San Sebastian’s Zabaltegi gets competitive; changes name
Art and Experience: The 64th San Sebastian Film Festival (Sept 16-24) is to make its Zabaltegi strand competitive and has changed the name of the section to Zabaltegi – Tabakalera.
At the upcoming edition, films will compete for the Zabaltegi – Tabakalera Award and a €20,000 ($22,000) prize, of which €6,000 ($6,600) will go to the director of the winning film and the remaining €14,000 ($15,000) to the distributor of the film in Spain.
The winner will be decided by a jury of at least three professionals from the world of film and culture.
The competition has been established following a pact between the festival and the Tabakalera – International Centre for Contemporary Culture.
The previously non-competitive strand was considered an “open zone” for a variety of films, documentaries, shorts and television – “works with no limitations as regards format or subject matter”.
Zabaltegi has included works by Alexander Sokurov, Laurie Anderson, Anca Damian, João Salaviza, Eric Khoo, Lav Diaz, Jem Cohen, Corneliu Porumboiu, Walter Salles, among others, and the TV series P’tit Quinquin by Bruno Dumont, and The Untold History of the United States by Oliver Stone.