The 36-hour cinema endurance contest begins!
San Sebastian becomes a film set during the Cinemavip event
This evening witnessed the inauguration of the 36-hour cinema endurance contest, which will run from the 23rd to the 25th of June. The event is organised by www.cinemavip.com, the largest professional network in Spain's audiovisual sector.
The streets of San Sebastian will become one enormous film set, while some of the city's residents will become the stars of the show. Fifteen film teams will spend a frantic 24 hours filming without stop, and will spend the next 12 hours editing their footage to make short films.
The results of their efforts will be screened at the legendary Victoria Eugenia theatre on the 25th of June in a gala ceremony that will also involve the handing out of cash prizes and other plaudits. Entry to the theatre will be free, and visitors will be admitted until all the seats are full
This project is the first of its kind in Spain and is supported by the Basque Government, the Donostia Kultura cultural centre and the San Sebastian film commission. It will be a unique experiment in team filmmaking for both the participating teams and the residents of the city.
The jury for this fifth edition of the event will include the participation of Rosa Pérez, a producer for Antena 3 Films who has worked on miniseries such as Lope, Movies 23-F and Un Burka por Amor; José Romero, a film producer who has worked alongside leading professionals such as Luis García Berlanga, Pilar Miró, Miguel Hermoso and Paul Verhoeven; Michel Gaztambide, a screenwriter and director for film and TV, who has worked at the Basque broadcaster ETB and been awarded the Screenwriters' Guild award for Best Script for his work on the film Vacas; José María Caro, a director and producer for film and TV who has worked on blockbuster series such as Tierra de Lobos, Cuéntame Cómo Pasó, Hay Alguien Ahí, Hospital Central and Ana y los Siete; Iban Garate, an actor whose credits include the lead role in the award-winning film Arriya, which was honoured at this year's Malaga Film Festival, and the current presenter of Ipupomamua, a children's TV program focusing on cinema, video games and books; and Silvia Colmenero, who for the past three years has been a member of the selection committee for Zinebi, the Bilbao Festival of Documentary and Short Films, and is currently a communications advisor to the presidency of the Basque Government.