Virtual stand for Basque documentaries at the prestigious Sunny Side of the Doc festival

Euskara. Kultura. Mundura.

2021-06-21

Basque documentaries will have a place this year at the Sunny Side of the Doc festival from June 21st to 25th. The Basque audiovisual sector will be promoted internationally under the brand BASQUE. AUDIOVISUAL. This annual fair in La Rochelle, France, has become a landmark event for the world of documentary film, bringing together more than 2,000 professionals from 60 countries. After last year’s successful event, it was decided to be held online again. To this end, the Etxepare Basque Institute, Eiken (Basque Audiovisual and Digital Content Cluster) and Zineuskadi have developed various initiatives to promote documentaries, including the BASQUE. AUDIOVISUAL virtual stand. Another is the BASQUE. AUDIOVISUAL website in English, already up and running, where the Basque Country is presented as an international production centre, thus also seeking future filming opportunities.

In addition, to promote the visibility of Basque production companies, on Tuesday, 22 June, a ´Meet the Basque Delegation´ event has been organised as part of the official programme. Alex Aginagalde, Cultural Technician at the Etxepare Basque Institute, will take part in the event to explain in detail the work carried out by BASQUE. AUDIOVISUAL.

Representatives of these seven companies registered through the stand will then present their projects:  Arena Comunicación, Itziar García Zubiri, Kanaki Films, Maluta Films, Pixel Productions, Sonora Estudios and Ibaia-Lau Haizetara. There will also be a talk on the ´Lau Haizetara Documentary Co-Production Forum´ held at the San Sebastian Film Festival.

The virtual exhibition will also offer producers and professionals from all over the Basque-speaking world the opportunity to work on their projects, promote co-productions and find international distributors.

This participation is supported by the Aquitaine-Basque Country-Navarre Euroregion, responsible for producing a `Basque Docs´ catalogue with information on the 69 most recent Basque-produced documentary projects. The catalogue will be available for distribution to the professionals attending the event.

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