48x3 Marathon is one of FICAL’s historical activities where participation, work, spontaneity and creativity are ever present, each year. A pool of professionals which is representative of the talent of the province. One need only review record book to find the familiar faces among the most renowned professionals both within our borders and beyond. Participating in this activity is not only an opportunity but a responsibility, telling briefly as, and with as little as possible, how much these emerging talents have in them.
If we were to summarize the 48x3 Marathon, we would talk of motivating talent, promoting teamwork and providing advanced training for create unique audiovisual works under a leitmotiv proposed by the organization. The power of storytelling for others to see.
During the first weekend, the script, nothing better than to start with a master class where questions will be addressed, tips shared and views on the different stages of production will be discussed. It's time to decide what we want to tell, and how. The second session will be devoted to filming and will see the intentions, that previously lived only on paper and the imagination, expressed. The third and final weekend; editing. Time to polish and put the finishing touches on all the parts of the story to offer it to the audiences, pure craftsmanship.
Good luck to all participants, congratulations on being selected and remember, with great power comes great responsibility.
Last year the changes in this contest, which aims photographically approach spaces and landscape with different perspectives, were beginning to appear. This time the idea was to make the competition a more professional one, with the advice of excellent specialists, fine connoisseurs of this art. Professionalization of the contest, committing to photo-series, so that the star in this activity is also the narrative.
The selection carried out by the jury has gone beyond the tourist landscape, emphasizing both interiors and exteriors, with very different approaches in technique, style, conceptual and aesthetic styles. Each photograph is its own universe, but with the new approach, we see as its strength is enhanced as part of a whole.
In this exhibition there are 27 photographs that unite beauty and quality selected from among hundreds of proposals received. We have selected three photographs by ten authors that convey the beauty of these film settings, this being the first step towards the renewal of this initiative.
This is an audiovisual, short film competition in which 14-year-old students studying the subject of Scientific Culture at La Salle-Virgen del Mar School took part. Students set up working groups or teams to design and edit shorts where science and technology are at the service of citizens' awareness about the devastating effects caused by gender violence on victims, their children and the society in general. The event is promoted by the Almeria Town Hall Department of Equality Policies to mark the occasion of the International Day Against Gender Violence.
Behind three minutes of film there are many hours of preparation: 9 videos made with their corresponding theoretical basis; 30 students involved directly and60 indirectly; 9 hours of training about gender violence.
Young people are not indifferent. They speak out against abuse. And they do it with their codes, their language, and always with the same conclusion: Enough of violence!
For the third year running, the City of Almería is attending this festival together with Verdiblanca, the veteran association for people with disabilities. They take part with their particular local short film competition; 'Gallo Pedro' (John Dory). This is dedicated to audiovisual works created about the inclusion of different capabilities or skills, at the training workshops whose achievement is to get the members to write, perform, shoot and edit a short film based on this theme.
This year, the audience present at the projection of the short films may choose the one they consider to be the best. The aim that this should be one of the awards handed to the winners of the 'Gallo Pedro' contest. The Awards Ceremony will take place on 3rd December, International Disability Day.
Molliwood was more than a summer camp. Five days in which effort, self-improvement and the magic of film came together for the more than forty young people with intellectual disabilities of the “A Toda Vela” association to acquire the necessary skills to make their first short film. And they made four of them! Four amateur short films with which had to meet four premises: write a script related to the film genre that we give them, appeared a specific location, two objects and a plot, we didn’t go easy on them, no way!
The second Molliwood, organized by the associations; “A Toda Vela” and “Cinejoven Dospuntocero”, and with the support of the Almeria Provincial council, was the culmination of two years of Adapted Film workshops during which young people, both with and without disabilities, made audiovisual art their best means of expression.SHORT FILMS
Anticipating November 25, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, a new activity promoted by Almeria Provincial Council’s Department of Social Welfare, Gender and the Family has been proposed. Its aim is to raise awareness among younger viewers regarding this very serious problem.
The award-winning film Una Vez (Once), by Sonia Madrid and Maria Guerra has won awards in both national and international competitions and took part in the 2015 International Short Film Festival 'Almería en Corto'. It will be used as a tool with students from the secondary schools of Rioja and Adra who, after watching it, will take part in a talk by, and with, the director Sonia Madrid.
A day just like any other, Chila Huerta got her three children up and left the house where she lived with her husband. No-one in the city understood how she had been able to leave him. A man whose pure eyes reflected goodness.
The Almería International Film Festival, in collaboration with the Institute of Almerian Studies will be organizing this interactive workshop in order to provide fields for alternative audiovisual events and foster meeting spaces for historical reflection and video-graphic aesthetics.
