The poster announcing the event—the work of designer and illustrator Oscar Mariné—is based on an image of the legendary director John Huston, just after the 30th anniversary of his death, in 1987.
The International Festival of Documentary and Short Film of Bilbao (ZINEBI), organised by the Bilbao City Council, will be held for the 59th time from 10 to 17 November. With the deadline for submission of work now closed, ZINEBI has received a total of 3,183 films, from which the ones that will make up the Official Contest Section will be chosen to compete for Gold and Silver Mikeldis in three genres: fiction, documentary and animation.
Works have been submitted from 98 countries with, as usual, the majority being national productions (679 films, of which 70 are Basque), followed by submissions from France (417), Germany (238), USA (112) and the United Kingdom (92) and Italy (75). With regard to Latin America, most of the short films are from Brazil (156), Mexico (130) and Argentina (101), and some have also been received from Colombia (68), Chile (47), Venezuela (11), Cuba (11) and Uruguay (10), amongst other places.
From countries that produce very few films, which are relatively unknown to the western audience, it is worth mentioning: Albania (1), Armenia (1), Azerbaijan (2), United Arab Emirates (9), Iraq (3), Kazakhstan (1), Kosovo (2), Latvia (2), Malaysia (3), Namibia (2), Nepal (2), South Africa (3) and Thailand (1). Such a wide variety of countries and geographical and cultural areas once again highlights the international dimension of this veteran contest.
Lastly, and with reference to the three categories established in the festival regulations, the number of entries will be as follows: 1870 fiction films (58.76%), 935 documentaries (29.37%) and 378 animated films (11.87%).
TRIBUTE TO HUSTON
The poster that the designer and artist Óscar Mariné has created for the 59th ZINEBI features the American director, screenwriter and actor John Huston, just after the 30th anniversary of his death, on 28 August 1987. Mariné has chosen an image of him—with his inseparable cigar—leaning on a pile of reel cases. And the fact is that Huston put his name as a director to more than 40 feature films, including some legendary titles, such as “The Maltese Falcon” (1941), “The African Queen” (1951), “The Treasure of the Sierra Madre” (1948) and “Prizzi’s Honor” (1985), with the last two winning him an Oscar for Best Director.
In this way, the festival would like to join in the commemorations on the 30th anniversary of the death of this wonderful film-maker and it is also, curiously, the first time that the contest has used the figure of a film director on its poster. In this case, John Huston is vested with some of the attributes generally associated with the classic age of the art, particularly in the United States: wearing a cap very similar to that usually worn by the pioneers of the age of silent film and looking into the camera. His likeness is surrounded by the brightly-coloured letters that Mariné has designed as the graphics for the festival’s acronym. As a whole, the poster stands out due to the connotative wealth of the character chosen as the main element and because of the expressiveness and intense colouring of its visual make-up.