Yet another year the San Sebastian Festival presents the International Film Students Meeting, an event seeking to shed light on the work of students from film schools across the world. The pre-selection of works for this 11th Meeting saw the participation of 139 short films from 56 schools in 19 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Poland, Romania, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, the USA and Venezuela.
The Meeting will take place on September 26, 27 and 28.
Below is a list of the short films and schools selected for participation in this year’s Meeting:
The Meeting will also include the out-of-competition screenings of short films forming part of two projects intended to foster international collaboration and production processes.
On the one hand, two short films will be screened from the Atelier Ludwigsburg-Paris project, which involves participation of the film schools La Fémis in Paris and the Filmakademie in Baden-Württemberg: Hier j'étais deux, by Sylvain Coisne and Work, by Friederike Fiek
And, on the other, the event will include a screening of the feature film, Hives, the result of a co-production project between different film schools: the Zagreb Academy of Dramatic Art, the London National Film and TV School, The Sam Spiegel Film School, Jerusalem, the Internationale Filmschule in Cologne and the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague.
A specific jury made up of students from the participating film schools and chaired by a personality from the world of film will choose the winning work of the Panavision Award, carrying a complete camera package Sony EX III for four weeks of filming or a voucher worth €10,000 for renting any kind of Panavision material for the director of the selected short film.
The jury will also decide the names of another two directors whom, together with the winning short, will have the possibility of participating with their works in the Short Film Corner at the next Cannes Festival.
In addition, for the first time this year, the Agencia Freak will participate in the Meeting with an award for distribution of the winning short. The award includes registration of the short film in fifty international festivals and the exclusive management of international sales in all parts of the world, except for the country of origin of the school to have produced the short film.
The International Film Students Meeting is co-organised by the San Sebastian Festival and Tabakalera-International Centre for Contemporary Culture. For the third year running, the Meeting will enjoy the support of San Sebastian European Capital of Culture 2016, which advocates the development of a continued process of backing for audiovisual creation that will make it possible to convert San Sebastian into a European centre of attention as regards production in small or medium format.