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    The 14th ZINEBI EXPRESS short film competition will be held between 3 and 9 November. ZINEBI EXPRESS, as always, it is open to students and technical and artistic teams of any nationality and anyone wishing to shoot a short film will have the chance to test-drive their talent within a very short space of time.

    This year the competition will have again a small appetiser for those studying courses in relation to films and the audiovisual industry, the round table UNIKOAK: Y después de la uni, ¿qué? [And after uni, then what?] to share different professional experiences in the audiovisual sector they studied at UPV/EHU. The speakers will be Iker Zabala, Maren González, Mikele Landa and Nagore Muriel, with Lara Izagirre acting as moderator.

    After the event, on Friday 3 November at the Bizkaia Aretoa’s Mitxelena auditorium, the theme for short films competing in ZINEBI EXPRESS will be announced.

    During the weekend of 3, 4 and 5 November, teams will shoot and work on their short films, on the basis of the theme they have been given. The projects must be delivered to the lobby of Bizkaia Aretoa – UPV/EHU by the afternoon of Monday 6 November, between five and seven o’clock. All short films will have a run time of at least 2 minutes and a maximum of 5, with the exception of animated films, which will have a maximum run time of 30 seconds. All outdoor excerpts must be shot in Bilbao.

    A specific jury panel will decide the winners of the four prizes: 800 euros, 600 euros, 400 euros, which EHUkultura will be awarding for the best short films, and a dinner in collaboration with AUX.magazine. The short films chosen along with other participants will be screened on Thursday 9 November at the Golem Alhóndiga cinema.

    The jury is made up of Itxaso Díaz, Andrea Martínez and Aitzol Saratxaga.

    ZINEBI EXPRESS is organised by ZINEBI along with EHUKultura UPV/EHU in association with UPV/EHU University of the Basque Country’s Faculty of Social Sciences and Communication and Faculty of Fine Arts, the Basque Country Film School (ECPV), and the Tartanga Integrated Vocational Education and Training Centre.

    Moreover, for the first time it has assistance from the Basque Government’s Environmental Management Entity IHOBE in its undertaking to continue to work towards a more sustainable world. The purpose of the ZINEBI/IHOBE relationship is to spread awareness and mobilise young people to take action in the climate crisis. Global warming is one of the major challenges faced by human beings as a species, and we must keep ahead of developments and make preparations for its consequences, such as heat waves, rising sea levels, more frequent and heavier torrential rain and flooding, among other phenomena. These preparations are known as adaptation.

    This collaboration between the festival and IHOBE will enable those taking part in ZINEBI Express to move into the challenges entailed by adaptation to the effects of climate change, and comprehend the importance of taking action on a local scale.

    Maren González Maren Gonzalez studied degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of the Basque Country. She focused her studies on film at the ORT University of Uruguay, where she began working as a programmer at the International Film Festival of Uruguay. She has done technical work in the Film Department of Tabakalera, works as a programmer at Zinegoak, Bilbao Film and Performing Arts Festival and is also a member of the SSIFF galas management team. She combines programming with directing work on shoots; films such as Ventajas de viajar en tren, Hil Kanpaiak, Erase una vez en Euskadi, Maixabel, Irati, 20.000 especies de abejas or La Ermita.

    Mikele Landa EigurenMikele Landa Eiguren earned a Degree in Audiovisual Communications from the UPV-EHU and the School of Film at Karlstad University. Later, Landa specialised in Documentary and Experimental Film at Madrid’s Escuela TAI. During the 2021-2022 school year, Landa studied for a Post-Graduate Degree in Creation from the Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola. Her first short film Heldu was presented at ZINEBI (2018) and won Best Directing at Euskal Zine Bilera (2019). She has collaborated with various associations to create audiovisual pieces such as Mali, 10 urtetan; a piece Landa filmed and directed in Mali (2019). Her latest work Noizko basoa recently premièred at the San Sebastian Film Festival, and was screened at ZINEBI and Punto de Vista. In addition to her career as a filmmaker, she has worked as a journalist at EiTB and the newspaper Berria. Landa is now working on her first feature film Senda through the Noka Mentoring and Elkarrekin Sortzen programmes.

    Nagore Muriel LetamendiaNagore Muriel Letamendia is a filmmaker from Villabona. She studied Audiovisual Communication and Advertising and Public Relations at the the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU. Last year she premiered her first short film, Erro bi, in the Nest section of the San Sebastian Film Festival. Recently, in collaboration with the clothing brand Amarena, she directed a film that premiered in September at the Kursaal. She has also been involved in other projects, both as a producer and director, as well as in Begira Produkzioak. For example, she was head of production for the short film Hemen bizi da maitasuna, which formed part of the Kimuak catalogue.

    Iker Zabala GoikoleaIker Zabala Goikolea holds a degree in Audiovisual Communication from the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU in Leioa, and has been working as a journalist since 2007. Having starting out as a sports writer, he subsequently sought to find spaces to work as a film critic in several projects in the audiovisual field, such as creation of the Travelling space, including film video-analysis, with Hamaika Telebista. He worked on a number of programmes for Euskal Telebista, and has worked at Radio Euskadi and Euskadi Irratia since 2016, at present in the cultural section. He has also written film critiques, and covered festivals for digital media such as Otros Cines Europa and

    Lara Izagirre Lara Izagirre was awarded a degree in Audiovisual Communication by the University of the Basque Country UPV-EHU in 2007. After completing her university course, she specialised in film directing on the NYFA’s 1-Year Filmmaking Program. On returning to the Basque Country, she set up the Gariza Films production company in 2010. Her opera prima Un otoño sin Berlín was premiered at the San Sebastián Festival in 2015. The following year, leading actress Irene Escolar won the Goya Award for the year’s best revelation actress. Her second feature film, Nora, was premiered in 2020 at the San Sebastián Festival. In 2022 she directed and produced her last short film, Pelikula Baten Bila, and in 2023 began work on her third feature film, Yerma.



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