenges of changing format.

On Saturday 14th, at 12.30 pm, it will be the turn of Frida Films’ executive producer, Sergio Frade, who, with the conference ‘The production of a film’, will bring the audience closer to the complex process of carrying out a cinematographic project, from the reception of the script to obtaining the final copy of the film. The last part of his intervention will focus on ways to self-produce a short film, with special attention to the search for financing. Frida Films is committed to auteur cinema, with names such as Nely Reguera, Juanjo Giménez and Diana Toucedo.

Coffees with CREA and Proxecta

In addition to these three conferences, FICBUEU 2019 will also offer other types of forums with film professionals at the Meeting Point. This is the case of ‘Coming closer, a coffee with Proxecta’, organized in collaboration with the Galician Coordination Committee of Cinema Festivals (Proxecta). The round table, which will take place on Saturday 7th at 10.30 am, will focus on the role of volunteers in this type of event and the challenges involved in managing it.

Likewise, the 8th will take place at the same time ‘Coming closer: a coffee with CREA’, for which one more year we will have the participation of the Association of Galician Filmmakers (CREA). This time, to talk about their experiences in film festivals, both nationally and internationally. Both events are open to the public, who can also taste a coffee courtesy of Cafés Candelas.

 The programme of the 12th Bueu International Short Film Festival includes more events as the already announced ‘Meeting with Luis Zahera’, in which the public of the contest will be able to meet with the recognized actor, on Saturday September 7th at 18 hours in the Centro Social do Mar. In addition, the Meeting Point will host discussions with filmmakers, producers and performers of the short films screened at FICBUEU 2019. The debate corresponding to the Galicia R Section will be held on the 7th at 10 pm, while from Monday to Friday at 9.15 pm, the international guests will be the main protagonists.


The 12th Bueu International Short Film Festival presents Mini-FIC: a complete agenda of activities for children ranging from short films and storytelling to live music and humour. It will take place mainly on the last day of the FICBUEU, Saturday 14th September, when the Closing Gala of the competition, among others, will be organised. Between Wednesday 11th and Friday 13th, throughout the morning, the Children’s Sessions will also be held at the Centro Social do Mar, which will be attended by more than 1,500 students from nine schools based in O Morrazo.

The Mini-FIC will begin on the 14th at 11 am with the Galician Schools Gala, led by the actress and narrator Beatriz Campos, sponsored by Kalandraka publishing house. During the event, the awards will be given to the best short films of the different educational levels, from pre-school to university, and the winners of each of the three categories will be screened.

At 12.30 pm the workshop ‘O cine soa ben’ will be held by Caspervek Trio, which will highlight the important role played by music in cinema, complementing and enhancing visual content. The group will challenge the family audience to identify different films by their soundtrack and will even travel to the beginning of the seventh art to discover the silent film screenings with live music. Both activities will take place in the Centro Social do Mar with free access, but given the capacity limits it will be necessary to withdraw an invitation the same day at the ticket office.

In the afternoon, the activities will be transferred to the Encounter Point, located in the Exhibition Hall ‘Amalia Dominguez’, where at 17 pm will begin the session Tales and Cinema, which merges the stories narrated by Olalla González and the illustrations in real time by Marc Taeger. Finally, at 18 pm, outside the Centro Social do Mar will be held the concert PunkInfantil by Peter Punk and Brais das Hortas, a rocker and a children’s singer who will be forced to share the stage, so the fun is assured. All Mini-FIC activities are free and are sponsored by the fishing company Agustín Santomé SL.

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