San Sebastián International Film Festival

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San Sebastián International Film Festival
LocationDonostia-San Sebastián,
Basque Country, Spain
AwardsGolden Shell, Silver Shells, Donostia Award, Sebastiane Award
Hosted byFestival Internacional de Cine de Donostia-San Sebastián, Sociedad Anónima
No. of films200–250
LanguageInternational
Websitesansebastianfestival.com

The San Sebastián International Film Festival (SSIFF, Spanish: Festival de San Sebastián; Basque: Donostia Zinemaldia) is an annual FIAPF A category film festival held in the Spanish city of Donostia-San Sebastián in September, in the Basque Country.[1][2]

Since its creation in 1953 it has established itself as one of the 14 "A" category competitive festivals accredited by the FIAPF, of which it has one of the lowest budgets. It has hosted several important events of the history of cinema, such as the international premieres of Vertigo, by Alfred Hitchcock (who attended the Festival) and the European premiere of Star Wars. It was the first festival attended by Roman Polanski and has helped advance the professional careers of filmmakers such as Francis Ford Coppola, Bong Joon-ho and Pedro Almodóvar.[citation needed]

History

The festival was founded in 1953 with the first festival starting on September 21, 1953.[3] Although it was originally intended to honour Spanish language films, films of other languages became eligible for consideration in 1955, when the festival was specialized in color films. It has been acknowledged by the FIAPF as an A category festival since 1957, with the exception of the 1980–1984 period, when no major awards were given.

Many important moments of the history of cinema have taken place in the festival, such as the European premiere of Star Wars, the international premiere of Vertigo, presented by Alfred Hitchcock, and the Roman Polanski’s first attendance at a film festival.[4]

Sections

These are the main sections of the festival:

Awards

An international jury evaluates the films in the Official Selection and awards the following prizes:

Former awards include:

The following are the main awards for films in the parallel sections:

  • New Directors Award: decided by a special jury, the films in the New Directors section compete for this prize.
  • Audience Award: The audience chooses a film from among those in the Pearls section.
  • Youth Award: A jury composed of 350 youngsters aged between 17 and 21 chooses a film from those competing for the "New Directors Award".
  • Horizontes Award: A specific jury chooses the best film in the Horizontes Latinos section.
  • "Otra Mirada" Award: TVE gives the Another Look award to the film, from any section, that best reflects the female world.
  • Sebastiane Award: a jury chooses the film, from any section, that best reflects the values and reality of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people.

References

  1. ^ "San Sebastian International Film Festival". FilmFestivalLife.com. Archived from the original on 20 September 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. ^ Cox, David (24 September 2012). "San Sebastián keeps one eye on profits with Arbitrage premiere". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Background details". San Sebastian Festival. Retrieved 5 July 2020.
  4. ^ Samuels, A. J. (9 November 2012). "San Sebastian International Film Festival: 60 Years of Cinema and Beyond". Culture Trip. Retrieved 8 May 2022.

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