The aims of this new workshop runned by Federico Martinez Utrera, are to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the death of the American video artist of Korean origin, Nam June Paik, considered to be one of the fathers of video art; and on the other hand, to reflect on his relationship with Spain on the 400th anniversary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes, to whom he even dedicated several works in collaboration with the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM), Washington, Nam June Paik Art Center in Yongin (Korea) and the Queen Sofia Museum in Madrid (Spain)
Teacher: Federico Martínez Utrera.
From 14th to 16th november 2016.
Edificio Alfareros, Diputación de Almería.
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This time we will be able to discover, first hand, how the career of Gracia Querejeta, considered one of the most important filmmakers of our country, actually began.
Gracia is the daughter of costume designer Maria del Carmen Marin and producer Elías Querejeta. After participating in the project Siete huellas (Seven Footprints) in 1990 she made the documentary; El viaje del agua (The Water's Journey) together with Jesus Ruiz and Nacho Perez de la Paz, which won the Spanish Goya Award for best documentary.
Her debut as a director was with Una estación de paso (A Transfer Station) (1992), winning the Special Jury Prize at the Valladolid Film Week. Her filmography includes many films both highly awarded and praised by critics such as El último viaje de Robert Rylands, (Robert Rylands Last Journey) Cuando vuelvas a mi lado (When you Come Back to Me), Héctor, Siete mesas de billar francés (Seven French billiard tables), Quince años y un día y Felices 140 (Fifteen years and one day and Happy 140).
Her short film “Cordelias” opted for a Goya in 2016. She has been the Vice President of the Academy of Cinematographic Arts and Sciences of Spain.
Analysis of the basic contracts and authorizations required to make a short film:
Licenciada en Derecho en la Universidad Complutense, inicia su trayectoria profesional como abogada en ejercicio, desempeñando labores de asesoría jurídica desde su propio despacho profesional.
En mayo de 2005 es nombrada Directora General de la Academia de las Artes y las Ciencias Cinematográficas de España, cargo que desempeña hasta marzo de 2008, fecha en la que inicia una nueva etapa profesional, asumiendo la dirección general de la Fundación Borau, desempeñando su trabajo hasta el cierre de la Fundación en julio de 2012.
En la actualidad, desde su despacho de abogados lleva a cabo la asesoría de diversas personas e instituciones cinematográficas, entre las que se encuentra la Escuela de Cinematografía y Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid (ECAM).
Getting to know directors and actors up close is one of the main attractions of any film festival. This year “Coffee with…” is once again a meeting point to get to know two excellent professionals first hand.
This time we will have the director, Rodrigo Sorogoyen and the actor Javier Pereira, who will talk about the success of two of their first films together; 8 citas (8 Dates) and Stockholm. Incidentally, Pereira got the Goya for Best Revelation Actor for Stockholm.
Sorogoyen has just released “Que Dios nos perdone”, (God Forgive Us) a thriller full of anguish which is set to be one of the favoutrites at the Goyas.
We can look forward to an interesting talk…
FICAL is committed to consolidating Almería as the largest film set in our country. We are honoured to be able to present the first scenes of feature films shot in our province, even more so for their teams to be the ones to do it.
This year we will have the exclusive presentation of “En tierra hostíl” (In a Hostile Zone) by Adolfo Martínez. Almeria’s arid deserts become the landscapes of Afghanistan in this superproduction by Tornasol Films, Hernández y Fernández P.C. and Castafiore Films, with a cast led by Ariadna Gil, Roberto Álamo, Antonio Garrido, Raúl Mérida, Marián Hernández and Ruth Gabriel.
The filming in January this year was complete with combat vehicles and helicopters. This activity includes an interesting sample; we will see the full result in the spring.
Through Twitter and the #tuitFICAL hashtag, Twitter users can participate in this competition, which aims to reward the narrative talent of net-surfers and spread the celebration of the Almeria International Film Festival.
The award will go to the tweet that best describes a famous film in 100 characters.
To enter the competition, the use of the Twitter hashtag #tuitFICAL is compulsory, plus a hashtag related to the film with a description not to exceed 100 characters (excluding the hashtags).
The short tweet must be submitted written in Castilian, it must be original and unpublished (i.e. must not have appeared in any media or format) and must not previously have won any awards or runners-up prizes in any other national or international competition.
The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of the 15th Almería International Film Festival.
This activity is intended for children to have fun, express their creativity and imagination and have a great time. In this smaller home workshop, they learn all the secrets behind the cinema.
In a playful and fun way, the keys to the magical world of make-up will be explained, several workshop will be performed where they are the stars and the limit is in their imagination.Mª José Mengíbar Muñoz
Born in Almería in 1989, ever since she was young she has loved children and knew that she wanted to dedicate her life to them, fully. She is currently professor of music at EMMA; to E.I. Educamar; leisure and recreation monitor, children's make-up artist and, for the third consecutive year, is participating in the 15th Almería International Film Festival to carry out the face painting workshops for children.
