The Annecy animation film festival (France) kicked off on Monday. The event, which will last until June 30, has opted for the online version this year. There will be two Basque films competing in the official short film selection: Homeless Home by Alberto Vázquez, and Lursaguak by Izibene Oñederra.
Accreditation is required to enjoy the festival´s online program. There are two types of accreditation, one for the festival, which is general and open to the public, and another for the festival fair called MIFA, aimed at industry professionals. All activities will be carried out through video calls and online conferences. The Basque film industry will not be interacting face-to-face this time, but will have a virtual stand and will be in contact with industry professionals to inform them of the latest Basque productions.
Homeless Home, directed by Alberto Vázquez, is one of the Basque films selected in the short film category. Produced by Ivan Miñambres, executive producer of the production company UniKo, the film is an existentialist social story framed in a fantasy universe. The film Lursaguak, directed by Izibene Oñederra, can also be seen in the official selection. This work presents a dark story about the role of the human condition in contemporary life. The film was chosen to be included in the Kimuak 2019 Basque short films catalogue promoted by the Etxepare Basque Institute, among other achievements.
The two films have the chance to win the Cristal award for the best short film if they stand out among the 35 shorts from around the world in the official selection.