Basque Audiovisual, the brand that represents the Basque audiovisual sector, takes part in the 66th International Film Festival of Berlin thanks to Zineuskadi and Basque Government, with the collaboration of the Etxepare Basque Institute. Throughout the festival, which starts today and lasts until February 20, Basque Audiovisual will present and announce the 32 film projects that are collected at the catalogue designed for the occasion. Taking advantage of the impressive showcase that festival offers, the works of 22 producers will be released, most of them fiction films and documentaries. Berlinale will offer the opportunity to find partners to develop, distribute and finance projects.
In order to optimize resources, the Basque representation goes to Berlinale with an almost closed agenda. They also have the help of the Basque Government, which provides them a match maker during the festival. His/her work will promote meetings to facilitate co-production, distribution and sales of Basque audiovisual products presented in Berlin.
Euskadi will take part, for the first time, with its own physical space at the European Film Market in Berlin (organized by Zineuskadi / Creative Europe Media Euskadi, with the help of the Etxepare Basque Institute), one of the most important spaces for the film industry where our producers can organize meetings or presentations. They will come to this space 10 Basque producers will be there - Lumiere produkzioak, Astronauta producciones, Eduardo Carneros, Atera Films, Arena Comunicación, Mugaritz, Txintxua Films, Kinoskopik, Izar Films and Lamia Producciones- together with the Film Commissions of Bizkaia and Donostia.
Boise is one of the cities where the Basque diaspora is more consolidated, and it is not surprising that Boise State University offers an extensive program of Basque Studies. For example, the new Eloise Garmendia Bieter Chair, created by the Etxepare Basque Institute, will start soon. With the intention to strengthen the Basque studies program, the university is looking for a lecturer to teach Basque language and culture. They offer a renewable nine-month contract, combining teaching and research. The person elected will begin work on 15 August.
The conditions are the following: Ph.D. in Basque Studies or a related field (ABD candidates will be considered); experience teaching Basque language and/or culture at the undergraduate level; native or near-native fluency in Basque and in English; ability to incorporate new technologies in the classroom; commitment to professional development; dedication to program building, including outreach to the local Basque Community; cross-cultural sensitivity. You can check all information and the registration process on this link.
On the other hand, the BSU also offers a Basque Graduate Scholarships program; Students that have a Bachelor of Science degree (M.S. Applicants), or a Master of Science degree or Licenciatura (Ph.D. Applicants) in any engineering field, computer science, physics, earth sciences, chemistry, the life sciences, or mathematics by May 2016 are encouraged to apply for Fall 2016 admissions. The university already has 4 Basque students studying thanks to these scholarships. For more information, see the document attached to the news.
The Kimuak program, supported by the Etxepare Basque Institute, is working at the Clermont Ferrand Fair promoting Basque short films. Besides, the Internacional Short film Festival will show a Basque short film this year: Lost Village, a short film of the director George Todria and the producer Kinoskopik from Vitora-Gasteiz has been included at the Official Section.
The Clermont-Ferrand Fair and Festival are the most relevant international dates for short film-making in Europe, an international frame of reference for cinema professionals and will be held on February 5-13.
Lost Village offers a plot full of mystery: a middle-aged man and woman are the only ones living in an abandoned village when lights start appearing in some of the empty houses. Each character reacts to this phenomenon differently. Their lives will never be the same again.
The Basque cinema festival of Barcelona Zinemaldia.Cat is back one more year with its eleventh edition, with the support of the Etxepare Basque Institute. The event, organized by the Euskal Etxea of Barcelona, will propose from 5 to 26 February a program focused on some values: quality, affordable prices and the possibility to go beyond the screenings. Thus, ZinemaldiaCat repeats the experience of inviting directors, actors, screenwriters or producers for the projections of movies, ensuring the interaction with the audience, while proposing an alternative program to the Official Sections.
