- Two Basque short films obtain the festival’s other two big awards: “Mateoren ama” by Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga takes the Grand Award of Basque Cinema and “Solo son peces” by Ana Serna and Paula Iglesias the Grand Award of Spanish Cinema.
- The Zinebi First Film Award for best first work, with a cash prize of €12,000, went to the Argentinian feature-length documentary “Las Facultades” by Eloísa Solaas. The ZIFF jury gave two special mentions: to the documentary “Those That, at a Distance, Resemble Another” by Jessica Sarah Rinland, and to the fiction film “Sphia e agës (Aga´s House)” by Lendita Zeqiraj.
- The ZINEBI 61 closing gala takes place at 8 p.m. TODAY at the Teatro Arriaga, with the awards ceremony and the presentation of the Mikeldi of Honour to the Hungarian filmmaker Márta Mészáros, which will be received by her granddaughter, the actress Cleo Ladanyi. This will be followed by a screening of the awards, which will be repeated at 6 p.m. TOMORROW, Saturday, at the Teatro Arriaga.
The short fiction film “Ganze Tage zusammen (Entire Days Together)” (2019, Germany) by the filmmaker Luise Donschen received the Grand Award of the 61st International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Bilbao – ZINEBI, with a cash prize of €7,000. Two Basque short films took the two big awards at the festival this year – with cash prizes of €6,000 each: “Mateoren ama” (2019, Basque Country) by Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga won the Grand Award of Basque Cinema and the documentary “Solo son peces” (2019, Basque Country) by Ana Serna and Paula Iglesias won the Grand Award of Spanish Cinema. A total of 57 short films including animation (17), fiction (18) and documentaries (22) competed in the Official Section – International Competition at this year’s ZINEBI.
The Official Section winners for short films were announced in Bilbao this morning by the ZINEBI 61 jury, formed by the scriptwriter, director and teacher, Fernando Franco, the producer Nahikari Ipiña, the director of the prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival, Marcel Jean, the Portuguese programmer Susana S. Rodrigues and the Palestinian writer and researcher Reem Shilleh.
As regards the Mikeldi Awards for each genre, the international jury awarded the Mikeldi for the best short fiction film to the Iranian production “Emtehan (Exam)” (2019, Iran) by Sonia K. Hadad. In the animation film section, the Mikeldi for best short animation film went to “Physique de la tristesse (The Physics of Sorrow)” (2019, Canada) by Theodore Ushev, and the Mikeldi for best short documentary film was awarded to “Carne” (2019, Brazil/Spain) by Camila Kater. Each of these three awards comes with a cash prize of €5,000. The jury also gave a special mention to the documentary “The Stroker” by Pilvi Takala (2019, Finland).
The ZINEBI FIRST FILM (ZIFF) Award, with a cash prize of €12,000, for the first international works directed by emerging talents—open to feature-length fiction films and documentaries—went to the Argentinian documentary “Las facultades (The Faculties)” (2019, Argentina) by the filmmaker Eloísa Solaas, who visited Bilbao to present her work.
The ZINEBI FIRST FILM (ZIFF) jury is formed by the Lithuanian filmmaker, theatre director and multidisciplinary artist Rugilé Barzdziukaité, who won the ZIFF Grand Award at ZINEBI 60 for her film “Acid Forest”; the programmer and curator, Chiara Marañón and the renowned Australian art critic and audiovisual essayist Adrian Martin. This jury also wished to give two special mentions to the documentary “Those That, At A Distance, Resemble Another” by Jessica Sarah Rinland (2019, Spain/United Kingdom) and to the fiction film “Sphia e Agës (Aga´s House)” by Lendita Zegiraj (2019, Kosovo/Croatia/Albania).
