Marché du Film at the Cannes festival, the next stop for Basque cinema

Marché du Film at the Cannes festival, the next stop for Basque cinema

July 06 2021

Basque cinema will once again be at the Marché du Film at the Cannes festival, which runs from today until July 15. One of the most outstanding events on the international film scene recovers its face-to-face modality and will once again serve as a showcase for several projects executed in the Basque Country.

In this new edition of the market Basque.Audiovisual. will have a reinforced participation due to its virtual and physical presence at the Palais du Festival. On the one hand, it will have its own virtual section in the Colorful Diversity space, under Cinema From Spain. In it, all professionals in the film and audiovisual sector will be able to access information related to our territory and the existing tools to carry out co-productions, as well as create new contacts.

In the same way, they will have the opportunity to meet different Basque professionals and receive information on 10 outstanding projects that are in different phases such as: 20,000 Species of Bees’, by Estibaliz Urresola (Gariza Films, Sirimiri Films, Inicia Films); ’50 picograms. A sport Satire ’, by David Pérez Sañudo (Amania Films); ‘Bayo Bayo Baby’, by Raúl de la Fuente and Amaia Remirez (Kanaki Films); 'Black is beltza: II Ainhoa', by Fermín Muguruza (Talka Records & Films); "Head and heart", by Ainhoa Andraka (Doxa Producciones); "Not Such An Easy Life", by Félix Viscarret (Lamia Producciones); ‘Tetuán’, by Iratxe Fresneda (Marmoka Films, Pimpi & Nella Films); 'The Sound of Cracking', by Ander Iriarte (Gastibeltza Filmak); ‘Unicorn Wars’, by Alberto Vázquez (UniKo), and ‘Winnipeg seeds of hope’, by Elio Quiroga and Beñat Beitia (Dibulitoon).

Also, Basque.Audiovisual. will have a physical space on Rivera A5 of the Palais du Festival. As usual, the latest version of the catalog that includes all the Basque projects currently available, as well as those that are in the development phase, will be distributed amongst those interested. It should be noted that this edition of the catalog is the most extensive of those produced so far, which shows the good creative moment that the sector is going through despite all the difficulties derived from the sanitary situation. On this occasion, in addition to traditional feature films (fiction, documentaries or non-fiction and animation), short films in different stages of development are also collected, as well as the Kimuak selection, the shorts of the ITXITIK call (short films created with COVID19 as thread conductor), series and other formats.

'Los quinquis', by Yayo Herrero, will participate in the next edition of Focus CoPro', an initiative promoted by Cannes Court Métrage - Short Film Corner that will begin on July 12 and in which six international projects participate, two of them from La Incubadora by ECAM. ‘Los Quinquis’ is produced by Mintxo Díaz (Dynamite Films). It is a criminal drama that brings together, in the key of fiction, real stories of various criminals from the Spanish suburbs.

 ‘Winnipeg seeds of hope’, by Elio Quiroga and Beñat Beitia (Dibulitoon Studio, La Ballesta, El otro Film, Midralgar), will be presented on June 10 in the Animation Days section starting at 12:00 noon, thanks to the collaboration of Animachi financed by ProChile and the Ministry of Culture, Art and Heritage with the Annecy Festival el Marché du Film.

Among the Basque professionals who will participate in the Marché du Film at the Cannes festival we find Miren Aperribay (Atera Films), Aitor Arenas (Banatu Filmak), Irati Crespo (Vitrine Filmes), Silvia Cruz (Vitrine Filmes), Unai Fernández (Barton Films), Nicos Beatty (Soul Pictures), Liliana Bravo (Soul Pictures), Patxi Azpillaga (Lekuk Kultur Elkartea), Juanma Bajo Ulloa (Fragil Zinema) and Eduardo Carneros (Euskadi Movie AIE). A representation from Zineuskadi, the team of programmers of the San Sebastian Festival, won’t miss the appointment with one of the most important markets on the international scene; Vanesa Fernández, director of Zinebi; the Bilbao International Documentary and Short Film Festival, and Josemi Beltrán, head of Donostia Kultura.

The Marché du Film, which is presented with the aim of continuing to support the international film industry and help professionals, will bring together more than 12,500 participants in total. As in previous editions, it presents a complete program of activities that includes a total of 4,000 films and projects from 121 different countries, and more than 100 workshops and conferences.