This anthology of short stories, coordinated by the lighthouse keeper and writer Mario Sanz Cruz, collects the work of fifty narrators, who have been inspired by the films made in the province of Almeria.
The authors have got into the shooting, imagining non-existent scenes, developing real or fictional stories. They have mused about the effects of films on the people of Almeria, on its villages…; They have recreated the interaction of actors and technicians with the locals, who have worked beside them and have seen them as friends, or invaders.
This book is a tribute to film, but also to a bare earth which wears clothes from anywhere, a land of mountains, desert and sea. It is the American West today, tomorrow China, the day after the Caribbean, India, the Sahara, the Steppes or the moon; but which in films, almost never plays itself.
This collection of stories gives another twist to the imagination. Writers, armed with sharpened plumes, glide between the chambers and the sets, including actors, extras and directors, among ushers and spectators, taking off the costume of the seventh art, to show the "real life" behind the fantasy of film, to discover the beating heart behind the screen.
Literary fiction about cinematographic fiction. The lie about the lie that will lead us to the truth.
The ‘Sergio Leone’s Almeria’ route-guide is designed for the reader to share in the locations the director used for filming parts of his five westerns in Almeria: The three making up the well-known ‘Dollar Trilogy’; ‘For a Fistful of Dollars’, ‘For a Few Dollars More’ and ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’ as well as ‘Once Upon a Time in the West’ and ‘Duck, You Sucker!’.
This work is in chronological order. Firstly, the Almeria Leone discovers before making his films, how the province evolves into the Land of Film following his westerns and then the influence of his legacy as a filmmaker.
There is a film by film analysis of all the locations used for his movies, by order of appearance in fiction for each and every one of them. The idea is for the reader to be able to visit every site or, alternatively, to set out their own route according to their tastes and possibilities. The coordinates have been provided in order to facilitate location and access routes.
Finally, a series of articles detailing the remainder of the locations of Leone’s five westerns in other Spanish provinces written by renowned experts from each area, namely; Madrid, Granada and Burgos.
This guide provides two routes through the province of Almeria with some of the most popular locations for Leone’s westerns.
The multitalented artist Alex O'Dogherty needs little introduction considering his career:
You may have seen him presenting a gala or some other event, but ... what he aspires to, is being a good clown.
One of his many qualities is that it is the most veteran stand-up comedians in Spain. He has been writing monologues, songs and “things like that”- and one of the most versatile and amusing gala presenters."COSAS DE ESAS" (THOSE THINGS)
It is the title of the new show of the most versatile and amusing character. Currently, this unclassifiable artist and versatile, it combines with a monologue with a pianist in El Amor es Pa Ná (Love is for Nothing), and a concert with the band; Mi Imaginación y Yo.
In Cosas de Esas (Those Things) as its name suggests, he mixes some things he did in other shows with other things he never did and will probably never do again. The best of the worst of his extensive repertoire. Some say it is to save on the musicians’ salaries, but there are also those who say they never get paid, so do not trust, there is a lot of gossipers on the loose. Is this good, bad? ...
In its fourth year, 34 establishments will be hosting this date with film and gastronomy. It is a tribute to the hospitality industry in Almeria to its International Film Festival to leave no doubt to the bond between food and film in our land.
Thus, from the 10th to 20th November the establishments participating in this festival will offer a different and specially designed tapa for this occasion which will also bear the name of a film. El Niño (The Boy), Papa Piquillo, The Notebook, Miss Caribbean, Revenge or You made me Lose my Mind, are just some of the tapas to be tasted during these days in the capital city of Almeria.
This initiative is aimed at boosting the hospitality sector and stimulating its imagination to surprise the customers by making their leisure time even more enjoyable.
The hospitality industry wants to contribute to and help enhance this event, as well to benefit from the tourism visiting during those days and to show a dynamic and creative sector.
It is now up to you to discover which flavors lie behind such suggestive names.PARTICIPANTES
Before the great worldwide success of the spaghetti western “A Fistful of Dollars” by Sergio Leone, the films that chose Almería as stage in the sixties were westerns, and bigproductions.
In total there were nearly 500 films that have hosted our landscapes to shoot many of the scenes. Almeria became an European Hollywood, with actors like Henry Fonda, Charlton Heston, Anthony Quinn, Orson Welles, Yul Brinnen, Sean Connery, Burt Lencaster, Clint Eastwood, Claudia Cardinale, Sophia Loren, Raquel Welch, Brigitte Bardot, Harrison Ford, Sean Connery and directors like David Lean, George Cukor, Sergio Leone, Richard Lester, Steven Spielberg.
You can see the whole history of cinema in Almería in “La Casa del Cine.The House of Cinema”, the house where John Lennon lived during the filming of the movie “How I Won the War” in (1966).