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For its part, the SGAE Foundation – Basque Regional Government awarded the short fiction film “ANTI” (2019, Euskadi) by Josu Martínez the Best Basque Script Award, with a cash prize of €3,000. The EiTB Audience Award, also with a cash prize of €3,000, went to the short animation film “Warum Schnecken Keine Beine Haben (Why Slugs Have No Legs)” by the Swiss director Aline Höchli. The award given by Cineclub FAS, with a cash prize of €2,000, was won by the short film “La vía flotante” (2019, Basque Country) by Colectivo Zazpi T´erdi. And, lastly, the UNICEF Award went to the animated film “ADAM” (2019, Singapore) by Shoki Lin.
ZINEBI 61 and the Association of Basque Producers (EPE-APV), with the collaboration of Euskal Telebista (ETB), the Basque Government, the Basque Regional Council (BEAZ) and Europa Creativa Desk MEDIA Euskadi held the second professional forum on documentary cinema ZINEBI Networking. Dokumentalen sorgunea, an initiative that aims to promote local talent and support the production of feature-length documentaries in development or production in the Basque Country. A total of 22 projects were submitted for this second year of the event, 8 of which were selected to form part of the forum. An expert committee assessed the selected projects and awarded a grant of €10,000 to the project “5 minutu” by Amaia Nerekan Umaran, produced by Marmoka Films.
The ZINEBI 61 closing gala is taking place THIS EVENING at the Teatro Arriaga (8 p.m.), with the awards ceremony and the presentation of the Mikeldi of Honour to Márta Mészáros, which will be received by her granddaughter, the actress Cleo Ladanyi. This will be followed by a screening of the ZINEBI 61 awards, which will be repeated at 6 p.m. TOMORROW, Saturday 16, at the Teatro Arriaga.
APPENDIX: ZINEBI 61 AWARD WINNERS
GRAND AWARD OF THE FESTIVAL OF BILBAO
“GANZE TAGE ZUSAMMEN (ENTIRE DAYS TOGETHER” by Luise Donschen (Fic. Germany)
GRAND AWARD OF BASQUE CINEMA
“MATEOREN AMA (MATEO´S MOTHER” by Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga (Fic. Basque Country)
GRAND AWARD OF SPANISH CINEMA
“SOLO SON PECES (THEY´RE JUST FISH)” by Ana Serna and Paula Iglesias (Doc. Basque Country)
MIKELDI FOR BEST FICTION
“EMTEHAN (EXAM)” by Sonia K. Hadad (Iran)
MIKELDI FOR BEST ANIMATION
“PHYSIQUE DE LA TRISTESSE (THE PHYSICS OF SORROW” by Theodore Ushev (Canada)
MIKELDI FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
“CARNE (FLESH)” by Camila Kater (Brazil/Spain)
“THE STROKER” by Pilvi Takala (Finland)
ZIFF – ZINEBI FIRST FILM AWARD
“LAS FACULTADES (THE FACULTIES)” by Eloísa Solaas (Doc. Argentina)
“THOSE THAT, AT A DISTANCE, RESEMBLE ANOTHER” by Jessica Sarah Rinland (Doc. Spain/United Kingdom)
“SPHIA E AGËS (AGA´S HOUSE) by Lendita Zeqiraj (Fic. Kosovo/Croatia/Albania/France)
ZIFF – ZINEBI FIRST FILM – YOUTH JURY AWARD
“SÄSONG (RIDGE” by John Skoog (Sweden, 2019).
BEST BASQUE SCRIPT AWARD SGAE FOUNDATION – BASQUE REGIONAL GOVERNMENT
“ANTI” by Josu Martínez (Fic. Basque Country)
EITB AUDIENCE AWARD
“Warum Schnecken Keine Beine Haben (Why Slugs Have No Legs)” by Aline Höchli (Anim. Switzerland)
CINECLUB FAS AWARD
“LA VÍA FLOTANTE” by Colectivo Zazpi T´erdi. (Doc. Basque Country)
“ADAM” by Shoki Lin (Fic. Singapore)
ZINEBI NETWORKING 2019 AWARD: Dokumentalen sorgunea
“5 MINUTU” by Amaia Nerekan Umaran (Marmoka Films). (Production: Gentzane Martínez de Osaba, Alex García de Vicuña).