The program of the Official Sections includes 12 films, most of them premiered in Catalonia and that in some cases have only been seen before at the San Sebastian International Film Festival. All of them can be seen in the Girona Cinema Halls of the capital. Among them, there are some prominent productions like Amama, Un otoño sin Berlín, Nola? or Gure Sorlekuen Bila.
On the other hand, the Euskal Etxea seeks to bring the festival beyond the screenings and to offer small discoveries to the Catalan audience. So, this year they will repeat the Alterzinemaldia, which includes an ensemble film of 26 Basque directors based on the fantasy genre, a video competition in Basque language and a cinema tour with the editor of Fotogramas Pere Vall .Read more
Furthermore, the short films of Kimuak are included in the program, so viewers will discover new filmmakers thanks to this program of the Basque Film Archive. Finally kids will also enjoy the film festival with TXO!, the children´s area of the festival.
The animated short films "Sangre de Unicornio" by Alberto Vazquez, and "Viaje a pies" by Khris Cembe, both of the producer from Bilbao UNIKO, have been included in the catalogue created by the ICAA with the best short films of 2015.
The Institute of Cinematography and Audiovisual Arts (ICAA) has created the catalog "Shorts from Spain", with a selection of the 10 best Spanish short films of 2015. It has been created with the aim of promoting the dissemination and presence of these works in national and international festivals and markets. Besides "Sangre de Unicornio" and "Viaje a pies" the selection also includes the titles "3/105", "Bikini", "El corredor", "Los Cárpatos", "Muebles Aldeguer", "Ser e voltar", "Soy tan feliz” and "Todo un futuro juntos”, reflecting a diversity of genres, styles and techniques.
"Sangre de Unicornio" and "Viaje a pies" are the representatives of the animation in this catalogue, besides being the only Basque productions included. "Sangre de Unicornio" is a fable with two bears as main characters, eager to hunt unicorns, in a reinterpretation of the myth of Cain and Abel. Produced by UNIKO with Abrakam Studio, it was a finalist for the 2015 Goya Awards, and has been presented in more than 200 international festivals, such as Annecy, Clermont Ferrand (France) or Slamdance ( USA) and has won more than 25 awards.
"Viaje a pies", meanwhile, is a black comedy that combines brilliant graphics with elements of suspense. Since its premiere in May 2015, it has been present in over 70 international festivals, such as Annecy (France), Foyle (Ireland), Anima Mundi (Brazil), AISFF (South Korea), ReAnimania (Armenia ) or AnimaSyros (Greece), and screening for the 30th edition of the Awards Goya®.
From 6 to 9 October 2016 the Catalan Fair Fira Mediterrània Manresa will be the meeting point for thousands of arts sector professionals, and thanks to the agreement signed with the Etxepare Basque Institute, the fair includes annually at least two Basque companies in the program. The deadline for submitting proposals to the fair will finish on February 29.
The programme is interdisciplinary -visual arts, circus, dance, exhibitions, music, storytelling and theatre-. Arts projects can be submitted under two mains themes: popular culture and world music. Performances may be small, medium or large scale format and aimed at adult and/or family audiences.
The fair gathers each year more than a thousand professionals from different sectors, so it is a great showcase for companies.
Click here to download the application form and view the details.
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On January 25-28, the Etxepare Basque Institute will attend for the first time the international performing arts fair Internationale Kulturbörse Freiburg, the leading fair that brings together professionals from the performing arts in Europe. The Basque theater and circus companies will have their own space in the stand Basque Arts.
The following Basque companies will take part in the fair:of bad company, Malas Compañias, Marie de Jongh, Hortzmuga, Markeliñe, and the distributor Aire-Aire. The director of the Etxepare Basque Institute, Aizpea Goenaga, will also attend the gathering.
The company Malas compañias will perform the show TXATARRA on January 26: after attending festivals and programs of the Basque Country and Spain, it aims to open international doors. TXATARRA is a circus and street theater show for all the family, that mixes humor, theater, object manipulation and acrobatics to immerse the audience in a spectacular, funny and tender work.Read more